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Our Newest Friends: Bums on Bikes!

May 11, 2018 | By Blue Sky Luxury

When we cater to our clients, we are motivated by our deep-seated desire to help them achieve the right balance necessary for a quality life. In this vein, Blue Sky Luxury has risen to the occasion by answering the appeal of a very worthy cause - the fight against bowel cancer. Through the United Kingdom-based (UK) Bums on Bikes Charity, we have pledged our support to give hope to those suffering with the second biggest cancer killer in the UK, which affects one in every eighteen people in the population.

Hello Little Bristol

May 02, 2018 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Speightstown

From bustling Bridgetown, heading north, travel twelve miles along the west coast of Barbados for an experience that is a stark contrast to what you have left behind. Welcome to Speightstown. The quiet sister of Bridgetown, Oistins and Holetown was named after William Speight - one of the members of the island’s first assembly - and is the second largest town in Barbados, catering to the residents of the north.

Something's Happening: May 2018

April 27, 2018 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Read our blog on exciting events in Barbados for May 2018! We’ve put together a comprehensive list of fun events for the family including dining, sporting, entertainment and so much more.  Let our Concierge team help you to book your car rentals, baby gear and in house needs.

Bajan Art

April 09, 2018 | By Gina-Lee Johnson

There are numerous, talented artists in Barbados, who have been producing a variety of work over the years. An online Barbados Art Directory was produced by Corrie Scott & Kathy Yearwood in 2011 that gives a great introduction to most of the artists and their work. I have found this directory to be extremely useful when trying to find a certain style of art or artist.

I’m steps away from entertainment…where do I go?

April 06, 2018 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Prepare yourself for sensory overload, Barbados is beautiful, everything is near and your stay at Sapphire Beach Condominiums guarantees that you are close to the action yet far enough to preserve your tranquility.  We’ve compiled a short guide to follow on what to do and where to go in St. Lawrence Gap. As your Barbados holiday apartment is near to a variety of restaurants, local rum shops and nightlife, you can explore and enjoy at your leisure.  Once you are ready to leave the comfort of The Gap, view Something’s Happening in Barbados – our April edition. This gives you a complete list of things to do in Barbados. Polo, horse racing, marathons, boat racing, historical tours and art exhibitions! The list is endless…view here

The History of the Place

April 04, 2018 | By Blue Sky Luxury

 

The year 2016 will always be remembered as the culmination of culture and identity through the celebration of Barbados’ 50th year of Independence - a milestone that only a few will witness in their lifetime. This golden year rests solidly on a history that is a little bit British with a dash of Africana, creating a colourful landscape and people that the world would know and identify as ‘of Barbados.’

The island’s colonial past is summed up primarily in its architecture, including the forts and other structures at the Garrison Historic area, and the affinity for its people to spur on the traditions of  horse racing and polo up to today. And most aptly housed in such an area is the national museum, where history is dictated to history aficionados and the genuinely curious.

Just Relax...

March 28, 2018 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Lovers of Barbados are used to its warming people, bedazzling waters and rolling greens. But, what they don’t usually talk about is the unbeaten path - one which usually leads to a revitalizing experience that is sure to become the new ritual of your Barbados holidays. So, if rejuvenation is at the top of your summer to-do list, we introduce to you Barbados’ healing and relaxing charm with our top three picks for a peaceful getaway.

Something's Happening April 2018

March 20, 2018 | By Blue Sky Luxury

From sporting event like Polo matches and the Barbados Surf pro, to the Oistins Fish Festival and the Barbados Reggae Festival - here's everything that's going on in Barbados for the month of April!

Let's Go to Hugo's!

March 14, 2018 | By Blue Sky Luxury

The launch of Hugo’s Restaurant in the picturesque town of Speightstown is akin to manna from heaven! Touted as “ Something HUGE is coming to Barbados” the modern beachfront eatery did not disappoint. From start to finish, the experience was simply magical! Hugo’s officially opened their doors on December 22 but invited guests were welcomed for a much-appreciated pre launch.

Bajan Fried Flying Fish

March 06, 2018 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Photo compliments Sundale Foods International

 

Every Barbadian knows that the beautiful waters off Barbados are quietly teeming with a bountiful harvest. So, there is no surprise that a multitude of fish dishes are found on menus and tables across the island; however, one of the favourites remains fried flying fish. Whether paired with rice and peas or sandwiched between a soft salt bread (a local white-flour bun) fried flying fish is without a doubt a signature of authentic Bajan cuisine. Recreate Barbadian friend flying fish at home by following our recipe below!

Barbados Rum Shops

March 01, 2018 | By Gina-Lee Johnson

Photo compliments Braddies Bar Barbados

 

What is a Rum Shop?

There are a few hundred Rum shops across Barbados, all are located in a Chattel House (a wooden shack with a corrugated roof), some have been extended and may have separate seating. They are easily identified as they are usually brightly painted and many have been branded by a variety of local company or product, such as Mount Gay, Absolute, Banks Beer, Guinness or even a mobile phone provider.

