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Holidays in Barbados

A tropical island with a surprisingly British feel‚ where cricket and afternoon tea are as popular as sunbathing and watersports. With rugged beauty on the east coast‚ calm beaches in the west and lively resorts in the south‚ plus colonial towns and plantations‚ holidays to Barbados are ideal for sightseeing. Picture yourself on a white coral beach and start planning your idyllic Barbados holiday.

26 °C

December to March is the traditional high season in Barbados.

8.5 hours

The only airport on Barbados is Grantley Adams International (BGI), on the southeast of the island, 13km (8 miles) from Bridgetown.

For a truly luxury holiday and some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, book a holiday to Barbados with Thomas Cook.

Recommended offers in Barbados

The Club Barbados Resort & Spa

St James, Barbados

  • Ideal romantic honeymoon getaway
  • Exclusively for adults
  • Oceanfront location

What is included?

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£1196

Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels

St James, Barbados

  • Close to Barbados capital Bridgetown

     

  • Beautiful tropical garden setting beside the beach
  • Modern and stylish rooms

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£1558

Travellers Palm

St James, Barbados

  • Great value for money
  • Small collection of apartments
  • Located in the heart of the West Coast of Barbados

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£580

Mango Bay

St James, Barbados

The Mango Bay Hotel is situated right on the beach facing the tranquil Caribbean Sea in the centre of St. James on the west coast of the island paradise of Barbados. This friendly hotel offers 76 beautifully appointed rooms with modern amenities and nestled in serene gardens of palm trees and fragrant tropical flowers. Just minutes from the nearby towns of Holetown, Folkeston and the vibrant capital city of Bridgetown, the hotel is especially convenient as a base for exploration, with easy access to beaches, water-sports, golf, shops, restaurants, banks, supermarkets and anything else you may need. The friendly and accommodating staff can offer advice about excursions and areas of interest and are ready to help in any way.

 

Getting to the hotel: Bridgetown Airport is 19 km from the hotel.

 

Local Tips: The hotel is in a perfect position for visits to the Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum, Paynes Bay Beach, and a few large golf courses on the Platinum Coast.

 

Rates are exclusive to European Union passport holders only.

 

2011 'TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE'

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: All inclusive accommodation with a beachfront restaurant with inside and outside service and nightly live music, poolside bar open from 10am til midnight. The guest lounge features a 42" plasma TV with cable, a small library, games and a computer with complimentary high-speed Internet access.

All Inclusive features a full breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all drinks, including house wine with meals. Exceptions are champagne, specialty wines and bottled water, weekly Mango Bay cocktail party, live bands at night, cruise on catamaran to snorkel with the turtles, glass bottom boat ride, Government Tax.

Please note that a Masquerade New Year's Eve Party will be held 31 December 2011. Guests are invited to bring their own masks for the event.  The hotel will have a limited number available for guests who require them.

Sports, games and activities: Free-form freshwater swimming pool, sun terrace, beach area with sun beds and umbrellas, gym with exercise equipment, "Elements Spa" for relaxing facials, massage and skin treatments, TV lounge, childrens games room, pool table, tennis courts and golf nearby. Complimentary watersports include water-skiing, kayaking, hobiecat sailing, pedal boats and snorkelling. There is a complimentary scuba diving lesson in the pool on Tuesdays and Fridays provided by Reefers and Wreckers.

Additional: 24 hour reception and guest service, concierge, currency exchange, lift, laundry service, medical assistance available, babysitting on request with charge, safe deposit box, wake up service, disabled access, wedding packages, high speed Internet, parking.

SPECIAL OFFERS:

Family Offer

Children under 12 years receive a free dive on the Atlantis Submarine when accompanied by 2 adults. Teens aged between 13- 17 years pay half of an adult price.

