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Because we could all use a glass of Barbados’ finest right about now and we’re committed to bringing you a taste of Barbados. Sharing with you our famous rum punch recipe to try out no matter where you are.

 

A favorite to many seeking a Barbados vacation escape, we hope that you can find peace within, whether you’re inside or outside. Stay healthy and keep moving with one of our favorite yogis Bawa Yoga. Follow her on Instagram @bawayoga. Barbados will always be a place of refuge for those seeking peace and respite.

We know that the world is in a unique place right now and a lot of people have been affected by the COVID-19 situation in different ways. We wanted to reach out to all of you and bring you in on our journey of how we are responding to these times. 
 
The wellbeing of our community, staff, and guests is our top priority.  Every decision we make, from the way we maintain and uphold our health and safety initiatives, all the way down to the type of content we post on our social media channels will begin and end with the safety of you and our team. 
It makes us so sad that you cannot be here to experience our beautiful island at this time, so we are going to do everything we can to bring our vibrant Barbadian culture to your homes, wherever that may be. 
 
As a brand, we want our social media channel over the next few weeks to be your very own piece of Barbados. A small sanctuary of Bajan positivity and happiness in such challenging times. 
Look out for everything from sounds of Barbados to Bajan recipes that you can enjoy from your home. Little things to keep your mind off of everything.
Sending sunny wishes and abundance of health and safety from our island to you and we can’t wait to see you in person when this is all over.
 
xo
Your friends at Blue Sky Luxury

It was truly a pleasure to celebrate with our valued clients and friends in an effort to thank them for their continued support. Our Managing Director, Tania Wallace, Leader Residential Property Management – Gina- Lee Johnson, Team Manager – Rashida Lynch and Concierge Manager – Shernelle Brome and other valued members of the team were on hand to mingle with our valued guests.

It goes without saying that our team enjoys a close relationship with our owners and our guests mean the world to us. As a full service vacation rentals company we often share client relationships with our sister company Terra Luxury and their team was on hand to mix and mingle as well. Sea Shed provided an excellent venue and our guests had an excellent time.  A delectable selected of Sea Shed fishcakes, Beef Tartare and their signature Margherita Mina Pizzas were available to nibble on.

We’re excited to continue to work with our clients and to support our guests in 2020. We relish any reason to celebrate, spend time and truly extend a heartfelt thank you.

 

 

Do you have the travel bug in 2020?

Barbados has been named as one of the 50 best places to visit this year by Travel + Leisure. The magazine reports that in putting this list of destinations together they “hit the books, scouring tourism statistics, scoping out major events, charting new flight routes, and logging hotel debuts.” Getting further insight from their A-List travel advisors, trusted writers, hospitality insiders, and other industry pros, Travel + Leisure was able to secure the scoop on the best vacation spots for 2020. They’ve got their sights set on Barbados and so should you – add a Barbados holiday to your travel plans for 2020!

Make your travel experience even better by booking with us! Our Concierge Can team can provide you with all the tools you need to create lasting memories. Also, be sure to check out our Specials page for fantastic offers.

View all of our holiday homes here!

 

Getting Here

Barbados is very easily reachable from most countries in the world. The Grantley Adams International Airport offers direct links to a variety of markets, and several major hub destinations. The frequency of international flights ensures that you can  travel with ease. Popular airlines like Jet Blue with the addition of their premium flight option complements British carriers. The recent addition of a direct flight from Panama to Barbados was a historic partnership for the island. The island also features many additional seasonal routes to the UK and Europe during the peak season.

Choice of Accommodation

The range of accommodation on offer in Barbados has something for everyone. From luxury hotels to the more budget conscious offerings with value as a priority, travellers can choose their ideal holiday experience. A growing number of hotels are offering all-inclusive options with the completion of planned branded hotels, the options in this segment would be further enhanced. Complementing this range of hotels is a diverse range of vacation rental properties, with on-island providers – like our sister company Blue Sky Luxury – offering several staffed and managed homes and private estates, and modern beachfront apartments. Online marketplaces round out the choice of offerings to ensure that there is truly something for everyone. It’s no wonder Barbados has the highest repeat visitor percentage in the region at 39%.

Transport & Infrastructure
The paved road network along with the island’s relatively flat terrain and extensive public transport, make Barbados’ infrastructure one of the best in the region. The ABC Highway stands out as a vital route from the airport to the west coast and points along the south coast. The island’s modern telecoms options ensure that visitors are never out of touch with their home base. This extends to the island-wide cellular offering which facilitates the use of navigation apps which makes travel around the island easier.

Things to Do

When it comes to sun, sea, and sand, the Caribbean as a region offers this in abundance, and while Barbados is regularly recognised for having some of the region’s best beaches, there is so much more on offer to visitors and residents. These include: Bushy Park Barbados, the only Grade 3 FIA racing circuit in the Caribbean; the Garrison Savannah, a six-furlong grass horse-racing course which hosts the Barbados Gold Cup, one of the most prestigious thoroughbred classic horse race events in the Eastern Caribbean; a variety of polo fields which host several tournaments with international teams competing during the January to May season, and golf courses ranging from the affordable to the exclusive and many in between, several designed by internationally renowned course architects. Once the sun goes down, Barbados continues to shine, with world class restaurants and nightlife that include international hospitality brands like Nikki Beach.

 

Property: Clifton Plantation

 

These two departments of the Terra Group work very closely together.   Blue Sky Luxury is the holiday rental side of the business and they rent properties tailored to holiday rental stays.  Terra Luxury is the West Coast brokerage side of the business that rents long term rental properties as well as buying and selling of real estate.  Terra Luxury is the local affiliate of Knight Frank, which though based in London has a Global Network of 512 offices worldwide in 60 territories.

