We have been fortunate enough to go to Barbados a few times now. With a convenient flight from Manchester and some guaranteed winter sun, it’s hard to resist.
With a strong tail wind, the flight only took 7 hours 30, arriving just in time for an evening meal and a cocktail!
We stayed at the Sugar Cane Club in the north west of the island, somewhere we haven’t stayed before. It is an all-inclusive, adult only property, and five minutes by courtesy bus to a lovely beach if you like the sea and sand. We were more than happy staying within the hotel’s well-kept gardens with access to the pool, and occasionally spotting the monkeys that would appear within the grounds.
The hotel has two restaurants, La Salsa is open every night and offers buffet or a la carte, depending which night it is. The other restaurant, Sandy’s, opens a few nights a week except for Fridays, when it offers meals to hotel residents and Almond Beach Club hotel guests, its sister hotel. There is entertainment with live music on a couple of the buffet nights.
With just 42 apartments, it is quiet and not like some of the larger hotels you will find in the Caribbean. It is easy to get to know the staff and to chat with other guests if you want to. We had an Ocean View room which I can definitely recommend, as watching the sunset from the balcony was a great way to end the day.
One day we hired a car to venture round the island. Driving is on the left which makes it easier. A couple of highlights from the day were going over to the east coast to Bathsheba, where we had lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Atlantic Ocean where there were surfers trying to stay upright on the rolling waves. There is quite a contrast between the west and east coast, so definitely worth a visit in my opinion. After lunch we went to the Flower Forest which is inland from Bathsheba, and that was fantastic. It was very peaceful, we were the only ones there! You can walk around at your leisure, looking at the different trees and flowers, with a couple of amazing views along the way, and we saw a monkey which inconsiderately ran off when the camera came out.
Another morning, we took the hotel up on their free glass bottom boat trip. It was a lovely way to spend a couple of hours, watching the fish through the glass, followed by the opportunity to swim with turtles and then admiring the lovely houses and beaches along the coast. Perfect!
It was a very relaxing holiday, and one that I can recommend to anyone looking for a quiet and friendly hotel.
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