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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Christian Dalera holiday spotlight: why Barbados is my Caribbean favourite

I have had the good fortune to stay in Barbados twice, and I cannot recommend it enough.
The first time I flew into Grantley Adams International from London for a week-long cruise around the Caribbean. While the natural beauties of islands such as Aruba, Grenada or St Lucia are probably more striking than Barbados, the latter makes up for it with an excellent infrastructure, amazing hotels and restaurants.

Christian Dalera's Barbados review

And of course, one should mention the lovely Rihanna is from Barbados.
BAJAN: Rihanna
On my second visit I stayed at the world famous luxury Sandy Lane Hotel, which is quite simply better than any other 5-star hotel I have had the fortune to stay at. Aside from the first class beach-front facilities of the hotel, exquisite food and best golf in the world (The Green Monkey), Sandy Lane stands out for its service.
 The staff have an inate ability to make guests feel at ease. I witnessed executives drop their guards, and within a day or two high-five the man polishing the brass on the staircase.
Their friendliness is infectious.
Then you have the restaurants, Sandy Lane itself has go its very good Bajan Blue where the breakfast buffet is served, and the slightly more formal L'Acajou. For a spot of pre-golf brunch I recommend The Clubhouse Restaurant.which has stunning views across the rolling fairways to the Caribbean sea below.
And then there is describes the island as follows: Barbados is a coral island, pushed out of sea by volcanic activity in a far away time. On the West Coast of Barbados, coral shore beaches of fine white sand stretch along a blue-green sea. Coral reefs fringe the Barbados shoreline to provide excellent snorkelling and Scuba Diving. Along the East Coast a lively surf is blown briskly by the strong and constant trade winds and the waves pound against a rocky shore. The constant breeze of the trade winds give Barbados a mild and pleasant tropical climate.

When you visit Barbados, you will see it is mostly a flat coral island with excellent beaches, but there are rolling hills and many deep ridges and gullies, with an interesting distribution of flora and fauna. Within the Barbados coral core there is a vast array of caves and underground lakes which provide an excellent supply of drinking water that is amongst the purest in the world. Geologically Barbados is unique, being actually two land masses that merged together over the years. This and other anomalies make this Caribbean Island quite phenomenal, and there are geological structures that you will find only in Barbados.
Barbados Expectation
Barbados is a very beautiful island, with lots of art, activities, night life, music, history and some of the best restaurants to be found anywhere. But what makes Barbados even more special, and the reason why so many visitors keep returning to the island year after year, is the people. Barbadians, called Bajans, are warm and friendly souls, always ready to greet you with a sincere smile. Barbadians make you feel welcome and special, in this lovely Caribbean Island. You will feel its your home and will want to come back again and again to Barbados: A unique Caribbean paradise, surprisingly sophisticated, friendly, fun and always Naturally Charming!

For a good meal try The Cliff or if you fancy some fast food just down the road in Holetown you can grab some fried chicken at KFC, but where ever you eat I must warn you that while the food on the island is magnificent, the nationa dish, Flying Fish, was not very nice when I had it. In fact when I ordered it on my first night at Sandy Lane the waitress actually told me not to order it. A couple of days later when I ventured into the capital, Bridgetown, I ordered it and it was not very nice at all.

PARADISE: Barbados

Whatever you do...

Do swim with the turtles. Do let 'Doctor Aloe Vera' (a chap that walks the beaches) smother you in fresh Aloe Vera if sunburnt. Do have a drink at the Malibu factory (don't bother with the tour, boring). And if you see Flash, the colourful jet-ski man, tell him I said hi! But whatever you do, stay at Sandy Lane, it really is worth it.

Excellent video about Barbados below

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