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Barbados is Good for You



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The Barbados Calendar | Events Fun on the Water | Sailing Experience Beneath Barbados | Diving Experience Idyllic Island Escapades | Island Hopping Retail Therapy | Shopping & Lifestyle Look Good, Feel Good | Island Style Investing in the Good Life | Property Amazing Returns | Incentives & Meetings Happily Ever After | Weddings Revive & Restore | Health & Beauty Art & Soul | Art & Craft Get Out & About | Adventure & Discovery Beach More, Worry Less | Beaches Liming - Bajan Style | Nightlife Good Food, Good Mood | Restaurant Guide

Get Out & About

Barbados Is Good For You

194 234

Beach More, Worry Less

Hunte’s Gardens

Meet A Bajan 111 180 193 211


Derek Went Centenarians of Barbados Ann Rudder Mahmood Patel



The Barbados Calendar

Sephardic Jews of Barbados


Fun On The Water



Idyllic Island Escapades

174 Revive & Restore

Features 22 Barbados Is Good For You 34 A Bajan Conversation 196 Bourne Again PEG Farm & Nature Reserve 208 Coco Hill Forest 226 Sephardic Jews of Barbados


Investing in the Good Life

Š2017 Citizen Watch Company

Retail Therapy Look Good, Feel Good

Beth & Tracie | 116, 117 Butterfly Boutique | 124, 125, 131 Dingolay | 126 Exclusive Cottons | 132, 133 Gatsby Boutiques | 118 - 121 Gaye Boutique | 115 House of Jaipur | 122, 123 Kelly’s Kloset | 127, 131 Koncept Image Consulting | 132, 133 Salt & City | 130 Un Dimanche a Paris | 96, 97, 130 Whispers on the Riviera | 126

112 Butterfly Boutique

Tax Free Shopping

Breitling Boutique | 2, 3 Cartier Boutique | IFC, 1 Cave Shepherd | 9 Colombian Emeralds | 10, 11 Diamonds International | 16 - 21, 59, 105, 167 Green Monkey Chocolatier | 98, 99 Heather Harrington Jones | 93 Limegrove Lifestyle Centre | 13, 94, 95 Little Switzerland | 33 Milano Diamond Gallery | 61, 63 Royal Shop, The | 5, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49 Vilebrequin | 51

92 Diamonds International in Bridgetown

Art & Soul

Best of Barbados | 187 Blake Coral Stone Carvings | 189 Carrington Collection | 189 Catherine Forter-Chee-A-Tow | 188 Earth & Fire | 191 Earthworks Pottery | 53, 210, 211 Gallery of Caribbean Art | 185 Gina Foster | 189 HP Batik Studio | 190 Janice Sylvia Brock | 188 Jean Blades | 189 Jill Walker | 186 The Studio | 191

182 Greensleeves


Kirsten Dear, The Tides Gallery

Good Food Good Mood

246 Animal Flower Cave Apsara Asian Spice Atlantis Hotel, The Beach Shack, The Castaways Champers Cin Cin Cliff, The Cliff Beach Club, The Cocktail Kitchen Coral Reef Club Crane, The L’Azure Zen Daphne’s Fish Pot, The Fusion Rooftop Garden Terrace, The Juma’s Lobster Alive Lobster Pot, The Lone Star, The Nino’s By The Sea Nishi Port St. Charles Y.C. Primo Relish Epicurea Sandpiper, The Sandy Lane Bajan Blue L’Acajou Southern Palms Hotel Tapas Tides, The Top Deck, The

439-8797 420-5454 432-1321 433-9445 662-1667 420-7587 434-3463 629-4557 432-1922 432-0797 622-3017 422-2372

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423-6220 423-6220 432-2731 439-2604 271-1258 428-7171 432-0232 435-0305 432-0287 629-0599 622-2432 432-8287 419-1000 573-7777 536-0077 422-2251

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Coral Reef Club



Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown, St.James T: 271 8230 Lower Broad Street, Bridgetown T: 430 2400 8 Broad Street, Bridgetown T:430 2422

Surfers at the Soup Bowl with Bathsheba in the background Photo: Niall Thomas, Be Social

the sea

the beaches

Although our Bajan (Barbadian) grandmothers cautioned children to beware of the sea, “because it doan’ have no back door” the sea around us is one of our greatest gifts. The temperature is perfect, the water is clear, and there’s nothing like it for providing the sheer sensational, sensual, physical pleasure of swimming around under blue skies in such gorgeous water. You can choose between the placid, clear, turquoise waters of Carlisle Bay, or the west or south coast, or the more lively surf of the east coast. And you can swim with turtles, snorkel, surf at Soup Bowl in Bathsheba, or just use the wonderful water as hydrotherapy to cure all your aches, pains or stressful worries.

There are scores of beaches around the island, where you can just relax, swim, walk or jog, or watch sun- rises, sun-sets and moonlight nights. Look out on a clear evening for the green flash as the sun sets; it’s a beautiful emerald green that appears for a second or two just as the last arc of the sun dips below the horizon. It’s most easily seen if you’re also enjoying a famous Bajan planter’s punch (rum punch)! Some of our beaches are often included in “Best beaches” selections on the web, especially the famous Crane Beach, which usually features in the top ten in the world. But make it a game to sample as many as you can, from the pristine pink sands of St. James to the dramatic seven-mile stretch from Bathsheba to Pico Teneriffe.


gardens and parks

sounds and smells

The popular poem by Dorothy Frances Gurney says: “The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the birds for mirth, One is nearer God’s heart in a garden, Than anywhere else on earth.” And we have a wide range of public gardens and parks to enjoy. Right in the heart of Historic Bridgetown is Queen’s Park, “the lungs of the city” and Church Village Green. Over on the East Coast are the dramatic Andromeda Botanical Gardens, hugging the rocky hillside, like the ancient beauty of Greek legend, Andromeda, chained to the rocks, battered by the sea. In the hills of St. Joseph are the dramatic Flower Forest, the exotic Hunte’s Gardens and the Welchman Hall Gully. Right in the middle of the island is Orchid World – an oasis of water features, orchids and ferns.

St. Lucian poet Derek Walcott, Barbadian by descent and Nobel Laureate, wrote about “the cricket night” which is ubiquitous in the Caribbean. Other night sounds come from the high-pitched whistling of the whistling frog – Eleutherodactylus martinensis. This is a native of the Lesser Antilles, and tradition has it that a Barbadian imported specimens from Martinique to annoy his neighbour. The other night noises of course are the wind in the trees and the waves lapping the beach, and sometimes those dogs providing security! And our favourite smells are the wonderful, refreshing ozone laden breezes on the East Coast, the sweet scent of the frangipani flowers everywhere, and the tempting aroma of our neighbour’s fried chicken or stew wafting in the breeze …

The scent of the Butterfly Ginger at Flower Forest is divine Photo: Andrew Hulsmeier

Whistling Frog - Eleutherodactylus martinensis Photo: Richard Roach



beauty is a tonic From the Scotland District to some of the best beaches in the world, Barbados has often been likened to a garden – rolling hills, green valleys and the dramatic Scotland District in the northeast, facing the Atlantic Ocean. This is a tentative nomination for a World Heritage site. As its name suggests, it resembles the rugged hills of Scotland, the mother country of so many emigrants – indentured servants and political prisoners from English persecution. Hackleton’s cliff, at a thousand feet, separates it from the rest of Barbados and provides spectacular views from many places.

The Scotland District on Barbados’ east coast Photo: Andrew Hulsmeier


the markets

Cheapside Market Photo: Andrew Hulsmeier

There are several markets, big and small, but the best and the one with the most character and the most “characters” is the Cheapside Market in Bridgetown. Cheapside (named after the famous Cheapside in the city of London) is just beyond the beautiful St. Mary’s Church. Market vendors are also known as hawkers or hucksters, and many of them are larger than life characters. Of a more social nature are the several farmers markets that are more about meeting friends for a tasty breakfast: Brighton Plantation in St. George very early on Saturday morning; Artsplash on the south coast on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and Holders just off the west coast on Sunday.


Oistins Fish Fry Photo courtesy


The ancient G re e k philosopher Epicurus thrived on the simple pleasures of dining al fresco in his garden with his friends. Good friends, good food, good drink and “the ambiance”. And with our perfect year-round temperatures, lovely gardens and parks and sea breezes, you can eat out of doors in many places – on the patio, in the garden or picnicking at Bath beach or Barclay’s Park. But there’s a caution: we do have mosquitoes in some places, and it’s wise to protect yourself with your personal insecticide spray or protective bracelet, because you can’t be sure if the neighbours are being good neighbours or if there are mosquitoes nearby.

Rum tasting at St. Nicholas Abbey Photo courtesy St. Nicholas Abbey

and there’s the local food ...and drink Many of our locally grown vegetables that form the basis of the Barbadian daily diet are considered superfoods by international nutritionists. Unique Barbadian dishes include conkies (a mixture of corn flour and grated coconut, pumpkin and sweet potato, with added flour, butter, raisins, sugar and spices, wrapped in banana leaves and steamed for an hour – delicious!) Other favourite delicacies are sweet bread or coconut bread, and cassava pone, made with grated cassava and coconut. Cou-cou is made from cornmeal with okras, stirred with butter and served with beef stew or flying fish. And flying fish are THE Bajan (Barbadian) fish dish, because not many other islands bother to cook it, but we fry it in crisp batter with lots of spices. Eat it and you’ll keep coming back … It’s served with pigeon peas and rice, and lots of fresh local vegetables – squash, christophene, sweet peppers and salads; and breadfruit – actually a huge fruit borne on a tree – brought to the Caribbean by Captain Bligh of Mutiny on the Bounty fame. It makes an amazing soup, pickle, pie, crisps … you name it. And our latest delicacy is the exquisite lionfish.

If a Bajan offers you a drink, he’ll expect you either to have a beer or a rum punch. The planter’s punch is the quintessential, traditional Bajan rum punch, made with a good rum, fresh lime juice, sugar syrup, a couple of dashes of Angostura bitters, lots of ice and topped with grated nutmeg. But our mixologists love making creative cocktails with other local fruit juices, especially passion fruit, and dashes of a liqueur. The popular local liqueur is falernum; it’s sweet, with lime and almond flavours, and the traditional Bajan cocktail is equal volumes of rum and falernum, some Angostura and lots of ice, shaken to produce a froth. We have three local beers – Banks, Deputy and Ten Saints. They’re all good lagers, so try them instead of the common beers you’d have at home. And then of course there’s God’s own elixir, coconut water. It’s a perfect composition of life saving electrolytes, barely sweet and ever so refreshing, and some people love it with a dash of rum or gin. Finally, non-alcoholic drinks include mauby, a bitterish, tangy drink, and many fruit drinks from Pine Hill Dairy – Bajan cherry, passion fruit and guava pineapple are my favourites.


Bajans “Warm, friendly, humorous, helpful, spontaneous” … That’s the verdict of so many people, both visitors and Bajans seeing each other and themselves in the mirror.… vendors are typically full of humour, postmen are peaceful and polite, waiters are watchful and courteous, country people giving directions are unique – with details you don’t need to know, and landmarks like brown cows and mango trees. Our dialect isn’t too difficult to understand, as it’s mostly English with a bit of African syntax and residual bits of the Irish accent, dating back to the 5,000 victims of Cromwell’s battles with the Irish in 1652, sent here (Barbadoesed) as indentured servants.

Nigel Benn Aunty Bar Photo courtesy

Pan Pun de Sand Photo: Rawle Culbard


music For many Bajans music means calypso, and the calypso season culminates at Cropover – late July and August. The great maestros of calypso are The Mighty Gabby and Red Plastic Bag, but many more compete for the annual crowns. Jazz is strong; Arturo Tappin is our world-famous saxophonist, and jazz at the Waterfront Café by the Careenage in Bridgetown on a Thursday night is special. Steel pan, born in Trinidad in the 1940s, is now as much a part of Bajan culture as calypso. Our Royal Barbados Police Band is also very special, and gives occasional concerts. Many church choirs are very good, and St. Leonard’s School Choir is exceptional. The Merrymen, with lead guitarist, composer and singer Emil Straker, brought us great fame across North America, Britain and the Caribbean for fifty years, while today’s star, of course, is Rihanna, but it’s not often we have her performing at home.

Roadside vendor in Belleplaine - fruit from the left carambola, fat porks, mango, sea grape, Bajan cherry and coconut in hand Photo: Sally Miller

health care Rest assured, Barbados has the best health care in the Caribbean, and it’s rated in the top ten countries in the world for the safest, most reliable and highest quality emergency health care. The British company / website Clinic Compare, with an in-depth survey of 144 countries, placed Barbados at number 7 in the world. It came in first for the skills of the emergency doctors, and for the convenience of medical centres and third for cost satisfaction. (Website:

our water You don’t need expensive bottled water, you can drink ours straight from the tap, because it’s filtered through at least a hundred feet of coral stone. An important source is the Bowmanston well, from an underground lake in St. John, and older Bajans may ask for a Bowmanston when they want a glass of water! Before water was piped into Bridgetown, and indeed for many years afterwards in other places, drinking water was obtained by roof harvesting, and then pouring the water into large coral stone buckets to filter it. Two such stone buckets were usually placed one above the other in a “Drip stone” arrangement and the filtered water used for drinking. Scientific studies done at the University of the West Indies have shown that while small bacteria (cocci such as the pneumococcus) get through the interstices of the coral stone, larger bacteria – coliforms which cause gastroenteritis – are trapped. So our ancestors had a “gut feeling” for the science of it all …


relaxing, cooling out, re-charging your batteries Barbadian culture and lifestyle is a hybrid of English good manners and civility, American activity (especially for entertainment), African lowkey casualness or insouciance, and Latin American relaxation “relax, man, no problem, don’t panic, what’s the hurry? Plenty of time…” We’re proud that we have the least crime of anywhere in the Caribbean, but we still tell you don’t leave your handbag or camera lying around. So - enjoy the friendliness and the beauty, the sunrises and the sunsets, the food and the drink, the music and the museums, and the ambiance. Be an Epicurean in Barbados – it’s good for you!

[Sir Henry Fraser is Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies, Founding Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre and Founding Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of the West Indies, an independent Senator in the Senate of Barbados, past president of the Barbados National Trust and author of many books on the heritage and architecture of Barbados.] Animal Flower Cave Photo courtesy


A Bajan Conversation By Julian Armfield

If my book Absolutely Barbados – One man’s mission to discover the heart and soul of a Caribbean paradise – was to live up to its title, I needed to travel the length and breadth of the island to learn everything possible about Barbados’ history, culture and lifestyle. Lucille Benn Hall, Proprietor of Nigel Benn Aunty Bar, is indeed Nigel Benn’s Aunt Photo: Andrew Hulsmeier

Conscious that every country is shaped by the nature of its people, I wanted to mingle with as many Bajans as possible. To facilitate this, I vowed to visit plenty of the island’s iconic rum shops. The rum shop is where Bajans go to relax with their friends, play games, discuss topical matters, party, and, simply, celebrate life. In the colourful and feel-good surroundings of rum shops like Nigel Benn Aunty Bar, John Moore’s and Kermits, I met some fascinating and engaging characters and began to learn the unique local dialect, chunks of which can be found in Absolutely Barbados. Let me share with you now the sort of conversation that I had the pleasure of overhearing on my travels. Mavis: “How you keepin’ soul?” (How are you?). Norene: “Holdin’ on fuh now.” (Okay for the time being – a

typically cautious Bajan response). Mavis: “I like I ketch a cold in muh foot.” (Pain anywhere in the body is called a ‘cold’). Norene: “But wait, yuh fallin’ way.” (I notice that you’re losing weight). Mavis: “I had de belly.” (Tummy troubles). Norene: “Cuh dear!” (Sorry to hear that!). Mavis: “Muh belly humbug me so bad, I tell muh man I shut for stocktakin’ and tek plenty ginger tea.” (It troubled me so much that I told my man that I was not up for lovemaking and I drank lots of ginger tea). Norene: “Wulloss. You betta be careful he doan run ‘bout wid a keep-miss.” (Oh dear. That might encourage him to look for a mistress). Mavis: “You mekkin’ bare sport! He en able wid dat. He jes limin’ wid de fellas.” (You must be joking. He doesn’t have the energy for that, he’s just hanging out with the boys).


Norene: “Wait, look Miss Ting comin dung de road. Lord, she botsy swingin’ like a fan-mill!” (My goodness, look at that girl whose name escapes me sashaying down the road!). Mavis: “She lookin’ tick cos she pushin’ breadcart.” (She’s putting on weight because she’s pregnant). Norene: “Wait, she pass hey like a full bus. She’s a real poor-great.” (But look, she passed us right by without speaking. She’s a person who seeks to distance themself from their roots by copying the behaviour of the well off). Mavis: “She need to catch she self. I tell she so.” (She should stop daydreaming and return to reality. I told her that). Norene: “Anyway chile, I cyan mind she now. How late you have?” (Anyway my dear I am not concerned about her now, what time is it?) Mavis: “Time for me to go long. De parish lamp shinin’.” (Time for me to leave. The moon is up).

Barbados is the Events Capital of the Caribbean - It’s hard to imagine any other country that stages more world-class events per square mile than Barbados Going surfing in Bathsheba, St. Joseph Photo courtesy

An audience enjoying watching a film at the Barbados Independent Film Festival Zeitgeist Entertainment Magazine/Amleya Clarke Photography

january Barbados National Trust Events OPEN HOUSES

Jan. 10th, 17th, 21st, 24th & 31st

A winter season tradition from 2:305:30pm. Call 426-2421 for venues. Dates subject to change. Updates will be posted on the Trust’s websites listed below. GUN HILL BY MOONLIGHT

Date to be announced

Gun Hill Signal Station, St. George from 5:30-8:30pm. Cocktails, refreshments and music are provided. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views and admire the beautiful full moon. HIKE BARBADOS

Jan. 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Film Festival


Jan. 9th to 14th

Cultural Festival


Jan. 15th to 31st

Music Festival


Jan. 21st to 28th

Four grades of hikes every Sunday at 6am and medium hike at 3:30pm. Moonlight hikes at 5:30pm. Call 426-2421.


Barbados Sugar & Rum Season Photo courtesy Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

Two Full Moons 1st & 31st

Public Holidays

Jan. 1st - New Year’s Day Jan. 21st - Errol Barrow Day

Art Shows/Exhibitions


Jan. 2nd to 10th

Show will feature artists Denzil Mann, Neville Legall, Chris Richards and Clairmonte Mapp. SOLO SHOW - ‘CHILDREN OF A SACRED EARTH’

Jan. 14th to 31st

Show will feature artist Nakazzi Hutchinson. Gallery of Caribbean Art, Speightstown, St. Peter. Call 419-0858.



Jan. 16th to 24th



Jan. 4th & 7th at Apes Hill



7am at Carlisle Bay, St. Michael.


Jan. 21

Horse Racing


Call the Barbados Turf Club at 626-3980.

Motor Sport


Jan. 27th to 28th

Bushy Park, St. Philip Call 256-0114 or 531-1360

Jan. 14th at BPC, Holders Jan. 19th at BPC, Holders


Jan. 28th at BPC Holders 30th at Apes Hill



Jan. 30th to 31st

Call the Barbados Cricket Association at 538-1325.

Horticultural Events


Jan. 7th

Sea Shells, Gibbes, St. Peter. Home of Mr. & Mrs. Dan Tynan.

Jan. 21st

Edencrest, Lot 1, Kendal, St. John. Home of Professor Clive and Mrs. Julie Landis. Gardens are open from 2-6pm. Tea and refreshments are available. BARBADOS HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY ANNUAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW

Jan. 27th & 28th

Balls Plantation, Christ Church from 10am-6pm. Call the BHS at 428-5889.

Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series Photo: Peter Marshall

Barbados Polo Club Photo: Lisa Davis

february Barbados National Trust Events

Cultural Festivals


Feb. 11th to 18th

Feb. 1st & 4th at BPC, Holders



A winter season tradition from 2:305:30pm. Call 426-2421 for venues. Dates subject to change. Updates will be posted on the Trust’s websites listed below.

Feb. 7th, 14th, 18th, 21st & 28th


Date to be announced

Gun Hill Signal Station, St. George from 5:30-8:30pm. Cocktails, refreshments and music are provided. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views and admire the beautiful full moon. HIKE BARBADOS

Feb. 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

Four grades of hikes every Sunday at 6am and medium hike at 3:30pm. Moonlight hike at 5:30pm. Call 426-2421.

No Full Moon



Feb. 6th & 11th at BPC, Holders 8th at Apes Hill

Feb. 10th, 15th & 18th at Apes Hill 13th at BPC, Holders


Feb. 25th at BPC, Holders 27th at Apes Hill

Feb. 1st to 28th

Feb. 3rd


St. James Parish Church at 1:30pm (Adm. BB$10). Tea and plant stalls, local artists, police band and much more. Call 422-4117.

Charity Fundraiser

Feb. 2nd to 4th (TBC)


Feb. 10th

Mangrove, St. Philip.




National Tennis Centre, Wildey, St. Michael.

February Cont’d overleaf ...



Cricket action at Kensington Oval

Windsurfing at Silver Sands

Photo: Nick Reid

Photo courtesy Brian Talma/de Action Beach Shop

february cont. Art Shows/Exhibitions

Horse Racing


Feb. 1st to 7th

Call the Barbados Turf Club at 626-3980.

Feb. 1st to 25th


Show will feature artist Nakazzi Hutchinson. GROUP SHOW - ‘WEST INDIAN SQUARED’

Feb. 11th to 28th

Show will feature four artists: Susan Mains, Asher Mains, Catherine ForterChee-a-Tow & Virgil Broodhagen. Gallery of Caribbean Art, Speightstown, St. Peter. Call 419-0858.

Music & Drama


Feb. 23rd, 24th & 28th

A musical journey of popular Broadway hits at the Frank Collymore Hall, Bridgetown at 8pm. All proceeds for Emergency & Acute Critical Care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Call 430-2400.




Feb. 11th


Call the Barbados Cricket Assocation at 538-1325.



Feb. 23rd to 25th

Feb. 25th


Horticultural Events

Queen’s Park, Bridgetown.

Feb. 11th

Windsurfing, Kitesurfing, Surfing, SUPing


Westmount Cottage, Mt. Standfast, St. James. Home of Mr. & Mrs. Roger Manning. Gardens are open from 2-6pm. Tea and refreshments are available. Call the BHS at 428-5889.





Dates to be announced

Call the Barbados Golf Club at 428-8463.


Dates to be announced

Silver Sands, Christ Church. Call 428-2027.


Feb. 12th to 17th

Barbados Beach Club, Maxwell Coast Road, Christ Church.

Starfish by Belle Étoile ©2017

Rounding the bend at the historic Garrison Savannah Photo: André Williams

march Barbados National Trust Events

Cultural Festivals

Mar. 7th, 14th, 18th, 21st & 28th

Mar. 1st to 31st


A winter season tradition from 2:305:30pm. Call 426-2421 for venues. Dates subject to change. Updates will be posted on the Trust’s websites listed below. GUN HILL BY MOONLIGHT

Date to be announced

Gun Hill Signal Station, St. George from 5:30-8:30pm. Cocktails, refreshments and music are provided. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views and admire the beautiful full moon. HIKE BARBADOS

Mar. 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

Four grades of hikes every Sunday at 6am and medium hike at 3:30pm. Moonlight hike at 5:30pm. Call 426-2421.

Music & Drama


Mar. 1st, 2nd & 3rd

A musical journey of popular Broadway hits at the Frank Collymore Hall, Bridgetown at 8pm. All proceeds for Emergency & Acute Critical Care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Call 430-2400.


Mar. 31st

This festival celebrates the local fishing industry and takes place in the historic town of Oistins over the Easter weekend.

Art Shows/Exhibitions


Mar. 1st to 7th

Show will feature four artists: Susan Mains, Asher Mains, Catherine ForterChee-a-Tow & Virgil Broodhagen. GROUP SHOW - ‘COLOURS OF THE CARIBBEAN’

Mar. 11th to 30th

Show will feature artist Heidi Berger and Canadian stained glass artist Lynn Chickwick. Gallery of Caribbean Art, Speightstown, St. Peter. Call 419-0858.

Horse Racing


Mar. 3rd (Sandy Lane Gold Cup) Call the Barbados Turf Club at 626-3980.


Two Full Moons 1st & 31st

Public Holidays

Mar. 30th - Good Friday

Horticultural Events


Mar. 4th & 18th

Venues to be announced. Gardens are open from 2-6pm. Tea and refreshments are available. Call the BHS at 428-5889.

Dog Show


Mar. 18th

Waterford Plantation, St. Michael. Judge: Mr. Rodney Oldham (UK). Call 417-0607.



