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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.

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.

I’m regularly asked about the cost of eating out in Barbados. My view is that it is as expensive or as cheap as you’d like. The restaurants always highlighted are the fine dining more costly restaurants, such as The Cliff, more about the wonderful ambience and experience. Yes, dining in such places may well be hundreds of pounds but you can go and savour the experience over a cocktail or two instead.

I am still in the anti-All Inclusive in Barbados brigade, but simply because Barbados does not offer the huge All Inclusives like Mexico, Dominican Republic etc, where you don’t really leave your enormous ‘compound’. Despite this, in Barbados Mango Bay and Crystal Cove are firm favourites and Turtle Beach and Casuarina are all great All Inclusive options if you have kids or want to fix your budget.

But Barbados is about the island. Barbados Travel Deals will advise on cheaper places to eat, the street vendors, the ‘white van’ vendors, the fish fries (Oistins in particular) and the supermarkets offering wonderful cooked local food. Alcohol is cheap if you stick to their (light) Banks beer and Mount Gay or Cockspur rum. You don’t need bottled water as Barbados has one of the cleanest water supplies in the world (filtered naturally through limestone) but don’t take my word on that – I just always drink tap water there. Groceries are costly at the supermarket, but it is an island and so most is imported. Look for local foodstuffs and give it a go.

Come to us at Barbados Travel Deals and we will offer plenty of advice and then once booked, we will send you all the information you may need to suit your needs.

Highlighting some of the 2012 successes of my favourite group of hotels in Barbados, the ‘Elegant Hotels Group’ so often mentioned in these blogs as they are amongst the more affordable 4 to 5* hotels on the island.
Elegant Hotels Group have a commitment to service excellence, fine culinary experiences and provide the ultimate beach and water sports environment for their guests. This commitment is recognised not just by the travel industry but by the guests;

September 2012 Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards Silver Winners were;
Crystal Cove: Winner, Overall Hospitality for a Beach Resort/Hotel
Tamarind: Winner, Overall Hospitality for a Family Resort/Hotel

March 2012 - Awarded Trip Advisor’s “Certificate of Excellence” for all five Elegant Hotels Group Properties;
Turtle Beach, Crystal Cove, Colony Club, Tamarind and The House.

March 2012 - Turtle Beach in the “Top 25 Hotels for Families in the Caribbean” by the TripAdvisor 2012 Travellers’ Choice Awards

January 2012 - The House was named one of the “Top 25 Trendiest Hotels in the Caribbean” by the TripAdvisor 2012 Travellers’ Choice Awards

Barbados Travel Deals gets great rates for these hotels.
Call us on 0845 6434 606/01977 524 235 or email info@barbadostraveldeals.co.uk.

If you want to be close to a local town for dining and nightlife, it’s quite simple in Barbados. If you’re on the west coast, you are generally close to Holetown eg. Mango Bay, Colony Club, Coral Reef Club, The Sandpiper to name but a few within walking distance, or a little further north, the smaller Speightstown, closer to Cobbler’s Cove, Little Good Harbour or Sugar Cane Club. In the South, the closest ‘centre’ would be St Lawrence Gap, two All Inclusive hotels on it’s doorstep are Turtle Beach and Casuarina. Strewn along the way there are lovely oceanfront bars and restaurants and even open air nightclubs playing Calypso, Reggae, Soca (Soul Calypso) and R&B. It’s always great to find a local band playing at Harbour Lights or The Boatyard , both near Bridgetown or at the Reggae Lounge in St Lawrence Gap. To add to the evening entertainment on offer, take a romantic cruise in the moonlight or take in a show extravaganza with dinner or just simply quietly relax just about anywhere. Barbados has it all! And whatever you do, don’t miss the Friday fishfry at Oistins (south of the Gap)!

Talk to us at Barbados Travel Deals if you want to ensure that you choose a well-placed hotel for all your needs.

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!

Turtle Beach Barbados is one of the group of ‘Elegant’ hotels that I often speak of – The House Barbados, Tamarind, Colony Club and Crystal Cove. Turtle Beach differs from its sister hotels in that it is on the popular South Coast of Barbados and is All Inclusive like Crystal Cove. It gets its name from the nesting of the delightful sea turtles at the site on the expansive white sand beach.

Turtle Beach  rooms are suites, 161 of them of varying shapes and sizes,  so a little larger than most of the hotels on Barbados Travel Deals, but allowing in its six acres of landscaped tropical gardens, for all the facilities that a good Barbados All Inclusive hotel requires! A great kids club for kids from 3yrs to 11yrs open daily from 9am to 9pm – what every kid and Mum and Dad need! …and plenty of diverse complimentary water sports from that beautiful beach!

Turtle Beach is only 15 minutes from Barbados airport and 10 minutes from Bridgetown with a complimentary daily shuttle.  St Lawrence Gap is within walking distance offering nightlife and also fun for everyone with restaurants, bars and roadside stalls with food and gifts.

For great Barbados holidays, and specifically a great all inclusive holiday in Barbados, Turtle Beach will hit the right note.  You can read more about Turtle Beach and see Turtle Beach photos.  Call us for current availability and the best Barbados deals on all Barbados holidays.

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