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£1801

Halcyon Palm

St James, Barbados

Halcyon Palm consists of only 25 self-catering one-bedroom apartments situated in the heart of the West Coast of Barbados, West Indies at the resort town of Sunset Crest, Holetown in the parish of St. James, an area known as the "Platinum Coast". Halcyon Palm comprises 2-storey units located around a small swimming pool and terrace, making a tranquil and affordable retreat in which to enjoy Barbados. You can enjoy restaurant and bar facilities at the nearby sister property, Travellers Palm, and Holetown offers urban facilities less than 2km away. Holiday within budget and at your own pace when you book an apartment at Halcyon Palm, Sunset Crest, Holetown in the parish of St. James: the Island of Barbados, West Indies awaits.

 

Getting to the hotel: Approximately 30 minutes from Barbados Grantley Adams International Airport.

 

Local tips: 2km from Holetown with a choice of restaurants, bars and shops and 700m from Sunset Crest Shopping Mall; and a 20-minute drive from Bridgetown, the capital. Visit the plantation houses, Porters House and Heron Bay Great House, Folkstone Underwater Park and Museum, and St. James Parish Church.

 

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: Self-catering apartments and access to the Village Lime restaurant and bar at the sister property, Travellers Palm, a few minutes' walk away.

 

Sport, games and activities: Swimming pool, sun terrace with loungers and parasols, and nearby beach access. Diving, sailing, water sports, golf, sailing, Island Tours and many more attractions are all within easy reach.

 

For the kids: Cots are available for a charge.

 

Additional: Front Desk services, housekeeping, payable WiFi internet, laundry facility, tour desk, safe box rental, luggage storage, further reception services and free onsite parking is possible.

 

What is included?

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£487

All Seasons Resort Europa

St James, Barbados

All Seasons Resort Europa is a 3 star property located in the tranquil area of St.James in Barbados. All Seasons Resort is situated amidst a tropical setting of coconut trees in the heart of Sunset Crest St.James, on the west coast of the island. You can relax by the pool which is surrounded by tropical gardens, sip cocktails, shoot a game of pool or sample of the local dishes at the poolside bar and restaurant. This property comprises of tastefully decorated 1 bedroom self-contained apartments which are laid out in the form of cottages each housing 2 apartments, with all having pool or garden views. This hotel is perfect for couples, families and groups looking for tranquil surroundings with excellent friendly hospitality in this ideal holiday getaway,

Getting to the hotel: All Seasons Resort is a 40 minute drive from Barbados Airport (BGI).

Local tips: The area of St.James runs a free 'Reggae Bus' which will shuttle you to and from the beach and Holetown (Monday- Saturday). There are shopping malls, supermarkets, boutiques, pharmacy, bars, restaurants just minutes away! There is a mini-mart nearby that is open 08:00-22:00 each day. The main bus route into Bridgetown is just a 5 minute walk from the resort.

Rates are exclusive to European Union passport holders only.

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment in the All Seasons Resort Europa : The Red Parrot Restaurant & Bar serves breakfast and dinner. There is a small snack bar located next to the pool that offers beverages and snacks all day. Nearby in Holetown guests can enjoy an array of restaurants offering Indian, Asian, International, European and local cuisine. Plus you also have the choice to cook in the comfort of your own apartment.

Sports, games and activities: Outdoor fresh water swimming pool, pool table and foosball in the lounge area. New fitness centre (07.30 to 19.30 ) available for guest over 18 years old.

Additional: Reception desk, games room, beach towels available on extra charge (1st towel is complimentary), shuttle service, iron & ironing boards available and internet access.

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£551

The Tamarind

St James, Barbados

The hotel is a blend of Mediterranean design and Caribbean charm. There are 110 guest rooms at this air-conditioned hotel and facilities include a hairdressing salon, children's playground, two restaurants and shops.

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£1521

Colony Club

St James, Barbados

This air-conditioned hotel is a timeless retreat, set in the restored building of a former Colonial Club. It is ideal for couples seeking tranquillity and relaxation, honeymooners looking for romance and families wanting to spend quality time together. Its charming ambience extends to all 96 of its tastefully appointed guest rooms and suites. A beach and poolside concierge service is provided. Further amenities include an entrance hall with 24-hour reception and check-out service, a hotel safe, a currency exchange facility, 2 bars, a games room, 2 restaurants, conference facilities, Internet access and parking for those arriving by car. Guests can make use of the hotel's room and laundry services.

