Friday, 24 March 2017

Our 5 Recommended Cocktail Bars on the West Coast..

The west coast of Barbados has a host of wonderful bars to enjoy whether you're after a few cocktails with your significant other or a starting point for a night out on the town. The beautiful surroundings and positive atmosphere will make sure you never forget your Bajan nightlife experience - no matter how many cocktails you indulge in...


Here are our 5 Recommended Cocktail Bars on the West Coast 


1. Red Door Lounge - Holetown
Open from 8pm until the early hours - Wednesday-Sunday 


Red Door Lounge is an uber-stylish lounge and bar with an upscale yet urban vibe. Situated on the renowned Second Street in Holetown, Red Door is fast becoming one of the island's trendiest nightspots to visit. 


The intimate atmosphere and glamorous setting make it the perfect place to mingle with friends and dance the night away. 


There's always time for cocktails and tapas before the lively DJ sessions or live musicians transform the place into the late night hot spot to be seen in.


2. Lime Bar - Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown
Open all week apart from Mondays - 10am until the early hours


Lime Bar has become the premier bar on the west coast of Barbados. Situated in the first courtyard of the Limegrove's luxurious facility, Lime Bar provides a great spot for meeting and making new friends.

They offer live entertainment every week with the best selection of musicians and DJ's. 


3. Ju Ju's Beach Bar - Bridgetown
Open - All the time!



Located slightly further down the west coast in Bridgetown, Ju Ju's Beach Bar is set off the main road and, as the same suggests, is right on the beach. Just north of the Fairmont Royal Pavillion, Ju Ju's relaxed vibe is a hit with locals and high profile visitors. 



Serving ice cold beverages and delicious local food, Ju Ju's is one of the west coast's hidden gems that ticks all of the right boxes. 


To top it off, this beach location not only allows you to dip your toes in the sand whilst you drink, it will also give you some of the most breathtaking sunset views in all of Barbados.


Open Every Day - 5pm until late



Enjoy some of the most delectable cocktails Barbados has to offer in the most sophisticated of surroundings. Inspired by the ocean itself, Drift Ocean Terrace is right by the beach, providing you with the incredible views of the west coast.


The atmosphere is perfect for unwinding after a long day in the sun or if you're celebrating a very special event. 



5. Scarlet - Payne's Bay, St James
Open Tuesday through to Saturdays 
Closed Sundays & Mondays


A modern bistro bar with a delightful Caribbean flare. Scarlet provide amazing cocktails that perfectly complement the low-key decor and contemporary dining choices. 


Decorated in a glorious crimson red, inside and out, this funky bar is a refreshing alternative to the rich nightlife Barbados boasts. 



Even more tempted to visit Barbados?

Why not take a look at our incredible portfolio of luxury villas and apartments on this beautiful island for a truly unforgettable retreat. 



Thursday, 5 January 2017

Our Favourite Things To Do On The Island


This is the time where we'll see lots of celebrities posting pictures making us all insanely jealous while they are soaking up some Caribbean sunshine.....



You may be wondering what else the island of Barbados has to offer other than beautiful blue waters and soft white sand, so here are just a few of our favourite things to do whilst on the Platinum Coast.......


1. Swim with turtles




Looking at Barbados from a different perspective... 
If you love turtles like we do, then you wont want to miss out on the opportunity to swim with them! It's a great activity for the whole family, it's best booked with a catamaran cruise (which is next on our list!) Barbados is very proud of their marine environment, the turtles are monitored under the Barbados Sea Turtle Project for their protection, so tourists are encouraged to treat them with great respect.

2. Catamaran cruise



 Image Provided by the Barbados Tourism Marketing, Inc

What better way to explore the island than on a Catamaran? A wonderful day out, and a perfect opportunity to soak up the sunshine. it's inclusive of drinks, food and snorkeling equipment, what more could we want? If you'd prefer a more relaxing trip take a romantic cruise of an evening and enjoy the sunset. Companies including, Cool Runnings and Tiami Catamaran Cruises offer these fabulous experiences! 