Get married in Barbados

February 27, 2018 | By Blue Sky Luxury

The idyllic scene that pops to mind when considering a destination wedding is punctuated by toes in soft, white sand, beautiful blue waters and -perhaps - a coconut tree or two. However, in Barbados, this vision of an island wedding is actually just the tip of the iceberg. In reality, a destination wedding in Barbados is much more diverse than you would imagine. The island is blessed with hundreds of stunning venues with their own unique charms, and many wedding planners who have mastered the craft of creating dreams.

Something's Happening: March 2018

February 26, 2018 | By Blue Sky Luxury

 

If you’re in Barbados already or planning your trip to our lovely island, our concierge team has compiled a detailed list of exciting things for you to do in March! There’s something for everyone at this time of year.  Sporting enthusiasts can enjoy polo, horse racing and go carting. If you’ve never been on a local hike or run, then get active and participate in a hike surrounded by interesting flora and fauna or a local 5 K Walk. History buffs will definitely enjoy historic tours of the Garrison Historic area and tunnels or a tour of the Portvale Sugar Factory to revisit the sugar production process.  If you’re just here to unwind, there’s a range of local farmers markets, restaurants, cosy bars and lots of rum to keep you entertained. Go on, read on to see what’s happening in March!

The Barbados we love!

February 12, 2018 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Our Dearest Travelers…

In reverence to the season of love and all its accompanying sentiments, we declare our love for crafting your perfect getaway. And during the month of love, we are especially eager to create a love-filled experience. Whist known for our affinity to wow with our selection of perfect holiday homes, we are also purveyors of lounging beside turquoise waters, sipping sturdy rum punches, and indulging in all the fancies of pure island luxury. Therefore, we recommend you consider our six top runners for having the most romantic getaway yet.

Something's Happening: February 2018

February 06, 2018 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Exciting events are happening in Barbados in the month of love and we’re happy to provide you with information on some of the most exciting events! Whether you’re a polo or cricket fan, a lover of local heritage festivals or a true culture buff, we have lots of events going on. From sporting, entertainment, cultural and, of course, restaurants, there’s Something Happening in Barbados!

The City, The Village and The Gap

February 06, 2018 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Parliament

Bridgetown: The island’s capital. Home of the third oldest parliament in the Americas. The centre of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bridgetown really needs no introduction. But, for the sake of this article, we will force ourselves to do it justice in words.

The Barbados Sugar & Rum Season 2018!

February 02, 2018 | By Blue Sky Luxury

 

If you’re looking to travel soon for your annual holiday or you’re simply trying to escape the winter blues then come to Barbados to experience true Barbadian culture. Your holiday could become one of the most exciting trips yet - even if you’ve visited the island already! Unlock the secret treasures of Barbados and read on to learn all about the Annual Sugar & Rum Season 2018!

Savoury St. James

January 30, 2018 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Lobster at Daphnes

The story of beachside fine dining is best told on Barbados flamboyant west coast. Its amazing culinary offering, plus the unique but lavish presentations have defined it as a place where every palate finds its food soulmate.

The Mild Mild West

January 24, 2018 | By Blue Sky Luxury

 

 

 

 

Boardwalk

St. James is one of the smallest parishes in Barbados; however, immense significance and character precede it. Known as the place where British boots first touched Barbados’ soil, St. James was one of the first six parish names to be included on the early map renders of the island. But with all due respect to this historic importance, St. James has evolved into a crèche of luxury, musings and island posh, where even Mother Nature seems to tend her kin with an extra refinement and pomp.

The Northern Stars in Barbados

January 03, 2018 | By Blue Sky Luxury

St. Nicholas Abbey Barbados

On the map of Barbados, the tippy-top point features a star cast of places of interest. And, although they may be counted on one hand, these places are delightful and unexpected journeys into a rich, colourful culture and unspoilt, natural heritage.

North is the New South this Winter

December 13, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Speightstown has several new treats in store for winter!

Barbados is known for its luxurious west coast, exciting south and thrill-seeking east, but the north of the island is possibly the most endearing experience to be had. And, this winter, all eyes will be on the beacon of the north, Speightstown, as many new and exciting fixtures are unveiled!

Take me North

November 29, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

St. Nicholas Abbey Aerial

If Barbados were a person, the northern bit of the island that ends along the lower St. James-St. Peter border would be its proud head. Stretching over the two parishes of St. Lucy and St. Peter, the northwest is where the journey to the quieter, more mature side of Barbados’ personality beings.

Off to Paradise - Flying to Barbados this Winter

November 16, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Clouds Sky

Instead of looking to the skies to wish on a shooting star, take to the skies and make your way to Barbados! Get packed, choose your favourite on-board experience and get set to be whisked off to your Barbados winter getaway!

Stay at Umoya Villa. Explore luxury Apes Hill Club amenities at your doorstep

November 07, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

When you choose to enjoy the luxury villa Umoya for your Barbados holiday, not only can you tailor your stay at this amazing holiday home, you also get the opportunity to indulge in the luxury amenities at Apes Hill Club!

The Apes Hill Club development is situated on the platinum coast of Barbados in a private, magical setting that wows you upon entry. The development is highlighted by panoramic vistas of the Caribbean Sea and nothing prepares you for the vibrant natural beauty of this gorgeous retreat. If you think you’ll have nothing to do in paradise, well think again!

 

 

Top 5 things to do on a short break to Barbados!

