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I often get asked this question and the truth is that you can travel to Barbados any time of year. There are however, various compromises that you may need to make. The weather is changing worldwide, and so these are generalisations based on many decades of historical measurement, but no guarantees. That said, in terms of the weather, the best months are still January through to April, as they are the least rainy and the least humid, and they tend to be a couple of degrees Centigrade cooler than other times of year. The official hurricane season for the whole region is June to November, with any potential major storms occurring between August and October. This doesn’t stop families pouring in during the summer holidays from around the world – possibly because it is understood that Barbados, being the most easterly island in the Caribbean, means that it usually escapes direct hits. If you travel in the late summer or autumn, there is a much higher likelihood of rain.

I’ll admit that one trip in September a few years ago, we had three full days of torrential rain. My husband (Bajan) had never seen anything like it. Having said that, we still had an amazing time and I have never had feedback from any of my September Clients (or even family living in Barbados) which has matched our exceptional trip. So don’t let this put you off September as it is humid and potentially rainy but it has it’s advantages. Price! and if you want a quieter trip, most of the travelling families have gone back to work and school.

So price, well the weather plays an enormous part (along with UK holidays of course). Christmas and New Year are premium prices for flights and accommodation – very much so, as it is such a wonderful place to be for the season. The top hotels are full very early in the year. Flights are taken up well ahead of time, leaving the more expensive seats for late-comers, if at all. Still worth trying if you’re interested. If there is any availability, Barbados Travel Deals will find it. Hotel and Villa rates are also much higher from mid-December to mid-April than at other times of year.

May is a great time to travel as the weather is still lovely and the prices have started to drop significantly. June prices are some of the best, with a slight risk of rain. If you want to go in the winter without the huge cost, November and early December are good. If school holidays are a must, then the May half term will be more cost-effective than the Christmas, Easter or summer holidays.

The only other thing to consider is that the quiet months of September and October are often the time that hotels use to close and renovate and some restaurants and bars may be closed. It is true, but I’ve never found it to be a problem. If there’s somewhere you really want to visit, just ask us and we can tell you if it’s open or not.

That’s it for now. Just call us at Barbados Travel Deals on 0845 6434 606 or 01977 524235 or email at info@barbadostraveldeals.co.uk to get some further advice or options for different dates.

To add to the previous blog of decor and refurbishing updates and all-day dining at the All Inclusive Crystal Cove and Turtle Beach properties, the Elegant Group further update their services to a higher standard.

Honeymoon Registry
Register for honeymoon gifts with the Elegant Hotels’ Honeymoon Registry. Future Bride and Grooms can request elements of their honeymoon or wedding online, enabling their family and friends to purchase items or parts of the holiday as wedding gifts. It’s easy to set up a registry. Engaged couples can also create their very own wedding website to share with their family and friends. And it’s free. Ask us here at Barbados Travel Deals.

Flying Fish Kids Clubs – new activities
And big news regarding the Flying Fish Kids Clubs at Turtle Beach, Crystal Cove and Tamarind and the Kids Corner at Colony Club. There are exciting new activities and excursions lined up for kids this summer. The already integrated on-site activities such as arts & crafts, games, beach sports, watersports and swimming, but in addition, families can now sign-up for the new Bajan Adventure Kids Camp including off-site excursions such as horseback riding, catamaran tour to swim with sea turtles, surfing lessons, submarine tours, eco-adventure hiking tours, and more! Parents can join in or take some R&R whilst their little ones explore and learn about Barbados.

For more information on any of these new additions, just call Barbados Travel Deals on 0845 6434 606 / 01977 524235 or email info@barbadostraveldeals.co.uk. They’re great hotels and they’re simply offering even more.

Yes, there’s more happening at this lovely group of hotels in Barbados. Tamarind, The House (Adult-only), Crystal Cove (All-Inclusive), Colony Club and Turtle Beach (All-Inclusive and the only one in the South of the island). All 4 star with The House and Colony Club a little bit more, but all well worth a stay. We love Tamarind because of the long beautiful stretch of beach. All have complimentary watersports irrespective of board.

Turtle Beach update;
The Waterfront restaurant has been redesigned and more outdoor seating for the beachside dining experience.
Chelonia restaurant has a new seating extended to the outdoor courtyard with a new covered entertainment stage.
Asiago’s restaurant has new lighting and seating and is now under the leadership of a new executive chef, Fabio Brianti.
New menu selections including smoothies and smoked salmon at breakfast, all day snacks, and new and improved a la carte menus in the three restaurants.
The main lap pool has been resurfaced and both pool deck areas have new contemporary lounge furniture with extra plush 2″ cushions.

The House continues to win awards since its facelift, and holding it’s No.1 position on Tripadvisor for Barbados hotels.

