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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.

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.

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

I’m not sure if everyone has Skype these days, or at least everyone who regularly contacts someone abroad, but if you’re a bit of a luddite or you simply don’t have the need for Skype, or the person you need to contact doesn’t have Skype, then I’m just reminding people of the services available to make cheaper phone calls.

I have been using planet numbers for over a decade (www.planet-numbers.co.uk) but there are equally cheap competitors now so I often check the latest. Dial123.co.uk, Dialtosave.co.uk, justcall.co.uk are all approx 6p per minute UK landline to Barbados landline. Watch out for the extra connection charge (Planet-numbers doesn’t charge for connection). You dial an ‘08′ number, then you’re told to dial your contact number so for Barbados 001 246 and then your 7 digit local number. Simples.

Call us at Barbados Travel Deals 0845 6434 606/01977 524235 for any information on Barbados or advice on booking your dream holiday.

There are just 35 lovely suites set in a horseshoe shape around the swimming pool at this Barbados luxury hotel, Treasure Beach. Three deluxe suites have their own private plunge pool. And for plenty of watersports action, this luxury hotel sits on one of the best beaches in Barbados, at the south end of Paynes Bay, right next to Tamarind hotel.

You get to meet the head chef at their restaurant which offers a wide selection of culinary caribbean delights and amazing rum punches at their bar, but you are also only 5 mins drive from Holetown for a big selection of fine dining and eateries and bars.

The standout feature of Treasure Beach is the staff and service, the hospitality is unsurpassed. Being such a small hotel gives a really warm friendly vibe, encouraged by the Manager, Jason, very welcoming and nothing too much trouble.

This is a little ‘treasure’ and well worth a visit. Barbados Travel Deals has great offers to Treasure Beach.

Elegant Hotels, the company which owns five hotel properties on Barbados, is considering the addition of a further property on the beautiful island and to further expand onto other Caribbean islands, such as St. Lucia and Antigua.

With the All Inclusive Turtle Beach on the South Coast, perfect for family havens, then Crystal Cove, The House, Tamarind and Colony Club on the platinum West Coast, all 4* or 5* recommended hotels. Crystal Cove is also All Inclusive, and The House is for adults only and next door – with Daphne’s restaurant in between – to the livelier Tamarind on that wonderful stretch of beach.

For me, the Elegant Group have got it right. Their properties are lovely with a continual refurbishing programme, they offer service excellence and their visitors return year after year, hence them wanting to offer other islands and thus becoming a Caribbean hotel company.

Talk to us at Barbados Travel Deals to best fit your holiday dreams to a hotel or resort in Barbados, Grenada or the stunning Grenadines.

Crystal Cove is already a big favourite for families visiting the west coast of Barbados, as one of the few All Inclusive, luxury Barbados hotels and recently renovated. The Elegant Hotel Group has just announced that they’ll be opening The Flying Fish Kids Club at Crystal Cove this summer, following the launch at Tamarind in 2010 and Turtle Beach last summer.

The Flying Fish Kids Club at Crystal Cove will welcome children aged 3 – 11 years and is open from 9am until 9pm allowing parents some serious rest and relaxation. Beach cricket, football, table tennis, art classes, even Bajan cooking lessons, themed parties, karaoke and movie nights – just some of the activities.

Barbados Travel Deals have great offers for Crystal Cove this summer. Book now!

I am always a tad biased (I try not to be – honest) when people want to book All Inclusive in Barbados and yet those who book Mango Bay, Crystal Cove and Turtle Beach go back and back and back. Sad that Almond Beach Village - the largest – has closed, but Almond Casuarina is another great affordable option. Maybe I’m missing out on not doing All Inclusive in Barbados. For families, I understand totally and even for some couples who simply want to stick to a budget as much as possible, I understand, but for those who want to spend more time getting to know the island, we at Barbados Travel Deals can help out with places to dine without the ‘fine dining’ price that comes with much of the wondeful fine dining in Barbados.

Talk to us at Barbados Travel Deals where we can advise on All Inclusive options and the various other options if – and only if – you’re interested.

Self-catering -v- Bed and Breakfast is for another topic…

A villa holidays is quite unlike any other and Barbados is quite unlike many other destinations.  Here at Barbados Travel Deals, we specialise in luxury Barbados holidays providing a wide range of luxury Barbados hotels and Barbados villas.

Our Barbados villas sleep from just 2 up to 16 with locations in St James, St Peter and Gibbs Beach.  Many hold prominent and secluded beach front locations and virtually all boast the services of their own staff, usually consisting of a cook, maid / laundress and some with a night watchman.  Please check each vill for specific details.

Facilities and amenities of course vary according to each villa but fair to say all are well equipped to a superb level and are outstandingly well furnished.

The benefits of a Barbados villa over a hotel are that you have the villa and its facilities to yourself (except in the case of resort villas) with meals specially prepared just for you by your chef and chores such as cleaning all taken care of for you (where provided).

Take Mullins Mill villa, Gibbs Beach for example, the villa sleeps 12, comes complete with a butler, chef, assistant chef, 3 housekeepers, a laundress, 3 gardeners, a night watchman and a boatman!  Yes, you even have use of a motorboat (fuel extra) not to mention tennis courts.

Browse through our Barbados villas, read about their locations, facilities and inclusive staff and view our photos then call or email us to discuss your specific travel plans.

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