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Travel is back in the foreground! Our Property Management team is ready to welcome visitors to our villas. The team is proactive and as experts in the property management arena, we know that more holiday rentals, mean more cooking, and hence, Grease Trap Maintenance needs to be scheduled. So, let’s talk about it!

Importance of a Grease Trap

Grease traps are a requirement for any holiday rental accommodation. A blocked grease trap could fast become an expensive plumbing undertaking; therefore, scheduled grease trap cleaning could save our client’s money. The residual grease from cooking will harden in the pipes, leading to a steady grease buildup, and eventually blocked pipes. You also run the risk of having the sewage system blocked especially when your kitchen is without a grease trap, or more importantly having one that is not maintained often.

How the Grease Trap Works


Importance of Scheduled Cleaning

The installation of a grease trap is only the first step. A preventative maintenance schedule is then set up to ensure routine cleaning is conducted. Depending on the occupancy levels and the frequency of kitchen sink use, emptying and cleaning the grease trap forms part of our regular scheduled property maintenance in order to avoid blockages.

Tips from the PM Team

Scheduled cleaning of grease traps will keep them functioning efficiently. This saves our clients money in the long run by avoiding costly plumbing repairs.

Tip #1: Ensure correct installation

Some grease traps are ready-made out of a fiberglass design while some are actually built on the location of a concrete design. Some companies and contractors are not consistent in their workmanship with the construction of grease traps, and often time design flaws create a lot of issues, which result in having to clean the grease traps too frequently. The cleaning and other services required to clean blocked grease traps could end up creating substantial expenses.

Tip #2: Reduce solid food

Staff and guests alike are reminded to reduce solid material from going into the drain that will end up in the grease trap. While the grease trap is intended to hold the oils, fats and grease, the use of a strainer is your best bet to eliminate the excess solids entering the trap. Remove these solid food items from the dishes before being placing them in the sink. By keeping food out of the grease trap, will maximize the time between cleaning.

Tip #3: The grease trap is not for grease storage

We advise staff not to pour grease directly into the drain but instead store it in the appropriate containers. This helps to avoid the grease trap from reaching its maximum capacity too quickly. This will reduce the likelihood of having to deal with clogged drains.

Tip #4: Schedule Preventative Maintenance

Routine cleaning is essential and it is important to keep a maintenance schedule. Homeowners can get grease traps cleaned on a more infrequent basis by using less grease. It is still important to maintain minimum standards for cleaning times. Even if there’s not much oil, fat, or grease inside the tank, it will still turn rancid and emit a pungent odor. The property managers actually keep a log through a mobile work order app, which comes in handy for reporting to owners and tracking any technical issues.

 

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March 1, 2021, Barbados was advertised as “The Most Vaccinated country in the Caribbean” by Travel Pulse Canada. As of today, August 6, 2021, approximately 174,176 persons have received vaccinations and 74, 8777 are fully vaccinated. At Blue Sky Luxury 80% of our staff are fully vaccinated.

Our villa staff wear fully vaccinated pins and continue to use PPE, utilize training and best practices to keep themselves and others safe. We included a dashboard from the WHO on Vaccination Statistics in Barbados. The dashboard is owned by the World Health Organisation.

Would you like to travel to Barbados in 2021/22 and would prefer a clear roadmap for travel to Barbados? Send us your email to receive a “Step by Step” guide on Travel to Barbados.

 

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Barbados continues to lead safe initiatives for persons to visit Barbados while mitigating risks. With the introduction of the Caribbean Travel Bubble, Caribbean travellers who present a valid pre-flight negative PCR test will no longer have to quarantine or have further testing done upon arrival in Barbados as of July 17, 2021. This is an excellent opportunity for the Caribbean people to visit their loved ones with less hassle while remaining safe.

The current list of countries that are on the Caribbean Travel Bubble are:

Monitoring and Control Caribbean Travel Bubble

Like Barbados, the countries included on the list have experienced low positive cases. Barbados’ Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George is an active stakeholder in the initiative. He has stated that they are measures in place to remove any country that no longer meets the criteria set by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

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Once we reopened for business and visitors began to return, the safety of our guests and team members became the highest priority and the standard expectation of hygiene was elevated.  

