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Vroom, Vroom, Vroom – Not to be too cheesy with it, but we are excited for the upcoming motor sporting event this June with amazing local, regional, and international drivers, the 2022 Sol Rally Barbados event! Even more exciting, after the 2-year hiatus, the event is back and promises to be more thrilling than ever! Maybe you’ll catch our CEO of The Terra Group, Andrew Mallalieu behind the wheel this year or Rob Swann flying the rally flag for Blue Sky Luxury.

Key Dates of the Event

With an adjustment to the structure of the event due to the safety protocols, there are a few important things to note especially the dates. Here’s a little overview:

The Rally Show – Saturday, May 28th

King of the Hill – Sunday, May 29th

Sol Rally Barbados (Day 1) – Saturday, June 4th

Sol Rally Barbados (Day 2) – Sunday, June 5th

SuperSpecial Finish – Sunday, June 5th

Sol Rally Barbados Prizegiving – Monday, June 6th

Where can you stay?

Well, with us of course! Blue Sky Luxury has several select villas perfect for the event duration and able to accommodate large groups should you be travelling with fellow motoring fanatics!

Need something to do in your free time?

Around the event time, it will be the prime of summer! Sunny days and sandy beaches await you. Our Concierge Team can help arrange a full itinerary for you before you arrive on the island including restaurant bookings, car rentals, and baby-sitting services all surrounding the event. You never have to worry about what you’re doing next!

Stay tuned to more details as the Sol Rally Barbados event gears even closer. (See what we did there?)

 

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Suitcase on the beach

Your Barbados vacation is booked. Your bags are packed. But, are they PACKED packed? Let us offer you five must-brings (or at least good-to-knows) that you may not have on your checklist to add an extra serving of ‘wow’ to your Barbados experience.

Extra charge…

It’s not what you think, so please put away your wallets. Barbados is chockfull of gorgeous scenery and Insta-cool experiences that are sure to turn you into a shutterbug. So, if you have one, be sure to pack your power bank – or battery chargers for the professional content creators out there – so that you won’t be left hanging mid-click! And, don’t forget to bring the necessary electrical plug converters to charge your devices.

A nice outfit

We know you’re probably at ten-and-counting beachwear and casual options when it comes to your Barbados vacation fashion haul, but have you even packed a formal wear option? Trust us with this one, since you’ll probably want to have a chic, fine dining night out while on the island. And for the night owls, don’t you want to take in the full Barbados nightlife offering in style?

A pair of sneakers

While we’re on the topic of your vacation fashion, go ahead and make some space for your flip-flops’ more athletic and adventurous sibling. In Barbados, we call them sneakers, but maybe you’ll relate if we say tennis shoes… or gym shoes… or runners. Whatever you prefer to call them, the point remains that you’ll have several more options of Barbados experiences if you have them. This includes hiking through nature trails, parks, and gullies, scenic walks, or even spelunking through the island’s caves. Or maybe your lovely holiday home has a tennis or basketball court and you want to capitalize… in this case, you can!

Pack the romance

This one is a bit more figurative than the others. But, with villas this gorgeous and island vistas so memorable, we couldn’t resist hinting at a love-themed stay. You will be luxuriously spoilt for choice with the options of a stunning garden, seaside or even underground cave wedding. Or, be the envy of your friends with a beautiful Barbados honeymoon. Propose to the love of your life in paradise, or for those veterans at love, renew your vows with the island’s blessings.

Pack up house…

Unlike the romance, we mean this literally. If for some reason you haven’t heard, Barbados is offering you the amazing opportunity to live where you vacation. This has been made extremely easy thanks to the Barbados Welcome Stamp Visa, which is a programme launched back in 2020. So, if you have professional flexibility that allows you to work remotely, have a slice of paradise for a little longer than normal! And, what’s amazing about this prospect is that you can bring the whole family – even your fur babies!

Book your Barbados adventures and experiences with our Concierge team – they’re waiting to make your next trip an unforgettable one!

 

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The importance of keeping a complete, cataloged inventory listing of all of the items (including appliances, equipment, furniture, soft furnishings, cutlery, towels, and linens) at your home cannot be overstated.  All items in all buildings such as garages, storage areas, and gazebos should be included.  This is very important when requesting insurance coverage and having the necessary documentation should an insurance claim need to be made.

For Blue Sky Luxury holiday rental properties, your property manager will count, itemise and log all of the property’s effects and complete a thorough check of the quantity and condition of the items.  Your property manager will be required to conduct spot checks after each guest’s departure. You will be notified of any proven damages or losses at any replacements needed at that time will be purchased.  These replacements and any other additions that may occur during the year will then be itemised on the annual inventory listing when retaken.

For homes that rent long-term, full inventories are always taken and updated in between tenancies.  In both cases, your property manager will be responsible for checking the home after each departure. The reconciliation of the security deposit can be completed with wear and tear expected depending on the length of time the tenants resided there.  Similarly, any replacements and additions will be captured on the updated listing for the next expected tenant.

Good To Know

When offering your home for holiday rental, it is important to know and provide adequate par levels for all glassware, cutlery, dinnerware, linen, and towels.  For example, you want to ensure that the home has place settings, matching glassware, and cutlery for the advertised number of guests that can be accommodated at the property + 50%.  For example, for a 4-bedroom rental property that accommodates 8 guests, the catered capacity will be 12 people.

Similarly, adequate par levels, while different from the expectation of a holiday rental home are also expected when a property is offered for long-term rental.

