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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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Barbados Summer Villas 2021

 

Reeds House: Lower Carlton, St. James

 

Onyx: Thunder Bay, St. James

 

Nelson Gay: Battaleys, St. Peter

 

Footprints North Cottage: Alleyne’s Bay, St. James

 

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On May 8th, 2021 Barbados will bring 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? You arrive in Barbados, have your test done, have breakfast, have a dip in the pool, (at your private vacation villa) 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.

What’s a fully vaccinated person?

A fully vaccinated person has been classified by the Barbados Government as having received an approved vaccine in a two-dose regime and has received both doses plus 14 days, or a one-dose regime, one dose plus 14 days. Your vaccination status will be fact-checked by the Barbados Government and persons who do not meet the criteria will fall under the travel protocol for unvaccinated persons. That’s not a terrible thing, it may be a slightly longer wait but the safety of Barbadians and visitors alike has always paramount. However, if you are looking forward to the roaming of said countryside, being fully vaccinated certainly fast tracks you there… ahem, as do our Concierge Can team

How it Works – The New Protocol for Fully Vaccinated Persons

1. Have your vaccination single or double completed + 14 days. Ensure you receive certification from the medical fraternity.

2. Bring to Barbados your PCR test that is negative within the last 72 hours. Ensure you have copies of your certified negative results.

3. Within 24 hours of arrival in Barbados, you will take a rapid test or a classic PCR test. After this, you will have limited movements. (Government has put new measures into place to handle high volumes)

4. Receive negative results of your COVID 19 test and restaurants and roaming will be open to you asap.

How Can we at Blue Sky Luxury Help?

Protocols are constantly changing; Barbados has been quite forward-thinking in ways to operate safely while placing the value of lives at the forefront. Our Concierge Can team can help you:

· Secure your PCR appointment with an approved medical practitioner 

· Arrange for the medical practitioner to test you privately at your villa

 

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Experts say blue is the most calming color, so consider a stay at any Blue Sky Luxury villa as an antidote to stress! Experience the soothing blue vista from the pool to the sky and the Caribbean Sea as we list our Top 5 IG worthy villas for April 2021.

 

Royal Westmoreland-Seaduced

5 Bed | 5½ Bath | Swimming Pool

 

Martello House

 8 Bed | 8½ Bath | Swimming Pool

 

Porters Villa

 3 Bed | 3½ Bath | Swimming Pool

 

Hectors House

 3 Bed | 3½ Bath | Swimming Pool

 

Crystal Springs

 10 Bed | 10 Bath | 2 Powder Rooms | Swimming Pool

 

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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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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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Barbados Racing Towards Herd Immunity

In our Blue Sky Luxury blog titled “Barbados Receives Vaccines” we shared the news of the generous donation of 100,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from India on February 10th. By February 17th the vaccination programme was well underway with government officials and frontline workers receiving the jab. Our update today March 11, 2021, highlights Barbados is racing towards herd immunity for all Barbados residents.

Progress of Barbados’ Vaccination Programme

Although the daily numbers change, over 50,000 people—over 20 percent of the adult population of Barbados have received the first dose of the vaccine. Notably, this has been done in just a few weeks. Barbados leads the way in the vaccination process in the Caribbean. Currently, Barbadians over 18 are receiving the vaccine through a well-organized rollout by the National COVID-19 vaccination committee. The Barbados Government continues to invest in the future of our country and has taken the position that the vaccine will be distributed for free to all residents of Barbados. As a country, it is in our interest to get to herd immunity as quickly as possible, as our economy is so highly tourism dependent.  While the elderly, those with comorbidities were the first to receive the jab, the villa workers at Blue Sky Luxury were included with the other front line workers on the priority list.  As a tourism dependent economy and country, the reopening of tourism is critical and the only path to that is a fully vaccinated population.  We have had generous support from friends of Barbados through donations and continue to raise funds to support this goal. Follow the Barbados Covid-19 Status dashboard to keep up to date on the countdown to herd immunity and COVID-19 related stats.

Myth-busting and the COVID-19 Vaccine

From 5G chips building Nanos in host bodies, to the vaccines not offering protection, there have been crazy stories on whether the jab is a giant hoax like Milli Vanilli (We still love Girl You Know It’s True by the way.) So far in Barbados, the robots have not taken over and the Prime Minister herself made a compelling statement to the press.

  “I know that there are some people who have been doubtful. I think that more and more people are realising, well look, if 25,000 people have been vaccinated and everybody good, then a lot of what you are hearing on social media and a lot of these stories and things are an exaggerated version.”

 Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley

On the international scene, The Daily Mail shared a report which stated that “A single jab of either Pfizer or Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is giving 90 PER CENT protection in huge boost to Britain’s world-beating rollout.”  John Hopkins Center for Health Security carried the following update as well in their March 2, 2021 newsletter. “New Data Show Vaccines Reduce Severe COVID-19 in Older Adults (Public Health England) Today Public Health England (PHE) has submitted a pre-print of a real-world study that shows that both the Pfizer and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines are highly effective in reducing COVID-19 infections among older people aged 70 years and over. Since January, protection against symptomatic COVID, 4 weeks after the first dose, ranged between 57 and 61% for one dose of Pfizer and between 60 and 73% for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.”

As Barbados continues to race towards herd immunity, we will keep you updated. We know our Blue Sky Luxury friends are eager to return to our shores. For some taking advantage of the 12 Month Barbados Welcome Stamp, a programme allowing visitors to work remotely and is renewable, we’ve had nothing but great reviews. Our fingers are crossed for Summer 2021 travel but most importantly for the health and safety of all Barbadians, travelers, and friends. Stay, safe and stay travel inspired.

 

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Barbados received the COVID-19 vaccination on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021. The announcement was made on February 7th, 2021, at a press conference held by the COVID-19 unit that the island would receive them by the end of the week. Already, the initiative has kicked off with the most vulnerable receiving the vaccination. Proudly reported by the Barbados Advocate, “Barbados has become the first independent country in the region to roll out a national vaccination programme.”

 

Great news for Barbados and Barbadians

Worldwide, countries have accepted that the pandemic will be around for a while. For many, the vaccination brings hope of being able to operate as safely as possible under the new normal. As international cities continue to roll out vaccinations, Barbados aims to be one of the first Caribbean countries fully vaccinated with herd immunity to keep the economy going and safe. The World Health Organisation has been highly endorsed by the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covishield, especially for persons 65 and over. The island is off to a great start with Frontline workers, the most vulnerable, and members of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign receiving their vaccinations and endorsing safety.

 

Vaccination Rollout in Barbados

Dr. Elizabeth Ferdinand, Co-cordinator of the National COVID-19 vaccination campaign is an integral part of the team responsible for the rollout of the vaccinations to the Barbadian public. The team has already started to roll out the vaccinations, with local hero Sir Garfield Sobers being one of the first to receive the jab. Governor General Dame Sandra Mason has also received her vaccination. Already, 30 persons on the frontline have been vaccinated within a 2-hr period of receiving the vaccine. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kenneth George, Major David Clarke, and Dr. Elizabeth Ferdinand also supported the effort.

 

Hope for travel to Barbados

A 2-week pause is now in effect for the island, a decisive response to monitor and control existing cases. The vaccination gives Barbados hope and provides an opportunity for those who would still like to take advantage of the 12 Month Barbados Welcome Stamp. With winter well underway, Barbados has been a yearly respite for those seeking to escape the harshness of winter. Yes, travel is often for leisure. However, for some who seek to escape from the harsh weather, it’s a necessity. We hope that travel to Barbados will be restored and a return to the sun to soothe the souls of many.

 

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