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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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We have lots of annual visitors who visit Barbados religiously to take part in the Crop Over festivities.  While the traditional Crop Over Festival will not be functioning in its former full glory, that doesn’t mean that it’s not a perfect time to rest and rejuvenate and take advantage of the season’s closing weekend July 30th to August 3rd. Before we share with you some of the top vacation villas to spend the long weekend at, here’s a brief overview with a 2021 update of Barbados’ Harvest festival, Crop Over.

Crop Over Festival Overview

The Crop Over Season is a 3-month festival celebrated every summer in Barbados and this national festival is rooted in sugar. This festival began over 3 centuries ago to signal the end of the yearly sugar cane harvest. It has since evolved into Barbados’ biggest national festival, similar to Carnival in Trinidad and Brasil with parties, dancing, and beautiful costumes. The climax of the festival is Kadooment Day celebrated with a national holiday when costume bands fill the streets with pulsating Barbadian rhythms and several international celebrities joining in the fun.

Even though the pandemic has shifted the festivities, the spirit of the season lives on. Recently, Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley announced that even though the Kadooment Day festivities will not be occurring this year, promoters are allowed to host events limited to 150 persons throughout the Crop Over season; just in time for visitors to enjoy a plethora of Barbados music, food, and events. Take this time to also enjoy a Barbados golf holiday, a beachfront villa in Holetown, or check out our long-term rentals page for great rates.

PS: Think you may want to live in Barbados? Check out our sister company Terra Luxury to view some of the best Barbados beachfront villas for sale.

Barbados Vacation Villas for the Long Weekend

Sapphire Beach 205

3 Bed | 3 Bath | Resort Pool

• Evenings can be well spent on the large verandah overlooking the resort pools and white sandy beaches
• Enjoy meals in the spacious living and dining area separated by the breakfast bar
• Access to resort gym and fun watersports

Onyx
5 Bed | 5.5 Bath | Swimming Pool

• Enjoy a sun-soaked beach holiday with direct beach access to a gorgeous white sand beach.
• Onsite amenities include a large media room, wet bar, and stunning swimming pool.
• Spacious bedrooms with amazing views are perfect for relaxation.

Kiko
9 Bed | 9.5 Bath | Ultimate Luxury

• Designed with family in mind, enjoy stunning oceanfront bedrooms overlooking a gorgeous, oversized swimming pool
• Luxuriously furnished with unique statement pieces, Italian marble floors, and palatial coral stone pillars
• Onsite amenities include a games room, fully equipped gym, cinema, spa, and sauna.

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Direct Barbados: 1.246.622.4466

Freephone UK: 0800 0885574

Toll Free US/CND: 1 866 404 9600

Email: [email protected]

 

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Bora Bora, a bright and airy holiday apartment, located directly on the popular Paynes Bay Beach Barbados

Bora Bora comprises two bright and airy two-bedroom apartments, located on a fabulous stretch of beach along the popular Paynes Bay. With the sea only splashes away, guests can enjoy easy access to a variety of watersports; from jet skis to glass-bottom boat rides. Restaurants are within walking distance while the nearest shopping center is in Holetown, a short 5-minute drive away.

Both units (Upper and Lower) incorporate a tasteful decor or cool tropical colors. The fan-cooled, open-plan living/dining area opens onto an uncovered terrace (lower)/covered balcony (upper) perfect for relaxing and taking in the warm tropical sunshine while the waves gently lap the seashore Both comfy bedrooms are air-conditioned; the master offers an en suite bathroom, whilst the guest bedroom is adjacent to the other bathroom. The attractive kitchen is well-equipped.

These apartments can be rented separately or together – they actually make a great 4-bedroom rental option. A brilliant choice for a relaxing, fun-filled vacation!

 

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Direct Barbados: 1.246.622.4466

Freephone UK: 0800 0885574

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Image sourced: CTV News

 

Barbados Volcanic Ash Update

Barbados continues to experience volcanic ash in Barbados after the eruption from the La Soufriere Volcano in the neighboring island of St. Vincent. While there is substantial ash over Barbados, we remain confident that we will return to normal when the dust settles. Our Property Management team also provides some useful tips on “How to Prevent your PRoperty from Volcanic Ash.”

Top 5 FAQs on Barbados Volcanic Ash  

On Friday, April 9th, 2021 was the first eruption however, it continues to have activity and we expect it likely there will be further eruptions in the coming days.