Many owners choose to rent their properties to offset the running costs and presently Blue Sky Luxury has 130 villas, apartments and townhouses in their rental portfolio; there are four property classification categories “Flagship”, “Luxury” , “Classic” & “Essential”.  Most of the homes are rented with a full staff complement in place and it’s not unusual for guests to return to a particular property due to the friendly and great service they have received.

 

Property: Westhaven

 

Blue Sky Luxury reservations specialists book rental properties directly as well as through 140 overseas agents and travel agents.   Many guests have become long-time repeat clientele and a large part of their business – well over 50% have enjoyed more than one visit.

Holiday rental guests are a good source of business for Terra Luxury especially as these guests have already experienced the island first hand.  They may be attracted to the laid-back, yet sophisticated lifestyle; the great weather all year round encourages outdoor living and by extension good health; the relatively safe surroundings and maybe even the attractive resident tax rates if clients make Barbados their home.  The real estate market is currently a buyer’s market and the experience of the Terra Luxury brokerage agents will make the process of finding the right property, at the right price a smooth and straightforward process.

Yes, pack your swimwear – The Caribbean awaits! Whether you prefer the intimacy of a condo or the ease of a staffed villa, just for you, 7-night bookings are available at some of our most coveted vacation accomodations.

 

High Trees

Really enjoy taking winter off by lounging poolside or on the beach deck at the newly renovated High Trees. With a cook and housekeeper on staff and a short drive to shopping and dining options, this villa makes a good choice for a group getaway. View Availability

 

Sandy Lane – Jamoon

Sandy Lane – Jamoon welcomes with its close proximity to pristine beaches, luxury duty-free shopping and a baby grand piano, perfect for creating warm winter memories. View Availabilty

 

Palm Beach 405

Relax at the elegant and comfortable Palm Beach 405. With its breezy open-plan living and gorgeous garden and sea views, this condo leaves very little to be desired for an intimate Christmas in the Caribbean. View Availability.

 

Waterside 402

Enjoy stunning sea views from the well-appointed Waterside 402. The shimmering resort lap pool with its expansive sun deck offers the perfect opportunity to grab a last-minute glow for winter. View Availabilty

Barbados beckons…get the details on these and some more of our most coveted vacation villas available for the Christmas and New Year by viewing the special here!

Tucked away in the popular community of 2nd Street in Holetown, St. James, you’ll find The Mews. The ‘not so typical’ restaurant showcases a unique layout that’s a true time capsule of traditional Barbadian architecture and its preservation allows for guests to sit in a truly quaint environment. Enjoy the view and your meal on the balconies overlooking the active nightlife below, the interior courtyard, private dining rooms, or the quirky nooks and crannies scattered about this one of a kind gem.

 

Inside the kitchen, you’ll find a team championed by new Executive Chef Anife Best, who has put his personal spin on the Euro-Caribbean cuisine that the restaurant is known for with a focus on ‘farm-to-table’ fine dining. As a locally owned restaurant, the Mews celebrates flavours of Barbados with fresh, local ingredients and produce all sourced in Barbados.

The Mews offers a Farm Fresh Special Menu that is curated based on that availability of fresh produce. You’ll find delicacies such as the Pickled Codfish or Local Pumpkin Soup along with Mahi Mahi Aglio e Olio or Clifton’s Pork Chops. From their traditional menu, you’ll find starters such as Lemon Butter Scallops & Shrimp and Confit of Duck, sumptuous entrées including Curried Rabbit and even a 28 Day Aged Grilled 10 oz Ribeye Steak … and if you can still fit dessert, we’d recommend the Sticky Caramel Bread Pudding or the Chocolate Tart with warm Coffee Ganache.

 

In addition to promoting Farm-to-Table fine dining and an overflowing wine list, guests will enjoy a wide variety of local art on display throughout the restaurant featuring spectacular pieces by local artists. If you’re looking to be entertained, look no further as you’ll be serenaded by local musicians and artists as you enjoy your meal…. especially on Friday night when you’ll be guaranteed live entertainment in any season.

The Mews is an excellent choice for a night out, as 2nd Street becomes ‘the spot’ to ‘lime’. With quite a few bars in the area, 2nd street has a great night life with The Mews at the heart of the action.

Other than the festive season in Barbados (take a peek our winter getaways), November is one of our favourite times of the year as we celebrate Independence Day and a plethora of fun activities. If you love the water, November offers the Barbados Open Water Festival and the Live Like Zander Junior PRO WSL (World Surf League) & Thomo QS 1000 WSL.

 

The Barbados Open Water Festival

This annual event and draws locals and visitors alike from all countries to take part in this fun, five-day competition. Check out last year’s blog where we interviewed veteran competitor Amanda Garcia – Property Manager of luxury villa Crystal Springs. This year, participants can take part in practice swims, optional dinners, and four races. If you’re staying on the  South Coast, Sapphire Beach condominiums are close to the action and lots of fine dining and entertainment options.  We highly recommend checking out the nightlife in “The Gap” as well.

Dates: 6th Nov 2019 – 9th November 2019 | Location: St. Michael

 

World Surf League Live Like Zander Jr Pro and the WSL (World Surf League) Thomo QS 1000

This event is very near and dear to our hearts as it’s held in honour of  Zander Venezia and Bill Thomson. The World Surf League (WSL) Junior is in loving memory of Zander while the homo 2019 QS 1000 in loving memory of Bill. Held at the famous Soup Bowl in Bathsheba, the event is always exciting and, a great opportunity to rub shoulders with the local Barbados community.

Dates: 7th November 2019 – 10th November 2019 | Location: St. Michael

Here are your new weekend plans so let’s get Ready, Set and Surf in Barbados! Socialising included!

*Photos compliments Global Swim Series and Barbados Surfing Association.