Guided by the BTMI, The Property Management team developed a comprehensive set of hygiene, cleaning and sanitization measures, to reduce transmission of COVID-19, crucial to ensure the tourism sector was positioned to safely re-open.

You might ask what is the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting, since they are commonly referred to interchangeably. Here is what you need to know.  

In the particularly high-touch sector with numerous opportunities for cross-contamination, more focus was directed towards housekeeping and we built on our already rigorous practices, where hospital-grade cleaning products and upgraded protocols are in use.

A Disinfecting Checklist was designed to ensure compliance. The housekeeper is required to check that each area is cleaned and sanitized and sign as having checked. SOPs were prepared for cleaning each room in the villa, with emphasis on the chemicals that could be safely used, along with the requirements, storage and standards for use.

Staff must change from their street clothes and put on a new uniform, shoes and PPE provided – gloves, mask, face shield, apron, gather all equipment and cleaning solutions and start by turning off the ACs and ventilating the rooms. 

Rooms are cleaned and disinfected using the top to bottom method – upper surfaces and fixtures are wiped down using the cleaning agent specific to the materials and finishes. All high-touch surfaces and areas i.e., light switches, remotes, doorknobs, phones, flush buttons, are disinfected. 

Linens and towels are carefully removed away from the body and washed and dried at the highest setting, or line-dried in the sun. Garbage cans are also cleaned and disinfected and relined for use and A/C filters are cleaned between bookings. Rugs are vacuumed, floors swept and mopped with the appropriate disinfectant, and the relevant colour-coded mops and buckets depending on the area.

Not all household disinfectants will kill the virus, so be sure to read the label to ensure that they are approved by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) or contain at least 70% alcohol but be careful not to cause damage to certain finishes.

Finally, all cleaning equipment, mop buckets, mops, reusable cloths are cleaned and sanitized and all disposable carefully removed and discarded. 

Staff must wash their hands before changing into their street clothes, taking their bagged uniforms with them to be laundered and the property ventilated before locking up.

These procedures are two-fold: to assure guests that our villas are as safe as they possibly can be and to keep our staff protected, thereby reducing community contact.

 

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Located on the West Coast of Barbados, just south of the world-famous Sandy Lane Estate, The Villa and The One are two contemporary beachfront apartments set directly on Paynes Bay. Join us for a quick insider view on lifestyle at St. James. The condos, the gorgeous beach, places nearby and then read our guest reviews below.

Crystal clear water, powdery white sand and stunning views are a hallmark of these two luxury condos. The Villa is on the ground floor of this supremely spacious development. We feel connected as we walked the floors and admired the views while the apartments were under construction. Floor to ceiling glass doors offer sea views, and a large pool gives you a choice of pool or beach. The finishes are impressive and minimalist décor is a theme throughout. There are five modern bedrooms with unique features. Our favourite? The master bedroom. It enjoys spectacular sea views and, there is direct access to the beachfront patio where you can unwind with Caribbean inspired sundowners. The One is located on the first floor and is equally as impressive. The views are amazing. The décor mirrors The Villa with marble, plush furnishings and soothing white and grey tones. Both apartments are air-conditioned throughout, but with the cooling sea breezes, you won’t need it. There is a guest cottage that makes up the fifth bedroom and is perfect for long term stays (great rates available) and persons considering the 12 Month Barbados Welcome Stamp visa.

Paynes Bay Beach, Barbados
This West Coast beach is a fave because of the location and the fact that it’s perfect for snorkeling and swimming. You can walk from the apartments to the beach in seconds. The beach is wide and long – over 2 miles and; there is plenty of room to spread out. Beach chairs and umbrellas are placed on the beach daily. Your staff can pack a picnic for you to spend a relaxing day at the beach. If you’re so inclined, take a walk south to discover the local fish market, grab a drink at ‘De Clay Oven’ or take a dip in waters not so close to home. Paynes Bay is a popular stop for catamarans. Locals and visitors alike enjoy a day on the seas with great food, music and the chance to swim with the turtles.

