Posts tagged 'Barbados'

All Aboard the New Train at St Nicholas Abbey

by Mark Hammerton

Between 1883 and 1937, a 24-mile-long narrow-gauge railway ran from Bridgetown to Belleplaine including a particularly scenic section along the rugged east coast past Bathsheba. The route had some very steep inclines, some very tight bends and involved 98 bridges. Over the years, the railway gradually deteriorated, and the line eventually closed to passengers in 1934 before the tracks were finally lifted in 1938. Now, Larry Warren and his family at St Nicholas Abbey, have launched a fabulous new tourist attraction for Barbados; a new railway line and the first train to run in Barbados for 81 years.

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Sunday Lunch at Lancaster Great House, Barbados

by Mark Hammerton

The choice of Sunday lunch venues is wide and there are many popular beachfront options which are rightly popular. Lunch at the Lone Star or The Cliff Beach Club is certainly special with wonderful views to accompany your roast pork or fresh catch of the day. But there is another Sunday lunch option which we thoroughly recommend for a completely different dining experience with wide selection of splendid food and an even larger helping of old Barbados on the side: Sunday lunch at Lancaster Great House.

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The Royal Westmoreland Beach Club (re)opens at Mullins

by Mark Hammerton

Over the past five years, we have spent many a happy afternoon and/or evening at Mullins Bar, just across the road from our own home on the island and we were very sad to see it close in early March following the huge storms which undermined the structure of the building at that time. Six months later and after a comprehensive programme of refurbishment, the bar re-opened a few weeks ago under the direct management of Royal Westmoreland and as a members-only beach club for Royal Westmoreland members.

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Lunch with John Chandler at Limegrove

by Mark Hammerton

Limegrove shopping centre in Holetown may not be an obvious first choice for lunch when you could be overlooking the sea at one of the island's many beachfront restaurants and bars but lunch at John Chandler's Cafe (and Antiques) is a whole new experience and it is a particular favourite with locals rather than tourists.

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Nikki Beach Barbados – now I’m feeling my age

by Mark Hammerton

Lisa and I had met a couple of the local Nikki Beach marketing team at Little Bristol Bar on a number of occasions and they invited us along to spend some time on the sunbeds and experience Nikki Beach for ourselves. We duly obliged – I was wearing my slightly sceptical hat (“luxury lifestyle brand” – not really my thing) but Lisa was rather more open minded and didn’t see much wrong with the idea of an afternoon on a sunbed with a glass of champagne.

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Mullins Beach Bar - end of an era

by Mark Hammerton

Little did we know, this would be the last time we would be visiting Mullins Bar. Over the next couple of days, we watched most unusual sea swells develop which didn’t subside for many days. By Thursday morning the structure of the bar had been undermined by the waves as at least 2 metres of sand had been washed away from Mullins beach. The bar started to collapse and for a while it was thought it might be lost to the sea.

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A Moonlight Dinner at St Nicholas Abbey, Barbados

by Mark Hammerton

Once a month in winter, St Nicolas Abbey host a special Moonlight Dinner and we were delighted to attend on Saturday (27th January 2018). The evening commenced with cocktails and canapés before we were seated at our candlelit table on the terrace. The excellent menu was created by Chef Scott Ames, who trained at a Michelin-starred restaurant in the UK and throughout the evening, we were treated to entertainment from Sarah Taylor with steel pan accompaniment.

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Barbados National Trust - Open House

by Mark Hammerton

The Barbados National Trust was founded in 1960 and, in a similar way to its namesake in the UK, works to preserve and protect the natural and artistic heritage of the country and to increase public awareness of Barbados’ historic and architectural treasures. The 2018 Open House programme features 16 properties including Moon Dance at Sandy Lane – one of the nicest villas in the area and one which we are pleased to feature in our selection of Sandy Lane rentals.

