Barbados, Caribbean

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When picking a location to spend your time in Barbados it is important to remember the London mantra of ‘West is best.’

As Barbados is the most exposed island in the Caribbean, the East side is prone to rougher seas and strong swells, whilst the west seas remain calm and lazy – as should your afternoons. The west of the island, around Holetown is also home to most of the can’t-miss restaurants on the island such as  The Tides and The Cliff.

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Barbados gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1966 but remains a member of the commonwealth. The main source of income and job creation on the island had gone from sugar production to the tourism. The tax benefits also make Barbados an interesting place to hold an account. Something to keep in your back pocket.

Holiday activities are comprised of watersports in the beautiful sea. Get ready for snorkelling, paddle boarding, water skiing and more. These activities are essential to rev your metabolism for the array of wonderful dinners coming your way.

Every night is an excuse to experiment with resort chic, so prepare to be uncomfortable if you choose not to make an effort. One must of course have somewhere to go – make your reservations when you book your flights to avoid disappointment. Heels are encouraged unless attending Lone Star. Stroll along the water’s edge from the Fairmont, avoid the crabs, and rinse your feet as you arrive.

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Pack an array of colourful bikinis (at least one sturdy enough to withstand activity without embarrassment), light cover ups, jewelled sandals and an interesting pair of oversized sunglasses. Basically you need to go to Harrods Swimwear, inhale that coconut scent and stand by Melissa Odabash until you’re helped to pick everything out.

The holidaymakers here are predominantly English, with a few Canadians and Americans coming in more recently. Expect to socialise with other people staying at your hotel and overdose on cocktails. I was here for 8 days, but I think two weeks is probably necessary for one to relax and enjoy the pleasures available.

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Cristina

Note: photos courtesy of @Shaneleacock

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