Susan Hegarty 26 September 2013
Barbados, the name conjures up images of an island paradise with powder white sand beaches, lazy days and beautiful sunsets and this is exactly what I experienced on my recent trip to Barbados. Having been to quite a few Caribbean islands in the past, I was anxious to compare Barbados to them, not least because of the numerous good reports I’d received about the island.

The trip got off to a great start when I experienced business class with British Airways. There really is nothing like sipping champagne and browsing the extensive entertainment and dinner menu while waiting for take-off. After a lovely meal with excellent service and a few hours’ sleep on my flatbed I woke refreshed to find myself arriving in Barbados! For a very special occasion, business class would be a real treat.

On this trip I stayed in three different hotels: Turtle Beach, an all-inclusive property most suited to families on a gorgeous beach. Taminard, a lovely hotel close to all of the nightlife and shopping, with lots of water sports and three swimming pools and Crystal Cove, another all-inclusive hotel and my personal favourite. With beautifully appointed rooms, a lovely beach, friendly staff and a unique cave swim up bar this would be a perfect place for honeymooners.

I really wanted to experience all this island had to offer and I wasn’t disappointed. Barbados is the wealthiest of the Caribbean islands, blessed with a wonderful climate that rarely suffers from hurricanes, a laid back style and people who are genuinely friendly and proud of their home, it has a winning combination for visitors.

Some of the highlights of the trip for me were zip-lining through amazing scenery, swimming off the back of a Catamaran with turtles and beautiful fish in the most crystal clear waters I have ever seen, as well as having a polo lesson-having never been on a horse before, this was a real experience! I also got to try surfing, rum tasting, see some beautiful caves and share in the Barbados tradition of a fish fry on a Saturday night with the locals. I had an extremely fun day on a jeep safari touring the island with a guide who showed us the most incredible views and told us the history of the island, all the while keeping us thoroughly entertained with his jokes and good humour.

I’ve come home with so many good memories of this trip and would happily return in the future. If you are considering a trip to Barbados I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. Get in touch with me for more information or to organise you trip.