October 23, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Oistins Fish Fry Top 5

We all wish time stopped while on holiday, but it really does fly when you're having fun and moves even more quickly on a short break! There's so much to do in Barbados, you could easily fill a lengthy itinerary, but what do you chose when time is limited?

To ensure you make the most of a quick trip to Barbados our Concierge Can team has compiled the top 5 things to do on a short break.

 

Something's Happening: Dec 2017 – Jan 2018

October 13, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

As the busiest (and most joyful!) time of the year is approaching, we’ve compiled a selection of events in Barbados that you don’t want to miss! The sheer excitement of a Bajan Christmas with the delightful sounds of caroling and the traditional Christmas morning in the park fills our stockings with good cheer! Before we get carried away with the thrill of Christmas, there’s so much more to do before the yuletide season. With the help of our Concierge team and a stay at one of our luxury villas, you’ll be sure to get into the Christmas spirit! Read our blog for a list of very exciting events!

Experience a Bajan Celebration on New Year's Eve!

October 10, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

 

In Barbados there is so much to experience on New Year's Eve. The island comes alive with music, food and beautiful people. The atmosphere is charged with excitement and the possibilities for unforgettable experiences are endless. Many New Years resolutions are made in Barbados and the first resolution you should make is to celebrate you; make magical memories in a stunning setting, doing things you’ve never done before!

 

Do you want to experience a Bajan celebration? We have the perfect suggestions for you!

Enjoy a Gastronomic Experience on New Year's Eve in Barbados!

October 10, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

In Barbados there is so much to experience on New Year's Eve. The island comes alive with music, food and beautiful people. The atmosphere is charged with excitement and the possibilities for unforgettable experiences are endless. Many New Years resolutions are made in Barbados and the first resolution you should make is to celebrate you; make magical memories in a stunning setting, doing things you’ve never done before!


Read our blog for a guide on some delightful gastronomical experiences you'll never want to miss!

 

Stay at Eden for an Unforgettable New Year's Eve Experience!

October 10, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

In Barbados there is so much to experience on Old Years Night. The island comes alive with music, food and beautiful people. The atmosphere is charged with excitement and the possibilities for unforgettable experiences are endless. Many New Years resolutions are made in Barbados and the first resolution you should make is to celebrate you; make magical memories in a stunning setting, doing things you’ve never done before!

 

Stay at Eden in Sugar Hill, your unforgettable New Year's Eve awaits...

Your favourite things about Barbados

October 03, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Sunset

Barbados has so much to offer…from our pristine beaches to our amazing people and culture. We reached out to our facebook fans and asked, "what’s YOUR favorite part of Barbados?" Here are some of the great answers we got from our followers

 

Our Love of Turtles

September 07, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Our island is home to the second largest nesting population of Hawksbill turtles in the Western hemisphere. Many of our beachfront villas sit along shoreline where Hawksbill and Green Turtles come to lay their eggs annually, and hundreds of tiny hatchlings emerge from nests to make their way back to the sea.  If you are lucky enough to observe either of these events you are bound to fall in love with these beautiful creatures.

SOMETHING’S HAPPENING SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2017

August 30, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

The island is your playground at this quieter time of year. Maybe you crave pure relaxation, reconnection, adrenaline or a blend of all three?  Our experienced concierge team knows all the little secrets and special experiences, which can help make your holiday one you will cherish forever, and we don’t want you to miss a moment of fun.  Following please find details for some of our favorite upcoming activities this September and October.  We have placed special focus on some of the fabulous festivals but there are also a variety of other activities to enjoy.  Read on to learn more:

Barbados' Newest Fitness Festivals

August 02, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury
The island’s year round warm sunshine and beautiful surroundings create the perfect setting to nurture your body and soul.  This fall, the Barbados calendar will feature three exhilarating firsts centred around wellness and enjoyment - the Barbados Beach and Wellness Festival, the Barbados Cycling Festival and the Dragon World Championships!  Set in stunning locations and guided by leaders in their respective disciplines these festivals are a wonderful opportunity to meet other like minded people and experience even more of what our island has to offer! 

Our Tips for Making This Christmas and New Year Celebration One of Your Most Memorable!

July 20, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Christmas is one of the most wonderful times to visit Barbados.  Many of our repeat guests visit us annually to celebrate this special time of year building treasured lifelong memories.  The island’s sunny weather somehow seems even more stunning over this festive season, and there is a vibrant and friendly feel as locals and visitors share in an enormous range of events and activities. Our varied heritage translates into a mix of British and authentically “Bajan” Christmas traditions offering a unique experience.

Your Summer Bucket List: Crop Over, Barbados

July 06, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

The big day. In Barbados, this has nothing to do with rings, love nor marital bliss, but it has everything to do with culture, friends, food, music and all the feel-good island life has to offer. The island’s big day is celebrated on the first Monday each August - Kadooment Day.  This annual carnival is the culmination of the Crop Over festival, a 2-month long celebration that is steeped in history, and is rich in culture and national pride.  

Friends and Family: Share the Rewards!

July 06, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

We are excited to announce our new Friends & Family Rewards Program to our loyal guests. With this new program.  Its easy, simply refer your nearest and dearest to stay with us at a Blue Sky Luxury vacation villa or apartment, and on confirmation of your friends or family’s booking, you’ll BOTH be rewarded.  

