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!
Getting away for a winter holiday escape is an exciting prospect, but where do you want to go? What suits your personality? The team at UltraVilla compiled a list of six unique villa holidays to help you answer this question! As per the experts, some may desire to “commune with nature, while others nothing more than to clank glasses of champagne with friends.” Our luxury villa Sugar Hill-Illusion makes the list and is guaranteed to exceed your luxury holiday expectations! Read the UltraVilla article here
Winter is coming…this popular Game of Thrones refrain couldn’t be more true as December heralds the coming of icy weather. If you’ve timed your annual holiday just right you can take advantage of a romantic getaway to escape the white walkers, who, this year will be the colleagues you’ve left behind! Featured in the “Best Romantic Getaways for this winter” The article entices prospective duos with a romantic plunge pool, warm sandy beaches and perfect privacy for two. Read the article here to see why you’ll want to cosy up at Leamington Cottage in Barbados.
Nelson Gay, Barbados heads up the list of “Spectacular Sunny Winter Vacation Villas” This stately beachfront villa is a historical delight and is described by the team at UltraVilla as it’s “elegance is apparent in its Palladian grandeur and 14-foot ceilings in the living room. Sitting between the house and the beach, the fabulous 50-foot pool is a definite high point.” Read the article here for inspiration on your winter getaway!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
Our team could not have been more excited to be featured with UltraVilla! We love what we do here at Blue Sky Luxury and our Chief Executive Andrew Mallalieu, alongside Leader-Holiday Home Rentals Kathy-Dawn Burke are passionate about our clients, owners and our brand. How long has our team been crafting excellence? “One hundred. This is the combined years of experience, professionalism and luxury that has melded together to create the ultimate holiday rentals team.” If you’re keen to read our tale of “Blue Skies and Luxury” read more here from the experts at UltraVilla.
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!
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!
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...
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
Blue Sky Luxury managed Villa ‘High Breeze’ was recently given a stunning makeover. The experts at UltraVilla mentioned this luxury holiday rental in the article “Gorgeous Recently Renovated Villas, Castles & Haciendas.” Some of the renovations included a “brand new chef’s kitchen, a state-of-the-art gym under the pool with amazing unobstructed coastal views, an office-loft in the living room and a gorgeous dining pavilion located in the tropical garden with views of the coast.” Read the full article here.
Barbados remains one of the most popular Caribbean destinations to visit. This picturesque island been named by UltraVilla as one of their “favourite Caribbean Islands.” Barbados is mentioned alongside The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and Anguilla – just to name a few. If it’s not enough that superstar singing sensation Rihanna was born here, maybe the lure of “lounging on gorgeous beaches, hitting the waves surf board in hand, or sipping some of the island’s delicious rum on a terrace overlooking the sea.” will do the trick! Read more of the article here.
Maybe you’re a foodie, or maybe, you just love a gorgeous kitchen that’s worthy of Chef Gordon Ramsay himself! Either way, the Blue Sky Luxury portfolio of holiday homes can feed either desire. Read their article “Five Beautiful Villas with Dream Kitchens” and see why luxury ‘Eden,’ nestled in the exclusive Sugar Hill community in Barbados makes this world class list.
We’re so excited about the fall season and our luxury partners are too! Read their article “10 Exquisite Villas to Book Now for Fall” Our luxury beachfront villa Gardenia tops the luxury list and yes, it is absolutely exquisite! As per Ultra Villa “the Villa Gardenia is an ideal base for taking in the excitement of the season in Barbados while having a sumptuous beach retreat.” Their insightful article also mentions several exciting Wellness Festivals happening on island. Read the article here and take a peek at our blog here to learn more about these amazing festivals.
If you’ve been to Barbados before, and you haven’t stayed at a luxury villa, then let Boat International show you what a true luxury holiday with the Blue Sky Luxury experience entails. Their article ’A Caribbean cocktail: experiencing the superyacht lifestyle in Barbados.’ By experienced writer Elizabeth Finney delves in a truly luxury experience at flagship villa Crystal Springs. Click here to read more if you’re interested in a luxe lifestyle of “first light yoga sessions, golden rays glancing off silk-like waves and cantering around on Furia, a sleek chestnut beauty.”
