Bottom Bay Beach, Barbados – Image courtesy of barbados.org
A British Crown Colony from 1627 and independent since 1966, Barbados is renowned as the ‘Little England’ of the Caribbean: enjoy afternoon high tea, watch cricket almost any time and listen to local Bajans speak with an English accent.
With three separate resort areas – Holeton, St Lawrence Gap and St Peter – Barbados offers all the ingredients you need for a relaxing or active honeymoon.
What to do and see in Barbados
Explore a lush green landscape of rolling hills scattered with 17th and 18th century colonial plantation houses, edged by numerous pristine beaches and encircled by warm turquoise waters that are perfect for swimming, scuba diving and snorkelling.
Enjoy a great nightlife, with numerous fine dining restaurants, dance clubs and classy bars, especially around St Lawrence Gap – the nightlife centre of Barbados, located on the south coast.
Holetown, located in the centre of the west coast, boasts some of the island’s ‘poshest’ resorts.
Sunbathe on a choice of pink-hued and white-sand beaches lined with 5-star resorts and stroll streets lined with 18th and 19th century buildings in the capital, Bridgetown. Explore an array of fascinating man-made and natural attractions, especially along the rugged and unspoiled eastern Atlantic coastline.
Here, you can ride an electric tram through the astonishing subterranean caverns of Harrison's Cave, home to stalagmites and stalactites, cascades, streams and underground pools filled with blind crayfish.
Admire thousands of orchids, sweet-smelling frangipani and many more species of colourful flora at Andromeda Botanical Garden then encounter local fauna such as red-footed turtles, caimans, green monkeys, brocket deer, agoutis and iguanas at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve.
Also see the exotic flowers and spice trees at the Flower Forest, set in a former sugar plantation high above the Atlantic Ocean in one of the most scenic regions of Barbados.
Admire colonial architecture, including the St Nicholas Abbey, a Jacobean plantation house built around 1620 and still graced with ornate Persian arches surrounded by a manicured 80ha garden, as well as the 17th century Sunbury Plantation House, featuring a unique collection of horse-drawn carriages, antiques and old prints.
Also admire the hibiscus- and poinsettia-covered remains of Farley Hill, one of the island’s most famous plantation houses, and the Morgan Lewis Mill, a charming, still-intact colonial-era sugar mill.
Tyrol Cot is the former home of Sir Grantley Adams, the first premier of Barbados, first constructed in 1854 and now beautifully restored by the Barbados National Trust and featuring a craft village where you can watch artisans creating local handicrafts.
In the lush tropical garden at Welchman Hall Gully, just 2km from Bridgetown, see trees dating back before 1627 when British settlers first arrived in Barbados, as well as breadfruit trees that are supposedly descendants of the seedlings brought here by Captain Bligh (of the Bounty).
Look out for wild monkeys amid the flora. For scenic panoramas hike up to the summit of Mount Hillaby (343m) or see the dramatic vistas from St John’s Parish Church.
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Where to stay in Barbados
Barbados offers an excellent choice of accommodation options to suit most honeymoon budgets, including the following…
The House by Elegant Hotels - Adults Only
Location: Paynes Bay, St. Joseph, Barbados
Prices: from AUD1020 per room
Description: This tranquil, couples-oriented, Barbados beach resort is designed with the ambience of a private residence and does not accept children under 18. Service defines the experience here, and the team of Service Ambassadors anticipates and tends to your every need. Think of them as your assistant, receptionist, bellman, concierge, waiter, and friend, all-in-one. Newly refurbished rooms include contemporary furnishings, luxury bedding, and French doors opening to private balconies. Renovated bathrooms feature rainfall showers and jetted tubs.