SOMETHING'S HAPPENING: JULY - AUGUST, 2017

July 03, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

SOMETHING’S HAPPENING: JULY & AUGUST 2017

Every month in Barbados there are always a variety of exciting activities and events taking place. However, there is no time of year that can quite compare to the months of July and August. With the Grand Kadooment festival approaching, these months are packed with lead up events, festivals and parties for everyone to enjoy. There is never a dull moment on the island during the Crop Over season.

Media Indulge in Barbados Luxury!

June 23, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Earlier this month, the team at Blue Sky Luxury, in collaboration with the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., invited a group of journalists to trade the editorial room for a beachside “office” with a view! The group of six, who hailed form the United Kingdom, and the United States represented some of the chicest luxury magazines on the market, namely Boat International, Mayfair Times, Portfolio by The Week, and Women’s Health, and FS.

Our Top Reasons to Skip the Hotel and Enjoy a Villa Holiday instead!

May 30, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Our Top Reasons to Skip the Hotel and Enjoy a Villa Holiday instead!

Fun with family and friends. Relaxation, a flexible schedule, a chance to “just be you” and enjoy those who are most special.  A unique setting, space, a home away from home.  All of this can be enjoyed in a gorgeous holiday home - this is what vacations are made of. Villa vacations offer so much more than a traditional hotel stay and here are our top reasons why:

Something's Happening: June - July, 2017

May 26, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Every month our island has different events and opportunities that will make your holiday unforgettable. From motor sport events to Crop Over festivals the coming months are filled with occasions for you and your whole family. Our Concierge Can team has put together this list with a variety of activities available to you during your holiday.

Barbados in Bloom

May 12, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

This May sees the highly anticipated return of The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a five day garden show filled with famous flower and landscape gardens. With London preparing to become a flower frenzy, Barbados is the perfect escape for horticulturists searching for a new scent. Having participated in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the past 28 years and winning an impressive 18 gold awards, Barbados marks its place as an authoritative voice on floriculture. Visitors can explore the tropical gardens, discover native plants and enjoy the sandy white beaches the island offers, while staying in one of our 120 iconic and beautiful holiday houses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Occasions & Landmark Celebrations

May 12, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

We share our pick of the best villas for memorable moments

With the growing trend for combining holidays with landmark celebrations – from intimate weddings to big birthdays and those once-in-a-lifetime honey(or buddy)moons – We share a selection of sumptuous properties and all manner of bespoke arrangements to guarantee memorable moments that last long after the celebrations cease. 

The Best Barbados Family Getaway

May 10, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

There is no better time to visit Barbados as a family than during the summer, when the island is in full-bloom with activities, cultural events and an effervescence that highlights all of its hidden charms. Barbados sets the mood for you to reconnect and create lasting summer memories with those who matter most.  Our island is proud to be a welcoming, safe holiday environment where visitors and families enjoy interacting with the locals for an authentic taste of Barbadian life. So, whether it’s something entertaining, relaxing or educational you crave, we’ve got the whole family covered with our top picks on how to make the most of summer in Barbados!

A Barbados Guide for Foodies

May 03, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Barbadians love food and they do it well. From tartes and gourmet creations at fine dining restaurants to grilled snapper and breadfruit chips at roadside eateries, the island is ripe with foodie experiences waiting to be explored. So, let’s get the ball rolling with some suggestions for our three types of favourite foodies.

How To: Enjoying Barbados at its Best… For less!

April 10, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Barbados is known for its beautiful beaches, amazing people and opulent lifestyle. But, connoisseurs of the island have a few travel tricks up their sleeves to make their Barbados holiday even more enjoyable and affordable! Read on as our team provides advice on a Barbados spring vacation packed with authentic experiences, local adventures and travel tips to help you get the most bang for your buck!

You'll always have something to do in Barbados!

April 06, 2017 | By The Telegraph

High Breeze, Tropical Luxury Villa with Stunning Views

 

 

If you’re into sporting activities, then Barbados is your vacation destination. There’s always something to do here!

 

The Telegraph explains, “Why Barbados is in a league of its own when it comes to sporting activitiesThe article mentions watersports, swimming, golf and equine sports... just to name a few. Luckily for you Blue Sky Luxury offers fantastic holiday villas a few steps from your choice activity.

 

A Season of Barbadian Treasures - The Barbados Sugar & Rum Festival

March 24, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Spring is nigh, but the Barbados’ Sugar and Rum season is already in full swing! The brainchild of the Barbados Tourism Product Authority, the Sugar and Rum Season 2017 is the newest celebration of sugar and rum to hit the island’s events’ calendar, paying a colourful tribute to the island’s rich heritage and culture surrounding its most prolific treats.

Spring in the Surf - Barbados has a beach for every reason

March 24, 2017 | By Concierge Can

      

This Spring, it’s all about beaches in Barbados!

The most obvious perk of island life is beautiful beaches, and the beaches in Barbados are everything - sandy coves, craggy cliffs, glassy waters, sassy waves - everything. Not to mention the fact that the island is small enough for you to explore every single beach option during one holiday! But, if there is any doubt that Barbados ticks all these boxes when it comes to varying types of beach getaways, let us introduce you to some of our favourite coastal picks for making any seaside dream come true.  Read on to learn about Alleyne's Bay, Bathsheba, Dover Beach and The Crane beach.

