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Message Minister of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth Saturday, June 25th, 2011, was a day of special national significance for the people of Barbados. On that day, this small island developing state joined the ranks of countries around the world with UNESCO designated World Heritage properties. After years of hard work and dedicated public/private sector partnerships, Barbados can proudly boast its first World Heritage Property, Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison. This prestigious inscription attests to UNESCO’s recognition of the Outstanding Universal Value of the site, and of the country’s commitment to the protection of our and the world’s heritage. It is also a step in addressing the imbalance in the distribution of world heritage sites in the region. Of the more than 930 properties inscribed on the list, a mere 17 are in Caribbean island states and, with the inclusion of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison, there are now 7 sites located in CARICOM member states. The inscription speaks volumes for Barbados, a small developing nation with an increasingly identifiable and respected international profile. The inscription now proclaims the Outstanding Universal Value of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison. That Outstanding Universal Value derives from the unique characteristics and significant contributions of Bridgetown as a militarised, urban port, an important commercial hub for trade in goods and slaves, and a focal point for the fusion of cultures. Its irregular street patterns and still existing medieval street layout is attributable to its spontanaeous and rapid development. It is a streetscape unique in the Americas. Bridgetown was an administrative centre for church, state and the military. Historical research has recorded its role as a leading colonial outpost, its major economic contributions to the British economy and, its role in protecting and defending both the British imperial power and their maritime-mercantile interests in Barbados and the Caribbean against the competing French and Spanish empires. Because of the strategic military advantage created by its geographical location this historic city also functioned as the site for protecting British military and commercial power in the region. So effective was its role, that no other European power ever ruled the island. Architectural form has also benefitted from the development of Caribbean creolised urban architectural principles, designed for function in the context of a tropical maritime-mercantile town. Throughout the 17th and 19th centuries, Bridgetown continued to be an entrepot for goods and enslaved persons shipped to Barbados and the Americas. Its economic value earned it the reputation as “The jewel in the British Crown” and it became the major distribution point for slaves transhipped from Africa for sale and distributed across the Americas. Bridgetown was, in fact, the earliest sugar production economy to utilise slave labour as a vital component in its production process, circa 1640. The city with its military extension therefore reflected the confluence of cultures of those social and religious groups participating in the sugar plantation economy. European, African and Creole cultures met, clashed, and adapted as the economy flourished. Together, they enhanced Bridgetown’s growth and development as a major mercantile, administrative and military centre. By the 1690’s Bridgetown was one of the two largest and most influential British port cities in the Americas. Its parliamentary system is the third oldest in the British Commonwealth, having been established in 1639 and the second oldest outside of Britain. Bridgetown was the birthplace of the earliest Slave Code governing the islands’ enslaved population (1661). This became the model for slave codes established in other territories, in Jamaica 1664, South Carolina, 1696 and Antigua, 1702. The Garrison, the military component within the site, is the world’s largest military facility in the British Caribbean; and centuries later, today it continues to function as a military facility. The inscription has undoubted potential for promoting sustainable development within and even beyond the property and its buffer zone, through the creation of business opportunities in the formal and informal sectors. The cultural sector can be stimulated, creating new or expanded opportunities for practitioners, entrepreneurs and service providers. Historic Bridgetown can be revitalised through public/private sector partnerships. Our site management plan, which incorporates various ongoing action plans for the care, maintenance, protection and preservation of the site, will facilitate a better understanding of the need for such management among citizens in general and stakeholders in particular. With sound management of this valuable asset, long term benefits are sure to accrue to individuals and to the country as a whole. The Ministry of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth and the Barbados World Heritage Committee will continue to promote ownership and good stewardship of the property. Our public education and awareness programmes will continue to sensitise and inform of the intrinsic as well as the Outstanding Universal value of the site and, intensive efforts are on-going to have the necessary signage put in place. I look forward to a future where every Barbadian, resident and visitor can join in the continuing celebration, and partner in the protection and preservation of our valuable heritage.

The Honourable Steven Lashley M.P. MInister of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth

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A Walk Through Historic Bridgetown A World Heritage Site By Professor Emeritus Karl Watson My first memories of Bridgetown are those of a child, walking hand in hand with my mother, being led through narrow streets filled with hucksters or passing along the Inner Careenage with its stacks of imported lumber piled so high, in my childish imagination they looked like a range of low lying hills. From time to time, we would pass exotically dressed women speaking a strange language. These women my mother explained were “madams” from the “low islands” dressed in their “robes creoles” and speaking French Creole or as all Barbadians disdainfully termed it, “potwah.” Bridgetown was exciting, with something new to see on every street. So whenever my mother or my great aunt Lily said, “Let’s go to town,” I could never contain my excitement at the thought of the mysteries and joys of discovery to come. Photo: Tramline on the Swing Bridge c1920 ©Beachgate Images

Courtesy the Barbados National Trust from their Edward Stoute Collection

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es, Bridgetown did have its mysteries. Much later in life, when I, with my University of the West Indies students, excavated areas of the old core of Bridgetown, some of these mysteries revealed themselves. The old name of Bridgetown given by the first settlers in 1628, ‘Ye Indian Bridge’, spoke to the early occupation of the area by successive groups of Amerindians. This was confirmed by the archaeological record. Once we had passed the early seventeenth century settlement layers, we always encountered Amerindian ceramic deposits. Archaeology also revealed some of the early biological history of Bridgetown, which is essentially constructed on a series of red mangrove swamps. At five to six feet down, we always encountered the tangled root systems of long dead mangroves, well preserved in the viscous mix of mud and tidal water. On occasion, we encountered tusks of wild boar, tangible confirmation of the documentary and cartographic accounts of feral pigs on the island, released by sixteenth century Portuguese sailors as a future food source. Not far from the site of the first church, we uncovered part of one of the first laid out cobble stone roads. So archaeology was an invaluable means of establishing the history of Bridgetown.

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Bridgetown, Boston and London However, we have to go to geography to understand the importance of this early West Indian port town. As the most easterly of the Caribbean islands, Barbados assumed an importance far in excess of its size. The island and its port Bridgetown became a hub, an essential component of the rapidly developing Atlantic economic system. In the seventeenth century scheme of things, Bridgetown, Boston and London were the linchpins of this system. In fact, the early Navigation Acts passed by the English Parliament were designed to block the Dutch trade with Barbados. So the dictum of the real estate agent: “Location! Location!” paid dividends for the new town. It lay on a reasonably sheltered bay, in the south western corner of the island, with a tidal inlet, the Careenage, that was deep enough to provide anchorage for inter island schooners. The most essential point for permanent human settlement, water, was provided by the numerous fresh water springs which fed into what is essentially a water catchment area.

The Shambles Bridgetown grew up like a medieval English country town…higgly piggly…with lanes that ran out from the core, dominated by the church of St. Michael’s, established in 1630. Street names reflected this English heritage, Cheapside, Broad

Historic Bridgetown Street, High Street. Opposite the church was an open market, with its name borrowed from the famous London market, the Shambles. It was here that in the late eighteenth century, the slaves of Bridgetown and outlying country districts were given formal permission by the House of Assembly to sell any of their produce, such as ginger, aloes, vegetables or herbs from their allotments or gardens. The monies earned from these sales, even though mostly small sums, still gave the enslaved a sense of autonomy and independence that was highly valued.

The wealthier classes move across town

Photo: Henry Walter Parkinson with the kind permission of the Parkinson family

As Bridgetown expanded, a consequence of the great wealth generated by sugar, change was inevitable. The wealthier classes moved to the eastern side of town, taking the church with them. A new stone structure, the present day Cathedral of St. Michael and All Angels, was completed in 1665 and the old wooden church was torn down and the space it occupied left vacant. This area, identified as the Old Churchyard on eighteenth century maps, quickly became overgrown. Feral pigs ran wild there, so terrorizing the townsfolk that in the early nineteenth century, sharpshooters were hired by the St. Michael Vestry, to eradicate them. The slaves of Bridgetown also used the space to bury their dead. Both of these uses have been confirmed by the archaeological record. In 1827, a new church, St. Mary’s was consecrated on this site by the first resident Bishop of Barbados, Bishop Coleridge. It is a fine Georgian structure, whose only flaw is that its stained glass window was taken out, for reasons not quite clear. Some say for cleaning, whereupon it mysteriously disappeared. In the graveyard are buried a number of Bridgetown’s famous citizens, including Samuel Jackman Prescod, the first non white member of the House of Assembly and several of the free coloured women entrepreneurs of the late eighteenth century, including

Rachel Pringle Polgreen and Susannah Ostrehan. Buried here as well are members of the Barclay family who played such an important role in the creation of the country of Liberia. If one walks along Suttle Street, previously called Back Church Street as, logically, it ran in the back of the Old Church, it is quite apparent that this street has seen better days. In the late seventeenth and throughout the eighteenth and early nineteenth century, people of the “middling sort” lived here, their decaying townhouses evidence of past grandeur. As we head towards James Street and Synagogue Lane, we pass a number of outstanding structures. The James Street Methodist Church is one of these. Buried at the rear of this fine building, lies Sarah Ann Gill, now a National hero and one who played a significant role in the anti slavery struggle. Methodists actively sought to bring the Gospel to the enslaved, as opposed to the Anglican Church, whose evangelical zeal tended to rely more on the passion of individual priests as opposed to deliberate church policy. Consequently, many Methodist priests encountered the anger of Bridgetown’s white population who saw the idea of spiritual equality, regardless of race or status, as a challenge to the framework of the slave system. The Rev. Shrewsbury was run out of Barbados, his predecessor’s wife was injured in a stone throwing attack on their residence and Sarah Ann Gill, a free woman of colour, was burnt in effigy for six days running and reviled for her role in bringing the gospel to the slaves. At the corner of James Street are two of Bridgetown’s most interesting buildings. A seventeenth century structure, whose roof line with its Dutch curvilinear gable shows its mid seventeenth century association with the Dutch traders who patronized the island prior to the passage of the Navigation Acts and the other, a mid nineteenth century structure with a beautiful cast iron balcony which looks like a transplant from New Orleans.

The interior of St. Mary’s Church in Bridgetown before the stained glass window was removed

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Historic Bridgetown Nidhe Israel Synagogue

Photo: Henry Walter Parkinson with the kind permission of the Parkinson family

As we continue our walk, we encounter Synagogue Lane with the Nidhe Israel synagogue and Jewish Museum. A Sephardic community was established here in the mid seventeenth century and the graveyards surrounding the synagogue bear witness to the many families who lived their lives as members of the Jewish community. In fact, the largest collection of surviving seventeenth century grave markers on the island can be found here, many with fine and interesting carvings. The central feature of the synagogue yard is the mikvah or bano, the ritual and purifying bath used primarily by women before marriage or after childbirth. This hitherto unknown feature was recently discovered during a series of archaeological excavations which took place in that portion of the synagogue yard that was used as a car park. Around the corner, we walk towards the Montefiore Fountain, given to the city of Bridgetown by a member of that famous Jewish family and look across to the Public Library, one of the philanthropic donations to the West Indies by Andrew Carnegie and next to that, the Town Hall, now closed. This early eighteenth century structure once housed in succession, a gaol and meeting rooms for the Council and House of Assembly and more recently, the Supreme Court. Now that the court has moved to new accommodations a bit further up the road, the authorities might consider removing a 1950’s addition to the side of the building which invades and spoils the Georgian harmony of the structure.

Courtesy the Barbados National Trust from their Edward Stoute Collection

This original chandelier is now in the DuPont Museum in Delaware. An electrical duplicate now hangs in its place.

The original clock tower of the public buildings had to be moved to the west wing due to sinking foundations

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Roebuck Street and Spry Street If we walk a few hundred yards in an easterly direction, we can appreciate the fine new building that now accommodates the Supreme Court, set in expansive gardens with young, slow growing mahogany trees that will come to maturity some twenty or thirty years hence. We can now as we say in Barbados, “take a short cut” through Walrond Street onto Roebuck Street and from there to Spry Street, where we pass the site of the tavern where the first House of Assembly met in 1639. The multi storied Central Bank of Barbados lies to our left and directly in front is the early eighteenth century building which once housed Harrison College, the premier educational institution in Barbados, if not the English speaking Caribbean. One of the teachers of this school, a Scotsman William Lauder, was hired by the vestry in 1754. However, it was discovered that he was drawing a salary but not teaching and he was dismissed. Lauder however, is remembered because he fathered a child by his African born slave. His daughter Rachel was reputedly so beautiful that her father attempted to seduce her and she was saved from this compromising and abusive situation by a British naval officer, Captain Pringle, who bought her from Lauder and set her free. That young girl became the successful free coloured woman Rachael Pringle Polgreen, celebrated in a lithograph by the illustrator Rowlandson. There is an account of her entertaining Prince William Henry (later William IV) at one of her establishments. The prince and his fellow naval officers, having drunk too much Barbados rum, proceeded to trash Rachael’s place. However, she got the last laugh. The next day, she had her men row her out to the man of war HMS Pegasus and presented the prince with a highly inflated bill of £700 which he paid without question. Money she used to build her hotel?

Photo: Henry Walter Parkinson with the kind permission of the Parkinson family

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Courtesy the Barbados National Trust from their Edward Stoute Collection

Suttle Street and James Street both lead into Tudor Street shown above c1895

Swan Street circa 1880 with its Barbadian shop houses. The shop was downstairs while the family resided on the upper floors. Bridgetown grew up like a medieval English country town...higgly piggly...and has retained its original footprint for almost four centuries.

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Courtesy the Barbados National Trust from their Euchard Fitzpatrick Collection

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The Careenage, so named because schooners would be tied up to be careened - have their hulls scraped clear of barnacles and clinging weeds

St. Michael and All Saints Cathedral

Ducking pond for quarrelsome wives

Located next to the old school is the Anglican Cathedral of St. Michael and All Saint’s which was badly damaged in the 1780 hurricane and largely rebuilt at that time. It has a very good organ, an interesting barrel vaulted ceiling and many funerary monuments and plaques to the island’s powerful elite, dating back some three centuries. Leaving the church, we cross the road and enter Amen’s Alley. This narrow road with its old structures with balconies gives us a good impression of what much of Bridgetown looked like in the eighteenth centuries. We exit at Palmetto Square, whose place name reminds us of the extensive swamp that existed in this area of town, filled in during the mid eighteenth century. There is a good view of the Public Buildings from the north side and all about, the hustle and bustle of an open air market. We then follow High Street to its juncture with Broad Street and cross to the recently renamed National Heroes Square, formerly Trafalgar Square, with its Westmacott sculpted statue of the hero of Trafalgar, Lord Horatio Nelson, erected in 1813 by Barbadians grateful to be saved from the threat of French invasion. Now, with the passage of time, some Barbadians see the statue as a colonial imposition, though the reality of the statue is that it came from internal decisions taken by the citizenry rather than by imperial fiat.

In the seventeenth century, this area was known as Eggington’s Green. It was an open spot of land owned by Jeremiah Eggington, which was used by the townspeople. The stocks were located here and there was a pond with a ducking stool, where scolds and quarrelsome women were punished by strapping them into the stool and submerging them in the water. It is here, following a major fire, that the so called New Burnt District was acquired by the government of the day in order to construct the Parliament or Public buildings. Built largely in neoGothic style, both wings were completed by 1874. The East wing included a clock tower, but given the swampy nature of the soil, the tower under the weight of its clock and peal of bells, started to sink and had to be dismantled. The clock was later installed in the West wing and there it stands today.

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Cholera epidemic of 1854 As we walk across the “Swing Bridge”, now replaced by one which lifts, we pause to look back at National Heroes Square with its debated statue of Horatio Nelson and the Public Buildings in the background, arguably one of the finest views of a public space in the Caribbean. To our left is the Inner Basin of

Historic Bridgetown but in a coma and she said, “Cuh dear, you could tek the rings, but doan cut off muh fingers, I beg yuh.” “Wuh,” the men shouted, “yuh playing yuh still living, but yuh gwine in de hole wid de other deads the said way.” So said, so done. We children never tired of asking our great grandmother to repeat this story and she willingly obliged.

The Pierhead The Pierhead which contains a fine assemblage of nineteenth century warehouses, has played a multiplicity of roles over the years. It was the major point of entry to the island during the days of ship travel and also served as the reception or despatch point for many types of cargo. Consequently, Fort Willoughby was established there in the seventeenth century, which, with its sister forts of James Fort and Charles Fort, served to protect the shipping anchorage in Carlisle Bay. It was the site of the landing in 1762 of William Harrison after a test run on HMS Tartar with his father’s chronometer or sea going watch. This had been developed and used to resolve accurately, for the first time, the thorny issue of longitude, which had bedevilled mariners for so long. The only surviving wooden screw dock in the world can be found here, a testament to the thriving ship repairing and chandlery business, driven by the role of Bridgetown as a major economic and shipping hub in the Caribbean. The Pierhead also has its grim side. Until the early nineteenth century, it was used as a place of execution for the resident free population and many a pirate was hoisted on high in a gibbet and left to die and rot in public view.

Photo: Henry Walter Parkinson with the kind permission of the Parkinson family

the Careenage, where in years gone by schooners would be tied up to be careened, that is, have their hulls scraped clear of barnacles and clinging weeds. Bordering the Inner Basin is Independence Park with a well sculpted statue of the first Prime Minister of Barbados, the Rt. Hon. Errol Walton Barrow. It is here that the greatest demographic disaster to affect Barbados started. In 1854, a ship pulled into Carlisle Bay. As was customary, washer women collected the sailor’s clothes to wash. Included in the bundle were the garments of a sailor who had died on the voyage from St. Croix to Barbados. Unknown to all was that lurking in the dead man’s clothes was the cholera bacillus, the cause of his death. In a few days, the woman who had washed his clothes was dead, as was her entire family. From that epicentre between Fairchild Street and Nelson Street, cholera, a water borne disease, spread swiftly over Barbados. In three months almost 23,000 people, close to twenty-five percent of the island’s population were dead. When the author was a young child, his great grandmother would tell him stories of the time of cholera which she had learnt from her mother who survived the epidemic. One such one involved the men with push carts who would go from house to house, collecting dead bodies which would then be carried to specific mass graves. On the day in question, the men stopped by a house in Hart’s Gap where an entire family lay dead. Throwing the bodies on the push cart, one of the men noticed that the lady of the house who was quite corpulent, had some fine rings on her fingers. “We can’t let her go along so,” said one fellow and he tried to take off the rings, but they were embedded in her fat fingers. So he took up a knife and started to cut the fingers off. The pain seemed to have roused the woman, who was not dead

A temporary wooden bridge used during construction of the Swing Bridge, with the public buildings in the background

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Historic Bridgetown The Pierhead was also the site of the Royal African Company’s barracoon or holding station for enslaved West Africans, most of them taken from the Senegambia or Gold Coast region. These individuals were destined for re-export, primarily to markets located in what is today Venezuela and Colombia. Two decades ago, the author was called to the Pierhead by workmen excavating a foundation who claimed to have found camel bones. On arrival, it was clear that these numerous bones were human. A deep pit had been dug out by a bob cat and the sides showed the skeletal remains of several individuals…this was quite obviously a mass grave. With the assistance of Frederick Smith, who was then a post graduate student of archaeology, we proceeded to excavate further. A red line in the white sand and copper nails was evidence that we had discovered the remains of a coffin lid. Further excavation revealed the complete skeleton of an individual who had been buried with a variety of grave goods. Among these were a crushed onion bottle, a copper pendant, a shark’s tooth and a new kaolin smoking pipe with the maker’s mark IC. This had been placed in the dead person’s hand and as the body decayed, it slipped between the ribs and lodged there, unbroken and undisturbed for centuries. As the grave goods were taken out and stored for later analysis, the shape of the bowl of the pipe provided the first evidence that this was an early burial, dating from the beginning of the eighteenth century. As the site was destined to be filled with concrete, we thought it best to remove the skeleton for forensic examination and subsequent re-burial. The head was buried in loose sand which we had to carefully trowel around to fully expose. It was late in the evening, just about dusk, in a tropical climate where night falls swiftly on the setting of the sun. We were more than six feet deep, in a mass grave, where in every direction you looked, there were mandibles with teeth attached or partial skulls with their empty sockets once filled with eyes. As I cleared the last bit of sand away, my trowel touched the skull and it rolled to a side, emitting green puffs of a smoke like dust from its mouth and nostril cavities. It was a frightening experience, akin to the best and scariest part of a Stephen King novel. We both screamed in unison and exited the pit by the shaky ladder we were using. Up on the surface, things were a little less scary and having recovered our courage, we went down once again to recover the skeleton. What might have caused the green smoke, one may well ask. Was it some supernatural occurrence or was there some scientific explanation? A clue seemed to appear when we examined the skull. There were green encrustations on the top of the skull which almost certainly came from the copper shroud pins…that could very well have been the source of the green dust. But not taking chances, we left libations for the long dead in the form of white rum poured copiously around the grave. Later forensic examination would show that the individual was a young African woman, who was in her early twenties. Her bones showed no obvious signs of trauma, her dentition was good and so we concluded that she had died of the sudden onset of some disease such as yellow fever. Who ever she was, she must have had some status, as she was buried in a coffin with grave goods included, as opposed to those around her, who were thrown into the pit willy nilly. And so, we conclude our short tour of Bridgetown. I hope you enjoyed it and just remember, this article just grazes the surface of our historic city….there is much more to be explored. A Royal welcome to Bridgetown Photo: Henry Walter Parkinson with the kind permission of the Parkinson family

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The Barbados Garrison A World Heritage Site By Peter Stevens Although Barbados is famous for its beautiful beaches and tropical scenery, what is not commonly known about this fascinating island is that it is also the result of an exciting 400 year history of pioneering, political intrigue, battles, oppression and the long, peaceful and determined journey toward equality and eventual independence. At the hub of this complex web of history is the place known to Barbadians simply as ‘The Garrison’. Occupying the southern portion of our recently inscribed World Heritage site “Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison”, where the West Coast meets the South, it represents the largest British military establishment of its time in the southern Caribbean. The island’s perfect strategic position made it the obvious defender of all regional economic and political interests up until the dawn of the 20th century. Photo: The Grandstand at the Garrison Savannah ©Henry Walter Parkinson. Reproduced with the kind permission of the Parkinson family

Andrew Hulsmeier

Barbados Garrison

The track at the Garrison is probably one of the most difficult in the world. It is also the oldest race track in the world outside of England

hat makes The Garrison unique today, is that it has survived almost completely intact while becoming fully integrated into modern society. Hidden away ‘in plain sight’ for the last 100 years, and in a state of unintentional preservation, it is now recognized as a historic area of global importance that is in the process of being gradually revealed for all to see and enjoy. Situated about a mile to the south of Bridgetown, The Garrison is bounded on the east by the original Garrison wall, and on the west by the sea and beautiful Carlisle Bay. It is remarkable that this 150 acre complex contains more than 80 individual historic sites. These include forts, grand barrack buildings, cookhouses, latrines, hospitals, prisons and the recently re-discovered world of secret underground tunnels. For almost 80 years, it has been home to the Barbados Museum and Historical Society which, since 1933, has been the cultural centre of the island and continues with indispensible work in recording, preserving and interpreting Barbadian history. A walk through the Garrison will connect visitors with the historical authenticity of all there is to see and more than one visit will be

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needed to fully appreciate its value. The best starting point for seeing the Garrison is the beautifully restored ‘Main Guard’, headquarters of the Barbados Legion, and probably the most recognizable building in the area. Two of its main features are a stunning clock tower, which still registers every quarter hour, very much like London’s ‘Big Ben’, and the colourful ‘Changing of the Sentry’ which can be seen on particular days just before 12 noon.

Charles Fort At the Garrison’s most western point, overlooking the historically important Carlisle Bay, is Charles Fort. Built in 1650 it is the oldest and largest of Barbados’ sea defence installations. Located in the grounds of the Hilton Hotel, it had devastating defensive capabilities and was involved in the stand-off between a Republican England and a Royalist Barbados in 1651. The full effect of its ferocious power was unleashed in 1665 when, along with a flotilla in Carlisle Bay, it all but destroyed the attacking Dutch fleet.

The Savannah and Sports The Eastern half of the Garrison is occupied by the Savannah, the former military parade ground and is still used by the Barbados Defence Force today. A marshy area up until the 18th century, it was finally established when the large barrack buildings known as the A, B and C Blocks were built in 1808.

Barbados Garrison St. Ann’s Fort

Reproduced from Guns of Barbados by Major Michael Hartland

Overlooking the south-western end of the Savannah is the Barbados Defence Force, still occupying the 300 year old St. Ann’s Fort as well as barrack buildings dating back 220 years. This military compound is also the location of the National Armoury Museum, located in a cavern-like former magazine store, behind the Fort. Amazingly this museum houses the finest collection of British 16th and 17th century guns (cannon) in the world! Further reading: Great Guns of Barbados by Major Michael Hartland.

This museum at St. Ann’s Fort houses the finest collection of British 16th and 17th century guns (cannon) in the world!

Andrew Hulsmeier

Used not only for military parades and operations it also provided recreational facilities for the soldiers. Surrounded by nearly 40 historic garrison buildings the Savannah also offers a unique setting for a variety of activities and historical attractions in the area. The Savannah is perhaps better known today for horse racing and is the oldest operating horse race track in the western hemisphere. Since 1905, racing at The Garrison has been organized by the Barbados Turf Club, and is now an internationally recognized facility. Enhanced by surrounding 18th and 19th century military architecture, the area provides unparalleled spectator vantage points that allow you to feel as involved as the participants! This unique atmosphere recently led a visiting racing celebrity to comment that horse racing at the Savannah was an experience not to be missed. Probably one of the most difficult tracks in the world, the jockey and horse are tested to their limits. When, some thirty years ago, after a famous international jockey stated he “would not race at the Garrison” as the track was “too dangerous”, a local member of the Turf Club was heard to say that “this track obviously separates the men from the boys!” The extreme demands of this circuit no doubt contribute to Barbados producing some very successful international Jockeys, such as Patrick Husbands and Jono Jones! The Garrison Savannah was the place where cricket was first introduced to Barbados in 1805 and was often played by soldiers when off duty. Today, the Savannah has a variety of sporting and recreational activities; football, cycling races, long distance running and basketball all take place here, amidst the morning and afternoon jogging and exercising. It is also the home of the Barbados Rugby Club, which operates mostly under flood lights at night.

Independence Parade on the Savannah with the Royal Barbados Police Band and the Barbados Defence Force Band

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Barbados Garrison George Washington It may surprise visitors to learn that George Washington, the first US President, made his only journey outside of mainland USA to Barbados. Aged just 19, he stayed in a house that would later become the ‘Resident Engineers Quarters’ situated on the western side of the Savannah. This building, beautifully restored in 2006 and now opened to the public, provides an insight to a formative period in George Washington’s life before his involvement in the events that led to the American War of Independence.

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The Garrison Tunnels

A scene from the docu-drama shown at the George Washington House Museum

The George Washington House Experience is a ‘must do’ for visitors and Barbadians alike, as it also provides access to the beautiful hidden Maycock’s Gully, the last remaining natural gully system in urbanized Barbados. Located next door to George Washington House, visitors can quickly find themselves surrounded by jungle as if having just walked through the ‘looking glass’. From George Washington House visitors can also descend into the mysterious and almost forgotten Garrison Tunnels which stretch out from under the Savannah, connecting still undiscovered locations throughout the military complex. Finally, a refreshing drink at George Washington Stables Coffee Shop will bring this exciting Experience to an enjoyable end.

Reproduced from ‘A Concise and Illustrated Military History of Barbados’

Military Cemetery

The Military Cemetery in the Barbados Garrison Area

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Located next door to the Hilton Hotel, is the Military Cemetery, still used as the final resting place for service men and women. Restored a few decades ago, it is a place not only of tranquillity but also of painful history, as it is known that prisoners, condemned to death, were made to face the firing squad while standing in their own grave. The revitalization of the Garrison Historic Area is an ongoing process that will continue to reveal new historical and archaeological information as well as developing exciting areas of public interest and activity. As the Garrison enters a new era on becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is important to remember that, in 1966, The Garrison was the place where Barbados entered another new era as it celebrated its emergence onto the World-stage as a fully independent Nation.

Images: Courtesy of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society

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A Prospect of Bridgetown in Barbados drawn by Samuel Copens 1693

World Heritage Inscription - Implications On June 25th 2011, ‘Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison’ was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There is no other higher form of recognition for a heritage site in the World and to be part of this prestigious list is something of which all Barbadians can be proud. But what does it really mean to a country like Barbados to have a historic site on this List? Why do so many countries compete every year for a place on it, producing expansive application dossiers that can sometimes stretch to over 1,000 pages? In answering these questions, it is necessary to understand what the World Heritage List means to achieve. The List comprises historic sites (both natural and manmade) that are, in one way or another, judged to be of global importance, transcending the borders of the country in which they exist, and that their loss would negatively impact collective world knowledge. However, the purpose of placing a site on the List is not just simply to recognize it, but to ensure that it stays on the List and is therefore preserved for future generations. Once on the List, each site must adhere to rigorous standards of conservation and management or face the ultimate disgrace of removal. In other words: Inscription is not for life, but only for as long as the qualifications are met. A question often asked is “so, does inscription mean we get money from UNESCO for our site?” The short answer to that is:

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“no”. Though UNESCO can provide some limited funding and volumes of technical assistance, the reality is that such is the recognition of the authority of this designation, that each new Listing adds significant credibility and interest to the particular site. In this way, it provides a ‘heritage marketing tool’ which, if used well, can generate the financial resources to not only conserve the site, but support all the associated businesses while inflating the countries overall tourism product. Combined with effective management control, the result is enough to ensure that the standards required for inscription are maintained. The financial incentives for inscription, though compelling and motivating, are not the only benefits, and perhaps should be seen more as a means to an end. World Heritage status can often lift an entire nation, giving its people a better sense of their place in the world. This will be particularly true in smaller states where economic realities are dependent on larger countries. In the case of Barbados, the inscription of ‘Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison’ has provided the opportunity for a much broader local understanding of the value of Barbados’ heritage and the positive impact it can have on its overall social and economic development. Achieving this status has been a long and difficult process but, in reality, the work has only just begun. However, with continued dedication and sustained effort, the rewards for this tremendous achievement are certain to follow.

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Polo BPC 2 Goal Tournament Prelims Tue. 3rd at Holders BPC 2 Goal Tournament Semis Thu. 5th at Apes Hill BPC 2 Goal Tournament Finals Sat. 7th at Holders Apes Hill Tour Sun. 8th & Tue. 10th at Apes Hill Thu. 12th at Lion Castle Sun. 15th at Apes Hill Lion Castle 4 Goal Tournament Prelims Thu. 19th & Sat. 21st at Lion Castle Buttals Charity Day Sun. 22nd at Buttals Lion Castle 4 Goal Tournament Prelims Tue. 24th at Lion Castle Lion Castle 4 Goal Tournament Semis Thu. 26th at Apes Hill Lion Castle 4 Goal Tournament Finals Sun. 29th at Lion Castle For further details visit:


Squash Polo Season runs from December through May each year The Inaugural Barbados Open Team Squash Championships Photo: Lisa Davis Mon. 16th to Sun. 22nd at the Barbados National Trust Barbados Squash Club, Marine Horticulture Gardens, Hastings, Christ Church. Open Houses Barbados Horticultural Society For further details call the Club at Wed. 18th - TBA; Wed. 25th - TBA. Annual Flower & Garden Show All open houses from 2:30-5:30pm. 427-7913. Sat. 28th & Sun. 29th, 10am-6pm For further details call the BNT at daily at Balls Plantation, Christ Public Holidays 426-2421 or visit: Church. New Year’s Day - Sun. 1st Barbados Horticultural Society New Year’s Day Observed: Mon. 2nd Open Gardens Errol Barrow Day - Sat. 21st Art Shows/Exhibitions Sun. 8th at the Home of Mrs. Jean Gallery of Caribbean Art, Robinson, ‘Garden House’, Gun Hill by Moonlight Speightstown, St. Peter Constant, St. George; Sun. 15th at Fri. 6th at the Signal Station, Gun Featured artists of the month Hill, St. George. Gates open at the home of Messrs. Ed Thal and 5:30pm. Lowering of the flag 7th to 27th - Vishni Gopwani; 29th Joe Murphy, ‘By De Sea’, Long Bay, ceremony at sunset. Complimentary St. Philip; Sun. 22nd at the home of to 31st - Susan Mains. For further details call the GCA at 419-0858 or visit: refreshments included. Mr. and Mrs. Damien McKinney, Woodland House, Woodland, St. Hike Barbados George. All Open Gardens are from Sun. 1st - Cove Bay Sailing 2-6pm. For further details call the Sun. 8th - Gun Hill (Moonlight) The Mount Gay Rum Round BHS at 428-5889 or visit: Sun. 15th - Codrington College Barbados Race Sun. 22nd - Haggatts Old Sugar Sat. 21st (Errol Barrow Day), starting Factory Yard at Pebbles Beach, Aquatic Gap, Horse Racing Sun. 29th - Foul Bay St. Michael at 8am. (All hikes are at 6am & 3:30pm, Saturdays at the historic Garrison except moonlight hike at 5:30pm). Savannah. For further details call For further details call The Barbados the Barbados Turf Club at 426-3980 National Trust at 426-2421 or visit: Full Moon or visit: Mon. 9th



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Track & Field Barbados Relay Fair Sat. 11th - Regional and international teams compete at the National Stadium.

Windsurfing Waterman Festival Sat. 11th & Sun. 12th at Silver Sands, Christ Church

Agricultural Show Agrofest (The National Agricultural Exhibition) Fri. 24th to Sun. 26th at Queen’s Park, Bridgetown. For further details visit:


Polo Apes Hill Tour Thu. 2nd & Sat. 4th at Apes Hill Hunte’s Gardens in Castle Grant, St. Joseph BPC Villages Tour Photo: Andrew Hulsmeier Sun. 5th at Holders Apes Hill Tour Tue. 7th at Lion Castle Horse Racing Horticulture BPC Villages Tour Barbados Horticultural Society Saturdays at the historic Garrison Thu. 9th at Holders Open Gardens Savannah. For further details call Apes Hill Tour Sun. 5th at the home of Mr. and the Barbados Turf Club at 426-3980 Fri. 10th at Apes Hill Mrs. Ian Maingot, ‘La Fortune’, or visit: BPC Villages Tour Clapham Heights, St. Michael and Sun. 12th at Holders also at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Apes Hill/Lion Castle Tour Keith Lewis, ‘Above Rocks’, #3 Cultural Event Wed. 15th, Fri. 17th & Sat. 18th at Clapham, St. Michael. B.H.T.A.’s 60th Anniversary Cultural Apes Hill Sun. 12th at the home of Mr. and Event at Ilaro Court BPC Cheshire Tour Mrs. Charles Packer, ‘The Anchorage’, Sun. 19th. For further details call Sun. 26th & Tue. 28th at Holders Gibbs Hill, St. Peter and also at the The Barbados Hotel & Tourism For further details visit: home of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Association at 426-5041 or visit: Simmons, #7 Gibbs Hill, St. Peter. Sun. 19th at the home of Lady Full Moon Williams, ‘Eglantine’, Church Street, Art Shows/Exhibitions Tue. 7th Speightstown, St. Peter. Winston Kellman Exhibition All Open Gardens are from 2-6pm. For further details call 433-2101 or Gun Hill by Moonlight For further details call the BHS at email: Fri. 10th at the Signal Station, Gun 428-5889 or visit: Hill, St. George. Gates open at Gallery of Caribbean Art, 5:30pm. Lowering of the flag Speightstown, St. Peter ceremony at sunset. Complimentary Barbados National Trust Featured artist of the month refreshments included. Open Houses 1st to 29th - Susan Mains. Wed. 1st - TBA; Wed. 8th - TBA; For further details call the GCA at Hike Barbados Wed. 15th - TBA; Wed. 22nd - TBA; 419-0858 or visit: Sun. 5th - Barbados Wildlife Wed. 29th - TBA. Reserve (Moonlight) All Open Houses from 2:30-5:30pm. Sun. 12th - Long Beach For further details call The Barbados Museum Exhibition Sun. 19th - Great Train Hike National Trust at 426-2421 or visit: (Independence Square) West India Affairs: Exploring the Sun. 26th - Archers Bay Lascelles Legacy in Barbados and (All hikes are at 6am & 3:30pm, beyond Mon. 13th to Mon. 26th Cultural Festivals except moonlight hike at 5:30pm). March at The Barbados Museum, Holetown Festival For further details call The Barbados St. Ann’s Garrison, St. Michael. For Sun.12th to Sun. 19th National Trust at 426-2421 or visit: further details call 427-0201 or visit:



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Game Fishing Barbados International Fishing Tournament Thu. 29th to Mon. 2nd April at Port St. Charles, St. Peter. For further details visit:

Golf The Rockley Cup at Rockley Golf Club, Christ Church. For further details visit:


Polo BPC Cheshire Tour Thu. 1st at Lion Castle Sun. 4th at Holders BPC B’dos Open 10 Goal Prelims Tue. 6th at Apes Hill Thu. 8th at Buttals Sun. 11th at Apes Hill ‘Ocean Pearl’ in the BGFA International Tournament 2008 Tue. 13th at Lion Castle BPC B’dos Open 10 Goal Semis Photo: Sean Chandler/VT Caribbean Thu. 15th at Holders BPC B’dos Open 10 Goal Finals Cricket Art Shows/Exhibitions Sun. 18th at Lion Castle Australia Tour of the West Indies Gallery of Caribbean Art, BPC Ladies Tour 2012 (3 Test & 5 ODI Matches) Speightstown, St. Peter Sun. 25th at Holders March & April. For further details Featured artists of the month Apes Hill Tour visit the ICC website at: 4th to 23rd - Asher Mains; 25th to Tue. 27th at Apes Hill 31st - Jill Walker, Sue Trew & Holly Wed. 28th at Lion Castle Trew. For further details call the BPC Ladies Tour Music & Drama GCA at 419-0858 or visit: Thu. 29th at Holders Holders Opera Season Apes Hill Tour Sat. 17th to Sat. 31st at Holders Fri. 30th & Sat. 31st at Apes Hill House, St. James. For further details Museum Exhibition For further details visit: call 432-6385 or visit: Kites - Mon. 26th to Mon. 30th April at The Barbados Museum, St. Ann’s Garrison, St. Michael. For further Full Moon Barbados National Trust details call 427-0201 or visit: Thu. 8th Open Houses Wed. 7th - TBA; Wed. 14th - TBA; Gun Hill by Moonlight Wed. 21st - TBA; Wed. 28th - TBA. Dog Show Fri. 9th at the Signal Station, Gun All Open Houses from 2:30-5:30pm. The Barbados Kennel Club’s Hill, St. George. Gates open at For further details call The Barbados All Breed Championship Dog Show 5:30pm. Lowering of the flag National Trust at 426-2421 or visit: Sun. 18th at Waterford Plantation ceremony at sunset. Complimentary (Judge: Valerie Foss, UK). For further refreshments included details call the BKC at 417-0607 or visit: Horse Racing Hike Barbados Sandy Lane Gold Cup Sun. 4th - Barclay’s Park Sat. 3rd at the historic Garrison Tennis (Moonlight) Savannah. For further details call Barbados Junior International Sun. 11th - Spring Hall Old Sugar the Barbados Turf Club at 426-3980 Tournament (ITF Junior Circuit) Factory Mon. 26th to Sat. 31st at the Sir Sun. 18th - Long Beach Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, Sun. 25th - Indian Ground Sports Fundraiser Event St. Michael. For further details visit: Field B.H.T.A.’s 60th Anniversary Mad (All hikes are at 6am & 3:30pm, Hatters Tea Party and Auction except moonlight hike at 5:30pm). Sat. 31st - Venue TBA. For further For further details call The Barbados details call The Barbados Hotel & National Trust at 426-2421 or visit: Tourism Association at 426-5041



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Cricket Australia Tour of the West Indies 2012 (3 Test & 5 ODI Matches) March & April. For more information refer to the ICC website at:

Sailing Lucky Horseshoe J24 Regatta Sat. 21st & Sun. 22nd For further details contact or visit the Barbados Sailing Association at:

Horse Racing The Barbados Guineas (1st Jewel in the Triple Crown) Mon. 9th at the historic Garrison Savannah. For further details call the Barbados Turf Club at 426-3980



BPC Ladies Tour Sun. 1st at Holders Apes Hill Tour Tue. 3rd at Lion Castle Thu. 5th, Sat. 7th & Mon. 9th at West Indies Captain Darren Sammy (right) celebrates a wicket against India at the Oval Apes Hill Photo: Nicholas Reid Lion Castle Brazil Tour Tue. 10th at Lion Castle Cultural Festivals Art Shows/Exhibitions Thu. 12th at Holders Oistins Fish Festival Gallery of Caribbean Art, Sun. 15th at Lion Castle Sat. 7th to Mon. 9th Speightstown, St. Peter Lion Castle 6 Goal Tournament The Barbados Reggae Festival Featured artists of the month Prelims including Vintage Reggae Show & 1st to 14th - Jill Walker, Sue Trew, Sun. 22nd at Lion Castle Dance and Reggae on the Hill Holly Trew; 21st to 30th - Don Small Thu. 26th at Holders Sun. 22nd to Sun. 29th. For further details call the GCA at Sun. 29th at Apes Hill For further details visit: 419-0858 or visit: For further details visit:

Music & Drama The Gale Theatre of Barbados and London opens their 4th Season of theatre and music at the Frank Collymore Hall, Bridgetown Sat. 14th to Fri. 20th. For further info and ticket outlets visit:

Golf Sir Garry Sobers Festival of Golf Thu. 26th to Sun. 29th at 4 venues: Apes Hill, Royal Westmoreland, Sandy Lane and the Barbados Golf Club. For further details visit:

Museum Exhibition Kites - 26th March to 30th April at The Barbados Museum, St. Ann’s Garrison, St. Michael. For further details call 427-0201 or visit:

Chess Heroes Day International Cup Fri. 27th to Tue. 1st May. For further details visit:

Public Holidays Good Friday - 6th Easter Monday - 9th Heroes Day - Sat. 28th

Full Moon Fri. 6th

Hike Barbados Sun. 1st - Orange Hill Pavilion (Moonlight) Sun. 8th - Applewhaites Pltn. Yard Sun. 15th - Brighton Farms Sun. 22nd - Hackleton’s Cliff Top Sun. 29th - Carrington’s Fact. Yard (All hikes are at 6am & 3:30pm, except moonlight hike at 5:30pm) For more info call The Barbados National Trust at 426-2421 or visit:




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Barbados Rally Club Spring Gravel Event - Allan Kinch flying the Evo


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Music Festivals

Trade Show


Gospelfest Sat. 19th to Sun. 27th. For further details visit:

BMEX Trade Show Fri. 25th to Mon. 28th at The Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael. For further details visit:

The Ship Inn Fun Run Sun. 27th at 4pm - Independence Square, Bridgetown to the Ship Inn, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church.