 How close is St. Vincent to Barbados?

Approximately 21 -30 minutes by plane, basically in our backyard.

Yes, it currently appears as if there is snow in Barbados with higher densities of ashfall in the West and Northern sections of the island.

Yes, the Grantley Adams International Airport remains closed until noon, Wednesday April 14th, 2021

Why right here on Blue Sky Luxury’s page, we’ve embedded the video below.

 

 

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View Gardenia

Nestled amidst beautifully landscaped gardens, this stunning 6-bedroom, 6 1/2-bathroom beachfront villa is the perfect mix of luxury, comfort and privacy. Its elevated position on an amazing site commands spectacular panoramic views across the West Coast to the crystal blue sea. Designed for elegant outdoor living, this property features a glorious swimming pool and a large sundeck, tennis courts, lily ponds and a bridge that leads to a cantilevered deck overlooking a natural gully.

The inviting open-plan layout of this tropical villa gives you a calming, relaxed feel from the moment you entered. Taking full advantage of the spectacular Caribbean sunlight and magnificent views, the ground floor level also offers an entertainment terrace with a wet bar and gazebo, a media room, a well-equipped kitchen, plus a laundry and games room.

 

View Gardenia

Three gorgeous, plus guest suites also open onto the ground floor verandah, where stunning, unobstructed sea views over the swimming pool can be enjoyed. The alluring décor of the elegant master suite that encompasses the entire 1st floor makes it the perfect place to unwind. Theis sure includes a sitting room, private balcony and a luxury bathroom with a dressing area Positioned just steps away from the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, this property also offers two additional guest suites with wet bars in the Gate House annex. The Gate House itself is a lovely 2-bedroom cottage with a living and dining room, kitchen and patio.

Combining classical tastes and tropical themes, this expansive villa is the ultimate escape for those seeking perfect privacy, absolute tranquility and unparalleled luxury.

 

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Direct Barbados: 1.246.622.4466

Freephone UK: 0800 0885574

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Email: [email protected]

 

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A visit to Barbados will bring you to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world – hey, we have documentation to prove that. Alongside our outstanding beaches and sense of humor to match, the top 3 Beachfront Escapes are honestly no joke. Take a quick trip with us, see what our exclusive Barbados vacation rentals have to offer.

 

  1. Hemingway House, St James

Lauded for excellent service, Hemingway House is tucked away between the serenity of Barbados’ Gibbes Beach and the highly popular Mullins Beach. The 4 bedroom property offers a gorgeous and unique vantage point with Mullins Bay to the north, and the glistening, vast ocean directly in front.

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  1. The Villa at The St. James, St. James

Our guests love waking up to the gentle lull of waves on the popular Paynes Bay beach. Situated on the ground floor of the West Coast’s newest luxury development and overlooking the pristine white sands and turquoise waters of Paynes Bay, this 5 bedroom condo is a treasure for guests looking to enjoy the ultimate vacation experience in Barbados.

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  1. Nelson Gay, St. Peter

Our enchanting 6 bedroom beachfront vacation rental, was originally built as the home of a United States Ambassador in the 1950s, and reflects a Palladian grandeur. A stay at Nelson Gay unveils six decades of charm and sophistication presented over 1.5 acres of mature and immaculately lush gardens. Swimming with the turtles, paddle boarding and watersports – that’s just the icing on the cake.

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Direct Barbados: 1.246.622.4466

Freephone UK: 0800 0885574

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Settle into the ultimate Barbados vacation villa at the decadent and exquisite Kiko. With 9 stunning oceanfront bedrooms, a games room, a fully equipped gym, spa, and sauna be prepared to have your breath taken away and to leave completely pampered and relaxed.

The villa features a gorgeous, oversized swimming pool with lots of umbrella lounge chairs, three comfy living areas, an expansive covered verandah and lots of extra luxuries. The home is designed with family in mind and there are two bedrooms with three single beds, ideal for teenagers, a family- style unit side by side where young families can be close.

 

There is a larger guest suite at each end of the floor with more privacy. A ‘garden’ guest room with external access is on the ground floor for traveling staff or security. Kiko, offered through the exclusive agent Blue Sky Luxury offers 5-star staffing with a butler, housekeeper, laundress and chef. Steal away to golf at Royal Westmoreland or tea at the exclusive Sandy Lane Estate.

