Our Trip to Barbados

Not so long ago we received an invite from the tourism board of Barbados (Visit Barbados) asking us if we fancied popping over to see what the island had to offer - aside from the idyllic beaches and windswept palm trees that we've come to expect from our past experience of the Caribbean (which was our grandparents holiday photos FYI!)

Obviously we said yes, packed our bags (almost as full as our itinerary) and off we went... 9 hours later and we swapped out the muggy heat of London (you remember that heatwave right? Kinda lessened the impact of landing in the tropics!) for the tropical humidity of Bridgetown, Barbados. 

Our 4 days on the island consisted mostly of exotic garden visits, great food and even better cocktails (see the details at the end of this post). We saw about eleventy million different types of palm tree, the long and dexterous tails of wild monkeys, technicolour architecture and endless shades of blue, green and grey in the form of one sea or another (actually the other was an ocean if we're gonna get specific/correct about things). 

We've separated our trip into a handful of different posts just to help us digest it as much as for anyone that happens to read them, but here's a very condensed visual snapshot to ease us into it. Our main worry was that we might feel like we were on an accidental honeymoon or that it would be a bit too 'bling' compared to what we're used to but (and this is a positive) it felt very real. Yes, there were the warm clear waters and everything shiny that you've seen on the cover of travel brochures but it felt completely relaxed and it's certainly much more than just a series of beaches. There is so much to see and experience all over the island; we found that Barbados is a very human place and so incredibly open to anyone that wants to visit (we met a lady on her way back from church with rollers in her hair that told us to tell all our friends to come too so I guess that's what we're doing here!). Basically, we felt very welcome and very relaxed to be in such a beautiful place with such warm people.

Would we go back? Yes. Would we travel for 9 hours on a plane for just 4 days there again? YES. 

Now, to the visual treats...

Haarkon in Barbados - Flower Forest.
Haarkon in Barbados - Andromeda Gardens.
Haarkon in Barbados - Hunte's Garden.
Haarkon in Barbados - Colony Club by Elegant Hotels.
Haarkon in Barbados.
Haarkon in Barbados - Flower Forest.
Haarkon in Barbados - Andromeda Gardens.
Haarkon in Barbados - Hunte's Garden.
Haarkon in Barbados - Hunte's Garden.
Haarkon in Barbados.
Haarkon in Barbados - Hunte's Garden.
Haarkon in Barbados - black-belly sheep.
Haarkon in Barbados - Champers Restaurant.
Haarkon in Barbados.
Haarkon in Barbados.
Haarkon in Barbados.
Haarkon in Barbados.
Haarkon in Barbados - World Flower Show 2017.
Haarkon in Barbados - Hunte's Garden.
Haarkon in Barbados - the Animal Flower Cave.
Haarkon in Barbados - Andromeda Gardens.
Haarkon in Barbados - Andromeda Gardens.
Haarkon in Barbados.
Haarkon in Barbados - Mount Gay Rum tour.
Haarkon in Barbados - Orchid World.
Haarkon in Barbados.
Haarkon in Barbados.
Haarkon in Barbados.
Haarkon in Barbados.
Haarkon in Barbados - Flower Forest.
Haarkon in Barbados - Flower Forest.
Haarkon in Barbados.
Haarkon in Barbados - Hunte's Garden.
Haarkon in Barbados - Colony Club by Elegant Hotels.
Haarkon in Barbados - Museum of Parliament.
Haarkon in Barbados.
Haarkon in Barbados - Orchid World.
Haarkon in Barbados.
Haarkon in Barbados - Tapas Restaurant.

The places we visited:

- Orchid World

- Hunte's Gardens

- Andromeda Gardens

- Mount Gay Rum (Distillery Tour)

- Harrison's Cave

- The Museum of Parliament

- Animal Flower Cave

- Flower Forest

- Flowers in Paradise (World Flower Show) 

 

Where we ate:

- Champers Restaurant

- Cocktail Kitchen

- Tapas

- Animal Flower Cave (Restaurant)

- Zaccios

Our trip to Barbados was supported by Visit Barbados, we flew from Gatwick with British Airways (BA flies from Gatwick to Barbados daily during the summer and 12 times a week during the winter. Return flights start from £571) and we were hosted at Colony Club by Elegant Hotels for the duration of our stay.

Other upcoming events happening in Barbados during 2017:

Year of Sport 2017: Several new sporting events have been brought to the island, which include:
·              DiveFest Barbados in July (now!)
·              Dragon World Championship and Barbados Beach Tennis Championship in October
Food and Rum Festival in November with British Chef Tom Aikens
Barbados Beach and Wellness Festival in September  
Barbados Cycling Festival in September