Football Wanderers International Masters Football Fri. 25th to Mon. 28th at Wanderers Football Club, Dayrells Road, St. Michael.

Art Shows/Exhibitions Gallery of Caribbean Art, Speightstown, St. Peter Featured artist of the month 1st to 12th - Don Small For further details call the GCA at 419-0858 or visit:

Horse Racing

Labour Day - Mon. 7th Whit Monday - 28th

Mount Gay Rum Barbados Regatta Thu. 17th to Sun. 20th at Carlisle Bay, Full Moon St. Michael. For further details contact Sat. 5th or visit the Barbados Sailing Association at: Gun Hill by Moonlight Fri. 4th at the Signal Station, Gun Hill, St. George. Gates open at Polo 5:30pm. Lowering of the flag Lion Castle 6 Goal Tournament ceremony at sunset. Complimentary Semis refreshments included. Thu. 3rd at Holders Lion Castle 6 Goal Tournament Hike Barbados Finals Sun. 6th - Conrad Hunte Cricket Sun. 6th at Lion Castle Ground (Moonlight) Lion Castle Asian Tour Sun. 13th - Turner’s Hall Woods Tue. 8th at Lion Castle Sun. 20th - Bathsheba Community Thu. 10th at Apes Hill Centre Sun. 13th at Lion Castle Sun. 27th - Heywoods Club Matches (All hikes are at 6am & 3:30pm, Sat. 19th & Sat. 26th at Holders except moonlight hike at 5:30pm). For further details visit: For more info call The Barbados National Trust at 426-2421.


Saturdays at the historic Garrison Savannah. For further details call the Barbados Turf Club at 426-3980



Public Holiday

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Piper Martyn Graves, a regular visitor to Barbados, performs during Celtic Festival


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Sol Rally Barbados Scrutineering: Sat. 2nd Shell V-Power King of the Hill: Sun. 3rd Sol Rally: Sat. 9th to Sun. 10th For further details visit:

United Insurance Barbados Open Date TBA - at Royal Westmoreland Golf Club, St. James. For further details visit:

Sagicor Barbados Open Junior Championships Tue. 3rd - Fri. 6th For further details visit:

Cultural Festivals


Gala Event

Harris Paints J24 Regatta Sat. 2nd & Sun. 3rd

B.H.T.A.’s 60th Anniversary President’s Ball Sat. 9th - Venue TBA. For further details call The Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association at 426-5041 or visit:

Celtic Festival Barbados Thu. 7th to Thu. 14th For further details visit:

Cricket New Zealand Tour of the West Indies 2012 (3 Test, 5 ODIs & 2 Twenty20 Matches) June to August. For further details visit the ICC website at:

Horse Racing

Full Moon


The Barbados Fillies Guineas For further details call the Barbados Turf Club at 426-3980 or visit:


Barbados International J24 Open Championships Sat. 16th & Sun. 17th For further details contact or visit the Barbados Sailing Association website at:

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Mon. 4th

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Sun. 3rd - B.N.T. HQ, Wildey (Moonlight) Crop Over - Thu. 14th to Sun. 12th Sun. 10th - Rock Hall August at The Barbados Museum, Sun. 17th - Oistins Car Park St. Ann’s Garrison, St. Michael. For Sun. 24th - Codrington College further details call 427-0201 or visit: (All hikes are at 6am & 3:30pm, except moonlight hike at 5:30pm) For more info call The Barbados National Trust at 426-2421 or visit:

Museum Exhibition

Museum Exhibition Crop Over - 14th June to 12th August at The Barbados Museum, St. Ann’s Garrison, St. Michael. For further details call 427-0201 or visit:

Horse Racing Midsummer Creole Classic (2nd Jewel in the Triple Crown) Sat. 7th at the historic Garrison Savannah. For further details call the Barbados Turf Club at 426-3980 or visit:

Cricket New Zealand Tour of the West Indies 2012 (3 Test, 5 ODIs & 2 Twenty20 Matches) June to August. For further details visit the ICC website at: Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Cricket Tournament Mon. 9th to Thu. 26th. For further details visit:

Rallying Barbados Historic Rally Carnival Scrutiny: Fri. 6th at Bagatelle at 5pm Rally Sprint: Sat. 7th at 12noon Historic Rally: Sat. 14th, start at Hopewell, St. Thomas at 12noon. For further details visit:

Full Moon Tue. 3rd

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Sun. 1st - Cove Bay (Moonlight) A brilliant and fun coloured costume of the Junior Kadooment Band “Kids on the Move” Sun. 8th - Indian Ground Sports Photo: Joanne Spencer Field Sun. 15th - Haymans Old Sugar Junior Kadooment Cultural Festivals Factory Sat. 28th at The National Stadium, Crop Over Festival Begins with Sun. 22nd - Lodge School St. Michael The BNB Crop Over Opening Gala Sun. 29th - Andrews Factory Yard Party Monarch Finals and Ceremonial Delivery of the (All hikes are at 6am & 3:30pm, Sun. 29th at Bushy Park, St. Philip Last Canes except moonlight hike at 5:30pm) Sat. 7th at Queens Park, Bridgetown For further information call The For further details call The Barbados National Cultural Foundation at Pan Pun De Sand National Trust at 426-2421 or visit: 424-0909 or visit: Sun. 22nd at Brandons Beach, St. Michael Pic-o-de-Crop Semi Finals Fri. 27th at Sir Garfield Sobers Gymnasium, St. Michael


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Revellers on Grand Kadooment Day


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Crop Over Festival continues... Pic-o-de-Crop Finals Fri. 3rd at The National Stadium, St. Michael Foreday Morning Sat. 4th - 12am at Independence Square, Bridgetown Bridgetown Market Sat. 4th & Sun. 5th at Spring Garden Highway, St. Michael Cohobblopot Sun. 5th at the National Stadium Grand Kadooment Mon. 6th For further information call The National Cultural Foundation at 424-0909 or visit:

New Zealand Tour of the West Indies 2012 (3 Test, 5 ODIs & 2 Twenty20 Matches) June to August. For further details visit the ICC website at:

Banks Hockey Festival Sun. 19th to Sat. 25th at various venues including the hockey astro-turf at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, St. Michael. For further details visit:

Motor Racing Williams Industries Inc. Int’l Race Meet & B’dos Auto Racing League Championship at Bushy Park, St. Philip. For further details visit:

Public Holidays

Horse Racing

Wed. 1st & Fri. 31st

United Insurance Barbados Derby (3rd Jewel in the Triple Crown) Sat. 11th at the historic Garrison Savannah. For further details call the Barbados Turf Club at 426-3980 or visit:

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Emancipation Day - Wed. 1st Kadooment Day - Mon. 6th


Museum Exhibition

1937 Riots - Venue TBA. For further details call the Barbados Museum at 427-0201 or visit:


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Full Moon

Sun. 5th - Searles Old Sugar Factory Sun. 12th - Castle Pltn. Yard Sun. 19th - District “C” Police Stn. Sun. 26th - Portvale Sugar Factory (Moonlight) (All hikes are at 6am & 3:30pm, except moonlight hike at 5:30pm) For further details call The Barbados National Trust at 426-2421 or visit:

Down the stretch they come! You can enjoy this sport of champions on Saturdays at the historic Garrison Savannah


Photo: Joanne Spencer

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Saturdays at the historic Garrison Savannah. For further details call the Barbados Turf Club at 426-3980 or visit:

National Dinghy Championships (1) Sun. 9th National Dinghy Championships (2) Sun. 23rd For further details contact or visit the Barbados Sailing Association website at:

Golf Barbados Golf Club Anniversary Week of Activities For further details call the BGC at 428-8463 or visit:

September Sat. 29th

Health & Fitness

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Mr. Caribbean Barbados Fitness Competition Sat. 22nd at the Boatyard Complex, Bay Street, St. Michael. For further details visit:

Sun. 2nd - Bayley’s School Sun. 9th - Graeme Hall Sun. 16th - Kendal Pltn. Yard Sun. 23rd - Brandon’s Beach (Moonlight) Sun. 30th - Barclay’s Park (All hikes are at 6am & 3:30pm, except moonlight hike at 5:30pm). For further details call The Barbados National Trust at 426-2421 or visit:

Museum Exhibition

1937 Riots - Venue TBA. For further details call the Barbados Museum at 427-0201 or visit:


Full Moon

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Several regattas take place in Barbados all year round, the largest of which is the Mount Gay Rum Barbados Regatta


Photo: Peter Marshall


Museum Events


Full Moon

The Barbados Museum, St. Ann’s Garrison, St. Michael. For further details call 427-0201 or visit:

National Dinghy Championships (3) Sun. 7th National Dinghy Championships (4) Sun. 21st For further details contact or visit the Barbados Sailing Association website at:

Mon. 29th

Dog Show The Barbados Kennel Club’s All Breed Championship Dog Show Sun. 7th at Waterford Plantation (Judge - Zena Thorn-Andrews, UK) For further details call 417-0607 or visit:

Hike Barbados Sun. 7th - Roberts Manufacturing Sun. 14th - Hackleton’s Cliff Top Sun. 21st - Holetown Library Car Park Sun. 28th - Skeete’s Bay (Moonlight) (All hikes are at 6am & 3:30pm, except moonlight hike at 5:30pm). For further details call The Barbados National Trust at 426-2421 or visit:


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B.H.T.A.’s 60th Anniversary Caribbean Agro Tourism Symposium Thu. 4th & Fri. 5th at The Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael. For further details call The Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association at 426-5041 or visit:

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Surfing Independence Surf Festival Sat. 24th to Sun. 25th at Soup Bowl, Bathsheba. For further details visit:

Sailing National Dinghy Championships (5) Sun. 4th J24 Barbados Match Racing Championships Sat. 17th & Sun. 18th For further details contact or visit the Barbados Sailing Association website at: Christian Boos of Boosy’s Surf School at Soup Bowl, Bathsheba


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Independence Celebrations Independence Lighting Ceremony & Bajan Folk Brew Thu. 1st at Heroes Square, B’town. Lighting ceremony at 5:30pm and Bajan Folk Brew at 7pm. Spirit of the Nation Show Sat. 17th at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium at 6pm.

National Festivals National Independence Festival for Creative Arts (NIFCA) Events For further details call The National Cultural Foundation at 424-0909 or visit:

Bridge Sun, Sea and Slams International Bridge Festival Tue. 20th to Sat. 24th. For further details visit:

Annual Lecture Sir Winston Scott Memorial Lecture at the Frank Collymore Hall. For further details call 436-9083.

Volleyball Sizzlin’ Sand Barbados Sunsplash Beach Volleyball National Championships Sat. 3rd & Sun. 4th at Brandons Beach, Spring Garden, St. Michael. For further details visit:

Golf The RBTT Classic Sat. 24th & Sun. 25th at Barbados Golf Club, Durants, Christ Church. For further details visit:

Fundraiser Event B.H.T.A.’s 60th Anniversary Fashion for a Cause and Silent Auction Sat. 3rd at Lion Castle, St. Thomas. For further details call The Barbados Hotel & Tourism Assoc. at 426-5041 or visit:

Horse Racing Saturdays at the historic Garrison Savannah. For further details call the Barbados Turf Club at 426-3980.

Museum Exhibition Colour Me Blue: A History of Indigo in Barbados - Mon. 5th to Mon. 31st December. For further details call the Barbados Museum at 427-0201 or visit:

Health & Fitness Nation Fun Walk For further details call The Nation Publishing Co. Ltd. at 430-5400.

Public Holiday Independence Day - Fri. 30th

Full Moon Wed. 28th

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November Dog Show

The Barbados Kennel Club’s All Breed Championship Dog Show Sat. 17th at Waterford Plantation (Judge - TBA). For further details call the BKC at 417-0607 or visit:


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Sun. 4th - Bulkeley Plantation Sun. 11th - Turners Hall Woods Sun. 18th - Drax Hall Pltn. Sun. 25th - Lester Vaughn School (Moonlight) Fri. 30th - Unconfirmed (All hikes are at 6am & 3:30pm, except moonlight hike at 5:30pm) Culinary Festival For further details call The Barbados Food and Wine & Rum Festival National Trust at 426-2421 or visit: For further details call The Barbados Tourism Authority at 427-2623 or visit:

The Royal Barbados Police Force Band performing on Christmas Day in Queens Park


Photo: Maurice Giles

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Police Band Concert

Public Holidays

Wed. 26th - Boxing Day at the Races! Championship Race in the 11th Annual Diamonds International Challenge Series for 2-year-olds and the Victor Chandler Stakes and Trophy at the historic Garrison Savannah. For further details call the Barbados Turf Club at 426-3980 or visit:

The Royal Barbados Police Force Band - A Christmas Concert Tue. 25th at Queen’s Park, St. Michael at 7am.

Christmas Day - Tue. 25th Boxing Day - Wed. 26th

Museum Exhibitions Colour Me Blue: A History of Indigo in Barbados and an Exhibition of New Acquisitions For further details call the Barbados Museum at 427-0201 or visit:

Full Moon Fri. 28th

Hike Barbados

Sun. 2nd - Harrison Point Lighthouse Sun. 9th - Andrews Factory Yard Sun. 16th - St. Thomas Post Office Distance Running Sun. 23rd - Bath Beach Run Barbados International Tue. 25th - Special Hike Marathon & 10k Series Gala Event (Unconfirmed) Fri. 7th to Sun. 9th B.H.T.A.’s 60th Anniversary Night of Sun. 30th - Gun Hill For further details call The Barbados the Nineties Revisited (All hikes are at 6am & 3:30pm, Tourism Authority at 427-2623 or Sat. 15th - Venue TBA. For further except moonlight hike at 5:30pm) visit: details call The Barbados Hotel & For further details call The Barbados Tourism Assoc. at 426-5041 or visit: National Trust at 426-2421 or visit:

December Polo

The Polo Season runs December to May. For further details visit:


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Sports Sports at the Garrison is nothing new! After all, it was the place where cricket, that most West Indian of English sports, was first played in Barbados back in 1805. This was one of the benefits of having a large military force on the island with a high proportion of imported personnel and nothing to do in their spare time! With an approximately 30 acre, almost flat, parade and recreational area, known today as the Savannah, the Garrison provided an excellent site for field sports. However, it was horse racing that ultimately made its mark at the Savannah and this has not changed for more than 168 years. In fact no one actually knows exactly when racing began at the Garrison, only that by 1843 events between the military and the plantocracy were in full swing! During the 20th century, and in more recent times, the Garrison Savannah has played host to basketball, polo, tennis, football, rugby, kite flying competitions and cycle races, all provided free of cost to all. Having become one of the main sporting cultural centres for Barbados, the Garrison’s layout, accessibility and ambience will secure its sporting future for many decades to come. Peter Stevens Photo: Polo was first played in Barbados on the Savannah at the Garrison, introduced by the British Military Henry Walter Parkinson. Reproduced with the kind permission of the Parkinson family.

Photo: Nicholas Reid


Australia v West Indies at Kensington Oval

ports teams usually enjoy the Barbados vacation experience just as much as they enjoy the actual competition. Consequently, over the decades, Barbados has earned a good name for itself as a destination where sports enthusiasts from all around the globe can converge to enjoy the best the island has to offer and return home laden with happy lifetime memories. In more recent times, Barbados has successfully hosted a wide range of world championships. When combined with the warm hospitality, the successful hosting of these world championships has further cemented Barbados’ excellent reputation in the international market as a leading sports destination. Each year there is an extensive calendar of well-organised sports events taking place on this island; many of which encourage active participation by visitors from overseas and all of which provide excellent viewing for spectators, as well as a convivial post-event social scene. To encourage you to consider bringing your sports team to Barbados, to participate yourself as an individual or to simply come along as a spectator, the following pages present a selection of some of the possibly more appealing events taking place in Barbados. To help you find more information, we have provided a list of some of the Barbados Sports Associations and their contact details on page 73.

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Ten Top Sports Events Cricket Cricket is still a huge sport in Barbados with a great number of participants and a big spectator following. A trip to Kensington Oval to watch the West Indies play is much more than a cricket game, it is also a social event and a real Barbados experience. The year 2012 promises to be action-packed with tours of the region by Australia, March 14 – April 23, and New Zealand, June 23 – August 02.

Football The Barbados Wanderers Masters Football Tournament is one of the Caribbean's premiere football events for players over the age of 40. The event is staged every Whit Sunday weekend and played in a 6 group / 24 team format, attracting teams from as far afield as Argentina, USA, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean.

Game Fishing Held in March and based at Port St. Charles, the Barbados International Fishing Tournament attracts anglers from places such as the UK, USA, Italy and the Caribbean. The tournament is certified as a qualifying event for the annual International Game Fishing Association Offshore World Championships.

Sports Golf One of the most anticipated golfing events on the island, the Sir Garfield Sobers Festival of Golf is a 4-day, stroke play tournament, usually held in April and hosted by the legendary cricketer himself. This is a wonderful way to get to play the Barbados Golf Club, Sandy Lane Country Club, Royal Westmoreland and the Apes Hill Club.

Hockey The Banks Barbados International Hockey Festival is divided into men, women, veterans and mixed-team divisions. Usually held in August, this fun-filled festival attracts teams from all across the globe - Barbados, the Caribbean, Europe, Britain, South America, the United States and Abu Dhabi.

Horse Racing Photo: Sean Chandler/VT Caribbean

The highlight event of Barbados’ racing season is the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup in March. Beamed to a live television audience in the United States and England of more than 300 million, the event entails a full card of races plus a spectacular opening parade prior to the main feature.

Polo The exciting sport of polo is flourishing in Barbados with good support and five world-class facilities at Holders, Apes Hill Club, Clifton, Lion Castle and Buttals. The main season runs from January to May, with local and international tournaments, and there are fixtures just about every Thursday and weekend.

Sol Rally Barbados

Rallying Held in June, the Sol Rally Barbados is a two-day tarmac rally with 24 special stages run on the island’s intricate network of public roads, temporarily closed with permission of the Government. Sol Rally Barbados is the Caribbean’s biggest motor sport international event, attracting up to 100 crews.

Sailing The recently re-launched Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race will start on the morning of January 21, 2012. Independence Square in Bridgetown will be the site of the Regatta Village, with yachts moored within the historic inner basin of the Careenage. The annual Mount Gay Regatta will be in Carlisle Bay from May 17 – 20.

Surfing, Windsurfing, Kitesurfing Held in February at Silver Sands in Christ Church, the Waterman Festival is the brainchild of Barbadian Brian Talma, a former professional windsurfer. The Waterman Festival includes an exciting series of competitive events including surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, stand-up paddling and swimming.

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Brian “deAction Man” Talma taking in some kite surfing action


Golf in Barbados Barbados is truly blessed with an incredible richness of golf courses; especially on the west coast, where the quality of the courses and their very close proximity to each other represent a veritable ‘Golfer’s Paradise’. Apes Hill Club is a stunning golf course situated on an elevated ridge 1000 feet above sea-level, with superb signature holes. Access to the course is restricted to Apes Hill Club Golf Members and their guests and Golf Membership is offered exclusively to Apes Hill Club Property Owners. See page 68. Royal Westmoreland is a beautiful and impressive Robert Trent-Jones Jr., designed par-72, 7,045 yards course that demands use of every club in the bag. The elegant Clubhouse has a superb setting overlooking the 9th hole. Sandy Lane has two magnificent Tom Fazio designed, 18-hole championship courses, The Green Monkey and the Country Club, as well as an attractive 9-hole resort course. On the south coast, the Barbados Golf Club is a wellmaintained 18-hole course where visitors are made very welcome. This links-style 6,705 yd., par-72 course features excellent greens, wide open fairways, gentle hills and a large central lake which adds intrigue to three holes. This is an ideal outing for golfers of all abilities. Group outings are welcome and golf events can be tailor-made on request. Amenities include a pro-shop, a bar and restaurant, as well as practice putting and chipping greens and warm-up nets. The Green Monkey Course at Sandy Lane


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Golf at Apes Hill Club Apes Hill Club is situated on 470 acres of some of the most beautiful land in Barbados, on an elevated ridge some 1000 feet above sea-level that provides truly spectacular views of both the west and east coasts. The natural topography, geology and vegetation of this area make it a perfect location for a magnificent golf course; and the world renowned designers from Landmark Land Golf Developers have taken full advantage of nature’s benevolence to create a golf course that is destined to become #1 in the Caribbean. Officially opened on December 5, 2009, the course offers a treasure chest of interesting features: undulating pasture-land, coral stone quarries, sheer cliffs, wooded ravines, incredibly tall Royal Palms, sparkling lakes, unsurpassed panoramic views and, of course, superb golf holes. There is literally a signature hole around every corner! The top quality layout of the 7150 yards, par-72 course has been implemented with tremendous regard to the full range of strategies that players need to adopt when facing each hole. As would be expected at a venue of such high aspirations, the course is in immaculate condition. Apes Hill Club has demonstrated a strong commitment to its environmental program and the provision of a sanctuary for wildlife. In recognition of its outstanding Environmental Stewardship, Apes Hill Club has been designated as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary", thus becoming one of only 2% of all golf courses in the world to earn such certification. During the last year Apes Hill Club has hosted several competitions, including the Sir Garfield Sobers Festival of Golf; as well as a rich variety of social golf events as diverse as the British Airways Football Legends and the HRH Prince Edward

Golf Day, staged in support of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, which was followed by a lavish lunch at the Apes Hill Polo Club. In all instances, the players thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and thrill of playing the Apes Hill course. Access to the course is restricted to Apes Hill Club Golf Members and their invited guests. Golf Membership is offered exclusively to Apes Hill Club Property Owners.

HRH Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, at Apes Hill Club

16th Hole at Apes Hill Club

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Photo: Lisa Davis


Polo in Barbados The fascinating black and white photo that opens this sports section dates back to the days when the original Barbados Polo Club was located at the Garrison Savannah. Polo was originally introduced to Barbados in the 19th century by British cavalry officers who were stationed at the Garrison. The first Barbados Polo Club was started at that location in 1884, before relocating to its present premises at Holders in St. James in 1965. Since then polo has flourished tremendously in Barbados, so much so that today the island is home to five international standard polo fields: Holders, Apes Hill Club, Clifton, Lion Castle and Buttals. The polo scene in Barbados tends to be very convivial and, like most sports on the island, it can be just as much a social occasion as a sporting event. Apart from the fact that this enjoyable ambiance has resulted in large crowds of spectators being attracted to the matches, it has also made it a lot easier to encourage international teams to come to the island to play in tournaments. And once they have been here and sampled the local polo and hospitality, they keep coming back for more! Added to this, the ensuing improvement in the standards of local players and facilities, the greater availability of thoroughbred and Argentinean polo ponies, plus increased corporate sponsorship, all combined to entice some of the world’s top professional players to come to Barbados to play in local high-handicap tournaments. The widespread international media coverage that goes with such high profile events, helped to propel Barbados even more onto the world polo stage.

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The 2012 Polo Season promises to be just as exciting as ever with a full, action-packed schedule of matches starting from December 27th and running continuously until May 26th. A number of perennial and popular visiting teams will be returning this season, notably including The Villages from the USA, from February 05 – 12; to be followed by the Cheshire Club from England who will repeat their annual visit with matches played between February 26 - March 04. The Ladies Tour, perhaps better known by its popular title ‘The Battle of The Sexes’, will take place between March 25 – April 01. These matches usually get a huge turnout of spectators, who mostly come along to support the ladies! Both teams have proven victorious in previous years, so the 12 and 14-goal tournaments will once again supply an incredible level of polo, especially with two professionals on each team playing some fast, exciting games. Later in the season, teams from Brazil and Asia will then tour in April and May respectively. If you have never been to a polo match, then Barbados is a wonderful place to start. You will be made very welcome and these occasions usually provide a full afternoon of entertainment in addition to the polo, ranging from sedate afternoon tea to amiable social imbibing. And for those who are so inclined, often rocking on well into the evening with a full bar, a delicious BBQ dinner and lively dance music to cap off a complete day of fun. For a full schedule of the matches you can refer to the Events Calendar at the front of this publication or go online to



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Ins & Outs Quick Reference Sports Associations Directory Amateur Athletic Association President: Esther Maynard Secretary: Catherine Jordan Tel: (246) 427-4684 Amateur Boxing Association President: Anthony Jones Secretary: Kathy Harper-Hall Tel: (246) 436-1487/232-7556/245-2638 Barbados Amateur Basketball Association President: Derrick Garrett Secretary: Charlene Leacock Tel: (246) 243-1517 Barbados Amateur Gymnastics Association President: Jukka Terho Secretary: Alison Jackson Tel: (246) 228-1200/429-1998 Barbados Amateur Swimming Association President: Sonia O’Neale Secretary: Haresh Gopwani Tel: (246) 429-7946 Barbados Amateur Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation President: Andrew LeR. Forde Secretary: Shirley Garnes Tel: (246) 427-5863 Barbados Amateur WeightLifting Association President: Andrew Callender Secretary: Diana Hamati Tel: (246) 243-0002/429-1998 Barbados Archery Association President: John Annel Secretary: Shane DeFreitas Tel: (246) 253-6240/429-1998 Barbados Badminton Association President: Kevin Wood Secretary: Mervin Gordon Tel: (246) 243-6899/231-7390 Barbados Bridge League Inc. President: Roglyn Hinds Secretary: Charles Hollingsworth Tel: (246) 427-4839/434-2905

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Barbados Chess Federation Inc. President: Rohan Waithe Secretary: Hetty Wilson Tel: (246) 269-3607/429-1998 Barbados Clay Target Shooting Association President: Geoffrey Browne Tel: (246) 262-9984/429-1998 Barbados Cricket Association President: Joel Garner Secretary: Gregory Nicholls Tel: (246) 274-1325 Barbados Cycling Union President: Keith Yearwood Secretary: Glendene Boyce Tel: (246) 228-1699/429-1998 Barbados Darts Association President: Gregory Blenman Secretary: Mark Cummins Tel: (246) 231-8729 Barbados Equestrian Association President: Nicole Tull Sec.: Naomi Roachford-Holder Tel: (246) 231-2546/429-1998 Barbados Federation of Island Triathletes President: Peter Gibbs Secretary: John Evelyn Tel: (246) 417-4374/256-2133 Barbados Fencing Federation President: Joseph Rodriguez Secretary: Wilfred Abrahams Tel: (246) 425-1360/429-1998 Barbados Football Association President: Ronald Jones Secretary: David Hinds Tel: (246) 228-1707 Barbados Game Fishing Assoc. President: Frank Armstrong Secretary: James Peirce Barbados Golf Association President: Birchmore Griffith Secretary: Trenton Weekes Tel: (246) 231-4931/826-3626

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Barbados Hockey Federation Inc. President: George Bennett Secretary: Sharon Estwick Tel: (246) 233-5719/429-1998 Barbados Judo Association President: Hoskins Caddle Secretary: Stephen Blanchard Tel: (246) 436-2608 Barbados Karate Association President: Paul Bernstein Secretary: Mark Perkins Tel: (246) 435-6734 Barbados Karate Federation President: Joel Linton Secretary: Carol Clarke Tel: (246) 245-5454 Barbados Karting Assoc. Inc. Chairman: Stephen Mayers Secretary: Brent Gilkes Tel: (246) 428-4390 Barbados Netball Association President: Juanita Cordle Secretary: Nisha Cummins Tel: (246) 233-4292/429-1998 Barbados Olympic Association President: Steve Stoute Secretary: Erskine Simmonds Tel: (246) 429-1998 Barbados Polo Club President: Keith Melville Secretary: Jason Gonsalves Tel: (246) 432-1802 Barbados Rally Club Chairman: Geoffrey Noel Secretary: Neil Corbin Tel: (246) 426-0790 Barbados Rifle Association President: Michael Holder Secretary: Debbie Skinner Tel: (246) 230-2391/429-1998 Barbados Rifle & Pistol Federation Inc. President: Antonio Rudder Secretary: Curtis Smith Tel: (246) 826-3650/429-1998

Barbados Rugby Football Union President: George Nicholson Secretary: Martin Varga Tel: (246) 233-1945/429-1998 Barbados Sailing Association President: Peter Thompson Secretary: Penny McIntyre Tel: (246) 823-0019 Barbados Squash Club President: Dean Straker Secretary: Lilianna White Tel: (246) 427-7913 Barbados Surfing Association President: Nicholas Donawa Secretary: Brian Allan Tel: (246) 429-1998 Barbados Table Tennis Association President: Lt.Col. Trevor Browne Secretary: Marguerita Felix Tel: (246) 230-5624/429-1998 Barbados Tennis Association President: Raymond Forde Secretary: Eleanor Brown Tel: (246) 433-3889/429-1998 Barbados Turf Club President: Sir David Seale Secretary: Rosette Peirce Tel: (246) 426-3980 Barbados Volleyball Association President: John Griffith Secretary: Wendy Reid Tel: (246) 429-1998 Sizzlin’ Sand Beach Volleyball Chairman: Paul White Tel: (246) 256-7588/427-8303 Barbados Water Polo Club President: Cheryl Forde Tel: (246) 230-3441 / 423-3881 Barbados Windsurfing Association President: Roger Millar Secretary: Brian Talma Tel: (246) 262-7086

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Shopping Bridgetown is a city where people live and work, and its shophouses epitomize architectural efficiency, acting as both commercial and residential dwellings. The nineteenth century shophouses have remained a part of Bridgetown’s urban landscape and some still retain the same function. The ground floor had several entrances to display goods and services for passersby, while the upper storey was used as a private living space, usually for the proprietor and his or her family. Typically, the living space on the second floor was extended with an overhanging balcony or adorned with jalousies, which also served to protect windows and doors in the rainy season. The unique configuration of the shophouse in a variety of decorative and architectural styles suited for the tropical environment demonstrates that Bridgetown continues, in parts, to be a lived in city. Dr. Tara Inniss Photo: Broad Street c1900 Courtesy Circa West Indies

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Limegrove Lifestyle Centre has an array of exquisite services and shopping along with restaurants, delis, cafés, bars and an elegant HD cinema

arbados has been an entrepôt and trading centre ever since the English settlers arrived in 1627. Drawing on this proud legacy and their many years of experience, Barbadian retailers have successfully established this island as the Tax Free Haven of the Eastern Caribbean, where prices can generally be 30% to 50% less than the regular prices in Europe and North America.

West Coast The overall quality of shopping in Barbados continues to improve and all indications are that this trend will continue, with the opening of the dynamic new Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in Holetown. It’s exciting because it answers so many longstanding needs of the residents and visitors of Barbados’ west coast, all in one remarkably well thought out facility. International designer brands have opened what are their flagship stores in the Caribbean now, chic boutiques and galleries selling tasteful handpicked items, several interesting restaurants, gourmet food shops, two luxury cinemas and a trendy night club are some of the attractions there. The other exciting news is the interesting events Limegrove will be having throughout the year where people can meet and socialize. Holetown has always had good shopping malls, such as the West Coast Mall and Sunset Mall, so the overall area has now become a major shopping destination in Barbados. 76 •

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Historic Bridgetown Of course, the ancient capital Bridgetown offers a wonderful shopping experience as well. You can spend the morning enjoying some excellent retail therapy on Broad Street, relax over a tasty lunch at one of the many quaint Bridgetown establishments or at the breezy Waterfront Café overlooking the water and boats of the careenage. Although Broad Street is the main shopping drag, if you’re open to some local shopping culture, Swan Street, High Street and Tudor Street are a paradise for bargain hunters. While in Bridgetown take some time to visit the Nidhe Israel Synagogue, Mikvah and Museum and the Museum of Parliament in the west wing of the Parliament buildings. Both these attractions are state of the art and you are assured a very interesting and enjoyable visit. For a full exploratory walk around Bridgetown please refer to our opening article by Dr. Karl Watson entitled “Walking Bridgetown” where he brings the old city’s incredible past to life.

South Coast The south of Barbados has some great shopping too. Sheraton Mall, just off the ABC Highway in Christ Church, is fully air-conditioned and houses over 120 specialty stores, an elegant food court with 15 restaurants and a cineplex with 6 movie theatres and a VIP movie theatre. On the coast itself the new Lanterns Mall opened in 2010 and Quayside Centre has very good shopping with popular places to pick up food or enjoy relaxed dining. Further east, The Crane Village has a small variety of very good shops and an art gallery.

Cartier’s flagship store at the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in Holetown on the west coast


West Coast Retail Therapy The charming Chattel Village is a colourful cluster of interesting chattel house shops in Sunset Crest, Holetown. Nestled in this attractive shopping village is a Best of Barbados Shop, Sarah Hamilton’s Gourmet Shop, Lola Beach Swimwear and Accessories and Beth & Tracie who produce an impressive selection of high quality, stylish resort wear and semi-precious jewellery. Nearby, is the Sunset Mall, which houses a department of Colombian Emeralds International and Cave Shepherd’s main west coast store. They stock an impressive range of duty free merchandise including designer clothing and swimwear, perfumes, bags, cosmetics and a full range of quality souvenirs. In the heart of Holetown, the Indigo Courtyard with its buttercup yellow buildings, is where you'll find Gaye Boutique and Leonard Menswear with their fine array of renowned designer clothing and footwear from around the world and Heather Harrington Jones with her incredible selection of one of a kind designer jewellery and watches. The modern West Coast Mall has an excellent range of tax free stores, including a Diamonds International, Diamonds International Outlet store, Little Switzerland boutique store, Pages Bookstore, Cave Shepherd, Bean ’n’ Bagel Internet Café, Gregory Paul Salon and of course the Super Centre Supermarket. The Diamonds International West Coast Mall store has a beautiful selection of affordable luxury with diamonds and designer jewellery and watches, writing instruments and an exquisite collection of art du table. Diamonds International also has well-appointed diamond and watch boutiques at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Elegant Hotels’ The Tamarind Hotel, and Royal Westmoreland Golf & Country Club. Diamonds International’s latest foray in the world of luxury is the opening two luxury boutiques, one for Cartier and the other for Breitling and retail éspaces at the exceptional Limegrove Lifestyle Centre for some of the world’s foremost luxury brands like Audemars Piguet, Bvlgari, Chopard, Hublot, IWC, Ivanka Trump, John Hardy, Jeager LeCoultre, MontBlanc, Piaget and Panerai to name a few.

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Indigo Courtyard in Holetown

Sandy Lane The Jewellers is a small exclusive boutique featuring stunning creations from the world’s foremost jewellers all presented in fabulous surroundings on the upper level of one of the Caribbean’s most luxurious resorts, Sandy Lane Hotel. They carry jewellery collections from Van Cleef & Arpels, Bvlgari, Theo Fennell, Michael Werdiger and Gregg Ruth. For watches - Bvlgari, Ebel, Baume & Mercier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Jaeger-Le-Coultre, Tag Heuer, Omega and Theo Fennell. They are pleased to offer personal viewings. Please contact Shurland or Joanne at (246) 444-2077.