Places nearby
There is nowhere in Barbados that’s “far.” Visit these locations in 10 minutes or less. Try The Tides Restaurant for an upscale dining experience. Jus Grillin’ is a laid-back eatery in Holetown offering a variety of freshly grilled items. Next to it is Bean and Bagel an excellent breakfast spot. Visit Second Street for sushi at Naru or try the farm-to-table goodness at The Mews. Zaccios offers a sea to bar experience – the bartenders are great at their craft. Surfside Bar is another beachfront bar next door to Zaccios. West Bar in Limegrove is more upscale and a good experience. Get your fix of designer labels at Ralph Lauren, Breitling Boutique for luxury watches and pick up a sophisticated piece from Diamonds International. Timothy Oulton has an eclectic collection, and the Smart Store can take care of all your electronic needs. At Limegrove, there are many other options for clothing and other luxury items. Need a haircut? Fame barbershop in Holetown is a number one choice for gents haircuts. The Loft Spa & Blow-dry Bar is a perfect spot for ladies. Pick up a bottle of wine from Wine World, also in the same complex. We love the location of St. James, it is a short drive to golf, tennis and well… everything! We hope this has been helpful. Look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Read our Guest Reviews
The Villa at The St. James

The Gauthier Party
02/20/2020
Most fun and relaxing vacation! Thank you Kareen and Isilma for making our vacation so special! Food, location, condo, beach – all spectacular!

The MacNeil Family
08/31/2019
We had one of our most relaxing vacations to date. Thank you to Heather, Catherine, Keifer, Corey, Danny, Ricardo and Stacey for taking care of our every whim! We will definitely recommend your services! Thank you.

The Al-Amin Family
08/07/2019
Everything was excellent. Julie was a breath of fresh air. Everything we requested we got. All services over exceeded our expectations! 02/20/2020
Most fun and relaxing vacation! Thank you Kareen and Isilma for making our vacation so special! Food, location, condo, beach – all spectacular!

The MacNeil Family
08/31/2019
We had one of our most relaxing vacations to date. Thank you to Heather, Catherine, Keifer, Corey, Danny, Ricardo and Stacey for taking care of our every whim! We will definitely recommend your services! Thank you.

The Al-Amin Family
08/07/2019
Everything was excellent. Julie was a breath of fresh air. Everything we requested we got. All services over exceeded our expectations!

The One at The St. James

The Marshall Party
08/07/2019
The accommodations and staff were first class. I couldn’t have asked for better introduction to Barbados for my friends and family. Doreen and Beulah were friendly, professional and joys to be around. I definitely recommend Blue Sky Luxury, in particular Asha and Julie. First class. Thank you for a positively memorable stay.

The Abouelnaga Party
02/07/2019
Katherine and Fay Ann are wonderful! The home would not have been the same without them. Julie is also a keeper – very accommodating, thoughtful and kind. All 3 go above and beyond!

 

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Bookmark this page and stay updated on Barbados travel news. In Barbados, our primary source of international travellers come from the UK, USA and Canada. We keep a close eye on travel trends in this bubble to ensure that we can advise our guests and share optimistic news with the travel community. If there are any Barbados travel queries that you have, ask the holiday home experts at experts@blueskyluxury.com.

Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Fully vaccinated persons can move around a lot easier as it relates to day-to-day activities and travel. As such, this has put safe travel back on the radar for many of our international guests. Our travel enthusiasts who are fully vaccinated often ask us about vacation cancellation policies, safety protocols and long term stays in Barbados. They also request information on quarantine regulations inbound to Barbados as they may also have to manage quarantine rules in their home countries. After being restricted for such a long time, we get frequent questions on Summer stays in Barbados, and of recent those who would like to experience

Crop Over 2021” or, as known to international travellers, “Barbados’ Harvest festival.” To this end, one of our most frequently asked questions is “Do I need to quarantine in Barbados if I am fully vaccinated?” We created a blog on new protocols for fully vaccinated persons travelling to Barbados and share recently released information on Barbados’ Harvest festival, Crop Over. Just click on the link to read about Barbados protocols and to receive tips on travelling to Barbados in 2021. (Namely Fast Track, it eliminates the travel hassle!)