Something's Happening: April - May 2017

March 24, 2017 | By Concierge Can

Our island abounds with opportunities ranging from the sublime to the exhilarating and our Concierge Can team is here to help our guests choose those activities that will make their stay with us unforgettable. Easter time is no exception as it is one of the busiest months of the year on the island.  As soon as spring comes full bloom, Barbadians of all ages and walks of life eagerly look forward to this time of year. For us, it is the biggest religious holiday after Christmas, but for you, it is the perfect time to experience our local Easter traditions and all the wonderful events which take place at this time of year.

The Concierge Can team has created the following list of some of their favorite upcoming activities around this time of year to help you get your holiday plans started.

Sporting Around Barbados

March 08, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

When considering sports and outdoor activities, Barbados is known as a mecca, a paradise and the home to several disciplines found on the island. From leisurely activities, such as horseback riding and hiking, to the best in watersports, Barbados brings the sporting diversity along with the perfect climate to enjoy an active holiday!

Take a video tour of Marsh Mellow!

March 01, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

View Marsh Mellow - a luxury 4 bed holiday home situated on a ridge in Barbados. For availability and details on this fantastic villa, click here



Easter is Sun, Fun and Savings in Barbados

February 08, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

This year, Easter holidays to Barbados are a steal, giving holidaymakers the unique opportunity to experience high-season Barbados at low-season prices - including wonderful deals on some of the island’s most beautiful holiday homes! And, if that isn’t enough, the island will be abuzz with several activities and events - namely those around Easter - that are sure to interrupt those leisurely days at the beach!

A Golfers' Paradise

February 08, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Barbados is a luxurious Caribbean destination that stands in a class by itself. This culturally-rich island is known for its enviable year-round sunshine, pristine white-sandy beaches, prestigious golf courses and so much more.

Something's Happening: Feb - Mar, 2017

February 01, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Our island abounds with opportunities ranging from the sublime to the exhilarating and our Concierge Can team is here to help our guests choose those activities that will make their stay with us unforgettable.  The Concierge Can team has created the following list of some of their favorite upcoming activities to help you get your holiday plans started.

Broadway to Barbados - Neil Berg Brings his Best

January 27, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

The Broadway to Barbados Charitable Trust will once again stage the Broadway to Barbados show in collaboration with title sponsor Diamonds International. Enjoy seven nights over the months of February and March of entertaining postures and pieces during the tribute to the ‘greatest songs of the silver screen and Broadway.

Barbados Polo Season 2017

January 27, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Exciting action, beautiful steed, and a friendly atmosphere set among beautiful grounds. This is the essence of polo in Barbados! This year, the Barbados polo season will take its usual course, running from January through May 2017 with a tantalizing calendar of events.

Dine Under the Stars!

January 27, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Fancy dining by candle light at one of the island’s most revered plantation homes? Then visit St. Nicholas Abbey during the winter season to experience this first hand!

The Barbados Sandy Lane Gold Cup 2017

January 27, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

And they’re off! The excitement of the 2017 Barbados Sandy Lane Gold Cup horserace is already in the air, and locals and visitors alike await with bated breath to see how this year’s race will conclude.

Equine Barbados

January 27, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Equine Barbados

Barbados holidays are always prefaced by lovely weather, stunning shores and breathtaking beaches. But its balmy breezes and immaculate sunshine also give way to an exciting centuries-old tradition that treats hundreds of locals and visitors yearly as they perch along its expansive green fields. Dotted across the island is the manifestation of an appreciation for everything equine - polo fields, a savannah, equestrian courses and even its coastal sands set a backdrop for this kind of recreation. And, if that is not enough to jolt the spontaneous humming of the William Tell Overture, on any given day, you may find a steed taking a dip with its trainer at one of the west-to-south coast beaches! 

Haute Couture Barbados

January 25, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

High fashion in paradise!

 

Stylish. Chic. Barbados. These words meld more perfectly together than you’d ever know! The island is home to several international - and high-end - fashion brands that bring a worldliness to the decadent shores.

 

Island Welcomes First International Tour for 2017

January 25, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Island Welcomes First International Tour for 2017

 

 

It’s lovely cricket in lovely Barbados! The island’s affinity for the sport is as legendary as its amazing beaches.

The Year of the Perfect Holiday

January 13, 2017 | By Blue Sky Luxury

When it comes to planning your holiday this year, Barbados offers the perfect canvas for you to make 2017 the Year of your perfect vacation getaway! Therefore, our New Year’s resolution to you is clear - we promise that your Barbados vacation will be the best holiday you’ll have all year!

Surf Tourism on the Rise

November 11, 2016 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Barbados is a special place for surf, and we have seen an increase in surf tourism and the demand for holiday rental properties that are close to surf breaks. Even the most recent WSL World Champion John John Florence, and surfing legend Kelly Slater have visited and spoken highly of surfing in Barbados. So, there is no better month than Barbados’ independence month to embrace the Independence Pro.

