Play golf in Barbados! Come on holiday and indulge in your favourite activity. On the West Coast of Barbados, there are three fabulous clubs: Sandy Lane, Apes Hill and Royal Westmoreland.
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Join us for our Northern Island Tour of Barbados
Tour duration: 5 to 6 hours.
Tour includes: Pick up & drop off, entrance fees and a drink in a rum shop.
Price per adult: US$ 125.00 | Price per child: US$ 67.50.
Minimum 2 adults. Maximum 4 people.
Lunch, if required, is at your own expense.
Join us for our Southern Island Tour of Barbados
Tour duration: 5 to 6 hours.
Tour includes: Pick up & drop off, a picnic lunch and ice cream.
Price per adult: US$ 120.00 | Price per child: US$ 75.
Minimum 2 adults. Maximum 4 people.
Join us for our Barbados West Coast Island Tour
West Coast Island Tour duration: 3.5 to 4 hours.
Tour includes: Pick up & drop off, a private rowing boat trip.
Price per adult: US$ 100.00
Price per child: US$ 80.00.
Minimum 2 adults. Maximum 4 people.
Planing your holiday evenings out in Barbados needn’t be difficult. Let us help. You don’t need to worry about directions, driving, taxis or anything stressful at all. That’s not what your holiday is for! We can pick you up, take you to some some of the iconic, ‘must-see’ local places, wait for you and bring you safely back home after a great night out. It’s the perfect solution, you can relax and enjoy the rum punches without having to worry about getting behind the wheel, or what time to tell the taxi to pick you up. Take a look at our suggestions for two great fish-fry destinations.
Private island tours of Barbados are without doubt the best way to really get to see our island, understand the heritage and know the people. Travelling in style and comfort in an air-conditioned Suzuki Vitara with a friendly, local tour guide, you will take in all the sights and the very best that Barbados has to offer. Fabulous vistas, stunning views, wonders of nature and beautiful beaches. Your tour guide will use his vast knowledge of the island to take you to hidden gems you would never otherwise see. He will be able to answer your questions and talk to you about Barbados with equal measures of knowledge and camaraderie. It really will be a superb day out, enhancing your visit to Barbados and leaving you eager for further exploration. Continue Reading
Let me tell you about our sea turtle holiday experience. Sea turtles were something we had only seen on TV wildlife programmes. However, during one of our holidays, staying on the west coast of Barbados, we were lucky enough to have a truly magnificent and unforgettable experience. Around 7.45 one evening we had just taken our seats on the decking outside one of the beachfront restaurants in Holetown, when we spotted a large dark brown shape, dimly illuminated by the restaurant’s lights, on the shoreline nearby. We thought at first that it might be a large crab or a ray swimming in the shallows. As it came closer, much to our joy and amazement, this soon revealed itself to be a hawksbill sea turtle. Continue Reading
Our Barbados holiday concierge services are free of charge when you book your accommodation with us. Paradise Rentals offers you so much more than just great places to stay, we are your ‘insider guide’ to Barbados. We use our local knowledge and contacts to make your holiday the very best it can be. We have 100s of satisfied customers who can testify to just how much value we can add. This is a recent quote from happy guests who stayed at Mahogany Villa :
“……we would like to thank you personally along with the house manager, driver and the house staff for their care and attention. You and they were outstanding in the care given to us, as visitors. It almost seems reasonable to thank you for asking the several monkey families to pop down and see us most mornings!! We just loved everything about the villa and location and will return.”