When the inventory listing is created, the location, make and model of all appliances and equipment is noted.  During this process, it is a great opportunity to create an asset register of these items.  The asset register will have all of the above details and photos plus the serial numbers are included.  Information, where available, on the age and value of each, will be recorded.

Many services are offered during the onboarding of new homes to Blue Sky Luxury.  Contact us for a quote, if you are interested in any of these services as a one-time, separate service. We can’t wait for your call!

Written by Peter Layne, Team Manager of Residential Property Management at Blue Sky Luxury

 

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Family Photo
So, you’re planning a
Barbados vacation with the family? We’re confident you’ll have an unforgettable holiday. But we also know what it’s like trying to coordinate activities that the whole family will enjoy. Excursions that are fun-filled and kid-friendly, but also stimulating and interesting for the adults. Is that too much to ask for? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. You’ll be spoiled for choice with things to do in Barbados. So to get you started, here are six Barbados family activities handpicked by the Blue Sky Luxury Concierge Team.

Rasals Water Park

Barbados water sports

For beach lovers, there’s a lot more on offer than sandcastles and sun loungers. For action-packed fun, Rascals Water Park has an inflatable obstacle course – a floating playground with slides, jumps, and more. Carlisle Bay is a great place to try paddle boarding and kayaking. Or check out Freights Bay for surf lessons – the easy-going long waves are great for beginners and kids. Why not join a snorkel tour or learn to scuba dive at one of the many dive shops on the island? Our Blue Sky Luxury Concierge Services can recommend and book the best Barbados water sports activities for you and your family. 

Harrison's Cave

Harrison’s Cave

Grab your hard hats and head underground for one of the island’s most spectacular natural features, and a top Barbados family-friendly activity. The interactive tour (aboard an open tram, which the kids will love!) takes you deep into the crystalised limestone cave system that stretches over two kilometers. Discover impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations, flowing streams, deep pools, and even an underground waterfall. Harrison’s Cave is a fun and educational experience, and (here’s an insider tip!) it’s a great activity for those rare rainy days in paradise. 

Seaduced Catamaran

Catamaran Cruise

You’re in the Caribbean! So a day on the water is a must and it’s one of our top recommendations for things to do in Barbados. There are several companies offering catamaran day cruises on a join-in or private basis. Most offer two snorkel stops with the chance to swim with turtles and explore a shipwreck, followed by a delicious Bajan buffet lunch and a cruise along the iconic Barbados west coast. Just picture yourself sipping on a rum punch, under sail, looking out at the stunning turquoise waters. The Blue Sky Luxury Concierge Services can recommend the best cruise for your family, and make all the arrangements. 

St. Nicholas Abbey Train

St Nicholas Abbey

A national treasure with something for the whole family. The kids will love the ride on the historic steam train that climbs to Cherry Tree Hill with stunning views over the east coast. This is followed by a tour of the great house, rum distillery and of course a rum tasting session for the adults. The estate grounds are expansive and beautiful – lots of room for little ones to explore and run around, and there’s a lovely café serving drinks and snacks. Overall St Nicholas Abbey offers a wonderful excursion that ticks all the boxes for a memorable day out for your Barbados vacation

Animal Flower Cave

Animal flower cave

Another ‘must do’ for Barbados family activities is a visit to this unique natural feature on the wild and rugged north east coast of the island. Animal Flower Cave is named after the sea anemone ‘animal flowers’ that live in the natural pools, descend the rock staircase into this stunning seaside cave, open to the crashing Atlantic waves on one side. Bring your swimsuit and have a paddle in the beautiful natural pool inside the cave. Be sure to have lunch at the breathtaking ocean-facing restaurant when you return to the ground level. There’s a small playground for children, often with inquisitive goats running around! 

Welchman Hall Gully

Welchman Hall Gully

Follow the nature trail deep into this beautiful natural gully which was formed by a collapsed cave system in the centre of Barbados. You can take a guided tour with one of the knowledgeable tour guides, or just enjoy a self-guided visit  The path is paved and wheelchair / stroller accessible, so Welchman Hall Gully is a great family-friendly excursion particularly for small children. Our tip is to pack a picnic and take your time. One added bonus is to visit when the monkeys are being fed (usually between 10.30 am and noon). 

This is just a flavour of the many things to do in Barbados. Our Blue Sky Luxury Concierge Team is ready to make your Barbados vacation as special as possible with carefully selected activities to match the interests of your family. Priceless memories await!

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Fully Vaccinated? Here’s some exciting news for discerning travelers!

Effective Sunday 24 October 2021, the requirement for testing and quarantine on arrival for fully vaccinated travelers to Barbados will be removed provided you present proof of a valid negative COVID-19 standard PCR test taken within 3 days prior to arrival! Fully vaccinated guests (and minors under 18 accompanied by them) will now be able to enjoy Barbados freely from the day they arrive! Barbados is open for business and we look forward to welcoming your guests soon.

If you have not yet already done so and you have an upcoming stay with Blue Sky Luxury, please confirm to our team the vaccination status of all adults in your party so that we can ensure arrangements are made accordingly. Quarantine for unvaccinated travelers remains in place at this time, with a requirement to quarantine for 5 days on arrival, with quarantine lifted following receipt of a negative COVID-19 PCR result taken after the quarantine period is completed.

Please refer to the Barbados Travel Protocols website for full details.

Check out our exciting specials to book your last-chance summer vacay or even spend your Christmas holidays with us! We’d love to see you soon!

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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.

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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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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