Mar. 1st & 4th at BPC, Holders


Mar. 8th TBA, 11th at Apes Hill, 13th & 18th at BPC Holders, 15th TBA APES HILL - HICKSTEAD TOUR

Mar. 25th, 29th & 31st at Apes Hill 27th at BPC, Holders



Date to be announced

Call the Barbados Golf Club at 428-8463.


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Sir Garry Sobers teeing off on the Green Monkey Golf Course, Sandy Lane Photo courtesy Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.


Barbados National Trust Events GUN HILL BY MOONLIGHT

Date to be announced

Gun Hill Signal Station, St. George from 5:30-8:30pm. Cocktails, refreshments and music are provided. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views and admire the beautiful full moon. For further details visit the Trust’s websites listed below. HIKE BARBADOS

Apr. 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Full Moon 29th

Apr. 7th

Apr. 3rd & 8th at Apes Hill 5th at BPC, Holders

Game Fishing

Apr. 10th & 14th at Apes Hill 12th at BPC, Holders

Apr. 3rd to 7th

Apr. 15th at BPC, Holders, 17th & 19th TBA, 22nd at Apes Hill BARBADOS INTERNATIONAL FISHING TOURNAMENT

Port St. Charles Marina, St. Peter.

Cultural Festivals


Apr. 1st to 2nd

This festival celebrates the local fishing industry and takes place in the historic town of Oistins over the Easter weekend.

Apr. 2nd - Easter Monday Apr. 28th - Heroes Day



Music Festival

Apr. 1st to 15th

Public Holidays

Culinary Festival

Four grades of hikes every Sunday at 6am and medium hike at 3:30pm. Moonlight hike at 5:30pm. Call 426-2421. BARBADOS SUGAR & RUM SEASON

Photo courtesy Barbados Game Fishing Assoc.


Apr. 22nd to 29th

One of the Caribbean’s most popular music festivals. SIR GARRY SOBERS FESTIVAL OF GOLF INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT

Apr. 26th to 29th

Played at four venues including Apes Hill, Barbados Golf Club, Royal Westmoreland and Sandy Lane. Call the Barbados Golf Club at 428-8463.

Museum Events




Apr. 24 & 26th at BPC, Holders 25th & 29th at Apes Hill

Horse Racing


Call the Barbados Turf Club at 626-3980.



Date to be confirmed

MacDonald Blenman Highway (Spring Garden), St. Michael.


Date to be confirmed


MacDonald Blenman Highway (Spring Garden).





A collaborative visual arts exhibition inspired by the flora and fauna of Barbados from the Natural History collection. Call the Barbados Museum at 538-0201.


Apr. 6th to 8th (to be confirmed) Apr. 16th to 22nd

National Tennis Centre, Wildey, St. Michael.

Apr. 1st to 30th Apr. 1st to 30th



Apr. 21st to 22nd

TISSOT chrono xl. A 45MM CASE.


Royal Towers, #32 Broad Street, St. Michael. Tel: (246) 429-7072 • email: •


The Harbour, Bridgetown St. Michael. Tel: (246) 431-0296


Accra Beach Hotel, Hastings, Christ Church Tel: (246) 537-0146


Caption Credit

Bagpipers performing in Bridgetown during the Celtic Festival Photo: Sally Miller


Full Moon 29th

Barbados National Trust Events

Music Festival

Date to be announced

May 19th to 27th


Gun Hill Signal Station, St. George from 5:30-8:30pm. Cocktails, refreshments and music are provided. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views and admire the beautiful full moon. For further details visit the Trust’s websites listed below. HIKE BARBADOS

May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

Four grades of hikes every Sunday at 6am and medium hike at 3:30pm. Moonlight hike at 5:30pm. Call 426-2421.

Gospelfest 2017 Photo courtesy Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.




May 5th

Public Holidays

May 1st - May Day May 21st - Whit Monday



May. 18th to 21st

Wanderers Football Club, Dayrells Road, Christ Church.


Beach Water Polo

May 4th to 6th

May 18th to 20th



Carlisle Bay, St. Michael


May 1st & 6th at BPC, Holders 3rd at Apes Hill

Museum Events

Cultural Festival

May 8th at Apes Hill 10th & 13th at BPC, Holders

May 1st to 31st

May 24th to 27th

May 19th at BPC, Holders


A music and food festival, steeped in history and tradition, celebrating the shared history between the Celtic countries of Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Nova Scotia with Barbados. Visiting musicians include bagpipers, folk singers, dancers and fiddlers who will join with local musicians to celebrate our musical history.

Trade Show/Exhibition BMEX 2018

May 18th to 21st



Motor Sport


May 26th to 27th

Horse Racing


Call the Barbados Turf Club at 626-3980.



May 1st to 31st

A collaborative visual arts exhibition inspired by the flora and fauna of Barbados from the Natural History collection. Call the Barbados Museum at 538-0201.

Charity Fundraiser


May 20th

From Chefette, Rockley to Chefette, Fontabelle, Bridgetown. In support of Auntie Olga’s Needy Children’s Fund. Buy your t-shirt and support this worthy cause. Call 429-9123.


Sol Rally Barbados Photo: Rawle Culbard

june Barbados National Trust Events HIKE BARBADOS

Jun. 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

Four grades of hikes every Sunday at 6am and medium hike at 3:30pm. Moonlight hike at 5:30pm. Call 426-2421.

Full Moon 28th

Museum Events


Jun. 1st to 30th


Jun. 1st to 30th

A collaborative visual arts exhibition inspired by the flora and fauna of Barbados from the Natural History collection.

Horse Racing


Call the Barbados Turf Club at 626-3980.

Call the Barbados Museum at 538-0201.


Motor Sport


Jun. 1st to 3rd

Jun. 30th



Jun. 9th to 10th


Jun. 30th


Cultural Festival


Crop Over Festival is Barbados’ premier cultural festival and is celebrated island-wide over an eight week period from June to August each year. Events taking place during June include: Heritage Bus Tour; City Fest & Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes; Junior Calypso Monarch Tents; Visual Arts Festival. Call the National Cultural Foundation at 417-6610.

Charity Fundraiser


Jun. 24th

Harbour Lights, Bay Street, St. Michael from 8am to 3pm. Call Variety, The Children’s Charity at 428-9258.

A basket full of goodness - Junior Kadooment 2017 Photo: Sandy Pitt


Full Moon 27th

Barbados National Trust Events

Cultural Festival

Jul. 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Crop Over Festival continues through the month of July with the following events taking place: Sweet Soca and Party Monarch Semi-Finals; Junior Calypso Monarch Semi-Finals; Crop Over Read-In; Pan Fusion; Speightstown Market & Pan Around de Town; Pan Pun de Sand; Pic-o-de-Crop Semi Finals; Junior Calypso Monarch Finals; Evening of Folk; Junior Kadooment; Soca Royale. Call the National Cultural Foundation at 417-6610.


Four grades of hikes every Sunday at 6am and medium hike at 3:30pm. Moonlight hike at 5:30pm. Call 426-2421.



Jul. 9th to 23rd

Call the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. at 535-3700.



Dates to be announced

Call the Barbados Golf Club at 428-8463.


Water Polo


Jul. 12th to 16th (to be confirmed) Barbados Aquatic Centre, Wildey, St. Michael.



Jul. 4th to 8th

Museum Events

The Barbados Dive Operators Association (BDOA) will once again host this event which aims to raise awareness of Barbados’ coral reefs and reef fish populations, as well as encourage locals to learn more about the precious ecosystems that surround Barbados.

July 1st to 31st

Horse Racing


A collaborative visual arts exhibition inspired by the flora and fauna of Barbados from the Natural History collection. Call the Barbados Museum at 538-0201.



Call the Barbados Turf Club at 626-3980.

No Ordinary Pottery

Edghill Heights 2, St Thomas, Barbados. T 246 425 0223 • F 246 425 3224 email: • Open Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm Saturday 9 am - 1 pm

Kadooment Day Revellers Photo: Sally Miller

august Barbados National Trust Events HIKE BARBADOS

Aug. 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

Four grades of hikes every Sunday at 6am and medium hike at 3:30pm. Moonlight hike at 5:30pm. Call 426-2421.

Horse Racing


Call the Barbados Turf Club at 626-3980.



Aug. 19th to 25th

Water Polo


Aug. 16th to 20th

Barbados Aquatic Centre, Wildey, St. Michael. BarbadosWaterPoloClub

Museum Events


Aug. 1st to 31st

A collaborative visual arts exhibition inspired by the flora and fauna of Barbados from the Natural History collection. ANCESTRAL TRAILS

Aug. 1st

Call the Barbados Museum at 538-0201.


Full Moon 26th

Public Holidays

Aug. 1st - Emancipation Day Aug. 6th - Kadooment Day

Cultural Festival


Crop Over Festival continues with Bridgetown Market; Foreday Morning Jam; Pic-o-de-Crop Finals and Grand Kadooment which is the grand finale of the Festival. Call the National Cultural Foundation at 417-6610.



Dates to be announced

Call the Barbados Golf Club at 428-8463.

Open Daily 8-4 Richmond St Joseph Barbados Tel. 433 8152 Visit The Flower Power CafĂŠ

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Barbados Beach Wellness Festival 2017 Photo courtesy Sponge Marketing & The Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

september Barbados National Trust Events HIKE BARBADOS

Sep. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

Four grades of hikes every Sunday at 6am and medium hike at 3:30pm. Moonlight hike at 5:30pm. Call 426-2421.



Dates to be announced

Call the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. at 535-3700.

Full Moon 24th

Health & Wellness

Motor Sport

Dates to be announced

Sep. 1st to 2nd (to be confirmed)


Call the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. at 535-3700.

Horse Racing


Call the Barbados Turf Club at 626-3980.



Call the Barbados Motoring Federation at 436-0962.

Museum Events


Sep. 1st to 30th

A collaborative visual arts exhibition inspired by the flora and fauna of Barbados from the Natural History collection. Call the Barbados Museum at 538-0201.

See your holiday from our perspective… The delightful Southern Palms Beach Club & Resort Hotel is set in gracious grounds spanning 1000 feet of sandy, white beach frontage with fresh breezes blowing gently through the property. Its architecture is a blend of traditional and Barbadian design with lush, attractive gardens to create the perfect setting for your visit. Catering to all needs, Southern Palms welcomes the young who want to do it all, the couple who just want to enjoy each other’s company or the family with children. Southern Palms has a relaxed atmosphere of luxurious comfort with personal service and attention to detail, ensuring that you have the perfect holiday.

Join us at: Southern Palms Beach Club, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church +1 246 428 7171 ∙ ∙

Festival of Speed at Bushy Park Racing Circuit Photo courtesy Bushy Park Barbados


Full Moon 24th

Barbados National Trust Events

Museum Events

Beach Tennis

Oct. 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Oct. 1st to 31st

Oct. 26th to 28th (to be confirmed)


Four grades of hikes every Sunday at 6am and medium hike at 3:30pm. Moonlight hike at 5:30pm. Call 426-2421.

Motor Sport


Date to be announced

Bushy Park, St. Philip. Call Bushy Park Barbados at 256-0114 or 531-1360.


A collaborative visual arts exhibition inspired by the flora and fauna of Barbados from the Natural History collection. TORCHLIGHT TOUR OF THE BARBADOS MUSEUM

Oct. 19th

Call the Barbados Museum at 538-0201.

Dog Show


Oct. 7th

Waterford Plantation, St. Michael. Judge: Dr. Ron James. Call 417-0607.



Call the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. at 535-3700.



Date to be announced

MacDonald Blenman Highway (Spring Garden), St. Michael at 6am.

Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown, St. James 271-8288 Lower Broad Street, Bridgetown, St. Michael 430-2400 8 Upper Broad Street, Bridgetown, St. Michael 430-2422 Grantley Adams International Airport, Christ Church 418-2300

Barbados Open Water Festival Photo: Caribbean Aerial Photography


Full Moon 23rd

Public Holidays

Nov. 30th - Independence Day

Barbados National Trust Events

Museum Events


Nov. 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

Nov. 1st to 30th

Date to be announced


Four grades of hikes every Sunday at 6am and medium hike at 3:30pm. Moonlight hike at 5:30pm. Call 426-2421.

Independence Celebrations


Nov. 1st

Heroes Square, Bridgetown at 5:30pm 52ND ANNIVERSARY INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE


A collaborative visual arts exhibition inspired by the flora and fauna of Barbados from the Natural History collection. Call the Barbados Museum at 538-0201.

Open Water Swimming


Nov. 7th to 11th

Carlisle Bay, St. Michael.

Horse Racing



Call the Barbados Golf Club at 428-8463.

Beach Volleyball


Nov. 3rd to 4th

Brandons Beach, St. Michael. The best of beach volleyball featuring players from across the Caribbean, North and Central America. Great beach parties with live entertainment and music.

Historic Garrison Savannah, St. Michael.

Call the Barbados Turf Club at 626-3980.

Dog Show

National Festival

Culinary Festival

Nov. 18th

Nov. 30th


Call the National Cultural Foundation at 417-6610.


Dates to be announced

Barbados welcomes international chefs for this annual festival. Visitors and locals are treated to six days of the very best international cuisine and cooking demonstrations.


Waterford Plantation, St. Michael. Judge: Mr. Ben Reynolds-Frost. Call 417-0607.



Dates to be announced

Soup Bowl, Bathsheba, St. Joseph.


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Run Barbados Marathon Weekend Photo: Caribbean Aerial Photography


Full Moon 22nd

Public Holidays

Dec. 25th - Christmas Day Dec. 26th - Boxing Day

Barbados National Trust Events

Horse Racing

Museum Events

Dec. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

Dec. 26th (Boxing Day at the Races)

Dec. 1st to 31st


Four grades of hikes every Sunday at 6am and medium hike at 3:30pm. Moonlight hike at 5:30pm. Call 426-2421.

Distance Running


Dec. 7th to 9th

This exciting series continues to be one of the most prestigious distance running events in the Caribbean. Call 437-2121 or 243-6902.


Call the Barbados Turf Club at 626-3980.

Police Band Concert


Dec. 25th

A traditional Christmas event at Queen’s Park in Bridgetown. Starting at 7am locals turn out in their numbers to see and be seen in their Christmas finery.



A collaborative visual arts exhibition inspired by the flora and fauna of Barbados from the Natural History collection. Call the Barbados Museum at 538-0201.


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Barbados National Trust Hikes The Barbadian terrain lends itself to hiking, and many groups enjoy regular hikes across the countryside. The most popular are the Barbados National Trust Sunday hikes, which comprise several walks at different grades – known as the ‘Stop ‘n Stare’ (6 miles), ‘Medium & Fast Medium’ (9 miles) and ‘Grin ‘n Bear’ (12 miles). They start at 6 a.m. at different locations every Sunday, and again at 3:30 in the afternoon (9 miles). There are also moonlight hikes and hikes on special days such as the Errol Barrow Day Hike, Heroes Day Hike and the Colin Hudson Great Train Hike, named after the first co-leader of the hikes, which were started by Richard Goddard, a Duke of Edinburgh Award leader. For the full hike schedule with locations, directions and maps contact the Barbados National Trust. Telephone (246) 426-2421 or email

PEG Farm and Nature Reserve PEG Farm and Nature Reserve offer a variety of guided nature tours. For the nimble, there’s a challenging trail right down the cliff through Joes River Forest but they also give daily tours that are a gentle stroll along the top of Hackleton’s Cliff with spectacular views of the Scotland District. At the end, refreshing local juices and beastly cold beers are sold in their central facility. Nature tours are conducted daily in the morning and afternoon. Telephone (246) 433-9806 for more information.

The Barbados Hash House Harriers

Get up Get Out Get Hiking Above: Hash Photo: Franz Phillips

Below: Hiking through Coco Hill Forest Photo courtesy Coco Hill Forest


The Barbados Hash House Harriers are a group primarily focused on running and walking events. Boasting over 100 regulars, they meet every Saturday and bank holidays at different locations throughout the island. Runners and walkers, young and old, all are welcome to join. No need to preregister, call or email - just show up at the posted location. For further details:

Coco Hill Forest This fledgling agro-forestry enterprise offers guided hikes by appointment over 53 acres of lush and hilly terraine featuring a wide variety of local fruit trees. Hiking trails fan out in leafy arteries to a series of visual vignettes. To arrange a visit, telephone (246) 235-4926.


in Barbados

Please be aware that only Barbados Golf Club and Rockley generally offer tee-times to non-members or non-residents. For Apes Hill, Royal Westmoreland and Sandy Lane contact them directly to find out what is available. Please refer to the Calendar of Events for Golf Competitions in which visitors may be eligible to participate.

Apes Hill Golf Club

St. James Tel: (246) 432-4500 |

Barbados Golf Club

Christ Church Tel: (246) 428-8463 |

Rockley Golf Club

Christ Church Tel: (246) 435-7873 |

Royal Westmoreland Golf Club

St. James Tel: (246) 419-7242 |

Sandy Lane Country Club

St. James Tel: (246) 444-2500 |




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18-hole Championship Course • Pro Shop • Practice Chipping & Putting Green Driving Range • Clubhouse, Bar & Restaurant • Club and Shoe Rental Available Tournaments and Groups Welcome • Standard Golf Dress Code in Effect


Barbados’ Best Kept Secret

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By Sarah Venable

With so much emphasis on picture-perfect beaches and creature comforts, Barbados gets overlooked as a cycling destination. Look closer, though, and you’ll find that there’s an active cycling scene here, and for good reason. Whether you’re gliding through quaint villages, pumping the pedals to reach stunning hilltop panoramas or bumping down shade-dappled forest tracks on a mountain bike (MTB), island scenery here is often best seen from a cycler’s perspective and pace. And off-roading admits you to areas that even locals rarely discover. For MTB cyclists, one of the best routes is from Codrington College to Consett Bay in St. John. To see the top five on the island, visit the Barbados Cycling Festival’s Facebook page. The joys of cycling in Barbados have until now been largely limited to the local hardcore, namely the Barbados Cycling Union and its halfdozen affiliated clubs. According to BCU president Charles Lynch, “they are geared primarily to competitive riding [think triathlons and Pan American Games] but some are casual.” Both types are open to letting visitors accompany them. Composed of both local and expat riders and the overseas cyclist or two, the groups tend to ride at the crack of dawn to avoid traffic and the punishing heat of the day. The best of all opportunities for cycling here is the newly-annual Barbados Cycling Festival for road and MTB enthusiasts. Cyclists of all abilities are invited to spend six days in September competing or simply discovering the island’s diverse landscapes on two wheels. The festival culminates with a round-the-island main road sportive, allowing participants to compete in either the Gold Course of 100 km or the Silver Course of 63 km. To sweeten the deal, the Gold Course carries a minimum of US$7,000 prize purse, as well as complimentary return flights for the first man and woman who complete the course. Winners of the King/Queen of the Mountain and the Sprint can expect great prizes from Craft Sportswear, while a raffle sponsored by Bkool gives its lucky winner a turbo trainer and simulator. Non-cycling travel companions will be happy to know there’s plenty to keep them occupied; this is not a dull island! Activities for both spectators and participants abound—beaches galore, spas, heritage sites and museums, arts happenings, shopping and friendly people everywhere— see, or for proof. Tips: Rental bikes can be found at Paradise Scooters, Taylor’s Bike Shop and Bike Caribbean. With mountain and road bikes, hybrids and beach cruisers, Bike Caribbean has a wide selection, and all the gear you’ll need. They also offer tours. For mountain bike rentals, advice and company on the trails, check Mountain Bikes Barbados on Facebook. Serious riders may want to fly in with their bikes.


Morgan Lewis Hill in St. Andrew Photo courtesy Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. and Sponge Marketing


Motor Sport in Barbados

By Mark Wheeler Top and Bottom left: Sol Rally Barbados Photos: Rawle Culbard

Bottom right: Lewis Hamilton at the Festival of Speed Photo courtesy BTMI


At the end of April each year, a Geest freighter rests by a wharf at Portsmouth on the south coast of England as its load of bananas from across the Caribbean is swapped for 30 or so rally cars, heading the other way. Their destination is Sol Rally Barbados, which has grown since 1990 into a mainstay of the island’s Sports Tourism portfolio, as up to 400 visitors spend two or three weeks combining sand, sea and special stages.

While ‘sports-tourism’ is considered a modern concept, Barbados motor sport was ahead of the game in the 1970s, when drivers from around the region, North America and the UK brought their cars to race at the recently opened Bushy Park . . . and that continues today at the re-developed facility, with the Radical Carnival each January. But you don’t have to ship a car to Barbados to get your motoring or motor sport fix - there are far simpler ways. If you want to test your skills around a worldclass venue that has played host to World Champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button among many other well-known names, there’s a Bushy Park Experience for you . . . and everyone in the family! There’s On-track Karting for the kids (from age five) and grown-ups, Off-road Karting, then the chance to be driven in – or even drive, if the instructors reckon you’re capable enough – a race-prepared Suzuki Swift hatchback or a 250 horsepower Radical SR3 RS sports racing car. And all with safety briefings and expert oversight to ensure that your loved ones are never at risk.

Top: Festival of Speed at Bushy Park Photo courtesy BTMI

Bottom: Driving and Karting Experiences at Bushy Park Photos courtesy Bushy Park


The only ‘old car’ collection in Barbados. This collection represents a history of motoring on the island and in particular the story of The Barbados Rally Club which was founded in 1957. Some of the cars on display are: Rover 75, 1955, the only car left which took part in the 1st Barbados Rally Club rally, Allard P1, Bentley Drophead Coupe 1947, a unique car built to order for Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, Citroen Big 15, Triumph TR4, Volvo 122S, 1963, Chevrolet Master 6, Canadian built.

Open Mon. - Fri. 8am - 3pm or by appointment.

nn Pavilion Court, Hastings, Ch.Ch., Barbados Telephone 246 426 4640nn Admission $10US

Watching on The motor car came to Barbados in the early 20th Century and, while the Museum doesn’t go back quite that far, it includes some fascinating exhibits, not just cars.

If you time your visit to the island well, you can join in the unique spectator experience of motor sport Barbados-style, with more than 50 events spread over the busy annual calendar. The key events are Sol Rally Barbados in late May/early June, and the Barbados Festival of Speed at Bushy Park, which looks set to settle in October . . . but there is rarely a weekend without something happening.

Museum pieces If you’re not feeling so active, then try a wander around the Mallalieu Motor Museum, on the south coast near the Garrison, which hosts racing of a different horse-power. The motor car came to Barbados in the early 20th Century and, while the Museum doesn’t go back quite that far, it includes some fascinating exhibits, not just cars, but memorabilia and photography tracing the history. The collection was created by Bill Mallalieu, one of the Founder Members in 1957 of the Barbados Rally Club (the island’s oldest sporting club whose activities do not involve a ball) . . . and he is as important to the collection as the exhibits. He’s not there all the time, usually in the mornings but, given his encyclopaedic knowledge of island motoring history and of the individual cars, you might just miss your lunch appointment if you bump in to him! The classic car movement in Barbados has been enjoying a resurgence in the past couple of years (one of the insurance companies is even offering reducedrate cover for limited mileage), which means that this collection can continue to grow. A new home for the Museum is planned in an upcoming phase of the Bushy Park redevelopment.


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The sleek, stylish, spacious and eminently comfortable Cat & The Fiddle is a 62-foot luxury catamaran, built by Lagoon, the most prestigious catamaran manufacturer in the world. Introduced to the luxury catamaran market in ĂĀāĈČŏ 0ŏ Ēŏ $!ŏ % (!ŏ $/ŏ  ! ŏ *ŏ !4%0%*#ŏ *!3ŏ dimension to yacht chartering in Barbados. Designed to provide the ultimate in smooth sailing and sophisticated relaxation on the sea, every area of Cat & The Fiddle has been created to optimize the luxury cruise experience. The roomy cockpit, complete with a wet bar, offers a fabulous social space for any occasion. Guests can dine in the elegant air-conditioned interior, or al fresco in the shade. Expansive trampolines on the foredeck provide a haven for sun lovers. Above the main deck, the flybridge is perfect for enjoying the scenery or


indulging in cocktails. And the large aft transoms provide easy access into the sea to swim, snorkel or paddle board. Serving the finest quality food and drinks, the captain and crew of Cat & The Fiddle are committed to providing extraordinary on-board service on all of its sailings. Cat & The Fiddle offers Shared Charters and Exclusive Private Charters, which can be customized to suit the specific requirements of individual clients. For enquiries and reservations call (246) 434-3353 or 262-2755 |




Boosy’s Surf School Christian Boos Tel: (246) 267-3182 or 822-1645

SUPing (Stand Up Paddling) What’SUP Tel: (246) 243-7878 Ryan Rodriguez

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Jetblade Barbados Tel: (246) 236-7680 Devon Bates |

Submarine Adventures

Atlantis Submarines Tel: (246) 436-8929 or after hours 243-1069

Deep Sea Fishing

Barbados Fishing Charters on “IOU” and “Shooter” Tel: (246) 269-8905 Dad’s Therapy Tel: (246) 234-3433 Cannon Charters Tel: (246) 424-6107

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eneath Barbados

By Ian Popple

The island’s underwater attractions are drawing a new crop of tourists to this corner of the Caribbean.

