Vacation Like A Star: Barbados
The calming turquoise waters, warm and friendly locals, affectionately known as Bajans, and amazing nightlife keeps stars coming back again and again.
And of course, it's the birthplace of pop superstar Rihanna who is one of the biggest exports from the gorgeous isle and the country's tourism ambassador.
Here's a guide to what to do during your trip to Barbados—whether you're on a budget or able to live it up like a star.
Where To Stay: Sandy Lane. This luxurious hotel has hosted the likes of The Queen, Jackie Kennedy, Simon Cowell, Elton John, Jennifer Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rihanna has a home on the huge estate. With four restaurants, seven bars and three golf courses, you'll be spoiled for choice for things to do in this oceanfront property. And the celeb spotting is great too!
Where To Stay Adults Only: The Club Barbados Resort & Spa is a 161-room, all inclusive, adults only, resort. It's perfect to get away with your loved one, for your honeymoon, or on a trip with friends. The resort features two restaurants, three freshwater pools and a choice of different water sports. The world class property is nestled in the serenity and beauty of the island's Platinum Coast.
Where To Shop: A trip to the capital Bridgetown is a must where you can get all your souvenirs, be among the locals and buy fresh fruit and wares from Bajan vendors.
Where To Hang Out: South of the island is a place called Oistins which is a must-go at the end of the week for the Friday Night Fish Fry. Locals and tourists mingle as everyone tucks into the best catch of the day while having a Banks Beer, listening to tropical sounds of reggae and soca music while sitting outside in the balmy evening warmth. Bliss.
What To Do: Barbados has a plethora of attractions on the tiny 14miles x 21miles island. It is the birthplace of rum so going to a factory to see how it is made is always a delight. It's natural beauty can be seen by of course, going to one of the many amazing beaches, and also attractions like Harrison's Cave.
Where To Dine: Bajan cuisine has African, Caribbean, West Indian and European influences. One of the best places to dine is Champers where you can eat while looking out to the sea watching the sun set. Packed full of amazing fish dishes, the Parmesan Crusted Barracuda or the Cajun Mahi Mahi are favorites.
Where To Spa: If Sandy Lane isn't an option to stay, it is definitely the place to go to get pampered for the day. Their spa facilities are second to none and include hydrotherapy treatments, oriental steam baths and they use treatments from around the world.
Where To Party: Barbados has a multitude of activities going on throughout the year including the yearly carnival, Cropover, The Jazz Festival and Reggae Festival but on any given night you can take a stroll down St. Lawrence Gap where you will be spoiled for choice with different bars and clubs and there's always a beach party going on.
Bajan Goods Online: And if you can't make it to Barbados, it doesn't mean that you can't feast on lots of the amazing food from the island including rum cake, spicy condiments to liven up your favorite dishes, and beauty products made from local ingredients. Check out www.thebarbadoshop.com
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