3. Harrisons Cave





In the heart of Barbados is Harrisons Cave - a beautiful limestone cavern. 
There are numerous ways to explore the cave, you can take a tour via a tram, where a tour guide will point out various structures,clear streams and stunning waterfalls, and if you wish, you can choose to step off for a closer look, or you can take the walk in option, whichever you decide its a memorable experience! 

4. Mount Gay Rum tour




Spending the day tasting rum, perfect! 
The Mount Gay Visitor Experience is located in Bridgetown, where there are 5 different tours you can choose from, ranging from food pairing, to cocktails. You get to experience the history of Mount Gay Rum, Barbados' most celebrated spirit whilst enjoying it at the same time - definitely worth a visit. 


5. Wildlife Reserve



Adorable animals in their natural habitat! 
Unlike a zoo, visitors have a unique opportunity to wander freely, whilst watching the animals as they eat and play, in their natural sanctuary. The islands famous Green Monkey's in particular are popular in the afternoon, at feeding time which is around 2pm, you'll also see an array of animals, including peacocks, deer, land turtles and tropical birds.  We could easily spend a couple of hours here, so are sure you could too, especially if you're taking young children they will love it! (Do resist temptation to feed or touch them though, they are wild animals and could defend themselves if they feel threatened)  

The list for us is endless, but these are our top 5! 


If you want to explore Barbados contact our award winning experts to secure your perfect luxury villa!: 

enquiries@elegant-barbados.com

+44 (0) 1244 629963
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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

The Top 5 Reasons To Visit Barbados


It goes without saying that Barbados is our favourite Caribbean Island, but here are just a handful of reasons why....


The People 


Its a known fact that Bajan people are some of the friendliest in the world! With a welcoming and laid back culture you'll be sure to see plenty of smiles & lots of laughter. Its part of the islands charm, and makes it a definite favourite tourist destination. 

The Beaches 


Crisp blue waters, soft white sand, blaring sunshine, is the ideal image of a relaxing beach, Barbados beaches are truly beautiful whether you want a peaceful day sunbathing, or a day of water sports you can do both! What more could you want? Well, actually this leads on to our next reason.....

The Best Rum Punch! 


Now, you'd be mad to go to Barbados without trying their famous rum punch! Fruity deliciousness, with a good kick! Once you've had one, you'll be hooked and happily sipping the night away.
(warning - take it easy, they are stronger than you think!)

The Turtles 


A popular one for the bucket list!
 Turtle spotting, & swimming with turtles are the most wonderful experiences for the whole family, creating fantastic memories. A chance to visit these fascinating creatures in their own environment, not one to be missed! 

The Sunsets 


Whether you're on a romantic trip, or a family holiday make sure you watch the sunset! 
Take a stroll along the beach, or find a beach front restaurant (better still, from one of our beachfront villas!) and take in the array of colours and beauty, its a perfect Instagram opportunity! 


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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Foodie Guide To Barbados

When it comes to finding great food on your travels the Caribbean island of Barbados may be small but it has a big variety of amazing foods and flavours! From lobster spring rolls to the Worlds best (we promise) macaroni pie; Barbados is a fantastic foodie haven with unforgettable restaurants, cafes and beach shacks serving Delicious local and international dishes you wont be able to resist.

In this guide to the best foodie hot-spots in Barbados, we will reveal five restaurants that might not be the most publicised or famous but offer the very best food that we have found on our trips around the island, all served up with beautiful sea views.

13/59 Port Ferdinand

Port Ferdinand is a prestigious yet welcoming luxury resort where visitors and owners can park their private yacht at their front door. The menu at 13/59 is ever changing and evolving with each season with imaginative and innovate style dishes whether you visit just for a relaxed brunch or an evening of live music and high-end dining.

The tables are booked for the night, so when you arrive, you can stay with your guests all evening if you wish. The atmosphere has a lovely relaxed elegance and the Barbecued pork buns, lobster popcorn, eggs Benedict, grilled lobster tail are some of the delectable delights to taste whilst dining by the relaxing marina. 


