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With our exclusive offer of 1 week free when you book 2 weeks or more, here’s an insight into one Blue Sky Luxury’s most iconic vacation rentals. On the fringe of historic Speightstown, Nelson Gay presents itself as a timeless beauty nestled in mystery. Its rich history includes celebrity guests such as Frank Sinatra, Mia Farrow and Clark Gable. Built-in the 1950s, the villa features 6 bedrooms and 7 1⁄2 bathrooms whose décor relive a nostalgic period in the island’s history. Its pool has curious turtle ornaments, and it points directly to the soft sandy shores of the west.

The fabulous beachfront villa is located on two acres of beautifully landscaped gardens exuding old-world luxury and quintessential island charm. Built-in the 50’s entirely out of coral stone this fabulous Barbadian home is one of several gems on the island that feature stunning architecture and romantic vintage ambiance.

The entrance opens directly onto the double sized living room with art deco flooring, lots of plush seating and spectacular views of the gardens, pool and shimmering Caribbean Sea beyond. The large swimming pool is set within a tropical oasis and there are several outdoor sitting and dining areas including a picture-perfect gazebo all providing ample space for entertaining, family reunions or even weddings. The main house contains five gorgeous en suite bedrooms all furnished with plantation elements in crisp white designs with splashes of colour found in the decorative art or rich colours of the gardens glimpsed through the windows. There is a sixth bedroom in a detached cottage in the garden, while there are also two delightful self-contained ‘chattel house’ cottages on the property offering lovely options for visiting friends or younger couples.

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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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Barbados Volcanic Ash Tips

Barbados is currently experiencing a thick plume of volcanic ash resulting from eruptions from the La Soufriere Volcano in the neighboring island of St. Vincent. The ashfall is evident across the island of Barbados and particularly heavy on the West Coast and northern sections of the island and expected to continue for as long as the volcano continues to erupt. Our Property Management team shares some tips to help you protect your property from continued ash fall in Barbados.

Our Property Management team manages over 240+ Barbados rental properties. We have hands-on experience as you can imagine with the high volume of ash in Barbados over the weekend. The following are precautions that you can take if you are currently on the island.

Tips to Prevent your Property from Volcanic Ash

. Keep doors and windows closed to minimize the amount of ash entering your property.

. Persons who suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma and eye allergies should be particularly careful to have their medication on hand at all times.

. Limit the use of air-conditioners and clothes dryers to reduce the likelihood of the ash impacting the functionality of systems.

. Persons who need to drive are advised to do so with caution due to reduced visibility at this time and are advised to use lights and the car wiper system if visibility becomes difficult. Also, refrain from using the vehicle’s ventilation system.

. Consider covering or bringing furniture indoors to protect from the ash.

. Protect yourself by using a mask or cloth face covering to provide relief from the ash.

. Ensure that pets are sheltered and have adequate food and water and that their food and water containers are thoroughly washed periodically.

. For those with private pools, if the current ash fall is light, similar to construction dust and the pool filtration system is designed to filer such. You are however advised to shut off the pumps if the ash fall gets significantly worse. Outdoor activity should therefore be minimized, as exposure to ash can be harmful to your health, particularly the respiratory tract. Persons are therefore advised to stay indoors where possible. PS: See our Preventative Maintenance for Pools Tips

 

Barbados Travel Protocols

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09th April 2021

Dear Friends,

A little good news on the situation in Barbados! Last night the Prime Minister announced further relaxation on restrictions in Barbados that will come into effect 11 April 2021 through April 26. The beach is back! We have yet to receive the final directive but a summary of the changes are as follows:

1. No curfew from Monday to Wednesday.

2. Curfew from 11pm to 5am Thursday to Sunday.

3. Beaches and parks will now be open 5am to 7pm for recreation, with the provision that no picnics, parties or large gatherings will be permitted.

4. Small pleasure craft may resume operation at 50% capacity, but no larger party boats may operate.

5. Watersports operators may resume operations.

6. Bars can open at half capacity, but cinemas and night clubs must remain closed.

7. Gyms are permitted to reopen.

8. Fast food restaurants can resume inside dining with social distancing and strict protocols.

9. Church capacity is now limited to the number that allows for 6-foot distance being maintained between worshippers.

10. Funerals and weddings may now have 100 persons in attendance, however any receptions may only be in the form of meals and no parties at this time.