 

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Direct Barbados: 1.246.622.4466

Freephone UK: 0800 0885574

Toll Free US/CND: 1 866 404 9600

Email: [email protected]

 

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Travel trends have changed worldwide, and Barbados has seen a shift to mid-term rentals. Our guests are staying longer and to be honest, they are truly loving it here. A mid-term rental is determined as a period of 2-5 months, while a long-term rental is 6 months or more. That’s a longer stay to enjoy everything that Barbados has to offer. For the month of January, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 5 Barbados mid-term rentals that are the most viewed. What do they have in common? Pools, views and amazing décor. We hope you enjoy; our Barbados vacation rentals will definitely make you want to stay longer.

 

Royal Westmoreland – High Spirits
4 Bed | 4.5 Bath | Swimming Pool

• Breathtaking views across the Robert Trent Jones Jr. design golf course
• Family friendly – televisions, including a 3D TV and Xbox system
• Onsite tennis courts, fitness centre, spa, clubhouse with resort pool varied dining options.

Marsh Mellow
4 Bed | 4.5 Bath | Swimming Pool

• Custom designed villa on a ridge with panoramic sea and island views
• Master bedroom features a terrace with direct access to the pool deck
• Short drive to the beach and the popular Sea Shed beachfront eatery

Martello House
8 Bed | 8 Bath | Swimming Pool

• Villa overlooks the rolling fairways of Barbados’ Royal Westmoreland Golf Course
• Luxuriously furnished with unique statement pieces, marble floors and state of the art lighting
• Gym, games room, snooker room with kitchenette and a surround sound media room

Tom Tom
5 Bed | 5.5 Bath | Swimming Pool
• Luxury vacation rental located in Westmoreland St. James overlooking stunning West Coast views
• Harper Downie design with beautiful custom-made furniture imported directly from Indonesia and Bali
• Special features include outdoor tubs in a tropical courtyard and 2 new treehouse gazebos

Emily House
7 Bed | 5.5 Bath | Swimming Pool
• Beachfront villa overlooks the Atlantic Ocean on the Southern tip of Barbados
• Features an open plan deck with an 8 seater dining table and oversized sun loungers
• Proximity to many of the well known local surfing spots, Miami Beach and fishing town of Oistins

 

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Direct Barbados: 1.246.622.4466

Freephone UK: 0800 0885574

Toll Free US/CND: 1 866 404 9600

Email: [email protected]

 

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We explored the culinary delights of Barbados’ Top 5 South Coast Restaurants. Now it’s time for the West Coast. Also known as the platinum coast, the West Coast offers plenty of fine dining (beachfront of course), upscale barefoot beachfront eateries and if you’re actually staying at a Blue Sky Luxury villa, scrumptious chef prepared meals. Hey, you can treat your Barbados holiday rental as an intimate restaurant. The food is that exquisite. Here you go Barbados’ Top 5 West Coast Restaurants. With protocols constantly changing, it’s better to check with the restaurant when booking. Bon appétit!

 

Barbados’ Top 5 West Coast Restaurants

  1. Sea Shed
  2. The Lone Star Restaurant
  3. The Tides
  4. The Fish Pot
  5. The Seashed
  6. The Mews

 

Sea Shed 

Laissez-fair beach vibe

Think …Nikki Beach meets rustic chic but way sexier! With more rosé than you can drink (I highly doubt that I have faith in you), excellent service, and great vibes on the weekend, Sea Shed at Mullins Beach delivers on their “laissez-faire beach vibe.” Again, Chef Jeremy titillates us with a unique fusion of sea-to-slate offerings. If you are a pizza lover, our Group Knowledge Manager Tarik recommends the “Cabra” a mouthwatering combination of cream sauce, mozzarella, goat cheese, honey, and olives.

 

The Lone Star Restaurant 

Idyllic setting, celebrity clientele

Not to be outdone by the south coast restaurants, this gem on the platinum coast shines brightly with its cool, contemporary digs on the beachfront. Renowned for its celebrity clientele, their new and exciting menu offers – a fusion of Italian fare and to quote “much loved timeless Lone Star classics.” Choose from the Moules MariniereChicken Tikka MasalaPrawn Thai Green Curry, or Shredded Aromatic Duck. you’re in for a treat!

 

The Tides

 Top fine dining restaurant

If you have not been here before, The Tides calls a classic seaside Barbadian residence built after the 2nd World War it’s a historic home. Located in Holetown, St. James. I have personally enjoyed at least two decadent meals at The Tides. Fish is always a favorite of mine and The Pan Fried Flying Fish at The Tides does not disappoint. The service as well is worth mentioning, absolutely impressive!