Round House Barbados

Located in the historic, rugged east coast of Barbados in the stunning Bathsheba; Round House has been a popular restaurant with both locals and visitors for 100 years! The unique scenic location with commanding views over the Atlantic coast, just one minute walk to the famous 'Soup Bowl' surfers paradise beach. 

This popular restaurant offers casual dining all day long with a menu that emphasizes fresh, and locally-sourced ingredients for its signature soups, salads, and sandwiches. We recommend sitting outside to see some of the best views on the island as well as watching the surfers take on the waves.

Nishi Barbados


Dine under the stars as you enjoy Nishi's award-winning British, Caribbean and Japanese dishes. Owned by British hosts Paul and Steve, this award-winning restaurant has mastered the British classics such as the humble pork pie as well as earning a reputation for their fabulous traditional sushi bar and latest trends in Japanese cuisine. 

With three dining areas you will be spoilt for choice with three dining areas to choose from but we recommend dining in the courtyard offering a relaxed atmosphere to mingle and have a lovely evening with friends. The menu reflects the owners 'passion for good food, good wine and the good life'. The flavours are inspired by tropical fruits and vegetables and the bounty of the Caribbean sea! 

The Atlantis Hotel

This is one of our favourite restaurants on the island, especially for their Sunday lunch buffet! The Atlantis hotel overlooks the stunning Tent Bay in Bathsheba and is synonymous with high quality food and sunset cocktails. 

The legendary buffets are held every Wednesday and Sunday when these feasts of Bajan delight are popular with locals as well as visitors to the island. Open breakfast, lunch and dinner - this sea view restaurant offers appetising food dramatic coastal setting and incredible cocktails for a deliciously authentic Barbados experience. 

Apsara Samudra

Think that it's just Caribbean/American or European style food in the Barbados? Think again! Apsara Samudra is a renowned Indian and Thai fine dining restaurant in St Lawrence's Gap. This beautiful, waters edge restaurant serves up delicious, authentic Asian cuisine cooked up by the Thai and Indian born chefs...so they know their stuff! 
The atmosphere and food are magical as you outside on the tropical terraces looking out to the gentle lapping waves of the Caribbean sea. 

Even more tempted to visit Barbados? Take a look at our incredible luxury villas on the island for an unforgettable holiday to the Caribbean. 

Monday, 26 September 2016

The Top 5 Barbados Family Holiday Villas

Family holidays can create some of your favourite memories that will stay with you forever, no matter what age. Are you dreaming whisking your loved ones off to paradise? Leave the miserable weather, everyday routine and stressful office to spend quality time with your loved ones in one of the happiest places on earth - Barbados! Play on the beach 'til sunset, swim with tropical fish and sea turtles and explore the lush green rain-forests as you enjoy a truly memorable and relaxing holiday for all the family in Barbados.

For some inspiration we have hand-picked our top five, favourite luxury family villas for you. 

Villa Sunwatch

2 pools and connecting water slide
Childrens play house
Bright open spaces with inside and outside dining areas
6 bedrooms
View Villa Sunwatch on our website for more details and images. 


Villa Bluff House

Close to tennis, golf, watersports
Access to the beach
Butler, cook, maid
6 bedrooms
View Villa Bluff House on our website for more details and images.  


Villa West Haven 

Direct beach access
Great outside lounge area
Close to shops and amenities
4 bedrooms
View Villa Westhaven on our website for more details and images.  

Villa Casablanca

Private tennis court
Swimming pool
Access to Sandy Lane golf club and beach club
7 bedrooms
View Villa Casablanca on our website for more details and images. 


Villa Calliaqua

BBQ area
Large pool
Near golf and restaurant
5 bedrooms
View Villa Calliaqua on our website for more details and images.  