Shipwrecks attract a spectacular variety of corals and fish. Photo courtesy Barbados Blue

Ask most visitors what they love about Barbados and you’ll likely hear about the white-sand beaches, the world-class golf courses or perhaps the exceptional restaurants and nightlife. But for a growing number of visitors, the reason to visit Barbados is what lies beneath the surface of the calm Caribbean waters. Barbados’ underwater realm has attracted a growing amount of attention of late, as demonstrated by the popularity of the island’s first Dive Festival in July ĂĀāćċŏ* ŏ3%0$ŏ#++ ŏ.!/+*ċŏ. +/Ěŏ).%*!ŏ+û!.%*#/ŏ$2!ŏ0$!ŏ,!."!0ŏ)%4ŏ+"ŏ accessibility and variety. You want to explore shipwrecks? You got it. You enjoy discovering rare and cryptic species such as frogfish, seahorses and batfish? Check, check and check! You want easy access to a range of habitats? Barbados has you covered. In short, Barbados has something for everyone. For most divers and snorkelers though, the sheltered Carlisle Bay Marine Park is the most popular destination. %0$ŏ()Čŏ(!.ŏ30!.ŏ* ŏŏ)1(0%01 !ŏ+"ŏ/$%,3.!'/ŏ* ŏ+0$!.ŏ/0.101.!/ŏ0$0ŏ draw a diversity of marine life, the park has become a dream for visitors and


locals alike. Many of the wrecks in the bay have carried a rich history with them to their underwater berths, from the century-old Berwind sunk by its crew in an act of mutiny, to the former Barbados Coast Guard patrol vessel, ŏ .% !*0Čŏ 3$%$ŏ 3/ŏ /1*'ŏ /ŏ *ŏ .0%ü%(ŏ .!!"ŏ %*ŏ ĂĀāćċŏ %0$ŏ 0$!ŏ %(%05ŏ to do a continuous loop through the park and see a bunch of wrecks, the Carlisle Bay “wreck trek” has few equals anywhere in the world, and the site is constantly growing – new features, such as the underwater Heritage Museum, are already planned. And yet, Barbados’ exceptional reputation for shipwrecks does not stop at Carlisle Bay. For instance, the Stavronikita, the island’s largest wreck at ŏ(!*#0$ŏ+"ŏāāā)ŏĨăĈĆ"0ĩČŏ$/ŏ$!( ŏė)1/0ŏ/!!Ęŏ/001/ŏ"+.ŏ 2*! ŏ %2!./ŏ"+.ŏ many years. The island’s dive attractions do not revolve solely around shipwrecks either. There are over 90 square kilometers of coral reef surrounding Barbados – an area larger than the entire island of Saint Martin. And what makes Barbados special is its combination of accessibility and variety. Dozens of flame-shaped fringing reefs hug the shoreline and can be explored simply by walking off 0$!ŏ !$Čŏ ,.0%1(.(5ŏ (+*#ŏ 0$!ŏ !/0ŏ +/0ċŏ . +/ŏ (/+ŏ $/ŏ *ŏ +ûġ /$+.!ŏ*'ŏ.!!"ŏ(+0! ŏ+10ŏā')ŏĨĀċć)%ĩŏ+ûŏ0$!ŏ!/0ŏ* ŏ+10$ŏ+/0/ŏ – something few other Caribbean islands can boast. The island is also renowned for its rare and cryptic species, or “critters” as some divers and snorkelers refer to them, such as seahorses, frogfish and batfish. And sea turtles have become so common in Barbados’ waters

A number of the wrecks that lie beneath the surface in the Carlisle Bay Marine Park will be familiar to many Barbadians from their time as working vessels. One such wreck is the Bajan Queen, formally known as the Pelican which was one of Barbados’ first modern tugboats. After a decade of service, the Bajan Queen was refitted as a party boat. She was finally sunk as an artificial reef and dive and snorkel attraction in 2002, and is now home to a multitude of fish, including parrotfish, grunts, snapper and a large resident porcupinefish. Image courtesy of the Reef Smart Barbados Dive & Snorkel Guide


these days, that rarely a dive or snorkel goes by without seeing at least one. In fact, the island hosts four species of nesting turtles and has the secondlargest hawksbill turtle breeding population in the Caribbean. Barbados offers the opportunity to cross many items off a diver’s bucket list. But if that wasn’t enough to draw the attention of the global diving community, a new project aims to put Barbados firmly on the map (no pun intended). Reef Smart produces detailed three-dimensional underwater maps of the marine environment that are so realistic they often appear, at first glance, to be photos. These maps are developed into printed guide books, posters, interactive models for websites and even waterproof cards that divers and snorkelers can take into the water. The information can be used to help plan a route around a site, while also pointing out where particular species of interest and noteworthy structures can be found. Reef Smart has created guides in other popular dive locations, such as Bonaire and Palau, but the materials covering the underwater attractions in


and around Barbados are unique in both their scale and scope. These products can raise awareness and improve safety in the water. But perhaps most importantly, they have the potential to propel Barbados to new heights (or more appropriately to new depths) as an eco- and adventure-tourism destination – two of the fastest growing tourism sectors in the world. Reef Smart’s custom-made products are available now at locations across Barbados, and online at Amazon and at The Cornwallis is one of the smallest wrecks in the Carlisle Bay Marine Park, even though it actually belongs to the (.#!/0ŏ/$%,ċŏ$!ŏ+.*3((%/ŏ3/ŏŏāĂĂġ)!0!.ġ(+*#ŏĨąĀĀġ foot) freighter, which was moored just off the Barbados Yacht Club when she was torpedoed by a German U-boat %*ŏāĊąĂċŏ$!ŏ3/ŏ$%0ŏ3%0$ŏŏ/%*#(!ŏ0+.,! +Čŏ3$%$ŏ(!3ŏŏ āąġ)!0!.ŏ$+(!ŏ%*ŏ0$!ŏ/% !ŏ+"ŏ0$!ŏ/$%,ċŏ$!ŏ/0!!(ŏ/0.101.!Čŏ currently in Carlisle Bay, is just a fragment of the original ship that was torn off during that strike. The Cornwallis itself was repaired and refitted in Barbados and Trinidad before being torpedoed a second time two years later by another German U-boat, this time off the coast of Maine, where she sank for good. Image courtesy of the Reef Smart Barbados Dive & Snorkel Guide

Barbados Blue With 365 days of warm water diving, daily Scuba Classes, over 30 dive sites, and after sinking the newest military ship wreck (MV Trident) in the Caribbean, it’s no wonder that PADI has honoured Barbados Blue Watersports at the Hilton, with the PADI Global Ambassador for Change Award. The Southern Caribbean’s first PADI Freediving and PADI Coral First Aid Centres are now also at Barbados’ premier scuba centre. We can change your life! As a PADI Freediver, you train with the best and become part of a global community of divers bound together by a shared passion for adventure, exploration and love for the underwater world. In just two days we can all start gliding quickly through the water with long blades to the depths and quietly interact with marine life, all without a scuba tank. The PADI First Aid Course teaches reef managers, concerned citizens, and budding scientists how to construct Coral Nurseries and how to use damaged corals and fragments to replenish large areas of damaged substrate. Basically, as Global Climate Change sends more powerful storms into the Caribbean our coral reefs may be impacted by several storms in just one season. However, divers can now act, rather than just watch helplessly as coral dies and algae takes over. Learn more at 3 Dives Daily & 30 dive sites (Beginners to Dive Masters). 2 covered dive boats and Scubapro & Cressi Dealers Located at the Hilton with a marine park & FIVE Wrecks!!! Scuba and Snorkel combos daily.

Tel (246) 434-5764


Until fairly recently, many of the Grenadine islands were accessible only by sea, by way of inter-island schooners and ferries. Now, with the addition of small airports on the islands of Mustique, Canouan, Bequia and Union these enchanting hideaways are within quick and easy reach of Barbados. Kitesurfing in the Grenadines Photo courtesy JT Pro Center, Union Is.

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When it comes to the breathtakingly beautiful islands of the Grenadines, with their intoxicating scenery, unblemished natural beauty and “feel good” tranquility, the question isn’t “why go?” but “must we leave?”

A privately owned 2 bedroom beach house on Palm Island with a remarkable oceanfront location on a superb beach with stunning views of the neighbouring islands. Surrounded by coconut palms and steps away from the sea, Palm Villa is a true beach house that has been furnished and equipped for a comfortable and enjoyable vacation that offers all the pleasures of tropical indoor-outdoor living. An ideal holiday for families, couples or anybody who just wants to get away from it all.

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Palm Island, St. Vincent & the Grenadines For further information: Tel: (246) 262-5874 or (246) 262-5875 e-mail:


The 32 idyllic islands and deserted cays which make up the Grenadines extend 45 miles to the southwest of St. Vincent like a kite’s tail. These include Young Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent. Located just a short boat ride from Union Island, the Tobago Cays are a cluster of five tiny, uninhabited islands, collectively sheltered from the open sea by the appropriately named Horseshoe Reef. The shallow water of the lagoon surrounding the Cays inspires an ever-changing kaleidoscope of blues, greens and seemingly limitless shades of aquamarine, creating a truly picture-perfect backdrop for the islands themselves – namely Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradal, Jamesby and Petit Tabac. With their powdery white sand beaches, dazzling, palm-studded shorelines, rocky outcrops and green-topped hills, the Tobago Cays are the epitome of the classic, deserted tropical island; an opinion clearly endorsed by Disney and the producers of the hit movie ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ when they chose to film here. Barbados is the gateway to these islands and there are a number of options available to get you there. These range from private jet and exclusive yacht charters, to all-inclusive, one-day, or oneweek packages offered by Chantours Caribbean, who specialize in island hopping adventures and exclusive yacht charters in the Grenadines and other Caribbean islands. A short 45 minute flight takes you from Barbados to Union Island where you can enjoy a day of sailing aboard a luxury catamaran – visiting many of the Grenadine islands, like Mustique, the Tobago Cays, Palm Island, Mayreau, Morpion and Petit St. Vincent – all in one glorious day (flights to/from the Grenadines included). Chantours is committed to the pursuit of excellence guaranteeing their customers exceptional service every step of the way.


& VAT Free

Photo: Andrew Hulsmeier

With both tax and VAT being exempt for visitors to Barbados, the island presents a wonderful opportunity to indulge yourself in some retail therapy.

Indigo Courtyard in Holetown on the west coast

Bridgetown is the grand dame of shopping in Barbados and the Cave Shepherd department store was included in the top 50 department stores in the world by “Insider Trends” in 2017. This UNESCO World Heritage city is laid out like a medieval market town, riddled with narrow alleys, but it is Broad Street where you will be most tempted with duty free shopping at Diamonds International, Royal Shop, Little Switzerland and Milano Diamond Gallery, to name a few. We suggest the slightly extravagant idea of hiring a speedboat to take you there, followed by a lobster lunch at Lobster Alive in the stunning Carlisle Bay. Our capital city also has one of the best beaches on the island. There is a budget Bridgetown shuttle that offers a round trip to visitors staying on the south and west coasts. Call 629-4401 for details.


Out of Bridgetown, Sheraton Mall, with over 120 stores and services in one convenient location provides duty free shopping, a multiplex and VIP cinema, doctor, taxi services and so much more! The south coast also has shopping at Quayside Centre in Rockley, Lanterns Mall in Hastings and Cave Shepherd’s branch at The Vista in Worthing. Holetown has always been the most worthwhile destination for a shopping expedition outside of Bridgetown with the Sunset Mall, Chattel Village and the Indigo Courtyard. With the addition of Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, the overall area has become a major shopping destination in Barbados. Holetown is actually much more than a shopping destination, with the fabulous cinemas in Limegrove, along with a number of notable restaurants throughout this fashionable west coast district.

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Experience Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, home to the very best in fashion, film, food, art and entertainment in the Caribbean. Featuring more than 100,000 sq feet of leading retail brands, specialty stores and gourmet eateries.

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Limegrove is one of the ‘must visit’ destinations in Barbados. The welcoming open-air design creates the perfect backdrop for shopping at some of the world’s leading boutiques, including Breitling, Cartier, Hugo Boss, Longchamp, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren. Discover fun, specialty stores and local favourites like The Green Monkey Chocolatier, Orign and Salt and City. Art aficionados will enjoy a stroll through the art gallery showcasing exciting local and regional pieces, and the award winning boutique cinemas provide a treat for the entire family. In need of a break from shopping? Retreat to the spa and salon for a bit of pampering. Limegrove is also a venue for interesting events throughout the year. From local craft fairs and live performances to wedding and garden expos, there is always something exciting on the calendar. For more information and to find out what’s on at Limegrove, visit or follow them at

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Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, St. James +1246 271 8205


“Merging a quintessentially French menu with a Caribbean flair, people around the world have fallen in love with The Green Monkey Chocolatier’s exquisite truffles, chocolate sculptures and macarons.” – Charlotte Wace -

The Green Monkey


From rich, dark chocolates to delicate macarons to artisanal jams to single estate teas, The Green Monkey Chocolatier promises to cater to all your cravings. Renowned for their sophisticated, handcrafted creations, the European trained chocolatiers make their delicious pieces of edible art daily, using only fresh ingredients and the highest quality chocolate. Not sure where to start? Try their Salted Caramel macaron, a rich fusion of Bajan cane sugar and buttercream, or their Passion Fruit chocolate blended with fresh local fruit and cream encased in white or dark chocolate. The factory delivers fresh macarons and chocolate to their boutiques daily, as well as to the airport for export to neighbouring islands. One of their unique gift offerings includes a collection of Chocolate Rum Truffles. The Master Chocolatiers use an exclusive blend from one of the last local family distilleries, resulting in the perfect balance of smooth liquor and chocolate that dances on the palate. The collection offers: a classic dark chocolate rum truffle, a milk chocolate rum cream and a white chocolate spiced rum truffle.


In addition to gourmet confectionery, The Green Monkey offers a selection of jams and jellies that are prepared in old French copper pots using seasonal local fruit. The Island Spice Preserve and the Mango & Passion Fruit Jam are two of the top sellers and a delight for any food lover. For a luxury taste of the islands, The Green Monkey Chocolatier is a must for visitors to the island. The Limegrove location has a small café serving coffee, gourmet teas, champagne, sipping chocolate, scones and their very own Green Monkey Dark Chocolate and Passion Fruit Torte – simply perfect for an afternoon of pure decadence. Want to see more of their beautiful creations? Check out their website: Like them on Facebook: /thegreenmonkeychocolatier Follow them on Instagram: @greenmonkeychocolatier South Coast Boutique Quayside Centre, Rockley, Christ Church Tel: (246) 435-5567

West Coast Boutique Limegrove Lifestyle Centre Holetown, St. James Tel: (246) 427-5567

Historic Walking n w o t e g d i r Tour of B By Karl Watson PhD

Jubilee Gardens This is the core of old Bridgetown dating from the 1630’s and was originally the Shambles or marketplace of Bridgetown. In the second half of the eighteenth century, enslaved people, after years of risking punishment by illegally selling goods on the street, were permitted by law to sell produce derived from their small allotments of land. This was done in an area in the north eastern section designated the Negro Market. To avoid confusion, one should note that there was no designated slave auction site in Bridgetown where humans were bought and sold. This was done either on board slave vessels anchored in Carlisle Bay or in the yards of business places which engaged in the slave trade. Archaeology carried out recovered thousands of artefacts and also revealed the early seventeenth century cobble stone road which is encased for public viewing. The two green cast iron pillars with the embossed VR (Victoria Regina) mark the establishment of the gardens in honour of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1888. Exit and cross the road to:

St. Mary’s Church The earliest Anglican church of Bridgetown, a wooden structure, was built here in 1630. With the growth of Bridgetown, this church was abandoned c. 1660 and a new one built at the present location of St. Michael’s Cathedral. The graveyard, however, continued to be used for burials of the enslaved and free coloured population. Many influential members of the free coloured community in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century are buried here, including Joseph Rachel, Amaryllis Collymore, Rachel Pringle Polgreen and National Hero, Samuel Jackman Prescod. The abandoned churchyard also hosted eighteenth century political meetings. At one stage it was so overgrown that wild pigs took up residence and terrorized the townsfolk. Sharpshooters were hired to kill these wild boar.

Slave Hut/Cottage Continueing out of the small eastern gate go down the first unpaved road to your left which will lead you to an eighteenth century slave hut. The only remaining slave hut in Bridgetown, it is of rubble stone construction and dates from the eighteenth century. The present galvanized roof is a latter addition. The original roof was almost certainly shingled. This would have provided accommodation for the enslaved family who toiled for the family of the now demolished house that fronted the street. The cottage is supposedly haunted. Continue walking in an easterly direction to Suttle Street.


Suttle Street This is one of the oldest streets of Bridgetown, originally called Back Church Street. Once occupied by the middle classes, the character of Suttle Street has changed from a residential street to a ‘rootsy” commercial one. Many of the structures date from the early eighteenth century as this part of town was never affected by fire. Make a point of stopping at Anacia’s shop half way up on the left hand side. She sells all sorts of interesting things brought in from other islands, but especially St. Lucia. Continue up to the top of the street, cross over and enter James Street.

James Street

Clockwise from the top The Careenage with the Pierhead in the foreground. Photo: Niall Thomas, BeSocial

Former Wesley Hall Boys School, Nidhe Israel Synagogue, Shop in Suttle Street. Photos: Andrew Hulsmeier

Last remaining Slave Hut in Bridgetown. Photo: Karl Watson

Now a lively street with goods offered on the sidewalks, James Street was also at one time a residential street. The attractive neo-Gothic style building of coral stone blocks once housed the Wesley Hall Boys School. Opposite is the James Street Methodist Church built on lands donated by National Hero, Sarah Ann Gill, who at grave personal risk, undertook the task of bringing the gospel to the enslaved of Bridgetown. At the top of James Street is a three story Dutch style brick building, the oldest in Bridgetown which dates from c.1650. Turn left onto Lucas Street and continue in an easterly direction. On your left you will pass the Central Police Station, the headquarters of the Royal Barbados Police Force. On your right you will see the newly redeveloped block with the restored quarters of the first fire station of Bridgetown and the plaza with its gazebo. This marks the site of Codd’s House where in 1838 the act was proclaimed ending the Apprenticeship system that immediately followed the Emancipation Act which ended slavery in 1834. Enter the synagogue.

Nidhe Israel Synagogue This synagogue was built c.1654 by Sephardic Jews who had relocated to Barbados after they were expelled from Brazil. Translated from Hebrew, Nidhe Israel means the ‘Scattered of Israel’. Sold in 1929 after the Sephardic community became extinct, it was saved by the present day Ashkenazi Jewish community and restored. There is an interpretive museum on site and the recently excavated mikvah is the oldest in the hemisphere. Walk around the graveyard. The oldest graves go back to 1658. After leaving the synagogue, turn right onto Magazine Lane and left at the junction with Roebuck Street. Walk along Roebuck Street and turn right into Spry Street.


Spry Street As you enter Spry Street, you will see on your left a plaque commemorating the site of the first House of Assembly of the island which met in 1639. Immediately after on your left is the towering Central Bank of Barbados with its grounds which were landscaped by the noted Brazilian designer, Burle Marx.

The Exchange Museum As you enter a small square, the brick structure immediately in front of you is an early eighteenth century building which once housed the prestigious Harrison College, a boy’s school founded in 1733. After the school moved to its present location on Crumpton Street, the building was the seat of the English and Scottish Free Masons. Recently it was sold to the Central Bank of Barbados which has restored it and created the Exchange Museum, Barbados’ newest and most impressive heritage hub. The multi-storey museum features state-of-the-art interactive displays chronicling the history of trade, commerce and banking in Bridgetown, as well as the history of Freemasonry and early education in Barbados. An exhibition gallery space on the ground floor provides an exciting new space for temporary displays. Scheduled Tours of the Exchange are at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm Tuesday to Sunday.

St. Michael’s and All Saints Cathedral Right next door is the seat of the Anglican Church of Barbados. Built in 1664 but ruined by hurricanes, it has been rebuilt on more than one occasion, the last such occasion following the 1780 hurricane. It has a beautiful barrel vaulted roof, a recently restored chancel, a magnificent organ and numerous interesting funerary plaques dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, many of which were carved by pre-eminent British sculptors of the time. Take some time to walk through the graveyard which is filled with the centuries-old graves of the social and mercantile elite of Barbados, politicians and visiting naval and military personnel of the then British Empire. Exit the main gate of the church and continue to your right, through the small park directly in front of you, cross the road and head towards the Constitution River, past several stalls. Turn right and then turn right again when you reach the bridge, and cross over to Independence Square at the lights.

Independence Square This was originally part of the Inner Basin of the Careenage, where inter-island schooners were careened to have their hulls scraped clear of barnacles and inspected for teredo worms which could seriously compromise the integrity of these wooden sailing vessels. A statue of the Rt. Hon. Errol Walton Barrow, the Father of Independence, dominates the park. Walk along the edge of the Inner Basin with its shady almond trees, cross the road by the Independence Arch and enter the Pierhead. Clockwise from the top: Parliament Buildings, the Careenage Photos: Andrew Hulsmeier

Exhibits in the impressive new Exchange Museum in Bridgetown Photo courtesy Barbados Museum and Historical Society


Pierhead This was originally known as the Molehead. Much of it was created when the townsfolk in the eighteenth century were instructed to dump their garbage on what was then reefs and exposed rocks. This reclaimed land became a landing pier. In the nineteenth century, Bridgetown became a vibrant maritime hub for the southern Caribbean, with large steam ships off-loading in Carlisle Bay and West Indian sailing schooners bringing up produce from the windward islands and taking commodities back. The careenage remained a bustling centre of shipping until the second half of the twentieth century. On 13th May, 1764, the Pierhead was the scene of great jubilation when John Harrison’s famous chronometer H4 was landed from HMS Tartar after a trans-Atlantic voyage undertaken to ascertain whether time could be accurately kept at sea. This was necessary to determine longitude. Calculations were checked and re-checked and it was demonstrated that the elusive goal of determining longitude at sea had been solved. The last surviving Screw Dry Dock in the world, Blackwood’s Screw Dock, is also located on the Pierhead. Retrace your steps, exit the Pierhead and turn left and cross the Swing Bridge.

Swing Bridge This bridge was built in 1865 to swing sideways to allow tall masted vessels to enter the Inner Basin. It was recently converted to a lifting bridge but retains the name the Swing Bridge. Older folk will remember it as the Chamberlain Bridge. As you cross the waters of the careenage, now filled with pleasure craft, look at one of the iconic landscapes of the Caribbean - the neo-Gothic buildings of the Parliament of Barbados. Directly in front of you is Heroes Square.

Heroes Square This was originally called Trafalgar Square. The land was acquired with funds raised from public donations after the famous but costly victory by Viscount Nelson over a combined French and Spanish fleet at Trafalgar in 1805. It contains the second oldest statue of the fallen admiral in the then British Empire, sculpted by Sir Richard Westmacott and erected in 1813. The two other monuments in Heroes Square are the shell fountain, which commemorates the bringing of potable piped water to Bridgetown in 1865, and the Cenotaph or War Memorial erected to commemorate those who served and lost their lives in world Wars I and II. Turn left onto Broad Street.


Museum of Parliament and National Heroes Gallery This small state-of-the-art museum is located in the west wing of the stunning Parliament Buildings, which were built entirely of hand cut local coral limestone in the 1870’s. Guided tours of the hallowed chambers of the Senate and Parliament are included (once not in session).

Broad Street The High Street of Bridgetown. Here you can shop duty free to your heart’s delight in the many high end jewellery stores, or the island’s 100 year old department store, Cave Shepherd, which WorldTrends. com just rated in the world’s top 50 department stores. The streetscape is an eclectic mix of buildings, so stroll and admire. Collins Drugstore occupies an early nineteenth century building which is a survivor of that period. At the end of Broad Street, crowned with two impressive silver domes, is one of the most handsome buildings of the city. Familiarly known as the Barbados Mutual Building, it was recently gifted to the University of the West Indies. Here you have come full circle back to Jubilee Gardens. From the top: Museum of Parliament and National Heroes Gallery Photo courtesy Diamonds International, Cave Shepherd




From small specialty shops to state of the art supermarkets, provisioning whilst on holiday in Barbados has never been easier.