From the Desk of The Nature Guru

October 27, 2016 | By Blue Sky Luxury

In our last post, we invited you to be a part of our illustrious 50th anniversary of independence celebrations as well as sharing our rich history and the relic proof that remains on the island. But, of course, Barbados’ history extends much further than the construction of government buildings, churches and rum shops; therefore, oblige as we introduce you to our natural heritage and history.

Classical Pops - A Musical Affair not to be missed!

October 14, 2016 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Barbados usually puts on an impressive showing of its tropical tunes and intoxicating island beats. But in early December, the iconic island sounds give away to orchestral renditions at the Classical Pops show!

Food & Rum Festival - Come for the Food, Stay for the Rum!

October 14, 2016 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Perfect year-round weather, pristine beaches, glassy waters and amazing food! Barbados has made an indelible mark as a foodie paradise, and hosts one of the most delectable food festivals the Caribbean has ever seen - The Food & Rum Festival.

From the Desk of the Barbados Buff!

September 08, 2016 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Did you know that Barbados is in its golden age? This November - on the thirtieth to be exact - the island will mark one of its most impressive milestones to date: fifty years of independence. If you do the math correctly, it will take you back to 1966, when the people’s passion created a political force that ushered the island into a new era. But for the last (almost) fifty years, Barbados has built its charm on embracing its new path as well as the remnants of its recent history.

5 Reasons To Have Your Wedding In Barbados

August 26, 2016 | By Mara Sofferin - HuffPost Living

Have Yourself a Merry Barbados Christmas!

August 25, 2016 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Traditional Christmas carols have been known to set the tone for what we expect at Christmas time - we dream of a white Christmas, and the ornate foliage is always hollies and mistletoes. However, the Barbados remix of these carols goes a little different - you’ll be dreaming of turquoise blues, and will quickly realise that the holly-decked halls have been traded for palm- and poinsettia frangipani-fringed coasts and streets! Barbados at Christmas is magical, and to experience the island at this most wonderful time of the year is to witness an even more joyful, warming spirit than the already welcoming personality innate of Barbadians and their heritage. So, add these five things to your list (be sure to check it twice!) and you will understand why Barbados may be your best Christmas gift yet!

The Most Wonderful Time to Book Christmas in Barbados

August 12, 2016 | By Blue Sky Luxury

 

 

You’ve just come off of having a perfect summer holiday, but you are already thinking about your next getaway - Christmas holiday. Traveling at Christmastime is characterized by bustling gateways, exciting family get-togethers, and the smiling faces of loved ones you haven’t seen in ages. But, it is this influx of travelers that creates an exceedingly high demand for flights, accommodation and everything else in between. Therefore, when considering travelling to a destination as sought after as Barbados during this season, you must heed to the most important thing on the seasoned Christmas travelers’ cheat sheet: book everything early.

 

 

Here for summer? Join the party in Barbados!

July 15, 2016 | By Blue Sky Luxury

So you’ve come for a summer getaway to Barbados, and what a getaway it has been: you’re sporting swimwear instead of layers and you’re thoroughly enjoying your palatial villa, where everything is at your fingertips. We’d bet that for many, this is the definition of a perfect holiday. But what happens now the sun’s gone down, the jetskis are all packed up but you’re buzzing with as much energy as you were this morning? Don’t fret- Barbados is teeming with nightlife to match any social butterfly’s tastes. And if you are here in summer, you and your friends are especially in for a treat.

 

Keep Calm & Relax in Barbados!

June 30, 2016 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Our last blog entry was designed to give the adrenaline junkies some tips on what to do whilst on the island. But we’re equally aware that many of our guests come to Barbados time and time again because of what a relaxing destination it can be.

Jamaican me crazy!

June 10, 2016 | By Blue Sky Luxury

With stunning natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage...Jamaica has so much to explore!

Enjoy days soaking up the sun on your own private beach, get adventurous and explore the natural beauty of the island, learn the ska, feast on famous local dishes and just be prepared to have the time of your life on a Jamaica Summer Holiday.

Let's Summer in Barbados

May 26, 2016 | By Blue Sky Luxury

This is it. You’ve arrived in paradise. The friendly driver who greeted you and your family at the airport has just dropped you off at your idyllic Blue Sky Luxury villa and the property manager has just shown you around. The pantry is fully stocked with all of the little goodies that the kids love...and there’s that bottle of bubbly that you requested from the Concierge last week before you left. You see the excitement on your children’s faces...and you have got to admit it: you’re pretty thrilled yourself.  This extremely warm welcome bodes well for a great holiday.

Summer Fun 'On and In' the Water!

May 26, 2016 | By Blue Sky Luxury

The great thing about a Barbadian holiday is its versatility: want to bask in the sun all day whilst you catch up on some reading? Be our guest. Prefer to be adventurous and visit some of the many historic sites around the island? Great idea. 

The Race Is On This Weekend – Are You Ready?

May 05, 2016 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Many visitors are drawn to Barbados for its endless beaches and pristine turquoise oceans, but there’s so much more to love and experience on our Caribbean island. When our Blue Sky Luxury villa guests reach out to our concierge team to inquire about activities, we’re always excited to tell them what’s on our action-packed events schedule.