Barbados is not just a holiday destination for grown ups. There is plenty to experience, see and enjoy for the little ones too! What better place to introduce the kids to new cultures, cuisines and activities than the best Caribbean island? Forget the stress of trying to find a sunbed at the busy hotel pool or having to put up the sofa bed every night and instead, find your perfect private, home from home with a luxury child friendly villa that all the family will love! 
Contact our award-winning Barbados specialists today, who have unrivaled knowledge of the island and the best villas available!

Thursday, 25 August 2016

The 8 best waterfront restaurants in Barbados

The Cliff, St James

Arguably the most famous restaurant on the island, The Cliff has some of the best views and fine dining Barbados has to offer...with a waiting list to match! To get your spot on the prestigious terrace where you can look out to breath-taking, panoramic sea views off the cliff whilst watching sting rays dancing in the water below; make sure you book a few weeks in advance. For those who would love to arrive in style from their yacht, there is a small private dock and (fairly steep) stairs leading up the cliff to the restaurant. Minimum spend is $265 BDS per person for two courses, the price is worth the incredible five star food and service, so save your visit for truly special treat and celebration on your holiday. See a sample of their menu here

The Beach House - St James

The Beach House is a beautiful beachfront restaurant on the platinum coast that serves 'cool drinks and great food all day and into the night' as stated on their website. This may be a lesser known than the Cliff but it certainly has exceptional views and food to offer! Sip an ice cold cocktail as you relax and take in an incredible sunset from the terrace before perusing the wonderful menu of island classics and international cuisine. See the Beach House evening menu here.

Champers, Christ Church

Champers, known as the best restaurant on the south coast, has a romantic Caribbean ambiance as it sits on top of a cliff giving you fantastic, surrounding sea views. From their beautiful terrace you will also overlook the stunning Accra beach, or if you prefer to sit indoors you will be treated to delightful, fascinating art work covering the walls. View Champers dinner menu here

Cin Cin by The Sea

Cin Cin is another popular hotspot on the island. Pronounced 'chin-chin', this restaurant is an incredible contemporary and al-fresco restaurant with gorgeous, modern interiors and breath taking views of the west coast. We highly recommend reserving a table on the terrace but if you prefer to relax in the open plan interior, you will be surrounded by a glass wall stretching the length of the building to let every visitor enjoy the spectacular sea views from inside and out. The food is a delectable blend of European and Caribbean dishes. View the Cin Cin by the Sea dinner menu here

Atlantis, St Joseph

Fresh, authentic Bajan and Caribbean cuisine, The Atlantis is famous for its West Indian buffet held every Wednesday and Sunday, this is a popular with both the locals and visitors - so you know its definitely the best around! There is also an a la carte menu which changes every week, boasting the use of only local, fresh ingredients and meats. Whether you sit in the open plan restaurant or out on the terrace, you will have spectacular views of the rugged east coast beach. See The Atlantis lunch and dessert menu here


Cafe Luna

Situated on the rooftop of the Little Arches hotel, Cafe Luna invites you to dine under the stars in Christ Church.  Experience a taste of the Mediterranean in Barbados as you enjoy al-fresco dining with a panoramic view of the Caribbean sea. Chef 'Moo' is a multi-talented man, known for cooking some of the best food on the island as well as being a fabulous musician! Depending on how hungry you are feeling, you can choose from a great selection of truly delicious 'small, 'medium' and 'large' dishes. View the Cafe Luna dinner menu here.

The Fish Pot, St Peter

The Fish Pot is one of our personal favourite places to eat in Barbados. Located within an old fort directly on the water's edge, the Fish Pot has a wonderful relaxed island vibe with its large picture frame windows facing the sea. The chefs here take a purist approach to cooking by choosing to use fresh ingredients in their best form, enhanced with local flavours. We recommend the lobster ravioli and amazing lamb shank whilst sitting next to the fabulous pastel green shutters looking out to the horizon. See the Fish Pot lunch menu here

Daphne's

One of the the only 'true' waterfront dining experiences on the island, Daphne's has quirky, jazz inspired interiors and a fantastic terrace with panoramic views. We recommend having a pre-dinner cocktail allowing you to relax and try the signature watermelon whilst taking in the incredible view of the sunset and Payne's bay. The menu offers a modern take on Italian classics with Barbados seafood and style! View Daphne's dinner menu here

Many of our luxury Barbados villas have incredible beachfront dining that you and your friends can enjoy from the comfort of your own home! Our award-winning island specialists have unsurpassed knowledge of Barbados and the best the island has to offer. Get in touch today to talk to our experts about your dream Barbados holiday.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Like Rum? Love Barbados!