Stick with the holiday home experts at Blue Sky Luxury to receive optimistic travel news as it happens. We will keep this page updated regularly. We are happy to share Barbados travel news with you as it happens. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blueskyluxury for updates and stunning vacation rentals.

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Canadians Exempt from Quarantine

As of July 5, 2021, fully vaccinated Canadians who receive a negative COVID-19 test will not have to quarantine upon return to Canada. Non-vaccinated travellers currently have to quarantine for two weeks upon returning to Canada.

Requirements for fully vaccinated Canadians

This is great news for Canadians inbound to Barbados as the protocols for fully vaccinated travellers entering Barbados are similar. Read more on fully vaccinated persons travelling to Barbados

Canada’s vaccination statistics

Canada expects to have enough vaccines delivered for 80 percent of eligible Canadians to be fully vaccinated by the end of July 2021. As of June 09, 2021, 70% of Canadians have had at least one dose.

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Ready! Set! Green List! It’s official Barbados is on the UK foreign travel green list, and we are very excited about this good news. We can’t wait to welcome you this summer!

The much-anticipated announcement came today, June 24th, 2021, and highlighted the new destination additions to the UK foreign travel green list from 4:00BST on 30 June. Read the full article here.

The destinations added to the UK foreign travel green list include:

Now it’s time for you to pack your swimwear, book that ticket to Barbados and celebrate with our latest summer promotion which is extended to July 2nd, 2021! An extra day of relaxation awaits!

Check out recent our blog post with some FAQs when planning your trip to Barbados!

 

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With the launch of our Barbados Summer offer for 2021, our Concierge Can team provides great insider tips on travelling to Barbados. We aim to provide comprehensive information to help you make your trip to Barbados as seamless as possible.

Before you arrive in Barbados
Accepted COVID-19 test results & travel forms
ALL travellers are required to bring a valid negative Standard COVID-19 PCR test result and to complete the online Immigration and Customs Form which will be available 72 hours before your arrival in Barbados. The following COVID-19 tests are accepted for entry into Barbados under the ensuing conditions:
A nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab (or both) taken by a certified healthcare provider or a recognized testing facility (e.g. Stage Zero). The test is required to be done within 3 days before arrival.
For your clarity, the Barbados Ministry of Health & Wellness does not accept:

    1. Nasal swab samples
    2. Saliva samples
    3. Self-administered tests (even if the sample was taken under the supervision of a healthcare provider)
    4. Home kits
    5. Rapid PCR tests

Please see the link https://travelform.gov.bb/home for Barbados Immigration/Customs form to be completed before your arrival and email to us.

On arrival in Barbados
Fast track & airport transfers
Trust us, take the stress out of your arrival at the Barbados Grantley Adams Airport and to your private vacation villa. Our Concierge Can team organizes your fast-track experience. Here’s how it works:

VIP Fast Track
The Fast Track agent will greet you just before you enter the arrivals hall. You will then be Fast-Tracked hassle-free through a dedicated Immigration line, Port Health and the PCR testing facility, escorted to baggage claim and on to a dedicated Customs line, after which you are escorted to your waiting for a pre-arranged taxi that will take you to your holiday home.

Transfers
A friendly and knowledgeable driver will “meet and greet” you outside the arrivals hall. Our drivers are easy to spot as they are equipped with a Blue Sky Luxury sign with your name and the name of your villa. We regularly inspect the vehicles to ensure they meet our high-quality standards. As our drivers are very familiar with our properties, they know exactly where you are going thus saving you precious holiday time. While on the road he will call and check-in at the house ensuring the property staff and/or manager are there to meet you. Just so that you have one less thing to worry about – we would also be pleased to make advance arrangements for your departure transfers as well.

Pre-Stocked Groceries
You’ve arrived safely and have been whisked through the arrivals process, with pre-stocking the Concierge Can team will have your holiday home stocked with the groceries and beverages of your choice so you can start enjoying your holiday the moment you arrive. If you have booked your villa with our friendly and experienced staff, all of your favourite meals can be prepared whether local or international.