Barbados Holiday Eco tours might not be the first thing you think of when you are coming on holiday. However, I am often asked about things to see and do in Barbados. Of course, there are the wonderful beaches, the fabulous dining and great nightlife. As tempting as those options are, I also think it’s great to tear yourself away from the beach just for a while and get off the beaten track to see the whole of Barbados, in all its glory. You might be surprised just what you find, especially for nature lovers, conservationists, and anyone interested in history and heritage. There’s lots going on. I highly recommend a trip to PEG Farm and Nature Reserve in the parish of St Joseph, on the East of the island – a fabulous bio dynamic farm offering holiday eco-tours for all the family – a really great day out. Continue Reading
A really good place to eat in Barbados is Carizma on the Hill, the restaurant based at the exclusive Sugar Hill Resort in the parish of St James – on the west coast. Not only is Carizma within the fabulous grounds of Sugar Hill frequented by the well to do and famous (as well as us ordinary folk!), the view is magnificent and the menu extensive and affordable. The restaurant is open to everyone and access is easy. You will see their signs from the road.
Barbados culture and history is not always the first thing you associate with your holiday in the sun. However, you might be surprised. There are many unique things to see and do during your Barbados holiday. There truly is something for everyone, which is what makes Barbados such an ever-popular holiday destination. One of the ‘not to be missed’ attractions is St Nicholas Abbey – one of only three Jacobean Manor Houses still standing in the Americas today.
Join us for Barbados holiday yoga. The perfect opportunity to enhance and maintain your practice or to try something new – Yoga in a beautiful space and in a convenient west coast location, close to Holetown. You’ll find Sunshine Kula Studio welcomes you with a smiling heart and dedication to all. Pamela opened the studio in September 2011 after years of experience teaching Yoga around the island to locals and visitors. It’s a sanctuary in the trees, near the sea and the spacious, airy room is open to nature. Continue Reading
The Caribbean love affair began when I first came to Barbados on my honeymoon many years ago. Little did I know that it would be the start of two lifelong love affairs – one with the man I married and one with the island paradise in the sun.
I could tell you about the virtues of being married to Arthur but I suspect you’d rather know what brings me back to Barbados year after year, and why it will always have a special place in my heart.
When I tell you I come from Canada (aka The Great White North) you’ll know the winters are seriously long and frigid. In -20 c. temperatures and deep snow, the thought of that wonderful Bajan sunshine in January gets me through the dark November days. By December, I’m mentally packing my bag with sunglasses, sandals and sarongs and can hardly wait to leave the down coat and polar fleece behind! I know that aches and pains will disappear and the sunshine (not to mention the odd tropical cocktail) will have a therapeutic effect as soon as I step off the plane.
Caribbean catamaran cruising doesn’t get any better than this. Indulge in pure luxury, on board SEADUCED 1, a 47ft luxury catamaran. We will have towels and snorkel equipment, you just bring yourself – ready to relax and have fun.
Prepare yourself for wonderful waters, perfect for swimming, fantastic food and a great time on board. Take a look at this video and then, if you need any more convincing, read what we have to say!
Saddle up and enjoy some holiday horse riding on the wild side of Barbados! What could be better than exploring the beach on horse-back with your family and friends. Or maybe with that special someone, for a romantic wander or a gallop through the foaming white surf as it laps the shore, with the wind blowing through your hair.
You can enjoy fantastic views while on horseback, it’s a great way to see the island; maybe taking a trek down to Bath Beach and back, at a leisurely pace, perfect for the novice rider. You can experience miles of great action in the saddle with the wonderful Barbados Atlantic Ocean breeze to cool you down. Riders are likely to spot mongoose or green monkeys along the way as we trek through lush vegetation on down to Bath Beach.
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There are beautiful gardens in Barbados. The following describes the Paradise Rentals method of garden appreciation!
As humans we are given five senses touch, sound, smell, sight and taste. Let’s indulge these senses to the fullest, as we take a gentle stroll in the warm Caribbean sunshine around Hunte’s Gardens, one the very best gardens in Barbados, located in the lush hills of St Joseph, just 20-30 minutes drive from Holetown.
When you enter the garden, stand still for a moment. Close your eyes and listen to the sounds that surround you.
