#BRIDALBLOGATHON: THE CLUB BARBADOS
After spending four wonderful days in Antigua (you can see my adventures here) it was time to continue my bridal blogathon journey with Elite Island Resorts and Kuoni.and island hop to Barbados. With hopping from one island to the next being so easy, why limit yourself to one Caribbean island, right!? However, if you opt to island hop by flying, just take note that local operating airlines do frequently have delays, but I think its just the Caribbean time culture – everyone is very relaxed about it!
Barbados is one of the smaller Caribbean islands, but makes up up for it by being one of the most beautiful places to visit. Whilst being driven to my hotel, The Club Barbados, I was overwhelmed with all the stunning scenery, sugar cane fields, pretty coloured shacks and amazing beaches. I even drove through the super famous Sandy Lane golf club, which is very impressive and will only set you back a mear £750 per night if you want to stay there!
The Club is located in a prime spot near Holetown, which was the first spot to be discovered by outsiders and was originally named Jamestown, however due to new settlers and the off loading and cleaning of ships it was renamed Holetown, and the name stuck. First and Second Streets are particularly busy on Friday and Saturday nights with restaurants and shops. You can also enjoy some duty free shopping, as long as you remember to take your passport with you. Also if you purchase any duty free alcohol – and lets face it who wouldn’t want to take some rum punch back home – this will be sent direct to the airport where you can then collect it in the departure lounge.
General Manager Gillian Griffith and Guest Ambassador Paulette Ifill greeted me on arrival, offering a rum punch cocktail and giving me details of my next spa treatment. Had I just died and gone to heaven? I was certainly living the dream in paradise and in the interests of research; I felt I had no choice but to throw myself in and try everything that was offered!
The Club is an all inclusive adults only, chic hideaway with stunning oceanfront and lush tropical garden views, spa treatments, three freshwater swimming pools, Jacuzzi, tennis, watersports and two restaurants, what else could you possibly need or want? The staff are so warm, helpful and friendly, taking every opportunity to ask if I needed anything or if there was anything they could do make my stay even more enjoyable.
Unfortunately, there weren’t any weddings at The Club whilst I was a guest. Nevertheless, my schedule was still busy with lots of activities, relaxation and cocktail drinking. I felt like a honeymooner but without the husband! Although I was able to share this amazing experience with the lovely Claire, another blogger taking part in the Bridal Blogathon from Bridal Musings.
While, I could have happily sat on the beach or by the pool everyday and relaxed the days away. I do recommend that you get out and enjoy what Barbados has to offer. I have to confess one of my highlights was the sea turtle trip. Barbados has given the sea turtles special protection status and I was able to take a boat ride (just 5 minutes up the Gold Coast) and actually swim alongside these graceful and friendly creatures in the beautiful warm turquoise waters.
Back on dry land, Claire and I made our way to The Rum Shop Room for the rum tasting and lets be honest, what’s Barbados without a little rum tasting!? Our rum tasting experience was with the famous Mount Gay brand, which is officially the oldest in the world. Now with a cheering afterglow and officially educated in rum (hic), we were spoilt with a decorated table and a special menu normally offered to wedding couples located in Sunset restaurant with a wonderful oceanfront view. The staff at The Club make every effort to create a romantic and memorable evening for your special occasion and Claire and I felt very pampered indeed.
On my last day in Barbados, I was treated to an amazing island tour with Amir, which was fantastic. Amir was full of great and interesting information and facts, not to mention an occasional joke and a test at the end, just to make sure you’ve been listening! Likely I passed, phew!
The tour took us up the serene coast of Barbados with our first stop being at the Animal Flower Cave. Located at the most northerly point, although we didn’t venture into the caves, the cliffs surrounding the cave offer spectacular views with huge Atlantic waves crashing against the cliffs. Great for photo taking and enjoying a drink whilst browsing over the craft stalls where you can purchase jewellery, shells, clothes and other wonderful crafts.
Next stop was the pretty Cherry Tree Hill where we saw an amazing view of the eastern coastline of Barbados. As well as the breathtaking view, we enjoyed the fresh taste of coconut water with a dash of rum (well it would be rude not to!).
The trip also takes you to have a glimpse of the Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill – the oldest working windmill in West Hemisphere and then on to Bathsheba – to view the striking rock formations and Legend has it that Bathsheba, wife of King David, bathed in milk to keep her skin beautiful and soft. Legend also says that the surf covered white waters of Bathsheba, Barbados rich in minerals and life is said to resemble Bathsheba’s bath in both appearance health giving value.
With my Barbados journey drawing to an end, I thought I would squeeze one more activity in, Enid’s cooking school. The Bajan people take a huge amount of pride in their cooking and the cooking school lets you capture a little of that culture for yourself. The Bajan style meal was absolutely delicious and I was even able to pocket myself the recipes to try at home.
I had a truly amazing time in Barbados with the staff at The Club Barbados making sure I had memories I would treasure for years to come……or until I go back next year!
Next week I’ll be sharing an interview with The Club Barbados Guest Ambassador, Paulette Ifill. Paulette will divulge some of her knowledge and advice about weddings and honeymoons in Barbados. Don’t forget you can follow my trip, and the other bridal bloggers using the twitter hashtag #bridalblogathon