 

Useful Links

1. Blue Sky Luxury’s Cancellation Policy – We understand the need for increased flexibility with travel planning in the current situation with the situation changing rapidly. To assist guests, Blue Sky Luxury is now extending a relaxation to our standard cancellation policies under which you booked for all bookings, past or present, until further notice.

2. Protocols for fully vaccinated persons – On May 8th, 2021 Barbados brought into effect a new protocol that allows persons who have been vaccinated free movement in a shorter time than before. What does this mean for visitors? Arrive in Barbados, have your test done, have breakfast, have a dip in the pool and receive your negative COVID 19 results, and voila, you’re at one of our Top 5 recommended restaurants with hardly any time spent under restrictive movement. Before you get to roaming the Barbados countryside, here are the full details for the new Barbados Travel Protocols for fully vaccinated persons.

3. Latest government protocols – See the link for persons travelling to Barbados effective May 30th, 2021. – Note this can change at any given time depending on current events unfolding. https://issuu.com/visitbarbados/docs/btmi_travel_protocols_final/8

4. The app – Please download the BIMSafe™ app on your device from https://www.BIMSafe.gov.bb or the link below and follow the setup guide at http://www.bimsafe.gov.bb/PreArrivalSetup.pdf

 

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The Hurricane season will soon be upon us, and with that comes the probability that we could experience tropical storms and hurricanes, all of which require preparedness in order to alleviate perilous problems throughout the season.

Our team of competent Property Managers take the appropriate preventative steps where possible, to reduce or even avoid property owners from being saddled with thousands of dollars in damages should we be affected by such weather systems.

 

Our PM Team Stays Informed

Dedicated members of the PM team sign up for emergency updates with varying apps and alert the entire team to any warnings that may potentially affect us.

On receiving an alert, the team will advise on the severity of the approaching inclement weather. This allows the other PM team members to make informed decisions concerning their personal safety, the safety of the villa staff and planning for the safety and protection of the properties they manage.

The Meteorological Office usually gives one of these alerts:

Tropical Storm watch or Hurricane watch – the team will monitor alerts, check supplies and top-up any essentials needed in case of a power outage.

Tropical Storm Warning or Hurricane warning – the team will monitor alerts, and heed any warnings for evacuation, especially where guests are on the property.

 

Our PM Team plans for all eventualities

“There is no excuse for not being properly prepared” especially as we enter the hurricane season. The No.1 priority of the PM’s is to make plans with their families and villa staff as they prepare for all eventualities.

The team will follow these emergency preparedness steps:

    1. Prepare emergency kits for their homes and the properties they manage.
    2. Make preparations for power outages.
    3. Ensure their gas tanks are kept full.
    4. Become familiar with more than one route to the properties they manage.
    5. Provide emergency contact details. This way guests will have a direct contact if there are any issues during the storm or hurricane.
    6. Identify the nearest hurricane shelter and ensure that guests know how to get there in case they need to evacuate.
    7. Advise in-house guests to have a travel bag with essentials prepared in case they need to evacuate. It should be light and easy to carry.
    8. If there are pets, at any property the PM will include them in the hurricane preparedness plans.

 

Our PM Team will provide basic emergency supplies

The team will ensure each property has the necessary basic emergency supplies. For e.g.

 

Our PM Team will safeguard the properties we manage

Heavy rain and high winds can cause damage to a property. To alleviate costly damages, Property Managers will take these additional precautions before the storm or hurricane arrives.

    1. Ensure homeowners insurance coverage is up to date.
    2. Protect windows and doors by covering them with plywood or hurricane shutters.
    3. If a property is prone to flood, consider placing sandbags or absorbent flood barriers around your home’s perimeter and doors that are suspect.
    4. Remove and store pool umbrellas to avoid these becoming missiles.
    5. Store lightweight items such as pool toys and patio furniture. Secure any furniture remaining outside that could become missiles in high winds.
    6. Check for loose shutters or screens. Tighten them as needed.
    7. Trim and cut back trees.
    8. Secure any loose wires and cables.
    9. Remove debris from gutters and downpipes.
    10. Inspect roof, and repair loose or damaged shingles.
    11. Test septic pumps and clear exterior drains of debris.
    12. Test generators and ensure adequate supply of fuel available.

 

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