Whist we still await the official 'green light' from the UK Government for overseas travel to recommence on 17th May, there is some good news to report from Barbados. In an announcement on Thursday, Prime Minister Mia Mottley confirmed that the current travel protocols for visitors to the island would be updated from 8th May and would significantly ease quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers and, importantly, children under 18 who are travelling with vaccinated parents.
Renting a villa in Barbados is one of the most popular ways of staying on the island but the choice of Barbados villa rentals is so extensive that it can become a little bewildering. We hope that our selection of Barbados villas and apartments will be a good starting point – all have been visited by us and have been selected for inclusion in our programme – but we have also put together a few pointers which we hope will help you get your ideas together before you book your next stay in Barbados.
We are pleased to have been involved with the organisation of a number of weddings on the island and we would be happy to advise on the most suitable venue for your own event. We can also put you in touch with our partner for wedding planning on the island Malissa Blackman who runs Weddings by Malissa and is one of the best known and most trusted wedding planners in Barbados.
When we get the chance, we love to take little excursions - perhaps a catamaran cruise to swim with the turtles or a trip over to the east coast to enjoy the cooling breezes and the more rugged landscape. But we recently took an altogether more exciting excursion as we enjoyed a three night visit to the island of Canouan in The Grenadines. Canouan lies around 110 miles west of Barbados and is a verdant, hilly island of just 5 square miles (Barbados is far larger at 166 square miles) and we stayed at a luxurious villa named Canoten which is owned by one of our main partners in Barbados. It is a wonderful 4-bedroom property with extensive coastal views and lovely pool and sun deck.
After 11 months of work and an estimated spend of BDS$ 45 million, the new Massy supermarket has just opened in Holetown on the site of the old Sunset Crest store. We are in Barbados at the moment and (along with hundreds of others) were soon through the doors on the first day, curious to take a look inside and see where we would be doing most of our food shopping on island over the next few years.
After landing at Grantley Adams airport we were welcomed by a delightful lady called Autumn who was waiting for us just before the Immigration Hall. She scooped us up and whisked us along a Fast Track lane to an empty desk, completely by-passing the lengthy queue and even arranging for a baggage porter while we had our passports stamped.
Mention the words “retail therapy” or “designer brands” or combine these words into a sentence whilst on holiday in Barbados and my husband, Mark will run for the hills, a beach or possibly a rum shack. But I see things a little differently and when the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre appeared, it seemed almost overnight, in Holetown I had to go and investigate – many times.
We are Mark and Lisa Hammerton and we are lucky enough to spend our time organising villa and apartment holidays to the wonderful Caribbean island of Barbados.
We have been involved with the travel industry for most of our working lives but fell in love with Barbados after many visits and ended up buying a second home there.
We would love to talk to you about the island and our selection of wonderful properties and, as our priority is matching the right property to your requirements, we will always be open and honest in what we have to say.
Mark & Lisa
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