5 Reasons Why Villas Are the Right Choice for Your Summer Vacation

April 22, 2016 | By Blue Sky Luxury

 

Ah, vacation time. As soon as those dates are booked, the whole family gets excited. Parents want to unwind, kids want to make sandcastle magic, and grandparents are thinking up ways to spoil everyone even more than usual. And then the planning begins…

New Blue Resolutions

January 05, 2016 | By Gemma Holder

As another year rolls around, many of us use this ‘new’ calendar as a launching pad for fresh beginnings within our personal and professional lives.  If you are really ready for 2016, we recommend you make your resolutions with the ultimate goal being to enjoy life to the fullest. And obviously a Caribbean Holiday…is the ideal way to make this happen.

Check out our recommendations for your BEST 2016!

5 Reasons Summer is The Best Time to Travel to Barbados

July 24, 2015 | By Blue Sky Luxury

As far as tropical paradise goes, Barbados is pretty hard to beat! Year round sunshine, gorgeous crystal clear waters, friendly people and a never-ending calendar of events keep visitors coming back time and again for more! The busiest season is winter of course, when snowbirds seek escapism from the endless cold, the appeal is obvious. But there is a little known secret that many in the diaspora know: SUMMER is where the ‘real’ action is. 

Bridelife Issue 5

June 16, 2015 | By Bridelife Magazine

New Benefit Partners

June 12, 2015 | By Corey Payne

Winter Soirees

June 11, 2015 | By Blue Sky Luxury

The Blue Card Launch

June 11, 2015 | By Corey Payne

Star Staff

June 11, 2015 | By Corey Payne

JetBlue's Mint Service Begins Flying to Barbados

May 29, 2015 | By Blue Sky Luxury

Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) and JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) today announced plans to offer its highly successful Mint experience from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Barbados (BGI), one of the top Caribbean routes for the airline. Travelers from the Eastern region of the U.S. now have a premium travel option at an affordable fare with Mint beginning on November 7, 2015, giving jetsetters a new reason to head to the sun-drenched island.

 JetBlue Mint's Seating

JetBlue Mint Seats

Limitless Possibilities Under the Blue Sky

April 02, 2015 | By Dominique Silvera

Limiteless Possibilites Under the Blue Sky ..........

Sweet Dreams for Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Members

March 03, 2015 | By Dominique Silvera

Its Sweet Dreams... for Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Members ..Earn Miles when  Booking  a Holiday Home with Blue Sky Luxury!

 

 

 

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Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

February 26, 2015 | By Jodi Harvey-Read

Trees at Fustic House

...How does your garden grow?

Every year, the Barbados Horticultural Society holds an Open Garden Programme during January and February, whereby private gardens are opened to the public. This event happens on a Sunday afternoon between 2:00PM and 6:00PM. This past Sunday, 22nd February 2015, the Open Garden evening was held at one of Blue Sky Luxury's Flagship villas, Fustic House Private Estate.

The Art of Designing your Caribbean Villa Destination Wedding

December 04, 2014 | By Bridelife Magazine

50 Best Villas in the Caribbean

November 15, 2014 | By Tom Chesshyre

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8 things to do in Barbados-Holiday Ideas-Good Housekeeping

October 30, 2014 | By Terry Tavner

Wedding Villas - More than Just a Venue!

October 07, 2014 | By Bridelife Magazine

Falling for Barbados and Jamaica

September 30, 2014 | By Dominique Silvera

Caribbean Journal

September 16, 2014 | By Sarah Greaves Gabbadon

The Romance of a Villa Wedding/ Honeymoon

September 02, 2014 | By Bridelife Magazine

Blue Sky Luxury offers VIPs Chance to Preview a wedding Villa in Barbados

August 13, 2014 | By News Wire

Picture Perfect Prenup

August 01, 2014 | By Mary Brennan

Elite Traveler Hotels Resorts and Spas 2014/15

August 01, 2014 | By Dominique Silvera

Blue Sky Luxury in the Elite Traveler Hotes Resorts and Spas 2014/15 Edition

A Villa Wedding: Something to think about!

July 09, 2014 | By Mary Brennan

The Perfect Getaway: A Villa Wedding  

A Villa Wedding: Something to Think About !

Secret Bay Dominica celebrates three years

June 17, 2014 | By Dominique Silvera

All Roads Lead to Bushy Park!

May 05, 2014 | By Gemma Holder

We are all excited and ready to head to Bushy Park for the thrills and adrenaline-filled Top Gear Festival! The new and improved Bushy Park Circuit will be the setting of this festival when it lands in Barbados on the 17th and 18th of May 2014. Come fully prepared for this weekend of non-stop motoring action in Barbados!

For those of you who are unsure of how to get to Bushy Park, take a look at our illustrative maps!

Celebrating Lower Air Passenger Duty

March 27, 2014 | By Schenai Armstrong

KayaksWe are celebrating here at Blue Sky Luxury following the UK budget. 

It might sound odd but after five years of supporting the Caribbean and travel industry's struggle to have the UK Government reform its Air Passenger Duty (APD) tax bands, at long last there is a measure of success.