11. Retail stores and supermarkets will remain closed on Sundays.

With the lifting of restrictions it means your guests can resume the enjoyment of the majority of what the island has to offer, provided that protocols are adhered to. Mask wearing in public remains in force.

New Protocol for Entry to Barbados for Vaccinated Persons
While the entry protocol for unvaccinated persons remains as it has been since 3 February 2021, effective 8 May 2021 a new protocol for vaccinated persons to enter Barbados will be in place. A vaccinated person is defined as a person who in a two-dose regime has received both doses plus 14 days (meaning their second or final dose has to have been given no less than 14 days prior to arrival in Barbados). Such persons will still require a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival, and will be retested on arrival in Barbados. This retest will either be a classic PCR test or a rapid PCR test. Once that test is negative, persons will be free to move around Barbados freely. This means only a 24 to 48 hour quarantine period or even less depending on turnaround time of results.

While it was not announced in detail last night, we participated in a meeting with the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association and it was clarified and recognized that since children under 18 are not presently being vaccinated in most countries, that the protocol that applies to the parents accompanying their children will also apply to their children.

The Ministry of Health will continue to monitor and make adjustments based on the circumstances and the level of vaccination reached in the Barbadian population. For full details as released please check the Barbados Travel Protocols website where we expect the protocol to be released shortly.

COVID-19 Case Update:
This week, for the first time since 31 Dec 2020, the active case count in Barbados has dipped below 100 persons. New cases have mostly been in the single digits for the past week, or largely below 2% positivity rate, which is a significant improvement.

Vaccination Roll Out
This week Barbados received its first tranche of vaccines from the COVAX facility to add an additional 33,000 doses available for the vaccination program. The distribution of these doses will commence this week to add to the over 63,000 persons already having received their first doses. Second doses will also commence distribution later this month.

We will continue to keep you updated on the situation in Barbados and hope that you are all staying safe. We do hope with the improving situation locally, and the potential for a resumption of travel from the UK and Canada in May that we can hopefully look forward to a more positive summer! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

 

Kind regards,

Tania Wallace

 

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Photo Credit: Primo Bar & Bistro

Amidst the tumultuous year that was 2020, PRIMO BAR & BISTRO reopened on July 1st, 2020 under new ownership with a fresh vibe and a dedicated team. Set in an iconic location on the ocean’s edge in the calm bay of St. Lawrence Gap, this location has been featured in more magazines and tourist travel logs than anyone can count. The combination of serene sea views, delicious and affordable menu, and friendly staff make this new restaurant ideal for casual dining or tapas & cocktails.

Well-known local entrepreneurs and partners in the business, Mark Maloney and Zary Evelyn, have invested heavily in the restaurant and welcomed back Head Chef Jason Gittens as well as a number of the previous staff to ensure a friendly, welcoming environment.

 

Photo Credit: Primo Bar & Bistro

The picturesque location offers a little something for everyone, from the lounge overlooking the boardwalk and all the action in The Gap, to the ground and top floor oceanfront dining balconies and an air-conditioned dining room. The eclectic menu has a subtle West Indian influence and includes an extensive variety of fresh seafood, meat and pasta dishes that accentuate freshness and flavor and there are a wide range of vegan and gluten-free options as well. Primo’s boardwalk lounge features the most delectable thin-crust pizzas, perfect while enjoying a cocktail by the sea. The menu has been priced to encourage locals and visitors alike to enjoy this stunning location at affordable prices with starters from Bds$18, mains from Bds$40 and pizzas from Bds$35 to $49 each, and there is also a kids menu. Parking is located across the street and the $5 parking charge is redeemable in the restaurant.

If you pair a stay at a Blue Sky Luxury villa, choose Sapphire Beach, Ocean One 502 or Terraces 101 with a visit to Primo Bar and Restaurant, you’ll be walking distance away from the restaurant and all the offerings of The Gap. If you’re on the island our Concierge Can team can arrange dinner reservations. If you’re planning on visiting…maybe for Summer 2021, make sure Primo is on your Barbados Restaurant Bucket list. Enjoy!

