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The easternmost of the Caribbean islands, Barbados is a traveller’s paradise blessed with lush vegetation, friendly people, superb dining and idyllic palm-fringed beaches – wild and windswept on the south and east, pristine and tranquil on the north and west. Once a British colonial outpost, and much of this history is reflected in the nation’s architecture, street names, and passion for cricket. There’s an enormous amount to see and do on Barbados: Take a jeep safari to the untamed east coast, known for its world class surfing, or head to the rugged southern coast, where secluded coves are hugged by craggy cliffs. If you prefer calmer , the north and west coast will be your thing, powder-fine white-sand shores melting into serene bays perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Barbados’ capital, Bridgetown, has excellent shopping and sightseeing, while the island’s relatively flat interior is dotted with beautiful gardens, verdant nature reserves, glittering caverns, and breath-taking viewpoints.

Little Good Harbour 

Why We Love Little Good Harbour

Little Good Harbour offers something a little different for discerning Barbados visitors, particularly due to its location away from the busy and developing West Coast. It’s a refreshingly different, small and private beachfront hotel, close to a quiet fishing village on the island’s north west coast.

The historical aspect is certainly part of the appeal of the property, and the original 17th century Fort Rupert has been carefully and tastefully restored to create the restaurant, bar and two of the hotel’s luxury suites. The other buildings which house the one and two bedroom suites are delightful Caribbean-style guest cottages and very in keeping with the environment, as are the oversized villa-style three bedroom Vineyard suites. It’s for discerning guests seeking a relaxed resort.

The 20 luxurious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites are furnished with a fusion of Balinese and Caribbean décor that creates a distinctly tropical ambience. The hotel’s fabulous, and now renowned, water’s edge restaurant, The Fish Pot, has become an increasingly popular lunch and dinner spot for hotel guests and visitors alike. 

Airport

Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados – 45 Minutes, 37km.

Location

Family run Little Good Harbour is ​located in a quiet fishing village on the West Coast of Barbados.

Accommodation

20 Suites with a choice of Garden or Beach views.

Each suite at Little Good Harbour features Balinese furnishings, airy living space and a fully equipped kitchen. Wonderfully appointed with all the comforts of home.

Food & Drink

1 Restaurants – The Fish Pot.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner à la carte are served at the newly-refurbished beachfront restaurant, The Fish Pot, with local and international dishes that are fresh, healthy and tasty, plus an extensive selection of fine wines. 

Activities

2 Swimming Pool, Beach, Kayaks, Snorkelling Equipment, Island Activities & Car Hire. 

Atlantis Historic Inn

Why We Love Atlantis Historic Inn

One of the chicest and most talked about boutique hotels on Barbados, The Atlantis Historic Inn dates back to the 19th century when the island’s original railway dropped off its passengers on the east coast for a ‘seaside’ holiday. In 2009, owners Andrew and Patricia Warden, immaculately restored the property creating an appealing unpretentious luxury that many people now seek for their holiday. Its spectacular position on the undiscovered east coast blows you away – the breezes here are constant, but cooling and delightful.

The nine oversized rooms are seriously romantic – imagine throwing open the  bedroom shutters to the wild Atlantic Ocean waves, slipping back into the luxury of a four-poster-bed and watching the sun rise in the Caribbean – this is the place to do it. There’s also a great restaurant, again with views to die for, smack bang on the Atlantic Ocean.

Family run by very hands-on owners who understand the meaning of unpretentious luxury, this is the perfect place to spend a few days and to combine with a west coast resort. We believe satisfied guests will doubtless return for longer.

Airport

Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados – 35 Minutes, 22km.

Location

Family run Atlantis Historic Inn is located on the Atlantic coastline of Barbados, for guests who appreciate the simple pleasures in life and the raw beauty of nature.

Accommodation

7 spacious bedrooms in the main house overlooking the ocean.
2 two-bedroom suites next to the pool.

Spacious seaside bedrooms with a sophistication twist of rustic chic.

Food & Drink

1 Restaurant – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are a la carte (except Sunday nights) at the world renowned restaurant, which overlooks the Atlantic ocean. Barbadian buffet lunch offered Sundays and Wednesdays.

1 Bar. 

Spa & Wellness

The Little Spa is available at the sister property Little Good Harbour on the west coast. It offers a relaxing treatment room for scrubs, massage therapies, body wraps and beauty area for manicures, pedicures and facials.

Activities

Swimming Pool, Reading Lounge & Surfing.  

TRAVEL, TRANSPORT AND GETTING AROUND

Hiring a car is the best way to explore Barbados, thanks to the fact it’s a well-developed, small island measuring just 34km (21 miles) long and 23km (14 miles) wide. Anything from a Mini Moke to a limousine may be hired at the airport, at offices in Bridgetown or at main hotels. Petrol is comparatively cheap. Traffic drives on the left. Drivers must be between 21 and 65 years of age to hire a car in Barbados, with a minimum of three years driving experience. Visitors to the island are easily identifiable on the road by the ‘H’ number plate. Locals are usually accommodating and make allowances for any confusion. Seat belts are compulsory. Speed limits are 40, 60 and 80kph (25, 37 and 50mph). A Barbados driving permit is required. This can be obtained from car hire companies, the airport or some police stations. The permit costs US$5 and is valid for one year. A valid national licence or International Driving Permit and a small registration fee are required.

Barbados has a modern, reliable bus network, which operates from 0500 to midnight.

Taxis in Barbados tend to be fairly safe and reliable. Taxis are unmetered but charge fares are regulated by the government and are based on the distance travelled. Check the rate before travel – it can be in US Dollars or Barbados Dollars. Special deals apply for a full-day hire. Licensed minivans, identifiable by their ‘ZR’ licence plates, operate around the island and can be flagged down. There are no fixed schedules, but service is frequent. Rates are the same as for buses, although minivans tend to be quicker – but can be a tight squeeze.

Scooter hire is available – you’ll need to pay a small deposit and wearing a helmet is required by law..

CLIMATE AND WEATHER

Constant sea breezes cool Barbados’s balmy, tropical climate but the island is still sunnier and drier than the other islands. During the so-called wet season (July to November), some brief rain showers are likely. Average sunshine hours per day are eight to ten from November to March and eight to nine from April to October. Tropical storms and hurricanes may occur between June and November.

Food and Drink

Barbados’s water is said to rank amongst the purest in the world; it is filtered naturally by limestone and coral and pumped from underground streams. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption.

Eating out in Barbados is pricier compared to other Caribbean islands. Expect to pay around £20pp in a mid-range restaurant. There is an eclectic choice of food available, with everything from global cuisine served in smart, world-renowned restaurants, such as The Cliff, to Bajan fare available in street markets such as Oistins. Replica British pubs are popular and serve genuine British bitter and stout – often with fish-and-chip bar snacks. There are more than 100 rum shops across the island, which are simple, sometimes shabby, but always friendly where policeman and locals sip a mid-afternoon drink, it’s something to be experienced.

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