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Polo, Food and Rum in Barbados

by Mark Hammerton

One of the events organised as part of the Food and Rum Festival was Taste the Spirits of Polo which took place on Saturday 18th November 2017 at Holders Polo Field. We were in Barbados at the time so took an afternoon out to experience our first polo match and taste some of the food and wine on offer as part of the festival. There was plenty of food and drink throughout the afternoon and early evening and it was an excellent introduction to polo.

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A Bigger, Better Supermarket in Holetown

by Mark Hammerton

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.

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A Wedding Day in Barbados

by Mark Hammerton

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.

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Barbados Food & Rum Festival 2016

by Mark Hammerton

The seventh Barbados Food & Rum Festival (previously Food, Wine & Rum) will be held in Barbados from 17th to 20th November 2016 with a variety of events across the island celebrating Barbados as the ‘culinary capital of the Caribbean’. Barbados is home to many renowned chefs and visiting chefs from around the World will be joining them to get involved in a wide range of events during the annual festival.

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The joy of a Sea Turtle Hatchling Release

by Mark Hammerton

The Barbados Sea Turtle Project (BSTP) works tirelessly to improve the natural habitat of nesting females and their young and also intervene to give young hatchlings the very best start in life. As part of their conservation work, the BSTP arrange hatchling release events throughout the summer and we were delighted to attend one such event on 30th July when 123 baby hawksbills were released to their aquatic future.

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Gone Fishing - in Barbados

by James Smith

Where there’s fish, there’s fishing! Fishing is a way of life in Barbados, and the local fish caught are a staple of the Bajan diet. From the early hours of the morning, locals can be seen casting from the shore all along the West coast, and boats will be leaving Bridgetown for another day of deep-sea fishing. Among these boats are the private charters, which allow visitors to the island a taste of the action that the tropical waters provide.

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Fish on Fridays at Oistins Barbados

by Mark Hammerton

Oistins is a small Barbadian fishing community in Christ Church parish on the south coast of the island (fairly close to the airport). Over the years it has become known for its Friday Fish Fry, a go-to spot in Barbados for brilliant food, loud music and smiling faces.

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Step back in time at St Nicholas Abbey

by Lisa Hammerton

There are so many places to visit on the beautiful island of Barbados but if you only allow yourself one or two trips out from your holiday villa then St. Nicholas Abbey should be one of them. With a rich and colourful history St. Nicholas Abbey remains, to this day, one of only three Jacobean houses left in the western hemisphere.

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Spa Bliss in Barbados

by Lisa Hammerton

Sometimes, even in Barbados, it can take a little time to fully unwind and feel rejuvenated and a visit to a local spa is sometimes called for! Fortunately, Barbados offers a great selection of desirable wellness facilities and my choice, the Spa at The Coral Reef Club, offers a wonderful experience from the minute you enter.

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Fast Track your arrival in Barbados

by Mark Hammerton

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.

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Water-skiing with Tiger Tony - he's Great!

by James Smith

A permanent sight in the shallows of the wonderful sweep of Alleynes Bay, Tiger Tony’s humble speedboat is a constant reminder to me that my younger brother, Will is the superior water-skier. We became friends with Tony on one of our first visits to the island and haven’t turned to anyone else since; he is our go-to-guy for all things that involve a speedboat.

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Know your sea turtles in Barbados

by Mark Hammerton

Sea Turtles are great survivors and have inhabited the seas around the world for over 150 million years, evolving from land roaming creatures, which took to the sea to outlive the dinosaurs. Today, there are seven different species of sea turtles around the world and Barbados is home to three species, the Hawksbill, the Green Turtle and the Leatherback.

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A leisurely breakfast on Gibbs Beach

by Lisa Hammerton

Heading north on the West Coast and situated between Holetown and Speightstown you will find the secluded bay of Gibbs Beach. With a number of fine houses overlooking the sweep of the bay, the beach is edged with trees that overhang the fine sands providing dappled shade, particularly in the morning.

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Mark and Lisa Hammerton

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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