The villas at Blue Sky Luxury were listed as “one of the most charming places to stay this summer” This exclusive feature was written by Air Partner, the leading private aviation company. From New York to Ibiza, the Blue Sky Luxury brand stands out and offers a portfolio of 120-best in class villas. Air Partner recommends, “For those who want to experience a snapshot of Barbadian culture – private tours of galleries, meetings with local historians or trips to the beautiful rum distillery St Nicholas Abbey can also be arranged.” Read more here.
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.
Read our personal guest experience from Beverley Croucher on her stay at luxury villa Nelson Gay, Barbados. This is Beverley’s second visit with her twins Tom and Kitty, and she absolutely adores this fully staffed beachfront villa! "The feature titled ‘Easy Living’ mentions how Nelson Gay is made out of local coral stone, how the house has five double bedrooms with ‘The biggest beds I’ve ever seen’ and how the dining room is full of Murano Crystal Baccarat glass." Not only was she impressed by the Palladian style home itself, the convenience of the off-site concierge service helped her to book taxis, restaurants and “even arranged for me to have a massage under the gazebo in the garden.” Click here to read about Beverley’s magical Barbados holiday!
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:
Blue Sky Luxury is proud to be part of the Boat International September 2017 publication. Our very own Greensleeves has a featured piece in their travel news section featuring the latest must have accessories, and top travel tips.
Tis The Sea-Sun Looking for the ultimate Christmas party destination? One of Barbados’s most exclusive private villas, Greensleeves, is available to rent for the first time over the festive period. With accommodation for 30 guests, 16 acres, two pools, white sand beaches and staff including a private chef, it’s the complete party package.
There are an endless number of activities to choose from during your Barbados holiday.
If you are looking for that perfect holiday filled with adventure and relaxation then Barbados should be at the top of your list. You can enjoy the peace and quiet of the ocean from a luxurious catamaran cruise or choose to go the more adventurous route and take windsurfing lessons.
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.
Barbados is the ultimate holiday spot for any vacationer. Whether you want to relax on a beach all day or stay busy with exciting activities, the island has it all.
Crystal Springs villa truly is one of the most exquisite on the island of Barbados. According to the July edition of the Mayfair Times, “Crystal Springs is the Grace Kelly of Blue Sky Luxury’s vast collection of homes”.
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.
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
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.
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.
Sunset is one of the most peaceful, tranquil and beautiful times of day. Watching the sky light up in various shades of pink, orange, red and purple is a sight to behold and the Caribbean, particularly Barbados, has some of the most stunning spots to enjoy this magical time of day.
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:
There is no question about it, Barbados is one of the best places to lounge by the pool and enjoy the sunshine and our experts at Blue Sky Luxury have the perfect villa to do so.
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.
Looking to escape to the beautiful island of Barbados with your family this summer? According to UltraVilla, "experts at Blue Sky Luxury are making it exceptionally alluring for family holidays". Blue Sky Luxury offers a variety of family friendly villas along with their "Hello Family Holiday...Kids Play Free" promotion, which allows kids to enjoy complementary island activities.
Barbados is the perfect holiday destination for combining relaxation and dining. Whether you are looking for the perfect venue for a special meal or the absolutely freshest fish ULTRA VILLAS recommends contacting our team at Blue Sky Luxury for recommendations.
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.
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.
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!
Luxury villa Crystal Springs received the UltraVilla seal of approval as one of the best villas for special occasions! This Barbados holiday home, managed by Blue Sky Luxury - The Holiday Home Experts, has been included in the list of “memorable and unique villas.”
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.
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!
Blue Sky Luxury is proud to announce its affiliation with UltraVilla – the exclusive directory for best-in-class holiday home rentals worldwide. Our exclusive brand was personally invited to join this elite group of global partners. To learn a bit more, read our feature here on the UltraVilla website.
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 activities “ The 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.
The Tatler sure has fine tastes! This exclusive mag lists Blue Sky Luxury – The Holiday Home Experts as one of “ the people with the pick of the poshest pads out there!” We heartily agree and invite you to read the Page 2 article here.
