It’s already renowned for its stretches of silky white sand and serene turquoise shores, but Barbados has so much more to offer than sun, sea and sand.
As well as being the go-to destination for a luxurious, tropical escape, the much-loved Caribbean island is a cultural hotspot, a foodie haven and an explorer’s dream come true. Getting there in comfort is easier than ever with British Airways who operate 12 flights every week to the island, aptly named the ‘Gem of the Caribbean Sea’.
While there are certainly plenty of truly stunning beaches on the island, Barbados also has a rich history and cultural heritage
Here, we take you on an insider’s tour and reveal some of Barbados’s many hidden treasures…
From beach bites to fresh food markets to fancy feasts, there’s nowhere quite like Barbados when it comes to culinary culture.
The Cliff restaurant is known as one of the most romantic settings to dine in the world
For special celebrations or a romantic dinner for two, look no further than Barbados’s critically acclaimed, Michelin-style foodie spots; The Cliff, famous for its theatrical, shore-front setting, candlelit decks and delectable desserts, swanky Cin Cin By The Sea for its servings of suave Mediterranean dishes with a Caribbean flair and The Lone Star, which is as famous for its finessed menu as it is for its rum punch.
See swordfish, marlin, mahi-mahi and flying fish freshly grilled right in front of you at Oistins Fish Fry on the south coast of the island
Oistins Fish Fry is especially popular on Friday and Saturday evenings
Or, if you’re feeling like something a little more casual, there’s Oistins Fish Fry, where the day’s catches of swordfish, marlin, mahi-mahi and flying fish are freshly grilled right there in front of you alongside all the traditional trimmings, of course (think macaroni pie, rice and peas and plantain). After your meal, have a dance to the live music or browse the locally-sourced arts and crafts.
For a totally authentic taste of Barbados, head to the northern town of Speightstown to the The Fisherman’s Pub, for their sumptuous all-you-can eat Sunday lunch buffet.
FOR HISTORY BUFFS…
Barbados is dripping with history, from the old plantation houses showcasing Barbados’s architectural past, to the industrial sugar factories brimming with artifacts, to the Garrison in Bridgetown, which was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site a few years ago, and is home to the largest number of 17th Century English iron canons in the world.
The Garrison in Bridgetown, which was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site a few years ago boasts spectacular 17th Century English iron canons
For impressive Jacobean architecture, influenced by the arrival of the British centuries ago, check out St Nicholas Abbey and witness its Tudor arches, decorative chimneys and carved windows, or why not stop by Fisherpond Plantation Great House and take part in the awe-inspiring chandelier workshop.
St Nicholas Abbey is a great example of impressive Jacobean architecture (and produces its very own rum on site!)
But Barbados’s relationship with Britain goes far past the historic architecture; it remains strong to this day, with the island even being nicknamed “Little England” for its close affiliation and the fact it’s still a proud member of the Commonwealth. It may come as little wonder, then, that British Airways provides 12 departures to the island every week, making it easier than ever to keep the connection between the two countries alive.
FOR RUM LOVERS…
No trip to Barbados would be complete without diving into the island’s world-famous rum offerings (and sipping on a few Dark and Stormies while at it).
Blenders at the Mount Gay have been distilling rum for three centuries, making it the oldest brand of rum in the world
Head on over to the number of rum distilleries offering tours – and tastings. Mount Gay Rum Distillery, where master blenders have been distilling rum for over three centuries, is the oldest brand of rum in the world and their Storied Barbadian Lunch Tour is the finest way to sample their aromatic blends followed by a delicious Bajan buffet.
If it’s adventure you’re looking for, or perhaps an exotic exploration into botanical beauty, Barbados is without a doubt the ultimate destination.
Harrison’s Cave is an underground cave system dripping with Stalagmites and Stalactites
The Flower Forest is a must-visit spot for nature lovers
Not only is there a 50-acre Flower Forest, where green thumbs will be able to identify rare tropical flowers like Honeycomb Ginger Lillies and Heliconia, but there’s also breath-taking natural attractions like the wondrous Harrison’s Cave; an underground cave system dripping with Stalagmites and Stalactites and jaw-dropping caverns up to 15 metres high.
FOR FESTIVAL LOVERS…
Imagine a riot of colour, music, Caribbean culture and sunshine and you have the Festival of Crop Over, which is a six week festival full of dancing, live performances art and culinary-driven street fares.
Crop Over, originally a celebration of the end of the sugar cane season, has been a highlight of the Bajan calendar for over 200 years.
The Festival of Crop Over is an explosion of culture and colour that happens across the island every summer
Crop Over, originally a celebration of the end of the sugar cane season, has been a highlight of the Bajan calendar for over 200 years
The Crop Over festival culminates on the first Monday of August with Grand Kadooment, a spectacular day time parade, where everyone dressed in elaborate, bejewelled costumes and enjoys traditional cuisine and plenty of rum punch.
Barbados and British Airways: The perfect pairing
Considering Barbados is often refereed to as ‘Little England’ due to its strong historical connection with Britain, it is no surprise that the UK’s most iconic airline is the best carrier to get you to this magical island.
Club World passengers travelling from London Gatwick can now take advantage of The Terraces lounge
First class passengers can access The First Lounge at London Gatwick to relax and prepare for the flight in the utmost luxury
As well as offering frequent flights – up to 12 every week – to and from Barbados, with four travel classes (Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First) to chose from, all with the quality of service you would expect from British Airways, there really is a flight for everyone.
Club World passengers travelling from London Gatwick can now take advantage of The Terraces lounge while First class passengers can access The First Lounge to relax and prepare for the flight in the utmost luxury.
Click here to book your Barbados Holiday now. Flights and 7 nights from £629pp* Book by 27th October 2017