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A Barbados guide – the restaurant Gary Lineker likes, the festival Rihanna loves…

by Ace Damon
The stunning Lower Bay in Barbados. The island has been loved by the British since Captain Henry Powell first occupied it in 1625.

The island of Barbados has been loved by the British since Captain Henry Powell first occupied it in 1625.

The intrepid adventurer claimed the island in the name of King James I. He remained British for almost 350 years. Although independent since 1966, it is still a Commonwealth member.

The origin of the name Barbados is supposed to come from Portuguese explorer Pedro A Campos, who used the phrase & # 39; Los Barbados & # 39; which means & # 39; bearded & # 39 ;.

The stunning Lower Bay in Barbados. The island has been loved by the British since Captain Henry Powell first occupied it in 1625.

He is thought to be referring to the roots of the island's bearded fig tree, or the bearded Caribbean or, more likely, the foam sprayed on the reefs, which somehow resembles a beard.

No one is sure.

Barbados has always had a distinct British heritage and it is not difficult to see why it is such a popular holiday destination.

Bajans are the friendliest people in the Caribbean, and the island is the safest and cleanest. Cricket and polo are part of Bajan's social diary, with tea served in various hotels.

Barbados has always had a distinctly British heritage. Pictured is the marina promenade in the capital, Bridgetown.

Barbados has always had a distinctly British heritage. Pictured is the marina promenade in the capital, Bridgetown.

The place names will look familiar – I saw Windsor, Cambridge, Sussex, and Buckingham Hill.

Cricket is played at Kensington Oval. Even the forest highlands in the north of the island are somewhat euphemistically called Scotland.

Polo has been played in St James's parish since 1884 – Prince Harry once fell here from his pole horse. Although Barbados has strong British roots, the charming Bajans give it a local flair.

WHERE TO STAY

The blowtorch

Sandpiper is one of the Caribbean's most exclusive and discreet boutique hotels. It was opened in 1970

Sandpiper is one of the Caribbean's most exclusive and discreet boutique hotels. It was opened in 1970

The endurance piece at Sandpiper is the Curlew Tree Top Suite, pictured as Barbados' most luxurious vacation suite.

The endurance piece at Sandpiper is the Curlew Tree Top Suite, pictured as Barbados' most luxurious vacation suite.

The blowtorch It is one of the Caribbean's most exclusive and discreet boutique hotels. Its 47 luxurious rooms and suites are unobtrusively set in seven acres of lush gardens filled with tropical flora, providing a wonderful sense of tranquility.

Opened in 1970, the hotel is set on a stunning coral beach on the platinum west coast, gently lapped by turquoise waters.

Much of the torch's charm and apathy can be attributed to owners Wayne and Karen Capaldi and general manager Russell Croney, who manage it with meticulous attention to detail without sacrificing the laid-back Caribbean way.

The Harold's Bamboo-fronted Bar at Sandpiper. Frank says it's a wonderful place for a sundowner after a swim in one of the two pools.

The Harold's Bamboo-fronted Bar at Sandpiper. Frank says it's a wonderful place for a sundowner after a swim in one of the two pools.

Sandpiper's restaurant pictured is one of the best on the island, according to Frank

Sandpiper's restaurant pictured is one of the best on the island, according to Frank

Along with the desire of your incredibly well-trained staff to take care of your guests, it was no surprise on my visit here to meet several distinguished British guests returning here year after year.

The restaurant is one of the best on the island and is reasonably priced, with dishes prepared with a unique Caribbean touch and exquisite presentation. The bamboo-fronted Harold's Bar is a wonderful place for a sundowner after a swim in one of the two torch pools.

The piece of resistance is the Curlew Tree Top Suite, which is Barbados' most luxurious vacation suite. In addition to uninterrupted sea views, it has a long terrace complete with a complimentary wet bar and an open terrace with its own fascinating plunge pool.

Attentive details, such as personalized stationery and even a guest toilet for guests visiting the suite, will ensure that a stay at Sandpiper has a long life in memory.

TRANSPORT

Colorful blue and yellow government buses in Barbados can take you from Bridgetown to Speightstown, pictured

Colorful blue and yellow government buses in Barbados can take you from Bridgetown to Speightstown, pictured

It only takes three hours to drive all over the island. But why rent a car when you can take one of the ZR or maxi taxis, the blue or yellow government buses that will take you from the capital, Bridgetown, to Speightstown.

On board, the conductor and passengers have fun with reggae music being played at full volume.

It's the easiest and most fun way to get around the island, past the historic wooden Chattel Houses, Holetown and many five-star resorts, including Sandy Lane Resort, beloved by Simon Cowell and Gary Lineker. The bus will drop you yards from the next charming destination, Cobblers Cove.

Cobblers Cove – A Tropical Country Club

Cobblers Cove is a former vacation home that now advertises itself offering "British elegance with Caribbean character"

Cobblers Cove is a former vacation home that now advertises itself offering "British elegance with Caribbean character"

The pool area at Cobbler & # 39; s Cove. Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop website describes the hotel as a 'tropical club'

The pool area at Cobbler & # 39; s Cove. Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop website describes the hotel as a 'tropical club'

Cobblers cove, with its 40 colonial-style suites, was once the private home of Joss Haynes, a wealthy sugar cane planter and politician, who built it in the 1940s as a family vacation home for escaping the East Coast and windy and bumpy.