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The Jewellers, Sandy Lane Hotel


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Luxuriate in a Remarkable Retail Shopping Environment Limegrove Lifestyle Centre will surely qualify as the most stylish place to shop, dine, lime and live in the Caribbean. This exciting project rolled out in 2011 and accommodates many of the world’s leading retail brands, ultra chic boutiques, a carefully selected variety of successful Barbadian brands, as well as top quality specialty stores and gourmet food outlets. Boutique Cartier Barbados, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown, St. James, Barbados, W.I. | Tel: (246) 271 8234


Trinity Draped Necklace

Love Bracelet

Calibre de Cartier

Ballon Bleu de Cartier Chronograph

Marcello de Cartier Hobo Bag

Ballon Bleu de Cartier Extra-Flat

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Limegrove Lifestyle Centre Modern Barbados has evolved into the vacation destination of choice for some of the world’s most affluent individuals, including high profile names that would ordinarily be more associated with the annual ‘Rich Lists’ of the London Times or Forbes Magazine. Along with these celebrity guests, Barbados generally attracts significant numbers of sophisticated and discerning visitors - people who are accustomed to enjoying the very best that the world has to offer, wherever they may be residing at the time. It is against this increasingly demanding and progressive background that the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre is poised to provide the most unique and exciting ‘living’ experience ever witnessed in Barbados. Limegrove has been conceptualized to provide major improvements in the upper echelons of life in Barbados: such as the opportunity to purchase the world’s leading brands, luxury goods; a superior level of general shopping; a broader choice of fine dining and good food; more sophisticated leisure and entertainment options; and the injection of greater vitality and variation into the island’s calendar of social events. The unparalleled Limegrove Lifestyle Centre has been planned and created with a tremendous depth of detail, specifically to provide a diversity of sumptuous offerings at a level of quality never before experienced in Barbados. After the much anticipated, gradual unfurling of the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, initiated during the Christmas Season 2010, visitors and locals alike can luxuriate in a remarkable 85,000 sq. ft. retail shopping environment that accommodates many of the

world’s leading retail brands, ultra chic boutiques, a carefully selected variety of successful Barbadian brands, as well as top quality specialty stores and gourmet food outlets. This extensive and varied mix of retailers has been carefully compiled to provide something for everyone. The outstanding Limegrove leisure and entertainment facilities include restaurants, delis, cafés, bars, a roof deck, a VIP High Definition cinema, an art gallery, a spa, and several other spaces for special events. In a nutshell, 'everything one could desire'. Limegrove has been cleverly schemed around three distinct and very attractive courtyards, the Water Courtyard, the Palm Courtyard, and the Caribbean Courtyard, all of which are conveniently interconnected while still retaining their own individual ambiance. While walking around this magnificent complex, one of the striking characteristics of Limegrove is that there always seems to be something different and exciting going on around every corner - and there are lots of corners! To make life at Limegrove even more interesting and appealing, a regular events programme will ensure that there is always something new happening; ranging from art shows to culinary events to live entertainment to cultural displays - indeed anything that the public will find engaging. When Limegrove is completed, including parking for some 300 plus vehicles and planned adjacent residences, it will surely qualify as the most stylish place to shop, dine, lime and live in the Caribbean. For more information about The Grove Residences, the exciting residential aspect of Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, please refer to page 270.

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It’s All in the Timing Keep time, beautifully. Timepieces shown on this page are available at Diamonds International Tel: (246) 430 2400 | www. Bridgetown - Lower Broad Street/ 8 Broad Street/ Cruise Terminal; West Coast - Limegrove Lifestyle Centre / West Coast Mall / Tamarind Cove Hotel/ Fairmont Royal Pavilion/ Galleria, Royal Westmoreland Golf & Country Club; South Coast - Turtle Beach Resort/ Grantley Adams Int’l Airport

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Jaeger Le Coultre Master Ultra Thin 39 Moon Phase

Equipped with a Breitling SuperQuartzTM movement 10 times more accurate than ordinary quartz. Water-resistant at a depth of 300 meters (1,000 ft). Features a 1/10th of a second display, a split- second hand and a fast timezone-change system.

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Hublot Big Bang

The generous 44 mm diameter perfectly highlights its powerful and refined style. Its case features alternating polished and satinbrushed surfaces and its bezel carries original numerals.

Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight - 44mm The chronograph with three countersis available in a new version with a strongly sporting character.

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The Luminor case 44 mm in diameter is made of AISI 316L brushed stainless steel. The broad black dial is notable for its great legibility and clarity.


Objects of Desire Command attention, subtly. Jewellery and fountain pens shown on this page are available at Diamonds International Tel: (246) 430 2400 | www.

Ivanka Trump Signature Oval Collection

John Hardy Ring, Tennis Bracelet and Drop Earrings in 18k white gold with Crown of Light diamonds.

Mont Blanc Tribute to the Mont Blanc Fountain Pen

Piaget Piaget Engraved Possession Diamonds Set 18 K pink gold ring and pink and white gold pendant

Metal forepart and fittings platinum or rose gold plated and engraved with the panorama of Europe’s highest mountain and the height of each peak. Montblanc emblem made of natural snow crystal, 18 K gold nib, lacquered in a pure white.

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Horizon House, located between Broad Street and The Careenage is the location of Harley Davidson of the West Indies

Bridgetown Shopping Cave Shepherd Cave Shepherd, the island's lone department store, is situated on Broad Street in the heart of Bridgetown. This 105 year old store is determined to keep its offering fresh and trendy with all the latest international brands all available at great duty free prices with savings of up to 44% on US retail prices. Other convenient locations dotted around the island include Sunset Mall, West Coast Mall, Vista Worthing Complex, The Village at the Crane Resorts, Almond Beach Village, Grantley Adams International Airport and the Bridgetown Port. They also offer a shuttle to Bridgetown for just US$5 from most hotels. To book just call (246) 227-2200.

Colombian Emeralds Offering a breathtaking selection of fine jewellery and brand name watches from the fabulous to the affordable, Colombian Emeralds has an enviable reputation for quality, integrity, service and value. Cave Shepherd in Bridgetown, Sunset Crest on the West Coast, Vista Complex in Worthing and Almond Casuarina Resort on the South Coast, The Village at The Crane, as well as locations at both the Bridgetown Port and Grantley Adams International Airport.

represents Phillipe Charriol jewellery, Marahlago, the Caribbean’s gem stone Larimar, and the increasingly popular Skagen watches of Denmark. As diamond site-holders, they can guarantee that their clients are offered genuine wholesale prices on all of their GIA/EGL Certified diamonds and they also have a New York based customer service centre. Telephone: (246) 429-2900.

Harley Davidson of the West Indies Harley-Davidson of the West Indies sells clothing for men, women and children with specially designed imprints available only in Barbados. They also sell souvenir collectibles, combining scenes unique to Barbados and the Harley-Davidson brand. Located in the historic Mount Gay Rum building, Horizon House, adjacent to the Careenage and a block south of Broad Street. Known for high quality and nostalgic designs, the merchandize appeals to all Harley enthusiasts, both owners and to those who dream of riding one. Telephone: (246) 436-2489.

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Milano Diamond Gallery Savvy shoppers are delighted with the recent arrival in Bridgetown of the Milano Diamond Gallery. Thanks to its global presence, Milano benefits from the ability to bring the finest jewellery ‘From the Mines to the Market’ - rich gemstones - all available at surprisingly affordable prices. Well worthy of extra attention is Milano’s very own Unity brand, which focuses on ‘Big Look’ diamond jewellery and tennis bracelets. Milano also Milano Diamond Gallery on Broad Street in Bridgetown

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Diamonds International

Little Switzerland

There is a world of Beauty, Elegance and Sophistication where immaculate collections of Diamonds, Fine Jewellery, Timepieces and Luxury Accoutrements await you. Diamonds International is the Luxury Diamond brand of the Caribbean, Mexico and Pacific Riviera specialising in loose diamonds. No Diamond is identical and just like you with your desire to be unique and different; each exquisite diamond has its own Clarity, Cut, Colour and Carat. While the traditional diamond has fifty-seven or fifty-eight carefully polished facets which capture and disperse light into a radiant light show, Diamonds International is mesmerizing the world with their 90 faceted exquisite Crown of Light diamond. The Crown of Light is an entirely unique and patented round diamond cut that maximizes every natural diamond’s highest potential. So by combining the traditional, exceptional and nouveau we invite you to customise your signature piece of jewellery in the knowledge that your diamonds are from a secure and reputable source, non-conflict diamonds from DeBeers. Simply choose your diamond from their collection and create the jewel of your dreams. Should you in time wish to change your design or change your diamond quality their trade-in and upgrade policies offer you that flexibility with no loss of value on your existing piece. You can certianly discover your treasure at Diamonds International! If you take pleasure in the art of writing, Diamonds International's Pen World will crave your indulgence with the finest writing instruments from Visconti, Delta, Graf von FaberCastell, Pelikan and Porsche Design to name a few. Diamonds International Watch & Design store at No. 8 Broad Street caters to the discerning shopper who knows and appreciates the world of luxury brands. Their VIP Lounge, upstairs Watch & Design, offers you a cool, comfortable and private ambience in which to shop. Outfitted with a wine and champagne bar and paintings by local artists, you will enjoy the experience!

Defining luxury across the Caribbean – Little Switzerland is one of the world’s most trusted duty free retailers with twenty-five stores across the Caribbean offering an unprecedented showcase of the most desired collections of respected names in fine jewellery, watches, china, crystal and accessories. Visit Little Switzerland in Barbados at DaCostas Mall on Broad Street, Bridgetown (246) 431-0030 and in the West Coast Mall, Sunset Crest, St. James (246) 432-6791.

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The Royal Shop A must see jewellery store on Broad Street is The Royal Shop. They carry a wonderful selection of watches: Rolex, David Yurman, Raymond Weil, Chopard, Longines, Girard-Perregaux, Maurice LaCroix and Movado. They also have a certified Rolex repair centre right here in Bridgetown. There is also a wonderful selection of fine jewellery and pearls. This excellent family-run business also has the finest display of bone china figurines that make wonderful gifts.







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The Royal Treatment And who deserves it more than you? Timepieces and jewellery shown on this page are available at The Royal Shop. Bridgetown - 32 Broad Street - (246) 429-7072; Cruise Terminal - (246) 431-0296 Below: David Yurman Midnight Melange ladies bangles, sterling silver with diamonds.

Chopard Left: Chopard’s Miss Happy Collection offers a lighter, yet ever exquisite version of its iconic Happy Diamonds. Visions of slender hearts or precious circles - yellow, rose or white gold circles polished or set with precious diamonds.

Time and Again Make the most of every moment! Left: Chopard Imperiale - A watch of royal elegance enshrining the quintessence of style and elegance within a watch. This reinterpretation of Chopard’s famous 1990s model, is now available in 28mm or Two-Tone versions. Right: David Yurman - Women’s classic 38mm, white diamond set bezel, engraved white mother of pearl dial, applied Roman numerals with diamond markers.

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Above: David Yurman mens cuff links and ring. Matte finish, sterling silver diamond cut faceted. Left: Mens ID tag shown in florentine matte finish (left) and black anodized with diamonds (right).


Beluga Lady

Van Cleef & Arpels

Beluga Tonneau Lady

Magic Alhambra Necklace, Pendant and earrings

Ebel Updated icon. Stainless steel case with progressive gem setting and mother-ofpearl dial. Diamond markers and bezel. Triple link bracelet. Silky smooth stainless steel case and bracelet. Mother-of-pearl dial with diamond markers. Progressively set diamond bezel. Discreet recessed crown.

Gucci Gucci Coupé Collection steel case with white dial, web and white leather strap.

Damiani Metropolitan Dream

Conversation Pieces

I-Gucci Collection Black PVD case, black dial with white digits or hands, black GG rubber strap with green-red-green web.

Understated elegance makes a real statement. In Barbados Colombian Emeralds International can be found at the following locations: Bridgetown - 24 Broad Street/ Cave Shepherd, Broad Street/ Cruise Terminal; Diamond Boutique - Nicholas House, Broad Street West Coast - Cave Shepherd, Sunset Mall/ Almond Beach Village South Coast - Hilton Hotel/ Vista Complex/ Almond Casuarina Beach Hotel/ Grantley Adams Int’l Airport/ Crane Resort & Residences

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Philip Bostic has worked for the Hilton Barbados since 1969 with a short break while the hotel was re-built

Philip Bostic - Does Pillar of Industry ring a bell? By Sarah Venable Phillip Bostic has the confident demeanour of a man who is committed to his job, his department and his industry ... and for good reason. It was in 1969 that he joined the staff of the Hilton Hotel and after all these years he’s still there. In that time, he rose to the position of Bell Captain, with responsibility for running that department efficiently and maintaining high standards. He and his colleagues are your first point of contact as you arrive to check in. He knows it is essential to make your first impression of the hotel a good one, and makes sure his staff do too. They must also know their etiquette, how to introduce the rooms’ features and the hotel’s facilities to guests, be able to discuss points of interest about the island, and help you get where you want to go. Like a good maitre d’, he smoothes the way. Mr. Bostic is also a diplomat. He knows how to handle customers who arrive with travel tension. “If they let you have it, you rise above it. We tell them ‘relax, you’re in Barbados now.’ Many times, they apologise.” He can still say that the thing he likes best about his job is meeting people. His colleagues appreciate his looking after their interests. Here again, diplomacy comes in, along with his training in


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industrial relations. That’s something he picked up during the five year hiatus when the Hilton was being rebuilt, when he went to work at the Barbados Workers’ Union. “The union’s training has remained,” he said. “It helps me do my job and to inspire others. You must be able to deal with people, to tell right from wrong, and at times to represent workers . . .” He must do it well; he has served as the Barbados Workers Union’s President of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Workers for 26 years. It was a different Barbados when he started out 42 years ago. “People didn’t want to go into this work. We still had sugar cane, and tourism was just starting to take off. Nobody envisaged that it would come to this, the number one foreign exchange earner,” he said. At that time you didn’t need fancy qualifications either; you learned on the job. After his stint as a page boy - running to the beach with a bell and a board to summon sunbathers who were wanted on the phone - he moved up to bellman and now rules their roost. Along the way, he travelled. Educational courses took him to the US, UK, Israel, Bahamas, Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba and Switzerland, to see what kind of hospitality training they offered. He and his contingent worked alongside local workers, learning from each other. And because they stayed in hotels, he knows what the guest experience can be like. So if Mr. Bostic says, “Relax, you’re in Barbados,” you know you can, because you’re in excellent hands.


Grantley Adams Int’l Airport Shopping This is your last chance to shop duty free! If you did not shop before because you were soaking up the island’s beautiful rays, the shops at the Airport are ready to serve you. The Landside Courtyard is the centrepiece of the departures terminal. The shops, bars and restaurants of this area are open to all airport users. The service offerings include the Barbados Postal Service and the Barbados National Bank. The Departure Lounge offers some of the best duty free shopping in an airport terminal in the Caribbean. Passengers who have cleared security have a choice of fine jewellery stores like Colombian Emeralds and Cave Shepherd. And during your last hours in paradise, Diamonds International will be offering you a special happy hour to shop and enjoy Barbados’ best punch! Harley Davidson of the West Indies is now also on sale, duty free, in the Legends of Barbados shop. Also in the Departure Lounge you will find Best of Barbados, a perfect place to find tasteful and authentic souvenirs and gifts featuring the well loved Barbadian art of Jill Walker. There are also liquor and tobacco stores, a bookstore, music, perfume and cosmetics, leather and luggage, confectionery, convenience stores along with two restaurants, a very relaxing bar and a coffee shop.

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Jill Walker’s Chattel House Book

Flower Placemats and Coasters

In her new book, artist Jill Walker shares her love and admiration, spanning over 50 years, for the Barbadian chattel house. A personal story of how they captured her heart – leading to this remarkable collection of paintings and an unexpected historical record.

Inspired by colourful local flora, Jill Walker brings you this beautiful range of tableware. Also available featuring Jill’s paintings of Barbadian scenes.

A Family Tradition If you’re looking for authentic Barbadian designs and lovingly made local handicraft with a warm, friendly Bajan smile, the Best of Barbados Gift Shops are the perfect place to shop. Founded by artist Jill Walker and her husband Jimmy in 1975, this island institution is still family-run. Jill’s outstanding talent is brought to you in her extensive range of art and giftware along with an exciting selection from talented local Barbadians – and also includes artwork from Jill’s gifted daughter, Sue Trew, who is proudly continuing the family tradition.

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Spa and Bath Relaxing, locally made bath salts attractively presented in a handmade coconut shell turtle are part of our inviting range of soaps, scrubs and lotions.

Casual Dining A new range of melamine plates, bowls and trays with matching paper napkins featuring local beach and turtle designs.


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The Gourmet Shop

The Gourmet Shop in the Chattel Village, Holetown

Established in 1991, The Gourmet Shop is a multiple award winning, specialty store providing good food, good wine and good, friendly service to discerning customers wanting top quality, branded products and serious foodaholics seeking those hard to find items. On offer are the best meats, seafood, paté, cheese, deli meats and produce available anywhere in Barbados. Shelves are stocked with a staggering array of oils, vinegars, sushi ingredients, jams, honey, fine chocolates, olives, truffles, even edible gold and homemade Bajan treats. There is an impressive selection of reasonably priced champagnes, wines, liquors & beers. Tabletop accessories, kitchenware, chef knives and beautiful custom gift baskets for special occasions or a simple ‘thank you’ are available too. You are invited to stop by Monday thru Saturday 9:00am to 5:30pm. Their knowledgeable staff is always willing to go ‘the extra mile’ to satisfy customers and special orders are a daily routine…just ask. Tel: (246) 432-7711 or e-mail:

Super Centre Supermarkets The Super Centre grocery chain has 5 excellent supermarkets conveniently located on the South and West coasts of the island. Renowned for their vast selection of both local and international brands, Super Centre also offers a variety of shopping services to make life that much easier. E-mail, fax, or call in your orders and enjoy a free delivery service for orders over $100; pick up your groceries from your nearest Super Centre location and allow their reliable Super Centre Shuttle Service to take you and all of your purchases back home, or shop online at and order your goods to be delivered or collected. Locations: JB’s - Sargeant’s Village, Big B - Worthing, Super Centre Super Centre offers a convenient online and delivery service Oistins, Super Centre Sunset Crest & Super Centre Warrens

Posh Nosh

Posh Nosh in Holetown offers gourmet meals to go

Posh Nosh is an innovative retail concept selling prepared fresh and frozen meals. The shop came about as a direct result of the continuing daily requests from their restaurant’s clients for food to take home. Today, they carry a selection of 20 ready-meals, like Chicken Tikka Masala, Duck Leg Cassoulet and Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie that you can pick up in the shop or have delivered to your villa or office. They have an amazing line of artisanal salad dressings, BBQ rubs and pasta sauces. Not to mention their daily fresh salads. Drop by and see why this is becoming an essential foodie hang out! Open Monday to Saturday 10am - 7pm, Sundays 10am - 2pm. Sunset Blvd., Holetown, St. James (just behind the Texaco station). Tel: (246) 432-5865 or e-mail:

Relish Epicurea

Relish Epicurea offers an engaging variety of traditional and unusual gourmet treats and healthy deli options

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A gourmet grocery providing fresh and imported produce of the best quality. They will stock your villa with all the delcious treats that make your holiday so enjoyable – from fresh fruit and seafood to fine wines and cheeses. The on-site bakery makes delicious baguettes, hobs and pastries of all kinds and the delicatessan offers cold cuts, patés, cheeses, as well as ready-to-go meals. They will also prepare picnics for an easy pick up – surely the best way to enjoy a day at the beach! Relish’s courtyard dining area is a wonderfully sociable spot to drop in for a fresh bite or a glass of wine from their state-of-the-art wine dispensing machine. Open 7 days a week from 9am-6pm. Relish – the delicious life! Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown, St. James Tel: (246) 621-0077


Purveyors of distinguished specialty foods, wines & liquors from around the world


Gourmet Shop Established 1991 The Chattel Village #5 Holetown, Barbados Tel (246) 432-7711 Fax (246) 432-7715

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“Dig your own” sweet potatoes being sold by the rod in the St. George valley

Healthy Barbadian Produce Fish Caught daily from the waters around Barbados and served fresh are flying fish, barracuda, mahi mahi (also called dolphin, but not the mammal), king fish, marlin, tuna, snapper, amber jack and many others. While on the subject of fish, there’s also shark oil, sold in the Cheapside Market.

Ground Provisions Almost weekly, local newspapers feature photographs of centenarians being visited by the Governor General. When interviewed about the secrets of their longevity the first answer is usually ‘the Lord God in heaven’ often followed by ‘ground provisions’. Yam, sweet potato, eddo and cassava, and other tropical root crops, are the staples in the traditional Barbadian diet, served in a variety of delicious ways. Cassava flour has surged in popularity as a wheat free alternative for baking. Cassava bread is sold in most supermarkets and there’s a small shop in St. George Street in Bridgetown that brings in the large, frying-pan-sized ones from Guyana. They keep, without refrigeration, for months.

Local Herbs and Spices The royal herbs of parsley, basil, broadleaf thyme and marjoram are all grown in Barbados and available fresh year round. They are added to spices, onion and fresh pepper to make “Bajan Seasoning” used like a rub in the preparation of fish, chicken and meat. Numerous wild plants are dried and used for making “bush tea” which is prescribed for just about any ailment. There are ladies that sell dried bush of various types in Bridgetown’s Cheapside Market.

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Honey The extraordinary healing properties of honey are myriad and it is an excellent sweetener. Farmed locally and also brought in from neighboring islands, honey is often sold in the market in recycled rum bottles.

Goat’s Milk If you can’t tell the goats here from the sheep, a simple way is to remember that the goat’s tails stick up and the sheep’s hang down. Gentle enough on the stomach to be given to babies, locally produced, fresh goat’s milk is sold island wide in supermarkets.

Vegetables Breadfruit, a popular starchy vegetable hangs from beautiful foliage trees all over the island. Spinach, pumpkin, finger squash, christophene, string beans, pigeon peas, cabbage, zucchini, Chinese cabbage, corn, cauliflower, carrot, lettuce, beetroot, cucumber, tomato, sweet pepper, a local dark green variety of celery, radish and eggplant are all grown in Barbados, sold at reasonable prices and available freshly harvested from supermarkets, markets and roadside hucksters.

Chicken, Pork, Beef and Black Belly Lamb Bajan Pork, the other white meat, is considered by many to be some of the best in the world - possibly something to do with the quality of the water. Black Belly Lamb is a very lean and cholesterol-free red meat.

Molasses and Straw Crystal Sugar Black Strap Molasses made from local sugar cane is rich in iron, calcium and vitamin B6. If you must have a little sweetness in your life, Barbados sugar is also a good way to get it. The occasional nip of Barbados rum can also be good for you.

Shopping Barbados is blessed with a tropical climate and fertile soil that lends itself to a proliferation of delicious tropical fruits and vegetables that flourish throughout the length and breadth of the island so sinking your teeth into some of them may be just the treat your taste buds might relish on your visit to our lovely island! The nutritional and medicinal contents and values of many of our fruits are today the subjects of world wide interest in the health and medical fields. Fruits like papaya (carica papaya), soursop (annona muricata), guava (psidium guajava) and mango (mangifera indica) are known for their nutritional and medicinal content chock filled with antioxidants, vitamins and enzymes. Even some of the less popular and rarer fruits like dunks (zizyphus), golden apple (spondias cytherea) and sugar apple (annona squamosa) are treats that will leave your taste buds crying out for more. Researcher Nasser Khan along with Bajan crops experts Edme Henry and Steve Skeete have compiled two must-have full colour charts/posters of some 60 fruits and 55 vegetables, root crops and herbs as educational charts, complete with photos of all the fruits in alphabetical order along with their scientific names. Courtesy corporate citizen CIBC-FCIB and approved by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Agriculture, copies of the two charts have been distributed to all pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, national libraries and other deserving institutions.

To obtain copies of the Fruits of Barbados or Vegetables of Barbados posters please e-mail

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One of the halls at Cheapside Market in Bridgetown

Markets Farmers Markets Brighton Farmers Market Relaxing, socializing and shopping at this pretty St. George valley plantation is a Saturday morning ritual for many. Freshly brewed coffee, baked bread, eggs, fruit and vegetables, local juices, homemade goodies and hot food that sells at a pace. There’s also art, crafts and plants. Take the road east at the Harris Paints (Hothersal) Roundabout on the ABC Highway and follow the signs. There’s only one right turn and you arrive in less than ten minutes. Saturdays 6-11am. Holders Farmers Market Famous for the Holders Opera Season and polo, Jack Kidd is now making the grounds of Holders House available to stall holders selling a variety of fresh local produce with a strong focus on organic. Fresh local fruit, vegetables and herbs, plants, cut flowers, fresh cows milk, cheeses, sausages, fresh local fish as well as stalls selling Barbadian arts, crafts, preserves and confections. There is also a holistic healing centre, juice bar, smoothie bar, coffee and a health bar. Sundays 9am-Noon.

Public Produce Markets The Cheapside Market Cheapside Market in the World Heritage Site, Bridgetown, is a beautiful traditional city market and has the best quality and selection of fresh local fruit, pulses and vegetables, freshly ground spices, local honey, bread, salted fish and meat and vegetable and herb seedlings, condiments and much more. The air-conditioned butcher section with over twenty butcher stalls sells fresh local government inspected and stamped pork, beef, black belly lamb and chicken at unbeatable prices. Monday to Saturday 6am-6pm.

Fish Markets Bridgetown and Oistins (on the South Coast) have the largest fish markets and there are also fish markets in Speightstown, Half Moon, Shermans and Paynes Bay on the west coast, and Tent Bay, Consett Bay and Skeete’s Bay on the east coast. Flying fish are expertly boned and sold in packages of ten. The larger fish is sold by the pound and you can pay a small fee to have it cleaned. Oistins and Half Moon Fort are famous for their fish fries - a misnomer because most of the fish is grilled.

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IslandStyle When the British forces withdrew from Barbados in 1905, they left the colony extensive properties including the Garrison and Queen’s Park. The British War Department sold the residence of the General Officer Commanding to the British Government for £3000. The property was then vested in the Parish of St. Michael with a grant of £1000 to establish a public park. Bereft of urban recreational space, the property soon became a valued public amenity. Its festive life began in 1907 when the Police Band and a “Special Choir” performed carols on Christmas morning. A six pence admission was charged and the event was an instant success. By June 10, 1909, the park was opened based on the design of Lady Gilbert Carter (the Governor’s wife). The Police Band and Choir returned that year to deliver a Christmas programme. Today Barbadians still meet every Christmas morning, dressed in their finery, to be entertained by the highly regarded Royal Barbados Police Band. In addition to the fashionable Christmas mornings, Queen’s Park hosted the Agricultural Exhibition (now revived as Agrofest) which was one of the premier events on the Barbadian social calendar in bygone years. Dr. Tara Inniss Photo: Queen’s Park c1923 Henry Walter Parkinson. Reproduced with the kind permission of the Parkinson family.

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Louis Vuitton Founded in Paris in 1854, Louis Vuitton has been synonymous with the art of travel. With the arrival of Artistic Director Marc Jacobs in 1997, Louis Vuitton extended its expertise to ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, fashion jewelry… Combining traditional craftsmanship with flair, innovation, and sophistication, Louis Vuitton offers an unexpected and complete lifestyle experience, now available in Barbados. Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown, St. James, Barbados, W.I. | Tel: (246) 622 1000 |

Legendary Motif The iconic Monogram canvas was created by Louis Vuitton’s son, Georges Vuitton, four years after his father’s death in 1892. Today, it is still a symbol of the French way of life and elegance.

Speedy Bandoulière Speedy, launched in 1930, was immediately the complete, quintessential city bag. Newly launched Speedy Bandoulière, is even more functional featuring for the first time an adjustable, detachable shoulder strap in natural cowhide leather. It effortlessly adapts to the demands of modern life, in the city and beyond.

Textiles As versatile as they are beautiful, Louis Vuitton scarves, stoles and shawls seem to wander freely through women's imaginations (and wardrobes) finding novel and fashionable ways to be worn.

Sunglasses Louis Vuitton sunglasses are crafted and carefully polished by hand to give a special lustre and shine. Even the colour of the acetate used in the making of these sunglasses has been specifically developed for Louis Vuitton.

Monogram Multicolore Created by Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton in 2003, Monogram Multicolore is a colourful and arty interpretation of the famous Monogram canvas. A technical masterpiece with 33 silkscreened colours on a black or a white background.

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Damier Azur With a fresh and summery spirit, the Damier Azur canvas represents the essence of feminine, casual and chic.

Monogram Empreinte Now the iconic Monogram pattern is subtly embossed on the supplest calf leather, a discreet yet indelible imprint of Louis Vuitton’s heritage and savoir-faire.

Shoes - An Extraordinary Know-how Exclusively produced at Louis Vuitton’s workshops in Fiesso d’Artico, Italy, the brand’s shoes are synonymous with exceptional craftsmanship and the most advanced technology.

The Art of Travel A long tradition of expertise in the art of travel has enabled Louis Vuitton to create the perfect travel companion for all adventures, such as the Pegase - the ultimate rolling cabin suitcase.

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Ralph Lauren’s Casual Chic Ralph Lauren’s must-have tems include shirts for men, bathing suits, hats, polos, dresses, accessories, such as bags, scarfs and towels for women. Available are timeless essentials, and the finest gifts to honor the ones you love. Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown, St. James, Barbados. W.I. | Tel: (246) 621 0070 | |

Classic Polo The classic Ralph Lauren polo shirt boasts a great deal of sophistication. Store offerings range from timehonoured classics to colourful hues that reflect the spirit of every season.

Ralph Lauren Man All-American button-downs and versatile beach trunks mean there’s even something for the Ralph Lauren man.

The Ricky Bag Named for the designer’s wife and muse, the Ricky Bag reflects the highest standards of hand workmanship and is one of Ralph Lauren’s most iconic pieces. As with all Ralph Lauren handbags, only the most luxurious materials are used, and the artisans who create these handbags represent the finest in the world.

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Beach Brights Accessories fit for the beach, like an array of large plush towels in bright tropical colours.

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Ralph Lauren’s Spring 2012 Runway Collection Sleek, delicate and inherently feminine, this spring Ralph Lauren pays homage to the exhilarating glamour of the 1920s and '30s with architectural cuts, soft colour palettes and luminous textures that shimmer and shine. Demure daytime looks set the tone for sharp menswear-inspired suiting and dramatic evening gowns that make a statement with icy tones and exquisitely intricate beadwork. “For Spring 2012, I was inspired by a romantic kind of nonchalance - an effortless glamour that is always timeless." - Ralph Lauren.

Daytime Elegance Right: Valentina Blue mohair vintaged cardigan Vintage jade metallic silk tank top Pale daffodil dandy floral georgette skirt Blonde straw picnic bag Blush metallic lizard on raffia wedge

Evening Glamour Left: Daria Ivory jersey long dress Ivory/silver chain woven sandal

Romantic Menswear Left: Charlotte - Ivory hi gloss silk jacket, vest and widely flat front menswear inspired trouser Ivory shagreen sandal

Exquisite Details Throughout the collection, inspired details like hand-sewn porcelain beadwork add dimension with their exquisite craftsmanship, rendering each lustrous look a work of art. Right: Josephine Ivory viscos crepe box pleat dress Ivory braided satin sandal

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LIMEGROVE LIFESTYLE CENTRE – Ground Level, #A106 - Hometown, St. James - Barbados W.I. - Tel. 1.246.624.2222



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Un je ne sais quoi . . . All fashionistas know that Paris is synonymous with high style. If you’re one of those fashionistas, a trip to Un Dimanche à Paris will guarantee some serious retail therapy to suit all styles. In this charming boutique you will find ravishing French fashion straight from the Boulevards of Paris to Barbados. Featured lines are carefully selected from an array of premier European designers: Vanessa Bruno, Isabel Marant, Antik Batik, Gérard Darel, Forte_Forte and more come together to create luxurious but easy-to-wear looks. Their pieces give clients effortless, cool and eclectic style for day and evening. Un Dimanche à Paris provides a complete stylish wardrobe solution and is a must stop for true fashion lovers. Un Dimanche à Paris opened in December 2010 at the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in St James, providing the best in boutique shopping with an incredibly chic French twist. At Un Dimanche à Paris you’re sure to find that certain "je ne sais quoi". Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, The Palm Building - Ground Floor, Holetown, St James, Barbados, West Indies Tel: (246) 271-8205 And coming February 2012 . . . Un Dimanche à La Plage. Chattel House opposite Sandpiper Hotel, St. James

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Pleasing Provocation Agent Provocateur was founded in 1994 opening its first boutique in Soho, London. Since that time Agent Provocateur has become an iconic globally recognized brand breaking new ground with every collection and rightfully earning its place as a benchmark brand in the world of lingerie. It is a brand that is confident, sensual and irreverent. It is known for its craftsmanship, its fit, its appreciation and use of beautiful fabrics and its playfulness. Agent Provocateur’s unique brand image is renowned for being provocative while still always leaving something to the imagination. Agent Provocateur celebrates and empowers women. The décor of AP’s first free standing Caribbean store, situated in Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, is tastefully themed around Agent Provocateur’s signature baby pink colour with black high gloss lacquer furniture, all offset by lace print rugs and black lacquered wooden floor. Bevelled mirrors, ‘vintage deco’ hanging stands, a 1970’s crystal chandelier and a decorative lacquered bamboo feature wall complete the glamorous boudoir look. Along with the Classics Collection, the 60 metres squared boutique features the seasonal lingerie collection, jewellery and beauty.

Agent Provocateur has a retail network of 53 outlets throughout Europe including the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Russia and Scandinavia, as well as in the United States, Canada, UAE and Asia. Each boutique is a luxurious emporium, featuring boudoir inspired furnishings that complement the collections and indulge the customer. The sales staff wear the iconic pink housecoat designed by Vivienne Westwood. Now encompassing swimwear, beauty, hosiery and accessories in addition to lingerie, Agent Provocateur continues to excite and inspire on a global scale. Agent Provocateur’s campaigns, cinema advertising and events have all attracted extensive media coverage. In 2011, Agent Provocateur joined forces with Johan Renck and Ridley Scott & Associates (RSA) to create a new Campaign under creative Director Sarah Shotton. Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, St. James, Barbados, W.I, | Tel: (246) 622 4368

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Dingolay – Fun, Fresh & Chic for all Occasions Known for their classic-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. A store as unique as its name – Dingolay never disappoints! Sheraton Mall, Christ Church Tel: (246) 435-6482

Accessories, Shoes, Bags... Style for Life

Outstanding Reputation for Selection & Quality Gaye Boutique is especially known for their fabulous lines of imported designer beachwear, including top swimwear designers like Gottex, Maryan Mehlhorn, Ralph Lauren and Lidea. Adjoining the boutique is Leonard Menswear, catering to the well-dressed man, with a wide-ranging selection of casual menswear, beachwear and footwear.

Duty Free Both shops offer Duty Free Shopping for men, women & children.



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Chic Duty Free Shopping for women & children

• Resort Wear • Beachwear • Evening Wear • Shoes • Accessories Imported Designer Swimwear • Maryan Mehlhorn • Ralph Lauren • Gottex • Lidea I n d i g o Co u r t ya rd , H o l etow n , St . J a m e s • Te l : ( 2 4 6 ) 4 3 2-1 3 9 6

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Easy, Effortless & Ultra Feminine Beth & Tracie is an exclusive Caribbean label marrying stylish but relaxed resort-wear with unique ‘one-off’ pieces of semi-precious jewellery. Step inside this effortlessly sophisticated yet relaxed boutique and you will discover an array of Tracie Lamb jewellery alongside the Beth & Tracie beach-wear collection of all the holiday essentials you could need for women and girls. Corner of 2nd Street, Holetown, St. James | Tel: (246) 422-0401

Duty Free

Stylish Kaftans, Tunics, Cover-ups & Sundresses in Beautiful Tropical Hues The signature to this brand is the exquisite embroidery and sequins in patterns of swirling hibiscus flowers, coral and animal prints.

From barefoot beach chic to poolside glamour... Lola Beach offers an outstanding selection of designer swimwear for ladies, men and children. #11 Chattel House, Holetown, St. James Tel: (246) 422-1594

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La Dolce Vita - for people who love style La Dolce Vita Offers a wide variety of Italian Designer clothes, shoes and accessories and much more for men and women. The Beach House, Sunset Crest, St. James | Tel: (246) 432 6434 | e-mail:

Amour de Pin-Up

Accessories, Shoes & Bags Top right: Airoldi Handmade Bag and famous Italian brand shoes by Apepazza Left: Italian Hand Blown Murano Glass Chain

From Snazzy Dress Shirts to Casual Jeans & T-Shirts Left: Xacus & Walter Agostini Dress Shirts. Right: Gas Jeans & T-Shirt

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Exclusive Cottons of the Caribbean West Indian Sea Island Cotton (WISIC) boasts a rich heritage, distinguished reputation, and endless possibilities. Likened to silk and cashmere, this internationally certified fibre is considered to be the strongest, most brilliant member of the cotton family of fine fabrics. In Barbados, West Indian Sea Island Cotton is produced by Exclusive Cottons of the Caribbean Inc. at the Ginnery in Groves, St. George. Take in a “Cotton Experience” tour - an inclusive look at the industry, from the field to fabric resulting in 100% WISIC finished goods and textiles. Friendly and knowledgeable guides welcome you and look forward to sharing more with you about Barbados’ remarkable and regal cotton! Visit Exclusive Cottons of the Caribbean’s Ginnery and visitor centre to purchase their products or have them custom made. Open 10: am to 2: pm, Mon to Fri. Call for directions. Groves, St. George | Tel: (246) 433-3108.

Lounge Wear Mens Wear

Luxurious robes and sleepwear for gents and ladies.

Clean, tailored, casual and dress shirts for gents.

Shot on location at The Atlantis Hotel, Barbados

Also available is a variety of household and novelty items. Embroidery is a lovely way to personalise handkerchiefs, towels, pillows or baby items.

Handpainted Wear Local artists can turn your cotton garment into a work of art.

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Leisure Wear Cool comfortable cotton shirts, slacks, sarongs and dresses.

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Tiyi by Design Exquisite Works of Art Caribbean line of exquisite, award-winning, hand-crafted, art jewellery. Each piece individually designed and crafted by professional Barbadian metalsmith/jeweller, Ichia Tiyi. The intention is to show the jeweller’s art in true perspective where design and craftsmanship are valued above material worth of the metal.

Superb Design & Craftsmanship Each piece is unique – a true collector’s item and an exceptional work of art!

Do Pop In...

2011 Design Caribbean Award for Best Innovation & Creativity Tiyi portrays an exceptionally unique imagination and a truly sophisticated primal energy, uncommon to the transient trends of popular, everyday jewellery. The Tiyi By Design Art Jewellery Studio is located at Store #12, Town Square Mall, Speightstown, St. Peter Tel: (246) 422 6816 or 252 0184 e-mail:

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The Simon Peter ‘Pop Up’ Shop will be in Limegrove Lifestyle Centre December 15th to February 15th featuring the Simon Peter Disciples of Style (DOS) line. “Devils may wear Prada... but Angels wear DOS!”

