Eat, Stay, Do | Barbados

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Hospitable locals, dreamy secluded bays and wild surf out east- Barbados is a Caribbean island that has it all. From fancy beachfront resorts to intimate and affordable, a fascinating muddle of cultures and distinct signs of a British past, Barbados seduces visitors to its sun-filled shores and they keep coming back.



Formerly an old Bajan home, this fancy restaurant in Rockley overlooks the stunning Accra Beach. Serving up pretty plates filled with Caribbean foods, like parmesan-crusted barracuda with whole-gran mustard sauce. If you're looking for delicious local food with a view to match, don't miss out on Champers.


An Arawak word meaning 'full of life' this lively hilltop Bajan restaurant lives up to its name. Order the seared flying fish for lunch and admire the gorgeous views. Sunday brunch is a Caribbean buffet with live jazz music and popular local dishes on offer.

Oistin's Friday Night Fish Fry

The place to be in Barbados on a Friday night. Meander through the sweet-smelling food huts, make like a local and try Bajan favourites like macaroni pie, grilled shrimp and snapper before dancing the night away to live music in the streets. Get there before 8pm to get a seat.

The Cliff- Fine Dining

One of the finest restaurants in the Caribbean- sitting atop a cliff, Chef Paul Owen's restaurant offers diners a candle-lit elegant meal, each table with a sea view and impeccable service. A top-notch eatery with a price tag to match, order the curried Swordfish and finish with a sinful Chocolate Delice.


Sandy Lane - Ultra luxurious

This ultra-luxurious, slightly over-the-top  hotel, offers unrivaled guest accommodations ranging from just over 700 to more than 7,000 square feet. The regal, elegant spa, with its marble reception and spiral staircase sets the pace for the ultimate pampering- Caribbean style. Throw in an impressive golf course, exceptional restaurants, airport pick-up in a Mercedes and you can see where the price racks up. If you can afford it, luxury accommodation in Barbados doesn't get better than this. 

The House by Elegant Hotels - Luxury

This adults-only resort on the west coast of Barbados is a modern, stylish retreat with spacious, contemporary rooms -perfect for couples looking to relax and unwind. Enjoy a complimentary jet-lag revival massage and champagne breakfast before exploring the rest of Barbados. 

Ocean Two Resort & Residences

A 4-star beachfront resort on the gorgeous south coast of Barbados. Offering sophisticated, residential-style suites and the option of an ocean-view. Dine-in at the beautiful open-air restaurant or take a dip in the 150-foot long pool.

The Fairmont Royal Pavillion

The Fairmont Royal Pavilion is an exclusive 5-star resort on the gorgeous Platinum coast. With 71 rooms offering access to 11-acres of lush, beautiful gardens and stunning seaviews from well-decorated rooms, this plantation house- style hotel with its exquisite restaurants is a top choice for accommodation in Barbados.


Harrisions Cave

An impressive limestone cavern and a 40-foot waterfall, Harrison's cave is one of the most popular attractions in Barbados. Take the hour-long underground tram tour with hundreds of stalagmites and stalactites on show, sculptures and interactive displays. There's also a 1 1/2 hour exploration tour through rugged nature trails and some of the caves natural passages.

Harrisons Cave, Barbados

Soup Bowl

A major surf spot in Barbados, this foamy beach on the rugged east coast is stunningly beautiful. Striking rock formations along the coastline make this wide stretch of sand one of the most unique beaches in Barbados. Bring a picnic, a camera, bathe in the shallow pools  or brave the cascading waves.

  • Zed's Surfing Adventures 
    Offers surf lessons to those new to surfing, and surf tours and packages to more experienced surfers. Or you can rent a surfboard and head out on your own.

Hunte's Gardens + Rum Tour

An extraordinary  garden in the hills of St. Joseph's parish. A 4-hour tour will take you through the vibrant nature trails, spotting wildlife and exotic beautiful flowers along the way. Learn about how Horticulturist Anthony Hunte converted a collapsed limestone cave into this flourishing garden full of blossoming plants and towering palms. Stop by the nearby Mount Gay Rum Visitor Center and learn about the oldest rum in the world.

Bottom Bay

This secluded picture-perfect beach beneath high coral cliffs is a popular backdrop for many fashion photo shoots and an ideal spot for lazing under tall palms. The ocean waves can be too strong for some swimmers, but the never-ending ocean view and peaceful ambiance at this tranquil bay make it perfect for a relaxing day at the beach.

Carlisle Bay

This dreamy Bridgetown enclave, dotted with sandy palms and blessed with calm waters is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. Rent an umbrella and a lounger from the Boatyard and watch the sail boats float in the pure blue waters.

St. Nicholas Abbey

This majestic, 17th Century Jacobean mansion is one of only three in the Western Hemisphere- and its one of the most impressive. With Dutch gables, chimney stacks, stone finials and furnished with fine antiques, take a tour through the great house and beautifully landscaped gardens home to tropical Mahogany and Silk Cotton trees.

Dover Beach

A breathtaking beach for the adventurous. This wide shoreline on the south coast of Barbados is popular for jetskiing, cat sailing, boogieboarding and even windsurfing.

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