The Fairmont Royal Pavilion Barbados Resort
Location: Porters, Barbados
Prices: from AUD649 per room
Description: Set on the Glitter Bay Beach and 2 km from Holetown City in St James, this complex features an extensive garden, in-room massage services, a swimming pool and free WiFi in all areas. The plantation-décor rooms and suites offer air conditioning, ceiling fan, seating area and a flat-screen satellite TV with DVD player. All accommodations include a balcony or terrace with sea views, and a private bathroom with bath and separated shower. The Fairmont Royal Pavilion Barbados Resort features 2 restaurants serving international and Caribbean cuisine. Private dinner and in-room dining facilities are available. Guests can also arrange activities as canoeing, diving, fishing and snorkelling. Among these amenities, there are available a gym, tennis courts, laptop loan, laundry and a gift shop. This complex is 5 minutes’ drive from the Royal Westmoreland Golf Course and 15 minutes’ drive from the Flower Forest. The Grantley Adams International Airport is 19 km away.
Location: Speightstown, Barbados
Prices: from AUD550 per room
Description: With a peaceful, beachfront location, Cobblers Cove is set in exotic gardens and offers free watersports, including windsurfing, sailing and waterskiing. Each air conditioned suite features a private balcony or terrace. Views of the Caribbean Sea can be enjoyed from the freshwater swimming pool. All furnishings and traditional fabrics in the spacious suites are made on the island. A large living area, free Wi-Fi and a wet bar, stocked with refreshments and snacks, are also provided. Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the award-winning Camelot Restaurant serves a local and international menu. Massages and beauty treatments can be enjoyed in the Centre for Wellbeing at Cobblers Cove. A boutique shop and fitness centre are also on site. Snorkelling is possible above an expansive reef, which is just offshore. Harrison’s Cave and its beautiful rock formations are a 20-minute drive away.
The Crane Resort
Location: Long Bay, Barbados
Prices: from AUD279 per room
Description:Located on famous Crane Beach and overlooking the ocean, this Caribbean resort hotel offers 4 restaurants and lighted swimming pools. It is a 15-minute drive from Grantley Adams International Airport. Each 19th-century-style room at The Crane Residential Resort includes vaulted ceilings and a 4 poster bed. They are equipped with cable TV, a DVD player, and free Wi-Fi. The marble bathroom is furnished with a whirlpool tub. An art gallery and a shopping complex with clothing and jewelry stores are part of this Barbados resort. Guests can work out on the cardio machines in the gym which boasts views of the beautiful cascading pool. L’Azure Restaurant, located on-site, specializes in seafood and provides seating on its outdoor balcony. Zen Restaurant offers traditional Japanese and Thai cuisine, while The Carriage House is a poolside restaurant that serves light meals and cocktails in a casual atmosphere. Bushy Park Racing Circuit is a 10-minute drive from The Bridgetown Crane Resort. Ocean City is 5 km away.
Location: Needhams Point, Bridgetown, Barbados
Prices: from AUD231 per room
Description: Located next to the Caribbean Sea and featuring 2 beaches, this five-star hotel in Needhams Point offers 3 tennis courts and on-site dining. Every room offers an ocean view balcony. Hilton Barbados guests can enjoy the oversized tropical outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna. They can also work out in the fitness center or have a massage at the spa. Cable TV with HBO, a minibar and coffee maker are provided in the yellow, contemporary rooms. There are floor-to-ceiling windows along with a desk and arm chair. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Barbados Hilton guests can enjoy fine dining at The Grille or casual dining at Lighthouse Terrace. Careenage Bar features live entertainment while Water’s Edge has a beachside bar. Rockley Golf Course is a 6-minute drive from the hotel. Folkestone Marine Park and Museum and Harrisons Cave are within a 23-minute drive.
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Best time to honeymoon in Barbados
The best time for a Barbados honeymooon holiday is during the dry season, from December to May. However, Barbados enjoys sunny skies and warm weather year round, with average temperatures ranging between 24°C (75°F) and 29°C (85°F), usually accompanied by north-east trade winds.
For more climate info: Barbados Weather Guide…
Getting to Barbados
Barbados is the Caribbean's easternmost island, located around 160km east of St Lucia.
By air, Barbados receives daily non-stop flights from North America, Europe and other islands in the Caribbean.
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7 February, 2017
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