 

 

The Fish Pot 

Quaint waterside eatery

A breath of freshness has been infused into The Fish Pot nestled in a little bay in Shermans, St. Peter. French-born chef Jeremy Dupire of international fame and a local culinary master behind top restaurants such as The Cliff and the newly opened Sea Shed has brought us even more culinary joy. The Fish Pot is a must-visit and the seafood antipasti platter, marinated flying fish panini and grilled Caribbean lobster are highly recommended.

 

The Mews

Farm to table experience

I’ve often had the pleasure to be invited to try the farm to table offerings from The Mews along with our concierge team. Set in the ever-lively 2nd street in Holetown, Chef Anife brings local fare to life! With various gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan offerings, there’s something for everyone. By that I mean yes, there is meat, meat lovers. Everyone should try the Blackened catch of the day with fresh parsley new potatoes, roasted butternut squash, basil oil, fennel seeds, and tzatziki.

 

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Direct Barbados: 1.246.622.4466

Freephone UK: 0800 0885574

Toll Free US/CND: 1 866 404 9600

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The 12 Month Barbados Welcome Stamp

We’ve taken an excerpt from Annalisa, a Real Estate Agent at our sister company Terra Caribbean. She’s written about The 12 Month Barbados Welcome Stamp. Specifically, we, (the fun sister) have chosen to focus on the fun stuff, where to work, gym and play. Annalisa’s blog is a great piece, and you can read her full blog Welcome to Barbados by clicking the title. It also covers short, mid and long term rentals and more. If you’re interested in relocating to Barbados. Read on Blue Sky Luxury family. Here’s a personal insight into Barbados. Go follow @annalisa_sealy on IG

I am sure some days you will welcome a change of scenery and would like to grab a latte or shake while you work.  A few of my go-to spots between meetings where I can have a quick bite while staying connected are Art Splash, Coffee Bean, and Senses Marche. Some other coffee shops offer free WIFI but please support the establishment while using their services. If you would rather get delivery, give Hopscotch or Wifetch a call. They deliver food from your favourite restaurants and cafes to groceries from our major supermarkets, among other things.

If you prefer a more professional working environment offering virtual services, meeting rooms, or receptionist services, Regus Barbados and Desk Tops Barbados help you to stay productive in a modern workspace with quick internet speeds. You have the option to rent desk space as it is needed.

After you have put in your required hours, I am sure you will be looking for some activities to keep you entertained. We are a small island with a lot to offer! Our number one recreation spot is of course the beach; we have 80 of them to choose from.  My favourite beach for swimming is Brownes Beach. For relaxing and enjoying the surf, Bathsheba is the place to be. If you are interested in exploring our waters you can contact Barbados Blue or Trident Free Divers to name a few. They offer a range of diving activities.

If you are a fitness enthusiast, we have a host of gyms and studios to suit your needs. Most gyms have qualified instructors to cater to your skillset.  If CrossFit is your thing we have a few CrossFit gyms on the island – Bassa Bassa and Limitless Performance are some popular ones. We also have an adventure race BAR, which brings anyone willing to get fitter than ever before, together for a friendly competition. If you prefer a more holistic approach to fitness we have a range of Pilates and Yoga studios across the island.  BodyMekanixfor example, blends different techniques and treats movement as a form of therapy.

For dining out at night, we have a full range of restaurants and bars to keep you entertained. Our restaurants span from the South Coast to the West Coast and many are inland. For a full list of restaurants and places of interest, check out www.visitbarbados.org.

I also encourage you to visit www.welcomestampbarbados.com to learn more about this new and exciting opportunity Barbados has to offer.

We hope you enjoyed Annalisa’s blog. Blue Sky Luxury offers mid and long-term rental villa options. Our partnership with Terra Caribbean and our other sister Terra Luxury (promise, that’s the last one) helps us to provide a wider choice of luxury mid and long-term rental villa options in Barbados. View our selection of Barbados long term rental properties at welcomestampbarbados.com and download the Barbados Relocation Guide.

As always, we love to hear from you. Stay in touch!

Direct Barbados: 1.246.622.4466

Freephone UK: 0800 0885574

Toll-Free US/CND: 1 866 404 9600

Email: [email protected]

Find your Barbados mid to long-term luxury vacation villa with Blue Sky Luxury.