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The Caribbean island of Barbados is the perfect luxury holiday destination for the whole family. The island has much to offer discerning travellers; from the charming, laid back Bajan hospitality to delicious Caribbean cuisine, from premium golf courses to the stunning coastline.
The West Coast offers glamour and sophistication with first-class restaurants, bars – both relaxed and formal - and other vibrant venues that rival the social scene in many of the world’s major cities. In fact, the area has become a renowned winter-sun destination for the international jet-set.
The characteristic coral-sand beaches tempt sun-worshippers, while the rugged east coast, with its reef-protected beaches, is perfect for fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling and water sports.
Barbados boasts championship golf courses including those designed by Tom Fazio and Robert Trent Jones Junior. If you prefer something more sedate, head for one of the beautiful spas or designer boutiques. Embark on a tour of a historic plantation house or explore the island’s spectacular, unspoilt nature.
You can even learn to create your own favourite Caribbean dishes at Sandy Lane, which offers fabulous cookery classes. Mount Gay Rum, the oldest rum producer in the world, lets visitors tour the distillery and sample the world-famous tipple at the visitors’ centre.
Barbados is bursting with the perfect ingredients for an all-round fabulous holiday with relaxation, rejuvenation, culture, amazing landscapes, excitement and plenty of fun.
British Airways direct from London Gatwick and Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick and Manchester. Private charter flights on request.
From London Gatwick to Barbados: 8 hours 45 minutes.
British Airways upgrades start from as little as £660 per person, each way.
Capital : Bridgetown
Language : English
Time Difference : -4 hours
Currency : US Dollar and Barbadian Dollar BDS (exchange rate approx BDS $3.25 = £1)
Voltage : 110 volts
Foreign and Commonwealth and Visa Info: For up-to-date country information visit www.fco.gov.uk
Barbados Tourist Office: For resort information visit www.visitbarbados.org