What is included?

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£2051

Lantana Resort Barbados

St James, Barbados

The newly built community offers one, two, three and four bedroom apartments, located on Barbados' beautiful Platinum Coast, just opposite the inviting waters of Alleyne's Bay. The apartment reflects Bajan culture: loud and colourful. The apartments offer an exceptional standard of accommodation, for visitors looking for something special and unique stay.

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£732

Travellers Palm Resort

St James, Barbados

The Travellers Palm Resort welcomes you to the West Coast of Barbados in the West Indies, situated in the resort town of Sunset Crest, Holetown in the parish of St. James, an area known as the "Platinum Coast". There are only 16 self-catering one-bedroom apartments available at the Travellers Palm Resort which makes for a quiet and affordable setting in which to enjoy Barbados. The resort has a restaurant and bar for an alternative to your kitchen, and a swimming pool with terrace to ensure you can relax and unwind at your leisure. Manage your budget and your time when you book into the Travellers Palm Resort at Sunset Crest, Holetown - holiday at your own pace and explore the West Coast of Barbados, West Indies in the parish of St. James.

 

Getting to the hotel: Approximately 30 minutes from Barbados Grantley Adams International Airport.

 

Local tips: Visit the plantation houses, Porters House and Heron Bay Great House, Folkstone Underwater Park and Museum, and St. James Parish Church. Less than 1km from Holetown; and a 20-minute drive from Bridgetown, the capital.

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: Self-catering apartments complemented by the Village Lime restaurant and bar for casual cuisine, welcome packs and meal options.

 

Sport, games and activities: Swimming pool, sun terrace with loungers and parasols, and nearby beach access. Diving, sailing, water sports, golf, sailing, Island Tours and many more attractions are all within easy reach.

 

For the kids: Cots are available for a fee. Babysitting service.

 

Additional: Front Desk services, housekeeping, payable WiFi internet, safe box rental, luggage storage, further reception services and free onsite parking is possible.


 

What is included?

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£548

On the west coast of Barbados, the upmarket St. James resort is a golfer’s dream, as the area is home to an 18-hole course as well as several shorter 9-hole clubs. If you’d like a taste of traditional grilled Bajan seafood, head south to Oistins Fish Fry, an outdoor fish grill venue, where you’ll get to taste the likes of tuna, as well as marlin and even flying fish. For a relaxing day on the white sand, you can’t beat sunbathing on Palm Beach.

Recommended offers in Barbados

Southern Palms Beach Club & Hotel

St Lawrence Gap, Barbados

  • Close to bustling St Lawrence Gap
  • Relaxed ambience
  • Stunning beachfront setting

What is included?

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£836

Turtle Beach Resort by Elegant Hotels

Dover Beach, Barbados

  • Short walk from lively St Lawrence Gap strip
  • Sophisticated, contemporary design
  • Stunning beachfront location

What is included?

from

£1497

Butterfly Beach Hotel

Oistins, Barbados

  • Laid-back bar and restaurant
  • Few minutes away from the lively bars and restaurants of St Lawrence Gap
  • Beachfront

What is included?

from

£711

Island Inn Hotel

Bridgetown, Barbados

  • Personalised and attentive service
  • 10mins drive from the capital of Barbados, Bridgetown
  • A walk from the beach

What is included?

from

£1093

For a unique zoo experience visit the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, in the north of the island. As well as parrots, reptiles and peacocks, you might spot the Barbados Green Monkey, an olive-coloured primate native to the country. Or try one of the island’s most famous exports and visit one of three rum distilleries. The spirit has been brewed here for over 300 years and Mount Gay, Rum Factory and Malibu are still made on the island. If you’re not sure which one to choose, the Malibu and Mount Gay distilleries are close to each other in south-west Barbados

