As the days get shorter and autumn sets in, we all start dreaming of white beaches, aqua seas, warmth and sunshine. Where better to find all this and much more than Barbados. I have recently had my first experience of this magical island and it surpassed all expectations. It not only ticks all of the above but also exudes a unique culture, authenticity and personality that you can’t fail to fall in love with. Before going there, I had always wondered what it was about this caribbean island that draws people back year after year but now I can totally understand, there is something very addictive about its beauty, people, culture and vibrant yet cosy atmostphere.
Elegant Hotels www.eleganthotels.com specialise in Barbados and as such offer a unique collection of luxury properties and resorts beautifully situated on the West and South Coast of the island. They manage to combine elegance with a twist which gives each of their luxury hotels a distinctive personality and an authentic charm. Whether its romance you seek, adventure or a family vacation, Elegant Hotels would definitely be our top choice.
We have just been lucky enough to stay at the recently re-furbished Tamarind Hotel for our Photoshoot (and what a location it turned out to be!). Set on the west coast, this hotel is a little piece of paradise – aqua waters, white sands, serene outdoor spaces and a unique friendly atmostphere that combines the island’s informal relaxed spirit with an understated efficiency and service of a 5* hotel. This is a family hotel but is equally suitable for couples as it manages to retain the peace and romance of an adults only hotel.
You could quite easily not move from this hotel for your whole stay as there is plenty to do on site including complementary watersports, kids clubs and of course the obligatory ‘sitting by the aqua waters doing absolutely nothing’ that we all dream of. For the more energetic days, it acts as a perfect base from which to explore the island which I am looking forward to doing when I am not there on ‘work’ duty. One little secret that this hotel seems to keep rather quiet and we discovered by accident, just meters off the hotel beach, you can swim with wild turtles which is truly a magical experience.
We were also invited to shoot at the exclusive House Hotel. The House is an intimate boutique hotel which offers informal sophistication and tranquility in a chic minimalist design. The atmostphere there is relaxed yet exclusive, a haven of privacy and calm – definitely on my wish list for a treaty holiday. The acclaimed Daphne’s restaurant there, with its fine italian menu, provides a very special dining experience, people come from all over the island to enjoy its exceptional menu and one-off beach-side location. Sadly, due to a gruelling photoshoot schedule we didn’t find a moment to eat there but we did manage to visit on our last day for a cocktail. It is indeed a magical venue with a warm and welcoming atmostphere and as for the mojitos, I can definitely vouch for them!
This time round most of our trip was taken up with the photoshoot so we were unable to explore this beautiful island properly but this just gives us the perfect excuse to go back and back as the island has so much to offer. We all definitely came back as Barbados addicts and what better way to do it than the ‘Elegant’ way.