Massy Stores Supermarket at Warrens

Massy Stores Supermarkets

Five Locations: Sunset Crest, St. James (246) 432-1127 Opening hours: Mon-Thu 8am-8pm; Fri & Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 9am-2pm. Warrens, St. Michael (246) 417-5200 Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8am-10pm; Sun 9am-7pm. Oistins, Ch. Ch. (246) 428-1920 Opening hours: Mon-Thu 8am-8pm; Fri & Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 9am-2pm. Worthing, Ch. Ch. (246) 435-7927 Opening hours: Mon-Thu 7:30am-8pm; Fri & Sat 7:30am-9pm; Sun 8am-7pm. Sky Mall, St. Michael (246) 434-1020 Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 9am-2pm.

Price Lo Supermarket Sargeants Village, Ch. Ch. (246) 426-9831 Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-7pm; Sun 10am-2pm.


A1 Supermarkets Carlton

Two Locations: Emerald City, St. Philip (246) 416-7675 Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6:30am-10:01pm; Sun 6:30am-7pm. Carlton, Black Rock, St. Michael (246) 417-7675 Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6:30am-10:01pm; Sun 6:30am-7pm.

PriceSmart Warrens, St. Michael (246) 417-6278 Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-8:30pm; Sat 9am-8:30pm; Sun 10am-6pm.

Cost-U-Less Arthur’s Seat Rd., Welches, St. Thomas (246) 271-8201 Opening hours: Mon-Thu 8am-9pm; Fri-Sat 8am-10pm; Sun 8am-8pm.

Eat Healthy, Eat Bajan! A handy guide to fresh local produce and seafood - both year round and seasonal. Some of the more unusual local produce is only available from markets and street vendors.

Year round For locally grown fruit, there is a good local supply throughout the year of cantaloupe melon, watermelon, coconut, paw paw, banana and the tangy little fig banana. There is a very healthy selection of local vegetables, many of which are regarded as super foods by nutritionists: plantain and green banana (considered a vegetable because they must be cooked), pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet pepper, carrot, cabbage, kale, callaloo, tanya eddoe, Swiss chard, cucumber, spinach, cassava, sweet potato, beet, grape tomato, lettuce and bok choy. The selection of fresh herbs grown locally and widely available is impressive: scotch bonnet pepper, wiri wiri pepper, seasoning pepper, thyme, marjoram, chive, coriander, shado beni, parsley, basil, rosemary, mint, tarragon, lemon grass, ginger and turmeric. A supply of the following is readily available from the fish markets: lion fish, barracuda (affected by the phases of the moon), pot fish (chubb, grunts, barbers, ning ning, velvets, cavalli, cream mullet), marlin, tuna, bill fish and sword fish.


Local farms produce virtually all the pork and chicken that the island requires and it is generally excellent quality. Grass fed beef, goat and Black Belly lamb are also produced but in smaller quantities.

January Fruit: sorrel, lime, grapefruit, shaddock, tangerine, orange, lemon, dunk, and guava. Vegetables: pigeon peas, string beans, cauliflower and tomato. Fish: flying fish, dolphin (Mahi Mahi), lobster, congalee and turpit.

February Fruit: dunk, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, shaddock, orange and sugar cane. Vegetables: pigeon peas, string beans, cauliflower and tomato. Fish: flying fish, dolphin (Mahi Mahi), congalee, turpit and lobster.

March Fruit: lime, grapefruit, shaddock, tangerine, orange, lemon, mammey apple, mango and sugar cane. Vegetables: yam, breadnut, string beans, cauliflower and tomato. Fish: flying fish, dolphin (Mahi Mahi), congalee, turpit and lobster.



Fruit: red plum (Jamaican) and sugar cane. Vegetables: string beans, onion, tomato and yam. Fish: flying fish, dolphin (Mahi Mahi), congalee, turpit and lobster.

Fruit: lime, sea grape, carambola, hog plum, chilli plum, Bajan ackee, guava, mango, sugar apple, Bajan cherry, passionfruit and golden apple. Vegetables: avocado and breadfruit. Fish: red snapper.

May Fruit: mango, red plum (Jamaican), soursop, sugar apple and sugar cane. Vegetables: string beans, onion, tomato and yam. Fish: flying fish, dolphin (Mahi Mahi), congalee, turpit and lobster.

June Fruit: lime, mango, red plum (Jamaican) and Bajan cherry. Vegetables: string beans, onion, cauliflower and yam. Fish: flying fish, dolphin (Mahi Mahi), congalee and turpit.

July Fruit: Bajan cherry, guava, lime, mango and sea grape. Vegetables: avocado, string beans, finger squash, onion and yam. Fish: red snapper.

August Fruit: lime, carambola, hog plum, Bajan ackee, chilli plum, guava, mango, sugar apple, Bajan cherry, passionfruit and sea grape. Vegetables: finger squash, avocado, breadfruit, onion and yam. Fish: red snapper.

October Fruit: guava, sea grape, passionfruit, chilli plum, lime, grapefruit, shaddock, tangerine, orange and golden apple. Vegetables: avocado, pigeon peas, breadfruit and onion. Fish: red snapper and lobster.

November Fruit: sorrel, lime, grapefruit, shaddock, tangerine, orange, lemon and golden apple. Vegetables: pigeon peas and finger squash. Fish: red snapper, flying fish, dolphin (Mahi Mahi), red snapper and lobster. Meat: turkey

December Fruit: lime, sorrel, grapefruit, shaddock, tangerine, passionfruit, orange and lemon. Vegetables: avocado, finger squash, string beans and pigeon peas. Fish: red snapper, flying fish, dolphin (Mahi Mahi), congalee, turpit and lobster. Meat: turkey


Hastings Farmers Market at Artsplash In the heart of the south coast every Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday! đŏ.0,(/$ŏ"h đŏ.!/$ŏ".1%0ŏ/)++0$%!/ŏ* ŏ*01.(ŏ&1%!ŏ. ArtSplash is đŏ +(ŏ* ŏ+.#*%ŏ".!/$ŏ".1%0ŏ* ŏ2!#!0(!/ a fun community đŏ.!*$ŏ'!.5ŏ/0((ŏ* ŏ$!ŏ(%ûŏ'!.5ŏ2* art centre, café, art đŏ.!'"/0ŏ#++ %!/ đŏ1/$% gallery, farmers market đŏ(*0/Čŏ.0ŏĒŏ."0/ŏ* ŏ +(ŏ+12!*%./ and play park. A unique đŏ+2!.! ŏ+û!!ŏ/$+,ŏ3%0$ŏ'!/ŏ* ŏ0.!0/ place with cool vibes... đŏ$%( .!*Ě/ŏ,(5ŏ,.'ŏ3%0$ŏ6%,ŏ(%*!/ŏ* ŏ(%)%*#ŏ".)!/ Something for đŏ )%*ŏ !.'ŏ+.'ŏ* ŏ&*ŏ00%!/ everyone! đŏ.!!ŏ.*#!ŏ$%'!*/ŏ* ŏ!##/ đŏ.0ŏ(//!/ đŏ!!*#!./ŏ%*0ŏ(1 đŏ +*0$(5ŏ.0ŏ3+.'/$+,ŏġŏ*2/ŏ* ŏ+'0%(/ đŏ +2!(5ŏ+( ŏ. %*ŏ$+)! đŏ +((5ŏ) !ŏ++*10ŏ+%(ŏ* ŏ+* %)!*0/ MARKET OPEN WEDNESDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 8am-2pm The Artsplash Centre, Hastings Main Road, Christ Church CAFE AND JUICE BAR OPEN EVERYDAY 7am-3pm Tel (246) 228-0776 |


Derek Went Dr. Love By Sarah Venable

meet a Bajan

We don’t know life without a body. Physical existence affords us an opportunity to learn how to love. That’s how Derek Went sees living. So it’s no wonder that cultivating health, and helping you do it too, are among the arts he practices. This charismatic, quintessentially Caribbean man is most likely encountered at Holder’s Farmers’ Market on a Sunday, selling bottles of his WentWorx spice blends, health beverages and artisanal snacks. His products support a healthy lifestyle, and to look at him you’ll be convinced that it works. He’s luminous from eating fruit and veggies, and fit from doing yoga and Pilates. “My genes are strong, because my family is so many different races,” he says. “There’s African, a Scotsman who married an Amerindian from Guyana, and a Venezuelan grandmother who married a Portuguese from Brazil. My Dad’s line came from Germany, and the name too, which used to be Wendt with a D.” Behind those burning eyes, philosophy is brewing. “Life demands a relationship with us. For as long as we remain interested in life, life will remain interested in us. If we get boring, disengaged, neglect meaningful communication, forget the good times and the sharing of joy, then life will depart from us to engage where it is appreciated. Life loves to play.” He was playing when he hurt his back by falling out of a breadfruit tree at age ten. Chronic back pain accompanied him to university in Canada and sparked his interest in alternative healing. There he learned so much about tai chi, massage, shiatsu and aromatherapy that he later worked as a therapist himself, and still does. “I never pushed it much, though. I realised that food was the foundation for personal responsibility, and that’s where you empower yourself.” Derek took the scenic route to this stage of his creative career, starting with a degree in media and design. His pursuits have been eclectic, but always revolve around “the arts as life.” He likes reminding us that “specialisation is for insects!”

Over the course of the years, Derek has made his way in too many of the arts to list. Many of us remember the textiles and wearable art he designed and produced for a while, particularly the beautifully patterned sarongs and his simple, striking T-shirts. With his then-wife, Anna Went, he owned and operated the Wents and Friends Gallery, where many of the top names in Barbadian art exhibited. Later, they also catered together, which she still does with their son Ilann. Derek still chefs from time to time, and conducts seminars on New Caribbean Cuisine—clean, wholesome and charged with flavour. Derek’s urge to make visual art has never retreated far, only changed its form. Now he modifies his digital photographs to make woozily heightened images of island life and scenery, some of which are mind-altering. Even those who know him might be surprised to hear that in his youth he studied Ikebana and tropical flower arranging and won several awards in the 70s. He later took charge of the altar flowers for Our Lady of the Rosary Church for over a decade. In the typical Went way, this process included not just wangling blooms from commercial flower producers but also foraging for material in the woods and hills, communing, no doubt, as he immersed himself in nature. Many talents and much love: Derek is one of our treasures.


Look Good

Feel Good

Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can wear: a daily reminder that sexy isn’t a shape but an attitude! In order to get that feeling, it has to all start from within. People see fashion as what you wear, but we think it goes way beyond that...

The chic and elegant Gaye Boutique in Holetown is especially known for their fabulous lines of imported designer swimwear and beachwear


And, of course, we all know that special sensation when rocking that new outfit, feeling like a million bucks. Fortunately, Barbados has no shortage of boutiques to help you achieve that perfect laid back, island style to show off your best self and your new sun-kissed skin. The temptation to wear jeans, T-shirt and flip flops is strong, however Barbados’ stores can offer you options to look more put together, yet still with a relaxed vibe, that are on par or even better than any big city store. The advantages of shopping here include duty free prices, as well as a strong knowledge of what works or not in this climate. There’s something effortlessly cool about Barbadian style. As the fashion scene has grown over the years, a vast array of new boutiques has popped up amongst the more popular established ones, offering classic, well-cut clothes, or that perfect, colourful one-piece swimsuit, a key trend for 2018! While resort wear tends to look the same each season, we strongly believe the trend isn’t just what you wear, it’s the way you wear it. An essential piece to have in any wardrobe when visiting Barbados would be a long, flowy dress, cut from lightweight fabrics that move away from the body and help you keep your cool. And you can enhance any outfit with some stacked bracelets or layered necklaces for a boho chic look. Another popular choice for 2018 would be a nice pair of espadrilles, those stylish canvas shoes that are popular in the South of France or Spain, which can add some cool, relaxed flair with a pop of colour.

gayeboutique Indigo Courtyard, Holetown, St . James • Tel: (246) 432-1396

Gatsby Boutiques It is not by chance that Gatsby is highly regarded as a boutique of fine distinction. Having been conceptualized and created by local fashion icon, Karen Hopkin, over 30 years ago, Gatsby has long been the preferred destination for the discerning shopper in search of chic resort wear and fabulous clothing for all occasions. Gatsby has earned its reputation and remains the #1 choice for impeccable service and personalized expert advice on wardrobe coordination. As the old saying goes, ‘Fashions fade but style is eternal’. Working through Gatsby’s purchasing offices in New York and London, Karen and her daughter, Gaël, personally select an eclectic collection of exquisite merchandise from the world’s leading brands. Upon visiting one of their locations, one will find designer swimwear, fine linens, cotton and silk apparel, plus those ‘crème de la crème’ shoes, hats, handbags and custom-made jewelry to complete the look. The plethora of awesome brands for men and women that are exclusive to Gatsby in Barbados include the Italian linens by 120% Lino, the lust worthy Diane Von Furstenberg designs, the exquisite Italian haute couture of Etro, the personification of ladies’ tropical chic through FUZZI by Jean Paul Gaultier, the tailored silhouettes of Caroline Constas, the timeless creations of Herve Leger, the daring yet sophisticated animal prints of Just Cavalli, the eclectic collection of Sophia Webster’s handbags and shoes, the crystal embellished sandals of Mystique, Tanya Taylor NYC ladies clothing, Orlebar Brown swimwear, Robert Graham Limited Edition collection, and the one and only Eric Javitz straw hats and bags. Gatsby also supplies undergarments and entertaining intimates, presenting an altogether unique customer experience. Gatsby’s 100% tax free shopping is an added bonus for these high-quality fashion designs. Many items are ‘one-offs’, thereby eliminating the risk of ever bumping into someone wearing the identical outfit … but per chance you did, it would be a great compliment! The four immaculate Gatsby boutiques – Gatsby Limegrove, Gatsby Royal Pavilion, Gatsby Tamarind on the west coast, and Gatsby Hilton on the south coast – offer a fashion shopping experience that is unparalleled in Barbados. Gatsby … the destination within the destination. Introduce Yourself and Experience the Style!

Gatsby is the preferred destination for chic resort wear and fabulous clothes for all occasions


In Sdiuamnmer

House of Jaipur celebrating the genius of the indian artisan A slice of heaven, located upstairs the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, House of Jaipur embraces the fusion of eastern and western cultures. The exquisite selection of clothing, jewellery and home accessories makes a visit to this boutique an absolute pleasure. Discover the extraordinary selection of ethnic-inspired resort wear and out-of-the-ordinary dĂŠcor which fuses comfortably with our island lifestyle.


Butterfly Boutique Stylish, affordable clothing that radiates effortless style, featuring lines from Europe, Bali, the Caribbean and beyond, all suited to the Caribbean climate. Look out for their regular fashion shows at the Cliff Beach Club, the Lone Star and many other locations on the island - ask in store for details!


beautiful clothes for stylish people Elegant resort wear, swimwear and accessories pack this lovely Holetown boutique. Along with its recently opened second location at The Cliff Beach Club, you’ll find beautiful, feminine pieces from new and established designers including Laurie & Joe, Helen Jon, Juliet Dunn, Aspiga, BohoMe, Swell, RubyYaYa and many more. The shops stock a bevy of elegant, head-turning swimwear, bold-hued kaftans and beaded tunics, timeless dresses in ultra-flattering styles and chic accessories to brighten up any ensemble. They also carry an exclusive range of Italian and Spanish menswear.


Since 1992 this locally owned boutique has clothed generations of Barbadian women, and countless Caribbean & international visitors who, having discovered this classy boutique, return time and time again. Known for their classic, Caribbean-chic attire and ever-changing range of stock, Dingolay is always brimming with an amazing array of the latest styles and some of the hottest resort collections in the world of fashion. Sheraton Mall, Christ Church Tel: (246) 435-6482 Open Mon - Sat 9am - 9pm Dingolay Barbados The renowned Jams World clothing line of contemporary, cool and casual lifestyle wear is now available exclusively at Dingolay.


*Sheraton Mall operates a shuttle service to south coast hotels Mon-Sat, call 437-0970 to book.

tropical trends

Soulful Chic Salt & City Boutique ‘Getting Lost in the Details, is a Wonderful Place to be Found’

∙ Geometric print black and white linen kaftan dress from Lemlem ∙ Pareo/scarf, navy with grey pom-poms from Guadalupe Design ∙ Ethnic inspired navy and gold fringe necklace from Bluma Project ∙ Double Gold hoop earrings from Bluma Project ∙ Cult Gaia Ark Bamboo Bag. ∙ Navy suede slide by Marais USA. Limegrove Lifestyle Centre (ground floor), Holetown, St. James Tel (246) 256-4321 |

Into the Blue

Butterfly Boutique

‘Rendezvous by the Seaside’ ∙ Blue wrap dress by Butterfly ∙ Coral recycled plastic beach tote ∙ TKees light blue flip flops ∙ Heart & Stone necklace from Ole Luck ∙ ChloBo silver stackable bracelet (all sold individually) Sunset Boulevard, Holetown | (246) 256-5045 The Cliff Beach Club, Derricks, St. James | Tel (246) 256-5004

tropical trends

Effortless French Un Dimanche à Paris Parisian Chic meets Island Style ∙ Citrine coloured tassel earrings, Gold plated cactus necklace and Soft metallic champagne coloured tote; all from Un Dimanche à Paris ∙ Metallic fuschia leather thong from K. Jacques ∙ Multicolour zodiac scarf from Faliero Sarti ∙ Emerald green embroidered cotton dress from Jolie Jolie Limegrove Lifestyle Centre St. James Tel (246) 271-8205 | undimancheaparisboutique/

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‘Free Spirit Romance’ ∙ Cream coloured lace dress by Goa ∙ Western white hat with feathers from Ashana ∙ Gold cuff ∙ Boho Dream-catcher necklace from Ashana ∙ Tassel earrings from Ashana ∙ Crochet natural coloured clutch Coral Sands Complex, Worthing, Christ Church Tel (246) 622-2327 |

Stephanie and Nadja are stylists based in Barbados. They created KONCEPT Image Consulting with a desire to assist locals and visitors to the island in presenting themselves to their best advantage. KONCEPT can help you with:

WARDROBE MANAGEMENT Using only 20% of your wardrobe is silly. Let a new pair of eyes into your closet! IN with new essentials, OUT with old clothes and accessories that you’ll never wear. Have your clothes colour coordinated and outfits put together for any occasion. No more stress— you will open your closet and smile.

STYLING There is treasure hidden in your closet! KONCEPT can give you direction based on where you want to be with your image, style and appearance. Whatever the occasion—a work day, night out or an event, they will dress you from your existing wardrobe or help you source whatever you might need.

PERSONAL SHOPPING Whether or not you like shopping it can be challenging finding everything you need on the island. KONCEPT’s network of stores, local artists, designers and boutiques will make it easier. Let them take you shopping and surprise you with what you can find.

Change is good. KONCEPT team can suggest a hairstyle that will revive your look; colour or best cut that will go with your figure; makeup style that will suit your face; exercise regime or nutrition habits that will make you look good and feel good.

WA RDROBE MANAGE M E NT / S TYLI N G / P E RS ON A L S H OP P I N G / M A KEOVERS 246.832.4040/246.231.4789 ∙ ∙

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Exclusive Cottons of the Caribbean From the Fields of barbados to the world’s Best Cotton! West Indian Sea Island Cotton (WISIC), a unique variety of the species Gossypium Barbadense, is an internationally certified fibre, considered to be among the finest, most brilliant cottons in the world, comparable to both silk and cashmere. It is also the most rare of cottons, comprising only a fraction of 1% of the world’s supply and commands the highest price. It is carefully hand harvested in Barbados, put through a special ginnery, and shipped abroad to be converted into fabric by industry experts. Its resulting luxurious textile has been called “The Cloth of Kings!” It’s hard Barbadian not to feel like royalty when wrapped in a cotton is spun supple robe, caressed by a fine garment, or in Europe, woven into reclining on satiny white bedding made of fabrics and sold around the West Indian Sea Island Cotton. world. A small quantity comes The cotton ginnery at Groves in St. back here and is made into a George offers guided tours Monday to Friday hourly between 10am and 2pm. selection of finished clothing Calling ahead is recommended. At the that can be purchased at Visitor Centre there is a display room their headquarters in where WISIC articles can be purchased or St. George. ordered, including but not limited to ladies’ and gentlemen’s attire, linens, interior decor and novelty items. These can be further personalised with hand-painting or embroidery. The team at Exclusive Cottons looks forward to sharing more with you about Barbados’ remarkable and regal cotton. To arrange an exclusive tour of the Exclusive Cottons of the Caribbean’s Ginnery and Visitor Centre, please call (246) 433-3108 Groves, St. George



Luxury in every thread

Whether it be beachfront or wooded garden, classical or whimsical, sprawling or small and intimate, there is something in Barbados to please everybody: couples, families or groups of friends. Goding Beach House Photo courtesy Altman Real Estate

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A villa vacation offers both the relaxed privacy of a home and the attentive service of a top resort. Residents have the liberty to do what they want when they want, without any need to consider the sensibilities of strangers around them, and yet still be able to enjoy the benefit of dedicated helpers whose aim is to make sure their guests relax and enjoy themselves. This wonderful best-of-bothworlds scenario can be advantageous for anybody, but especially for family groups in search of spending some rare quality time together. These family vacations, usually so much more enjoyable because they are spent doing things together, often provide lifetime memories, especially for the children.

The vast majority of rental properties in Barbados are looked after by highly accomplished management companies, operated by dedicated professionals who benefit from many years experience of taking good care of both the houses and the guests who stay in them. This means that owners and visitors alike can just leave all their worries behind, totally unwind and forget about any sense of responsibility. Enjoying leisure time relaxing in a beautiful villa in Barbados, be it as an owner or a visiting guest, is definitely one of life’s finer luxuries.


Meditation at Godings Beach House Photo courtesy Altman Real Estate

The professional staff at private villas in Barbados provide excellent service Photo: Andrew Hulsmeier

Feeling at Home with Villa Staff Villas in Barbados are generally well-maintained and kept in immaculate condition by carefully trained staff, which usually comprises a butler, cook, housemaids, gardener and security watchman. Barbadians working in villas tend to be very amiable, efficient and loyal. It is not unusual for villa renters to develop a mutually respectful and endearing relationship with the staff of a particular house, which often results in repeat visits. Such is the strength of these bonds that over the years there have even been examples of villa staff being invited back to a family’s home in their own country. The overall quality of the trained staff in the houses and villas has improved considerably in recent years, especially in the kitchens. Nowadays there is not only a good supply of Bajan cooks who can expertly produce a variety of delicious local dishes, there also exists a sizeable cadre of gifted, fully trained chefs who are well capable of producing cuisine of an international standard; so much so that many villa residents are quite content to ‘eat in’, saving trips to our many excellent local restaurants for more of a special occasion. One of the extra advantages of this kind of arrangement is that you can not only choose the kind of meals that you would like to eat but also the ingredients that will be used to prepare them. As a way to broaden your Barbados experience, you could shop with the locals at Cheapside Market in Bridgetown, especially on a Saturday morning when there is a huge selection of fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, fresh meat and sundry other items. It might all seem a bit ‘strange’ at first but the more you go the more you will understand and enjoy it. Your villa staff can also help you book house-call appointments for an extensive range of specialty services such as hairdressers, beauticians, massage therapists, personal exercise trainers, yoga and Pilates instructors. The leading villa management companies generally have a system whereby they will interview and appraise the abilities of the various service providers for prior approval, so these professionals are generally highly qualified and provide international standard service.



Heronetta Photo courtesy Realtors Limited

uying Property in Barbados It is often quipped that the best things come in small packages and Barbados, with a portfolio of positive attributes that are quite disproportionate to its limited physical dimensions, certainly fits into that.

Despite its modest size, Barbados has real capacity to provide potential property purchasers with an array of luxurious homes to choose from, well regulated legal and financial procedures, the requisite level of privacy and personal security, healthy potential for investment growth, beautiful natural surroundings, a highly desirable lifestyle, first world communications and easy access to and from major cities around the world, including dedicated facilities for private aircraft. Barbados is a family oriented society and Barbadians are well-educated and helpful people who are happy to welcome visitors into their life, so living in this country is generally an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Furthermore, thanks to

its delightful climate and the popularity of keeping fit and healthy, sports and outdoors activities are a natural way of life. In essence, Barbados works and living here can be good for you. The proportionately high number of internationally successful entrepreneurs who have chosen to invest in a property in Barbados represents a reliable indicator of the appeal of the island as a secondhome destination for HNWIs. That vote of confidence suggests that they can enjoy a lifestyle in Barbados that is at least as comfortable as in their homeland – possibly even more so, due to the intangible but invaluable attributes of enjoying a more relaxed frame of mind and improved health and wellbeing.


Barbados can justifiably claim to have the Caribbean’s largest and finest collection of signature properties.