Simon Peter Created Locally... Worn Globally Simon Foster and Peter Bowen are the creative force behind the Simon Peter label. Their designs are feminine, fun, brilliantly cut and easy to wear. Leisure and evening resort wear in original and luxurious hand painted fabrics. Although exclusively available in Barbados, the Simon Peter line is worn by women all over the world. Paynes Bay, St. James | Tel: (246) 236-3294

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Simon Peter

Paynes Bay, St. James Tel: (246) 236-3294

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Interiors As a vital hub in transatlantic shipping, Bridgetown developed a reputation for highly skilled tradesmen and quality chandlery services. The artisans who were occupied in the trades of carpentry, joinery and masonry helped to build the city, while those employed in shipping services contributed to maritime orientation of the economy. Although their skills were often commissioned by the ruling elite, it was mostly highly skilled enslaved Africans who constructed buildings and crafted intricate embellishments. The building skills required for the construction industry were also some of the skills required for the shipbuilding and ship maintenance industry. The expert joinery mastery required in the construction and careening of sailing vessels also likely contributed to the strength and detail of the town’s buildings. Dr. Tara Inniss Photo: House of Assemby c1910 Henry Walter Parkinson. Reproduced with the kind permission of the Parkinson family.


Modern Interpretation of Caribbean Style

Leading Light Jenny Blanc’s strong sense of home combined with a desire to create stunning interiors marks out this highly respected interior design company. Winning no less than four prestigious awards for her work in the Caribbean, Jenny has used the design team’s knowledge and experience to craft an International Interior Design Service for high end clients which is second to none. With showrooms in London and Barbados, clients can begin the design process in a location to suit their diary and with an array of ideas to inspire a unique and very individual home in the sun.

Professional & Approachable Every aspect of creating a home in the tropics is taken care of by the friendly, talented design team which values project management as key. Just as vital is the shipping, importing and installation, all run to an organised schedule that has been developed over some ten years. Completed projects grace the exclusive Polo Ridge, Port St. Charles, Apes Hill and Royal Westmoreland areas.

Exclusive Collections Using the knowledge and experience of working for clients in the Caribbean, Jenny is creating several exciting collections which will be on display in both the London and Barbados showrooms in 2012. The Outdoor Furniture Collection features six of the top world class brands chosen for the Tropics. The Jenny Blanc Collection will be designed by Jenny and includes sofas and key pieces made by artisans in Barbados. The Island Living Luxuries collection speaks for itself.

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JENNY BLANC 59 High Street, Teddington, West London, TW11 8HA UK Tel: +44 (0)20 8943 4440 Opening times Mon-Sat 9am-6pm In Barbados call: 1 (246) 432 0989


Jenny Blanc Barbados Exciting new destination stop on the West Coast In celebration of 15 years creating beautiful homes in London and the Caribbean, Jenny Blanc has opened an exciting interiors showroom just off the main shopping area in St. James. Oozing style and sophistication, this is an oasis of calm elegance for those who love to buy beautiful furniture and accessories. Run by Jenny’s daughter Emma Blanc, the showroom is also the place to find out more about the company’s interior design services.

Enter the World of Jenny Blanc • Sit on the verandah and browse through the company’s portfolio of completed homes in Polo Ridge, Port St Charles, Apes Hill and Royal Westmoreland together with some of their finest work back in London and in other parts of the Caribbean • View pieces from the bespoke collection designed by Jenny Blanc and created by the very best artisans on the island • Order something very special from the Island Living Luxuries – a unique collection of exquisite boutique pieces sourced worldwide • Experience international outdoor furniture brands chosen to create the perfect seating areas for verandahs, terraces and poolside areas • Find out more about the Island Living Essentials bespoke turnkey service for everything from bed linen to beach towels • Discover some of the most striking accessories in interiors today - exquisite mirrors, lamps, artwork, candles and hurricanes, luxurious rugs and throws and the best cushion collection on the island JENNY BLANC Sunset Crest, St. James Tel: 1 (246) 432 0989 Opening times: Mon–Sat 9am-6pm (High season only: Sun 11am-4pm)

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Rooms of Memorable Distinction Designers’ Choice is one of the Caribbean’s leading fullservice interior design companies with associate offices in Toronto and London. Heading up the exceptional interior design team are co-founders, Aubrey Carew and Charlie Brooks, who started the company sixteen years ago. Over the years the Designers’ Choice team has worked on many prestigious projects in the ‘Platinum Coast’ areas of St. James and St. Peter, at resorts such as Royal Westmoreland, Sandy Lane, Sugar Hill and Port St. Charles and also throughout the Caribbean and Central America. At Designers’ Choice they work in close alliance with Barbados’ top architects and maintain close links with a network of carefully selected artisans who supply customdesigned furnishings and unique creative support.

Design for Living Designers’ Choice mission – to provide exquisitely detailed interiors for your home – is certainly evident in the work they have produced for their growing list of clients. After all this time, they still find themselves ‘on call’ with most of these projects, as clients constantly upgrade their homes. It is therefore not surprising that their work has graced the covers of such high profile trade publications as Architectural Digest!

Designers’ Choice #8 Frangipani Row, Sunset Crest, Holetown, St. James Tel: (246) 432-2093

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A Comprehensive Destination For The Home Hospitality is a hallmark of the Timothy Oulton brand and here in Barbados Oulton has created a wonderful gathering place for local residents to shop, relax and enjoy themselves. Timothy Oulton Barbados is much more than a fine furnishings shop, it boasts an artisanal café, a Trident Wine Shop and a comprehensive design library.

Knowledge of ageless craftsmanship & detail reverberates in every piece of furniture... Each Timothy Oulton piece is handcrafted by a dedicated team of craftsman using only the best techniques and fabrications – from hand carving and traditional joinery to unique hand finishing processes for leather, these time-honoured techniques breathe new life into a range of authentic, raw materials.

Timothy Oulton Barbados #1 Millhouse Complex, Canewood, St. Thomas Tel: 246 620-8467 or 620-TIMS

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Bespoke Design Services Stephanie Barnes Interior Design Studio is a full-service interior design firm specializing in private residences, restaurants and hotels. Stephanie has immersed herself in the spirit and lifestyle of the design world, both in the Caribbean and North America, pulling inspiration from world travels, international design and mixing vintage with modern design to create custom interiors and exteriors for all genres. Well known for her eclectic designs and intricate attention to detail, Stephanie’s work can be enjoyed at such exclusive restaurants as Cin Cin and The Mews, and at Sheraton Mall. Tel: (246) 271 0447 or (246) 826 1749

Time Honoured

Creative Use Of Local Coral Stone Alpheus Blake is an exceptionally skilled coral stone craftsman offering customized, hand-made coral stone works of art. Contact Alpheus Blake Tel: (246) 267-2196 or (246) 437-5779 e-mail:

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At Greenwich House Antiques there is a constant turnover of vintage mahogany furniture, a variety of Art Deco pieces, large wardrobes, classic dining tables and a whole room full of dining room chairs. A vast range of fine, elegant 3-mirrored mahogany dressing tables, planters chairs, lovely Morris armchairs, rockers, settees and tub chairs. Antique lovers can also choose from a large selection of Wedgwood dinner sets, tea services, a wide range of silver plate, entrĂŠe dishes and hundreds of crystal glasses in all shapes and sizes. Open Tue-Fri from 10am-5pm. Appointments available daily with advance notice. Follow the directions from the west coast, just north of Holetown. Greenwich Village, St. James | Tel: (246) 432-1169


barbados office: 246 271 0447 barbados mobile: 246 826 1749 vancover office: 604 484 4272 the bungalow, small ridge, christ church, barbados, west indies

• dining tables • sconces • fountains • façades • plant pots • coral stone sculptures

Superior Quality & Style Contact Alpheus Blake Tel: (246) 267-2196 or (246) 437-5779

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Art and Craft For centuries, Bridgetown has been a hive of economic activity for big business as well as for petty traders, hucksters and enslaved persons. In the pre- and post-emancipation periods of the island’s history “ebony artificers” produced sugar moulds and domestic pottery from the abundant clay resources found in the Scotland District. Domestic ware was transported from Chalky Mount to Bridgetown in trays and baskets on the heads of women who were usually the wives of the potters. They carried flower pots, water jars known as “monkeys”, conarees (pots for curing meat), ash-trays, juglets and more. The “Swing Bridge” and later Fairchild Market were traditional spots for hawking pottery. Hucksters also sold agricultural produce they grew on their small plots. Produce was vended from hawker baskets, which like dung baskets were made from the twigs and vines found in the gullies and fields. Frederic Bayley, a visitor to the island in the 1820s, observed that hucksters sold throughout the countryside or well-positioned sites in alleys and streets in Bridgetown, especially on weekends and holidays. - Dr. Sandra O. Browne Photo: Pottery by the Swing Bridge Henry Walter Parkinson. Reproduced with the kind permission of the Parkinson family.

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Andrew Hulsmeier

The wonderful paintings of English born artist, the late John Stuart, totally reflect the amazing love and identification he felt for his adopted homeland–Barbados

arbados is a fount of artistic talent – the Bajan-born artists ‘from away’ who leave the northern climes for tropical colours and magical light, the visiting residents and those who have shaped new lives here, all add to the mix, their work and their many styles of painting, portray views of local life with realism, mystery or whimsy, with respect and joy – together they create a wonderful picture of this blessed little island. 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. There is also a wide variety of beautiful local craftwork to be found, much of it created out of the island’s most readily available natural resources such as clay, mahogany, pandanus grass, coconut, palm fronds, bamboo, shells and leather. Pottery, batik, basket making, jewellery and wood carving are among the prominent local skills. So on your travels around the island be sure to visit some of our art galleries and talented local artists and crafts people.

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Art Galleries & Studios Gallery of Caribbean Art Speightstown, St. Peter - Tel: (246) 419-0858 The Gallery of Caribbean Art is the largest and best appointed fine art gallery in the Caribbean. It is located in the scenic northern town of Speightstown and encompasses a large selection of Barbadian and Caribbean art with impressive exhibition space and continuously changing art pieces. The Gallery hosts monthly exhibitions by individuals or groups of artists. These shows attract visitors from every section of the local community as well as providing a haven for collectors and art enthusiasts from beyond our shores. A wide selection of media from metal, clay and wooden sculptures to batiks and silk painting, make the gallery a must see for all art lovers. The Gallery is open weekdays from 9:30am – 4:30pm and Saturdays from 9:30am – 2:00pm. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and make a visit to the Gallery a memorable experience. Shipping to anywhere in the world is easily arranged and all major credit cards are accepted. You may also visit the Gallery’s website at to get a preview of all that is available.

Art & Craft On The Wall Gallery Earthworks Pottery, Edgehill Heights, St. Thomas Tel: (246) 438-9246 or (246) 234-9145 Champers Restaurant, Worthing, Christ Church Tel: (246) 426-3380 On The Wall Gallery’s well known location at Earthworks Pottery in the breezy hills of St. Thomas, features the work of many of the island’s best known painters and offers a wonderful selection of fine craft from talented Caribbean craftspeople. Owner and curator Vanita Comissiong, a well known artist herself, also runs the gallery at the superb Champers Restaurant on the south coast. The adjoining café at On the Wall Gallery, is a lovely spot to sit for a chat and enjoy their delicious range of sandwiches, paninis, wraps and garden fresh salads, all served on the al fresco gallery with panoramic views across the island. The Very Vanita line of cushion covers featuring the artist’s work

Queen’s Park Gallery Queen’s Park, Bridgetown - Tel: (246) 427-2345 Run by the National Cultural Foundation, this gallery exhibits the work of well established and emerging artists. The annual ‘Air Supermarket’ showcases work of excellent design at affordable prices to attract new collectors. Open until 6pm Monday to Saturday.

Mangos Fine Art Gallery Queen’s Street, Speightstown, St. Peter Tel: (246) 422-0704 Located at Mangos By The Sea Restaurant, this gallery features the work of internationally renowned artist, Michael Adams. His pieces are intricate, magnificent representations of everyday experiences in the sun-kissed islands.

Barbados Arts Council Artist: Ann Dodson

Pelican Craft Centre, Bridgetown - Tel: (246) 426-4385 Established in 1957, the Barbados Arts Council is home to several of the island’s most accomplished artists. Located in Pelican Craft Centre, the Gallery features original paintings in a variety of media and also offers for sale a wide range of prints. The gallery opens Monday to Friday from 9:30am until 5pm and on Saturdays from 9:30am until 1:30pm.

Gang of 4 Art Studio

Photos Courtesy On The Wall Gallery

The Hope Sanctuary - Tel: (246) 271-6270 or 822-3462 Contemporary Caribbean art and sculpture on display in the home studio of artist Gordon Webster. In addition to Gordon’s pieces, this informal studio also features the work of Lillian Sten, Aziza and Ras Bongo Congo.


Artist: Vanita Comissiong

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The Milking Parlour, Walkers Dairy, St. George Tel: (246) 435-1952 or (246) 230-8897 Run by well known Barbadian artist, Annalee Davis, the Manipura studio is located under a grove of mahogany trees on a dairy farm in the St. George countryside.

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Courtesy Frangipani Art Gallery

Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa, Maynards, St. Peter Tel: (246) 422-5026 Savannah Hotel, Hastings, The Garrison, Ch. Ch. Tel: (246) 228-3800 At these two wonderful galleries visitors will find an outstanding selection of artworks by owner/curator, Marilda Weatherhead, as well as other artists from Barbados, the Caribbean, and as far afield as Peru, Bali and Vietnam. A selection of prints and greeting cards are also available as well as ready-made frames to go with your artwork. Shipping can also be arranged.

The Tides Art Gallery

“The Garrison” - oil on canvas by Marilda Weatherhead

The Tides Restaurant, Holetown, St. James Tel: (246) 432-8356 This gallery offers strong Caribbean flavours with a lush display of Caribbean talent! On the menu are acclaimed artists John Stuart, Simon Menzies, Heather-Dawn Scott, Corrie Scott, Rebecca Ali, Susan Alleyne Forde, Joanne Boopsingh, Lou Miller, Kate Burrows, Alcina Nolley, Annalee Davis, Arthur Atkinson, Sarah Beckett, Jeannie Taylor, Leo Glasgow, Judith Shaw, Virgil Broodhagen, Jeffrey Pataysangh, Mosera, Jonathan Guy Gladding, Janice Brock, Patrick Chevailler, Martin Superville, Rachel Superville, Sundiata Stewart, Angie Teversham, craft by Fred Odle and Jewellery by Fiona Hanton. Located within The Tides Restaurant, open 12-3pm Monday to Friday, and 7-11pm daily, and by appointment.

A Gallery Courtesy The Tides Art Gallery

The Garrison Historic Area, St. Michael The Mews Restaurant, 2nd Street Holetown, St. James Tel: (246) 262-6241 or (246) 262-6238 Artist Catherine Forter-Chee-a-Tow welcomes art lovers to her authentic, cosy studio, nestled in the historic Garrison area which is now a World Heritage Site. Visitors will enjoy the vibrancy of tropical living through the palette of renowned Caribbean artists. Viewing by appointment. Catherine also hangs her selection of artists at The Mews Restaurant in 2nd Street Holetown.

#17 Art Gallery Mosaic Art by Melanie Blomgren

Tel: (246) 424-3695 e-mail: Corrie Scott’s studio/gallery. Original fine art and photography, limited edition lithographs, prints and cards. Corrie’s website is a fountain of information about art happenings in Barbados.

Brocklands Gallery

Courtesy Brocklands Gallery

Halcyon Heights, St. James Tel: (246) 432-6061 or (246) 237-7670 The studio gallery of acclaimed artist Janice Sylvia Brock. Much of her recent work is on display, as well as prints of selected paintings, in over 500 square feet of exhibition space overlooking the ocean in St. James. You can also see works in progress and chat with Janice about her art. Viewing is by appointment only.

Aweipo Gallery

Artist: Janice Sylvia Brock

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The Crane Village, The Crane Resort, St. Philip Tel: (246) 271-2839 Located in the beautiful Crane Village at The Crane Resort, Aweipo Gallery promotes the work of Barbadian and Caribbean artists in a wide range of media. Exhibitions offer paintings, ceramics, prints, sculpture, and photography. The gallery is open daily from 10am to 6pm.

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Open Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa Maynards, St. Peter Tel: (246) 422-5026

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Cuban Contemporary Charm By Amel Chamandy Laced with sandy white coasts and spotted with the occasional tourist haven, the real Cuba is a mix of old world riches and bustling humanity, which has endured austerity and uncertainty with its unique blend of resilient tropical charm and effervescent undertones. Since 1959, the colour and flavour of Cuba has largely been hidden, to be savoured locally only by those from, or just visiting, the island. Arguably, this “relative isolation” has allowed a uniquely Cuban way to percolate into expressed forms of Contemporary Art. Now it is 2011 and as the curtain rises on Cuba, the result is similar to the opening notes of a resounding symphony that beckons to the critical eye and tantalizes the palette of collectors and appreciators on a global scale. Like contemporary art elsewhere, the Cuban works layer obvious themes with the “beyond” of emotion and scope. But, unlike the rest of the world that has migrated to a Pangaea of common experience and familiar expression, Cuban Contemporary Art speaks with a straightforward and open-eyed innocence and clarity of expression. Relying on method and

Cuban Artist Kadir Lopez

media caught in a time warp, such work is making its mark like a breath of fresh island air on the contemporary scene. Exuding this freshness are the works by Cuban-born artists Kadir Lopez and Alexander Poll Doval. Both artists draw on their memories and emotions to arrive at their final compositions. Freethinker Poll Doval creates an imaginary world inspired by his carefree approach to life, using bright pastels applied in rhythmic stream on canvas to shape and expand on his themes. Lopez overlays “remaindered” 1950’s American signage with translucent image to capture, preserve and convey his take on post 1950’s historical event and anecdotes. The results are multidimensional creations bound in the context of time and influence with a unique blend of homeland relic and memory. To those who collect, this is a rare opportunity to invest, enjoy and experience the unfolding Cuban movement, the surface of whose talent and return has only been scratched. Galerie NuEdge Fine Arts International is pleased to raise the curtain further on Cuban contemporary art with masterful works from artists Kadir Lopez and Alexander Poll Duval currently on exhibit in both Montreal and Barbados.

Photo by: Clive Frost,

Gallery NuEdge

Cuban Artist Alexander Poll Doval

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Limegrove Lifestyle Centre - Tel: (246) 621-0067 e-mail: Established in 2002, in Montreal’s prestigious Quartier du Musée, Galerie NuEdge Fine Arts International, L.P., S.E.C. is located at 1480 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This eclectic and dynamic contemporary art gallery features the most sought out contemporary artists from the local and international market. Exhibits include art in the form of multi-media, sculpture, painting, photography, and art installation. Such projects reflect both independent and collaborative efforts with other galleries worldwide. We are pleased to announce that Galerie NuEdge has opened its second location, Gallery NuEdge Fine Arts Ltd., at one of the most prestigious developments in Holetown, St. James, Barbados, the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre.

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Jill Walker still paints daily and is thrilled to see, in her daughter and granddaughter, the continuation of her life’s passion

Three Generations of Art Exhibited For many visitors to Barbados, their stay on the island would not be complete without a visit to a Best of Barbados Gift Shop to see what’s new from artist, Jill Walker. For over 36 years, Jill has been painting and designing for her family gift shops - and the charming way in which she captures the character of the island’s people and architecture has made her a household name. More recently, Jill’s talented daughter, Sue Trew, has introduced her own line of art and giftware into their shops and Sue’s own daughter, Holly, is now well on her way to following in their artistic family tradition. On March 25th, 2012, at The Gallery of Caribbean Art in Speightstown, these three gifted artists will show their enthusiasm and love for art - and Barbados - in a unique ‘Three Generations Art Exhibition’. It promises to be an extra special event - vibrant and colourful with a wonderful variety of skilful imagery. Jill and her husband, Jimmy, settled in Barbados in 1960 and Jill began painting her colourful surroundings, recording a lifestyle that is now slowly disappearing. She had sell-out exhibitions of her oils and watercolours at Mill Reef Club in Antigua and at Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Jill had studied at the Royal Academy Schools and the Old Vic Theatre School in London and exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, but the Caribbean truly captured her heart. She was delighted to be awarded the Barbados Centennial Honour for her services to Art and Business in January 2001 - and the next year published her autobiography, ‘Jill Walker’s BARBADOS’, a beautiful book filled with numerous sketches and paintings. Jill, now in her 80s, still paints daily and is thrilled to see, in her daughter and granddaughter, the continuation of her life’s passion. Jill’s daughter, Sue, was born in Barbados and from an early age immersed herself in the creative environment around her. 146 •

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Art & Craft She and her husband, Chris, joined the family business in 1990 and have developed this successful chain of quality souvenir gift shops with a wonderful shopping facility on their website, Now, with her daughters grown up, Sue is able to spend more time painting. Living in Barbados, she is continually inspired working mostly in oils and watercolours. She’s a versatile artist always painting something new, changing her canvas size, her palette and her subject with every painting. At Christmas 2009, Sue was invited to join a group of local artists exhibiting at The Tides Gallery – and was eager to share her talents with the local art-loving community. She has been delighted by their enthusiastic response so far. Sue’s daughter, Holly, at seventeen, was already making a name for herself in the Canadian art world – where she completed her last two years of school. Holly was one of just seven to take part in the exhibition ‘Youth Group of Seven’ showcasing talented youth of Victoria, British Columbia. Later, at her school graduation, she was honoured for her ‘breathtaking’ artwork, which hung throughout the school. Growing up in Barbados, Holly has developed a great passion for the sea and is currently studying marine biology. Her love for everything oceanic is reflected in her art - with inspiration gained from her exciting nine month voyage on a tall ship. Holly is a remarkable young lady with a strong vision and a zest for life that shines from her bold art. So make a note in your diary to be at the opening of this unique event on Sunday 25th March, 2012, between 11am and 3pm at The Gallery of Caribbean Art, Speightstown where the exhibition will continue until 14th April. The paintings will also be available to buy on–line at from 26th March.

Sue Trew

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Art & Craft In Memory of John Stuart

1932 - 2011 John Stuart was born in London in 1932, however it was here in Barbados, in his mid-sixties that he started to paint seriously. Through his exposure to such Barbadian artists as Fielding Babb and Wayne Branch, whose work he greatly admired, John developed a style which was uniquely his own, using a palette knife and oils to render, with tiny strokes, bright and cheerful rural scenes in a lyrical almost fairy-like style. We were honoured to have John’s wonderful paintings grace the covers of Ins & Outs on two occasions - in 2004 and again in 2010. He will be remembered fondly by all who had the great privilege of knowing him. May he rest in eternal peace.

For originals and prints of John’s work kindly contact Manty Cooper at (246) 823-0065 or

Winston Kellman

Barbadian born, British trained artist Winston Kellman has been painting the landscape since his return from Europe in 1992. Winston has now turned his gaze towards the Atlantic Ocean...Bathsheba in particular. This series of expressive drawings, watercolours and oil paintings explores this iconic image of Barbados, capturing the fascinating and timeless beauty of this location with his trademark intensity and involvement. Look out for his solo exhibition in February 2012!

By appointment: The Studio, Little Buckden Plantation, St. Joseph Tel: (246) 433-2101 e-mail:

Catherine Forter-Chee-A-Tow

Marilda Weatherhead

Catherine paints a vibrant and colourful Caribbean with bold tropical sensibility! The Creole theme is a very intricate part of her body of work with the depiction of Belles Creoles in their very feminine antics and apparels. She also paints lush, graceful vegetation as well as Bajan market scenes in full rhythm and movement. Her art is sought after by Caribbean and international collectors. She has shown in London, Brussels, France and has had several solo exhibitions in Barbados with the Gallery of Caribbean Art in Speightstown, where her work is currently exhibited. Catherine also welcomes visitors to her artist studio in the Garrison Historic Area.

Born in Venezuela, of an artistic family, Marilda has been residing in Barbados since the late 60s. Her passion for art began in 1987 when she started art classes under the tuition of well known local artist, Indrani Whittingham. She enjoys depicting scenes from everyday Barbadian life, using oils, pastels and acrylics. Marilda is the owner/curator of the lovely Frangipani Art Galleries located at the Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa in St. Peter, and on the south coast at The Savannah Hotel in Hastings, where her work is exhibited alongside the works of a number of Barbadian, Caribbean and International artists.

Tel: (246) 262-6241 or (246) 262-6238 e-mail:

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Tel. (246) 422-5026

Art & Craft Gina Foster

Janice Sylvia Brock

"I use bold colours and simple shapes to capture a feeling. It is in this simplicity that the beauty of what I see is reflected."

Barbadian artist, Gina Foster, studied in England where she completed her Degree in Graphic Design at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design. She uses vivid colour, bold strokes and texture to depict movement and mood. She paints in acrylics capturing the vitality of life on the island. 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. For original work please visit our local galleries or meet Gina personally by contacting her at:

Tel: (246) 430-0338 or (246) 233-0999 e-mail:

Heather-Dawn Scott

This artist has been known and loved for many years for her exquisite watercolour technique. Heather-Dawn’s extraordinary talent is now rebelling against tight shapes and dreary colour. She is using raw colour, heavy impastos, textured canvases, moving away from drawing, and letting the brush and the paint go in a series of very spontaneous, uninhibited pieces. Her work is available at the Tides Art Gallery, On The Wall Gallery and Gallery of Caribbean Art.

Heather-Dawn can be contacted by e-mail:

The vibrant hues, the sense of movement, the free style and the sometimes offbeat treatment of subjects, imbue Janice Sylvia Brock’s paintings with joie de vivre. Brock’s vibrant paintings are keenly sought after by discerning collectors worldwide. Many of her paintings, recently completed or still in progress, are displayed in her St. James studio, with over 500 square feet of exhibition space overlooking the ocean.

Viewing by appointment. Brocklands Gallery, St. James Call: (246) 432-6061 or (246) 237-7670 e-mail:

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experience Photos: Gina Francesca Photography

The Barbados

The Heritage Village at Tyrol Cot

The Barbados Chattel House – Iconic Folk Architecture By Professor Emeritus Henry Fraser - Architectural historian The Barbados chattel house is an icon of Barbadian life and landscape. It’s ubiquitous from Bridgetown to North Point – adapted to satisfy changing needs, family size and income. But with Independence it’s been disappearing, replaced by simple, modern wooden structures of less aesthetic appeal, or concrete bungalows. And today in Barbados a concrete structure or “wall house” is often seen as proof of progress and a normal social aspiration. The chattel house has been a favourite subject for artists such as Fielding Babb, Virgil Broodhagen, Neville Legall, Jill Walker and Clairmont Mapp, and photographer Bob Kiss, and there is a growing pride and interest, both here in Barbados and far beyond, in this unique design. But our chattel house is more than an artistic or tourist curiosity, and a new book Barbados Chattel Houses, by Henry Fraser and photographer Bob Kiss, chronicles its development and analyses its role, with 119 splendid fine art photographs. The term chattel house refers to a movable wooden house, as the old English word chattel meant movable possessions. It was built in sections, to be quickly taken apart and re-built on a new site, on a foundation of loosely packed coral stones. The house grew with increasing wealth or family size, from a single two-room unit, by adding units at the back. Although a few wooden houses were being built in the last days of slavery, the chattel house became the established house form after emancipation (freedom) because the freed slaves were in fact a “landless peasantry”. They had to pay

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rent for a small plot of tenantry land on which they could erect a modest wooden house. And the house had to be movable, in case they were dismissed or wanted to move on. Houses began as a single unit, perhaps 10 by 18 feet in size, with outside cooking or a simple lean-to kitchen and outside pit toilet. More units were added with time as a family grew or income improved, and many houses were enlarged and improved with Panama money, from workers who went to build the Panama canal. A key feature was absolute symmetry, with a central front door, a window on each side, small upper gable windows for ventilation, “bell pelmet” window hoods and elegant fretwork – decoration that was common to both the chattel house and larger houses. With more money came “gentrification”, but always according to traditional styles and practices. Bajan chattel houses are unique examples of a most creative form of folk architecture, designed to satisfy the need for low cost housing and mobility, and able to adapt, with improvements, to greater social needs. Many are proudly maintained, especially by older individuals or couples, for whom the size is just right. Many beautiful examples - individual “icons” - dot the landscape. Others are converted into shops or restaurants, earning a living! And some new houses are being built in exactly the same style, with multiple gables. There are shopping complexes in “chattel house villages” at St. Lawrence Gap and Sunset Crest, Holetown, with the aura of the chattel house - wooden structures with some of their features and ambiance. True replicas of the finest examples have been built in the Tyrol Cot Heritage Village, to showcase this unique, creative icon for visitors and future generations. The best of them and their modern versions have brought new life to an old classic.

Art & Craft Rare Bird Art Experience

Come see and believe the extraordinary work of artist Carol Cadogan-Fox. A display of multi-dimensional art pieces covering varied subject matter spanning the life experiences of the artist. Exquisite gift items also available from unique suppliers. All of this in a charming country garden setting in the Village of Hope in St. George. Teas and refreshments enhance the experience.

By appointment only: #6 Drax Hall, Hope, St. George Tel: (246) 433-5904 or (246) 271-4144 Cell: (246) 230-5596

Joan Boryta

Joan Boryta captures perfectly the essence of life in Barbados through her paintings of landscapes and people. Originals and prints are available at On the Wall Gallery, Tings Bajan and Barbados Arts Council (Pelican Craft Centre), Caribbean Gallery of Art and Waterfront Café. Work is always exhibited with Festival Art Gallery outdoor shows.


Alpheus Blake

Tiyi By Design Art Jewellery Studio

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-of-a-kind, solid coral stone dining table, the utmost care and craftsmanship is given to each and every piece – guaranteed to get a “wow” reaction every time! He has worked on projects ranging from high end residential, to commercial applications, and includes a variety of designs such as wall sconces, facades, over-sized plant pots and dining tables.

A Caribbean line of exquisite, award-winning, hand-crafted, art jewellery. Each piece individually designed and crafted by professional Barbadian metalsmith/jeweller, Ichia Tiyi. The intention is to show the jeweller’s art in true perspective where design and craftsmanship are valued above material worth of the metal. Each piece is unique – a true collector’s item and an exceptional work of art!

Tel: (246) 267-2196 or (246) 437-5779 e-mail:

Store #12, Town Square Mall, Speightstown, St. Peter Tel: (246) 422-6816 or (246) 252-0184

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Jill’s new book

A personal story of how the chattel houses of Barbados captured Jill’s heart - leading to this remarkable collection of paintings and an unexpected historical record.

Available at Available at Connell Town, St. Lucy - Tel: (246) 439-9318 At Earth & Fire customers can be assured of the highest quality in design and construction. All of their products are individually hand-crafted with the emphasis on detail and authenticity. The entire range of Earth & Fire products is inspired by everyday life in Barbados, featuring many aspects of the island’s beautiful people, architecture and fauna. Visit their workshop in Connell Town, St. Lucy where you can see the artisans at work. Be sure to look out for the lovely La Cuevita Souvenir Shop when visiting the Animal Flower Cave.

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Jill Walker’s Chattel Houses In her delightful new book, artist Jill Walker shares her love and admiration – spanning over fifty years – for the Barbadian chattel house, with a fascinating look into their history and development. Filled with her beautiful paintings and sketches, she relates her many fond memories, providing a wonderful, visual record of these unique homes and a disappearing way of life. Co-written by Jill’s daughter, Sue Trew - unsurprisingly a talented and gifted artist herself - and with the foreword by family friend, Wendy Kidd, this hardback book is a charming addition to Jill’s beautiful autobiography, ‘Jill Walker’s Barbados’ and is essential reading for avid lovers of art, history – and, of course, Barbados.

Virgil Broodhagen

Earth & Fire Workshop

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The Shell Gallery “It is perhaps a more fortunate destiny to have a taste for collecting shells than to be born a millionaire.” - Robert Louis Stevenson The Shell Gallery is truly an exceptional place to visit, with its fascinating display of sea shells from all over the world. It is arguably the largest sea shell shop in the Caribbean, and in her tireless search to obtain shells that are unique, owner Anne Smith offers some of the world’s most rare and exotic sea shells. The Gallery also carries a selection of ceramics, picture frames, jewellery, elegantly crafted shell boxes and other unique gifts all with a sea shell theme. Complementing the spectacular display of shells and gifts are an attractive array of locally hand crafted shell related items, and the exclusive Seaboard line of exquisite imported china. Since its inception, this delightful gallery continues to captivate the avid shell enthusiast and all who visit. Anne and her charming staff are very knowledgeable and helpful - it’s no wonder so many visitors return year after year. The Shell Gallery is located at “Contentment”, Gibbes, St. Peter. To get there, take Highway 1 north to Gibbes in St. Peter, turn right at the sign post which reads, “Highway 2A, Gibbes Glade, Rock Dundo”. The gallery is the third property on the right. Alternatively, you can travel north on Highway 2A/ABC Highway, make a left turn before Bakers Woods (sign posted Rock Dundo, Gibbes Glade, Highway 1) and follow the winding road towards the coast until you see the Shell Gallery sign on your left. The gallery is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturdays 9am–2pm.

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Sea Shells of all Shapes & Sizes Chests adorned with Shells Exquisite China and Ceramics Shell Frames • Jewellery Open Mon. to Fri. - 9am - 5pm Sat. 9am - 2pm Closed on public holidays

“Contentment” Gibbes, St. Peter Tel: (246) 422-2593 Tel/Fax: (246) 422-0943

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Works of Art Earthworks is no ordinary pottery! Its beginnings were in the mid 70s, founded by Goldie Spieler as a project designed to revive the tradition of pottery-making in Barbados, evolving into a co-operative during the 80s when several independent potters shared costs in the small studio, then growing into its present form, where the Earthworks ‘crew’ and David Spieler passionately continue to create functional works of art. Custom orders are also welcome and can be shipped to any destination. Location - Earthworks Complex, St. Thomas - (246) 425-0223 | |

Lots of Pots Glazed pots add some colour and fun to your party! But who says these should only be used for serving tea or whipping up a mean batch of stew? The possibilities are endless . . .

Sushi Plates Available in 16 gorgeous patterns.

Tankard Mugs The classic Tankard Mug, shown here in the Pink Peapod design, can be personalised with a name or short message.

Pizza Plates & Platters Serving platters and bowls become conversation starters as you serve up your specialties in artsy style. A matching or complimentary dinner set is a must.

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Knick-knacks Keep all your bits and pieces together with these lovely little bureau bowls.

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Take Home A Taste of Barbados Traditional Bajan pepper sauce, spicy mango chutney, rum cakes, fudge, coconut fudge, guava cheese, guava jelly, mango fruit jelly, orange and rum marmalade, lime marmalade with coconut rum, Bajan spices, pure vanilla essence, Barbados sugar and seasonings and a host of other goodies are available.

Sweet Temptations Homemade Guava Jelly and Marmalades made with locally grown oranges, limes and grapefruit ... sometimes with Barbados rum ... always with Barbados sugar–the best!

Everything Uniquely Packaged for Gift Giving

Spice it Up Blackened Fish Seasoning, Pinch of Barbados All Purpose Seasoning, Whole Nutmegs, Fish, Chicken and BBQ Rubs and Curry Powder using the healthy herbs and spices of the Caribbean. Earthworks Complex, St. Thomas Tel: (246) 438-3438 or (246) 262-5868 e-mail:

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Wendell Weatherhead of Pottery Palace

Local Pottery

Mats and baskets from Roslyn of Barbados

Carved lizard from Island Crafts

Pelican Craft Centre Princess Alice Highway, Bridgetown Tel: (246) 426-0765

The Shops The refreshing aspect of the shops at the Pelican Craft Centre is that, like the workshops, all the craft is authentic and made and designed by crafts people in Barbados or the Caribbean. Here is a brief synopsis of what you can find at Pelican Craft Centre: Pelican Café & Variety Shoppe offers a variety of convenience items such as confectionery, coffee, suntan lotion and other sundries. Hair by Diana and Blahnik’s The Salon, provides hair and aesthetics services to patrons of the centre. Renowned photographer, Ronnie Carrington of Exclusively Bajan features his stunning black and white photography of rustic Barbados along with a full selection of Caribbean music. Island Crafts displays a wide variety of fine crafts, including fused glass works and their own line of kitchen accessories. Judy Jordan's shop, The Monkey Pot, has been a long-standing feature of Pelican with a wide selection of small Caribbean ornaments including miniature steel pans. Jefferson Skinner of Tings Bajan offers a selection of ceramics and miscellaneous crafts. Anna Legall of Collectors' Treasures has a selection of unique hand-painted pottery and miscellaneous crafts. At Roslyn of Barbados, Roslyn Watson, an icon in Barbadian craft, has a well-stocked craft shop featuring her figurines and the work of many talented people. Jamal Ifill of Crystal Forms fashions jewellery and figurines using a flame glass technique. Facilitators Inc. is a tour company that facilitates a variety of island tours. Kently Gill provides on-the-spot lessons on steel-

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Wood Carving from The Monkey Pot

pans. Diane Bourne-Daniel of Diane Crafts is usually busy sewing her colourful Bajan dolls, Christmas decorations and oven mitts. At Hewitt's Metal Art, Neville Hewitt creates an impressive variety of wrought iron Barbadian figurines and models made of scrap metal. Deshakk Boutique has cool tropical clothing including wraps and men's shirts. Art's Art is a well stocked arts and crafts supplies shop. Organic Earth is a health shop with freshly-made tasty natural juices and shakes and raw food. Light Body Wholistic Clinic provides iridology services and saunas. The Barbados Arts Council has a constant turnover of new exhibitions from the island’s leading artists.

Workshops Wendell Weatherhead of Pottery Palace showcases a line of pottery ware, consisting of bowls, vases and cups. He specializes in teapots with rattan handles and unusual shapes. Vallis Kellman renders a wide array of leather craft items. Frank Harwood of Harwood Woodworks produces wonderful mahogany salad bowls and mortars and pestles. Angelique Custom Creations is where exquisite jewellery is made on site from precious metals. Valda Clarke of Val's Manufacturing makes colourful cotton clothing. The unique trinket and jewellery boxes crafted in mahogany by Kenny Williams of Williams Legacy are a collector’s delight. Emiliano Cuselli of Tropical Art Glasses showcases very decorative and interesting fused glass work. At Ann's Craft Centre, Gloria Gaskin's colourful straw bags continue to capture the spirit of the island. Next door at Roots and Grasses, Ireka and Princepine Jelani produce their unique and very high quality baskets. Upstairs the ladies at Caribbean Cigar Company are hard at work rolling cigars from Cuban tobacco. Fine Art Framing, the oldest framing company in Barbados, has a display of local art for sale. Next door you’ll find Glass Creations, where trophies and glass work is produced. Exstrawdinary continues to make quality straw bags and loom-woven mats and hangings.