As of next month (April), Turtle Beach and Crystal Cove, the two All-Inclusive hotels in the group will be offering all-day dining. Guests can enjoy deli-style sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and other items to cope with those munchies during your busy day at the beach or by the pool.

More updates from the Elegant Hotel Group to follow.

Just call us at Barbados Travel Deals on 0845 6434 606 / 01977 524235 or email info@barbadostraveldeals.co.uk. Chat to us about your needs for your perfect holiday.

The House, Barbados

The House, Barbados is one of the few Adult-only resorts in Barbados. On the beautiful west coast, a chic, tranquil retreat for adults to unwind in it’s understated elegance. A complimentary jet lag revival massage in a beach cabana greets you after check-in and before enjoying complimentary afternoon tea and evening canapés. Next door is the Zagat-rated Daphne’s Restaurant, in between The House and Tamarind, all properties owned by the Elegant Hotel Group. Morning brings a complimentary Champagne breakfast, a wonderful start to the day. The Elegant Group offer complimentary (have I said ‘complimentary’ too much?) water taxis to the other Elegant Hotels West Coast properties ie Crystal Cove and Colony Club.

If you don’t want to just ‘fly-and-flop’, there are plenty of activities at The House (and of course all over the island – just ask us). Motorised and non-motorised watersports are complimentary and there is a Beach Ambassador service.

The House is a very special indulgence. Reconnect with each other! Treat Yourselves!
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Does it seem a tad early to be talking about Christmas 2014? Not for your Christmas in Barbados. In a couple of weeks, the flight schedules will be available and seats start ‘flying’ (ho) off the shelves. I’m writing now because I felt I was disappointing some Clients this year who wanted to fly on key dates over Christmas and New Year as they were asking too late for a palatable price, if even a seat at all. And as Premium Economy and Business seats are limited, they are like gold dust. They disappear very fast. And the cheaper ones go first (as with economy) as the ’supply and demand’ business model for a Barbados Christmas kicks in with little or no leeway for any last minute deals.

Then there’s the accommodation. Of course there’ll be accommodation available but the 5* book up almost instantly – many of course with repeat Clients. If you want your choice of the 4*, you also need to book early. The 5 Elegant Hotel Group properties from the All Inclusive Crystal Cove and Turtle Beach to adult only The House, or the new Barbados Sandals, or Bougainvillea on the south coast, close to St Lawrence Gap, and Mango Bay, All Inclusive, right in Holetown, offer many quality 4* hotels that would make your Christmas merry and bright!

It’s not all bad. Just start planning now and Barbados Travel Deals can help you secure an amazing holiday ahead of the hordes. And then you have your dream Christmas/New Year to look forward to all year.

So give Barbados Travel Deals a call or an email request 0845 6434 606 / 01977 524235 (info@barbadostraveldeals.co.uk) and give either specifics or an idea of your perfect Christmas holiday. We can provisionally book with some Operators even now or you can discuss with your partner/family now and in a couple of weeks when all Operators have their schedules and contracts we at Barbados Travel Deals, will be able to uncover the right holiday at the right price for you.

The Elegant Hotels Group continues to gather accolades from various Travel Industry bodies including a Gold Magellan award for The House in the Standard Room Design category and a Silver in the Upscale Resort/Hotel category. All five properties and Daphne’s received the 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence award.

Colony Club reopened on 1 October unveiling the new restaurant and rooms which had been renovated during the September closure.

The House is now Number 1 on TripAdvisor due to their impeccable service. The reviews are wonderful!

Crystal Cove’s latest upgrades are mainly focused on the outdoor and dining areas. With new stylish pool deck furniture and an overhaul of Drifters restaurant, now their Reflections restaurant will present an equally stylish new look. Also great news that Crystal Cove will be introducing all day dining.

And Turtle Beach will also be focussing on their outdoor and dining areas, updating all three restaurants during the next few months.

And with the lovely Tamarind hotel, that makes up the five Elegant Hotel Group’s Barbados properties covering West and South, All-Inclusive and various board options, Adult only and family-friendly.

Talk to us at Barbados Travel Deals on 0845 6434 606//01977 524235 or email at info@barbadostraveldeals.co.uk to get a great deal on one of these hotels.

One of the top hotels to visit in Barbados is the Fairmont Royal Pavilion, a seriously stylish Bajan sanctuary to relax and unwind, with all the elegance and sophistication of old-world charm. Stunning views over one of the best beaches in Barbados.

Arguably unrivalled facilities, with everything for families with children, little ones and teenagers entertained with treasure hunts and the whole range of watersports, meeting the funny little green monkeys that wander around the grounds or getting close up and personal with the greenback turtles who nest very close by – there are daily swims with the turtles. (note: children under 11 yrs old are only able to stay from mid-March to end of October). Time for parents or for couples; garden tours of the amazing luxurious grounds, the leisurely or invigorating watersports, a fitness centre, a game of tennis, and a concierge who will help and arrange all possibilities on and around the island.

