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In Barbados, their festivals are one of the ways in which they celebrate their unique culture. Visiting during any of the following will add fun to your holiday and allow you to share in the Barbadian way.

So looking to 2013, the great festival calendar starts with the Jazz festival in January.
Then from 10th February, a week of the Holetown festival, showcasing Barbados traditions – it is a celebration of the arrival into Holetown of the first settlers in February 1627. It’s a fun place to wander around, watch some performances, eat great local food, shop for local crafts etc.

A less well-known festival but one I’m certainly looking forward to is the Celtic Festival Barbados, held in 2013 between May 23rd and May 29th. Professional musicians from Ireland, Scotland and Wales playing at various venues across the island. A very exciting festival sharing some of the Celtic links with Barbados. Music, food and beautiful sunshine!

Then of course, the renowned Cropover festival, often mentioned on this blog, in July and into August. As it sounds, this is the equivalent of a Harvest festival and a wonderful traditional celebration on the island. Closer to the time, I will post a calendar of the highlights.

And dates yet to be announced, but another up and coming festival that gets rave reviews! The Barbados food, wine and rum festival in november. I’ll let you know!

Call us at Barbados Travel Deals 0845 6435 606/01977 524235. We can tell you about all that’s going on during your holiday.

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

Get away from the west and south coast hotels and tourism in Barbados. Visit Fisherpond Great House, near Welchman Hall Gully, near the centre of Barbados. This is a beautifully restored plantation house which offers Barbadian tradional dishes at their wonderful buffet lunches on Thursdays and Sundays. Sir Cliff Richard says”…for a trip back in time, the wonderful Sunday lunch at Fisher Pond Great House is a real Barbadian experience not to be missed”.
You can walk your lunch off in the tranquility of the Welchman Hall Gully, a sense of a tropical forest mixed with Barbadian and more than a hundred other exotic tropical plants.

For unusual places to visit and places off the beaten track in Barbados, call Barbados Travel Deals on 0845 6434 606.

Barbados’s most famous caves are Harrison’s, this large cavern full of beautiful features is one of the top attractions on the island and well worth a visit. However, a much lesser publicised adventure is the Animal Flower Cave in the parish of St Lucy at North Point.

It is off the beaten track as is most of the north of the island. Tourists tend to stick to the West and South coasts with surfers and visitors to the East Coast. The North however, is often missed and yet has some of the most stunning scenery on the island. Head for the Animal Flower cave and even if you don’t go inside, you’ll be captivated by the spectacular views from the cliff sides, but do go inside for a bigger wow factor as you can swim in the natural pools and see these views through the cave openings. This series of caves at sea level with a 400,000 year old coral floor have been eroded by the sea and are now populated by sea anemones and flower-shaped animals.

Well worth a trip on your Barbados holiday. Ask us at Barbados Travel Deals about more unusual places to visit on your luxury holiday.

Barbados is coming towards the exciting climax of the festivities of Cropover 2012!

This Sunday, 5th August, is Cohobblopot, held at the Kensington Oval. Cohobblopot, traditionally a big pot of a mixed stew, is the penultimate concert at Cropover with local and international performers and an utterly vibrant atmosphere.

Followed the next day – a national holiday in Barbados – by Grand Kadooment, the grand finale of this annual festival, and the main attraction for visitors – many visiting especially at this time.

Grand Kadooment is the carnival where thousands of masked and boldly dressed and colourful merry-makers dance, calyso style through the streets of St. Michael’s parish. From Warrens to the National Stadium and then down to the Spring Garden Highway towards Bridgetown. Many thousands line this 5 mile+ route – it is a thrilling and uplifting experience and the climax of the Cropover festival.

Plan your holiday for next year in Barbados and let Barbados Travel Deals help you arrange your dates to ensure that you’re on the island in time for your favourite events.

We at Barbados Travel Deals are working with Roger’s Scuba Shack to help provide the best scuba diving experiences for young and older and for beginners and experienced divers. My husband Bee worked for many years in Barbados with George, Roger’s brother, and Mark makes up the team of three brothers.

For keen divers, make your Barbados holiday extra-special and team up with the Hurley brothers at Roger’s Scuba Shack, on beautiful Carlisle Bay, close to the Hilton, Barbados hotel.

rogers scuba shack

Okay, here’s somewhere I haven’t been yet but have been told whilst on numerous visits / Barbados holidays that we should visit the Barbados Wildlife Reserve.

It’s on my list for this year’s visit to Barbados.

The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is in Speightstown, St. Peter’s, where apparently you can get up close with the animals; namely Tropical birds, brocket deer, agouti, armadillo, pelicans and caimans. Highlights are the Barbados red-footed tortoises wandering around and the Barbados green monkeys, known to be pretty light-fingered if they see something they can snatch from you and run.  Very few animals are caged at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve (as the name suggests) which sounds perfect.

Barbados Wildlife Reserve is open from 10am to 5pm daily with feeding times during the afternoon.

I’ll update after September. If anyone can add their experiences of the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, please do.

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Sunbury Plantation House has a long and rich history going back to the 1660s. A nasty fire back in 1995 tried to destroy a lot of the wonderful Sunbury Plantation House but its owners lovingly restored it back to its former glory. A Barbados plantation house built with walls over two feet thick, made of coral blocks and ballast stones taken from the old Barbadian ships which transported the Barbadian sugar to England. Sunbury Plantation House houses one of the best collections of antiques in Barbados, including carriages and machinery and many items used way back in the domestic life on the Plantation in Barbados.

Sunbury Plantation House can be found in the middle of the beautiful St Philip countryside and is well worth a visit, with lunch or tea at the Courtard Restaurant in Barbados.

Here at Barbados Travel Deals, we are specialist in all things Barbados including Barbados holidays so call now and speak to a Barbados holiday specialist for more information on Barbados tours / Barbados excursions and also luxury Barbados holidays.

Do flying fish actually fly? It does kinda look that way as these Barbados flying fish shoot out of the water and glide for thirty metres or more! Wonderful to watch; flying fish in Barbados have become a national emblem and are a big part of the Bajan diet and a regular offering to Barbados tourists. Flying fish cutters (sandwiches) – a must have when on your luxury Barbados holidays.

Of course there is a wealth of variety of fish in Barbados, particularly dolphin, red snapper, barracuda, kingfish and tuna. When on your luxury Barbados holidays prepare to be told a hundred times that dolphin is not ‘Flipper’ – Bajans love telling you this as their dolphin is a lovely (albeit not pretty-looking) fish, not a friendly porpoise.

Watch the Barbados fishermen at work down at Oistins village or up north of Almond Beach Village hotel near Speightstown.

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I think i’ve mentioned Hunte’s Gardens before but hadn’t visited. The wonderful Hunte’s Gardens and Nursery Barbados are at Castle Grant, St. Joseph.  If you’re driving in Barbados, it’s useful to know that Hunte’s Gardens are close to St John’s Parish Church, even though some signs help you. If you are into horticulture, you must do it – a gully transformed into a gorgeous tropical garden charged at $10 US admission including a scrumptious Barbados rum punch.

In the centre of Barbados’ rain forest and feeling like you’re in the middle of a real Caribbean jungle with open spaces to relax in and then into the dark jungle with classical music playing around you.

Hunte’s Gardens & Nursery is an extraordinary experience which is enticing for various animals and birds. A photo opportunity! 

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