Cuisine, culture & natural beauty - enjoy a blissful escape in Barbados
Known for its silken white sand beaches and aquamarine ocean, there is so much more to breathtaking Barbados than just beautiful stretches of sand and sea. Scratch the surface of this magical West Indies paradise and you’ll find a rich tapestry of culture, adventure, art, cuisine and history just waiting to be discovered. Nature lovers will adore exploring the wealth of natural beauty to be found both above and below the waves, while keen foodies will savour the abundance of freshly caught seafood which forms a key part of the island’s menu. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation or indulgence, or a mix of all three, Barbados is the perfect destination for your next getaway.
The onefinestay experience
Whether you’re after relaxation, adventure or pure foodie indulgence, here at onefinestay we know exactly what it takes to make your getaway special. With our incredible range of exclusive concierge services, you’ll have a host of sumptuous experiences at your very fingertips. Relax with your very own in-home spa experience, feast in the comfort of your villa with your own personal chef or else explore the oceans in style in a gleaming private yacht. What’s more, it can all be booked and organised by your concierge pre-stay, meaning all you have to do when you get there is sit back and relax.
Culture + adventure
Culture lovers and adventure seekers alike will be enchanted by the array of activities available on this wonderful isle. From watching the sunrise in Farley Hill National Park, overlooking the ruined plantation house, to exploring Animal Flower Cave and catching a movie in the drive-in cinema, Barbados offers a unique and varied itinerary suitable for groups of all sizes and ages.
Set off on a private tour of the serpentine streets of bustling Bridgetown, the island’s Unesco World Heritage-listed capital, marvelling at the unique blend of modern and colonial architecture. From exploring the town’s 17th-century garrison to a rum tasting at one of the oldest distilleries in the Caribbean, simply inform your onefinestay concierge of your group’s interests and they can use their local knowledge to organise you a personalised city tour.
Boasting some of the world’s loveliest beaches, Barbados is heaven for sun worshippers and surfers alike. From soft sands and calm water to windy shores and larger swells, you’ll find plenty of variety around the coastline of this 34 km long patch of paradise. Families will love the soft golden sand and sense of seclusion which characterise Gibbes Beach over on the west coast. Meanwhile, the neighbouring Mullins Beach is one of the most popular spots on the island, with calm waters ideal for swimming and a beer shack for all your refreshment requirements.
Surfers head to South Point and Brandon's for the best surf and most consistent breaks, while wind and kite surfers congregate at exposed and breezy Silver Sands. For anyone searching for a photo op, the pink-tinged sands, lush palm trees and soaring cliffs of Crane Beach promise a picture-perfect backdrop. A little further along the coast, the coral crags and panoramic views of Bottom Bay make it the ideal picnic spot. Finally, if you’re seeking a tranquil oasis for your daily jog, dip or yoga session then Enterprise Beach is a firm local favourite.
Thrill-seekers will want to take to the water and try their hand at windsurfing, snorkelling, surfing, SUP and kite surfing. Due to its small size and location, the coast of Barbados offers a range of varied conditions, ideal for each particular spot. The tranquillity of the west coast is perfect for swimming, snorkelling and SUP and the more lively south coast offers great opportunities for kayaking and boogie boarding. The windswept southernmost tip is the top spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing, while the excellent swell along the east coast makes it a surfer’s paradise.
Venture a little further off the coast and you’ll find the S.S. Stavronikita, one of the most popular dive sites in the whole of the Caribbean. Having sunk around 50 years ago, this historical shipwreck is now home to vibrant coral reefs, schools of barracuda and drifting sea turtles. The ideal place for scuba divers wishing to explore the magical underwater world.
Those who prefer to stay above the waves can charter their own private yacht or catamaran for the day and set off to explore the surrounding seascape. You might even spot some larger marine life from the deck, such as striped dolphins, reef sharks and flying fish. Whether you want to set off on a sailing, scuba diving or surfing adventure, your onefinestay concierge can arrange your boat and equipment hire, as well as a local guide and shuttle service.
Back on land, there's plenty of opportunity for adventure too. From hiking and biking to horseback riding and caving, there's something for everyone on this magical isle. Keen golfers will be delighted to hear there are plenty of top-class golf clubs on the island. Take your pick from the endless array of courses, from Barbados Golf Club, Rockley Club, Royal Westmoreland to Sandy Lane (home of the Green Monkey Golf Course), Apes Hill and Almond Beach Resort, to name a few. Fancy swapping some time on the beach for a day putting on the green? Simply speak to your onefinestay concierge and they can book you in for a session at one of the island’s most prestigious clubs.
Barefoot beach bars + elegant eateries
Foodies rejoice - a trip to Barbados is a treat for the tastebuds too! With an array of elegant fine dining eateries, laidback beach bars and sophisticated sunset lookout spots, you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to eat next. For laidback beers on the sand or cocktails under the stars, we’d head to La Cabane on Batts Rock Beach. Run by two French men, you can enjoy the very best of island life at this carefree chic beach bar. If you’re searching for fine dining, then Champers is an excellent option. Perched on a terrace overlooking the waves, enjoy exquisite food amidst a charming backdrop of white tablecloths, wicker chairs and azure ocean views. If you’re not too full to move after dinner, then the adjoining local arts and crafts gallery curated by the restaurant owner is well worth a visit.
Arguably Barbados’ most famous restaurant, The Cliff is the ideal spot to splash out on a special occasion or long overdue date night. As its name suggests, the restaurant is perched atop a cliff with stretching sea views and spectacular sunsets. Sip on expertly-crafted cocktails and excellent wines, enjoying the soothing sounds of the ocean beneath your feet. When the food arrives, you won’t be disappointed. Bursting with fresh seafood and creative flavours, the menu here is sure to delight even the most seasoned gourmands.