Photos: Gina Francesca Photography

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Health & Beauty Visitors had many motivations to come to the island. Several of them took advantage of Barbados’ salubrious climate, including George Washington and his sick brother, Lawrence, who spent seven weeks here in 1751. As a major maritime and military centre in the region, several medical facilities were also established here. Due to the high mortality among British troops stationed in the Caribbean, medical facilities were constructed in the Garrison complex, including at Hastings. The General Hospital (now known as Pavilion Court) was completed in 1806 and housed up to 300 patients. The Surgeon in Charge of the Military Hospital occupied the nearby restored building, now called the Pavilion. The Ordnance Hospital Complex was situated in the Savannah which comprised of four buildings including Letchworth, Geneva, Rafeen and Lexham. Military hospitals were not only facilities where the sick were treated, but also sites of active medical research into tropical medicine. These were seen as critical facilities in the conquest and defence of the British colonies. Dr. Tara Inniss Photo: Main Guard at The Garrison Henry Walter Parkinson. Reproduced with the kind permission of the Parkinson family.

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The Spa at Coral Reef Club

The Spa at Sandy Lane

The Spa at Coral Reef Club is housed within a beautiful colonial inspired building with clean, modern lines, set within a tropical garden paradise. Exotic vegetation and waterfalls weave throughout the spa, from the four treatment rooms to the Outdoor Couples Pavilion. Classic charm has been combined with a modern aesthetic and the interior design has brought widespread acclaim to The Spa. The facilities include a luxurious Relaxation Room overlooking the outdoor Hydro-pool with shaded cabanas for post treatment leisure, a Thermal Suite with a serene Crystal Steam Room and Experience Shower and a Spa Lounge offering secluded relaxation. Finally, a chic Manicure, Pedicure Room commands striking views over the treetops of the property. For the ultimate indulgence opt for a Spa Day, selecting from an impressive array of exclusive Spa Collections. In between treatments enjoy a light lunch and luxuriate in simply captivating surroundings. Guests at sister hotel, The Sandpiper, are provided with complimentary luxury transfers for the two minute drive to The Spa, ensuring that they arrive relaxed and return revitalized from their treatment. This exquisite Destination Spa captures perfectly the beauty and charm of its Caribbean surroundings and is the ultimate complement to such a unique family treasure as the Coral Reef Club. Coral Reef Club, St. James Tel: (246) 419-4121 e-mail:

Within the spectacular 47,000 square foot Romanesque-style surroundings, a blissful experience awaits. With a delightful array of treatments, performed by highly trained therapists committed to providing personalized care, each guest can expect unsurpassed pampering. The facilities include 14 treatment suites (with honed granites, warm woods and mood enhancing lights), Rhassoul, hydrotherapy pool, experience showers, relaxation room, panoramic sauna and crystal cold room. Each suite offers either private landscaped garden or hydrotherapy pool where you can relax and escape. The Spa At Sandy Lane is designed to treat your body to the ultimate in decadent relaxation and is open to resident and nonresident guests. To make a reservation, please call: (246) 444-2100 or e-mail:

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a Bajan


Annette ‘Obianuju’ Maynard-Watson Motivated Students and Silent Doctors By Keith Miller When one woman can simultaneously assume the multiple roles of mother, wife, teacher, community worker, herbal educator and well-being specialist, it comes as no great surprise to discover that she is known by two different names. Her birth name is Annette Maynard-Watson, her chosen name is Obianuju Malika-Nzinga, and she is very comfortable when fulfilling her destiny as either persona. On October 20th 2011, Annette Maynard-Watson stood proudly on the stage as she accepted her Royal Fidelity National Distinguished Teachers Award, one of only ten teachers in Barbados to be honoured with this prestigious accolade. In her typically modest and generous manner, her brief speech ignored her own merits and focused instead on her students and their attributes. The only time she spoke the ‘I’ word was when she said: “I love my students and I love my job”. Annette, who is a fully qualified teacher and has been working in education for some 25 years, is renowned for her ability to motivate young people.

Whether you judge the quality of teachers by their pupils’ exam results or by the personal development of the teenagers themselves, Annette Maynard-Watson is undoubtedly a very accomplished teacher. Within days of collecting her Distinguished Teachers Award, Annette was busy performing the duties of another of her alter egos, Annette Maynard-Watson the newspaper columnist, who writes the much loved and widely read ‘Healing Herbs’ feature in the Nation Newspaper. Every Monday, through her wellnessoriented articles, Annette dispenses generous doses of worldly wisdom and helpful facts about healthy eating, natural cures and the benefits of many medicinal plants to be found on the island – those precious healing herbs that she refers to as 'Silent Doctors'. This profound connection with the medicinal plants of Barbados could possibly be a sort of transition point where Annette spiritually steps aside to create space for Obianuju Malika-Nzinga. Obianuju is an accredited Food and Nutrition Tutor but she is also a woman of nature. What truly distinguishes her as a leading expert in this field is her inherent knowledge of all things herbal. While much of what she knows has been acquired by virtue of diligent research over the years, she inherited the real inner core of her understanding from her ancestors, as well as from her Mother who still uses many herbal remedies to this day. Obianuju can clearly remember various occasions during her childhood when her relatives nursed her back to health by using many of their own unique remedies. She believes that it was through this childhood experience of being healed with medicinal plants, administered in conjunction with regular exercise, family support, organic raw foods, forgiveness and prayer, that the Creator presented her with the gift of Herbal Education. So today, in her turn, Obianuju now uses that gift to enlighten and assist anybody in need of her knowledge and talents. In addition to her regular teaching, newspaper column, other published work and television appearances, Obianuju has conducted numerous lectures and workshops for many key organizations and institutions. Whenever she has any rare free time away from being a mother, wife, teacher, writer, counsellor and health specialist, Obianuju loves nothing more than to hike through the countryside of Barbados, especially in the green depths of the hidden gullies, always in search of her prized 'Silent Doctors', which she also grows in her kitchen garden. Annette Maynard-Watson, the teacher who nurtures the young people in her care. Obianuju Malika-Nzinga, the natural woman who tends her 'Silent Doctors'. Two names. One very special person.

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Health & Beauty

Chakra Spa Immerse yourself into the Chakra Spa lifestyle where every service, product, amenity and even your personal Spa Ambassador is there to cater to you. The spa offers six treatment rooms, including a couple’s room with a private Jacuzzi; pedi-thrones; a steam room and sauna, all of which enhance the experience they create for you at Chakra. The therapists are internationally trained and experienced and use only the most effective and luxurious products for their therapeutic services. Massage Journeys and the Chakra Ceremony utilize the signature Chakra Essentials product line. Any service can be specifically customized to accommodate couples and groups. Their promise to you the valued and sacred guest, is to make your visit a most memorable and magnificent one, as you relax, rejuvenate and heal. Call: (246) 435-8690 or (246) 435-8920 ext. 7901 The entire Spa Menu can be viewed online at: Chakra is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00am to 7:00pm Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm Visit their Facebook page at:

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Medical Tourism in Barbados

The Crane Resort

by Professor Emeritus Henry Fraser Barbados has always enjoyed a great reputation as a healthy destination, and health resort of the West Indies. In fact our first really famous tourists could have been called winter residents or snow birds, coming for health reasons. They were the young, 19 year old George Washington and his 31 year old half-brother Lawrence, who was ill with tuberculosis. They were advised by their physician to come to a warmer, healthier place, and in October 1751 they came to Barbados and spent seven weeks at the now George Washington House, overlooking Carlisle Bay. (The house is now restored as a magnificent, five star House Museum, where you can sit next to “George” and listen to him read from his diary!) The famous historian Sir Robert Schomburgk wrote in his great book The History of Barbados (1848): “It is much to be wondered at that European physicians, who are acquainted with the even temperature and absence of chilling blasts, do not recommend Barbados as a sojourn for invalids labouring under pulmonary diseases. The splendid steam-packets, which now touch at Barbados every fortnight from Southampton, render an expeditious intercourse with England quite certain … the dwellings combine so many English comforts … that if it were not for the palm trees which surround them and the balmy air in January and February, when we know that nature at home lies in the icy grasp of winter, we should be inclined to ask “Are we in England or in a foreign clime?” And as a result of those “splendid steam packets” we developed a range of hotels on the South and East coasts in the 1880s, especially the famous Atlantis, Crane, Marine (long demolished) and the other Hastings hotels, for visitors wanting to “recuperate” by the sea. 166 •

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But it was the late, great Barbadian Dr. Harry Bayley who developed the first significant medical tourism in Barbados. He built his famous Diagnostic Clinic, known to all as Bayley’s Clinic, in the late 1930s and by the 1950s he had an international clientele, particularly from Venezuela, Trinidad and Guyana, who came for his diagnostic skills and modern laboratory. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in its golden era of the 1980s has attracted some 300 - 500 medical visitors a year from neighbouring Caribbean islands – an important source of revenue, while providing an obvious medical centre for the region. But it’s been argued for years by members of the local medical profession that Barbados is ideally located to be a state of the art centre for medical tourism. Some 2 million patients travel from North America and Europe to the far east each year for elective surgery – a tiring 24 to 36 hour journey – when they could quickly fly to Barbados, hub of the Caribbean, for first rate facilities in an English speaking country. It seems, at last, that such wisdom will soon prevail. American World Clinics has been awarded the tender to develop an old, small private hospital site of 21 acres north of Bridgetown and close to our second town Speightstown and the Platinum Coast (West Coast). This former St. Joseph Hospital site is a beautiful spot on undulating higher ground with a view over the sea, a historic old plantation house and an ancient coral stone mill wall. The original, now derelict hospital buildings will of course be replaced by an ultramodern, state of the art hospital. Staff will comprise a mixture of US and local specialists – a genuine partnership, according to the partners of American World Clinics, and as many local health workers as possible. When the new hospital opens, that huge waiting list of hip and knee replacements, etc. should be happily treated in beautiful Barbados, with recuperation at any of our many rejuvenating resorts.

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Quick Reference Medical Directory Emergency Services Emergency Clinics Decompression Chamber Barbados Defence Force Medical Unit, St. Ann’s Fort, The Garrison, St. Michael. Tel: (246) 436-6185/6/7/8 ext. 2556 FMH Emergency Centre 3rd Ave., Belleville, St. Michael Open 8am - midnight. Tel: (246) 228-6120 Island Dialysis Bayside Plaza, Bay Street, St. Michael. Tel: (246) 228-5311 Sandy Crest Medical Centre Sunset Crest, St. James. Open 24 hours every day of the year Tel: (246) 419-4911

Police/Fire Police - Emergency Only Tel: 211 Fire Tel: 311

Ambulances Ambulance Service - QEH Tel: 511 Island Care Ambulance Tel: (246) 435-9425 Medic Response Ambulance Tel: (246) 228-8633

Opticians Anka Optical/Eye Care Specialists C.O.B. Business Centre, Bridgetown Tel: (246) 426-5719 Belleville, St. Michael Tel: (246) 436-0101 Speightstown, St. Peter Tel: (246) 422-1775 Express Optical Cave Shepherd, Bridgetown Tel: (246) 227-2164 Sheraton Mall, Christ Church Tel: (246) 437-0896 Wildey, St. Michael Tel: (246) 426-3677 Harcourt Carter Optical Belleville, St. Michael Tel: (246) 429-5565 St. Michael’s Row, Bridgetown Tel: (246) 436-6494 Warrens, St. Michael Tel: (246) 417-9600

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.

Super Centre JB’s, Christ Church Tel: (246) 228-1940


Collins Limited Broad St., Bridgetown Tel: (246) 426-4515 Warrens, St. Michael Tel: (246) 425-4550 Knights Pharmacies Six Roads, St. Philip Tel: (246) 423-3700 Worthing, Ch. Ch. Tel: (246) 435-0020 Super Centre JB’s, Christ Church Tel: (246) 429-7107 Oistins, Christ Church Tel: (246) 428-6057 Sunset Crest, St. James Tel: (246) 432-1290 Warrens, St. Michael Tel: (246) 417-5232 Lewis Drug Mart Rockley, Christ Church Tel: (246) 435-8090 Pearsons Pharmacies Collymore Rock, St. Michael Tel: (246) 427-5521 Holetown, St. James Tel: (246) 432-0118 Sargeant’s Vlge., Christ Church Tel: (246) 436-3784 Worthing, Christ Church Tel: (246) 435-8363

Hospitals Bayview Hospital St. Paul’s Ave., Bayville, St. Michael Tel: (246) 436-5446 Queen Elizabeth Hospital Martindales Road, St. Michael Tel: (246) 436-6450

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Barbados Fertility Centre Gazing across a college campus in the United Kingdom, you might not easily point out 21-year-old Kate Etheridge. In many ways, Kate was typical - she could easily fade away amongst a sea of young aspirants, each trying her best to complete an arduous education, excited to get on with life. But in other, more personal ways, Kate would soon involuntarily stand out from the crowd, as she found herself growing sicker and losing weight while still trying to manage a hectic study schedule. She eventually consulted a team of specialists, but found them patronizing and dismissive of her condition. It was after an emergency surgery that, their misdiagnoses were brought to light and her gynaecologist presented the sobering news . . . Kate had been a month away from a full hysterectomy and it was highly unlikely that she would ever conceive naturally. To further compound the problem, at the age of 24,- Kate was diagnosed with relapse/remitting multiple sclerosis. Doctors recommended that if she wanted a family of her own it would be remiss to delay any further. However, by 28 Kate found herself admitted to hospital to have her fallopian tubes removed. They were inflamed and infected but thankfully, as the left was considered capable of healing, it remained, and at 36 Kate discovered she was bearing an ectopic pregnancy. She was treated with a drug called methotrexate (used for cancer patients), but after just two doses her left fallopian tube ruptured causing internal bleeding. Another operation only removed the damaged part of the tube, and Kate was left vulnerable to further ectopic pregnancies should she attempt any kind of fertility treatment. A trying time for anyone Kate took two months off and met with a psychologist realizing that to have a baby she was going to need 100% assistance. It was two years later that Kate and her partner, Nick, decided to embark on In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatments. They

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endured two unsuccessful attempts, and even looked into the possibility of utilizing donor eggs, while trying a third time in the UK. It was shortly after this last failure that Nick was offered a job position in Trinidad and Tobago. On their first trip there, Nick proposed and two months later the two were married. The next January they were preparing to start their new Caribbean adventure, and life was good. Once settled Kate got in touch with a friend living in Grenada who told her about her experience at Barbados Fertility Centre (BFC). Her friend had 4-year-old twins, assisted by BFC, and followed two years later by a surprise son. Kate was inspired to try again. Her first injections for a fourth cycle began on her 41st birthday, and in April she and Nick travelled to Barbados for the final stages. A week and a half later bleeding started. Fearful this was not just implantation bleeding, but hopeful all the same, Kate took two pregnancy tests. The very faint blue line appeared inconclusive. At the advice of BFC, they went for quantitative HCG blood tests, and the first result came back at 114! Finally, good sign, though they knew there was still a long way to go. The tests were repeated two days later and the two were quietly excited when the level came back at 200. Four days later it was 430 and again, four days later 1,034. Kate and Nick were beside themselves, barely daring to believe that after so long Kate could actually be pregnant - so afraid to be disappointed. Nine months later there was no denying it, as their darling Kitty was born. Nick and Kate are an example of the one in six couples affected by infertility worldwide. Though Kate had many more complications, the most common reasons for women's infertility are Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis and fibroids but many women are also realizing the impact of age on their fertility. There is a marked decrease in a woman's

Health & Beauty ovulation after the age of 35 so chances of conceiving naturally decrease and the chance of miscarriage is higher. Luckily though, Nick and Kate are also a reflection of BFC’s excellent success rates - 71% (using Blastocyst), compared to just 41% in the USA and 22% in the UK. Much of this success can be attributed to the vision of its founders Anna Hosford & Dr. Juliet Skinner, a Barbadian who has always had a keen interest in the science of assisted reproduction. Dr. Skinner won the Barbados Scholarship to train as a Dr. at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She then concentrated on Obstetrics & Gynaecology and worked for a number of years at Coombe Women's Hospital in Ireland before returning to Barbados to open BFC in 2002. A specialist in fertility treatments, Dr. Skinner has worked with a dedicated team toward seeing BFC achieve the prestigious gold seal of approval by the Joint Commission International (JCI). JCI is the USA-based health accreditation body accepted worldwide as “a recognized world leader in health care quality and patient safety”. It conducts stringent tests so international patients can rest assured on patient safety standards and operating procedures. The only health care facility in the region to have been awarded this accreditation, BFC is recognised as an international centre offering world-class fertility care, with patients from as far afield as the Caribbean, USA, Canada and the UK. They come for many reasons (Barbados’ glorious climate not the least of these), but one of the major deciding factors for many couples is that treatment costs are less than half of what they are charged in the USA. Actually, BFC has not had a price increase since 2007. A couple who was quoted upward of USD 40,000 for 3 IVF cycles said, "It was hard to imagine paying so much for treatment, the cost was just too high for us and . . . I feel the care of overseas doctors can be even better than in the US, so I did my research and found Barbados Fertility Centre. We then found out we could get the procedure in Barbados with a 2 week relaxing vacation as well, that was just what we wanted and thought that would work best, I spent about a year talking to them before we finally made our decision. It was the best decision we ever made, we had a wonderful experience and our baby [was born] in October 2011." For Caitlin & Tyler their experience of leaving the US for treatment has had a positive outcome and only cost them USD 5,750 as opposed to what they could have paid had they stayed in the US. Then of course there’s the BFC’s tailor-made “Holiday Packages”. Patients who take advantage of these enjoy the luxuries of being chauffeur driven to and from appointments and the use of a local mobile phone. The Healthy Mind Body Programme incorporates massage, reflexology, acupuncture and sessions with a trained counsellor. during their stay. While stress has not been proven to prevent pregnancy, BFC believes it certainly does not aid the process of getting pregnant. BFC therefore attempts to accommodate its patients as much as possible to reduce or even eliminate stress, and procure optimal chances of becoming pregnant. Since opening on a full time basis, BFC has prided itself on providing individualised care tailored to the needs of its patients, who can also make use of a growing number of satellite units operated by the BFC within the Caribbean. There are a number of ways for interested persons to connect with Barbados Fertility Centre. BFC boasts an active Facebook page (search Barbados Fertility Centre) with over 2,000 fans, where

Happy Family! Courtesy of Nick, Kate & Kitty Etheridge

patients can post questions to the medical team and offer each other support. They host a forum not intended for medical advice, but where patients can discuss their journeys through treatment. When a couple has tried to conceive for 12 months without success then they need medical intervention. The sooner they seek help, the greater their chance of success. If you are struggling to conceive please call (246) 435-7467 for a free confidential consultation with an IVF Nurse Coordinator. You can also find more detailed information on their websites and To find out more about the JCI accreditation program, visit

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

Healing Holidays in Barbados Well-being. Such an elemental and essential thing it is—a healthy body, mind and spirit, working holistically in harmonious balance. 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. How perfect, too, for visitors! If holidays are for rest, recreation and renewal, then just think of the added boost that a bit of healing therapy can provide. The array Barbados offers is astounding, ranging from known and accepted treatments such as acupuncture, massage and osteopathy to alternative practices that many might consider exotic or improbable. Here are some you might like to try. Yoga’s benefits are well-known—health, fitness, de-stressing, pain relief, etc.—but it is perhaps the post-class experience that accounts for yoga’s increasing global popularity. People leave feeling energized, uplifted, more likely to move through the day with joy. Barbados has several well qualified yoga teachers. Could this be the cherry on top of your holiday sundae? Acupuncture and acupressure are based on an ancient Chinese theory of energy flowing through pathways, or meridians, of the body. By stimulating specific points on these meridians, practitioners seek to rebalance that energy and to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Measurable results include an increase in blood flow and a boost in the body’s natural painkillers. In acupuncture, the stimulation is done through the insertion of very fine needles, while acupressure applies physical pressure. Yoga massage awakens and stimulates your innate ability to heal and flourish. Assisted yoga stretches are blended with Thai and Swedish massage techniques, along with chiropractic and osteopathic interventions. Can you say “Ahhh?”

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An ancient Eastern healing art, Reiki uses the concept that humans are infused with subtle forms of energy. Reiki practitioners seek to transmit universal energy to a person, in order to balance her whole physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dynamic. Akin to “laying on of hands,” but without necessarily touching, Reiki has been found to relieve pain, promote healing and bring tranquillity. Reflexology’s premise is that all of the organs and body parts are reflected in the hands and feet, and that stimulating them sends signals through the nervous system to the areas under focus. This is done to help the blood flow properly, expel toxins, improve lymphatic circulation and restore homeostasis. Experiencing this intensive foot massage brings immense release from tension. Iridology: Whereas an opthamologist’s examination of the whole eye can reveal the presence of other bodily problems, iridology purports to detect conditions in every part and organ of the body by examining the iris. Raw food: For a number of reasons, raw foodists believe that the greater the percentage of raw food in the diet, the greater the health benefits. Our main local raw food chef has created some delicious concoctions to supply this market. Feng Shui: Ancient Chinese viewed the land as alive and filled with energy, and oriented structures accordingly. Now, the concept also applies to arranging interiors in ways that promote harmony, prosperity and good health. Whether or not you see it as a metaphor for life, de-cluttering is a pragmatic aspect of Feng Shui that even a sceptic can love. The aesthetics work too. This is but a fraction of what’s offered on this magical island. Add aromatherapy, Ayurveda, herbalists, energy workers, shamanic healers, colour therapy and more, and you could even construct a healing-themed holiday that sends you home both glowing and with experiences to dine out on for months.

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Directory of Complementary Therapies and Practitioners Acupuncture Natural Energy Centre Facial Rejuvenation & Traditional Chinese Acupuncture Tel: (246) 429-1901

Ayurveda PBHC Clinic/School of Holistic Therapies Panchakarma Ayurveda & a wide range of Ayurvedic treatments. Tel: (246) 424-1127

Clairvoyance The Healing Tree - Natasha Voss Manolakis Clairvoyant readings, healing & counseling Tel: (246) 256-6175

Feng Shui Feng Shui Matters! - Verity Dawson Promoting prosperity, harmony, well-being & good health in the home & workplace through the art of placement. Tel: (246) 420-6382

Health Food Organic Earth Health Store Organic & Earth Friendly Foods & Products Chantel Selman - Tel: (246) 426-7521

Osteopathy The Maas Clinic Osteopathic and Functional Diagnostic Medicine Tel: (246) 431-9415

Quantum Touch Natural Energy Centre Gentle, safe, structural realignment. Tel: (246) 429-1901

Reiki Natural Energy Centre Relaxation, Re-balancing & Emotional Release Tel: (246) 429-1901 PBHC Clinic/School of Holistic Therapies Reiki Master Tel: (246) 424-1127 Reiki School of Natural Healing Verity Dawson Reiki for Relaxation: a proven method for stress-release with added health benefits Tel: (246) 420-6382

• Traditional Acupuncture • Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture • Reiki • Emotional Release • Resistance Flexibility • Quantum Touch The Only Accredited Quantum Touch Instructor On The Island. Ask about our popular workshops. #4A Pavilion Court, Hastings, Ch. Ch. Tel: (246) 429-1901 Mobile: (246) 822-2773

Resistance Flexibility Natural Energy Centre Resistance Flexibility is a powerful modality utilizing the physical body through manipulation of the musculoskeletal and fascial tissue to produce changes in physical, mental, emotional & spiritual health. Tel: (246) 429-1901

Holistic Therapy Training Courses PBHC Clinic/School of Holistic Therapies Wide range of holistic treatments & courses – including different types of Massage, Reflexology, Hopi Ear Candling – internationally accredited by ITEC (International Therapy Examination Council) the Barbados Ministry of Education. IFPA accredited for Aromatherapy training and treatments and FHT accredited for CPD courses (continued professionalism development). Tel: (246) 424-1127

Yoga Sunshine Kula - Anusara Inspired & Integrative Yoga Therapy & Thai Yoga Massage – Public classes at Sugar Hill & Colony Club Hotel. Private classes by appointment. Tel: (246) 231-4468 or (246) 424-1036


Want to Study in Barbados? The PBHC School of Holistic Therapies offers a wide range of holistic Courses & Treatments Internationally accredited by

ITEC, IFPA, FHT & the Barbados Ministry of Education Tel: (246) 424 1127


Ancient Healing Energetics HEALING through to SOUL LEVEL Tel: (246) 256-6175

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Special Events “The British North American provinces have recently, with the sanction of the mother country, sent Commissioners to the West Indies and Brasil and other South American States, with the view of opening fresh outlets for their produce ... In order to afford them an opportunity to explain the object of their visit, the merchants of Barbadoes adopted the truly English method of giving them a dinner ... Covers were laid for 200 people and, considering the merchants had only four days’ notice, the decoration and the dinner itself might be pronounced a decided success ... The mercantile community will gladly bid for all the commodities sent to them, and as gladly sell their sugar and other products to make up cargoes for the vessels on the return voyage.� London Illustrated News 1866 Illustration: Public Dinner at Barbadoes in honour of the Commissioners from the British North American Provinces 1866. The venue for this grand event was Marshall Hall, the partial shell of which still stands on Hincks Street in Bridgetown. Sketch: Captain Wilkinson, 9th. Regiment, Deputy Assistant QuartermasterGeneral stationed at Barbadoes. The London Illustrated News

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Ellco Rentals Ellco Rentals are the professionals in the rental business in Barbados. Take advantage of their free consultation so that no detail is overlooked. A service much praised by their clients is their comprehensive range of products and services, managed by friendly, experienced staff. Whether you are planning a small home party, a wedding or a major event, you will find that Ellco has the best selection of equipment and accessories which are always being updated to bring the latest trends. All items are chosen on the basis of the highest standard of design and appearance. Conscientious maintenance, in-house laundry and the island’s only sanitizing service for cutlery, crockery and glasses means that you can be free to focus your attention on yourselves and your guests. The range of stock varies from tents of many sizes and styles from 10ft. to the largest in the Caribbean, including clear tops, liners and draping. Many types of ambient lighting add elegance and flair to your event. Portable cooling fans and misters help keep guests cool as the party heats up! State-ofthe-art bathroom trailers fully air conditioned and even piped music; commercial barbeques, colourful linens and overlays; various table and chair designs, wedding arches, dance floors and garden flambeau all create a romantic atmosphere for your special day. For extra guests, rollaway beds, cribs, strollers and car seats are available. The children are not left out with cotton candy and popcorn machines and many games will make their parties outstanding. Ellco has everything you could possibly need to make your event a great one. After all, if your event is a success, it’s a success for Ellco too. Be sure to visit their website for more information. Ellerton, St. George - Tel: (246) 434-7395 e-mail:

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Special Events Weddings By Malissa Weddings by Malissa is owned and operated by professional bridal consultant, Malissa Blackman, who has been planning weddings in Barbados for the past seven years. Malissa’s personalised service and attention to detail, along with her knowledge and understanding of the island, ensures that your dreams are turned into wedding day reality! Several wedding packages are available to suit all budgets, whether it’s a grand event for two hundred guests or a small intimate gathering. Malissa will coordinate as much or as little of your wedding day activities as you desire, always working within your ‘dream’ plans. You will enjoy personalised attention from the very first meeting right up to your perfectly orchestrated wedding day, allowing you more time on our beautiful beaches or sightseeing recommended and booked by Malissa. The services offered cover every aspect of your wedding, including all legalities (marriage licence application, etc.), bridal bouquets and floral arrangements, decorations, transportation, music, entertainment, aesthetic services and children’s entertainment. Malissa is the official wedding planner for The Cliff Restaurant. So you can have your ceremony on the beach at sunset, followed by a gorgeous reception at one of the island’s most renowned restaurants on the scenic west coast with dinner and dancing. Weddings for cruise ship passengers and wedding vow renewals can also be arranged. Weddings By Malissa now offers individual wedding services, stationery, rentals and coordination which includes set up and clean up of your wedding.

Tel: (246) 435-3331 or (246) 262-1450 e-mail:

Simply Flowers Simply Flowers can take care of all the floral requirements for your wedding or any special occasion from simply elegant to lavishly extravagant; bridal bouquets, head pieces, corsages, buttonholes, floral arrangements, baskets of petals and fresh flower decorations for the wedding cake. They provide an early delivery service to your hotel or the church to help remove some of the anxiety from your special day. They also offer a delivery service of floral arrangements to your villa or hotel room. Christina Foster of Simply Flowers has deservedly earned an excellent reputation for the consistent high quality of her beautiful floral work. Trained at Constance Spry in England, Christina makes full use of her creative ability and a dependable supply of local and imported fresh flowers. One of the highlights of Christina’s career was in 2004 when she was hired to create the floral arrangements for the wedding of golf superstar Tiger Woods at the Sandy Lane Golf and Country Club. Delivery charge. Payment by Visa, MasterCard or cash. (This can be left at reception).

Rockley New Road, Christ Church Tel: (246) 437-6597 Fax: (246) 435-9742 e-mail:

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Special Events Island Bliss Weddings Experience the Bliss! Tropical climate, beautiful scenery, competent planners are all the components for a perfect destination wedding in Barbados! Island Bliss Weddings headed by Jean Hill and Lisa St. John has rightfully earned a first class reputation for their personalized service. Jean’s warm personality and friendliness comforts you from inception to reception, while Lisa’s personalized approach and meticulousness guarantee you a beautiful, stress free wedding day! The Island Bliss team is sure to make your wedding dreams a reality, with their wide knowledge of venues across Barbados, reliable service providers and their ability to custom design an affordable destination wedding, just for you!. They can also assist with accommodation, greeting of your guests on arrival, on-island activities, pre and post-wedding functions, even nanny services. Jean and Lisa will create your dream wedding with impeccable attention to detail, metaphorically speaking, “painting your dream wedding with the finest brush!” Here is what one recently married couple had to say: “It truly was our dream come true and all because of your hard work! We will always remember it.” – Tonna and Frazer Scotland

Tel: Jean Hill (246) 266-4399 / Lisa St. John (246) 243-0549 e-mail:

Weddings... beyond your imagination!! Hailed as Barbados’ premier wedding planner by OK! Magazine following their exclusive coverage of Westlife’s Kian Egan’s celebrity wedding in Barbados, Lisa StC. Hutchinson runs a top notch, fullservice destination wedding company. With thousands of weddings under her belt and years of experience, Lisa specializes in the orchestration of customized events for romantics from all over the world, ensuring that every couple is a guest at their own celebration. She takes pride in designing creative entertainment and customized events, all at hand-picked venues, to compliment any occasion. Catering to cruise ship passengers, as well as long stay visitors, Lisa works with only the most reputable service providers offering an extensive menu of optional services including video/photography, florals, catering, décor, music, children’s entertainment, babysitting and aesthetic services. She will also happily arrange accommodation, transportation and group excursions, providing a personal concierge service for your entire wedding entourage, along with traditional or ‘island style’ welcome parties, private cruises, rehearsal dinners, beach BBQs and farewell brunches. Lisa’s services have been applauded internationally in several newspapers and magazines including USA Today & Destination Weddings & Honeymoons. She was also the official Bridal Coordinator of the grand prize wedding, ‘Love is in the Air’, hosted by BRIDES MAGAZINE in Barbados. So relax and enjoy your very own island affair… with every detail designed to reflect your unique personality. Lisa promises your very own Barbados Wedding... beyond your imagination!!

Tel/Fax: (246) 420-4832 USA Tel: (620) 860 0045 UK Tel: +44 208 144 3399 e-mail:

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Magical Moments “The Sharpshooter of Romance”, Steve Cumberbatch, is one of the leading wedding photographers in Barbados and the Caribbean. An outstanding photographic storyteller, Steve's images are relaxed, natural and romantic slices of a wedding celebration. Steve is warm and friendly and has a special knack for making his subjects feel relaxed and comfortable. He has a great eye for memorable shots and this is certainly reflected in his photographs.

Gina Francesca is a self-taught photographer and graphic artist, specializing in wedding and portrait photography. Gina has a finely honed eye for capturing the moment, and a keen perception of beauty – whether it’s an infant’s first smile, a child’s endearing expression, or the moment you say ‘I do’, Gina creates images to tell a story. Her relaxed and subtle approach immediately puts her subjects at ease allowing her to capture them in a candid and natural manner. So if you’re looking for unique and creative, quality images from a photographer who aims to exceed all expectations, Gina Francesca is the one for you.

Tel: (246) 230-3732 e-mail: Visit Steve at

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Jon Farmer Photography Have your portrait or wedding photographs taken professionally by Jonathan Farmer who, for the past forty-five years, has been actively involved in the production of fine images; during this time he has earned a wealth of experience in not only the composing of images, but also has mastered the art of processing and rendering fine prints in both color and black and white. Check out some of his work at and let his photographs speak for themselves.

Tel: (246) 418-9792 or (246) 231-5008 e-mail:

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DJ Dusty “Music for your Soul” DJ Dusty is renowned throughout the Barbados wedding and party scene for his efficiency and reliable professionalism, his good humour and easy-going manner, and his special ability to get people onto the dance floor. DJ Dusty also offers Disco Lighting effects and PA System rental. From the best of the Golden Oldies to all of the latest hits, Adrian “Dusty” Payne knows how to spin the right tunes, at the right time, to get any crowd into a happy party mood. DJ Dusty... In the Mix!

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Keith and his wife Angela

Keith Melville: Early to Rise “I can squeeze you in for half an hour next week.” That’s what Keith Melville said when begged for an interview. He’s a very busy person. If you ran the four-office Harcourt Carter optical business, served as president of the Barbados Polo Club, were the proprietor of Sunbury House and owned four horses, you too might rise before dawn to get started working at 6:30. As he says, “If you want to do something, do it.” Accustomed to achieving, Mr. Melville is also gracious and tactful. He has a passion for horses, antiques and a good cocktail party. With each stroke of this description’s brush, a portrait emerges: This is a hardworking, old-school Barbadian gentleman. It all started early. Discipline began at home, with an Anglican priest for a father, and continued through Harrison College. He began riding at the age of ten and took up polo at fourteen. Young Keith learned the optometry business at his grandfather Harcourt Carter’s knee. It wasn’t long until he started appreciating the fine old furnishings that surrounded him at home and saw the link between them and the land where his forefathers settled nearly 300 years ago. He rides every Saturday morning and only recently stopped playing polo. With only six years of break time, he has been President of the Barbados Polo Club since 1968, and was on hand as a player in 1964 when the club moved to its present 180 •

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headquarters at Holders in St. James. “I witnessed the polo club grow from twelve members to what it is today: 30 to 40 playing members and over 100 sustaining, or drinking, members. Polo in Barbados started with one field and now we boast of six. The first overseas tour came to Barbados from Jamaica in 1949. Now we have clubs coming in from the US, Canada, UK, Argentina and France.” In the early 1980s, Mr. Melville met a woman who shared his love of horses and antiques. Soon afterwards, they merged their collections and their lives. When their plantation house was made unliveable by smoke and ash from Carrington Sugar Factory, they bought and moved into a house they had always loved—Sunbury. “People would stop to have a few words and then ask to see the house. ‘Why don’t you open it to the public?’ they would ask.” When Carrington closed two years later and the Melvilles could move back to Bentley, their house in St. George, that’s exactly what they did. Today, Sunbury is one of the island’s premiere attractions, with the most comprehensive collection of antiques and artefacts from the heyday of Barbados plantation life. Not only do you see its grandeur, you also see the workings that underpinned it, from domestic apparatus to carriages and farm equipment. “None of this would have been possible without Angela, my wife,” says Mr. Melville. (Did we mention that he’s also modest?) With his energy and abilities, he could live anywhere, but would he? His response is quick and emphatic: “No. Barbados is the only place for me. I love this country.” Like a good optometrist, he has made this obvious.

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Tying the knot in Barbados Planning the wedding of your dreams, or the perfectly romantic honeymoon, can be as easy as saying ‘I do’. Barbados has a long tradition of hosting newlyweds and the island can provide all the necessary ingredients to ensure the intimate sojourn you’ll always remember with great pleasure.

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Recent legislation has eliminated the advance notice requirements to marry on the island, allowing couples to marry as soon as a license is obtained. The general requirements for couples wanting to get married in Barbados are as follows: valid passports; original or certified copies of the applicants’ birth certificates; if either party is widowed, a certified copy of the marriage certificate and death certificate in respect of the deceased spouse will be required; if either party is divorced, an original Decree Absolute, (NOT the Decree Nisi) is required. If the Decree Absolute is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a certified translation; and a letter, or written indication, from the Marriage Officer (including the church to which he belongs) who has agreed to perform the marriage ceremony. Application for a marriage license must be made by the bride and groom, in person, at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs located on the 5th Floor of the General Post Office Building, Cheapside, Bridgetown. If neither the bride nor groom is a citizen or resident of Barbados, the license fee is BDS$150 cash and a $25 stamp. Return airline tickets must also be presented.

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Chandelier Weddings John and Rain Chandler are the ideal team to work with you to make your dream day perfect. Their plantation home, Fisherpond Great House, is over 350 years old and has been lovingly restored to enhance its old world charm and romance. It is a magical venue for weddings and special events. The beautiful gardens offer many exquisite settings for any occasion. Wedding luncheons and dinners can be enjoyed in the antique setting of their home or in the splendour of their tropical ‘Secret Garden’. While the premiere location for weddings is Fisherpond Great House, John and Rain are happy to work with you to find the location of your dreams. In fact, they can coordinate it all… from exotic florals and sensational table settings, to exquisite gourmet cuisine – in beautiful locations – delivered with style, panache and meticulous planning.

Fisherpond Great House, St. Thomas, Barbados t: (246) 433-1754 e:

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Soulmates Barbados Soulmates Barbados is a full service wedding coordination company that works closely with a highly reputable group of local service providers to assist couples with the planning of their wedding day. Their range of wedding coordination services is designed to suit wherever their clients are at in their planning process. From transportation and accommodation, to flowers and music, no detail is too small, no request too large. Just say “Yes” and let Soulmates Barbados do the rest!

P.O. Box 151W, Worthing, Christ Church Tel (246) 435-3860 e-mail:

The Crane Location, location, location… The resort sits on 40 acres of lush landscape, overlooking one of the “Top Ten Beaches in the World”. What better backdrop could there be for your wedding photos? The resort is ideally designed for those persons seeking spectacular natural beauty, romantic seclusion, complete tranquillity and superb accommodation. The Crane is the perfect place to celebrate the beginning of your new life together. Whether your wish is a simple wedding or more extravagant ceremony and reception, you can start with one of our wedding packages and work with our Event Coordinator to ensure that your day is as spectacular as you imagine.

