Well, 2020 threw us for a loop, but we still can't help wondering where we want to travel to next and 2021 is just around the corner (flights and quarantine rules and, above all, safety permitting of course!). Passports at the ready!
With winter kicking in in the Northern Hemisphere, some of us will be getting the wanderlust itch and looking for warm destinations to head to to break up the winter months and get some sunshine. Enter: Barbados. Lucky for us, winter is the perfect time to travel to the Caribbean as that's when they get the best weather (read: no hurricanes).
Now that we got the basics out of the way, let's get into some of the top things to do in Barbados! We spoke to our London-dwelling Bajan insiders to find out the top 5 recommendations when visiting Barbados.
1. To stay? Cobblers Cove
Cobblers Cove is the place to stay when in Barbados. A luxury boutique hotel overlooking the gorgeous turquoise ocean, Cobblers Cove offers solitude while simultaneously not being too far from the fun. It was once the privately owned home of a sugar cane farmer and built in the 1940's, but has gained much well-deserved esteem since being converted into a boutique hotel in the 1980's.
The 40 suites at this beautiful spot are all designed in a tropical British colonial style and beautifully spacious.
The ocean is just steps away or you can lounge by the pool on a daybed in the shade of one of the pink striped sun umbrellas and easily play matchy-matchy with the decor in our gorgeous Sava one piece.
2. To dine? The Cliff
Word on the street is that you cannot (repeat, CANNOT) come to Barbados without dining at The Cliff, one of the most renowned spots on the island.This gorgeous spot overlooks the waters which are transparent from the lighting so a stingray may swim by as you dine. According to our transplanted Bajans, it's a great spot for romance too, so it's ideal for a date night.
3. Adventure seekers? Snorkelling and diving!
4. To stroll? Visit Bridgetown
I know, I know, I know. This one seems a bit of an obvious mention, but it's worth it anyway. Bridgetown was named a World Heritage site in 2012 and is a vibrant and bustling town with fun, colourful stores on Broad Street and Swan Street.
There are statues of Nelson and other grand colonial figures sitting in the sun-drenches squares of the town while little rum bars pulse along the lively quays of Bridgetown, vibing with the sounds of tourists and locals.
Maybe I saved the best for last...
Barbados rum is considered to be the smoothest, finest and most delicious in the Caribbean. Bajans have been making rum for 350 years, so a rum tour is a must! With a deed dating back to 1703, the Mouth Gay distillery sits in the North of Barbados in the Parish of St Lucy (the only parish of Barbados 11 parishes to be named after a female patron saint by the way). You'll get to tour the distillery, learn about rum (although MG won't let you in on their secret processes) and get to taste different kinds of rum. In a word, YUM.
I hope I've tickled your tastebuds with Barbados. Keep your eyes peeled for our staycation series to follow, starting with Australia, South Africa and the UK for those who won't be able to get too far OOO.