Casablanca Photo courtesy Luxe Caribbean

Barbados can justifiably claim to have the Caribbean’s largest and finest collection of signature properties. This is no accident, nor is it a recent phenomenon. Barbados has long enjoyed a distinguished history of fine architecture, engineering and craftsmanship, a national trait that still thrives and manifests itself today in the eclectic variety of modern signature properties available on the beach, on coastal ridges or inland, either secluded in private grounds or tucked away in an exclusive residential community. While signature properties at the peak of the market continued to sell after the post-2008 economic slump, including several houses listed or sold for figures in excess of US$50 million, general prices in Barbados have dropped by about 20%. This was mainly due to a significant decrease in interest from overseas buyers, due to external forces, and an overstock of inventory, notably on the west coast where significant construction continued despite the lull in sales activity. In the opinion of most realtors, this 20% drop in prices was in effect a correction of the values. However, general consensus is that after a 7-year decline the market has bottomed out and prices will not go lower. Given that there is a substantial amount of completed inventory still available for sale, with attractive pricing, it is fair to assume that there will be greater potential for appreciation as this existing stock continues to sell and diminish.


Foreign purchasers can apply for residency status. Prospective buyers should further note that Barbados does not have any capital gains tax, inheritance tax, estate tax or wealth tax.

In addition to favourable pricing, there are several other factors that make purchasing a home in Barbados even more appealing than ever for international investors. Positive indicators for Barbados over the last year include an increase in tourism arrivals, with the island recording its highest ever figures in 2016, and poised to better that by the end of 2017. There has also been a further increase in bookings for villa rentals, which creates greater capacity to achieve a return on investment for homeowners who include their property in a rental programme. However, perhaps the most significant benefit for foreign purchasers is that they can apply for a Special Entry and Reside Permit (SERP), which enables residency status in Barbados for qualifying

investors, plus their spouses and children. And by extension, because Barbados offers tax residency status through investment, qualifying homeowners also have the opportunity to take advantage of the country’s extensive international double taxation treaty network. Prospective buyers should further note that Barbados does not have any capital gains tax, inheritance tax, estate tax or wealth tax. Given the importance and potential complexities of the property purchase process, and the imperative to do it right first time, it is essential to conduct transactions with appropriate professional guidance. To facilitate this, the island’s preeminent residential developments and leading real estate companies have established close working relationships with trusted, highly qualified, experienced professionals.


Greentails Residence One

Greentails Residence One is the prime property in a secluded, gated estate in the peaceful Sion Hill area of St. James. Located at 600 ft. on a ridge overlooking the sea, Greentails enjoys the salubrious benefits of rural tranquility, while remaining just a 5-minute drive to the beautiful beaches, essential amenities and leisure facilities of the west coast.


Thanks to its elevated position amongst ample greenery, Greentails is blessed with pleasantly cool temperatures and ideal conditions for a flourishing garden. As is befitting for such an attractive natural environment, the spacious, 5500 sq. ft., 5-bedroom villa has been specifically designed to facilitate Caribbean indoor-outdoor living at its very best. Marrying practicality with luxury, the villa consists of three separate levels, which link seamlessly with each other, creating a free flow of movement and air, while also connecting the elegant interior of the house with the beauty outside.

A separate, self-contained, 1-bedroom cottage provides further very comfortable accommodation. Surrounded by a mahogany forest, majestic Royal Palms and the open fields of Springhead Plantation, where polo ponies and racehorses graze in peace, Greentails Residence One offers an exceptional combination of luxury living and convenient isolation. Being offered at $2.95m For further information contact Richard Young Mobile (246) 262-5050 or refer to Tel: (246) 622 4000


work the room

Local experts share their design secrets

Terrace Bar As a destination for your dream holiday home in paradise, Barbados is a wonderful choice. Spending time with family and friends in such a beautiful, tropical environment is the very best way to take the stress out of life, relax and let your energy flow freely. For the terrace bar at this family home we combined distinctly tropical elements; faux cane furniture and aluminium bar stools provide comfortable seating whilst bespoke upholstery depicting ocean life gives a feeling of peace and calm. The contemporary, curved bar is topped with durable black granite, further emphasising the clean, simple lines. With over 15 years experience designing homes in the Caribbean, we know the subtle finishing touches that take a room from breathtaking to perfect. From hardy plants that can withstand the tropical weather to hurricane lanterns essential for creating evening ambience, we think of every detail so that our clients need think of nothing but relaxing and enjoying their Caribbean home.

Jenny Blanc Interiors


Jenny Blanc

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Wake up in paradise Exquisite Wood Furniture. Timeless, Like Nature Itself.

Antique Reproduction Four-Poster Bed The perfect marriage of nostalgia and grandeur is the signature of this Barbadian and British tradition. Established in the 1500’s and known as the bed of royalty, the four-poster bed has timeless appeal and is the epitome of luxury and elegance. Our master craftsmen use time-honoured techniques practiced by artisans of the 18th Century - you will find no nails in our antique reproduction lines.

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“These gorgeous hanging or wall mounted lighting fixtures in your home will bring a room to life!!!”

House of Jaipur Aladin’s cave The hand picked soft furnishings and stunning lighting fixtures will instantly bring tropical pizazze to any room. Dhisha also carries an exquisite selection of small items for the home that make wonderful gifts. Tel: (246) 622-2350


“A truly Barbadian lunch table�

Earthworks Pottery No Ordinary Pottery Earthworks offer about 36 designs of full tableware services but they also specialize in creating bespoke sets from the simplest to the most elaborate requests. TEL (246) 425-0223


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Altman Real Estate (246) 537-0840 | “Rosebank�, Derricks, St. James, Barbados | E: | F: (246) 432-2147


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Realtors Limited (246) 537-6930 | Holetown, St. James, Barbados | E: | F: (246) 432-6919


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The fresh, tropical breezes Revitalize you… The translucent, turquoise waters Rejuvenate you... This is Barbados… A magical incentive travel destination where you’ll find a spirit of authenticity, delight in its stunning beauty and experience a spontaneous recognition of its uniqueness and luscious island charm. Barbados provides a journey that delivers unparalleled and meaningful experiences of exceptional quality with a wide offering of sophisticated programs.

The internationally experienced Sunlinc Team of strategic thinkers are masters at creating unforgettable experiences by obsessing over every detail to ensure added value to your program. From concept through to execution, the Sunlinc Team is your expert local partner ensuring success for your event. Sunlinc’s aim has always been to exceed client expectations by providing highly personalized, enriching Incentive travel experiences and being readily responsive to your needs and those of your participants. With their insider knowledge and access to iconic sights, the Sunlinc Team excels in crafting unique Island experiences with authentic cultural encounters designed just for you. Voted the Caribbean’s Best Destination 2016, Barbados also achieved the Star Award for the best luxury holiday destination. Just some of the many accolades for this amazing island … Barbados offers exquisite service, world-class activities from roaring around the Bushy Park Racing Circuit in a Radical SR3 Race Car to driving a golf ball down the lush fairways of one of the Island’s championship courses. Discover the awesome underground Harrison’s Cave carved over centuries by crystal clear flowing streams or embark on an underwater adventure aboard the Atlantis Submarine as you descend 25 fathoms on this undersea voyage.

Voted the Caribbean’s Best Destination 2016, Barbados also achieved the Star Award for the best luxury holiday destination.


Want a truly unforgettable way to impact the local community? Barbados offers rewarding team building and CSR activities, allowing you to exercise your corporate social responsibility while partnering with Sunlinc to bring sustainable upgrades to a local community center or school. Your guests supply the manpower to make real and sustainable changes far outlasting your guests’ departure. As the twinkling stars begin to light a crisp Caribbean evening, be transported to Holders Polo Club for a private polo match under gigantic mahogany trees beautifully lit. As you are greeted by gracious hosts and a refreshing welcome cocktail, you can be sure that this will be an evening like no other. As the match begins it becomes obvious that with polo there is more to attending a match than just watching the game as you are invited onto the field for a traditional ‘divot stomping’, a unique and


interactive experience enjoyed by even the most experienced polo fan. Stroll along, savoring the fare of the specially created menu, be mesmerized by the Cocktail Pouring Aerialist and join in a fun conga line to sweet Island tunes before the evening culminates to a spectacular firework display…it is the experience of a lifetime. Considered one of the culinary capitals of the Caribbean, no visit to Barbados would be complete without savoring the sophisticated cuisine carefully crafted by the best local and international chefs at one of the Island’s many five star restaurants, most located just at the water’s edge, with breathtaking vistas of the sun as it dips below the horizon. So the next time you think “stunning” just remember… a contortionist defying gravity in a human bubble while skillfully floating on water… hundreds of wish lanterns set free in the velvet night sky, illuminating the ocean below with their spectacular reflection… a hilltop private dinner with sweeping views of the island around you. Think “Barbados” and the Sunlinc Team and rest easy knowing that combined, the possibilities are endless and your every whim is taken care of. Barbados… Incentive Travel… Redefined, Simply Breathtaking... Memories to last a lifetime for any Team!

With its sophisticated hotels and private villas, exquisite beaches, and consistently great weather, Barbados has all the necessary ingredients for a spectacular island wedding. Barbados has no shortage of stunning wedding venues Photo courtesy St. Nicholas Abbey

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The perfect place to begin your happily ever after

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Sweetfield Manor

Now that you’ve found your soulmate, you need a venue that will take your breath away … again! Sweetfield Manor makes an instant impression as you enter the gates and continues to impress throughout every aspect of your wedding day. Sweetfield Manor offers a heady combination of history and heritage, alongside contemporary style and exceptional service. History seeps from the walls of this old-world gem which has been impeccably restored and upgraded to a chic boutique hotel in the heart of Barbados’ vibrant South Coast. An early-1900s plantation house, set on a hilltop, with far-reaching views out to sea, this calm and relaxing tropical setting has many secluded areas, perfect for your wedding ceremony and reception. It’s an incredibly versatile space, capable of accommodating wedding parties of all sizes, with lush, tropical gardens, complete with wandering peacocks who enjoy the sweet life so much they won’t leave!


Photo opportunities abound with lots of nooks in this authentic plantation house of bygone days. The charming Monkey Deck is ideal for saying ‘I do’ al fresco, or in the sprawling courtyard under a canopy of majestic mahogany trees. Moving from the ceremony to the reception area, through the beautiful bougainvillea archway and down the old coral stone stairway, past the koi pond and flaming torches, is magical in itself. Guests will enjoy the impressive views of the coast while mingling around the romantic lagoon pool in the spacious grounds. There is even a “talking tree” that’s sure to impress! Michelle Norville and her professional team will be there with you from the beginning – they are truly

amazing! Attention to detail and discreet behind-the-scenes work are part of the pride the Sweetfield team takes in ensuring that your day is truly YOUR day. The in-house chef, who has cooked for many celebrities, and his fantastic catering team work with you to create delicious food that’s tailored to your tastes. Menus are expertly prepared and beautifully presented, giving you and your guests a spectacular dining experience. Whether it’s their famous gourmet four-course breakfast or fabulous Sunday brunch; private dinner or catered events - the culinary team never disappoints. Completing this spectacular wedding venue are the ten beautifully designed on-site suites – a nice advantage for the wedding party and guests who may wish to stay in the Manor the night before the wedding or on the wedding night. For the bride and her bridesmaids, this can reduce stress on so many fronts - just relax in your air-conditioned suite and sip wine with your bridesmaids while getting ready for the big event! Perusing the online reviews on sites like TripAdvisor will give you a sense of the awe this venue inspires. Winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence on numerous occasions, TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice award and the Expert’s Choice Award. Awarded “Best in the Caribbean” by Islands Magazine, who also wrote about Sweetfield Manor in an article titled, Above and Beyond: Rare Finds–Barbados, this boutique hotel was described as “a bed-and-breakfast for travelers who wouldn’t normally be caught dead in a bed-and-breakfast.” The article ended with: “A Brit on his third visit in two years offered possibly the highest praise: “Frankly, I don’t care if I never stay anywhere else.” Who knew life could be so sweet? Whether you are booking Sweetfield Manor for a relaxing stay, a corporate event or a fabulous and unforgettable wedding, you will find that this is one of those venues that takes your breath away. To book your time at Sweetfield Manor Call (246) 429-8356 or (246) 269-7294 email: |

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Table Design & Florals: Events & Decor by Giselle Photo: Sofie Warren


“We are so grateful for all that Dusty did to make our wedding day so magical and we highly recommend him for any celebration. He is genuinely a nice person and he can most definitely get the job done!”

DJ DustyPayne Sought after for his efficiency and professionalism, good-humour and easy-going manner, DJ DustyPayne will keep your guests on the dance floor, guaranteed. From the best of the Golden Oldies to the latest hits, he knows his music and is great at reading his audience. DJ DustyPayne can provide Disco Lighting effects and PA system rental and is the preferred DJ of The Cliff Restaurant. Bookings: Adrian Payne (246) 239-2972 fb:/Adrian.Payne.355 | More reviews at: /weddings/dj-dustypayne

Liv’s Party Box Olivia Fergusson of Liv’s Party Box might just be a bride’s best friend, especially if her guest list includes lots of little faces. For weddings and special adult occasions, Liv’s Party Box will set up an exclusive Children’s Area, entertaining your little guests with a variety of age appropriate activities. Best of all, you can fully enjoy your celebration knowing your children are both close to hand and in good hands. Liv’s Party Box offers all kinds of fun activities for youngsters - face painting, jumping tents, magicians, real life characters, toys and games, movie time, goodie bags, nanny services and much more! Tel (246) 232-9249 fb: /LivsPartyBox |


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Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown, St. James 271-8288 Lower Broad Street, Bridgetown, St. Michael 430-2400 8 Upper Broad Street, Bridgetown, St. Michael 430-2422 Grantley Adams International Airport, Christ Church 418-2300

Simply Flowers Christina Foster of Simply Flowers has a justly earned, excellent reputation for the reliably high quality of her gorgeous floral work. With over 20 years in the industry, Simply Flowers has maintained a high standard of quality work. Everything from a simple bouquet to using stunning arrangements to decorate your entire venue. Trained at the Constance Spry School of floral design in England, Christina uses her creative flair, along with a reliable supply of local and imported fresh flowers to produce glorious, attention-grabbing floral arrangements and bridal bouquets. Tel (246) 437-6597 | fb: /simplyflowersbarbados


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Life in Barbados is already conducive to well-being. Even so, we who live here sometimes need a bit of repair, or a tune-up from time to time. We are fortunate: somewhere between the doctor and the spa, there’s a world of healing modalities that assuage our aches and soothe our spirits. Photo courtesy Bawa Yoga



Photo courtesy The Spa at Coral Reef Club

If holidays are for rest, recreation and renewal, then just think of the added boost that a bit of healing therapy can provide.

Well-being. Such an elemental and essential thing it is - a healthy body, mind and spirit, working holistically in harmonious balance. In bygone days it was mainly the invigorating freshair, sea breezes and peaceful coastal locations that attracted people to Barbados. A 1911 advertisement for The Crane Hotel claimed: “The Crane Hotel is a Seaside Resort for families, invalids and pleasure seekers. The fresh and invigorating air of the Atlantic restores health without the aid of medicine...” Today, thankfully, we still have those lovely fresh breezes and welcoming coastline, but we can now also offer the exceedingly enticing combination of some of the world’s finest and most luxurious Spa facilities and an astounding array of complementary therapies and practices, all accompanied by the Bajan charm and tropical ambiance of a premier vacation destination. Here are some you might like to try: Yoga’s benefits are well-known - health, fitness, destressing, pain relief, etc., but it is perhaps the postclass experience that accounts for yoga’s increasing


global popularity. People leave feeling energized, uplifted and more likely to move through the day with joy. Barbados has several highly qualified yoga teachers. Why not join a class or book a private session at your hotel or private villa? “Meditation” and “mindfulness” are buzzwords these days, and for good reason. Yogis have been practicing dhyana (meditation) for millennia. When you begin to unwind, relax and slow down, you’ll feel the heaviness of working all the time give way to a feeling of lightness. Meditation has been shown to ease stress and worry, so you can be more present right now. While you’re here, why not try some of the different styles of meditation on offer: seated, visualizations, guided and even floating! This is but a fraction of what’s offered on this magical island. Add massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, Reiki, acupuncture, Ayurveda, herbalists, energy workers and more, and you could even construct a healingthemed holiday that sends you home both glowing and with experiences to dine out on for months.

Centenarians of Barbados

Aldora Yearwood 1915-2015

Alicia Waithe 1915-

Alma Rae 1915-2015

Beatrice Carrington 1912-2012

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Constance Inniss 1915-

Doris Greaves 1915-

Edith Wilkinson 1913-

Helen Hutchinson 1915-

Iona Griffith 1914-

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Rose Wiltshire 1914-2015

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Centenarians of Barbados Commemorative Stamp Issue, reproduced with the kind permission of the Barbados Philatelic Bureau. Tel: (246) 426-0381 /


The number of centenarians in Barbados is an achievement that should be embraced and celebrated as we honour and showcase these men and women who have contributed to the growth and !2!(+,)!*0Ĺ? +"Ĺ? +1.Ĺ? %/(* Ä‹Ĺ? "Ĺ? *+0!Ĺ? .!Ĺ? 0$!Ĺ? +))+*Ĺ? 0$.! /Ĺ? that weave through their stories; they speak to a lifestyle that encompassed hard work, healthy living, contentment, a healthy diet which included vegetables, ground provisions and fish, religion and a deep and abiding faith in God.

The island’s ‘artsy side’ provides a cultural haven among the action-packed activities on offer, so be sure to take some time to explore and meet our art and craft producers to enjoy not only their work, but also their stories which paint vivid pictures of Barbadian life. “By the Seaside” Acrylic on raw linen canvas by Catherine Forter Chee-a-Tow Photographed by Alec Drayton



Here is a useful list of galleries and shops offering local art and crafts. Gallery of Caribbean Art

Tel (246) 419-0858 Northern Business Centre, Speightstown, St. Peter

Best of Barbados Gift Shops

Tel (246) 537-6900 Chattel Village, Holetown, St. James, Quayside Centre, Southern Palms Hotel and Grantley Adams Int’l Airport in Ch. Ch., and the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal

Above: Mike Toy’s Letterboards in The Studio, Chattel Village, Holetown. Below: Vanita Comissiong’s work is on show at On The Wall Gallery and The Grove Gallery.

The ArtSplash Centre

Tel (246) 228-0776 Hastings, Ch. Ch. ArtSplash offers private art lessons for all ages.

Pelican Centre

Tel (246) 427-5350 Bridgetown. 25 retail shops & studios

The Studio by Mike Toy

Tel (246) 432-6765 Chattel Village, Holetown, St. James

Frangipani Art Gallery

Tel (246) 422-5026 Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa, Maynards, St. Peter Tel (246) 228-3800 Savannah Hotel, Hastings, Ch. Ch.

The Village Gallery

Tel (246) 423-6220 The Crane, St. Philip

Grove Gallery

Tel (246) 234-9145 Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown, St. James

Tides Art Gallery

Tel (246) 432-8356 Holetown, St. James

Earth & Fire

Tel (246) 439-9318 Animal Flower Cave, St. Lucy

On The Wall Art Gallery

Tel (246) 438-9246 Earthworks Complex, St. Thomas or Tel (246) 234-9145 Champers Restaurant, Ch. Ch.

Earthworks Pottery

Tel (246) 425-0223 Edgehill Heights 2, St. Thomas.

The Batik Studio

Tel (246) 424-0391 Earthworks Complex, St. Thomas. Henderson Reece offers very enjoyable workshops. A day under his tutelage is BB$400 (US$200) per person, including all materials and lunch.

Queen’s Park Gallery

Tel (246) 429-3117 or 427-2345 in Queen’s Park, Bridgetown. Splendidly restored with on-going exhibitions.

Barbados Arts Council

Tel (246) 426-4385 Pelican Centre, Bridgetown

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A gallery with life, colour and movement. An impressive collection of Barbadian and Caribbean art. Over 300 exhibits, constantly replenished. . (246) 419 0858 . Speightstown, St. Peter . Mon - Fri 10am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4pm; Sat 10am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2pm

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Barbarees House In the 1960s I decided to paint a number of beautiful homes that I felt reflected the best of Barbadian architecture. Barbarees House was one such house. It was tucked back from the road and one day I stopped and drove in. I always asked permission, so I knocked and called several times. Receiving no reply, I tentatively walked in. I remember being nervous - but fascinated - as the house opened up under an unusual central atrium and I think it was a maid that finally appeared. A dog slunk in the gates as I painted, so of course I put it in. The cat appeared too and there were a lot of pigeons.

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About Jill Walker Artist Jill Walker is considered by many as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;legendâ&#x20AC;? for her wonderful record of Barbadian life over more than 50 years. She is a recipient of both a Barbados Centennial Honour and a Jubilee Honour. With her husband Jimmy, she founded the Best of Barbados Gift Shops in 1975, filled with a fabulous selection of quality merchandise made or designed in Barbados.

Jean Blades

Gina Foster

Growing up in Atlantic Canada, Jean developed a love of sea, sky and wilderness early while accompanying her father on his lengthy fishing trips, often by canoe. She brought these past memories with her to her second home, Barbados, where she has lived for over thirty years. These past and present experiences are depicted in her colourful, often emotional paintings of real places here in Barbados. She uses only palette knife with acrylic paint to simply express her world through her eyes. Represented by a number of local galleries, Jean also welcomes visitors to her home studio by appointment.

Barbadian artist, Gina Foster, uses vivid colour, bold strokes and texture to depict movement and mood. She paints in acrylics, capturing the vitality of life on the island. A variety of Gina’s art can be found at several galleries throughout the island, including Gallery of Caribbean Art in Speightstown, The Village Gallery at The Crane Resort and On the Wall Galleries, or you can contact her directly. Gina’s book, ‘Sweet Bajan Days’ is a wonderful depiction of the true essence of life on our island – an absolute must for all lovers of Barbados. Tel (246) 430-0338 or (246) 233-0999


Matriarchal Majesty

Blake Coral Stone Carvings The Carrington Collection Alpheus Blake is an exceptionally skilled coral stone craftsman offering customized, hand-made coral stone works of art. Whether working with a client designing a custom piece for a specific space, or fabricating a one-ofa-kind solid coral stone dining table, the utmost care and craftsmanship is given to each and every piece, guaranteeing a “wow” reaction every time! His projects range from high end residential to commercial applications. Each piece is made to order, including a variety of designs like wall sconces, façades, over-sized plant pots and dining tables. Tel (246) 267-2196 or (246) 437-5779

Join Ronnie on his unique Barbados Photo-Adventure and experience the soul of Barbados. These private or group outings come with or without instruction. Participants benefit from Ronnie’s years of recording our folk life and landscape, as he created the fascinating black & white images that make up the Carrington Collection. His recent publication “Pathways, thoughts on the journey”, combines natural environment images and inspirational verses – a unique Caribbean souvenir. Images are available as prints, posters, on canvas and on note cards. Tel (246) 230-9170 |

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Hendy’s Instruction

Henderson Reece is well-known among art lovers for his fresh, vibrant and cheery batik creations, and excels at capturing familiar local scenes and iconic elements in this globally-treasured medium. Mainly self-taught, Henderson’s work can be found in collections in Europe, America and the Caribbean. Inspired by his passion and craftsmanship, so many people asked Henderson about the possibility of learning to make batik themselves, that he began offering workshops. A day under his tutelage is BB$400 (US$200) per person, including all materials, and lunch. His protégés-for-a-day leave with a batik of their own design, which they often mount and frame for their homes. Henderson and his stunning portfolio can be found at HP Batik Studio - a breezy, hillside house with a great view, at Earthworks Pottery Complex. Learn more about his artistic journey, the workshop and batik as an art form, on his website. HP BATIK STUDIO Tel (246) 424-0391 or (246) 240-4861 fb:/BarbadosBatik Earthworks Pottery Complex, Edgehill St. Thomas Above > Leah is guided by Henderson, who shows his work below

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“I’ve never been an artist, but he’s a great teacher. I’m back today for my second workshop!” Leah Reeves, Oxford For more participant reviews, search HP Batik Studio on

The Studio

Professional photographer Mike Toy grew up surrounded by beauty in the Cotswolds, UK. He then worked in Banff in Alberta, Canada where he developed his love for photography. Now residing in Barbados, he specializes in architecture and interiors and has photographed over five hundred of the Caribbean’s most prestigious hotels, resorts and private residences. He also shoots lifestyle, fashion, food and underwater and contributes regularly to a number of international publications. Mike has photographed 9 books and has an extensive selection of stock photography for sale online at In 2013, he opened “the studio” retail outlet in the Chattel Village, Holetown, offering custom-order prints and a wide range of photographic products incorporating his work. It’s a good shout for some classy souvenirs and gifts with everything from t-shirts and playing cards to clocks and posters. The Letterboards shown above are just a few of the hundreds he has on sale and any word or name can be made.