Tel: (246) 423-6220 Fax: (246) 423-5343

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Apsara by the sea It’s Your Day ... Make Your Dreams Come True ... The beautiful Caribbean Sea is the backdrop to your dream wedding within the elegant gazebos and tropical landscape of Apsara Restaurant. The excellence of Apsara’s Thai and Indian cuisine and the romantic sway of the ocean breeze creates a mesmerising venue for your special day. Apsara Restaurant can arrange your special day from A-Z, from a small party for 2 to a grand extravagant affair. They look forward to working with you to make your dream wedding a reality.

“Waverley House”, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church Tel: (246) 435-5454 e-mail:

Porters Great House Contemporary living meets colonial elegance with the impressive 5 bedroom Porters Great House, built in 1735. Recently refurbished, there is a beautiful outdoor dining pavilion and pool - an excellent venue for an intimate rehearsal dinner. In the main house, the formal dining room, modern kitchen and entertainment space also lend to this type of occasion. The grounds, complete with a raised folly accessed by 80 coral stone steps and a charming 300-year-old chapel, are ideal for a wedding. This spacious estate is located in the heart of the west coast, very close to beautiful beaches and swimming.

Contact: Altman Villa Rentals Tel: (246) 432-0840 e-mail:

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The Tides

Champers Restaurant

The Tides is a sensational venue for weddings, and just about any occasion worth a special celebration. The restaurant, a rustic coral stone structure, is set on the water’s edge within a lush tropical garden. Small groups of up to 34 can be accommodated in the semi-private Gazebo overlooking the sea. The Tides also offers beach weddings with a cathedral style wrought-iron gazebo. For larger parties they offer exclusive use of the entire restaurant. Menus can be personalized to suit your individual requirements, along with special wines, entertainment and décor.

Champers is one of the leading restaurants on the south coast, with a solid reputation for their consistently good food. The dramatic cliff-top setting, with superb panoramic views over the ocean and Accra Beach make Champers a magical setting for weddings and private functions. Alive with vibrant Caribbean design and atmosphere, there are few settings as stunning as Champers for any special occasion.

Holetown, St. James Tel: (246) 432 8356/7

Pollards Mill Pollards Mill is a former plantation built in 1712. It is nestled amongst sugar cane fields and has stunning sea views. The property boasts a charming eighteenth century sugar mill, surrounded by 2.5 acres of beautiful tropical gardens. It is the perfect setting for weddings or any other bespoke event. Pollards Mill also has luxury accommodation perfect for a romantic honeymoon or simply a relaxing holiday to get away from it all.

Pollards Mill, St. Philip Tel: (246) 423 6530

Skeetes Hill, Rockley, Christ Church Tel: (246) 434-3463 or 435-6644 e-mail:

Sunbury Plantation House Set in the heart of the St. Philip countryside, Sunbury is a superb example of a Barbadian plantation house. Built over 300 years ago, it has a rich and varied history and has been lovingly maintained and magnificently furnished. The house is surrounded by sprawling tropical gardens and mahogany woods making it an ideal setting for weddings and other special functions.

Sunbury Plantation, St. Philip Tel: (246) 423-6270 e-mail:

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Island Escapades Barbados’ geographical location to the east of the Caribbean made it an important trading hub. Goods would be brought from Europe in bulk to the island to be distributed amongst the Windward Islands by means of small interisland vessels. As the trade from Europe grew so did the infrastructure to deal with local shipping. In the careenage, ships would be lightened by taking out all of the ballast. Ropes were passed around the lower mast and the ship pulled over on its side so repairs to the bottom could be carried out. While careening is the simplest way to clean and repair a ship’s underside it places great strain on the vessel, particularly the masts used to pull the ships over. Steel ships, introduced in the 19th century, could not be careened easily. To accommodate such vessels, the screw dock was built between 1889 and 1893, ensuring the continued importance of Barbados as a maritime center. The screw dock is the only extant dry-docking facility of its kind in the world, although no longer in use, and awaiting funds to become the core of a maritime museum. Geoffrey Ward Photo: Carlisle Bay and the entrance to the Careenage in Bridgetown c1900 Courtesy Circa West Indies

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Photo: Nick Byrne/Courtesy Silver Moon Luxury Catamaran Sailing Cruises

Sea turtles are now not only an important component of the biodiversity of Barbados, but have become an integral part of the attraction of a holiday in Barbados – you can contact the Sea Turtle Hotline at 230-0142 if you would like to witness a turtle hatchling release (usually between July and October)

arbados offers such a wide range of Island Escapades that there is always something to satisfy every whim and fancy. While the island is renowned for its laid back lifestyle, it can also provide ample opportunity for interesting trips, new experiences and exciting adventure; all guaranteed to provide photo albums full of wonderful memories. As with all islands, the sea influences many of our leisure activities. Going to the beach is a way of life for locals, especially on Sundays when, just like going to church, it’s something of a family ritual. We like to go for the day, with beach chairs, picnic food and a well-stocked cooler. Give it a try. Or just go beachcombing. There are lots of beaches for you to choose from, all different sizes and all with their own characteristics. Check out our Beaches section starting on page 224. If you are lucky enough to be on the island at the right time, you can go for a full-moon picnic. Since the west coast of Barbados sits serenely in the Caribbean Sea and the east coast faces the surge of the Atlantic Ocean, the island is blessed with a full range of sea conditions from flat calm to pounding surf. When combined with our crystal clear water, this means that we enjoy superb conditions for just about every water sport. Swimming, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, snorkelling, diving, sports fishing - they are all practiced here and many companies offer services in these

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areas, including rental of equipment and giving lessons. Learning how to surf or dive can be a great souvenir to take home. If you want to see the magical underwater world of Barbados but can’t dive, you can go out on the Atlantis submarine, either by day or night. Sailing along the coast is a must-do experience, especially when it includes a chance to swim with turtles. Depending on your mood, this can be done peacefully with just the sounds of the waves and wind; with some cool drinks, a nice lunch and easylistening music; or in full swing party mode. You can even go at night for a moonlight cruise. Back on dry land there is a whole world of activities to be enjoyed, starting with touring the island. Measuring just a compact 21 x 14 miles, Barbados is a neatly packaged bundle of variety with something different around every corner. Be sure to hire a car, go on a driven tour, or treat yourself to an exhilarating off-the-beatentrack 4 x 4 jeep safari. The different parts of Barbados are so diverse that it really is a shame not to explore the island. There is a treasure trove of attractions for you to visit, ranging from gardens to plantation houses to heritage sites to magnificent underground caverns. You can even go zip-lining through a tropical gully! For good ideas about where to go and what to see, please refer to our Sightseeing section which starts on page 196. While you are in Barbados, think about doing something that you’ve never done before. And that might just be something as simple as leaning back on a balmy night to marvel at the abundance of stars in the sky and think about how good life can be. Enjoy Barbados!

Island Escapades

Atlantis Submarines Celebrating 25 Years in Barbados! Explore the splendour of Barbados’s marine life – by day or by night – aboard a real submarine as knowledgeable co-pilots keep you entertained and informed about our fascinating underwater world. The submarine descends to depths of 130 feet to view what has in the past been reserved for scuba divers only – the ocean floor and a coral encrusted shipwreck! On the daytime tours passengers can observe natural coral reefs with dancing sea fans and an abundance of marine life. The night tour offers even more novelty and romance as passengers experience a whole different cast of underwater characters as the reef comes alive with nocturnal critters and rare night predators. Night dives are followed by a short cocktail reception where you have the opportunity to meet the crew. Celebrate any significant event in air-conditioned comfort with family and friends. Ask about their VIP upgrade and exclusive 5-Star Champagne charters all on an underwater adventure that is both unique and unforgettable! Atlantis Submarines has received awards for service excellence and environmental consciousness including Hospitality Assured, Green Globe & Green certification. For more information: Tel: 436 8929 After hours: 243 1069 e-mail:

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Island Escapades Zed’s Surfing Adventures Surfers Point, Inch Marlow, Christ Church Tel: (246) 428-7873 or 262-7873 email: Zed offers a complete range of surfing packages and surfboard rentals for beginners and experienced surfers. Lessons are designed to teach all the basics of surfing, whether it’s the ‘Get Wet’ two hour session–a good starter for those who just want to try it and experience the thrill, or the three day ‘Be A Surfer’ Package which covers all the basics and is the best option for becoming a surfer. Round-the-Island Surfing Tours are available for experienced surfers, offering the opportunity of getting the best waves of the day – includes equipment, light lunches and beverages. Surfer's Point is considered one of the best spots for beginners and longboarders and they are equipped with a wide range of beginner, intermediate and advanced boards, ranging from 6ft.–10ft. Lesson times are 9am to 11am and 2pm to 4pm. Surfers Point also offers accommodation right on the beach.

Cliff Sharker Turtle & Wreck Tours Sandy Beach, Worthing, Christ Church Tel: (246) 259-6906 e-mail: Strike a pose! Your captain is your personal photographer on this exceptional cruise with a difference! Guests receive over 100 free underwater photos of their adventure – close-ups with the turtles and myriads of tropical fish over the shipwrecks, as well as deep dive silhouette shots of everyone. Catering to small groups of 8, or private charters for up to 12 persons is what sets Cliff Sharker apart and makes for uncrowded snorkeling encounters with the turtles. Special personalized instruction for novices and first-timers. Cliff Sharker is a comfortable 29-foot pirogue speedboat operating off the South Coast and offering a beach pick-up service. It is very evident they love what they do and enjoy welcoming guests onboard! Private sunset cruises also available–ideal for honeymooners. Visit them on Trip Advisor where the glowing testimonials vouch for their outstanding reputation. You can also follow them on Facebook and see examples of their wonderful photo albums.

deAction Beach Shop Silver Sands, Christ Church Tel: (246) 428-2027 e-mail:

Come experience Barbados Beach Culture with Brian “deAction Man” Talma and his professional crew at deAction Beach Shop. It’s located on the best beach in Barbados for kitesurfing and windsurfing. Surfing Lessons and Rentals: guaranteed within an hour you will be standing up!! Kitesurfing Lessons and Rentals: 6-hour packages divided up into 2 to 3 sessions which will get you to the beginning stages of kitesurfing. Stand Up Paddling (SUPing): after a five minute introduction you will be into deAction!! Windsurfing: equipment rentals for people wishing to test their skills in waves and also professional beginners lessons. Food: after a session on the water, relax with a drink and some tasty grilled fish.

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Coconut Tours

Island Safari The adventure of a lifetime! Welcome to Island Safari, the pioneer in Jeep Safari 4 x 4 Island Tours in Barbados. Step into one of their comfortable safari rigged Land Rovers and prepare yourself for the Island Tour of your life! Island Safari shows you the island like no one else can! They promise to take you to some of the most beautiful places on the island, places inaccessible to others, but no problem to our 4x4 vehicles. Along the way, their professional guides will keep you entertained and informed as they share the island’s folklore, culture, history, and some of the many visual perspectives and astounding photo opportunities you will ever encounter! While on safari, you will experience many sights, both on and off the beaten track–gullies, coastal views and many hidden secrets which the first settlers would have encountered. Truly a day of adventure and exploration! Tel: (246) 434-8417

Fax: (246) 429-8147

Coconut Tours proudly offer two wonderful tours of the island in the comfort of their spacious, air-conditioned coaches and tour buses, so if you wish to explore Barbados and learn about its history and culture, Coconut Tours is the ideal choice. Their guides are knowledgeable and friendly, keeping passengers entertained with their interesting, and often humorous commentary! The 360 Degree Island Tour takes in the island from coast to coast. Some of the notable stops along the way include North Point with its rugged cliffs, pounding surf and awesome blow holes; the fascinating St. Nicholas Abbey plantation–built in 1658, it is one of only three remaining Jacobean-style mansions in the entire western hemisphere; enjoy a traditional Bajan lunch at Bathsheba–the surfers’ paradise, and visit the historic St. John’s Church. The main attraction of the Cave Tour is of course, the breathtaking Harrison’s Cave with its massive caverns, underground streams and magnificent stalactites and stalagmites, but this tour also offers so much more… historic Speightstown in the north, Chalky Mount and beautiful Bathsheba on the east coast, and Hackleton’s Cliff, at 1,000 feet above sea level offers sweeping views of the entire Atlantic coastline. Be sure to ask about their Customised Private Tours. Tel: (246) 437-0297 e-mail:

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Island Escapades BIG GAME FISHING

Speightstown, St. Peter Tel: 262 6677 / 422 5450 or 234 1377

CANNON II Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Reefers & Wreckers

Cannon Fishing Charters

Reefers & Wreckers Dive Shop, situated in historic Speightstown, is the most northerly dive shop, offering easy diving access to the unspoilt reefs around the north of Barbados – definite favourites among locals and visitors. They also make regular visits to the wrecks of the Stavronikita, the Pamir and the wrecks in Carlisle Bay. The family owned business, run by brothers Philip and Michael Mahy, offers diving in small groups – no crowds and a flexible personalised and friendly service that has earned them a loyal following of clients. Instructors are PADI certified and courses range from “Discover Scuba” to Divemaster. Be sure to visit their new Scuba Bar above the dive shop!

This beautiful 42-ft. Hatteras Sports Fisherman is fullyequipped with modern electronic navigational equipment, custom built fishing rods and Penn International gold reels. Cannon can take you on a fishing safari equal to none in Barbados. Hunt for all kinds of tropical game fish like Marlin, Tuna and Sailfish or the more frequently found Wahoo and Dorado. Their experienced captain of 30 years and his mate are very serious fishermen and know these waters well. An all inclusive package of bait, refreshments, tackle and transportation awaits your call.

Speightstown, St. Peter Tel: (246) 262-6677 or (246) 422-5450 or (246) 234-1377 e-mail:

Tel: (246) 424-6107 Fax: (246) 421-7582

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Island Escapades

A Cruise w ith a Difference Small Cats

El Tigre

As the name suggests, this company specialises in smaller, more personalised cruises with the emphasis on intimacy, carrying a maximum of 12 people on their popular coastal cruises. As with most catamarans, this sleek 30' vessel gives a smooth, stable ride under sail, making it the perfect choice for the average landlubber! They offer a 3-hour Snorkeling Cruise and a longer 5-hour Lunch Cruise, both including stops for snorkeling on a magnificent coral reef along the west coast, where you can swim with thousands of colourful reef fish and see a shallow shipwreck. The second stop, in a tranquil bay, offers a unique opportunity to swim, play with and feed a family of green back turtles - a totally awesome experience! Drinks and snorkel gear are provided on all cruises along with a free transportation service to and from the dock. Private Charters are available for groups of up to 12.

This 60-ft. catamaran will excite the sailor with her exhilarating performance while soothing the timid with her stability and comfort. El Tigre was among the top scoring attractions in Zagat’s Best of Barbados Survey: “A very attentive, warmhearted crew with a fabulously contagious Bajan spirit enhances the three and five-hour tours aboard this spacious catamaran…” Their 3-hr. Snorkel Cruise is perfect for families with small children, the 5-hr. Lunch Cruise is loads of fun for all ages, and the wonderfully laid back Sunset Cruise is the perfect way to spend an evening with friends! The Lunch and Snorkel Cruises operate daily, and the Sunset Cruise sails on Wednesdays. All cruises visit the island’s friendly Get “up close and personal” with the turtles sea turtles for a swim and snorkel. Drinks, snorkeling gear and transport are included. Be sure to ask about their Private Cruises.

For further information & bookings call: (246) 421-6419 or (246) 231-7306 e-mail:

Tel: (246) 417-7245 or (246) 231-1585 Fax: (246) 421-7582

Crew member blowing the conch shell

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Silver Moon Luxury Catamarans So much more to enjoy... Sail the translucent waters of the ‘platinum coast’ in the elegant style and comfort of Silver Moon catamarans. Silver Moon Catamarans are owned and operated by Nick Parker, who has over 30 years experience in the sailing and hospitality industry. Enabled by a team of keen and enthusiastic girls and guys, his Silver Moon cruises set the standard for warm, friendly and efficient service. Coastal cruises are offered for a very limited number of passengers on the Silver Moon catamarans. The Deluxe Cruise, sails with a maximum of 12 guests and the Exclusive Cruise with a maximum of 24, both allowing guests ample space to relax in the shade, or bask in the sunshine on the spacious decks as the crew caters to your every need. Silver Moon excels at providing an unmatched level of comfort and service on all of their cruises. Transportation from your hotel, all drinks, lunch and snorkeling equipment are provided.

Silver Moon Private Charters The possibilities are endless with the Silver Moon catamarans. You choose the setting – day or night, special menu and refreshments – and they take care of the rest. There is no better way to celebrate a special occasion – whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, wedding party or just a romantic evening for two. For information and bookings Tel: (246) 438-2088 Fax: (246) 438-3650 e-mail: www.silvermoonbarbados

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Island Escapades

Cool Runnings Experience one of the most pleasurable days of your holiday! This unique charter company specialises in personalised cruises, ensuring the utmost in comfort, service and enjoyment. These elegant, custom-built catamarans sail with a limited number of passengers, to guarantee a superb day of sailing in an uncrowded atmosphere. Owners, Robert and Annika Povey, run a professional operation – this is apparent from the moment you step aboard – the captain and crew are a good humoured group of well-trained, experienced sailors who know how to look after, and entertain, their guests; the boats are immaculately maintained, spacious and comfortable, and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. • Lunch Cruise: A 5-hr. sailing cruise with three stops along the way... swim in a secluded bay; snorkel with the sea turtles; explore a shallow shipwreck where you can feed schools of tropical fish. • Sunset Cruise: This 4-hr. cruise is a wonderful way to enjoy a dazzling tropical sunset. Includes stops for swimming, snorkeling with the turtles and an old shipwreck. • Private Cruises: These are ideally suited for weddings and corporate entertaining with many options available for specialized catering. • Lunch/Sunset Cruises: Delicious meals are served with wine, and there is an open bar. Transport included. For reservations, contact your tour rep, hotel activities desk, or Tel: (246) 436-0911 Fax: (246) 429-2596 email:

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Captain Robert Povey and his wife Annika

Cool Runnings Catamaran Cruises was the proud recipient of a 2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence! TripAdvisor awards this certificate to companies who consistently receive and maintain a high overall user rating and a high volume of recent and quality reviews.

a day on Cool Runnings...

t: (246) 436-0911

Sightseeing I must not leave Barbados without impressing upon my readers the importance and significance of this island and especially of the city, Bridgetown. This is the centre of trade for all the islands – and port of the The Royal Mail Line between England and the islands and the main land of South America, as well as that of the Hamburg-American steamers, of other European Lines, The Quebec Steamship company and the boats plying between South America and New York. It is in fact, the New York of the Indies. The city itself is composed of substantial shops and warehouses. The streets are well paved and illuminated by electricity. Here one finds all the modern conveniences and comforts of life. The docks always present a busy scene where one may gain an idea of the commercial importance of the place. An Excerpt from the book With the Trade Winds by Ira Nelson Morris, 1897. Photo: Bridgetown’s first bus on a sightseeing excursion. Henry Walter Parkinson. Reproduced with the kind permission of the Parkinson family.

Andrew Hulsmeier


The eastern coastline of Barbados also referred to as the Scotland District

ith so much interest and variety packed into a small, neatly packaged space, Barbados ranks as a perfect destination for visitors to go sightseeing. Whether for a random exploring adventure or a planned visit to some attractions, Barbados offers a compelling range of scenic surprises, a rich architectural heritage and a chance to interact with Barbadians. It is truly extraordinary how the various regions of little Barbados are so contrasting.

The Scotland District The eastern side of Barbados with its hills, quaint villages and dramatic coastal scenery is a striking bowl-shaped area spilling down to miles of beaches pounded by huge Atlantic breakers and rock pools. It is a favourite with Barbadians for picnics and vacations. The early Scottish settlers found the area to be much like their native Scotland, hence the name.

The West Coast The western side is home to the island’s most charming historic seaside town, Speightstown and a coastline that is dotted with quaint fishing villages, sumptuous luxury homes,

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many of the island’s luxury hotels, high end shopping and superb restaurants. It’s a lovely place to be at sunset.

Countryside Barbados’ only mountain, Mt. Hillaby, rises to 1,115ft. above sea level. The surrounding lush highlands are home to an array of horticultural delights, as well as the magnificent Harrison’s Cave. From here going south are rolling fields of sugar cane in prime farmland, historic plantation houses, beautiful gothic churches and country villages.

South Coast The stretch of south-east coastline from east point to south point is blessed with spectacular beaches of powdery white sand and aquamarine sea surrounded by coral stone cliffs. The south coast runs all the way to the nation’s distinguished capital city, Bridgetown, and the Historic Garrison Area. This busy coast is home to many of the island’s hotels and is renowned for its famous boardwalk, Oistins Fish Fry and St. Lawrence Gap with its vibrant nightlife scene.

North Coast The full fury of the Atlantic Ocean pounds the steep, weathered cliffs of the northern coastline. The resulting erosion provides countless photo opportunities with dramatic rock formations, powerful blowholes and sea caves. A visit to north point feels like entering a different but very beautiful world.


North Point Animal Flower Cave River Bay

Little Bay Cove Bay Harrison’s Point Lighthouse

ST. LUCY St. Lucys Parish Church

Half Moon

St. Nicholas Abbey Cherry Tree Hill Morgan Lewis Mill BarbadosWildlife Reserve Grenade Hall Signal Station & Forest


Six Mens Bay

Arlington Museum

Farley Hill National Park St. Andrews Parish Church



Mullins Bay


Mount Hillaby

ST. JAMES Folkestone Marine Reserve St. James Parish Church HOLETOWN Sandy Lane

Barclays Park & Picnic Site

Chalky Mount Potteries


Rock Hall Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum & Portvale Sugar Factory

Soup Bowl (Surf Spot) Bathsheba Flower Forest Botanical Gardens Springvale Eco Heritage Museum Andromeda Botanic Gardens CO Wiliams Flowers at Canefield HighlandOutdoor Tours Bath Welchman Hall Gully Hunte’s Gardens Harrison’s Cave Aerial Trek Zip Line St. John’s Parish Church Codrington College

St. Thomas Parish Church


Paynes Bay

Earthworks Pottery

ST. JOHN Sweet Vale Orchid World East Point Lighthouse

Gun Hill Signal Station Batts Rock Paradise

BRIDGETOWN Pelican Craft Centre Cheapside Market


ST. MICHAEL St. George’s Parish Church Medford Craft Village Tyrol Cot Heritage Village Mount Gay Visitors Center Kensington Oval Cricket Legends of Barbados Museum


Harrismith Kendal Sporting Foursquare Rum Factory

Nidhe Synagogue and Museum

St. Michael & All Angels Cathedral

Emancipation Monument

The Crane

Museum of Parliament National Heroes Gallery

Carlisle Bay

Bottom Bay

Sunbury House

Foul Bay

Banks Breweries Garrison Historic Area George Washington House Barbados Museum & Historical Society St. Ann’s Fort Mallalieu Motor Collection

South Coast Boardwalk

Barbados Concorde Experience Grantley Adams Int’l Airport

CHRIST CHURCH Slave Buriel Ground at Newton

Worthing St. Larence Surfer’s Point OISTINS South Point Lighthouse

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Clockwise from bottom left: monkeys and a peacock at Barbados Wildlife Reserve, Mullins Beach, pirate at Arlington House Museum

Touring Western and Northern Barbados • Holetown • St. James Parish Church • Folkestone Underwater Park & Museum • Arlington Interactive Museum in Speightstown • Barbados Wildlife Reserve • Morgan Lewis Windmill • Cherry Tree Hill • St. Nicholas Abbey • Little Bay • River Bay • Animal Flower Cave Holetown on the west coast is the site where John Powell landed in 1625 to claim an uninhabited Barbados in the name of England’s King James. Nowadays it is the meeting point of trendy bars, great restaurants and irresistible shops especially in the new Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. Nearby is St. James Parish Church, the oldest consecrated church on the island. Church members are on hand to conduct guided tours. Next door is the

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Folkestone Underwater Park and Museum with a small but interesting display on sea life and a protected snorkeling trail. Continuing north along the coast road into St. Peter, make a stop at The Shell Gallery, just off the main road in the Gibbes area. Turn right at the sign posted “Charles Duncan O’Neal Highway, Gibbes Glade, Rock Dundo” and it’s the 3rd property on the right. They have an abundance of shells and many other related gift items. As you head further north you’ll come to Speightstown, a thriving port for hundreds of years. 19th century architecture and charm still remain and restoration is slowly starting. Be sure to visit the interactive, state of the art Arlington House Museum, devoted to the history of Speightstown particularly as it relates to sugar. The Gallery of Caribbean Art, housed upstairs in the Northern Business Centre, is a worthwhile stop for all art lovers. It showcases a huge amount of work from around the Caribbean. The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is set amidst a lush Mahogany grove where you can mingle with free roaming Barbados Green monkeys, deer, agouti, mongoose and many other animals. There is also an iguana sanctuary.

Fisherman at Little Bay on the north eastern coast of Barbados Andrew Hulsmeier

Come and experience this fun-filled family adventure. As you wind your way through our maze of tropical vegetation, find out more about these curious creatures, while encountering them in their natural habitat. Our animal friends are amazing, especially our local Green Monkeys, who are very inquisitive. Their cute intelligent ways are fascinating to observe and will certainly be the highlight of your vacation in Barbados. Ask your rep or hotel activities staff for more information or call the Barbados Wildlife Reserve at (246) 422-8826.





The Barbados experience

Barbados wins Gold at Chelsea Flower Show After many months of planting and nurturing a myriad of exotic blooms and foliage; several weeks of final preparations, careful packing and shipping of their precious cargo to London; seven days of actually building the exhibit stand at the Royal Hospital showground and adorning it with their spectacular and stunningly beautiful floral arrangements, the members of the Barbados Horticultural Society’s team at the Chelsea Flower Show 2011 finally earned the highest possible reward – a coveted Gold Medal. Barbados has now won 15 Gold, 8 Silver-Gilt and1 Silver in a highly commendable 24 consecutive years at the Chelsea Flower Show. The 2011 floral presentation, Into the Light, was designed to depict life’s journey as seen through the eyes of a gardener. The exhibit portrayed various aspects of darkness moving into light by virtue of colour, style, movement and the positioning of flora in varying textures and proportions. The Barbados team brought this dramatic concept to reality with a wide variety of exotic indigenous blooms and plants, ranging from the bright and colourful to the dark and serene. The spectacular display included classic Caribbean favourites such as heliconias, bird of paradise, ginger lilies, anthuriums, tuberoses, orchids and banana flowers and several species of verdant foliage. In addition, dried plant material such as seed pods from the Flamboyant tree, spathes from the trunks of the golden and royal palms and the fibre of the coconut palm, were all incorporated to emphasize the contrast in seasons and patterns of life and nature in general. Of course the real stars of the show were the talented team who actually created the floral arrangements and so cleverly crafted the whole exhibit. Special kudos should be given to team co-ordinator

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By Keith Miller

Jennifer Weetch; official team members Shirley-Anne Howell, CarolAnne Brancker, Dr. Etwyn Humphrey, John Leach and Rev. Wayne Ramsey; and a whole host of other volunteer helpers. Chelsea is the biggest and most prestigious flower show in the world and it is also rated as the UK’s premier publicity and PR event. Some 600 exhibitors participate in this magnificent horticultural extravaganza, including teams from far-off lands such as South Africa, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand and Sri Lanka. Tickets for the week-long event were completely sold out way before the opening day. It is impossible to quantify just how valuable this very positive exposure for Barbados at such a stellar global event can be for the country’s tourism industry and business sector in general. Well done the Barbados Horticultural Society. Well done the flower growers. Well done the volunteer helpers. Well done Barbados!

Jon Farmer

Andrew Hulsmeier


Top left clockwise: Moon Town Fish Fry, St. Nicholas Abbey, Animal Flower Cave, Morgan Lewis Mill

Part of the same attraction is Grenade Hall Forest & Signal Station which houses many interesting artifacts, including preColombian tools unearthed during its restoration. There are signs placed strategically throughout the forest giving interesting information about the trees. Sometimes there are larger troops of monkeys here than in the Wildlife Reserve! Farley Hill National Park - the ruins of an old palatial mansion, sweeping grounds with groves of many interesting species of trees and breathtaking views of the east coast make this an excellent spot to stop for a wander or a picnic. St. Nicholas Abbey is thought to be one of only three remaining Jacobean houses in the western hemisphere and probably the oldest original building on the island and it is in pristine condition. In addition to the beautifully furnished house, there is an early “home movie” (circa 1935) showing life on the plantation and clips of old Speightstown, a small computerized rum refinery and a shop selling traditional Barbadian products such as rum and sugar. It is located in an avenue of ancient mahogany trees called Cherry Tree Hill which affords a great view of the Scotland District.

Morgan Lewis Mill, listed on the 1996 World Monuments Fund is testament to centuries of sugar cultivation when there were 0ver 600 of these windmills in the island. The Barbados National Trust who own the mill, fill the sails with canvas and crank it into action a couple of times a year. These occasions are well attended, fresh sugar cane juice being one of the attractions. The Animal Flower Cave, located on the rugged cliff tops at the northernmost point of the island, is a large sea cave with several huge chambers filled with pools and beautiful windows to the wild Atlantic. Guides accompany visitors through the cave. The informal café serves cold drinks and sandwiches and there are cliff top benches to sit and enjoy the scenery. This is the best place to whale-watch between February and April. River Bay, Little Bay and Cove Bay are three unusual and pretty beaches worth finding along the north east coast close to North Point. Half Moon Fort, Shermans and Six Men’s Bay are three fishing villages that hug the northern west coast. There are several evening fish fries along this coastal strip and the Fish Pot restaurant, all ideal for sunset drinks and dinner.

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Gina Francesca Photography


Top left clockwise: Chalky Mount, Cattlewash, Hunte’s Gardens and Bathsheba

Touring Central and Eastern Barbados • Earthworks Pottery & Ins and Outs Gift Emporium • Flower Forest • Harrison’s Cave • Welchman Hall Gully • Hunte’s Gardens • Springvale Eco Heritage Museum • Chalky Mount Potteries • Cattlewash • Bathsheba • Andromeda Gardens Beginning in the lush central highlands of Barbados this tour then takes you down into the rugged Scotland District in the parish of St. Joseph with its dramatic seascapes. An essential stop in the lofty hills of St. Thomas is Earthworks Pottery. See overleaf. In close proximity you’ll discover some of the island’s most treasured sites – the exquisitely landscaped Flower Forest in St. Joseph offers a relatively easy wander through a haven of lush tropical flora with sweeping views of the Atlantic coastline. Close by is Hunte’s Gardens where Anthony Hunte has created a stunning amphitheatre shaped garden amongst towering trees. Also in the general area is one of the natural wonders of the Caribbean – Harrison’s Cave, with

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its underground lakes and waterfalls. In addition to the tram tours they now also offer exciting eco adventure tours on foot through underground streams. The nearby Welchman Hall Gully & Forest Reserve is a cool, deep, lush ravine filled with tropical vegetation and an easy path to amble along. Another place to look out for is Springvale Eco Heritage Museum, where you can step back in time and get a glimpse of Barbadian life and folklore. From here, it’s easy to continue on to Chalky Mount, an ancient pottery village. There are a number of traditional potteries working with the district’s naturally occurring clay. They make mostly Barbadian designs of old, the monkey for holding water, candle shades, the “conaree” for cooking and serving stew, mugs and plant pots. Along the Ermy Bourne Highway (a.k.a. the East Coast Road) is Cattlewash, with its wild and stunning Atlantic seascape equalled by the spectacular clay escarpment of Chalky Mount, rising up dramatically inland. The quaint seaside resort of Bathsheba is in the next bay, just over the hill. In the middle of the bay is Soup Bowl – the most popular surf spot on the island. Andromeda Gardens is beautifully positioned in the hills above Bathsheba. There are a number of wonderful stops for lunch and refreshments along this coast including the beautiful Atlantis Hotel, Sand Dunes Bar & Restaurant, The Cove Restaurant and Bar, Round House, the new Edgewater Hotel and further inland at Naniki.

Harrison’s Cave


Earthworks Pottery

Andrew Hulsmeier

Earthworks Pottery - One location, 4 quality Bajan studios. And a café. What more can you ask for? At The Pottery you will be treated to a spectacular working studio and some irresistible works of art. 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 potters and painters creating functional and fun pieces of pottery in a variety of vibrant Caribbean colours. At Tulis Batik you can watch the master Batik maker creating beautiful garments and paintings. On The Wall Art Gallery carries a wide assortment of work by talented Bajan artists and craftspersons, from jewellery, to wood-work to fine art paintings. Another great place to visit at Earthworks is the Ins and Outs Gift Emporium. A tribute to ‘old time’ Barbados, selling high quality Barbadian items including beautiful coffee table books, local preserves and spices, condiments, Bajan sugar, table linens to match the Earthworks pottery, and high quality gifts with interesting displays of Barbadian heritage. The Art House Café specializes in the tastiest gourmet sandwiches around as well as great salads and pastas, and cold tropical drinks. Open Monday to Friday and half day on Saturday. For more information telephone (246) 425-0223.

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Talipot Palm in fl0wer

The Talipot Palm at Andromeda

Orchids at the Flower Forest

Garden Tours The Flower Forest, in the verdant highlands of St. Joseph, was turned into a botanic garden by a group of passionate horticulturalists in the 1970’s. David Spieler, well known in his role at Earthworks Pottery, bought the property and has thrown himself into preserving and improving this natural treasure. Flower Forest offers a relatively easy wander through a haven of lush tropical flora with sweeping views of the Atlantic coastline. The tranquility of the place is pervasive and the calming influence is nature’s gift to everyone. There is a spacious central facility and a garden gazebo that are suitable for weddings and other events. Nearby, Anthony Hunte has lovingly created an extraordinarily beautiful garden in a natural amphitheatre. There is also a very extensive plant nursery with tropical plants from all over the world. Historic Welchman Hall Gully was one of the Barbados National Trust’s first acquisitions after it was established in 1961. Today it is under the energetic stewardship of Deborah Branker who works tirelessly to keep the gully in good condition. A wild troop of Barbados Green Monkeys reside there.

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With its gigantic, fan-shaped leaves, can-can skirt of dried fronds, fortified trunk, and an overall height that can reach 25 metres, the Talipot Palm (corypha umbraculifera) is one of the world’s natural wonders. It blooms but once in its long life, and when it does, it is a sight to behold. The flowers seem to erupt from a branched stalk at the top. This six to eight meter inflorescence is the largest of any plant’s, and is covered in millions of tiny flowers. The island’s only known Talipot is flowering now at Andromeda Botanic Gardens in St. Joseph. It takes about a year for fruits to form. Each enclosing a single seed, thousands of them will fall during this time, and then the plant dies. Surprisingly, the Talipot is not found in the wild, but only in cultivation. Propagation—or as we call it, “hatching plants”—will certainly happen at Andromeda. The Talipot was brought in by the garden’s late creator, Iris Bannochie, whose work is being carried on by a team of keen horticulturalists. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it will take a good ten years for new specimens to reach an appreciable size, and at least another twenty for them to flower. Rambling trails lead through a profusion of tropical vegetation at Andromeda, crossing streams and opening onto a lush tableaux. Wonders are revealed at every turn, but while it flowers and fruits, the Talipot alone is reason enough to visit.


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The fascinating Museum at the Nidhe Israel Synagogue in Bridgetown

Of Missions, Mills and Milestones Fresh from its 50th Anniversary, the Barbados National Trust has even more to celebrate. In June, UNESCO awarded World Heritage status to Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison. It took a lot of work by several parties, including the Trust, to present Barbados’ case. All are glad for this accolade, which adds further allure to a tiny island with a rich history. But there is still much more for the National Trust to do. Take Morgan Lewis sugar windmill, built in 1727. The only such working mill in this hemisphere, it needs upgraded premises, and to be staffed. “We’d like to have it open on a daily basis for visitors,” said William Gollop, General Manager of the Trust. A few years ago, the mill was struck by lightning. The long and costly repair process was a real setback. On the bright side, you can expect it to turn again this year. A towering presence in the Scotland district landscape, Morgan Lewis Mill is a testament to many powers—the plantocracy, the wind, and the minds of its designers. When the Trust puts up the sails for the wind to catch during cane season and the great mechanism groans into life, the experience is nothing short of awesome. Watch for mill turning dates, and don’t miss it. The Barbados National Trust’s preservation mission includes both buildings of historic interest and places of natural beauty. Its efforts are behind many of the sites that make this island such a

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rewarding destination, especially for those with an interest in heritage. You’ve probably seen some of its properties: lush Andromeda Gardens, serene Welchman Hall Gully, intriguing Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum, lofty Gun Hill Signal Station, stately Tyrol Cot, informative Arlington House, or the fascinating Sugar Museum at Portvale in St. James. You might be acquainted with the Trust through its Sunday Hikes, which give both visitors and locals a guided trek through some of the island’s little known nooks and crannies, pausing at times to divulge interesting historical facts. You may have enjoyed the Trust’s popular lecture series, whose topics range from landscape photography to the symbiotic relationship between heritage and tourism, to bird life on the island or turtles in our waters. Or you may have been to an Open House, a programme that opens private homes—and sometimes a fort or other place of interest—to public view. Featuring a garden party on the lawns, along with occasional talks or musical performances, these weekly winter events are very revealing and popular. You might have gone to Gun Hill by Moonlight, the hilltop cocktail parties under the full moon, where the signal station’s panoramic view takes on another aspect. In any case, now you know the array that’s available, and you are invited to join in the activities. Speaking of joining: for a fraction of what it would cost to join a national trust elsewhere in the Commonwealth, you can join in Barbados and enjoy membership privileges worldwide!

Sightseeing Harrison’s Cave Harrison's Cave is a massive underground cave stream system, with awesome caverns and crystallized formations. This phenomenal underground attraction, is one of Barbados’ premier visitor attractions, truly a must see when on vacation! Located in the central uplands of Barbados, it is a magnificent attraction with a world class property and unmatched beauty anywhere else in the Caribbean. In November 2011, Harrison’s Cave celebrates its thirtieth anniversary and this world-class attraction continues to grow with new exciting tours coming soon, including their Scenic Gully tours, Walking Tours, Eco Adventure tours and amazing educational programmes like the Harrison’s Cave Bat Programme. Harrison’s Cave offers visitors to Barbados an entire new world to discover in one attraction. Come Unearth the Adventure! Open daily (except Good Friday, Easter Sunday, 1st Monday in August and Christmas Day) with tours from 8:45am to 3:45pm.

Call for more information on tours and entrance fees. Tel: (246) 417-3700 Fax: (246) 417-3709

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Top left clockwise: Culpepper Island near East Point, Codrington College, Bottom Bay, Concorde Experience

Touring Central and South-East Barbados • Orchid World • Gun Hill Signal Station and Lion • St. John’s Parish Church • Martin’s Bay • Bath • Codrington College • Bottom Bay • Sunbury Plantation House • The Crane Beach • Concorde Experience This tour begins in countryside with rolling fields of sugar cane and then heads out to the east coast’s breathtaking coastline and ideal conditions for body surfing. Orchid lovers will be astounded at the thousands of spectacular orchids on display at Orchid World. Just about a mile south of Orchid World is the Gun Hill Signal Station which provides captivating views of the entire island. Restored and run by the Barbados National Trust, it now houses a collection of military memorabilia. On Friday evenings from January to May, the Trust holds full moon cocktail parties with the Zouave Band of the Barbados Regiment. Entrance fee includes refreshments.