The Week recommends “the 15 most sumptuous places to travel this spring!” Gardenia, one of Blue Sky Luxury’s flagship villas in Barbados makes the list. This luxury holiday home host up to 12 guests and is fully staffed.
From Mexico to Greece, Our Blue Sky Luxury managed villa ‘The Dream’ made UltraVilla’s list of ‘Villas with Ultra-Zen Yoga Terraces’ This stunning 5-bedroom beachfront villa made the cut and is definitely the place for all yoga and aspiring yoga buffs! Read the article here, to see how this holiday villa made it on the list and get the inside scoop from the experts at UltraVilla themselves!
Forbes contributor Peter Lane Taylor tells us how to “Vacation Like A Multi-Millionaire - On A Budget” Take a look at the excerpt below from his article, see why it’s a must read and take a sneak peek at our luxury holiday rental: Crystal Springs.
The Week take us back to Valentine’s Day with an amazing feature of the ever popular Mahogany Bay. Their article gives great advise on the best last minute holidays. The Week take us back to Valentine’s Day with an amazing feature of the ever popular Mahogany Bay.
Mi Business Mag is a publication content based website documenting real life experiences from a diverse pool of business people. It features travel, lifestyle, food, luxury and interviews. Blue Sky Luxury was fortunate to be featured in their article “Enjoy Low Season Rates in Barbados this Easter” which showcased some of our gorgeous holiday rental villas!
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.
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.
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.
Looking for that romantic destination in Barbados? MelanMag featured Mahogany Bay as one of their 'Romantic destinations: all year round!' 5th on their list, Mahogany Bay is absolutely breathtaking and is perfectly positioned on the West Coast, in close proximity to the exclusive Sandy Lane Hotel.
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!
Elite Traveller recently featured our stunning Flagship villa Greensleeves as one of it’s Top 10 Caribbean Villas! Check out page 3 which highlighted Greensleeves prime beach front location, with direct access to two bays along the Platinum Coast. This nine-bedroom property was highlighted as a haven for children and adults alike.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
It’s lovely cricket in lovely Barbados! The island’s affinity for the sport is as legendary as its amazing beaches.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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!
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.
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.
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...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.
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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!
We 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.
St. Lucia’s Jazz and Arts Festival has become the Flagship event on the island’s Events Calendar (http://www.stluciajazz.org/). The twelve day festival is scheduled for April 30 – May 11, 2014. This world-class event brings top entertainers and performers from around the world to St. Lucia.
Excitement! Adventure! Competition! Fun! – These are some of the words which only begin to describe what St. Martin’s annual Heineken Regatta is all about.
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.
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.
Dominica, (the English speaking island, not Dom Rep!) is the latest destination to join Blue Sky Luxury’s fantastic portfolio of best in class holiday homes, villas and apartments. The Nature Isle is known for its 365 rivers, fabulous waterfalls and rugged terrain –definitely not your typical Caribbean paradise and allegedly the only island that Christopher Colombus would still recognize if he came back today!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Our team spent two great evenings out over the past week. Good company, great food & drinks and fun-filled atmospheres!
With 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
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!
Sunwatch was the setting for our evening of cocktails last Wednesday. Our team and guests had an amazing time in the exclusive Sugar Hill Resort. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, steel pan music and a magnificent view set the tone for this fantastic event!
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Blue Sky Luxury was the official sponsor of the Holders Season Comedy Night 2013 and also hosted a hospitality marquee at the Barbados Open Polo Final 2013. Our team and guests had a fantastic time at both events and we look forward to next year!
Take a look at one of the latest additions to our Luxury Holiday Rental Portfolio.
Capri Manor is an enchanting villa!
Blue Sky Luxury is pleased to sponsor Holders Season Comedy Night 2013. This will be a night of fun and laughter as the biggest name in UK comedy, Paul Merton brings you a night of entertainment. This exciting season of opera, music and theatre takes place in the open air gardens of the historic Holders Plantation House.
How 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!
The annual Holetown Festival was as usual a huge hit with locals and guest alike taking to the streets in this historic beachside community to commemorate the landing of the first settlers to Barbados. Our Blue Sky Luxury guests enjoyed all the fan fare!
After 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.
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!