 

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Keeping on top of maintenance basics for your pool can go a long way in helping to save money long term.

As part of the whole standard of preventive maintenance, think of pool maintenance as a way to stay up to date with health and safety protocols, maintain your property in good working order and most of all save on costs for big-ticket repairs.

Ensuring this asset is well maintained, serviced, and routinely checked is the best way to keep the value and quality of your property as high as possible.

When it comes to your pool, there are a few key boxes that need to be ticked off to ensure that it will be in good shape for as long as possible.

Filters – make sure your pool filters are always working. They should capture any unwanted debris in your pool. Everything from small pool toys to leaves and insects that have fallen into the water will be caught by your filters.

Monitor your pool level! Excessive rain can cause the water level to rise, as well as change the ph balance of your pool. A drop in the ph level of your pool is an easy indicator to make some checks and ensure that your pool is not leaking.

Always be aware of your chemical levels – these are a key factor for the health and longevity of your pool and pool water. The right levels will not only make the pool water look bright and inviting but will prevent harmful bacteria from breeding. Make yourself familiar with the amount of chlorine your pool will need.

A quick skim of your pool’s surface will help keep it looking clean and fresh, as well as assist the filters from having to do all the work!

Brushing your pool regularly will remove debris and algae as well as improves the efficiency of the products you are using.

 

Tips from Kerry Beckles, Pool Maintenance Technician of Pool Creations

“To keep your pool looking good and extend its life, you need to ensure the chemicals are at the right level at all times. Ideally 3.0 or slightly higher”

“The ph needs to be 7.6, check it often!”

Every 1 – 2 months, he suggests adding an algaecide to the pool and monitoring it

“Your pool should be thoroughly vacuumed once or twice a week depending on the size of it”

 

Be aware of what is immediately surrounding your pool area!

Hurricane and rainy season can wreak havoc on your pool. Debris from trees, excessive rainwater, and salt breeze can heavily affect the balance of your pool, so it makes sense to ensure the area around your pool is kept as tidy as possible to eliminate the chances of leaves and even patio furniture ending up in the pool!

After high winds and bad weather, pool area furniture often ends up at the bottom of the pool! This not only causes a change in your levels, but scratches to expensive finishes, and chipped tiles. Prevent this easily by packing away anything that can be blown into the pool during a storm or high winds.

It’s a good idea to have your pump area or pump room serviced annually by a professional. A check of sensors gauges pressure metres to ensure they are doing their job is a must. Think of your pump room as the heart of your pool and your filter as the kidneys!

Of course, you want your pool in tip-top shape at all times but do a quick check to ensure that swimming is safe for everyone. Our hot climate and humidity cause so many things to have a short life span.

Check your safety rings regularly to see that they are of good quality should they be needed to save a life! Always have it in a spot that is easily visible and easy to access if someone needs it in an emergency.

If you’ve been hearing great things about the team at Blue Sky Luxury and you may be thinking about listing your villa with us for property management services in Barbados, let’s chat. As a busy individual, you may not have the team to keep track of ph and chemical levels, but we do. We have a large client list of on and off-island owners and would be happy to share a referral with you or you can contact us for a free Property Management consultation. Leave the preventative maintenance to us while you do what you love.

 

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Moor in Barbados

Coming aware from my meditation, I sit on one of the most fantastic beaches in Barbados. I look around and there are family bubbles, swimmers, and joggers. People are happy. What stood out the most for me, were the yachts that were moored on the horizon, and the sense of peace. Suddenly I was (even more) grateful and wanted to share the experience with those moored at their home ports and unable to travel. If you miss the salt on your face, endless leagues of blue and you need respite; my friends, there is that and more in Barbados.

