• Caribbean Love Affair

    Caribbean Love AffairThe 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.

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  • Holetown – Barbados Villa Rental

    Barbados villa rental holetown festivalHoletown 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:

    Blue Moon4 Mango Court, 161 Cordia Avenue, and The Palms Penthouse.

    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

  • About Speightstown, Barbados

    Speightstown in St. Peter, Barbados

    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, Barbados

    the parish of St Peter Barbados

    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

  • Cooking in the Caribbean – The Christmas Cake Recipe

    Santa in BarbadosIn Barbados we have a huge array of wonderful foods, ground provisions, fish, fruits and locally sourced meat.  There are farmers markets with knowledgeable producers and purveyors of spices and tonics and many artisan foodstuffs.  When on holiday it’s nice to try the local ingredients and there are lots of delicious recipes to try.  If you would like to order groceries and supplies in advance of your arrival, we offer a shopping service – please enquire for details. Continue Reading

  • Barbados Poetry – A Bajan Speaks

    A Bajan Speaks. Michael McClean, AKA Mikey Levi, sings a H. Hargreaves poem in Reggae style. A talented shining star in the making. Michael is our gardener for Paradise Rentals. Not only do we have fantastic property rentals but great staff too. Paradise Rentals – the full package.

    A Bajan Speaks

    Welcome to my home, my island, my paradise
    and share the sunshine, the flowers and the rain
    Walk with me along our glorious beaches
    and your heart will say come again, come again. Continue Reading

  • Barbados Rum Shops

    Barbados Rum ShopsBarbados Rum Shops are woven into Barbadian history and culture, going back 300 years or more.  Rum was perfected in Barbados; the process of cold pressing and distilling rum from cane juice was a Barbadian innovation.  There are more than 1500 rum shops all over the island, at least one in every village.  Soon after the island was settled in 1627, the rum trade flourished and it’s said there was one rum shop for every 20 inhabitants of the island. Continue Reading

  • Barbadians Praise the Lord on the Beach

    There’s many ways to praise the Lord but Barbadians sure do it best! Happily rejoicing on the beach; singing and dancing to the song ‘I Feel Like Running’. You really could feel their connection, their bond, their love. I imagined He, kicking back in his hammock watching from the blue-sky heavens above, a toe tapping and a swinging along with a contented smile on his face, loving the loyal support from his dedicated Bajan family. Continue Reading

  • The Supreme of St. James Vacation Rentals

    Going on vacation to Barbados? Looking to rent somewhere on the West Coast? Paradise Rentals offer an extensive choice of St. James vacation rentals, self catering villas and apartments of first class quality.

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  • Luxurious St. Peter Vacation Villas – About St. Peter

    Recommending Paradise Rentals for the best St. Peter vacation villas, guaranteed first class accommodation with a professional service.

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  • Sports and Recreation by Barbados Villa Rentals

    villa rentals in Barbados - recreation and sportsBarbados has a huge choice of sports and recreational activities to enjoy, whether you want to participate or simply observe, you are guaranteed an action-packed holiday. Our wonderful island is only 21 by 14 miles in size, so when staying at one of our Barbados villa rentals you are just a short trip away from lots of sporty fun and relaxation. Continue Reading

  • Barbados Villa With Pool – Head For The Beach

    villa rentals with pool - Barbados beachesEven though many of our visitors choose to stay in a Barbados villa with pool, it is still great to head for the beach, feel the warm sand beneath your feet, smell the ocean and taste the salt !  Barbados has over 70 miles of palm fringed, white sandy beaches just waiting to be explored.  A day on the beach will leave you refreshed and relaxed, sun-kissed and renewed.  Walk along the shore collecting shells and pebbles, paddle in the crystal clear waters or get a bit more energetic and go waterskiing or snorkelling.  Whatever activity you choose, Barbados beach life is something special. Continue Reading

