Ever considered having Christmas away from home? Many of our clients choose to spend the festive season in Barbados, where the weather is generally sunny and dry, and temperatures hover in the mid-to-high twenties. But it’s not only the Caribbean warmth that calls them to this beautiful island; it’s the whole holiday experience. So, what is it like to spend a luxury Christmas in Barbados? Does Santa still come? Can you have a traditional turkey dinner? We’ve got the lowdown on what you can expect on a Yuletide luxury holiday here.
Sunshine at Christmas time?
Winter has well and truly hit the UK, with temperatures dipping well below freezing all across the country. For some, this makes for a romantic Christmas atmosphere; outside all wrapped in your woollies or inside, cosy and warm, sipping on mulled wine. The idea of Christmas in the sun might feel a little bit alien. Yet many of us often long for a break from the annual routine, to do something really special with our loved ones at Christmas time.
What could be more memorable than spending Christmas Eve at a beach barbecue or taking your after-lunch nap on a sun lounger? A seasonal break in Barbados offers the opportunity to do just that and more.
Of course, there’s much to recommend a dose of vitamin D at this time of year too. During the British midwinter we sometimes hardly see the light of day; the sun rises after we start work and sets before we finish, so a week or two of warm rays can really lift the spirits and give us that boost we need heading into January.
All the trimmings?
Can’t imagine Christmas without turkey and roast potatoes? You needn’t fear, all of the luxury Barbados hotels in our collection have been welcoming British guests for years, and they know exactly how to cater to your tastes. Most hotels will provide extravagant Christmas buffets with a range of tempting choices so if you want to break with tradition and have freshly caught fish, lobster or shrimp for Christmas dinner that’s no problem either.
Christmas dinner is bound to be a delight at Cobblers Cove – the island’s only Relais & Châteaux hotel – where the incredible chefs will provide a mouth-watering Christmas dinner with a Caribbean twist or two. We also hear great things about the Christmas buffet at The Atlantis hotel, which is situated on the island’s quieter, more rugged, eastern side and boasts spectacular ocean views. Here you can enjoy authentic Bajan foods while being serenaded by a live steel band.
Then there’s the rum. On an island renowned for its distilleries you won’t be hard pressed to find a delicious Christmas cake made to local recipes. And you may even like to pay a visit to the Mount Gay rum distillery during your stay; a day trip that is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit!
Santa in the Sun
If you’re travelling with kids in tow then there’s no need to panic – Father Christmas visits the Caribbean too! Most resorts will have an appearance from Saint Nick, many on Christmas day itself.
At the inimitable west coast hotel, Sandy Lane, for example, Santa arrives in a different style each year and it’s always a big event. Whether he’s drummed in by a precession riding a festive Segway, on tractor-drawn sleigh across the sand, or even parachuting right down onto the beach (yes that really happened!), guests of all ages are in for a treat. At Sandy Lane every guest staying on Christmas Day receives a personalised gift from the hotel itself, too.
Adult-only properties don’t miss out on the Yuletide cheer either. For example, the guests at the luxuriously sophisticated The House by Elegant Hotels will be treated to an informal carol concert from a local Barbadian youth choir during their stay this year.
Family fun and games
Another traditional Christmas activity is playing games as a family, and you’ll find that there’s plenty of all-age festive fun to be had in Barbados. Many resorts plan a special Christmas programme with younger guests in mind. At Waves Resort & Spa by Elegant Hotels, for example, there’s a ‘12 days of Christmas treasure hunt’, whilst Sandy Lane’s annual Christmas Day sandcastle competition has become quite the fixture with some truly impressive structures being produced!
Of course, quintessentially Caribbean experiences are on hand to enjoy too. At Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels guests are invited to spend some time with the resort’s green monkeys on Christmas morning; definitely not something you’d wake up to in Britain! Equally, you might take some time out of the celebrations to swim with Hawksbill turtles. Most hotels offer trips to see these majestic creatures but few are better placed than the Fairmont Royal Pavilion, where turtles bask just off the shore and guests can reach them by kayak or paddleboard.
Your own Christmas hideaway
Like the idea of Bajan sunshine and culture but want more privacy and flexibility than you’d find in a hotel? That can certainly be arranged when staying in a luxury Barbados villa. These impressive private homes offer acres of space and are perfect for an extended-family getaway. You can choose to cook Christmas dinner for yourselves or leave that to your private chef, who will cater entirely to your tastes should you wish.
With all this and more to recommend Barbados as a Christmas holiday spot, we wonder if you’re already imagining a seasonal break? It’s not just us who think it’s the perfect choice, we send many discerning clients back to the island – and often the same hotel – year on year.
This does make availability at Christmas time tricky, but our long-established relationships with the island’s best resorts mean Travel Specialists at the Inspiring Travel Company are well placed to give you the most up to date information and secure your dream escape.
Of course, if you can’t wait another year, look out for some incredible luxury Barbados holiday offers in our upcoming New Year sale (ssshhh, don’t tell anyone!).