 

Life on the beach

It is on one of my daily jaunts to the beach, that I realise that there is freedom on the water and happiness in the things that you can do together as a family. While yachts bob on the horizon, the sun sets to the tune of freedom. A gentleman is doing a mini-triathlon – without the cycling (Ok, he’s running and swimming), the cutest baby is exploring a sandcastle, little girls are dancing on the water’s edge, and the health and wellness buffs are on the third rep of pushups, squats or sit-ups. The selfie crowd is taking advantage of the golden glow of the sunset. Pout. Pose. Pic! It’s life on the beach at its socially distanced best.

Beach Hopping – South to West

Truthfully, I beach hop a lot, there are different things I love about different beaches. At Silver Sands beach, the kite surfers dot the horizon and I enjoy the beauty of sunrise in the morning while they perform amazing feats. Silver Sands beach is just off the Atlantic Ocean, it’s a bit more rugged, not ideal for sea bathing unless you know the spots to go to. What I love is the wide beach which is perfect for long walks and exploration. A trip further down the south coast to Accra Beach brings you to the boardwalk and over 2 miles of beach to spend some family time and maybe grab a burger from the holy grail of eateries Chefette. My favourite though I must admit is the West Coast, my meditation spot. It’s a wide beach with calm man-made rock inlets for younger children to swim (Accra as well) and it’s so expansive, you easily find a spot to social distance. Close to Speightstown, I can grab some of the best freshly baked turnovers on the island from the PRC bakery and pick up groceries from the nearby supermarkets. I can pre-order for curbside pickup something healthier from ‘Orange Street Grocer.’ More so, I can enjoy time to rejuvenate in the outdoors.

 

Moor in Barbados, you decide

My love for Barbados and its world-famous beaches makes my job as a holiday home expert soul-satisfying. If you are allowed to moor in Barbados, maybe drop anchor for a couple of weeks and stay at one of our Barbados vacation rentals at Blue Sky Luxury. For 6 months+ stay, our sister company Terra Luxury also offers stunning residences at both Port Ferdinand and Port St. Charles where you can berth. Port St. Charles is an official port of entry with Immigration, customs, coastguard, and police. Units 147129, and 102 offer options for couples or large families. Port Ferdinand is also another amazing lifestyle marina development to choose from. Fair warning, you may fall in love with the spectacular ocean views and breathtaking sunsets of Port Ferdinand 103. Maybe it’s the meditation that brought me clarity but we’re extremely grateful in Barbados. The freedom of the beach and the friendliness of the people remain the same. Maybe you too can moor in Barbados, it’s lovely here.

If you’re interested in Barbados Travel news and updates, our blogs ‘Barbados Racing Towards Herd Immunity’ and ‘Summer Travel 2021?’ offer insight into the progress of the vaccination programme in Barbados. We also ponder on travel for Summer Travel 2021 and would love to hear your thoughts.

 

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Rover, wayfarer, iterant, hodophile, solivagant. Whatever term you use, these are all names for people who love to travel. Yes, we learned some of them today. No, we are not ashamed. Travel terms aside, with the buzz on vaccines bringing a return to near normal, we can only wonder “will international travel return by Summer 2021?” If you self-identify as one of the 5 above, then you must be as excited as we are.

We’re in this together

Our stance at Blue Sky Luxury has always been the same. We are in this together. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on lives and livelihoods. The green shoots signaling the return of international travel please us immensely because we’ve felt the effects here in Barbados and we’ve seen it internationally. Whatever wins we can get, we’ll take it.

Vaccinations & Return to Normalcy

The UK and USA have had positive updates regarding their vaccination programs. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised that all adults will receive a COVID shot by the end of July. The US current rate by end of fall. At a faster pace, which should be possible based on the promised supply, would allow Americans to enjoy the Fourth of July. President Joe Biden and top public health aide Dr. Anthony Fauci talked about a return to normalcy for Christmas. (USATODAY) Barbados leads the way as the most vaccinated country in the Caribbean and is well on the way toward herd immunity. Read our blog Barbados racing towards herd immunity and the progress of Barbados’ Vaccination Programme

What’s your take?