Dining is amazing at the http://www.barbadostraveldeals.co.uk/barbados/hotels/fairmont-royal-pavillion.htmlrestaurant or the Palm restaurant, both very highly regarded on the island. All fish is sourced locally and guests can join the fisherman and catch their own Snapper or King Fish which the chef will then help prepare and cook that evening!

All guest rooms overlook the stunning sparkling Caribbean sea and if staying in a Junior Beachfront Suite, you will be fast-tracked through Customs and Immigration on arrival at the airport, you will have a butler service and complimentary canapés served on your private oceanfront balcony each evening.

And lots more. Call us at Barbados Travel Deals on 0845 6434 606 // 01977 524235 for more information and an exceptional deal to stay at the http://www.barbadostraveldeals.co.uk/barbados/hotels/fairmont-royal-pavillion.html, Barbados.

In the Sunday Times yesterday, it refers to the ‘blinged up and flashier hotels……of the west-facing Platinum coast of Barbados‘. Although the west coast is the more affluent area, there are still great lowish-costing deals on the west coast for luxury options. Staying at Tamarind or Mango Bay will deliver everything you may want. The South coast is generally more affordable but still has amazing hotels on wonderful beaches. Bougainvillea or Ocean Two are favourites for luxury but easy access to the St Lawrence Gap and Oistins nightlife. I’m not sure that I agree with ‘better for watersports and nightlife’ as I love both coasts and if you want to just sail up the west coast on a catamaran on still turquoise waters (as we do), the west coast is it. If you want to party in St Lawrence Gap every night , then maybe the South coast is for you, but restaurants and bars are in abundance in Holetown on the west coast. Wherever you are, it’s easy by public transport or taxi to get to Oistins in the South for the ‘must-do’ Saturday night street party.

Call us at Barbados Travel Deals on 0845 6434 606/ 01977 524235 for more information and to share your dreams of a perfect holiday so that we can find you that perfect holiday.

Exciting news that the new COUPLES BARBADOS resort is open!!
This brand new All-Inclusive adult-only resort is sited where the Almond Casuarina was, on the South coast on the beautiful Dover Beach at the far end of St Lawrence Gap and thus easy to walk into ‘the Gap’.

I am not well known for supporting the All-Inclusive service in Barbados, as I so want people to get out and about, but I do believe that it has it’s place. Certainly for wedding parties, and I believe that Couples Barbados is going to be a wonderful wedding destination. I only dismiss All Inclusive as I implore visitors to get out and about on the island as the island is your resort. Provided that’s understood, All Inclusive is of course perfect in order to manage your budget or simply not to worry about money once you arrive. Couples resort offers complimentary trips out and about on the island so I will be reviewing my All Inclusive concerns in a very positive light for this hotel. It ensures you see plenty of what Barbados has to offer without extra cost. Great!!

Couples Barbados has three wonderful restaurants, five bars, three freshwater swimming pools, a spa, a gym, floodlit tennis courts, plenty of different room types and many ‘extras’ that go the extra mile to make All Inclusive feel just that! Keep watching this blog for more info on those extras.

If you’re thinking of getting married in Barbados, there are many wonderful spots, but I believe that Couples Barbados is going to be highly successful following in the footsteps of its Couples resorts in Jamaica – elegant, romantic retreats that make you feel special.

Call Barbados Travel Deals on 01977 524235 / 0845 6434 606 or email info@barbadostraveldeals.co.uk to get more information or simply to book a heavenly holiday, wedding or honeymoon!

After Sandy Lane, there are a handful of superior 5* hotels in Barbados. This blog looks at Cobbler’s Cove, only 4* but another favourite with the international glitterati somewhat more private. Would you like award-winning international cuisine? Cobblers Cove is a foodie haven. It is one of only five hotels and restaurants in the Caribbean to be invited to be a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux organisation.

The main restaurant at Cobbler’s Cove sits at the edge of the beach and overlooks the Caribbean Sea and this perfect setting and outstanding local and international cuisine has won the Barbados Gold Award six times; you can even join an early morning trip with Barker, the hotel’s personal fisherman, and then the French trained chefs will prepare your catch for you to enjoy the same evening. Enjoy the freshest local produce on the wonderful terrace restaurant, or take afternoon tea in the sitting room of the Plantation House.

A warm and welcoming luxury hotel, with friendly and attentive staff for all your needs.

Cobbler’s Cove is a wonderfully pampered experience for those wanting true 5* accommodation and service. Call us at Barbados Travel Deals for a great deal on this exceptional holiday. 0845 6434 606/01977 524235

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