Tel (246) 432-6765 #3 Chattel Village, Holetown, St. James |

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Ann Rudder Heraldic Artist By Sarah Venable

Photos courtesy Dennis Ramsay Assoc. and Sarah P. Layne

the state of the world today. You never know. Her sense of sequence is entirely personal... and never boring. She credits the B vitamins in brewers’ yeast for her energy and for not having gray hair at age 75. How did Barbados produce such a creative dynamo? She’s actually a citizen by descent, born and brought up in New Jersey by Bajan parents. By 1986, she was in London working for the Commonwealth Institute. The seventeen Caribbean heraldry banners she produced for them were so successful that the entire collection was purchased by Mobil Oil to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Parliament. They were a gift for the Government and People of Barbados. In pursuit of her roots, she accompanied her work to Barbados, began researching The Heraldry of the Caribbean, and has been here ever since. “These banners are my magnum opus,” she said proudly. Then her mood shifted: “They were meant to be an educational tool for the Caribbean, not locked in storage in Holetown for 18 years,” she said, referring to how this part of the national art collection is treated. In August 2017, after a good cleaning, she hung them as a CARIFESTA fringe exhibit in the Cathedral of St. Michael and All Angels’. She sees significance in the timing; her friend the late Dean Emeritus, Dr. Frank B Marshall, had passed just prior to the festival. He had taken the time to attend her 70th birthday party and blessed all the artists gathered there. So to her, it was as if her banners now hanging in the cathedral during his funeral were returning his gesture. We’re glad she settled in the land of her parents, and are sure she will be remembered for leaving her unique banners as hallmarks of a uniquely creative contributor.

meet a Bajan-Yankee

The Heraldry of the Commonwealth Caribbean

Often dressed in totally coordinated outfits from her ornately trimmed pillbox hat to patterned and applique fabrics and fairy princess shoes, textile artist Ann Rudder operates in constantly creative high gear. That energy has propelled her to leave many marks on this island. Ann asked fellow artist Martine Pilé and mason Terrence Mascoll to assist on the restoration of the Reredos, alter of the Cathedral of St. Michael and All Angels. She also devises badges, logos, costumes and clothing. All the costumes used at George Washington House for “Dinner with George” are her designs. In addition, she has restored or designed scores of plaques, banners and emblems for clubs, schools and organisations. They adorn places as disparate as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Barbados Yacht Club, St. Ann’s Fort (BDF Headquarters), Parliament, the law courts and the Cabinet Office. It’s the heraldry that’s really important to her. Her practiced eye can read the history behind the heraldry. Ann can tell you what the flora, fauna and objects represent, and what the meaning is likely to be. She can also work the other way around: provide her the information about your organisation, let’s say, and she can construct for you a coat of arms or banner that uses heraldic symbols to express its bearer’s role in society. Ann’s tendency to see significance in everything shapes her interaction with the world. Ten seconds after her initial greeting, she might drop an esoteric statement on you, such as “Symbology comes before cognition,” or declare that the timing of a phone call was a sign. Then she might show her commissioned portfolio of set and costume designs for the original Renaissance Pleasure Faires in California, one of her first jobs back in her hippie days, and shed a tear for

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The windswept north-east coastline in the parish of St. Lucy. There are several scenic coastal paths along Barbadosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; eastern coastline like this one that runs from the Animal Flower Cave to Cove Bay Photo: Mike Toy

Bourne Again


Farm & Nature Reserve By Sarah Venable


Barbados has a brave new farm whose beauty and serenity reflect idealism that works. From chicken, pig and cow pasture to shady forest, from craggy cliff to well groomed gully, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great place to escape to the tranquil countryside for a nature tour or a picnic. People, Environment, Growth - PEG.

Surprisingly, it all came about through pain. Since the age of nine, Paul “The Surfer” Bourne has been a fierce competitor, representing Barbados in yachting, surfing and rally driving. He’s done so well that he’s a household name in Barbados. But chronic back pain became his main rival. Nothing he tried could stop it. The answer presented itself about five years ago, when he heard holistic health guru, Paul Chek, lecture at a health and fitness conference in Toronto. Healthy eating habits, lifestyle management, breathing and exercise are all part of his programme. He promised that it would cure the pain. Chek’s system worked for Paul. He took his healing process to heart, so much that he changed from food retailing to food production. Nutrition was the impetus. You can balance your diet all you want, but how can it be healthy if food production itself relies on practices whose effects are harmful to plants, animals, the earth and to ourselves? It’s not simply that commercial pesticides, fungicides and herbicides can be toxic; in conventional farming, the soil itself loses nutrients, and that loss renders our food less nourishing to us.

A ramble leads to a flat strip running along the cliff edge. Here in the shade, with the wind whistling in the casuarina trees, people can picnic at tables, or just gaze out to sea Aerial Photo: Caribbean Aerial Photography


Pigs trotting between their shade roof and the sunlit pasture Inset: The nature trail follows the old sugar plantation tracks through the gully and along Hackleton’s Cliff to spectacular views of the Scotland District

Facing page, left: Refreshments are served at a central facility Facing page, right: The Lokono Garden (Medicinal Herbs) Free range eggs, chickens and pork are sold both at PEG and at Massy Stores

Barbados does have organic farms but most are small, and few incorporate large animals into their system. With PEG Farm, Paul set out to change that. What he wanted was space to practice biodynamic agriculture on a large scale, based on the spiritual insights and practical suggestions of Dr. Rudolf Steiner. The biodynamic system constantly regenerates its vitality through a holistic, ecological and ethical approach. But where? He searched the island for a place that fit his requirements for size and location. One day while out surfing at Bathsheba he looked up at Hackleton’s Cliff in St. John and it hit him: That spot would be perfect. Luckily, Easy Hall Plantation occupies that area and had acreage for lease. It would be perfect for applying the four main principles: biodynamics, free range animal husbandry, broad-acre permaculture and holistic management. He arranged a long lease on 100 acres of land and set about implementing what he had learned. Or thought he had learned. It took four years—and some experts flown in—to get it right. “I was really inefficient at first. Everything’s a learning curve,” Paul says. At PEG the triple bottom line of environment, economy and social aspects are finally balancing and starting to feed each other. The land is regaining fertility after years of sugar cane devouring its nutrients. Eggs are on supermarket shelves and the free-range pigs are turning a profit. The big house hosts retreats and classes, and refreshing tours are offered daily. What would you see and learn there? After passing the huge compost berms under their thermal covers, you take a stroll among the cows. On their way to becoming grass-fed beef, these gentle bovine herds live an active and happy life. A productive one too: their manure restores fertility to their pasture land. You’ll also see how the chickens live. The layers have complete freedom and a nice little house to nest in. The 400 broilers are kept in pens called “chicken tractors,” which regularly move to new spots. There the birds can scratch for bugs and leave nitrogen-rich manure everywhere they’re placed. These aren’t the overcrowded and anaemic looking creatures on your typical chicken farm. Instead they’ve got glossy


brown feathers and some spring in their steppers. A ramble leads to a flat strip running along the cliff edge. Here, with the wind whistling in the huge casuarina trees, people can picnic at tables, gaze out to sea or conduct spiritual ceremonies, as Barbados’ Dagara community regularly do. In the opposite direction lies the forest and its gully, which have been cleared and groomed enough for comfortable exploring. For the nimble, there’s a challenging trail right down the cliff through Joes River Forest. Turn inland instead, dip down a wee dell, and you’ll find pigs trotting between their shade roof and the sunlit ground, flipping open their feeders at will. These animals have a happy life, free of the usual pig farm constraints that keep them cramped in concrete cells. They are friendly too, and may nose you gently with their curious, cold snouts. Up on a hill is a roof built to catch rainwater. It feeds into a tank which supplements the well. Though used mostly for irrigation and watering the livestock, this supply is run through a filter. If you guess that this is also naturally made and serves a dual purpose, you’d be right. After farmhands clear invasive river tamarind from fields, it gets cut into briquette size to be converted by slow burning into charcoal for removing any impurities from the water. A positive working environment is critical to

the success of the farm. The farmhands are well-trained and work hard to keep the farm and its animals healthy. There is also the opportunity for entrepreneurs looking to start a sustainable business. A plant nursery supplies landscaping needs and brings in extra cash. A medicinal herb garden is also on the premises. Herbs are part of the landscaping around the big building as well. Chefs sometimes come to collect them, along with edible flowers to beautify their plates. The big building is special too. Sitting atop pillars on a gentle slope, it is constructed around a fortyfoot container that has been opened up to suit. An open kitchen supplies refreshments and a big deck holds seating at tables with a broad, country view. “I’d like to open a café here,” says Paul. Upstairs are simple accommodations. There’s more to come. In a first for the region, Paul feeds his livestock non-GMO whole grain. His eventual aim is to grow it himself and become a provider for others. For now, he proceeds step by step. He explained, “First and foremost, it’s really about people and how they can create a beautiful environment that promotes growth on many levels.” That is already happening and it’s heartening to see. Nature tours are conducted daily in the morning and afternoon. Phone 433-9806 for information.


Feeding time is 2pm everyday. Monkeys may attempt to interact with their audience but do not be tempted by their inquisitive ways - keep a safe distance.

Earthworks Pottery

A visit to Earthworks is a one of a kind Caribbean experience that everyone enjoys and should not be missed. Visit the pottery 5 mins off the ABC Highway

One location, 3 quality Bajan studios, and a café. What more can you ask for? At The Pottery you will be treated to a spectacular working pottery. For many visitors, Earthworks becomes one of the unique and wonderful memories of a Barbados holiday. Visit the studio (admission is free) to see 14 Barbadian master potters and painters, creating quality ware in fantastic designs that are durable, foodsafe and made to be used. In addition to the vast selection of pottery on display, Earthworks specialize in custom orders for all kinds of things from a commemorative plate or a house sign to an entire bespoke set of tableware. Everything is efficiently packed for travel, or they arrange shipping at special rates. At The Batik Studio you can watch the master Batik maker creating beautiful garments and paintings or sign up for a one day batik course with Henderson Reece. His classes are ‘al fresco’ and he supplies all the materials. The On The Wall Gallery carries a wide assortment of work by talented Bajan artists and craftspersons, from jewellery to wood-work to fine art paintings with work by Vanita Comissiong, Heather-Dawn Scott, Ann Dodson and many other leading artists. The Art House Café specializes in the tastiest gourmet sandwiches around as well as great salads and pastas and cold tropical drinks. Tel: (246) 425-0223


No Ordinary Pottery

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Exclusive Cottons

From the fields to the world’s best cotton West Indian Sea Island Cotton (WISIC), a unique variety of the species Gossypium Barbadense, is an internationally certified fibre, considered to be among the finest cottons in the world and it commands the highest price. Hand harvested in Barbados, the luxurious textile has been called “The Cloth of Kings!” It’s hard not to feel like royalty when wrapped in a supple robe, caressed by a fine garment, or reclining on satiny white bedding made of West Indian Sea Island Cotton. The cotton ginnery at Groves in St. George offers guided tours Monday to Friday hourly between 10am and 2pm. Calling ahead is recommended. At the Visitor Centre there is a display room where WISIC articles can be purchased or ordered, including but not limited to ladies’ and gentlemen’s attire, linens, their new line of ladies’ scarves, and novelty items. The team at Exclusive Cottons looks forward to sharing more with you about Barbados’ remarkable and regal cotton. To arrange an exclusive tour of the Exclusive Cottons of the Caribbean’s Ginnery and Visitor Centre, please call (246) 433-3108


Orchid World & Tropical Flower Garden Perched on the side of the picturesque St. John valley, Orchid World and Tropical Flower Garden has a stunning collection of over 5,000 orchids from around the world. The tour consists of a pleasant stroll through various landscaped features with an interesting collection of tropical plants and three orchid houses. Unlike most gardens here, the path is wheelchair accessible. Bird feeders throughout encourage birdlife. Drinks and snacks are served in a comfortable patio beside the well-stocked gift shop. Tel: (246) 433-0306 | Groves, St. George Open Daily 9am-4pm (Closed on Mondays in the summer from 1st May to 31st October).

The relaxed café serves Angela’s delicious Bajan fish cakes, superb freshly prepared flying fish, salads, sandwiches, ice-cream and drinks

Flower Forest

Find your tranquility Flower Forest offers a relatively easy walk through the tropical forest with sweeping views of the Atlantic coastline. This lush and peaceful place is a garden of towering trees garnished with vibrant flowers. It is truly a place to gather your thoughts. Owner David Spieler has been planting many specialist tropical hybrid flowers throughtout the forest, which he generously shares with the Barbados Horticultural Society for their gold medal exhibits at the Chelsea Flower Show in London. This year a spectacular array of bromilliads are flowering throughout the garden. The 53 acre property, located 750ft. above sea level, is reserved for green botanical ventures, never to be developed. There is a spacious central facility serving light lunches including Angela’s delicious fish cakes, superb freshly prepared flying fish, salads, sandwiches, ice-cream and drinks. She also makes lovely lemon grass or bay leaf teas. The garden gazebo is a wonderful venue for weddings.

Tel: (246) 433-8152


Hunte’s Gardens “The most enchanting place on earth” You might hear this garden before you see it; its delightfully eccentric owner, Anthony Hunte, BCH, plays classical music throughout the garden. This is the working end of old Castle Grant plantation, where sugar cane was once processed into syrup. Step through the gate and you’ll soon tread on the old weigh bridge, where loads of cane were tallied. Just past the old stone outbuildings, where statues lurk among exotic plants, you’ll find yourself on the lip of a great, hemispherical sinkhole in the limestone substrate.


C To arrange a hike Tel (246) 235-4926 Photo: Courtesy

oco Hill Forest

By Sarah Venable

Coco Hill Forest is a peaceful and productive Eden clinging to the ridge of land in St. Joseph that leads to the Flower Forest. In fact, the two make a good pairing for an afternoon outing. Both forests reveal the marvels of cultivation that can be achieved on these dramatic slopes, but one centres on agro-forestry and the other on the blooming beauties of tropical horticulture. Coco Hill Forest is the brainchild of Mahmood “Mood” Patel, a hotelier who embraces the farm-to-table ethos. When offered this 53-acre plot of wooded land in the island’s lush interior, he leapt at it. Never mind that the soil on the most level areas was depleted of nutrients by sugar cane cultivation, that it is thickly wooded, and that parts of it are sliding down the steep gradient into the valley below. He had a plan to stabilise and transform it. The heart of that plan started with the simple idea to grow some coconuts and fruit trees. It expanded to creating an organic kitchen garden that would supply the restaurant at Ocean Spray Apartments, his property on the rugged part of the south coast. When he started inviting guests to visit Coco Hill Forest as part of their island experience, an agro-tourism idea was born. This one is unique: it’s a permaculture food forest that fits into the existing ecosystem.


Imagine that you pay the place a visit. On the climb up a short dirt road, you meet your first surprise; the decorative border planting is actually turmeric, whose roots will be used in the curry dinners that Mahmood is famous for serving at Ocean Spray every Thursday. (Tip: Go!). You then arrive at a small flat area where raised beds are lush with tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, dill, squash and okra. Those too will reach their tables. Up here on the hill with only the sound of birds and the wind, you can almost hear the proverbial penny dropping: From this soil springs a bounty that will become part of my body. We are one. In another section, another kind of awe arises. There’s so much growing! This is not monoculture, where you might see sugar cane fields stretching for miles. Instead, it’s what’s called vertical planting, a key element of forest gardening. On terraces carved into the slope and buttressed with branches or bamboo, avocado trees tower over banana and pomegranate trees, which in turn cast partial shade on shorter bushy crops like cacao or coffee. Lower still are root crops like eddoes, dasheen or ginger. Though it seems innovative, this kind of cultivation has been done since prehistoric times, particularly in the tropics. The idea is to use intercropping so that the same land is home to livestock, trees and crops and everything nourishes every other. The livestock here is chickens, useful for egg production and for their nitrogen-rich manure which supplements the sugar factory mud and Ocean Spray compost he applies. You are meant to meander. Hiking trails fan out in leafy arteries to a series of visual vignettes. Guava, breadfruit and banana trees cluster in a clearing.

Above left: Turmeric Centre: Sarah Venable amidst the lemon grass Right: Located 800 ft. above sea level, the forest affords several spectacular views of the east coast Photos: Andrew Hulsmeier

Circle: There is a full range of hikes to suit all ages and sticks are provided Photo courtesy Coco Hill Forest


A turn reveals a stunning view down a steep gully and out to sea. Pass through mottled shade on tree trunks spotted with lichen and you arrive at a stand of bamboo whose arcs form a natural temple. You might also encounter the spring, or a place where manjak (a form of bituminous tar) seeps out of the earth. All of it can seem magical. Strolling (or clambering) through the forest only scratches the surface of connecting with nature. On a deeper level, it is also a space for meditation and healing. “I’m looking into forest bathing,” says Mood. Yes, it’s a thing. And it has nothing to do with water. Simply stated, it is a therapeutic practice of mindfulness among the trees. According to NPR (National Public Radio), “There’s a growing body of evidence that the practice can help boost immunity and mood and help reduce stress.” It has already been found to reduce blood pressure. Mood feels it has helped him too. “I’m not the angry young man I used to be,” he says. “This has been very grounding.” He estimates that he’s now got 500 coconut trees in the ground. That’s just a start. The food forest is now becoming a repository of tropical fruit trees, some of which are collected from other islands. “We may be among the few nations that are reforesting, but we are losing our plant stock. I want this to be a genome bank.” Coco Hill Forest is very much a work in progress. It has taken Mood three years to get Coco Hill Forest into the shape it’s in now, with steps hewn into the steep land, cleared trails and drip irrigation in some parts. Still to come is a mud oven, which he learned how to make at a Slow Food workshop. And he hopes that someday there will be enough cocoa beans to make chocolate from. “I bought a tempering machine on E-bay,” he confesses. This and other agro-processing are more dreams for the future. It hasn’t been easy. All his equipment is human-powered, and he needs two more workers. Hoping to get some of the latter, he has signed up with WWOOF, Willing Workers on Organic Farms, an organisation that links volunteers with growers to help build a sustainable global community. Then there are the monkeys. “They are my biggest problem here, from start to finish,” said Mood. Not only do they raid the fruit, they pull up stuff and break it, seemingly from sheer vindictiveness over territory. Coconuts, his biggest crop, take five to seven years to monetise. To solve the cash flow delay while crops take root, Mood plans to institute a regular tour schedule at Coco Hill Forest, and anticipates that visitors can then amble down the road to Flower Forest to experience another kind of natural beauty and a delicious local meal. To arrange a visit, call (246) 235-4926. To do some WWOOFing, go to Hiking at Coco Hill Forest is a great family activity which can be followed by a relaxing lunch at The Flower Forest Café Photo:


Transformer By Sarah Venable When people meet Mood as their host at Ocean Spray Apartments, they don’t realise how many other lives he has had, and still does. Hotelier, filmmaker, chef, farmer—he is constantly weaving these disparate strands into a vibrant and flexible tapestry. As a young man, he co-owned Nature Care, a plant nursery, landscaping and gardening maintenance service. If you know his family, it seems only natural that he would start there and end up farming. You might say that he carries the farm-to-table ethos to extremes! Before moving to Barbados in 1937, his mother and grandfather were self-sufficient farmers in Gujarat, India. His mum’s tales to young Mood were full of description of their lives there. Their wheat and rice fields were ringed with mango trees. They’d use water buffalo—the tractor of the East—for ploughing and for their milk. Buffalo dung provided fertiliser. In addition to cash crops, they produced food for the household and for barter. It’s no wonder that he himself now practices integrated agriculture. Mood’s father was a salesman, bringing goods in his car to people in the Barbados countryside who didn’t get to town often. They didn’t always have money to pay the full price. As they paid in instalments, relationships developed. Mood often went along, listening avidly as his father talked to the old people about farming. On these forays, the young city boy got to know the island’s hinterlands and old-time techniques of growing food. Mood later interviewed old people about agriculture in a more formal way. This was in his capacity as a budding filmmaker, around the time that he created the now-defunct Bridgetown Film Festival. His chief instructor was the Senegalese filmmaker, Moussa Sene Absa. “You can’t make films if you can’t cook for your crew,” he told Mood. Mood came to agree: “Cooking teaches you about production. Besides, it is primordial. It is part of the artist’s journey. A white plate is a screen that you can create images on.” As the eldest son in the family, and before his sister became old enough, Mood was expected to help his mother cook for the family, so he already knew quite a bit about it. Now, he’s executive chef at Ocean Spray, and does a wonderful Indian Fusion night there every Thursday. The public is invited, but do make a reservation. He has three brothers and a sister. Mohammed is known for photographing the old sugar windmills of Barbados. When their father died a few years ago,

meet a Bajan

Mahmood “Mood” Patel

he and Ismael took over his business. Ismael had left Barbados for nine years and renewed family links with India. He spent that time studying the Muslim religion in his ancestral homeland and is now a respected Islamic scholar. Yusuf is a land surveyor. Their sister Fatima rebelled against expectations to marry in her teens. Instead she followed her passion for earth sciences and became the beloved geography teacher at Queens College. Most of them do a bit of raising their own food, whether it’s a kitchen garden or rearing backyard livestock. Their degree of adherence to Islam varies, but they all prefer their meat to be Halal. Growing up Indian in Barbados made Mood realise that “Life is nuanced, not just binary opposites. I try to be syncretic about culture, food and life.” He seems to be succeeding. Mood’s latest venture is Coco Hill Forest, an organic permaculture food forest in St. Joseph. This unusual agroproject currently supplies fruit, vegetables and coconuts to Ocean Spray. In addition to being a fascinating place to explore, its rugged beauty is a naturally healing environment. Visitors are welcome to tour. Reserve a time by phoning (246) 235-4926, emailing: cocohillforest@gmail. com, or by following links on Trip Advisor, Instagram or Facebook.



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St. Nicholas Abbey - History Brought back to Life

St. Nicholas Abbey History Brought back to Life


he majestic St Nicholas Abbey is believed to be one of the oldest buildings in Barbados and one of only three existing Jacobean houses in the Western Hemisphere. Records indicate that St Nicholas Abbey was built by Lieutenant Benjamin Berringer in circa 1658, soon after British settlement of the island, and who was one of the early sugar plantation owners. The impressive three storey plantation house, which is readily identifiable by the striking curvilinear gables, is surrounded by sugar cane fields, lush vegetation, mahogany groves, magnificent cabbage palms and formal gardens. Inside the house there is a fascinating collection of period furniture that include a four-poster bed, reputed to have been owned by Napoleon's second wife, Empress Marie Louise, and a grandfather clock that was built by James Thwaites of London in 1759, just to mention a few. The dining room table and chairs are thought to be Barbadian, made around about 1840 or possibly earlier. In the old factory, a 19th century steam driven mill has been refurbished and now grinds the sugar cane between January and June, as it would have done over 150 years ago. Canes are still laboriously hand cut in the fields, fed by hand into the mill, and the cane juice is now used for distillation of their award winning single cask rums. St Nicholas Abbey, including the well documented and absorbing stories of its long line of British owners, as well as the now famous Cumberbatch lineage of Benedict Cumberbatch, has an extraordinary rich heritage, and there is no doubt that this outstanding house is an integral part of the history of Barbados. However, what is just as compelling is the story of what is happening at the Abbey today. The current owners, Barbadian architect, Larry Warren, his wife Anna and sons,

Three generations of Warrens - Simon, Camilla, Anna & Larry, with twin boys, Arthur & Henry.

