This famous Caribbean island was where our venture into luxury travel began way back in 1974, and we have staff and clients who return to its exquisite shores year on year. Thanks to these decades of experience, you’ll be hard pushed to find a tour operator who knows the island of Barbados as well as us.
As those in the know will tell you, Barbados is the place to see and be seen. A favourite gathering place of the rich and famous, a luxury Barbados holiday offers a vibrant culture that takes life at its own pace – relaxed and easy going.
Barbados offers a superb luxury Caribbean holiday experience. It's a place where a refined luxury of internationally acclaimed cuisine and exceptional hotels mingle effortlessly with lush vegetation and white sandy beaches to create a fantastic luxury holiday destination. And it's where you can't help but celebrate living.
To make sure you get the most out of your holiday, Inspiring Travel Company has a dedicated office on Barbados, located at Limegrove, The Loft, Building G, Holetown, St James. Kerin Austin and the team are always on hand to help, so please feel free to drop by.
Where is Barbados
Barbados is an island nation located in the Atlantic Ocean and is part of a group of islands known as the Lesser Antilles. The island is in the Atlantic time zone and so is 4 hours behind UK time. It is the most easterly island in the Caribbean and is approx 20 miles long and 15 miles wide.
The best time to travel to Barbados
The months of December through to April represents the best period of the year to travel to Barbados, as they are the driest months and the temperatures are at their most pleasant. This of course is also the most popular time for visitors on the island and so booking early in the year is advised.
The month that represents the best value when both price and weather are considered is at the end of the peak season in May as the rates are lower than during the peak periods of December - April but the island still benefits from dry weather and comfortable temperatures.
Travelling to Barbados in the summer means warm weather and glorious sunshine. Indeed, there may be a few drops of 'liquid sunshine' thrown in, but it clears away quickly. The best news is that hotel rates are much cheaper, meaning fantastic value for money on your holiday.
For families who have to travel during the school holidays the best value for money can be found during the May half term as the summer holidays and Christmas and Easter breaks represent some of the most popular times to travel which means hotels book up early and rooms are at a premium.
As Barbados is located in the far east of the Caribbean it often escapes the direct attention of the regions' storms however the official hurricane season commences in June and finishes in November though most of the significant storms typically happen from August to October.
Key events in th eBajan calendar include a celebration of opera, music and theatre in the shape of the Holders Season which takes place every March, the Oistins Fish Festival each April and the Crop Over Festival every July. Home to our Caribbean headquarters, this small but perfectly formed island is a favourite gatehring place of the rich and famous and offers a vibrant culture that takes life at its own pace.
An Inspirational Guide to Barbados
Whether you’re a regular visitor to the island, or have never ventured there before, our online Barbados guide offers a wealth of inspirational ideas and unique insight. Read more here.
Take a trip on the Atlantis Submarine, a real 66-foot submarine that dives 150 feet to the bottom of the ocean, day or night, providing spectacular views of beautiful coral gardens, shipwrecks, tropical fish, sea turtles and more. Children are awarded a certificate after the dive and they also have the chance to spot Nemo on the edges of the reef (of course!). It’s great fun and, best of all, you won’t even get wet!
If being surrounded by some of the most gorgeously turquoise water you’ll ever see in your life isn’t enough to tempt you under the waves, then maybe the unique prospect of swimming with sea turtles will. This experience provides a completely new perspective on the Caribbean Sea, and the creatures you’ll discover are incredibly fascinating.
Back on land, try the Aerial Trek Zipline, an experience that lets you fly like Peter Pan 100ft above the ground, while enjoying beautiful views of the island and learning about the geological formations and eco-systems. Perfect for adrenaline seekers!
On the island of Barbados there are so many other things to see and do away from the manicured golf courses and beautiful white sand beaches; it’s an island filled with historical and geographical places of interest and an array of thrilling activities, so here are just a few ideas to tempt you...
Don’t miss the Crop Over Festival, a five week extravaganza that can trace its roots back to the 1780s, a time when Barbados was the world’s largest producer of sugar. A carnival atmosphere prevails and you’ll enjoy Calypso and street parties with Cohobblopot – a huge carnival-like show where members of the Kadooment bands display their elaborate and stunning costumes. Every July and August there will be a fabulous array of Crop Over activities and events taking place, making it a great time to visit if you want to witness real island life filled with colours, sounds and tastes as beautiful and vibrant as the island itself!