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St. John’s Parish Church offers a combination of beautiful architecture, a stunning view and an interesting history. Martin’s Bay is a quaint little seaside village, well known for its lobsters. They supply some of the island’s best restaurants. There is a small rum shop there that serves cold drinks and tasty Bajan food. Bath is a popular picnic area with Barbadians as it has calm swimming, a pleasant breeze and plenty of shade. The sea gets its dark colour from a seaweed which acts as a vital protective nursery and food for juvenile fish and visiting sea turtles. On the hill above Bath is Codrington College. Although this extraordinary property is a functioning theological college, visitors are welcome to wander quietly around. Continuing around the coast is the east point lighthouse, Bottom Bay, Harrismith Bay and several others. In the St. Philip countryside you can visit Sunbury Plantation House, steeped in history and offering a wonderful opportunity to view the architecture and antiques of a bygone era. This is the only plantation house with all rooms open for viewing. The spectacular Crane Beach Hotel is not far away, perched on a cliff top with panoramic views and the magnificent beach below. The Concorde Experience, next to Grantley Adams International Airport, houses one of the world’s legendary supersonic aircraft with state of the art multi-media exhibition.

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Derrick Hastick with his cocoa bean roaster. His chocolate is made from Plantation Reserve Barbados sugar and excellent cocoa from this region

Derrick and the chocolate factory Adding a Y for good measure (and perhaps easier pronunciation,) the Agapey Chocolate Factory takes its name from agape, the Greek word for godly love. So when Derrick Hastick, proprietor of the company, sought a name, he thought: “It flows nicely—God’s love for man, and my love for chocolate.” He wasn’t always a chocolatier. A licensed professional engineer, he used to oversee production of materials for the automotive industry in Ontario. In 2007 he obtained an Executive MBA. “It opened my eyes to new possibilities in business,” he says. Meanwhile, he spent evenings in his kitchen with his personal science project— feeding different sorts of cocoa beans into his mini processor until he got the results he wanted. Combining his technical and business knowledge with his true passion for chocolate, this CARICOM national was able to make the move to Barbados in 2010 and pursue his dark, creamy dreams. From bean to bar, Derrick insists on quality. Cocoa beans vary greatly, and much of what the market designates as “fine cocoa” originates in our region. A purist and a careful researcher, Derrick buys only high-flavour beans—the Trinitario and Criolla grown in Grenada and Ecuador. He uses only Plantation Reserve cane sugar, produced right here in Barbados. It’s not just sweet, it’s complex and richly delicious, “the best in the world,” he declares it. To

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these two ingredients he adds cocoa butter from Ecuador, made from the flavourful Nacionale variety of bean. And that’s it—no emulsifier, flavourings, refined sugar, or milk. This makes for a healthier product. If you think that health and chocolate don’t belong in the same sentence, consider what research now tells us. A Harvard study of 8000 males revealed that chocoholics live longer than abstainers. This may be because chocolate is an excellent source of antioxidants, which help prevent clogging of the arteries. (We refer to dark—not milk— chocolate, and the more intense the better.) It increases sensitivity to insulin, which may help protect against diabetes. It is a good source of some B vitamins, as well as numerous minerals, including iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, copper, manganese and potassium. Forget fears of chocolate causing skin problems. On the contrary, its sulphur content makes it a plus. Sulphur is known as the beauty mineral for its role in building strong nails and hair, and promoting healthy skin. Chocolate’s inherent chemical compounds also help us to concentrate, remember, and feel good. Agapey sells its luscious dark chocolate bars and chocolate covered almonds in the airport and cruise ship terminal; Cave Shepherd in Bridgetown; Limegrove, Patisserie Flindt, the Gourmet Shop, Posh Nosh, and Best of Barbados in Holetown/Sunset Crest; at many Super Centre outlets, and a few specialty shops. Incidentally, the scientific name for the cacao plant, the bearer of cocoa beans, is Theobroma, meaning food of the gods. This purely phenomenal chocolate is that. And it’s tempting to see its existence as a sign of agape.


Sunbury House Set in the heart of the St. Philip countryside, Sunbury is a superb example of a Barbadian sugar estate great house. Built over 300 years ago, Sunbury has a rich and varied history. Originally known as Chapmans, then Branckers, the house was eventually called Sunbury some time around 1767 when the new owners named it after their family home in England. The historically listed building is magnificently furnished and it contains one of the country’s superior collections of antiques, china and silver, as well as a most interesting display of old prints. The cellars, originally used for storing root vegetables grown on the plantation, now house the Caribbean’s finest collection of antique carriages. In addition there is a fascinating assembly of household items that many years ago were part of everyday domestic life on a plantation. Apart from the house itself and the beautiful antiques, the one factor that really makes Sunbury stand out amongst the plantation houses of Barbados, is that this is the only one where every room is open to the public, and visitors are able to view everything from the cellars to the bedrooms. A leisurely stroll through Sunbury Plantation House in the company of an informative guide, will give you a very vivid impression of the gracious lifestyle of a by-gone Barbadian era. Throughout the extensively landscaped grounds can be found more fine authentic examples of old carts, machinery and mule and oxen drawn equipment once used on the plantation. According to the time of day you visit you may wish to enjoy lunch, afternoon tea or a

refreshing drink in the garden setting of the Courtyard Restaurant and Bar. For a special occasion you may have a very special five course candlelight dinner in the very same dining room where the notorious Sam Lord used to come for dinner way back in the 1830’s. Sunbury is also an ideal location for any size wedding. Call (246) 423-6270 for further information.

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Heroes Square in Bridgetown

Heritage Tourism As a small boy of four or five, one of the exciting features of country life in the beautiful rural parish of St. John was news of a cruise ship in Carlisle Bay. We children would be allowed to go down the “gap” (the narrow driveway to the house where we lived) and watch the taxis sweeping past, heading for St. John’s Parish Church. They were all big black Chevrolets – they seemed enormous, with great grills at the front, long bonnets, running boards and curved backs, and the thrill was to count the cars and the passengers, heading to the famous gothic St. John’s church, the magnificent view and the famous tomb of Ferdinando Paleologus of Barbados, descendant of the last Christian emperors of Constantinople, and Greek princes of the Peloponnese. What we mites couldn’t appreciate then, of course, was that we were witnessing a classic bit of heritage tourism. By the 1950s Barbados was receiving a steady trickle of cruise ships (with a modest 4 – 500 passengers only, compared to today’s titans) and many of them took the “heritage tour” to these splendid historic and romantic sites - St. John’s Church and Codrington College – and on to Sam Lord’s Castle or the Crane Hotel for another magnificent sample of our cultural, scenic and architectural heritage. And the heavenly St. John’s Church can claim to be even more famous than Harrison’s Cave, our underground natural wonder. One of the people who made it famous was little known or appreciated in Barbados, but he died last June – Patrick Leigh Fermor. The doyen of travel writers, I came across a splendid appreciation by the doyenne of travel writers, Jan Morris. She

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by Professor Emeritus Henry Fraser referred to his first and most famous book Travellers’ Tree (1950), which included a fascinating description of his stay in Barbados (at the Canefield Great House historic inn of the Greek heiress Mrs. Embericos). Here is part of her reminiscence: “… for me its best moment occurs when Leigh Fermor, wandering around the parish churches of Barbados, comes across the graveyard inscription: ‘Here lyeth ye body of Ferdinando Palaeologus, descended from ye Imperial lyne of ye last Christian Emperor of Greece. Died 3 Oct 1679.’ Forty years after the book's publication I wrote to reassure Paddy that the inscription was still in good order. "How very nice to know," he replied, "that you and our old pal Palaeologus are prospering!" This past year, Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison was inscribed as a World Heritage Site, and the inscription was announced on my birthday – June the 25th: what a fabulous birthday present for me and all Bajans! Because our cultural heritage is unique, and especially our built heritage. The Garrison alone, unique in the entire former British Empire for its well preserved collection of almost 100 buildings, is the jewel in a crown that includes 50 historic Gothic churches and a profusion of plantation great houses, iconic chattel houses, sugar industry and plantation buildings, town houses and waterfront warehouses, Jacobean mansions and the list goes on. Heritage tourism inspired the “grand tour” of Europe, although it’s a late 20th century buzz word. What makes Barbados different is that its rich heritage is not just a tiny niche but an integral part of the unique Bajan experience; our trilogy is not just sun, sand and sea, but history, sea and beauty! Eat in a great house, chattel house or warehouse, chat with a centenarian and enjoy the geology!

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Top left clockwise: British King’s Coat of Arms on a cannon in the National Armory and Cannon Museum; George Washington House; desk of Sir Grantley Adams, first Premier of Barbados and only Prime Minister of the defunct West Indies Federation; Museum of Parliament

Touring Southern Barbados • National Armory & Cannon Museum • George Washington House • The Barbados Museum • Bridgetown - Museum of Parliament & Heroes Gallery • Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum • Legends Cricket Museum • Tyrol Cot The National Armory & Cannon Museum is located in the St. Ann’s Fort in the Garrison World Heritage Site. The collection of 17th century English iron cannon is the finest collection known to exist in the world including an Elizabethan gun of 1593, the only one of its kind. The George Washington House is the only house outside of the USA where George Washington ever resided. This wonderful attraction includes a small cinema showing a film about Washington’s time here, displays about Bridgetown and the Garrison in 18th century Barbados and slavery. The entire house is restored including a typical 18th century kitchen with all the gadgets of the day. Also in the Garrison area is the Barbados

Museum and Historical Society. Please see overleaf and the calendar of events for Museum events throughout 2012. Barbados has the third oldest parliament in the Commonwealth. There is a state of the art and fascinating museum in the west wing of the parliament buildings in Bridgetown. In the same museum is a gallery depicting the lives of Barbados’ national heroes. Also in Bridgetown is the beautifully restored Nidhe Israel Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere. There too is an amazing museum and a 17th century mikvah, which is fed by a fresh water spring. The graves there tell a story of Jewish residents in Barbados over 350 years. Cricket fans will thoroughly enjoy the memorabilia and cleverly curated information about West Indies cricket over the past century in the Cricket Legends of Barbados Museum, located across the road from the hallowed ground of West Indies cricket, the newly rebuilt Kensington Oval. There is also a small souvenir shop. Tyrol Cot House and Heritage Village was the home of Sir Grantley Adams and the birthplace of his son, Tom, the second Prime Minister of Barbados. The Heritage Village includes a Chattel House village, slave hut and a blacksmith’s hut.

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The Mallalieu Motor Collection Bill Mallalieu’s latest love affair is with a 1930 Roadster American Austin. The man who is working with him comes every morning from 6-8am before he goes to work and sometimes during his lunch hour. “It’s made with beautiful quality steel”, says Bill, “there are others in the world but not many.’ Bill Mallalieu has had a love affair with automobiles all his life and his passion for the subject is catching as he shows you around his tangible record of Barbados motoring history, in particular the story of the Barbados Rally Club. Number 1 in his star studded line up of automobiles is a one and only of its kind, Bentley, made for Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands in 1947 and driven in the ‘49 Monte Carlo Rally. Number 2 is another Bentley - bought for the sentimental reason that it goes by the name of ‘A Mallalieu’ - hand built by Durham “Derry” Mallalieu, a very distant cousin, using a MK6 Bentley. Derry threw away the original bodies because they rusted and then built sports cars like this one, to order. Mr. Mallalieu’s Mallalieu is #29 of a total of 34 ever built. Number 3 is a 1953 Daimler Roadster. They only built 54 of these stylish machines and there are only 35 known to exist today. Another very interesting car is the Austin Atlantic, or A90, a marketing failure because it was launched just after, and appeared very much like, the doomed Tucker, of the infamous Tucker fiasco. But of all the vehicles in his impressive collection the one he would choose in a heartbeat, if he had to, is the Volvo 1225, 1963 model, his record breaking rally car. He’s made many records in the Barbados Rally Club that will never be broken, like the Hill Climb at Spa Hill - it’ll never be broken because they don’t do those anymore! Other interesting displays abound like a cabinet donated to the collection by David “Woodie” Goddard of a display of miniature Fiat vehicles of exceptional detail, given exclusively to Fiat dealers years ago. Mr. Mallalieu is still acquiring beautiful old cars that tell stories. Certainly the best way to tour his collection is with him in attendance and you can usually find him there in the morning. He feels most fortunate to be able to meet his many interesting visitors and share his passion. Damon Hill visited and was touched to read letters written by his father displayed in the museum. Bill says, “I have been having fun with motor cars all my life”, and sharing his enjoyment is half the fun.

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The Barbados Museum & Historical Society The Home of Barbadian Culture and 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 UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn about a rich history, from the earliest inhabitants to the folk life in the period just before Independence in 1966. There’s something for everyone – natural history, Barbadian social history, decorative arts, military history, African artefacts, and prints and paintings all within the Museum’s nineteenth century buildings. Reproductions from the Museum’s collection serve as mementos of your visit and can be purchased in the Gift Shop. The wide range of books on historical topics and merchandise reflecting the island’s heritage make great keepsakes and gifts. There’s always something new to see, as the Museum regularly offers special exhibitions and exciting activities and events.

Research Local History 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 your family history search? Contact the Museum’s Librarian at Email: 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 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Educational programmes for local schoolchildren are conducted regularly and a range of talks and other public programmes are also offered. In order to offer these programmes and educational activities, the Museum welcomes members and volunteers. Check their website for further information on current and upcoming programmes and opportunities to be involved.

Special Events The Museum’s lush gardens and cobblestone courtyard provide the perfect setting for weddings, special celebrations and photo shoots. Admission: Adults BDS $15, children BDS $7.50 All Caricom nationals are free. Open Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm & Sundays 2 - 6pm Closed on public holidays. Tel: 427-0201 or 436-1956 Fax: 429-5946 e-mail:

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Beaches The first stop for English and later British ships on their transatlantic crossing, Carlisle Bay provided a safe anchorage in all but the worst storms. Ships’ captains could replenish their water and gather information on the military or commercial situation in the Caribbean at the time. Defending this important anchorage was a chain of fortifications stretching from St. Anne’s Castle to James Fort in Bridgetown. George Washington would have visited these batteries protecting the Bay on his visit to Barbados in 1751. The early fortifications at Charles Fort (on Needham’s Point, in the grounds of the Hilton Hotel) used to repel Dutch Admiral Michiel de Ruyter in April 1665 were continually strengthened and by 1780 there were 102 cannon defending Carlisle Bay, providing protection for shipping against enemy attacks. Today, one of the finest collections of 17th century British cannon is on display at the National Armoury/Cannon Museum at the Garrison. Geoffrey Ward Photo: Water polo at the Aquatic Club in Carlisle Bay Henry Walter Parkinson. Reproduced with the kind permission of the Parkinson family.

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Reeds Bay on the west coast

arbados is surrounded by over 70 miles of glorious palm-fringed, white sand beaches; warm, clear waters and a yearround climate that is close to perfection. Barbados law stipulates that all beaches are public so Barbadians and visitors therefore have no shortage of choice from the tranquil Caribbean Sea to the pounding surf of the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t forget to take along your sunscreen, and remember, topless sunbathing is against the law in Barbados!

West Coast The sea on the west coast is idyllic for lazing, snorkeling and enjoying watersports like skiing. It’s also perfect for taking a stroll especially in the morning before the sun gets too hot.

Six Mens, Mullins, Gibbes and Reeds Bay These beaches make up a magnificent stretch of beach in St. Peter with glassy, turquoise water, good snorkeling and a variety of watersports. Mullins Beach Bar offers service right to your beach chair and just a little further north there’s the new Bombas Beach Bar. Reeds Bay in Lower Carlton is a lovely, long crescent shaped beach with easy access and great swimming!

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Paynes Bay Paynes Bay has a beautiful white sandy beach and the calm water is ideal for swimming and snorkeling with turtles, however, it can be crowded at times. There is a well maintained public access between One Sandy Lane and Sandy Lane Hotel with limited roadside parking. Chairs and refreshments.

The Garden and Heron Bay Between Royal Pavilion Hotel and Carlton in St. Peter is a lovely stretch of beach with several little paths through which you can gain access. For a delicious lunch there is the wonderful Lone Star or for an economical light bite or just a few drinks on the beach, Juju’s. Sometimes there are turtles around.

Holetown Holetown has one main beach and a couple of small ones further south. Folkstone Marine Park and Museum, located just past Settlers Beach Hotel has a snorkelling trail and a small museum about the marine life in Barbados.

Batts Rock and Prospect Just past the northern end of Spring Garden Highway, there is a public access to this superb beach with parking, shade and great swimming. The Cockspur Beach Club at Brighton Beach has beach chairs and umbrellas, lunch and drinks as well as loads of watersports. Caution - the area known as the ‘hot pot’, where warm water from the rum distillery flows, sometimes has dangerous currents.

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Crane Beach on the south-east coast

South-east and East Coast The south-east coast gets more breezy with slightly bigger waves - perfect for body surfing and boogie boards. The east coast welcomes the Atlantic rollers - Barbados has become world renowned for surfing.

Crane Beach A truly stunning beach with excellent body surfing conditions. There is a moderately challenging public access to the beach by the roundabout. You can pick up a picnic lunch nearby at Cutters of Barbados, a Bajan gourmet deli. Cold drinks are also sold on the beach. L’Azure Restaurant at The Crane Resort presents a spectacular view of the beach and serves food all day including a lovely afternoon tea. There is an elevator and steps down to the beach from the resort. Boogie boards, chairs and refreshments.

Foul Bay This is a long, wide, open expanse of beach on a ruggedly attractive stretch of relatively undeveloped coastline. Care should be taken when swimming here as the waves are big and they break onshore – there can be a strong undertow at times. There are large shady areas suitable for picnics. No chair rentals or refreshments. Refreshments can be purchased at either Cutters of Barbados, a Bajan gourmet deli, The Palms Restaurant or the Texaco Gas Station - all nearby.

Bathsheba & Cattlewash Although these two bays on the east coast are stunningly beautiful and the sea appears to be quite inviting, swimming is very dangerous with strong and unpredictable undercurrents and no life guards on duty. It is best just to take a dip at low tide in the rock pools. The Atlantis Hotel in Bathsheba, recently re-opened, serves tasty lunches and punches! There is a picnic spot with tables in Bathsheba with public facilities.

Bottom Bay and Harrismith


Bottom Bay is everyone’s dream of the perfect tropical beach – cliffs, coconut palms, a cave, soft white sand, brisk breezes and aquamarine sea. A first class picnic venue. Harrismith has much less beach area but does have a shallow lagoon for a calm dip at low tide and is also very beautiful. Both beaches have formidable steps. A hand rail has been erected on the steps at Bottom Bay.

The sea here is very calm and is protected by a large reef. This is a popular picnic spot with Barbadians, especially on weekends and public holidays because there’s plenty of shade, a pleasant breeze, a small playground, a car park and brand new public facilities. There is a picturesque coastal footpath that runs from Bath to Martin’s Bay. It takes approx. an hour and a half to walk there and back. No chairs or refreshments.

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The Barbados experience The phrase Pirates of the Caribbean, means for many the magnificent Walt Disney film Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl, and its sequels, with the magnetic actor Johnny Depp as the swash-buckling dare-devil pirate Jack Sparrow, and all the romance of Disney world, with ghost ships and ghosts and phantasmagoric creatures of the deep; four billion US dollars worth of fantasy and romance! Of course Jack Sparrow is based on the infamous bands of Caribbean pirates or buccaneers of the early 18th century – mostly English, but also French, Spanish and Dutch … from Sir Henry Morgan of Barbados and Jamaica, the treacherous Blackbeard, and Calico Jack Rackham …. to the gentleman pirate of Barbados Stede Bonnet, and the famous female pirates Anne Bonney and Mary Read…. The word pirate comes from the Latin word pirata, meaning a sailor or a sea robber, and the Greek, peirates, a brigand or pirate, one who attacks, from the Greek word Peiran, to attack … But the word is often used in many wider ways for a criminal behaviour wherever it happens. Piracy is as old as the hills, you might say. Apparently Julius Caesar was kidnapped by pirates, and when the pirates demanded a ransom of twenty talents of gold, Caesar is said to have insisted that he was worth at least fifty. It’s reported that when the ransom was paid and he was released, he raised a fleet, captured the pirates, and crucified them all! But if you say pirates, people think Pirates of the Caribbean. After Columbus, the Spanish claimed the new world and all the lands of the Caribbean, and tried to deny the rights of other countries ships to enter “their” space. The other European countries never accepted this, and they sent their ships to plunder the Spanish … After the end of the War of the Spanish Succession many pirates came into the Caribbean – the European

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Photo: Elliot Marks, SMPSP. © Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Jerry Bruckheimer, Inc. All rights reserved.

Pirates of the Caribbean

The roguish, yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp)

Theatre of War - and by the mid-17th century pirates were rampant. First the buccaneers – a French term meaning smokers of meat – using Port Royal in Jamaica and Tortuga, a small island off Haiti, as their bases. Although there were several more notorious pirates – Sir Henry Morgan, Blackbeard, and Anne Bonney – there was also a notorious Barbadian, Major Stede Bonnet – the Gentleman Pirate of Barbados, who bought his ship and put to sea with a crew of 70 on The REVENGE! He was born the son of a planter, at Bonnet’s Plantation in St. Michael in 1688, in the house where this author now lives. Some years later the Upper Bonnetts’ name was changed to Upton, perhaps because of embarrassment associated with the name of the pirate!

He captured and plundered several ships off Charleston, met the archpirate Blackbeard, and they became unlikely partners for a while. In 1718, having taken some 28 vessels, Bonnet was captured near Charleston, was tried before Chief Justice Nicholas Trott, who read him a famous marathon harangue, admonishing him as a “gentleman, a man of fortune and a man of letters, as well as an enemy of mankind, common robber and pirate”. He was condemned to death and was hanged on 10 December 1718, clutching a bouquet of flowers! He was buried at Battery Park in Charleston, and is commemorated by a large monument there, inscribed to the “notorious Gentleman Pirate”.

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Kitesurfing at Silver Sands on the south coast

South Coast The south coast is a little more choppy and breezy with some beaches having small waves for boogie boarding. Around south point gets more breezy with slightly bigger waves - perfect for the action-packed waterman sports - surfing, paddlesurfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. You can try these - boards are available for rent, along with lessons from trained professionals.

Carlisle Bay A spectacular crescent shaped bay extending from Bridgetown to the Hilton Hotel - over a mile - with a wide beach and calm water. There is good snorkelling. Hazell’s Waterworld sells good quality snorkelling gear. This is an ideal bay for distance swimming and an informal group meets at the southern end on Saturdays at 8am. Pier to pier is approx 1.2 km. Chairs, parking and refreshments.


Dover and Sandy Beach

With the new south coast boardwalk it is now possible to walk from Accra for a couple of miles to Hastings. This is a marvellous stretch for rock pooling at low tide. There are several small beaches along the way for swimming.

These are lovely expanses of beach with good swimming conditions on either side of St. Lawrence Gap. Sandy Beach is great for families with young children because of the shallow, calm water and picturesque lagoon. Chairs and refreshments.

Accra Beach One of the most popular beaches on the island with parking, good swimming and trees for shade. It’s a great place for body surfing and body watching! Lifeguards are on duty. Shopping and supermarkets are also very closeby. Boogie boards, chairs and refreshments, showers, locally made jewellery and souvenirs.

Miami Beach Many people’s favourite south coast beach. Very calm on one side, while on the other it is choppy with small waves. Picnic facilities. Parking, chairs, refreshments, showers.

Silver Sands This is a lovely white sand beach with excellent conditions for windsurfing, wave-riding and kitesurfing. Many international windsurfing events are held here due to the ideal wind and wave conditions. DeAction Beach Shop, run by world-ranked Barbadian windsurfer Brian Talma, can be found near Silver Rock beach. They offer lessons and surf boards and windsurfing and kitesurfing equipment is also for sale or rental.

Be sure to have a colourful marker whenever you snorkel to alert watercraft of your presence.

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Island Hopping Bridgetown was not only a destination and source for goods and services in the transatlantic trade, but it also operated as an important transhipment point for enslaved persons and goods being shipped to nearby islands. The island's communications and shipping networks were so well developed that it became a vital site of reconnaissance and the transmission of ideas. In 1663, the Imperial Post Office in London established a “Packet Agency� on Barbados, making the postal service in Barbados one of the oldest in the world. In the late 17th century, mail to the English colonies was sent through Barbados first. Regionally, Bridgetown continued to be used as a port for the transhipment of goods to nearby islands and territories well into the 20th century. The inter-island schooners calling at Barbados made a brisk trade with commercial interests located in Bridgetown. The schooner was a single-masted sailing vessel manned by a relatively small crew. Traffic was so frequent between the islands, that the schooner could be considered mass transit for migrants seeking better opportunities throughout the islands and Caribbean territories in the days when colonial subjects moved through regional ports with little more than a willingness to work.

Dr. Tara Inniss Photo: Schooner in the Careenage in Bridgetown Courtesy of The Barbados National Trust from the Euchard Fitzpatrick Collection

Island Hopping

The Tobago Cays, with their dazzling waters and palm-studded shorelines, provide some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world

lthough the chain of islands that make up the Caribbean are quite close to each other in terms of distance, they are nevertheless vastly different, both geographically and culturally, and offer a variety of scenery in stark contrast to the rolling sugar cane fields of Barbados. Just 45 minutes flight-time from Barbados lies the unspoiled archipelago known as St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Often referred to as “the jewels of the Caribbean, this mesmerizing string of 32 small islands and cays is still relatively untouched by mass tourism and a wonderful place to escape for a few days and soak up some true Caribbean culture.

The Tobago Cays There remain few places on earth today that can match the unblemished natural beauty, easy accessibility and ‘feel good’ tranquility of the Tobago Cays. 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

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islands themselves – namely Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Barabel and Jamesby. With their powdery, white sand beaches, coconut palms, occasional cactus, rocky outcrops and green-topped hills, the Tobago Cays are the epitome of the classic, deserted tropical island; an opinion clearly endorsed by the producers of the hit movie Pirates of the Caribbean when they chose to film here on Petit Tabac, an uninhabited island on the other side of the Horseshoe Reef.

Escape to The Grenadines 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. As the gateway to the idyllic Grenadine islands, Barbados offers a number of options to get you there. These range from private jets and exclusive yacht charters, to all-inclusive day trips, or special packages offered by tour companies like Grenadine Escape, who have bases in the UK and the Caribbean, and access to extraordinary villas and private island resorts throughout the Caribbean. They specialise in exclusive villa rentals and property sales, focusing on St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Barts, Antigua and the Bahamas, and can arrange anything from the exceptional and exclusive, to the simple and sublime.

The crystal clear azure waters, palm fringed beaches and constant Trade Winds are all guaranteed components of the perfect sailing holiday in St. Vincent & the Grenadines Photo: Dan Christaldi

Island Hopping

Palm Villa Palm Island, The Grenadines

SVG Air, based in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, has been taking many a satisfied customer from one Caribbean destination to another for over 20 years. Together with Grenadine Airways, they operate scheduled and charter flights to and from the Grenadines and a number of other Caribbean destinations. Specializing in private charters and shared charters, SVG Air offers a personalized service second to none. Private charters offer the convenience of no crowds, no queuing up and no waiting around airports and the short flight times enable you to make the most of your precious holiday days.

Sailing Charters

Charming beach cottages, ranging from 2 to 5 bedrooms, located right on the beach, with spectacular views of the surrounding Grenadine islands. The ideal holiday hideaway for families, couples or anyone who simply wants to get away from it all. For Bookings & further information call: (246) 262-5874 e-mail:

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The crystal clear azure waters, palm fringed beaches and constant Trade Winds are all guaranteed components of the perfect sailing holiday in St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Five-star meals are prepared in the delectable flavour of the islands and served to you in a comfortable cockpit – morning, noon, and night. There are a number of reputable yacht charter companies operating out of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, all offering bare boat or a fully crewed charters. Yacht charter companies like Barefoot in St. Vincent, Sail Relax Explore in Bequia and Wind and Sea in Union Island, offer a remarkable variety of monohulls and catamarans ranging in size from 30 to 130 feet. They are known in these waters for their excellent service and knowledgeable crew. The Friendship Rose, based in Bequia, operates day charters to the Tobago Cays, St. Vincent and Mustique on their historic, Bequia-built sailing schooner. And in the Southern Grenadines, Wind and Sea, Scaramouche and Chantours offer memorable day trips (and private charters) to the islands of Mayreau, the Tobago Cays and Palm Island.

Island Hopping Grenadine Air Alliance Trans Island Air - SVG Air - Mustique Airways Shared Charter Departures between Barbados and St. Vincent & the Grenadines FROM: Barbados to Mustique ** Daily Flt # 806 at 13:30 Daily Flt # 814 at 16:30 FROM: Barbados to Union Island ** Daily Flt # 608 at 13:30 Daily Flt # 616 at 16:30 FROM: Barbados to Bequia ** Daily Flt #606 at 13:30 Daily Flt #614 at 16:30 FROM: Barbados to Canouan ** Daily Flt #606 at 13:30 Daily Flt #614 at 16:30 ** Due to daylight saving time in North America, these flights will depart one hour earlier effective March 11th, 2012. To assist handlers in identifying luggage and expediting its transfer, please tie brightly coloured ribbon on the handles of your suitcase. PLEASE NOTE: The majority of the Grenadine Islands have unlit runways, which close at sunset. Connecting times with some of the international carriers are limited, therefore, when international flights are delayed there is insufficient time for the transfer of checked luggage. Hence, we recommend that passengers carry overnight essentials in their hand luggage. For further information and reservations contact: Barbados Tel: 246-418-1654 Caribbean Tel: 784-457-5124 St. Vincent Tel: 784-457-5777 or 458-4380 USA Tel: 315-507-8258 UK Tel: 01 20 223 3875 e-mail: or

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Property The Europeans and Africans who helped settle the town had their own urban and tropical building traditions drawn from Europe and Africa, but chiefly from “olde England�, and early Bridgetown had a distinctly medieval English look, as seen in a famous etching by William Copen of 1693. Their techniques fused to create a creolized architectural style that often referenced a European aesthetic but used locally quarried coral stone (and some imported brick) and could withstand the ravages of the tropical environment (hurricanes, fires and flooding). Buildings were constructed to maximize cross-ventilation and resist hurricane damage. Architectural influences have been drawn from several sources during the colonial period and Bridgetown has examples of Dutch architecture (Nicholls Building) as well as Gothic and Neo-gothic styles (as seen in the Public Buildings). However, commercial and residential buildings across the island have been built for almost two centuries in a popular Caribbean Georgian style. Georgian design principles were found to be ideally suited to the Caribbean environment, including the parapet roof which protected the eaves from hurricane damage. The symmetrical placement of windows and doors also allowed for good cross-ventilation. In the 19th century, porches and verandahs were added to keep interiors cool, increase living space and protect windows and doors from the weather. Other design details were added for decoration and can be seen in the humblest of homes, the chattel house, as well as the grander, more opulent great house or suburban villa. Dr. Tara Inniss Photo: A fine example of a sugar plantation residence built in the Caribbean Georgian architectural style that developed in Barbados. Henry Walter Parkinson. Reproduced with the kind permission of the Parkinson family.

Photo courtesy Altman Real Estate


Porters Great House

t is quite incredible that Barbados, an independent island of a mere 166 square miles, perched in the middle of the Atlantic, with limited natural resources and a population of just 280,000, has been able to successfully project itself onto the global stage. In addition to being well established as one of the world’s leading and most revisited, high calibre tourism destinations, Barbados has more recently created a niche for itself as a highly respected, high quality international business jurisdiction. Along the route to achieving those distinguished accolades, Barbados has been duly recognised by international agencies such as the United Nations, whose Human Development Index currently ranks this country in the highest category of Very High Human Development – making Barbados the only country from the Caribbean, and one of the smallest in the world, to be included in this top tier. A less obvious but undoubtedly equally meritorious endorsement was recently bestowed upon Barbados when UNESCO announced that Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison had been identified as World Heritage Sites. The underlying seal of approval associated with the awarding of this rare and highly prestigious status clearly indicates that Barbados is a country that has been founded upon virtuous principles. The existence and survival of this extraordinarily rich architectural heritage is seen as a strong characteristic of a nation that can offer substance, stability and sensitivity – all of which are essential qualities that will attract the kind of international property

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investor that we would like to welcome to our shores. With more than two thousand non-residents having purchased properties in Barbados over the last few years, ranging from modest condominiums to luxurious fifty million dollar mansions, there is solid evidence to indicate that Barbados is now considered the premier luxury, vacation home destination in the Caribbean. To further support this perception, it is worth noting that five of the UK’s largest real estate companies are represented in Barbados, all associated with well-established and highly reputable local agencies who offer excellent professional services including property management, rentals and sales. Following the global economic meltdown of the last 4 years, and in keeping with trends in many markets around the world, property prices in Barbados dropped around 20% in 2008/9 and have since stabilized at those levels. This is a reflection of the fact that the respective expectations of vendors and buyers have grown closer. Importantly, while property prices have become more attractive for investors, the Barbados product has retained its quality and appeal. Barbadians generally understand how important tourism and foreign investment are to our national economy, so our people have developed a culture that embraces visitors to our country. This hospitable environment, along with the secure nature of doing business in Barbados and the many pleasurable advantages of ‘the Barbados Experience’, make a compelling case for investing in property on this island.

Mango Bay - Reproduced from the book Architecture & Design in Barbados Photo: Mike Toy


The Barbados Experience

Photo courtesy Realtors Ltd.

Measuring just 21 miles by 14 miles, Barbados is by any standards a mere speck on the globe; yet our tiny island has established itself as the destination of choice for generations of A-List celebrities, including royal families, leading statesmen, film stars, top supermodels, world sports icons and today’s most eminent business personalities. This elite love affair with Barbados is a longstanding relationship, dating back to the early 1900’s when members of the British aristocracy and celebrities such as Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Edward Cunard, Aristotle Onassis and Noel Coward clearly enjoyed the natural beauty and charm of Barbados, but they also greatly valued the peace and privacy they were afforded by their island escape. By the time Sandy Lane Hotel had opened its doors in 1961, Barbados was attracting even more of the world’s rich and famous to visit the island. Ranked #1 in the Caribbean for the greatest percentage of repeat visitors, Barbados has become one of the world’s most aspirational destinations. While there are many tangible reasons that can help to explain this phenomenon, the underlying factor that consistently resonates at the very heart of this issue is undoubtedly the reality that Barbados can provide a particularly enjoyable way of life. Perhaps influenced by the very compact physical nature of the island and the generally open disposition of Bajans, Barbados has willingly developed a culture that embraces visitors. So, rather than remaining

isolated in tourist enclaves, visitors to our country tend to find themselves mixing regularly with local people in a wide variety of circumstances. The welcome end result of this everyday interaction is that when people come on a trip to this island they are not here just for a break away from home, they are also here to enjoy an authentic Barbados experience. One of the most gratifying and rewarding ways to truly experience the benefits of the enviable Barbados lifestyle is to spend your time on the island living in one of the many villas that are available for rental or purchase. Apart from being one of life's finer luxuries, enjoying leisure time in a beautiful home as an owner or a visiting guest undoubtedly offers an extra degree of flexibility, with increased opportunity to take full advantage of the many pleasures that Barbados has to offer. In keeping with its capacity to provide a surprisingly diverse spectrum of scenic beauty within a relatively small area, Barbados can also offer a wide variety of beautiful villas that can accommodate the most demanding of requirements and tastes, yet still accommodate a broad range of budgets. Whether it be beachfront or wooded garden, classical or whimsical, sprawling or small and intimate, there is something here to please everybody: couples, families or groups of friends. The extensive choice of properties available for sale or rental ranges from modest studios, to luxury villas, to palatial beachfront mansions to grand private estates in the countryside. Interestingly, the cost of renting these magnificent properties in Barbados often represents very good value.

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Naturally Spectacular Location

The Crane is conveniently located at the intersection of heaven and earth. This sentiment has endured since The Crane was opened in the 19th century as Barbados’ first resort hotel. Its 40 acres of dramatic cliffs encompass a half mile of ocean frontage, panoramic views of the azure blue sea, and one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Protected by a natural coral reef, Crane Beach is one of the best swimming venues in Barbados. The pink powder-soft sand and the lush coconut grove swaying in the tropical breeze help to make this the ultimate Caribbean paradise.

Crane Beach was rated one of the top ten beaches in the world by Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous.

2. Unparalleled


The Crane’s residences have been designed to rival its views. No detail has been spared as 19th century grandeur and furnishings combine with 21st century luxuries and conveniences. The architecture is period and timeless, with private balconies, breathtaking ocean views and private swimming pools, gardens and roof terraces. The residences are grand, ranging from 800 to 4,000 square feet, featuring coral stone walls and timber tray ceilings 10-18 feet high. The furniture, much of it hand carved mahogany, was inspired by antiques found in the historic 1887 hotel. High-speed Internet access and central airconditioning is standard in every residence. Also standard are open kitchens with granite counters and top-of-the-line appliances; and marble bathrooms with luxurious whirlpool tubs and spa showers with multiple heads. The Crane’s residences offer an unparalleled level of resort living.

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3. World-Class Resort Amenities & Services The Crane’s array of dining options and luxury amenities is unsurpassed in Barbados and the region. The Crane’s four restaurants include two award-winning fine dining establishments. L’Azure features a delectable fusion of continental and Caribbean cuisine; while at Zen, native Thai and Japanese chefs create rare and exotic delicacies in classical Japanese surroundings. For more casual options, D’Onofrio’s serves up Italian fare in a casual, family-style setting with outdoor patio seating; and The Carriage House offers a delicious grilled menu in an al fresco setting overlooking the cliff pools. The Crane’s world-class amenities include a full-service spa, a first-rate piano and cocktail bar, flood-lit tennis courts, a second cozy bar overlooking one of the Caribbean’s most stunning waterscape pool complexes, and a glass-fronted elevator to Crane Beach. In the new “historic” Crane Village, guests can enjoy several al fresco dining options, an ice cream

shop, a well-stocked convenience store, dutyfree shopping, a 3,000 square foot state-of-theart fitness centre and multi-purpose conference facilities. In addition, The Crane offers all the luxury services expected from one of the world’s premier resorts. As a further benefit, WiFi and calls to international destinations are offered free of charge across the resort.

Zen Restaurant at The Crane was rated #1 for food in Barbados in 2009 and 2010 by Zagat.



