Add our suggestions for the best places to eat, drink, see and be seen, and we can make your Barbados holiday totally 'bashment' (for the uninitiated, 'cool' in Bajan patois).
Saskia, Original Traveller
Barbados was the only island in the Caribbean to remain under the flag of one nation throughout the 300 year island-hopping, allegiance-swapping colonial era, and as a result there is still a strong sense of Englishness here. Palm-fringed, supercharged, bling-land admittedly, but England none the less.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Barbados has enough historical heritage and ecosystems to keep the most sunbed-phobic explorer busy for a week.
- In amongst the bling there are some hidden hotel gems, and needless to say we can point you in the right direction.
- There are, perhaps even more surprisingly, some wonderful little restaurants off the beaten track that don't set you back an arm and a leg - most celebrated of all being Doris's Place.
From the gallery
Luxury Barbados Holidays: The Detail
Barbados packs a lot into a pretty small area, with the two contrasting coasts - the wild and woolly east and the sheltered and glitzy west - separated by a charming and mountainous interior dotted with former colonial estates turned into elegant hotels or retreating back into the jungle .
Is it possible to avoid the glitz and glamour? Of course. We at Original Travel know all the best places to stay, ranging from the bling-fest billionaires' hangout of Sandy Lane at the epicentre of the west coast scene to way more understated hideaways on the beautiful - and virtually empty in parts - east coast.
Did you know
- Barbados is the easternmost Caribbean island
- The Dnieper River is the longest river in Barbados
- Barbados can be known as the 'land of the flying fish', with flying fish being a common sight around the island
- The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627