  • Exclusive Villa Holidays In Barbados – Great Shopping

    great shopping when staying at our exclusive villa rentalsExclusive villa holidays in Barbados are so much more than the beach and the ocean.  Of course the beach is wonderful and we all love to spend time there enjoying the crystal clear waters and all the activity – even if that is just snoozing in the shade, reading a book or an afternoon of people watching !  However, many of our guests like to wash off the sand and head for the shops for some serious retail therapy. Continue Reading

  • Barbados Villa Holiday, Away From The Beach

    villa holiday in Barbados, away from the beachWhile enjoying your Barbados villa holiday and exploring the island you can’t fail to notice the arable land.  The main crops grown in Barbados are sugarcane, vegetables and cotton.  The vegetables commonly grown include sweet potatoes, eddoes and yams.  These vegetables are usually sold locally by street vendors and not grown for export.  Barbados cotton fields can be seen but are scarce in comparison to sugar and vegetables.  You’ll see many sugarcane fields.  Over 37% of the land in Barbados is arable land and sugarcane is the main crop.  Sugarcane is the second largest industry in Barbados, with millions of dollars worth being exported each year.  Continue Reading

  • Luxury Barbados Villas – West Coast Dining

    West Coast dining by Barbados luxury villa properiesWhen staying in one of our luxury Barbados villas, you will have every amenity.  The houses are beautifully furnished and the kitchens fully equipped.  You will have everything you need to prepare delicious meals using our wonderful local ingredients.  However, if you don’t fancy the heat of the kitchen, then we can arrange a first class chef to cook for you.

    If you can tear yourself away from the comfort of your ‘home from home’, there are plenty of fabulous places to eat out.  All just a short distance from your villa.  There are dining options that will gratify even the most discerning palate and to satisfy all tastes and budgets.  From fine dining with the rich and famous to local Bajan eateries to roadside food fresh from the pan, variety and quality abound.  You can dress up for dinner in your finery or eat at the roadside in shorts and sandals ! In Barbados food is taken seriously and wherever you go, you’ll be well fed !

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  • Exclusive Villa Holidays in Barbados – Barbados Nature

    exclusive Barbados villa holidays - nature in BarbadosBarbados offers a real treasure trove of nature and wildlife, all for you to discover and enjoy whilst staying at one of our family holiday villas in Barbados.  Paradise Rentals can arrange island tours and tour guides if you want a local expert to show you around, or you can just head off on your own and explore our island.  It’s really very easy to venture out in Barbados and quite safe. Continue Reading

  • Barbados Holiday Villas – Events Throughout The Year

    Barbados holiday villas promoting events throughout the yearBarbados is a year round holiday destination and Barbados holiday villas are always in demand.  There’s a great deal to see and do whatever your taste or budget.  Of course if your idea of a perfect holiday is to do nothing at all…  well we can easily arrange that !  We offer you the option of extra staff or services so you can just chill out and be taken care of.

    Maybe you’d like to plan your holiday to coincide with one of the many annual events that take place in Barbados ?  There are many to choose from.

    Of course Christmas in Barbados is something special.  Bajans go to town with the decorations and lights.  At night time it looks magical and seasonal music is played everywhere.  There is always a good reason for great food in Barbados and Christmas is definitely a time for feasting – we can even arrange for a private chef to prepare Christmas dinner for you, or a Christmas cake perhaps?.   Continue Reading

  • Barbados West Coast Villas – Stunning Rentals

    luxury Barbados west coast villasIf you’re searching for Barbados west coast villas for your perfect Caribbean holiday, Paradise Rentals are here to help you.  We have a large selection of villas and houses, carefully chosen to meet our high standards, to guarantee every comfort and convenience whatever your taste or budget.  Barbados is the perfect place to holiday either alone, with a partner or family.

    Visit Barbados and experience the subtle energies and all that the island has to offer: fabulous scenery, fresh sea air, wonderful food, great climate.  Let us provide the perfect backdrop for you to rejuvenate and restore body, mind and spirit. Continue Reading