Our Barbados office is located in Holetown in the Limegrove shopping centre. The centre covers ten acres of retail space with a variety of retailers, in a setting built around three courtyards and including restaurants, boutiques, delis, bars and cafes, and a range of special event spaces. Limegrove is ideally located just a stone's throw from the wonderful beaches of the Caribbean Sea's platinum coast, and has a reputation as the most stylish place to shop and dine for all visitors and residents of Barbados.
Hang a left after Jordan’s supermarket in the picturesque harbour town, go down an alley towards the seafront and you’ll find the chef Gregory Austin, right, grilling up a storm with local produce — that’s whenever he’s not on local TV doing more of the same. Details: Meal £15, Queen’s Street, corner of Prince Alfred Lane
Cuz’s Fish Shack, Highway 7, Needham’s Point
This really is just a shack but it’s a shack with a queue. They come for the marlin cutters, pan-fried with a dusting of peppery flour and served in a super-fresh salt bun with a splash of hot sauce and vinegary pickles. Magic. Details: Meal £2, Carlisle Bay
Backyard Barbecue, St James
John Hazzard regularly trots the globe, eating at hallowed restaurants such as Alinea in Chicago, so it’s no surprise that he takes his barbecue seriously — expect Texas-style with a Barbados twist. The pulled pork and ribs stand out. Details: Meal £15, Lower Holders Hill
The Village Bar, St John
The chef Michael Harrison likes to hang out at this bar for a Saturday lunch with family and friends to eat Bajan pudding and souse (there’s great macaroni pie, too). Details: Meal £10, Lemon Arbour
Ju-Ju’s Beach Bar, Alleyne’s Beach
Park on Store House Road near The Lone Star and turn right after trotting down the beach-access opposite. There you’ll find this lively blue-painted rum shack serving fine flying-fish cutters. Details: Meal with rum punch, £15
Chris’ Place, St James
A five-minute drive inland from the glittering Sandy Lane Hotel takes you through cane fields to this rocking little rum shop, where a Bajan former sous chef at Cobblers Cove will serve you the island’s staples. Details: Meal £5, Rock Dundo
The Cove, St Joseph
The best Caribbean home-style cooking in Barbados can be found at LaurelAnn Morley’s blue-shuttered deck — try the crab backs and pepperpot stew. Her rum punch is also legendary. Book early. Details: Meal £25, Atlantic Park, Cattlewash
Fisherman’s Pub, Speightstown
A visit to this West Coast town is not complete without an afternoon liming (as locals say) on this sea spray-soaked deck, left, sampling the rum and the simple lunch buffet, which includes the national dish, flying fish and cou-cou. Details: Buffet £5 , Queen’s Street
Unless otherwise stated, prices are per person for a meal without a drink
Time Difference: GMT -4 hours Flight duration: 8 hours 45 minutes (direct) Currency: Barbados Dollar (although the US Dollar is widely accepted) Capital: Bridgetown Language: English Visa information: UK citizens do not require a visa.
How to get to Barbados
British Airways flies daily direct from London Gatwick, landing at Grantley Adams International Airport, located in the south-east corner of Barbados. Alternatively, Virgin Atlantic has frequent direct flights from both London Gatwick and Manchester.
Luxury holidays to Barbados are ideal for...
Couples and family holidays, championship golf courses, internationally acclaimed restaurants, a twin centre holiday with the Grenadines.
Hot sun-kissed days are nicely tempered by refreshing trade winds which keep the island cool. It's generally warm all year round – and any rain is usually followed quickly by sunny skies. The island is conveniently located outside the region's principal hurricane belt.
Luxury Barbados Holidays Fact File
HIGH SEASON January - April
FLIGHT DURATION 8 hours 30 minutes
UK AIRPORT OPTIONS British Airways flies daily direct from London Gatwick. Alternatively, Virgin Atlantic has frequent direct flights from both London Gatwick and Manchester
DIRECT FLIGHTS Yes
COUNTRY COMBINATIONS Antigua, St Lucia, St Vincent and Grenadines, Grenada, Mustique, Anguilla, Cruise, USA, BVI, St Barths and St Martin