With its brilliant white coral sand and clear waters, it’s no surprise beaches are one of the top attractions in Barbados. In the north, alcove beaches can be found between high cliffs, from which you get stunning views of the sea. In the south, expect flawless beaches protected by coral reefs. The east coast beaches are wide, facing the Atlantic Ocean and making it a favourite destination for surfers. The relaxing west side of Barbados is calmer and a great place to try out some watersports while you enjoy the tropical climate

There are many places in Barbados which offer turtle tours, combining a catamaran ride with a session of snorkelling. Take the chance to leap into the cool ocean water to see hawksbill and leatherback turtles swimming in their natural environment. Catamarans are also available for fishing charter so you can take a guided tour of the island and enjoy a day learning how to fish. For more experienced fishermen, book a boat for a day of deep sea fishing – barracuda and marlin can both be caught around Barbados.

For a real flavour of Caribbean nightlife, one of the best places in Barbados is St. Lawrence Gap. Visiting ‘The Gap’, as it is simply known, is a great chance to enjoy a range of global and local cuisines, with restaurants serving Italian, Mexican, Chinese and Caribbean dishes. Once you've refuelled, wander the 1.3km strip of bars and clubs and pick a place to drink. Visit the Reggae Lounge for an open-air nightclub playing reggae and calypso music, or go to Lipgloss, a club open 7 nights a week with its own house DJ.

Recommended offers in Barbados

Southern Palms Beach Club & Hotel

St Lawrence Gap, Barbados

  • Close to bustling St Lawrence Gap
  • Relaxed ambience
  • Stunning beachfront setting

What is included?

from

£836

Turtle Beach Resort by Elegant Hotels

Dover Beach, Barbados

  • Short walk from lively St Lawrence Gap strip
  • Sophisticated, contemporary design
  • Stunning beachfront location

What is included?

from

£1497

Butterfly Beach Hotel

Oistins, Barbados

  • Laid-back bar and restaurant
  • Few minutes away from the lively bars and restaurants of St Lawrence Gap
  • Beachfront

What is included?

from

£711

Island Inn Hotel

Bridgetown, Barbados

  • Personalised and attentive service
  • 10mins drive from the capital of Barbados, Bridgetown
  • A walk from the beach

What is included?

from

£1093

BARBADOS IS BEST FOR...

Animal lovers: Swim with turtles - hop aboard a catamaran for an unmissable experience.

High flyers: Helicopter tour - discover Barbados by air – take to the skies for a spectacular tour!

Sun wordhippers: Sit and enjoy clear blue water and immaculate white sands on Palm Beach.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Barbados is English.

Currency: The currency used in Barbados is Barbados dollar ($).

Local time: Barbados is 4 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: The only airport on Barbados is Grantley Adams International (BGI), on the southeast of the island, 13km (8 miles) from Bridgetown.

Flight time from UK: Around 8.5 hours

Tourist Information: Further Barbados tourist information can be found at www.barbados.org

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/barbados for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Barbados.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE


Temperatures: Average temperature of 26°C

Best time to visit Barbados: December to March is the traditional high season in Barbados

Good weather in the Caribbean is guaranteed; the weather in Barbados is practically perfect all year round. The dry season is January-June and the wet season is July-December, but average daily rainfall is less than ¼ inch, so don’t let that put you off! The brief, light showers make a refreshing contrast to the tropical weather.


GETTING AROUND

By taxi: Taxis are available across Barbados, and are easy to spot as they have the letter ‘Z’ on their number plates.

By bus: A cheap and comprehensive bus service runs but can be crowded at rush hours. You can easily identify the buses as they are blue with a yellow stripe.

By hire car: A wide range of car hire options are also available.


EVENTS

February festival For a taste of Barbados’ history, visit in February and you can take part in the Holetown Festival, a celebration of the first settlement on the island in 1627.

Bajan History Experience local arts and crafts throughout the event and get an understanding of Bajan history, as well as a taste of traditional local rum!

Police tattoo One of the most popular events of the Holetown Festival is the Police Tattoo. The Royal Barbados Police Force organises a parade of music and dancing on the only Friday night of the Festival, featuring performances from the canine, motorcycle and mounted units.


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