The successful rollout of the vaccination programmes in these countries means that restrictions can be lifted but most importantly lives can be saved. Barbados is doing quite well and is rolling out a successful vaccination programme. We hope that the international travel will reopen safely so we can spend more time with our loved ones and create new memories together. With the estimated date of the end of the vaccination programme, do you think international travel will reopen for Summer 2021? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

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Cteam of Holiday Home Experts promises you on your Barbados vacation. The island, which is the most easterly of the iconic Caribbean chain, is best known for its beautiful beaches, wonderful weather, and warm, pleasant people. But a new allure has been awakened thanks to luxurious villas, chic apartments and plush condos – all of which set the scene for a holiday that marries a feeling of home with a bold island lifestyle.

A stay in the northern tip of the island introduces subtle hints of Barbados past, with historic relics in the form of natural and cultural attractions. Also here are wonderful depictions of a more grandiose era of island architect in the form of breathtaking villas that await to play home to you and your loved ones, or please as the idyllic backdrop for your big day. Or, journey west to the platinum and star-studded coast and dive into the lap of island luxury. Golf, polo, serene, powdery beaches and high fashion shopping experiences dominate this landscape, as well as well-appointed, elegant villas that offer their own unique takes on the ‘Holiday Home’.

The southern and eastern coast of Barbados also tells their own unique stories, which are punctuated with varying seascapes, and several calling for adrenaline seekers. Moreover, the two coasts connect and offer a medley of fine dining experiences that create a foodie’s paradise. The villas and condos along the south coast are in perfect proximity to two of the main nighttime hotspots on the island, and the eastern accommodations create nestling havens for the sun and surf-worshippers.

But perhaps your aim is to visit that one personal – and very special – reason. No matter what that may be, we have you covered! Would you prefer to enjoy full pampering services in the privacy of your holiday home or say ‘I do’ on the island’s sand? Or maybe your sporty nature needs to be satisfied, or possibly a history lesson on the island would do the trick. Perhaps this exploration of the island’s culture and history will lead you on a journey of discovering flavors and delicacies that have afforded Barbados star status within the culinary fraternity in the Caribbean.

Whatever your preference, let the Blue Sky Luxury team create the holiday experience you have been longing for, catering to all of your private villa and lifestyle needs. Request a personal chef, or have a yoga session poolside in the comfort of your holiday home. Or, venture out on the most luxurious vessels to grace the blue, glittering waters of the island’s alluring west coast. Whatever your desire, we have a team with the knowledge and experience to tailor your vacation for you from start to finish. We welcome you to explore Barbados, and hope that you will fully enjoy the tease of our beautiful homes and countless activities the island has in store. We are sure that the only thing that will matter is living out your Barbados daydream and experiencing your best holiday yet!

 

Nelson Gay: Be seduced by a unique charm at the beautiful beachfront villa

 

Kiko: Choose wellness – gym, spa, sauna & bar

 

Royal Westmoreland-Seaduced: Somewhere, you have a bikini in this exact shade of blue

 

Royal Westmoreland-Sugar Cane Mews 4: Indulge in a chef prepared breakfast in bed

 

Glitter Bay Estate 310-Coral Isle: Salt life by day, pool vibes by night

 

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This inimitable private estate boasts 7 luxurious, air-conditioned suites with king and twin beds and 7 bathrooms.

This five-star, tropical paradise dating back to the eighteenth century; was redesigned in the late 70’s by renowned English theatrical designer Oliver Messel, whose distinctive style takes island living to new heights. Perched on a ridge with panoramic views of the spectacular Caribbean shoreline, this 11-acre estate provides exceptional beauty both inside and out: thick coral stone walls, statues/sculptural art and an enticing lagoon-style rock pool (a Messel masterpiece), together with its sun deck overlooking a tropical ravine, is equally magical at night when it is transformed by spectacular lighting into a romantic rendezvous under the starlit sky.

Enjoy tranquil days where attentive staff take care of your every need and savor delectable meals prepared by a world-class chef. Relax and rejuvenate – spa treatments, private trainers, catamaran cruises, even day trips to neighboring islands can be arranged.

Take a carefree stroll through the tropical ravine and voila, you arrive at the tranquil beach by Half Moon Fort.

Fustic’s enchanting surroundings, embraced by cooling trade winds and stunning sunsets, is also picture perfect for intimate weddings or entertaining groups al fresco-style.

 

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