Maybe a gentle breeze is blowing softly against your skin, bird song calls to your ear like a gentle bell. Breathe in deeply through your nose whilst catching the merest scent of tropical blooms in the air. Now, pause a moment; and then with a clear mind, open your eyes and experience the botanical crescendo that’s being played out by nature’s sublime orchestra. The scent, the sounds, the feel and finally, before your very eyes, soak in the rich and colourful tapestry that is a ‘garden’.
Hunte’s Gardens in Barbados, was created by the horticulturalist Anthony Hunte, whose ancestors arrived on the island in the 1600s in service. Anthony spent two years turning the large natural sink hole into the beautiful garden we see today, and he opened it to the public back in 1997.
Holetown is a popular choice for a Barbados villa rental holiday. Located on the West Coast of Barbados, in the parish of St James, this is where the English sea captain, John Powell, came ashore and claimed the island for the English King James I in the 1600s. It was given the name of a natural inlet channel where ships could be off loaded and cleaned, before a new cargo would be loaded up.
Today Holetown is no longer a port but an interesting, eclectic mix of shops, bars, restaurants and hotels apartments and it’s a great place for your Barbados holiday. We have a range of villas and apartments in, or near to, Holetown; for example:
The exclusive Sugar Hill Resort is very close to Holetown, just a 5 minute drive away. Here we can offer many accommodation options for a great Barbados villa rental, such as Apartment 209C, Westholme and Orange Walk Studio.
So, let’s take a brief walk around Holetown, starting at the Chattel Village. Continue Reading
Barbados holiday villa spa services from Paradise Rentals – because we want you to get the absolute most out of your holiday experience. It’s important to us that you are as relaxed and pampered as you can possibly be. We understand the stress and tension involved in getting ready for your holiday and that a long flight can leave you feeling stiff and uncomfortable.
So; we recommend you take the very first opportunity to indulge in a fabulous spa treatment in the comfort of your very own holiday rental villa. Many of our villas and apartments have private gardens or a balcony; for example Retreat House , Bolli Heights or Apartment 209C at Sugar Hill. What could be more delicious than a long lingering massage under the stars to the sounds of the night. You will truly realise that you’ve arrived in paradise. Continue Reading
Wondering how you can make your holiday even more special?
Make the memories last even longer?
Why not enjoy a personalised holiday photo shoot for you and your loved ones?
We can offer a photo session, lasting two hours, with our excellent, professional photographer. You will look fabulous, in the wonderful surroundings of your tropical home from home. Photos can be taken in and around your beautiful villa; in the garden, by the pool – or at the nearby beach. You can have beautiful sunset scenes or atmospheric and artistic shots. Action shots of you in the sea, on a jet ski; you choose – if you can imagine it, our photographer can capture the moment for you forever.
Looking for tennis lessons in Barbados? We are lucky enough to have a choice of excellent coaches, and I can recommend one of the most well-respected tennis pros on the island, Melville Olley Elcock.
Olley is head coach at Sugar Hill resort (near Holetown) and he is also available to play on private courts and hotel courts. If you are staying a distance away from an available court, he can pick you up or drop you back – just ask him what’s possible on the day. Continue Reading
Formally settled around 1630, in the earliest days, Speightstown was the busiest port in Barbados. Nowadays, its’ historic background intermingles with modern properties and businesses, reflecting a developing country and its people. Speightstown is located in the Parish of St Peter along the north-west coast of Barbados. It is one of the three towns in Barbados (Holetown and Bridgetown being the other two.) It’s a charming, historic town with an intriguing history and characterful architecture with buildings dating back hundreds of years. Continue Reading
The parish of St Peter is located in the north west of Barbados. It is home to historical sites, such as the town of Speightstown, the splendid historic home and rum plantation of St Nicholas Abbey, and Arlington House Museum. There is much to discover in St Peter; you’ll find pretty fishing villages, marvellous beaches, lots of nature and wild-life as well as traditional and modern, cosmopolitan shops and restaurants mingling comfortably together. Continue Reading