‘There’s a time and a place’ is the slogan of the oldest rum in the World – Mount Gay Rum from Barbados. The birthplace of the Caribbean’s favourite liquor is definitely the ‘place’ to try it for the first time or enjoy it for the 100th time. Whether you’re visiting for a few days or a lucky few weeks; there is plenty of time to get in the spirit!

How did it start?


Rum is a huge part of the Bajan history and culture with many cultural heritage sites to discover the story of sugar and rum. Due to the islands mainly flat landscape and good soil, Barbados has successfully grown sugar from mid-17th century. Rum was actually first created, in very early form, by plantation slaves as they discovered that molasses (a byproduct of the sugar refining process) could be fermented into a crude liquor called ‘rumbillon’ In 1703, an English businessman set up the world’s first properly commercial rum distillery in Barbados which refined the liquor into delicious rum…That man was Sir John Gay, with the now world renowned Mount Gay Rum.

Festivals

Not surprisingly, rum is a big part of any celebration or festival in the Caribbean. ‘The annual Food, Wine and Rum Festival’ a 4 day foodie and booze fuelled event celebrating the best culinary and alcoholic delights – from pairing food and wines to cooking demonstrations, pop up food stalls and of course beach parties!


The most popular festival, completely dedicated to sugar and rum is Crop Over Festival. These attracts thousands of visitors all over the globe for 3 weeks of events and parties, originally created to celebrate the end of a good sugar crop season. If you can only visit for a short period during this festival then make sure its for the big finale, The Grand Kadooment. This when you will see the famous colourful headdresses, feather crowns and huge crowds dancing in the streets to the early hours! 

Other smaller festivals to mark in the diary are the Holetown Festival, which commemorates the first settlement in Barbados in February and Oistin’s Fish Festival which celebrates the islands brilliant fishing industry.

Distilleries and tours

The most popular choice of distilleries to visit is the Mount Gay Rum Visitors Centre which is located in Bridgetown’s Port. Here you will have a tour guide explaining the distillery’s history, watch a short film and rum tasting throughout. We recommend spending a little extra for the Cocktail tour that finishes with a cocktail making masterclass with the mixology masters of rum! Top tip – Buy your rum to take home here, it’s cheaper than at the airport!



In the hills of St Peter you will find St Nicholas Abbey you will find the oldest plantation house in Barbados. This stunning building has a rich history of rum production and the current owners still produce their own rum. You get to explore the Jacobean style house (built in 1660) filled with antiques and a small cinema showing you how island life was in the 1930s….and more rum tasting of course!



Finally, in eight beautiful acres of former plantation land you will find the Foresquare Rum Distillery which occupies the former St Philip sugar factory dating back to 1636. This is a fantastic entertainment venue with the landscaped parks and perfectly restored plantation buildings. There are several attractions on the grounds including he sugar machine museum, folk museum and bottling plant. Self guided tours are free, allowing you to wander at your leisure on the signposted walking tour.

Rum Shacks




You will find Bajan rum served all over the island, usually accompanied by calypso music and a big smile…at any time of day! There are more than 1500 rum shacks across the island, which equates to more than one in every village! These rum shops are simply made and brightly painted with a drink brand and are as much as a part of the Bajan culture as pubs are to the Brits! 


Pick up a shot or small bottle of rum as you enjoy some home cooked island food and get to know the lovely, friendly locals and even get challenged to a game of dominos! Why not see the best rum shacks on offer and experience a fun afternoon on a Rum Shop Tour.