St. Nicholas Abbeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5, 12, 18 and White Rums

Simon and Shae, have not only restored and preserved St Nicholas as a heritage tourism site and museum, but have also given it new life as a working plantation, once again growing its own sugar cane, and now distilling premium, boutique single cask rums that are making their name on the world markets. They have also established a cottage industry in gourmet sugar and related products, including St Nicholas Abbey branded brown sugar, syrup, blackstrap molasses, jams, jellies, rum cakes, truffles and much more. The Abbey is 400 acres with 210 of which are arable, so the vision was to produce premium aged rum, distilled from the cane juice pressed in the restored steam mill (circa 1890). St Nicholas Abbey are now very proud to produce their own rums, which have been grown on the plantation, harvested, pressed in the old steam mill, fermented, distilled, aged and bottled by hand from the barrel at the property. Each bottle is numbered and dated at the time of bottling, and visitors can have their bottles personalized with a hand engraved message. Thanks to their determination for authenticity and to produce rum in an artisanal style, founded upon quality and

Charlotte & Shae Warren at Cherry Tree Hill

St. Nicholas Abbey - History Brought back to Life

tradition, the Warren family enjoyed early success when they were awarded the Distillery of the Year in 2012 in London, as well as Best White Rum with their debuting alcohol. Since then they have gone on to win numerous accolades and awards for their rums worldwide, including Gold and Silver Outstanding in international competition. St Nicholas Abbey rum is only sold at the Abbey in Barbados, and is exported to many parts of the globe as far afield as Hong Kong. Even though this is a boutique operation, it is now regarded as an important brand worldwide. This is a rarity in the modern world as the entire production process, from nurturing of the canes to hand bottling of the finished product is conducted on location with caring love and attention. Mr Warren's attention to detail as an architect is reflected in the restoration, down to the detailing of the rum bottles and mahogany stoppers, and the fine tuning of the distillation. The family have also worked arduously to make the property sustainable. The latest exciting project are plans for a narrow gauge steam railway, similar to the Barbados Railway of the last century, to traverse the plantation fields, with exciting vistas through the mahogany woods, magnificent limestone quarry with 40 foot faces and the historic view of the wild Atlantic coast line from Cherry Tree Hill, and is expected to be completed by the Winter of 2018/19. Over the course of the last eleven years, Larry Warren and his family have converted St Nicholas Abbey into a viable heritage project, thereby ensuring sustainability of this unique legacy for future generations in Barbados. The Abbey is open to tours of the house, gardens, museum, factory and distillery, a 'not to be missed' short movie (circa 1930) of life on the plantation narrated by the

A range of St. Nicholas Abbeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own products

late Colonel Stephen Cave, and rum tasting, from Sunday to Friday between the hours of 10.00 a.m. with the last tour at 3.30 pm. The steam mill is operational and grinding a few days during the week between January and June, when the canes are ripe for harvesting. The Abbey also hosts weddings, functions and dinners in their unique magical setting. Ever popular are the Moonlight Dinners and Jazz Evenings overlooking the gully during the Winter Season. Thanks to the owners' painstaking efforts to restore the property to its former glory by remaining faithful to its authenticity, and their dedicated commitment to sustainability, they have ensured that St Nicholas Abbey not only continues to have a very rich history but also a very promising future.

The Rums of St. Nicholas Abbey 200ml Gift Set

Beyond the sun, sea and sand, this is an island rich with heritage - visit the sites of the Barbados National Trust.

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Gun Hill by Moonlight Gun Hill By Moonlight at Gun Hill Signal Station in St. George takes place once per month on the Saturday closest to the full moon, 5:30 to 8:30pm, from January to May each year. Go and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views with cocktails and tasty refreshments under the beautiful full moon! A ceremonial lowering of the flag takes place at sunset and music is supplied by local volunteer musicians. Check website on facing page for details or call 426-2421.

Become a member of the Barbados National Trust and enjoy reciprocal privileges with the British and Australian National Trusts and of course your privileges here in Barbados.

Open House Programme Wednesdays, and one Sunday per month, from January to March each year, the Barbados National Trust makes some of the island’s most historic and elegant private homes available for viewing, with the generous permission of the owners. National Trust Members pay BB$25 whilst the general public pays BB$35. Arrive at 1.45pm for the tour and then sit to enjoy your tea and listen to noted historians and architectural historians who present lively talks at about 3:15pm. Check and Facebook pages for updates on venues, dates and times.

Hike Barbados Three hour hikes are held every Sunday morning at 6am and afternoon at 3:30pm. ‘Stop ‘n Stare’ (approx. 6 miles - slow), ‘Slow Medium’ and ‘Fast Medium’ (approx. 9 miles) and ‘Grin ‘n Bear’ (approx. 12 miles - challenging). In the afternoon, the morning’s ‘Stop ‘n Stare’ route is repeated in one large group. Sunday full moon hikes begin at 5:30pm.

For reservations call (246) 426-2421


A two hour wander through the museum will give you a superb overview of 10,000 years of Barbados’ history. The museum has the best heritage shop on the island with an excellent selection of books.

Barbados Museum & Historical Society Research Your Barbadian History & Lineage

Barbados’ history is interwoven in many ways with the histories of other countries. Discover these connections and much more in the Museum’s Shilstone Memorial Library. Need help with family research? Contact the Museum’s Librarian at E-mail: library@ Delve into rare West Indian documentation, archival documents, genealogical records, photographs, maps and books. The Shilstone memorial Library is open Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 1:00p.m. Educational programmes for school children are conducted regularly and a range of talks and public programmes are also offered. In order to offer these programmes and educational activities, the Museum welcomes members and volunteers. Check the website for further information on current and upcoming programmes and opportunities to be involved.

The wide range of books on historical topics and merchandise reflecting the island’s heritage make great keepsakes and gifts.

Special Events

There’s always something new to see, as the Museum regularly offers special exhibitions and exciting activities and events. The Museum’s lush gardens and cobblestone courtyard provide the perfect setting for weddings, special celebrations and photo shoots.

The Home of Barbadian Culture & Heritage

The best way to learn about the people of Barbados is through a visit to the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, located in the island’s sole UNESCO World Heritage property. Learn about a rich history, from the earliest inhabitants to folk life. There’s something for everyone – natural history, Barbadian social history, archaeology, decorative arts, military history, African artefacts and prints and paintings all within the Museum’s collection serve as mementos of your visit and can be purchased in the Gift Shop.


Tel (246) 538-0201 or 537-1956

Housed within a beautifully restored 18th century building, the Exchange Museum is Barbadosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; largest interactive centre located in the UNESCO World Heritage Property, Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison. Fascinating displays explore commerce in the city over four centuries, introducing visitors to the development of central banking to promote the understanding of money and related items. The centre explores the exchange of ideas which brought Free Masonry to Barbados and invites visitors to delve into the mysteries of that fraternal organization. Scheduled Tours are at 10:30 am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm.

EXCHANGE a place of mystery & discovery Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6pm Spry Street, Bridgetown Tel: (246) 538-0201





Historic Garrison

A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Above: Dinner with George and the mysterious Garrison Tunnels. Facing page: Charles Fort in Carlisle Bay where you are invited to imagine the sea battles that raged there. Photos: Andrew Hulsmeier


‘Dinner with George’ (Washington) Every Monday from 7pm until 10pm - January 8th to April 2nd. A unique interactive dining and theatrical experience, at which the 1st US President, George Washington regales dinner guests with entertaining vignettes of his life’s story. The ambience of warm candlelight and live baroque music transports one to the year 1751. Enjoy a 5-course dinner accompanied by fine wines in the very dining room of the house that George Washington spent 6 weeks of his life, when just 19 years old.

Garrison Night Tours (Fridays) Every Friday night from 6:45pm until 8:45pm. An entertaining night tour through the Historic Garrison, dramatizing crime, punishment, murder and execution. Cost BB$20-30. Reservations are preferred.

Historic Garrison Tour (Thursdays)

This three hour, walk and coach tour describes the connections between the Barbados Garrison, the extension of the English Civil War to Barbados when Admiral Sir George Ayscue, under instructions from Oliver Cromwell, attempted to invade Barbados, and the roll of Barbados in the American War of Independence. It all begins at George Washington House where a young George Washington (the first president of the United States), stayed in 1751 when he was only 19 years old. Here you will begin to understand how this visit shaped young George and how what he learned here, helped him during the American War of Independence. At this site you will also have the opportunity to see and experience the mysterious Garrison Tunnels. For information on the full tour of these fascinating tunnels you can visit the website listed below. The tour continues onwards to Charles Fort in Carlisle Bay where you are invited to imagine the sea battles which raged there. From here it is on to the Officers Mess at the Barbados Defence Force for a drink and tour of St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fort and the National Armoury Museum; where the finest 17th century English iron cannon collection found anywhere in the world is housed. The tour will then proceed to the 1804 Main Guard (the former Guard Command) where you will learn about the Court-Martials and the penalties that were inflicted on insubordinate soldiers. All bookings on or call (246) 233-2601 or 233-1648.

National Armoury & Cannon Museum Paul Wilton offers personalized tours for 1 to 12 people of this splendid 17th century fort, museum and 17th century English iron cannon collection. Tel: (246) 829-1146 Adm: BB$50 per group Historic Garrison By appointment only Mon. - Fri. 10am - 12pm.


Photo credit

Sephardic s o d a b r a Jews of B

By Karl Watson PhD Retired senior lecturer, Department of History, University of the West Indies

There are two major streams of Judaism; the Ashkenazi, which was centered in Middle Europe, and the Sephardic, which established itself in the Iberian peninsula, the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Middle East. A community of Sephardic Jews established themselves in Barbados almost from the inception of English colonization in 1627. Dutch records make this clear. This dispersal of Sephardic Jews had its genesis in the expulsion of Jews (and Moors) from Spain in 1492. They sought refuge in the tolerant Protestant Low Countries (now Holland), congregating in Amsterdam. When Dutch forces captured the North Eastern section of Brazil in their struggle for independence from the combined Spanish and Portuguese crowns, a large Sephardic community established itself in Recife and engaged in sugar planting and trade. With the expulsion of the Dutch in 1650, many members of the Jewish community petitioned Oliver Cromwell for permission to resettle in Barbados. Such permission was granted, and by 1654 many families had settled in Bridgetown where they bought land immediately and constructed the Nidhe Israel (The Scattered of Israel) synagogue with its attached mikvah (or bano) and graveyard.

Initially, the parent synagogue in Amsterdam guided the affairs of the Barbados community but over time was replaced by the Bevis Marks synagogue in London. The community grew and by the early eighteenth century numbered in excess of seven hundred individuals, with a much smaller group of Jews in the northern town of Speightstown with its synagogue Semah David. Though tax records show that Jewish families lived in various area of Bridgetown, there was a concentration of Jewish families on Swan Street which was also called Jew Street. Jews in Barbados were very family and community oriented. The records of Nidhe Israel which survive from 1760, as well as their many wills which go back to the mid seventeenth century, show the close knitted nature of the community. A group


of elected prominent elders oversaw the affairs For this semi autonomy, the Jews of Barbados paid of the community. This was the Mahamad which a high price. They were taxed at much higher rates was led by a Presidente and various other elected than the Christian population. Initially, their ability officers. Funds were collected from members of the to own slaves was greatly restricted, though that law community through a finta or tithing system. This was later rescinded. Unlike the earlier community paid for the upkeep of the synagogue, the services in Brazil and the subsequent one in Suriname, of the rabbi and appointed officers such as the Barbadian Jews, though not expressly prohibited shamash or caretaker. It also provided pensions for from buying plantations, were not encouraged to the elderly and provided temporary assistance for do so. Only one major Jewish plantation owner those members who had fallen on hard times. emerged during the entire course of three centuries The minutes of the Mahamad for 1804 give us an and that was Abraham Rodriguez Brandon. idea of the rations supplied by the synagogue to Over time, Barbadian Jews became Jewish poor on a weekly basis:- 15 lb flour, 5 more integrated into the society that lb sugar, 8 lb yams and 5 pints rice Above: Torahs surrounded them. In short, they and other artifacts The Mahamad also acted as a were creolized while at the same displayed in the interactive watchdog to ensure that Orthodox time retaining their religion. museum which also screens Sephardic Jewish traditions were a short documentary film on Conscious of this process of the Sephardic maintained. Conscious of the fact acculturation, they attempted Facing Page: The Ladies that they were a small community, Entrance and the interior to ensure that their children view of the synagogue the threat of assimilation always retained aspects of Sephardic showing the Bimah or loomed. Each marriage of a Jewish culture such as the ability to reader’s desk. girl to a Christian reduced the size of speak Ladino, which is derived Photos: Andrew Hulsmeier the community. Expulsion from the from Spanish and Portuguese. Yet community, affectionately called La Nacion, the adaptability and urbane nature of was a potent way of keeping members in line. the Sephardim facilitated full participation When David Aboab was reported to the Mahamad in the prevailing cultural norms of the time. The for having slipped into St. Michael’s Anglican church menfolk drank rum, patronized cock fights, dressed in to listen to and actually sing hymns, he was properly the latest fashions and were absorbed into prevailing chastised and had to vow that “for the future he sexual norms which condoned the open keeping of never will do the like again.” In 1792, Lunah Arrobas mistresses. Barbados was, after all, a mature slave was denied burial in the community burying ground society and Jews themselves, despite the financial because of her transgressions “of our sacred religion.” discrimination they faced, were also slave owners.


Left: Iconography showing the tree of life being cut. The cemetery at the Synagogue with graves dating back to the 17th century. Right: The Mikvah or bano at Nidhe Israel, constructed c.1654

Jews in Barbados were primarily merchants or skilled craftsmen. They functioned in a regional and Atlantic network, bolstered by family relationships which linked them to other Sephardic communities located in islands such as Curacao and Jamaica, or on the South American mainland in Suriname and in the major port cities of North America and Europe. Two events in the latter half of the eighteenth century precipitated a large reduction in the numbers of the Jewish community. The success of the American Revolution and the emergence of the United States of America as a sovereign, independent nation created business opportunities in New York and Philadelphia, which many Barbadian Jews eagerly grasped. Then the 1780 hurricane, which resulted in over 4,500 deaths and caused almost complete destruction of the island’s housing stock and infrastructure, saw other Jewish families leaving the island. There was a slight renaissance of the community in the 1820’s with an infusion of forward thinking Jews from the English community, but this was short lived as another major hurricane, that of 1831, again caused great loss of life and overwhelming damage to the island’s infrastructure. The roof of the synagogue was damaged and as it was feared that the new proposed copper roof would be too heavy for the existing walls of the old synagogue to bear, they were

taken down to floor level and a new synagogue built on the existing footprint and foundations of the old one. Opened in 1834 with great pomp and ceremony, there seemed to be hope for the dying community. Yet even greater events were taking place which overshadowed the small Jewish community. Throughout the British Empire, slavery was declared legally ended on August 1st, 1834. In the wake of economic and social uncertainty, there was massive white flight from the West Indian islands. Barbados was the least affected by these demographic changes, but many Jewish families concluded that their future lay elsewhere and joined the Barbadian Jewish diaspora. Isaac Valverde optimistically expressed the view in 1848 “that the time would come when we should be again a flourishing community, when we should look back with delight to past exertions.” This was not to be however. By 1850, only eleven males attended the synagogue and these numbers continued to dwindle. By the beginning of the twentieth century, it was clear that after an extended period of over two hundred and fifty years, the time of Nidhe Israel had come to an end. The last remaining practicing Jew on the island, Mr Baeza, along with the trustees of Bevis Marks, in 1929 arranged the sale of the Nidhe Israel synagogue to local interests. The Torah’s surviving records of


the community and bequeathed silver ornaments were sent to Bevis Marks for safe keeping, while the fittings of the synagogue, such as the chandeliers, were sold either to overseas interests, where they can be seen today at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware, or were bought by local families who had Jewish connections. It should not be thought that the ancient Sephardic community of Barbados simply came to an end with the sale of the synagogue and its cemetery. This is far from the truth as a quick glance through the Barbados telephone directory of today will demonstrate. Many of the old Sephardic family names are still to be found there. There are Aboabs, Lindos, Lobos and Massiahs still on the island. Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Azevedo, de Paz, de Mercado, Navarro, Lopez, Belinfante and Valverde are masked by surnames such as Goodridge, Lashley, Lewis, Parravicino and Straker. The events leading up to World War II and the Holocaust brought a new Jewish community to Barbados, European Ashkenazim fleeing Nazi persecution. Though there is continuity, their story deserves a separate discussion. Suffice it to say that when in the early 1980â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the surviving synagogue, then converted into commercial offices, and its graveyard was threatened with demolition, members of the existing Jewish community,

spearheaded by the Altman family, succeeded in convincing the Barbados government to save the property. An appeal raised sufficient funds, both locally and internationally, to pay for the restoration of the synagogue which once again became the Holy Snoga. Ongoing work continues with glorious results. For example, archaeology carried out by University of the West Indies PhD candidate Michael Stoner and a group of students from UWI, under the supervision of Senior Lecturer Dr. Karl Watson revealed much of the material culture of the Jewish families who lived in the synagogue yard and, very importantly, revealed the ancient mikvah or bano, as the Sephardim termed the ritual bath, so central to Jewish beliefs. This is without a doubt the most elaborate and oldest mikvah in the hemisphere. But the best was yet to come. As a result of an extremely generous donation by the Tabor Foundation, a magnificent restoration was undertaken of the entire city block that housed not only the synagogue but also the first fire station of the island and associated buildings. For those of you visiting Barbados, whether you are Jewish or of other religious persuasions, a visit to the Nidhe Israel synagogue and mikvah, with its well thought out, interactive museum, and fascinating graveyard, is an absolute must. The above photographs show some details of the many aspects of the restoration of the synagogue yard and the city block Photos compliments Karl Watson


attractions at-a-glance Attraction







9am-5pm daily

BB$20 Adults


Yes, not in cave



Call for Info


Yes, but bumpy

Farley Hill National Park, St. Peter



$6 per car



Morgan Lewis Mill, St. Andrew (c/o B’dos Nat’l Trust)

426 2421

Call for Info

Call for Info



St. Nicholas Abbey St. Peter



BB$45 Adults


Grounds only

Arlington House Museum St. Peter


8:30am-4:30pm Mon-Fri 8:30am-3pm Sat

BB$25 Adult BB$10 Kids (12 and under)



St. James Parish Church


7am-6pm Daily

Donations Appreciated



Earthworks Pottery St. Thomas


9am-5pm Mon-Fri 9am-1pm Sat





8am-4pm Daily

BB$30 Adults BB$15 Kids (5-12yrs/4 & under free)



Animal Flower Cave, St Lucy Barbados Wildlife Reserve & Grenade Hall Signal Station St. Peter

Flower Forest St. Joseph








Exclusive Cottons of the Caribbean St. George


10am-2pm Mon-Fri

BB$12 Adult BB$10 Kids (12 and under)



Gun Hill Signal Station & Lion St. George


9am-5pm Mon-Sat

BB$12 Adults BB$6 Kids (12 and under)



Harrison’s Cave St. Thomas


9am-4:30pm Daily

BB$60 Adults BB$30 Kids (3-12yrs)



Hunte’s Gardens St. Joseph

433 -3333

9am-5pm Daily

BB$30 Adults BB$15 Kids (12 and under)


1 level only

Orchid World & Tropical Flower Garden St. George


9am-4pm Tue-Sun

BB$25 Adults BB$12 Kids (5-12yrs)



Welchman Hall Gully St. Thomas


9am-4pm Daily



Last tour @ 3pm

BB$24 Adults BB$12 Kids (6-13yrs)

St. George Parish Church


6am-6pm Daily

Donations Appreciated



Andromeda Gardens St. Joseph


9am-4:30pm Daily (earlier

BB$30 Adults Free for Kids 15 and under



Chalky Mount Potteries & Highland Pottery


8am-5:30pm Daily




Codrington College St. John


9am-6pm Daily




St. John Parish Church


6am-6pm Daily

Donations Appreciated



PEG Farm and Nature Reserve


7.30am4:30pm Guided Hikes

Bb$50 incl Snack & drink Kids -12 $25 Under 7 Free



Coco Hill Forest


Hikes by appointment

BB$50 Hike BB$25 Entrance

by request)








Blackwoods Screw Dock & Museum Bridgetown


10am-5pm Mon-Fri




Cricket Legends of Barbados Museum St. Michael


8am-4pm Mon-Fri Sat. (Dec.-Apr.) (10am-3pm)

BB$20 Adults BB$10 Kids (6-16yrs)



Mount Gay Rum Tour & Visitors Centre St. Michael


9am-5pm Mon-Fri Sat. (Nov.-Apr.) 10am-4:30pm

Refer to website



Museum of Parliament & National Heroes Gallery


BB$10 Adults & Kids



Nidhe Israel Synagogue & Museum Bridgetown


9am-4pm Mon-Fri

BB$25 Adults BB$12.50 Kids (5-12yrs)



The Exchange Museum


10am–6pm Tue-Sun

Call to enquire



9am-4pm Mon/Wed-Sat

(Closed Sun & Tue)

Closed Sun

St. Michael & All Angels Cathedral Bridgetown


7:30am-5pm Daily

Donations Appreciated



Tyrol Cot House & Heritage Village St. Michael


8am-4pm Mon-Fri

BB$10 Adult BB$5 Kids (12 and under)



George Washington Attraction Garrison Historic Area


9am-4:00pm Mon-Fri

BB$30 Yes (House & Tunnel)


Barbados Museum & Historical Society Garrison Historic Area


9am-5pm Mon-Sat 2-6pm Sun

BB$20 Adult BB$10 Kids (5-16yrs)



Mallalieu Motor Museum St. Michael


8am-4:30pm Mon-Fri

BB$10 Adult



Sunbury House St. Philip


9:30am4:30pm Daily

BB$20 Adults BB$10 Kids (5-11yrs)



Concorde Experience Christ Church


9am-5pm (last tour at 4) Mon-Sat

BB$40 Adult BB$25 Kids



(Hours subject to change)




Protected by a large off shore reef, the sea here is very calm. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of shade, a pleasant breeze, a small playground, picnic tables, a car park and public facilities. No chairs, umbrellas or refreshments. A picturesque coastal footpath runs from Bath to Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bay. It takes approx. an hour and a half to walk there and back.


Although the sea appears to be quite inviting, swimming here is very dangerous with strong and unpredictable undercurrents and no lifeguard stations. It is best just to take a dip at low tide in the rock pools in Bathsheba, where there is also a picnic spot and several places that serve refreshments.


Cattlewash is stunningly beautiful with a good coastal road and easy access. For a long walk on the wild side - but no swimming because of currents - put on your hat, fill your water bottle, and trek the deserted stretch from Cattlewash to Morgan Lewis. Refreshments at the new Barclays Park facility.


carlisle bay

Bridgetown’s spectacular beach is over a mile long. The pier to pier swim of 1.2 km is popular with open water swimmers. Dippers, The Boatyard and Lobster Alive provide chairs, umbrellas, parking and refreshments. Superb snorkeling over several wrecks. Public facilities.

accra beach

A very popular beach with parking, good swimming and trees for shade. It’s great for body surfing and body watching! Lifeguards are on duty. Boogie boards, chairs, umbrellas, refreshments and public facilities.


sandy beach

A lovely wide beach with very calm, shallow sea - ideal for families with young children. Beach chairs, umbrellas, snorkeling gear and towels from ‘Spock’. Public facilities and refreshments.


The south coast starts as the tranquil Caribbean Sea in Carlisle Bay and then finishes with the windswept waves of the Atlantic Ocean in Silver Sands.




Silver Sands

dover beach

A beautiful stretch of beach where many of the south coast hotels are located. The sea can be a bit choppy. Parking, public facilities and umbrellas. There are several beach bars and restaurants.

miami beach

A very popular beach. Shallow and calm on one side, and deep with small waves on the other. Plenty of shade. Picnic tables, parking, chairs and umbrellas, refreshments and public facilities.




Photo: Mike Toy


silver sands

A beautiful breezy beach with excellent conditions for windsurfing, wave-riding and kitesurfing. De Action Beach Shop rents equipment and offers lessons. Public facilities and refreshments available.



Speightstown has a beautiful beach with good swimming, umbrellas and chairs with several places serving refreshments from breakfast until late evening.

mullins, gibbes, reeds Mullins is the action beach of the west coast with great watersports available and the happening Mullins Beach Bar. Gibbes by contrast has no facilities. Reeds has umbrellas, chairs and refreshments with easy access and parking.


the garden

A glorious stretch between Fairmont Royal Pavilion and the Lone Star, with several paths for access. For lunch there is the exclusive Lone Star or for an economical bite and a drink, try Jujuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Plenty of turtles here.


The main Holetown beach has Zaccios Beach Bar with chairs, umbrellas and a good selection of watersports available. Folkestone Marine Park and Museum has a snorkeling trail, picnic tables and a small museum about marine life in Barbados.

paynes bay

A beautiful crescent shaped beach which is very popular, especially on cruise ship days. There is a public access next to Number One Sandy Lane with roadside parking. Chairs, umbrellas and refreshments.

C OA T S The calm sea on the west coast is perfect for swimming, sailing, water-skiing, boat rides, snorkeling and swimming with the turtles.



The beach at Port St. Charles



Photo: Mike Toy


heron bay

Good beach access with limited but convenient parking. There are no chairs for rent or public facilities. This beach has excellent swimming and it is usually very quiet.



Taking into account its small size, there are few places that can rival the scale and scope of after dark activities available in Barbados. The popular Harbour Lights Beach Extravaganza Dinner Show should be on everyone’s “to do” list.

Cocktail Kitchen in The Gap serves up some creative cocktail concoctions

lime līm/ Verb (Slang) hanging around, usually in a public place with friends, enjoying the scene.