He announces himself by offering "British elegance with a Caribbean character" and recalled Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop website of a "tropical club".

The first impression upon arrival at the sun-drenched coral pink stone façade is the impressive view from the Great House to the azure waters of the sea beyond.

The house houses the Camelot Restaurant and Bar, which overlooks the palm-fringed beach and pool deck. A refreshing, pleasant tropical breeze floats across the terrace.

Caribbean Seaside Camelot Restaurant at Cobblers Cove has owned five stars of Relais & Châteaux since 1990

Caribbean Seaside Camelot Restaurant at Cobblers Cove has owned five stars of Relais & Châteaux since 1990

Recognized for its island-inspired dishes that reflect the changing seasons, the Camelot Restaurant, by the Caribbean Sea, has owned five stars from Relais & Châteaux since 1990, and was the first restaurant in the Caribbean to receive this honor.

The hotel's fisherman Barker delights guests by bringing barracuda, wahoo and dolphin daily to the restaurant.

The newly renovated suites offer air-conditioned rooms and beautiful private terraces overlooking the fabulous gardens.

Charming General Manager William Oakley, former The Cadogan in London and Firmdale Group, ensures that this remains a much-loved hotel where guests from all nations return year after year.

TRAVEL DAYS

Rum for their lives

The main house of St. Nicholas Abbey Plantation and Distillery, a beautiful Jacobean mansion

The main house of St. Nicholas Abbey Plantation and Distillery, a beautiful Jacobean mansion

The living room inside the main house. The plantation was once owned by Abraham Cumberbatch - Benedict Cumberbatch's seventh great-grandfather

The living room inside the main house. The plantation was once owned by Abraham Cumberbatch – Benedict Cumberbatch's seventh great-grandfather

Barbados produces not only the oldest rum in the world, but one of the best – Mount Gay Rum. It dates from 1703 and is sold in 110 countries around the world.

It's worth a visit to the distillery to try the rum that invented the rum. or & # 39; Kill Devil & # 39; as the Bajans originally called it, made with sugar cane and coral-filled water native to this paradise island.

Another distillery worth visiting is St. Nicholas Abbey Great House Plantation and DistillerySuch a wonderful Jacobean mansion, dating back to 1660.

The newly introduced beautiful steam locomotive, The St. Nicholas Abbey Heritage Railway

The newly introduced beautiful steam locomotive, The St. Nicholas Abbey Heritage Railway

Breathtaking view of Cherry Tree Hill towards the east coast of the island in the Atlantic Ocean

Breathtaking view of Cherry Tree Hill towards the east coast of the island in the Atlantic Ocean

The plantation's peaceful surroundings provide a more enjoyable afternoon and children will love the newly introduced beautiful steam locomotive, The St. Nicholas Abbey Heritage Railway.

The train ride will pass the historic Great House, around the lake, home to wild waterfowl, orchards and a charming mahogany forest, ending at Cherry Tree Hill, where there are breathtaking views of the mountains of the east coast of the island.

There is a free guided tour of the large house and visitors can contemplate a portrait of Abraham Cumberbatch, the former owner of this plantation. He was none other than Benedict Cumberbatch's seventh great-grandfather!

The Child-Friendly Fairmont Royal Pavilion

The newly renovated Fairmont Royal Pavilion. Borders 800 meters from a deserted coral beach on the west coast of Platinum Island

The newly renovated Fairmont Royal Pavilion. Borders 800 meters from a deserted coral beach on the west coast of Platinum Island

The Fairmont Royal Pavilion is the only hotel in Barbados where all 72 rooms enjoy stunning ocean views.

The Fairmont Royal Pavilion is the only hotel in Barbados where all 72 rooms enjoy stunning ocean views.

The newly reformed Fairmont royal pavilion It borders 800 meters of a deserted coral beach on the west coast of Platinum. It is the only hotel in Barbados where all 72 rooms enjoy stunning ocean views.

Nestled in 11 acres of tropical gardens, the setting is one of gently swaying palm trees and colorful bougainvillea and hibiscus. Each elegantly decorated room offers luxurious accommodation, spacious bathrooms and some of the island's most breathtaking sea views.

Each spectacular junior beachfront suite features a large private terrace with outdoor seating area, perfect for sunbathing or sunset.

All guests receive a complimentary afternoon tea during a seven-night stay. It is served with great ease, worthy of the Ritz.

The beachfront Taboras restaurant at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion. Frank says it's an ideal place for an informal lunch

The beachfront Taboras restaurant at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion. Frank says it's an ideal place for an informal lunch

The beachfront Taboras Restaurant with its pizza oven is the ideal place for an informal lunch, while the beachfront Palm Restaurant offers fine dining in a romantic setting.

Sporting activities include windsurfing, diving, sailing and tennis, while golf can easily be arranged at the nearby Royal Westmoreland golf course. The hotel concierge can even take a dip with turtles!

The Fairmont is truly the perfect place for a children's vacation, and the multi-million dollar renovation ensures that the resort's stunning location is matched by five-star service and …

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