Let me introduce myself: I am an ylang ylang tree (pronounced “ee-lang ee-lang”). My botanical name is Cananga odorata, my species is Annonaceae, but let’s not be formal. I was planted in Karen’s garden in April 2017. I arrived in a 6-inch pot, just a small little sapling about 4 inches tall with a few leaves. It is now July 2018 and I have just produced my first flowers!
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.
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 many beautiful gardens in Barbados but Huntes Gardens really is something special. Located in the lush hills of St Joseph, just 20-30 minutes drive from Holetown. On a gentle stroll around this enchanting garden, all five senses are indulged: touch, sound, smell, sight and taste!
When you enter the garden, stand still for a moment. Close your eyes momentarily and experience everything that surrounds you. Feel the Caribbean warmth. Maybe a gentle breeze is blowing softly against your skin. Bird song calls to your ear like a gentle bell among the classical music that wafts magically though the garden. Breathe in deeply through your nose whilst catching the merest scent of tropical blooms in the air. Now, pause a moment; and then open your eyes and absorb the botanical crescendo that’s being played out by nature’s sublime orchestra. The scent, the sounds, the feel; the beauty is right there for you to explore, the rich and colourful tapestry that is a ‘garden’.
These fabulous gardens in Barbados, have been 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