Enjoy Lobster Alive’s laid-back vibe and the sweet sounds of the Jazz Quartet

Everyone is made to feel welcome in our local rum shops

Where to “Lime” in Barbados “Liming” is an important part of our culture. In fact, it’s not uncommon to hear Bajans say something like, “where de lime at tonight?” meaning, “where’s the party tonight?” or “where will you be hanging out tonight?” Some of the more popular spots to lime include rum shops, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, street corners and even the beach. Generally, a lime is considered successful if it includes lots of drinks, good music, some dancing and usually a late night! There is always a good lime to be had in our local rum shops, there are around 2,000 scattered all over the island! You can’t beat the ambience. Everyone is made to feel welcome and a wonderful spirit of conviviality prevails. Interestingly, just 25 years after the settlement of Barbados in 1627, there were already over 100 drinking houses in Bridgetown alone.



Today, there is a profusion of ‘watering holes’ to be found around the island, approximately 12 per square mile. Many of the bars feature daily Happy Hours, usually around sunset – a fine time to sip on a cocktail and await the elusive ‘green flash’! The nightclub scene varies from one club to another and from one night to another. Live bands and DJs belt out the latest tunes until the wee hours, from calypso and reggae to jazz and contemporary. Most clubs open their doors around 9:30pm, although they don’t actually start sizzling much before 11pm. Barbados boasts some of the very best nightlife in the entire Caribbean. No matter what time of the year you come, you will have a great time liming on this little island of ours. Featured on the following pages are just some of our favourite liming spots!

Harbour Lights

Unrivalled entertainment at an unbeatable price!

Harbour Lights, the renowned open air, beachfront club located on the stunning Carlisle Bay, is the favourite spot for visitors and locals alike. Liven up your Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Beach Extravaganza and Dinner Show and discover the island’s rich Afro-Caribbean heritage, traced through the melodious sounds of three Caribbean bands and a full cast of performers. Immerse yourself in Bajan scenes and social past-times re-enacted by symbolic cultural characters. Follow the non-stop action as The Beach Extravaganza Dinner Show is loads of fun for all ages (7-10:30pm) towering stiltwalkers, once known as the ‘guardians of the village’, showcase their acrobatic skills. The excitement heats up with the flaming limbo dancer and iconic fire eater, Cassius Clay. Experience electrifying rhythms and be mesmerized by Carnival beauties and “Mudda Sally’s movementations”. Complementing the entertainment package, is a delicious spice-infused BBQ dinner straight from the grill and free-flowing drinks throughout the evening. Harbour Lights goes until late with a fully-fledged nightclub experience after the dinner show that’s not to be missed. What’s Included: Transfers, Dinner, Drinks & Show | Show Dates: Monday & Wednesday (All ages welcome 7-10:30pm) Nightclub Nights: Wednesday 9pm - 2am; Friday 9:30pm - 3am. Tel (246) 436-7225 Marine Villa, Bay Street, St. Michael | | #harbourlights



Anyone who appreciates good foodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; from rootsy street eats to fine restaurant fare, will relish the Barbados experienceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and a good mood is sure to follow! Dish: Pan fried breast of chicken, lightly blackened, home made saffron farfalle pasta, asparagus, morels, chicken and Photo caption wild mushroom Photo creditveloute. Photo courtesy The Tides Restaurant


Castaways Champers Cin Cin Cocktail Kitchen Daphne’s Fish Pot, The Nino’s By The Sea Relish Epicurea Tapas Tides, The


Bajan Blue (Sandy Lane Hotel) 276 Champers 251, 290, 291 Cin Cin 284, 285 Cliff, The 282, 283 Cliff Beach Club, The 280, 281 Coral Reef Club 267 Daphne’s 15, 278, 279 Fusion Rooftop 270, 271 Garden Terrace, The 287 L’Acajou (Sandy Lane Hotel) 277 L’Azure (The Crane) 255 Lone Star, The 264, 265 Primo 292, 293 Sandpiper, The 266 Tapas 288, 289 Tides, The 274, 275 Top Deck, The 262 Zen (The Crane) 254

295 251, 290, 291 284, 285 294 15, 278, 279 257 261 273 288, 289 274, 275


Animal Flower Cave (The Rest.) 256 Apsara 295 Atlantis Hotel, The 253 Castaways 295 Champers 251, 290, 291 Daphne’s 15, 278, 279 Fish Pot, The 257 Juma’s 259 Lobster Alive & All That Jazz 286 Lobster Pot, The 258 Nino’s By The Sea 261 Nishi 268, 269 Port St. Charles Yacht Club 263 Primo 292, 293 Relish Epicurea 273 Tapas 288, 289

Daphne’s Nino’s By The Sea Tapas

Apsara Asian Spice

Apsara Asian Spice Cin Cin Fusion Rooftop Zen (The Crane)

japanese / sushi

Bajan Blue (Sandy Lane Hotel) 276 Fusion Rooftop 270, 271 Nishi 268, 269 Zen (The Crane) 254


Animal Flower Cave (The Rest.) 256 Atlantis Hotel, The 253 Bajan Blue (Sandy Lane Hotel) 276 Castaways 295 Champers 251, 290, 291 Cin Cin 284, 285 Coral Reef Club 267 Fish Pot, The 257 Garden Terrace, The 287 Juma’s 259 Lobster Alive & All That Jazz 286 Port St. Charles Yacht Club 263 Primo 292, 293 Relish Epicurea 273 Sandpiper, The 266 Tides, The 274, 275


Atlantis Hotel, The 253 Coral Reef Club (Weekly Buffet) 267 Animal Flower Cave (The Rest.) 256 Sandpiper, The 266


15, 278, 279 261 288, 289

indian 295 272

asian 295 272 284, 285 270, 271 254

dine by cuisine 250 GOOD FOOD, GOOD MOOD


Cliff, The 282, 283 Cliff Beach Club, The 280, 281 Coral Reef Club 267 L’Acajou (Sandy Lane Hotel) 277

special sunday lunch



Animal Flower Cave (The Rest.) 256 Castaways 295 Champers 251, 290, 291 Cin Cin 284, 285 Daphne’s 15, 278, 279 Fusion Rooftop 270, 271 Lone Star, The 264, 265 Nishi 268, 269 Primo 292, 293 Port St. Charles Yacht Club 263 Tides, The 274, 275

West Coast Bajan Blue (Sandy Lane Hotel) 276 Cin Cin 284, 285 Coral Reef Club 267 Fish Pot, The 257 Lone Star, The 264, 265 Lobster Pot, The 258 Port St. Charles Yacht Club 263 Tides, The 274, 275 East Coast L’Azure (The Crane) 255 Atlantis Hotel, The 253 South Coast Castaways 295 Champers 251, 290, 291 Garden Terrace, The 287 Lobster Alive & All That Jazz 286 North Coast: Animal Flower Cave (The Rest.) 256

Beach Shack, The

beach bars 260

dine by cuisine



Atlantis Hotel, The 253 Bajan Blue (Sandy Lane Hotel) 276 Coral Reef Club 267 Fish Pot, The 257 Garden Terrace, The 287 Juma’s 259 L’Azure (The Crane) 255 Lobster Pot, The 258 Lone Star (Winter mths only) 262, 265 Nino’s By The Sea 261 Relish Epicurea 273 Sandpiper, The 266

Zen Reservations (Essential)

(246) 423-6220 The Crane, St. Philip

Zagat rated Barbados’ No. 1 for Food, Zen offers authentic Japanese and Thai delicacies in a magnificent setting on Barbados’ southeast coast. Zen’s sophisticated, Asian-inspired architecture and interior decor complement its dramatic setting, complete with an all-glass frontage offering spectacular views of Crane Beach. Private booths, designed in traditional Japanese style, and a large Tatami room with a recessed floor, provide an option for parties up to 16 to dine in privacy.

sample menu Thai - Fried Prawns in Rice Paper Spicy tiger prawns delicately wrapped in rice paper, deep-fried and served with sesame soy sauce Japanese - Maguro Poke Ahi tuna, pineapple, green onions, sesame seeds, wonton crisps, soy sesame dressing Thai - Phad Khing Delicious morsels of snapper delicately flavoured with ginger, garlic & shiitake mushrooms together in a mixture of fresh vegetables Japanese - California Cucumber, avocado, crabmeat Japanese - Samurai Prawn tempura, tuna, hamachi, avocado, spicy mayo, eel sauce, wasabi tobiko, spring onions Khao Niew Mamuang Sweet rice flavoured with coconut milk, served with slices of ripe mango and dusted with roasted sesame seeds Tempura Cheesecake Creamy baked cheese cake coated with tempura batter, quick fried to a golden brown crisp and topped with chocolate sauce Open for Dinner · 6-9pm Closed Tuesdays Starters · BB$12-45 Mains · BB$20-88 Wine · BB$14-25 * Opening times, menu items and prices are subject to change


“For a celebration, book for 16 in the private Tatami Room. For a light and relaxed dinner simply have sushi with ice cold Petit Chablis seated at the sushi bar.”

The Restaurant at the Animal Flower Cave Reservations

(246) 439-8797 North Point, St. Lucy

Something wonderfully different on the dining scene! Just 15 minutes from Speightstown and 30 minutes from Holetown and well worth the drive! Owners, husband and wife team, Mannie & Sue Ward have re-invented the Animal Flower Cave. Located right out on the most northerly point of Barbados, the ocean views are stunning - it feels almost like dining at sea! Tasty local dishes using farmers produce and fresh local fish and seafood. Lovely childrens area. Sun Deck and Bar for enjoying drinks. Visit & swim in the cave.

sample menu Breadfruit Tacos Bajan Fish Cakes Pickled Conch & SeaCat (name for local octopus) Cave Cutters (Sandwiches) Rotis Salads West Indian Chicken Curry Cave’s Catch of the Day Organic Homegrown Black Belly Lamb Stew Jerk Chicken On Sundays the Chef prepares a variety of Specials including traditional Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding and Seafood Thermidor, in addition to the regular menu.

Lunch · Everyday 11am-3pm Closed: Kadooment Day & Christmas Day plus 3 weeks in September/ October (call to check). Menu · from BB$18-75 Vegetarian & Gluten Free options available.


“Tasty local dishes and stunning ocean views! Sun Deck and Bar for enjoying drinks.”

Bajan Blue Reservations

(246) 444-2030 Sandy Lane Hotel, St. James

Sandy Lane’s informal restaurant offering all day dining. European, Caribbean & Asian influenced cuisine. Sunday Brunch is a must, as are the fantastic themed buffet evenings. Modern wine bar, sushi-station and state-of-the-art grill. Breathtaking waterside setting.

sample menu Antipasti Table & Seafood Corner Selection of marinated vegetables, artichokes, mushrooms, peppers, aubergines, saffron onions, selection of mixed leaves and crudités, fresh oysters, crab claws, baby shrimp, ahi tuna, swordfish, poached prawn Fritto Misto Crab Deep fried softshell crab, shaved fennel, lemon mayo Slow Cooked Angus Short Rib Asparagus, roasted sweet potato, red wine jus Chocolate Mango Madagascar chocolate mousse, mango compote, caramelized arlette Marbled Blueberry Cheesecake Blueberry filling, vanilla ice cream * Menu items and prices are subject to change. Vegetarian and gluten fee selections available.

Breakfast · 7-10:30am Lunch · 12:30-3pm Dinner · 7-10pm Starters · BB$40-145 Mains · BB$60-195


“For a truly delightful experience, try Afternoon Tea on the Lower Terrace.”

L’Acajou Reservations

(246) 444-2030 Sandy Lane Hotel, St. James

Overlooks the Caribbean Sea. Sandy Lane’s signature restaurant. Specializes in light, gourmet cuisine. Impressive range of Old and New World wines. Stunning, open-air, beach-front restaurant.

sample menu Salad of Heirloom Beets Beet purée, walnuts, goat’s cheese fondue, heirloom tomatoes Yellowfin Tuna Tataki Tandoori spices, vegetable tartar, mango and sweet Chilli emulsion, ponzu vinaigrette Pan Seared Lemon Grass Marinated Tiger Prawns Bell pepper and sun dried tomato tabbouleh, cauliflower mousseline, sautéed spring vegetables, curry emulsion Roasted Local Free Range Chicken Spaghetti, fricassée of wild mushrooms, asparagus spears, mushroom emulsion Roasted Veal Tenderloin Artichoke and celeriac fricassée, truffle jus Chocolate Soufflé Caramelized nuts, frangelico sauce, praline ice cream Poached Green Apple Meringue Mint cream, apple sauce, green apple sorbet * Menu items and prices are subject to change. Vegetarian menu and gluten free options available.

Dinner · 6:30-10pm Starters · BB$45-90 Mains · BB$140-230

“Set the tone for a wonderful evening by starting with canapés and cocktails in the L’Acajou Bar.”


Daphne’s Reservations

(246) 432-2731 Paynes Bay, St. James

One of the top restaurants in Barbados and sister restaurant to the London group of: Le Caprice, Daphne’s, Scott’s, The Ivy, 34 and J. Sheekey. Elegant beachside location. Al Fresco and covered dining in a friendly atmosphere. Extensive wine list - Italian, New World and Classical French. Half price sunset cocktails at the cocktail bar from 5:30pm-6:30pm

sample menu Tuscan Green Pea & Asparagus Soup With red snapper, sautéed scallop, rosemary & garlic oil Marsala-marinated Duck Foie Gras Salami With raisins, walnuts, red onion & orange confits Linguini with Caribbean Lobster And fresh tomato, rocket, basil, chili Yellow Fin Tuna With garlic & chili sautéed spinach, sesame seed tuile, carrot & orange sauce, ginger confit Angus Beef Tenderloin With gratinated goat’s cheese, creamy truffle mash, spinach, red wine sauce The Daphne’s Mignon Milk chocolate-dipped cookie sandwich with white chocolate mousse, amaretto, crushed cocoa nibs Passionfruit-filled Pineapple Ravioli With exotic fruit salad, vanilla ice cream

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“Freshly-made pasta and fresh, locally-sourced fish including lion fish, when available.”

Champers Reservations

(246) 434-3463 or 435-6644 Skeete’s Hill, Rockley, Christ Church

Champers’ solid reputation for consistently good food and value for money has made it one of the leading restaurants on the South Coast. Set away from the main road, right at the water’s edge, this elegant cliff-top eatery ‘bubbles’ with atmosphere and has well earned its fiercely loyal clientele of locals and visitors. Champers is owner-run by much admired restaurateur Chiryl Newman, who ensures the highest quality, locally grown produce and Barbados-caught fish and seafood are served. The restaurant boasts a dedicated gallery of original Caribbean art and several perfect options for weddings and corporate functions.

sample menu Camembert Baked in puff pastry with spiced apples Crab Crepe Aux gratin Lobster Risotto Fresh parmesan, truffle oil & micro greens Oven Roasted Lion Fish Green banana mash, yellow Thai & coriander cream Roasted Duck Leg Set on a nest of oriental salad, complimented by sweet pepper confetti & a teriyaki glaze Parmesan Crusted Barracuda Served with mash, seasonal vegetables, wholegrain mustard sauce Champers Coconut Pie Served with coconut ice-cream Double Chocolate Brownie (Gluten Free) With pecans served with vanilla cream sauce & ice-cream Lunch (Sunday to Friday) · 11:30am-3pm Dinner (7 days a week) · 6-9:30pm Starters · BB$20-40 Mains · BB$55-99


“Champers spectacular seaside location makes it perfect for sunset drinks and an early dinner.”

medical info Emergency Services Clinics Coverley Medical Centre

Public Hospital Specialty Care Queen Elizabeth Hospital Martindales Road, St. Michael. Tel: (246) 436-6450

Coverley, Christ Church. Open daily 9am to 7pm. Tel: (246) 627-1000

Private Hospitals

Decompression Chamber

Bayview Hospital

Barbados Defence Force Medical Unit, St. Ann’s Fort, The Garrison, St. Michael. Tel: (246) 436-6185/6/7/8 ext. 2556

St. Paul’s Avenue, Bayville, St. Michael. Tel: (246) 436-5446

Elcourt Clinic

The Sparman Clinic

Maxwell, Christ Church. Open daily 7:30am to 10pm. Tel: (246) 428-9452

FMH Emergency Clinic

3rd Ave., Belleville, St. Michael. Open daily 8am to midnight. Last patient at 11:30pm. Tel: (246) 228-6120

24-hr Emergency Service 4, 6th Avenue, Belleville, St. Michael. Tel: (246) 624-3278

Pharmacies Collins Limited

Barbados Speech & Hearing Centre

Mayfield Medical Services, 4th Avenue, Belleville, St. Michael. Tel: (246) 426-3093

Carib Rehab Ltd.

Medical and Homecare Nursing Supplies and Equipment as well as rentals. Friendship Plantation, St. Michael. Tel: (246) 427-9687/429-8266

Eye Care Anka Optical

City Centre, Bridgetown. Tel: (246) 426-5719 7th Avenue, Belleville, St. Michael. Tel: (246) 436-0101 Carlton Complex, Black Rock, St. Michael. Tel: (246) 424-1258 Speightstown, St. Peter. Tel: (246) 422-1775

Sunset Crest, St. James. Open 24 hours daily Tel: (246) 419-4911

Broad St., Bridgetown. Tel: (246) 426-4515 Warrens, St. Michael. Tel: (246) 425-4550

Sils Dialysis

Elcourt Pharmacy

Maxwell, Christ Church. Tel: (246) 428-5323

Cave Shepherd, Broad St., Bridgetown. Tel: (246) 629-4653 Sheraton Mall, Christ Church. Tel: (246) 437-0896

Lewis Drug Mart

Harcourt Carter Optical

Sandy Crest Medical Centre

Corner 3rd Avenue & Pine Road, Belleville, St. Michael. Tel: (246) 228-5311 Email:

Police/Fire Police (Emergency Only)

Tel: 211 Crime Stoppers Hotline: 429-8787


Tel: 311

Ambulances Ambulance Service - QEH Tel: 511 or 426-0016

Island Care Ambulance Tel: (246) 622-3061/2

Medic Response Ambulance Tel: (246) 228-8633


Rockley Main Rd., Christ Church. Tel: (246) 435-8090/92 After Hrs (Emergency): (246) 429-7288

Massy Stores Pharmacies

Oistins, Christ Church. Tel: (246) 428-6057 Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St. Michael. (246) 434-1023 Sunset Crest, St. James. Tel: (246) 432-1290 Warrens, St. Michael. Tel: (246) 417-5231/3 Worthing, Christ Church. Tel: (246) 435-0020

Pearson’s Pharmacies

Collymore Rock, St. Michael. Tel: (246) 427-5521 Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown, St. James. Tel: (246) 432-0118

Express Optical

5th Avenue, Belleville, St. Michael. Tel: (246) 417-5650 Sargeants Village, Christ Church. Tel: (246) 417-5652 Dome Mall, Warrens, St. Michael. Tel: (246) 417-5651

Dentists Barbados Dental Association

Gertz Plaza, Upper Collymore Rock, St. Michael. Tel: (246) 228-6488 For your dental needs call the BDA for referral to a dentist in your area.


Car Hire


Absolutely Barbados


Caribbean Aerial Photography



Above Barbados

Altman Real Estate Insert, 136, 137, 158

Carrington Collection, The

Amazing Returns



Apes Hill Club

147, 157

Apsara Samudra


Armfield, Julian


Art & Soul


Art Galleries Asian Spice At-A-Glance

Cat & The Fiddle

78, 79

Cave Shepherd


Centenarians of Barbados Champers

180 251, 290, 291


Chantours Caribbean Inc.



6, 7, 12, 14

189 IFC, 1

89 49

Cin Cin by the Sea

284, 285

Atera Spa


Cliff Beach Club, The

280, 281

Atlantis Hotel, The


Atlantis Submarines Attractions at a Glance Bajan Blue (Sandy Lane)

Cliff Restaurant, The

282, 283


Cocktail Kitchen

246, 294


Coco Hill Forest



Barbados Blue Watersports


Barbados Calendar, The


Barbados Fertility Centre

Colombian Emeralds Int’l

10, 11

Cool Runnings

76, 77

Coral Reef Club



Courtesy Rent-a-Car


Barbados Golf Club


Cover Artist

Barbados Hash House Harriers


Crane, The

4 Insert, 139

B’dos Museum & Historical Society 222

Crown of Light


Barbados National Trust

Cumberbatch, Steve


Barbados Wildlife Reserve

220, 221 200, 201


66, 67

Batik Studio, The



Bawa Yoga


Dasrat Sugrim

Beach Houses


Beach More, Worry Less Beach Shack, The Belle étoile Beneath Barbados


15, 278, 279

Lifetime Furnishings Deep Sea Fishing

Diamonds International IFC, 1, 2, 3, 16, 17,


18, 19, 20, 21, 59, 105, 167, 171, IBC





Dinner with George

Best of Barbados



116, 117

224 82-85

DJ Dusty Payne


Blades, Jean


Driving Experiences

Blake Coral Stone Carvings


Earth & Fire

Blakey’s on the Boardwalk


Earthworks Pottery





Beth & Tracie

152, 153

71 191 53, 155, 202, 203


Exchange Museum, The


2, 3

Exclusive Cottons of the

Bridgetown Tour


Brock, Janice Sylvia


Bushy Park Barbados Bvlgari

Butterfly Boutique

71 18, 19 124, 125, 129

Caribbean Inc.

102, 223 132, 133, 204

Fish Pot, The


Five Star Fast Track


Flower Forest

55, 205

Forter Chee-a-Tow, Catherine



Foster, Gina


Fun On The Water


Fusion Rooftop

270, 271

Liv’s Party Box



Lobster Alive


Royal Shop, The


Rudder, Ann

Lobster Pot, The

Gallery of Caribbean Art


Lone Star, The

Garden Terrace, The


Look Good, Feel Good

Gatsby Boutiques


Gaye Boutique


Get Out and About


264, 265 112-133

St. Nicholas Abbey

Mallalieu Motor Museum


Salt & City



Sandpiper, The



Sara G


Seaduced Luxury Charters



Massy Stores Supermarkets

Glass Bottom Boat


Medical Information




Microlight Aerial Tours


Grenade Hall Signal Station

200, 201

Green Monkey Chocolatier, The

98, 99



Gina Francesca Photography


Safi Kilima

193 216-219


Marco Bicego


Rum Distillery

Magical Moments


Gourmet Shop, The

5, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49

Luxe Caribbean Properties Inc. 145, 156


Good Food, Good Mood


Milano Diamond Gallery

61, 63

Motor Museum


Motor Sport

68, 69, 71


Sephardic Jews of Barbados Shopping Silver Moon Simply Flowers


Southern Palms Beach Club

72 216-219

226-229 90 74, 75 172 57, 287

Greentails Residence One

148, 149

Mullins Beach Bar


Spa at Coral Reef Club, The

Happily Ever After


Museum of Parliament


Stocking Up

National Car Rentals




Sunshine Kula Yoga


Harbour Lights


Hastings Farmers Market


Nidhe Israel Synagogue

Hearts on Fire



Heather Harrington Jones


Niles, Jaryd



Nino’s By The Sea

Historic Garrison House of Jaipur Hunte’s Gardens Idyllic Island Escapades Incentives & Meetings Investing in the Good Life Island Safari Jenny Blanc Interiors Jetblade Barbados John Hardy Juma’s Karting

224, 225 122, 123, 154 206, 207 86-89 160 134-159 213 150, 151 80 20, 21 259 71

101, 226-229 242

Nishi Restaurant







Orchid World & Tropical

Sweetfield Manor Tapas The Studio

Flower Garden


Tides, The

Palm Villa





Top Deck, The


16, 17

Patel, Mahmood


PEG Farm & Nature Reserve

102, 107

4 268, 269

Old Jamm Inn, The


177 106-110


Tudor Un Dimanche à Paris

168, 169 288, 289 191 274, 275 47 262 41 96, 97, 128

Vena d’Amore


Port St. Charles




Port St. Charles Yacht Club


Walker, Jill

Primo Bar & Bistro

246, 292, 293

Warren Yachting

186 81

Kelly’s Kloset

127, 129

Property For Sale


Water Taxi


Koncept Image Consulting

130, 131

Realtors Limited

141, 159





L’Acajou (Sandy Lane)


Reef Smart Guides

L’Azure (The Crane)


Relish Epicurea

Le Vian


Restaurant Classifications

Limegrove Lifestyle Centre

13, 94, 95

Restaurant at Animal

Liming - Bajan Style


Flower Cave, The

Little Bristol Little Switzerland


247 33

85 273 250, 252 256

Retail Therapy


Revive & Restore


Went, Derek


Whispers on the Riviera


Williams Tours Barbados




Zen (The Crane)


Ins & Outs of Barbados 2018 Edition  

The Exclusively Recommended In Room Guide of The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association - 35th Edition: Barbados Is Good For You

Ins & Outs of Barbados 2018 Edition  

The Exclusively Recommended In Room Guide of The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association - 35th Edition: Barbados Is Good For You