On the lookout for someplace special to tie the knot, honeymoon, fall in love or reconnect? If the picturesque island of Barbados alluded you, add it to the list.
Barbados is unlike its Caribbean neighbours. It exudes a certain poise and polish, a sophistication, a savoir-faire that makes it one of the most desirable island destinations on the planet. With its sublime tropical beauty and English class, Barbados aims to spoil even the most hopeless romantic.
Here are our top 5 reasons why Barbados is perfect for weddings and honeymoons, or for anyone looking to find a new favourite Caribbean island.
Stay in Gorgeous and Unique Accommodations
Fairytale wedding or a romantic getaway, everyone wants their Barbados stay to be unique, and why shouldn’t they? Cookie-cutter destination weddings and big box resort stays aren’t for everyone, and contrary to popular belief, a bespoke island experience doesn’t have to break the bank. What Barbados lacks in commercial chain resorts it makes up for with a wealth of tasteful boutique properties, most locally owned and operated. Whether it’s a lush garden spa retreat or a white-washed oceanfront villa, you won’t be stuck for a truly distinctive place to stay.
The Entire Island is Yours to Explore
Amp up your sexy sojourn by exploring the many attractions that make Barbados special. The island is one of the safest in the Caribbean and the well-kept, well-marked roads make it easy to get around.
Renting a car in Barbados is not only popular but fun, especially in a Moke, a typical Bajan open-air vehicle void of doors or a roof (an original ‘Just Married’ photoshoot for sure!). Barbados is also well-connected with a public bus system that strings together all of its many gorgeous beaches, charming cities and towns. The north is different from the south and the west is different from the east coast, and venturing out to admire more than where you’re staying is a delightful and rewarding emprise.
Feast on Delicious Local Fare
There’s something exotic about enjoying a proper English breakfast in a slow salty breeze as you stare out into otherworldly tones of ocean blue. In Barbados, intimate picnics on the beach are as part of the scene as getting spoiled at glamorous beachside eateries. From casual lunchtime Bajan favourites like Cutters to intimate toes-in-the-sand suppers and plenty of fine dining, too, eating around Barbados is a treat. Most establishments can accommodate groups and hotel staff can easily arrange a special evening out.
Between your culinary capers, sip and savour perfected rum recipes from some of the world’s oldest distillers or cozy up in a sleek wine bar, a chill brew-pub or at any of the perfect patios fronting the many magnificent beaches. Cheers!
Enjoy Countless Things to See & Do
Take a break from gazing into each other’s eyes, pack up your wedding party and get ready to experience this sun-drenched paradise. Arranging a group activity, if even just for two, is easy and your concierge is always willing to help you organize a private catamaran cruise, rum distillery tour, surf or polo lessons or a swimming with sea turtles snorkelling excursion, just to name a few.
Barbados is also a great place to scuba dive, play a round or two of golf, relax at a spa or hit up one of its many annual festivals, like the world-renowned Barbados Food, Wine & Rum Festival, Crop Over (Carnival) and Reggae On the Hill. Experiences create the richest memories and here you’ll find many.
Shop Local Designers
Whether you’re combing its beachfront stalls, shopping duty-free on Bridgetown’s Broad Street or browsing the boutiques of the many gifted local designers found throughout the island, Barbados has whatever you’ve forgotten to pack as well as the perfect souvenir.
Covering everything from beach and swimwear to bridesmaid dresses, shops like Pink Lemonade and Suga Apple Swim can not only provide you with any last-minute clothing needs, they’ll make you look damn good, too. For a great selection of quality locally-made jewelry and other handicrafts, check out Pelican Craft Village, just outside the capital, and the Chattel Villages modelled after traditional Bajan markets found on both the east and west coasts. For plenty of high-end designer stores, two cinemas, a spa and an art gallery, visit the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in Holetown.
Ready to say yes to your Bajan fantasy wedding? Reach out to one of our Expert Travellers who will be over the (honey)moon to help plan your Better Beach holiday.