Barbados To Host 2014 TOP GEAR FESTIVAL

December 18, 2013 | By Kathy-Dawn Burke

Top Gear Festival Barbados 2014 Hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, Top Gear Festival Barbados will feature an awe-inspiring line up of cars and driving talent including The Stig, the Top Gear Stunt Team and guest drivers from the world of motorsport and entertainment.

Christmas in Jamaica

November 28, 2013 | By Dominique Silvera

As we all get ready to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, and make plans to travel to a Blue Sky Luxury Island in the sun, we thought we would share Christmas Traditions from Jamaica. Join Dominique as she takes a walk down memory lane, which will conjur memories of your own Christmas past or perhaps motivate you to make new traditions in Christmas Present. 

Barbados Dream Cup

October 14, 2013 | By Nathaniel Gunby

The Barbados Dream Cup!

Ready…Set…Game!!! The Barbados Dream Cup is being dubbed ‘a not-to-be-missed sporting event’ with big names, international coverage and unbelievable excitement behind its name.

Going Bananas for St. Lucia!

October 14, 2013 | By Judith Wilcox

Bananas

He's definitely ready for a relaxing Blue Sky Luxury Holiday!

 

Simply Beautiful St. Lucia is the third new destination to join the Blue Sky Luxury portfolio and we’re delighted to be able to offer you over 30 new homes to choose from as your perfect holiday accommodation. The island of St. Lucia is equally famed for its beautiful dramatic landscape, palm-fringed beaches and turquoise blue seas as it is for its delicious bananas -both tourism and banana production are mainstays of the St. Lucian economy and we think they excel at both!

Barbados Food, Wine & Rum Festival

October 14, 2013 | By Nathaniel Gunby

The Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Festival!

Delicious…sumptuous…savory or just simply, “delightful’. These are all words you could use to describe exceptional culinary delights, and we guarantee that these are just a few of the words that will come out of your mouth when you experience the Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Festival taking place between November 21-25 2013. Taste your way through 4 days of culinary experiences sure to leave you yearning for seconds.

Thomas Cook adds Flights to Barbados

September 09, 2013 | By Kathy-Dawn Burke

Thomas Cook flights to Barbados

Commencing Sunday 10th November 2013, the weekly Manchester-St Lucia-Barbados flight will operate on a specifically configured Airbus A330 aircraft, with the additional Manchester-Antigua-Barbados flight operating from Thursday 19th December.

Carnival in The Gap

June 19, 2013 | By Kathy-Dawn Burke

Carnival in The Gap

 

 

On Friday 21st June over 300 Travel Agents from around the world will enjoy a taste of Barbados with a full street carnival in St. Lawrence Gap. Come out and join the colourful display and pulsating music as these folks are treated to the best of Barbados. See more details here.

Celtic Festival - Barbados 2013

May 21, 2013 | By Kathy-Dawn Burke

Celtic Fesrival 2013With a strong Gaelic theme planned for 2013's festival, Barbados welcomes the Piping Quartet SEUDAN from Scotland, Big Rory street theatre - the stilt walking bagpiper, award winning vocalists JEANA LESLIE and SIOBHAN MILLER, with guitarist Aaron Jones, Cape Bretoners KENNETH AND CALUM MACKENZIE, and from IRELAND, the amazing Alan Kelly Gang. Chef Paul Wedgwood from Edinburgh back by popular demand!

The 2013 Celtic Festival Barbados takes place from May 23rd to 29th

Snow at Sandy Lane!

April 23, 2013 | By Judith Wilcox

Back in November 2012, our guests Lucie and Gareth returned to Gingerbread at Merlin Bay with a group of family and friends for a week enjoying some sun, relaxation and good food! Julia, as she became known, showed up early in their stay and recognizing them as animal lovers took full advantage of all the affection that they provided. They became so enthralled with Julia that they decided to take Julia back to the UK with them!

Top tips when travelling to Barbados

March 26, 2013 | By Gemma Holder

Good to KnowTake a look at the top 5 tips to consider when travelling to Barbados...

Sunset Cocktails at Arawidi Villa

February 22, 2013 | By Kd Burke

Arawidi Villa cocktailsHow fabulous to be able to have so many wonderful clients, guests and friends all on island at the same time. Last Wednesday (20th Feb) was the ideal time for us to host a sunset cocktail party with many folks in for Half-Term holiday, pre-Easter break and ... Just because!  Weather in the UK and North America has been less than appealing, so being able to vacation in Barbados at one of our Blue Sky Luxury holiday homes is the best way to spend a harsh winter. Click on Read More to see our album of smiling happy Owners and guests!

New Blue Sky Luxury Website

December 04, 2012 | By Judith Wilcox

Blue Sky Luxury Website LaunchedAfter many months of carefully considered design and development, the new Holiday Rentals brand for Bajan Services Limted has been launched as Blue Sky Luxury. This new brand is dedicated solely to the firms well-established luxury holiday rentals business and showcases it’s 100 strong exclusive portfolio of ‘best in class’ villas and apartments.

Serendipity for Visitors from New York!

October 22, 2012 | By Nicole Tempro

Lucky!

 

 

A New York couple who thought the husband’s treasured wedding ring had been lost forever was surprised to receive a phone call from their holiday home rental agent, Bajan Services, more than a week after their departure, sharing the miraculous news that the ring had been recovered from its watery grave!

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