Barbados Holidays: An Overview

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.

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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.

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

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