The primary benefit of owning a fraction of a residence vs. the whole has always been that you can enjoy the same “second home” lifestyle of a whole ownership purchaser with a much smaller investment. The increasing popularity of fractional ownership is driven by the fact that it makes financial sense. As an owner, you pay a fraction of hotel rates, with the resulting savings quickly paying for the ownership interest. 1. The World’s

Premier Fractional Resort


The most important consideration in choosing fractional ownership has to be the quality of the resort itself. The Crane Resort is considered one of the very best fractional resorts in the world. In recognition of its naturally spectacular location, unparalleled residences, world-class resort amenities and luxury resort services, The Crane has been awarded the highest RCI Points values in the world out of 4,500 RCI-affiliated resorts and the AAA Four-Diamond award, which has been awarded to only three other luxury hotels in Barbados.

The Crane has been owned and managed by the same company for over 45 years; and since the introduction of fractional ownership in the mid90’s, The Crane has gained a strong reputation for successfully delivering on all of its promises. Investment in Crane fractional ownership is in perpetuity and is protected by a third party trust structure administered by First National Trustee Company (, which has over US$4 billion of vacation property assets under management, at over 300 fractional ownership properties worldwide. Through this structure, Crane fractional ownership can be willed, transferred, or sold at any time; easily, quickly, and at minimal cost.

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Exceptional Purchase Value

At The Crane, you can own in perpetuity a share of one of the finest beach-front residences in the Caribbean – often for less than what you would spend in hotel accommodation over five years of annual vacations. The Crane does not engage in the often aggressive and expensive sales practices favoured by the timeshare industry, and the resulting savings provide Crane owners the most luxurious fractional ownership residences available, at fixed prices that are often lower than ordinary timeshare apartments. The Crane lets its product sell itself, always provides its best price up front and fully respects your right to “think it over”. The Crane is also able to offer extremely competitive prices for luxury vacation real estate because the resort team designs and builds everything in-house. As a result, we believe The Crane offers the best purchase value in fractional ownership found anywhere in the world. For example, a week’s ownership of a luxuriously appointed, fully furnished and equipped two-bedroom residence with its own private garden, large swimming pool and dining gazebo, owned in perpetuity, starts from a one-time purchase price of US$13,395.

Ultimate Flexibility For Vacation Use 4.

The Crane offers its fractional owners the ultimate in vacation flexibility. In addition to their right to use their specific residence at the same time each year in perpetuity, Crane owners are also able to easily reserve any type of Crane accommodation for any period throughout the year as required. Through membership in The Registry Collection® (, the world’s most prestigious vacation exchange network, Crane owners are also able to enjoy exchanges to over 190 of the world’s most luxurious fractional properties and private residence clubs. Crane owners may also enjoy peak season vacations in any of 4,500 resorts worldwide through the exchange services provided by RCI® (, the world’s largest vacation exchange company. As a result of Crane’s extraordinary trading value as the world’s #1 rated resort, Crane owners (even summer owners) are generally able to trade one Crane Week for multiple weeks in RCI’s highest rated resorts, (including every one of the other RCI resorts in Barbados).

Crane owners on average have made a net profit on the resale of their property even during the recession.



Ongoing Cost Efficiencies

The Crane’s ongoing charge to its fractional owners is comparable to ordinary timeshare apartments that feature minimal amenities and services, and is less than half the industry average for comparable luxury fractional ownership accommodation. The Crane is able to accomplish this because of its full vertical integration and the bulk purchase of goods and services. With over 400 employees, The Crane bypasses all middlemen and does virtually everything in-house, from landscaping and security, to laundry and appliance repairs. In addition, The Crane drives down the operating costs by the use of standardized appliances, fittings and furnishings.

Proven Rental Pool Revenue

The success of The Crane’s rental pool program is demonstrated by the fact that, since inception, every Crane owner has covered all costs and made at least a small profit for every week made available to the Crane’s rental pool. In addition, The Crane aligns its interests fully with rental pool owners by limiting its management fee to 20% of net profit after all expenses. If Crane ever failed to make a net profit, no fee would be charged.


Real Capital Appreciation

Above average capital gains are realized by investors who are astute enough, or lucky enough, to purchase a property before the location reaches the full potential of its popularity. The Crane enjoys the huge advantage of being in an area that is still relatively undiscovered. Considering the scarcity of available beachfront property in Barbados and the dramatic inflation of prices on the West Coast, it is not unrealistic to anticipate similar price escalation at The Crane. (Note that there is no capital gains tax in Barbados.)

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All the Amenities and Services of a 5-Star Resort

2. All the Advantages of Fractional Ownership

While there are other properties in Barbados that offer luxurious residences in spectacular locations, only The Crane combines this with the amenities and services found only in the world’s finest resorts – four restaurants and two bars; a full-service spa and a state-of-theart fitness centre; five outdoor pools and two floodlit tennis courts; a retail village; 24 hour security and front desk; daily Concierge, room service, housekeeping and pool and beach service; and more.

Because of The Crane’s experience with fractional ownership, whole owners also enjoy all the benefits normally experienced only by fractional owners, including wide flexibility for vacation use at the resort and through international exchanges. Crane ownership is also a proven, secure investment with a surprisingly low purchase price and exceptional value. Whole owners are also able to participate in The Crane’s profitable rental pool.

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Full Turnkey Services

The Crane provides its whole owners full turnkey resort services, leaving owners with no additional responsibilities or costs, whether or not they are in residence. Many Crane whole owners feel that the best aspect of their investment is that The Crane looks after everything for them, and when they leave, they never have to give it another thought until they are ready to enjoy their vacation home the next time.

Purchase Savings and Resale Flexibility


Whole owners also benefit from an exceptionally competitive turnkey purchase price which covers everything including furniture, fixtures and legal fees. And, because of the Crane’s fractional ownership structure, whole owners are also able to enjoy even greater capital gains, flexibility and liquidity through the resale of their whole ownership interest in fractions.

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Renderings are artist’s concept only.


A secluded, low density development overlooking Skeete’s Bay Beach and Culpepper Island, Beach Houses at Culpepper will feature 52 free standing “Beach Houses” and a small boutique hotel spread across 50 acres. The two- and three-bedroom residences will each sit on approximately 6,000 square feet of land and will enjoy approximately 70 feet of unobstructed ocean views. The design concept combines the simple elegance and open spaces of contemporary architecture with the casual comfort of the Barbados East Coast beach house. Each residence features floor to ceiling glass windows for

spectacular ocean views, 2 infinity edge private pools with hot tubs (one 38 feet wide and the other 20 feet wide), 100% private patios offering a “no tan-lines” level of privacy, outdoor showers, hammocks, BBQ grills and built-in owner’s storage. Beach Houses at Culpepper is designed to be respectful of the fact that the property sits on the 1% of Barbados’ eastern coastline that remains outside of the Barbados National Park, which stretches from Consett Bay in St. John to Archer’s Bay in St. Lucy. When completed, the resort will feature 3 exciting restaurants and a bar, a stunning spa

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located in a 5 acre ocean front nature preserve, and a modern fitness centre – all featuring spectacular ocean views. Beach Houses at Culpepper will offer the same level of luxury amenities and services as The Crane. There will also be the same fractional and whole ownership options, with the attendant flexibility and security. Moreover, at current pre-construction pricing, Beach Houses at Culpepper offers a particularly unique opportunity for capital appreciation.


The Villa Lifestyle

Photo: VT Caribbean/courtesy Bajan Services Ltd.

With the advent of a number of world-class, recreation and lifestyle themed residential communities in Barbados, visitors now have greater opportunity to select a specific location that best suits their own individual needs and preferences. For example, golfers may opt for the Sandy Lane Estate, Royal Westmoreland or Apes Hill; with the latter also representing the ideal choice for polo enthusiasts. Tennis players might prefer Sugar Hill; those who sail have the option of Port St. Charles; while anybody who simply loves being next to the sea might consider Saint Peter’s Bay on the west coast, the Crane Resort on the magnificent south-east coast or Sapphire Beach and Ocean Two on the south coast. And new for the island, the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in Holetown now offers a further choice for people who prefer to be in a more urban-living environment, while still staying close to the coast. One of the greatest advantages of Villa Life is that it offers both the relaxed environment of a private 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 full benefit of dedicated helpers whose sole aim is to make sure their guests relax and enjoy themselves. This wonderful best-of-both-worlds scenario can clearly be advantageous for anybody, but it can be especially valuable for family groups in search of spending some rare quality time

together. These family vacations often provide lifetime memories, especially for the children. Many years down the road, people will find themselves fondly reminiscing about relatively simple events – perhaps a game of charades, a fullmoon barbeque, a day fooling around in kayaks, a birthday celebration – all made so much more enjoyable and memorable because they were done together as a family. It is because of this particular aspect of Villa Life that many families actually book a villa vacation every year, just to guarantee a chance to spend that high level of quality time together. And when the children themselves become adults, they often want to return to the scene of their happy childhood holidays. A villa vacation can be the ideal choice for a family reunion or indeed any other kind of special occasion. The majority of rental properties in Barbados are looked after by highly accomplished management companies or real estate agencies, 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. As such, the villas are generally very well maintained and kept in immaculate condition by carefully trained staff; usually comprising a butler, cook, housemaids, gardener and watchman. For any high profile individuals who prefer additional privacy or a heightened level of protection, there are a number of security experts now offering their services in Barbados. This means that all owners and visitors alike can just leave all their worries behind, totally unwind and simply concentrate on enjoying themselves.

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Quality Villa Staff

Photo courtesy Bajan Services Ltd.

The Barbadian staff working in the villas are generally 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 been many examples of villa staff being invited back to a family’s home in their own country or even to accompany them on a vacation. In recent times the overall quality of the trained staff in the houses and villas has improved considerably, 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 now also exists a sizeable cadre of very gifted, fully trained chefs who are well capable of producing top class 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 as more of a treat or as 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. Apart from the obvious point of this allowing you to eat exactly what you want, it also gives the cook / chef an opportunity to serve some healthy and wholesome, fresh,

‘home-cooked’ food, including of course some of our truly delicious local Bajan dishes. To further add to your enjoyment of local food, and as a way to broaden your Barbados experience, you could go to one of the main produce markets and shop with the locals. There are a number of markets spread around the country but Cheapside Market in Bridgetown is one of the best, especially on a Saturday morning when there will be a huge selection of fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, fresh meat and sundry other items. At the same time you could go to the Fishmarket across the road to buy fresh seafood. It might all seem a bit ‘strange’ at first but the more you go the more you will understand and enjoy it. To further enhance the already tremendous appeal of the Villa Lifestyle, it is now possible to book house-call appointments for an extensive range of service providers such as hairdressers, beauticians, massage therapists, personal exercise trainers, yoga and Pilates instructors. The leading real estate and villa management companies generally have a system whereby they will interview and appraise the abilities of the various service providers for prior approval. It is worthy of note that many of these various professionals are very highly qualified and extremely competent and provide a truly international standard of service. There are in fact a number of instances of some of them being flown overseas to provide their services to clients who have been suitably impressed with their exceptional quality and wish to continue treatments or training at home.

Friendly and efficient staff at West Haven

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Enjoy Life Beyond Your Villa Go hiking! The National Trust Hikes take place every Sunday and they offer healthy exercise and a way to see remote parts of Barbados. Similarly, the friendly and ever welcoming Barbados Hash House Harriers meet each Saturday afternoon. Play golf! Barbados has 5 championship courses, with some of them ranking amongst the top courses in the Caribbean. Many villa residents play the game and enjoy the world-class facilities and the amiable 19th Hole camaraderie. Have a sail! The sailing community is very convivial and visitors are made welcome at the Barbados Yacht Club on the south coast. Port St. Charles has a number of mega-yacht berths and has hosted some of the finest yachts in the world. Get in the sea! You can enjoy world-class water-sports in excellent conditions in Barbados, including diving, surfing, windsurfing and paddle boarding, all practiced at a high standard. And if you want to learn, then lessons are available.

Photo: Peter Marshall

Activities to Do

World Fireball Championships in Barbados

Take in culture! Performing arts take place regularly, with the Holders Season at Easter topping the list. For a local experience, the Crop Over Festival runs from July to the first Monday in August, which is Grand Kadooment Day. The NIFCA Performing Arts Festival is in November. Be a cricket fan! Even watching a lower division match that you happen to pass on the road can provide great entertainment – on and off the field. For international matches visit Kensington Oval, the ‘mecca’ of West Indies cricket. Check out polo! Our world-class Apes Hill Polo Club, Lion Castle, Barbados Polo Club at Holders, Clifton and Buttals, all host tournaments throughout the season, involving some of the world’s top professionals. A day out at polo is always an enjoyable affair and a great way to meet locals and residents. Visit the races! Race days at the historic Garrison Savannah, close to Bridgetown, are always lively and lots of fun, especially on the big occasions such as the prestigious Sandy Lane Gold Cup, held on the first Saturday in March.

Photo courtesy Coast Caribbean Images

Events to Watch

Holders Season

Experiences to Enjoy Pamper yourself! Right on your doorstep you have a multitude of high quality hotels that offer use of their worldclass Spa facilities to outside clients. Reward yourself with some healthy self-indulgence and the ultimate in vacation relaxation. Shop in style! Barbados retailers are very competent and offer lots of high quality duty-free items. The new, upmarket Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in Holetown is especially appealing with luxurious boutiques purveying the world’s leading brands. Relish our food! Barbados is the ‘Culinary Capital of the Caribbean’, with a range of top class, fine dining restaurants; many modest but pleasant locations that serve sumptuous local food; and some of the best ‘street food’ that you’ll ever taste. Feel spiritual! Barbados is famous for the depth of its religious tolerance, with a profusion of different religions all coexisting peacefully. There are numerous places of worship and visitors are always made to feel very welcome.

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PALM RIDGE 1 – Royal Westmoreland

KER AVEL, Polo Ridge

This grand, old 5 bedroom Plantation style home compiles 2 storeys, an expansive basement, a lovely 2 bedroom cottage and a 3 bedroom home set-back on the grounds as well as stables and a newly renovated large room previously used as a small museum. The property offer beautiful views out to the ocean and is set on expansive and beautiful grounds creating a feel of isolation while in actual fact is a mere 10 minute drive to amenities and beaches. Floor Area: 16,374 sq. ft (approx) Land Area: 304,920 sq. ft. (approx) Sales Price: US$9,800,000

This lovely 7 bedroom, 7 bathroom property is in an ideal location perched on a ridge overlooking the stunning west coast of Barbados. The double master bedrooms upstairs share a balcony with views over the luscious community and out to the sparkling Sea beyond. The ground floor of the home is large and superbly finished; there is an effortless flow from the three bedrooms, large kitchen, living and dining areas out to the covered patio and the pool deck set within the beautiful gardens. Just off the pool deck is a stone pathway leading to the cosy two bedroom guest cottage. Floor Area: 6,081 sq. ft. (approx) Land Area: 39,753 sq. ft. (approx) Sales Price: US$6,950,000

Sitting high on a ridge this beautifully designed 5 bedroom villa provides both space and privacy. The layout is open, yet designed so that you can sit quietly without disturbance if you prefer. The large covered patio with dining and seating areas, large pool with spacious deck, manicured grounds and the fantastic views of the West Coast of Barbados make this the perfect island home. Floor Area: 5, 973 sq. ft. (approx) Land Area: 54,885 sq. ft. (approx) Sales Price: US$5,700,000

PETROS VILLA, Atlantic Shores


HELICONIA, Royal Westmoreland

Set in 17,000 square feet of prime waterfront land, Petros Villa is a 7 bedroom home located 2 miles from Oistins, at the point where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. The property commands stunning views of the open ocean from almost every room and includes large patio, sun deck and pool. Floor Area: 7,426 sq. ft. (approx) Land Area: 17,000 sq. ft. (approx) Sales Price: US$3,500,000

Elegant 3 bedroom house standing on one acre of land adjacent to the golf course and within walking distance of the famous Sandy Lane Beach. Anchorage has a Cabana at the Sandy lane Property Owners Facilities on Sandy Lane Beach. Land Area: 44,653 sq. ft. (approx) Sales Price: US$2,900,000

This beautiful Villa looks out onto the golf course and provides access to a private golf cart making this property ideal for the avid golfer. On entering you will find Stylish decor and furniture throughout offering you both luxury and comfort. All the bedrooms are en suite and air-conditioned and the Master opens out onto the garden where a beautiful Frangipani tree grows, adding its wonderful fragrance to the air. Outside dining on a covered patio and a pool with deck complete this wonderful villa. Sales Price: US$1,400,000


With three generations of experience and influence on the property market, Realtors Limited has the distinction of being the most unwavering real estate company in Barbados, even in today’s tumultuous economy. We have cherished our role, whether selling or renting property, and look forward to the opportunity of serving your family.

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West Coast News Several prestigious projects on the west coast, each quite different to the others, have already been completed or are about to complete construction and have show-units ready to present to prospective buyers. Perhaps the biggest news this year is the release onto the market of the magnificent One Sandy Lane, which comprises eight opulent 5-bedroom apartments, each averaging 9,500 sq ft, with extensive living areas and fabulous sea views. From the moment of its conception, the creation of One Sandy Lane has been undertaken with a rare determination to achieve the pinnacle of excellence in every aspect of its completion. The team that fashioned One Sandy Lane has paid minute attention to detail and utilised the very finest materials from around the world, along with exclusive designs and custom-made architectural features. The developers have established a range of amenities for immediate use, which the new owners will have the option to amend or enhance at their own discretion. One Sandy Lane represents a special opportunity for the right buyers. The Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in the heart of Holetown incorporates 100,000 square feet of space for top quality shopping and leisure facilities. Limegrove’s Residential Garden Community, The Grove, when completed will comprise 56 luxury residences: 32 garden and penthouse condominiums, 8 loft-style townhouses and 16 hillside villas. Anybody interested in a luxurious, sports lifestyle community should consider the well-established Royal Westmoreland in St. James, with its outstanding Robert Trent Jones Jr. golf course; as well as the more recent and very exciting Apes Hill Club, a Wentworth Landmark Community built around a superb golf course and polo facility in St. Peter. Both developments are vibrant right now and have a variety of lots and beautiful homes for sale. Also in St. Peter, situated on Mount Brevitor ridge overlooking the coastline, Vuemont offers a range of elegantly planned two and three-bedroom villas and two-bedroom apartments which are available freehold. One area that is currently generating extra special interest in the property market is the northern stretch of the west coast in St. Peter. The beautiful St. Peter coastline, with its stunning beaches, idyllic sea, champagne sailing conditions, quaint fishing villages, historic Speightstown, an abundance of splendid architecture and rich heritage sites such as Arlington House and Fort Denmark, has long been valued by discerning visitors as a holiday retreat of choice. In more recent times, these very desirable coastal conditions have been further enhanced with the development of luxurious residences such as Saint Peter’s Bay and Palazatte, which is now under construction. To emphasise the appeal of this area even more, these high quality residential developments are all ideally situated within close proximity to top fine dining restaurants, spas, golf courses, polo fields and other world-class facilities. Today, with the impending completion of the magnificent Port Ferdinand, that will soon join Port St. Charles as the only luxury residential marinas on the island, this stretch of the St. Peter coast is now poised to assume its merited designation as The Barbados Riviera.

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Property Saint Peter’s Bay Ideally situated at the heart of the Barbados Riviera, on a particularly beautiful stretch of the northern west coast, Saint Peter’s Bay comprises a total of fifty-seven desirable homes, including six spectacular penthouse suites and three even more spectacular, deluxe penthouse suites. All of these magnificent residences have been carefully designed, meticulously finished and stylishly appointed to provide a sophisticated level of elegant comfort. Each splendid home enjoys glorious ‘picture postcard’ views of majestic coconut trees, the beach and out over the ocean, which is particularly blue and crystal clear here. Saint Peter’s Bay is the epitome of idyllic Caribbean scenery. In addition to a luxurious home in an extraordinarily beautiful location, Saint Peter’s Bay also offers a number of extremely attractive incentives as part of their purchase package, such as membership of the exclusive Port St. Charles Yacht Club, which includes the privilege of being able to purchase a golf playing card at the nearby Apes Hill golf club. The Yacht Club provides casual dining and Saint Peter’s Bay owners can enjoy travelling by water-taxi to and from the club, as well as to Historic Speightstown or other places along the coast. Serious boating enthusiasts will be delighted to discover that a select number of berths at the soon to be completed Port Ferdinand luxury marina will be made available to Saint Peter’s Bay owners. ‘Life is for living’ is the everyday mantra at Saint Peter’s Bay and every step is taken to ensure that all residents - couples, friends and families alike - are given every opportunity to derive maximum enjoyment from each day they are here. The natural beauty of the spacious 4-acre area of beachfront land has been enhanced with colourful gardens, skilfully landscaped around a 160 feet freeform swimming pool. Adjacent to the pool is a cool and breezy gazebo that makes a perfect spot to find some shade during the day, to watch the sun set in the evening or to enjoy a Barbecue with other residents. Sun loungers can be placed on the beach upon

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request and there are a number of kayaks available for use. Other general facilities at Saint Peter’s Bay include a Pool Bar, a Beauty Salon, a Fitness Centre, concierge services, on-site security and property management. For many owners, what is most rewarding about their homeaway-from-home is that it inspires so many lifetime memories for them, especially when spending quality time with their families. Whether it be as simple as riding on the water-taxi to go out for lunch; as enchanting as swimming with the turtles or discovering one nesting on the beach; or as sensationally memorable as spotting whales cavorting offshore as happened to residents recently, Saint Peter’s Bay can provide it all. Life at Saint Peter’s Bay is now in full swing and prospective owners can get a genuine hands-on feel for the quality of the community by spending some time actually relaxing in the apartments themselves, personally soaking up the peaceful ambiance of discrete elegance and refined tropical living. Saint Peter’s Bay represents a rare opportunity for the discerning investor to purchase a quality home on one of the finest beaches in Barbados, secure in the knowledge that the developers are committed to maintaining this property as one of the Caribbean’s premier residential communities. Bjorn Bjerkhamn, architect Ian Morrison and contractor Jada Builders Inc., have delivered many successful developments throughout the region, including the award-winning Port St. Charles. Purchasers should note that the neighbouring area around Saint Peter’s Bay is gradually being upgraded by the same developer, including the highly prestigious Palazzate and Port Ferdinand, thus creating real potential for a future increase in property values and assuring a pleasant local environment well into the future. With pricing starting at US$2.3 million for the 2,700 square feet standard 3 bedroom residences, Saint Peter’s Bay offers an attractive investment for many reasons. Barbados is a wonderful place to enjoy life to the full. Saint Peter’s Bay is a wonderful place to enjoy Barbados.

Property Port St. Charles Ideally situated on a beautiful stretch of the St. Peter coastline, in an area that is peaceful without being remote, Port St. Charles encompasses a modern, well-managed marina within an exclusive community of very attractively designed and luxuriously appointed waterfront homes. Residents enjoy a wide range of superb ‘lifestyle’ facilities, including the members-only Port St. Charles Yacht Club with a restaurant and pool, as well as wat taxis, tennis courts, a gym and a beauty salon. With an emphasis on quality, this prestigious residential property represents the ultimate in gracious coastal living. Each residence has its own berth, thus affording homeowners the rare convenience of being able to moor their boat literally on their own doorstep. There are also six berths for vessels between 60 - 200 ft, plus three mooring facilities for hosting mega-yachts. These mega berths are often occupied by some of the world’s most outstanding top-of-the-line yachts, thus adding yet another dimension of interest to life at Port St. Charles. Since Port St. Charles has its own Customs and Immigration facility located on the breakwater, residents are free to sail directly into or out of Barbados. Many homeowners take full advantage of this opportunity by using Port St. Charles as a very convenient gateway to the relatively nearby, beautiful islands of the Grenadines. A helipad on the breakwater also facilitates rapid transfers to the airport should they be required. Life at Port St. Charles is all about total convenience and the optimum comfort of the residents. With this ethos strongly in mind, starting with a VIP ‘Meet & Greet’ service at the airport,

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the staff strive to do all they possibly can to allow their guests to completely relax whenever they are on the property. Port St. Charles has consistently displayed all the hallmarks of a highly successful venture and offered all the prerequisites of a good investment opportunity. Conceived and developed by a mature local investor group with a well-established, long-term commitment to Barbados, strict quality controls have always been in place to ensure that owners gain both good value for money and immense satisfaction with their home. There are a number of attractive re-sale opportunities currently available at Port St. Charles, ranging from luxurious 1bedroom homes overlooking the lagoon to spectacular 3bedroom homes that are located on their own private peninsula and enjoy the dual advantage of both a marina and a beachfront aspect. Since homeowners are invited to include their property in the optional Port St. Charles rental / management service, with potential for financial return on their capital investment, there is a range of accommodation available for short or long stay visitors. Port St. Charles has proven to be popular for long-term rentals amongst residents of Barbados, especially expatriates working in the international business sector, who can also rent office space on-site. Apart from giving a more stable source of income, these long-term residents also provide the community with a ‘village’ type atmosphere of security and homeliness. Prospective purchasers are more than welcome to spend some vacation time at Port St. Charles as a way to get a firsthand appreciation of just how pleasant and enjoyable life can be in this wonderful environment.

Property Apes Hill Club There are a few, very special locations dotted around the world that naturally emanate a positive energy and deliver an instant ‘feel-good’ factor. Apes Hill Club is one of them. Comprising 470 acres of the most beautiful land in Barbados and ideally situated on an elevated ridge some 1000 feet above sea-level, Apes Hill Club is blessed with pleasantly cool temperatures and extraordinary views of both the west and east coasts. Once you have driven along the dramatic entrance road, flanked by lush foliage and rugged coral rock, and been warmly greeted at the Welcome Centre by amiable members of staff, it is immediately apparent that you have arrived somewhere very special. Apes Hill Club is a Wentworth Landmark Community: a joint venture between Sir Charles Williams, a highly successful Barbadian entrepreneur; Landmark Land of the USA, one of the world’s leading golf resort and residential developers; and Wentworth, the world renowned golf and country club. Given that this eminently qualified, high calibre team had the advantage of working with such an incredible natural environment, it is easy to understand why Apes Hill Club has been recognized as one of the leading sporting and residential communities in the entire Caribbean. The vibrant Apes Hill Club, a people-oriented community, is being fashioned around a spectacular, world-class 18-hole golf course, the magnificent Apes Hill Club Polo Centre, a central Club House, a luxurious spa, a tennis centre, fitness centre and gardens. Life at Apes Hill Club is all about enjoying a healthy outdoors lifestyle, with residents participating in activities such as golf tournaments, tennis matches, nature walks and yoga; or simply relaxing around the pool. During the last year, residents of Apes Hill Club were able to

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enjoy a diverse calendar of memorable events that ranged from golf with a group of Premier League Football Legends; to an evening under the stars with Blake, one of the most exciting pop-classical groups in the world; to a visit from HRH Prince Edward in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Upon completion, some 300 luxury residential homes will be discretely nestled throughout the community, with great emphasis placed on the ideal of living in green, open-space. To engender this sense of freedom and country living, only 35% of the 470 acres will be developed for real estate. Furthermore, Apes Hill Club is one of only 2% of golf courses in the world that qualify as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary". A significant number of homes have already been constructed, with some occupied and others available for purchase or short and long term rental. Rentals have been popular and this has added another lively dimension to the community. The majority of the original lots have been sold, though a few remain and there could be some re-sale opportunities. What may be of special interest to prospective purchasers are the half-acre lots of land at Holders Meadow and the very attractive and popular range of Garden Wall Villas, which may qualify for a Sale / Leaseback Incentive Programme. There is also a choice of special homes at Moonshine Ridge, ranging in size from 4,100 sq ft to 8,000 + sq ft. Apes Hill Club offers a Project Management Program, to provide a ‘one-stop’ solution for owners by guiding them through the process of designing, tendering, constructing and fitting-out their home. Property owners will automatically become members of the Country Club, which will allow them access to the tennis, fitness and spa facilities, with a further option to enhance their membership to include golf, polo and beach.

Property The Grove Residences The Grove Residences is the exciting residential aspect of the equally exciting and spectacular Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. When completed, The Grove will be made up of a combination of luxury apartments with penthouse suites and Hillside Villas. In all cases, the emphasis will be on spacious design concepts, contemporary styles and quality finishes. At the time of writing, the first eight Hillside Villas have been completed, are currently available for purchase and have been competitively priced for the Barbadian market. Inspired by the popular concept of urban loft living, each villa benefits from a generous 3,400 sq. ft. of open-design, living space distributed over three levels, with 12 ft. high ceilings throughout. Each villa has 3 bedrooms and its own private pool. Designed to maximize the pleasures of a tropical living environment, The Grove will feature lush gardens and communal park-like spaces, along with inspirational architecture.

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Thanks to its optimum location adjacent to the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre - complete with its unparalleled shopping experience, bars, restaurants, spa, art gallery, roof deck and regular special events - The Grove provides for an extraordinary lifestyle as well as for an excellent investment opportunity. The finest finishes and sublime setting of these bespoke residences will ensure that life at the Grove will appeal to those people who enjoy living well. Guests of The Grove Residences will ultimately benefit from a number of amenities at the completed Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, including planned conference facilities, meeting rooms with teleconferencing capabilities and other business services. For further information about The Grove, please visit the Altman Real Estate Sales Office at the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre on the Ground Floor in the Water Courtyard; or contact Altman Real Estate at (246) 432 0840; or e-mail:; or visit

Property Vuemont At a time when investors are looking more and more for financial security, it is encouraging to know that Vuemont is a Barbadian owned and managed, prime residential community; a product of two of Barbados’ premier developers, Rotherley Construction Inc. and C.O. Williams Construction Ltd. Located in the beautiful surroundings of the elevated Mount Brevitor ridge in St. Peter, with landscaping to further enhance this already attractive natural environment, Vuemont is offering a range of elegantly planned, well-appointed, two and threebedroom villas and two-bedroom apartments, which are all available freehold. The Vuemont apartments are spacious, 1,134 sq. ft., 2bedroom/2-bathroom units, providing ample living space for individuals or families. Dedicated parking spaces are provided for each apartment. The luxury villas at Vuemont provide an excellent opportunity to enjoy contemporary Barbadian living in either the 3-bed/2bath or 2-bed/2-bath styles, ranging in size from 1,218 to 1,560 sq. ft. Wooden decks and plunge pools are optional. All the units have spacious patios, are securely fitted with wooden shutters, finished with porcelain tiles and the Italian kitchens feature full appliance packages and granite or corian countertops. Attractive furniture packages are also available and all units are cable and Internet ready. In addition, optional airconditioning and ceiling fans are available for bedrooms. Residents at Vuemont can make full use of a wide range of lifestyle facilities, including two community swimming pools, tennis courts and a central clubhouse for the exclusive use of members, residents and their guests. Vuemont is open for viewing with only a few units remaining for sale. If you are interested in investing or have long dreamed of living in a beautiful home in Barbados, then please contact: Vuemont, Mount Brevitor, St. Peter Tel: (246) 422-6639 E-mail:

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South Coast News The South Coast has become the new hot spot on the island for just about everything: great beaches, the Boardwalk, live entertainment, restaurants, golf, superb sailing, exciting conditions for water-sports such as surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing and paddle boarding, horse racing, visitor attractions, shopping, movies, gyms and fitness centres, spas and so much more. The South Coast can now offer a happy blend of island magic coupled with first world conveniences. Accommodation on the South Coast used to be limited to hotels and guesthouses but that has now all changed with the advent of a number of high-end, luxury residential properties that can provide West Coast standard comforts at more affordable prices. As a result of this growth, there are currently some very good property investment opportunities available on the South Coast. The Condominiums at Palm Beach, located on approximately 4.5 acres of prime beachfront property in Hastings, has a number of residences available for purchase in two and three-bedroom designs. Palm Beach offers on-site amenities such as a swimming pool, fitness centre, shops, restaurant, conference room, storage units, and an on-site Property Management facility. Prospective purchasers may be particularly interested in the Ocean Two Residences and Sapphire Beach, both of which are located in the ever-popular St. Lawrence Gap. These two high quality residential developments are featured in the following pages. For further information about them, please contact the relevant sales office or the real estate company that is identified as the sales agent for the property.

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South East Coast News The Crane Resort is one of the biggest, most dramatic, most prestigious and most successful developments in Barbados. Overlooking the magnificent Crane Beach, the Crane Hotel has been transformed into a world class, private residence resort, offering superb one, two and three-bedroom apartments, all of which are generously sized and have been stylishly appointed. The Crane residences can be purchased outright and participate in a rental pool programme or they can also be purchased for just the amount of time that they will actually be required each year by the owner. The Crane is also home to a Barbadian retail village that acts as the heart of the resort. The Village has some 3,000 sq. ft of duty-free shopping space, as well as the Town Hall for meetings, receptions and private functions. Crane Resorts has recently launched the new Beach Houses at Culpepper, which will feature 52 “Beach Houses” and a small boutique hotel situated on 50 acres overlooking Skeete’s Bay and Culpepper Island in St.Philip. The resort will include 3 restaurants and a bar, a stunning spa located in a 5-acre ocean front nature preserve, and a modern fitness centre – all featuring spectacular ocean views. For further information please call (246) 423 6220 or e-mail: or visit:

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Property Ocean Two Residences Ocean Living continues to raise the ‘bar’ in beachfront living in Barbados. The breathtaking view from the rooftop patio, plunge pool and bar at Ocean Two highlights just how spectacular this new condominium-hotel is for potential investors! The unique structure of Ocean Two allows owners to own beachfront property in Barbados without the logistical hurdles and hassles of overseas ownership by having an experienced team dedicated to the rental of their units through traditional real estate channels as well as international tour operators and online travel agents and booking engines. Ocean Two is a 4-star property located in Dover, Christ Church. The property boasts a wide range of amenities and facilities including a meeting and conference room, concierge lounge, fitness room, spa services, pool, private cabanas on the pool deck, swim-up pool bar, bar lounge, restaurant and a magnificent rooftop patio and plunge pool. It is the ideal location for weddings, events - corporate and personal or just a getaway! All residences at Ocean Two will afford the owner panoramic views of the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea. The stunning, natural setting of Ocean Two is encompassed in the captivating architecture and interior design of the development which comprises of 70 residences – 50 one bedroom units and 20 two bedroom units. Contact Details: Ocean Two Showroom Tel: (246) 428-9441 E-mail:

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Property Sapphire Beach Sapphire Beach has rapidly earned itself a very positive reputation as a solid investment opportunity on the south coast of Barbados, especially for those people who are looking to purchase a home that will give them both a healthy financial return and a happy lifestyle. With an enviable beachfront location right in the heart of Dover and close to the south coast action spots, Sapphire Beach offers residents the best of both worlds – the ability to relax peacefully in a beautiful home in a secure environment, while still having the vibrant St. Lawrence Gap community right on the doorstep. Anybody familiar with Barbados would immediately get a clear vision of the high quality and exceptional value that Sapphire Beach has to offer as soon as they hear that this relatively new condominium development is a classic example of ‘West Coast style at South Coast prices’. For those less familiar with Barbados, this essentially translates to the fact that Sapphire Beach has been carefully conceptualized, beautifully designed, diligently constructed and elegantly appointed to the same exacting luxury standards that are traditionally applied on the higher profile western coast of the island. Indeed the awardwinning Architects Morrison Associates and JADA Builders have produced some of the finest developments ever built in Barbados. To complement the outstanding interior quality of the residences, the gardens at Sapphire Beach have been beautifully landscaped and designed to wrap around the

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elegant swimming pools that border the beach. Other amenities include a security gate, private car park spaces, elevator access to the apartments, a private gym and an onsite management office. Every one of the 54 residences benefits from spectacular ocean front views and there is a choice of 2 or 3-bedrooms. The carefully designed floor plan has resulted in spacious openplan rooms that flow seamlessly together, creating a general feeling of very comfortable living. Yet, at the same time, it is possible to close off and isolate one or more of the bedrooms for separate use. This means, for example, that owners of a 3-bedroom unit have the choice to retain the use of the 2-bedroom apartment while allocating the third bedroom as a hotel room for rental. This flexibility allows owners the potential to gain a quicker return on their investment. To date, the apartment rentals have been very solid and a number of the current owners have been so happy with the excellent results they have achieved that they have opted to purchase another unit. What makes Sapphire Beach so extra appealing is that these very desirable residences have been competitively priced, resulting in an overall package that represents excellent value for money. Given the high quality and attractive pricing, the good potential for rental income and the early appreciation of the property, it is not surprising that these residences have sold very well, even during the global economic recession. At the time of writing, only 18 of the original 54 units remain available. Any potential investor should undoubtedly give due consideration to Sapphire Beach.


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There is no restriction on the purchase of property by persons who are not citizens or permanent residents, but non-residents must ensure that all funds for the purchase of real estate are available from external sources. These funds must be registered with the Central Bank of Barbados and the permission of the Exchange Control Authority must be obtained for the sale or purchase of property by a non-resident, whether such nonresident is a Barbadian citizen or not. Property must pass conveyance of title, evidenced by the recording of the deeds and certified survey plans at the registry of title. A purchaser will require a registered Barbadian attorney to search the register and establish title to the property prior to the completion of sale. The parties sign a binding contract and the vendor’s attorney holds the deposit until completion, at which time the balance of the price is paid. Once an agreement has been made and a 10% deposit of the agreed price has been paid, then the deal must proceed or the deposit is forfeited. The title may be taken in a person’s name or through a corporate vehicle set up to own the property. It is possible for non-residents to purchase property through a company, that may be incorporated outside Barbados but which must be registered in Barbados. The sale of property by all persons, including citizens or permanent residents, is subject to property transfer tax of 2.5%,

plus approximately 1% stamp duty. However, the first $125,000 of the sale proceeds is exempt from property transfer tax provided that there is a building on the property. Attorney’s fees for both the seller and the purchaser are approximately 1.5% to 2% of the sale price. The real estate agent’s commission fees are normally 5% of the sale. Both fees are subject to 17.50% VAT. Any owner of land in Barbados is required to pay an annual land tax at the following rates for residential properties: - First BDS$190,000 = 0% - Next BDS$310,000 = 0.10% - Next BDS$750,000 = 0.45% - Excess over BDS$1,250,000 = 0.75% On Vacant Land = 0.6% (regardless of if residential, commercial, industrial, etc.) On any other improved value other than residential = 0.50% There is a cap of BDS$60,000 on land tax rates, provided that the house is used exclusively as a residence by the person who owns the land upon which the house is erected. For up to date information and to learn about possible rebates and discounts for various situations, please refer to: All money brought into Barbados should be registered at the Central Bank, which facilitates repatriation if the property is sold. The importance of this procedure makes it essential to conduct transactions through a reputable real estate agent and a local attorney-at-law.

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Property Realtors Limited Holetown, St. James, Barbados BB24016 Tel: (246) 432-6930 Fax: (246) 432-6919 Email:

Palm Beach Condominiums – South Coast Beachfront • Beautiful beachfront condominiums on landscaped grounds • Two and Three bedroom with bathrooms en suite • Open plan living spaces and patio with stunning views • Use of large Communal Pool and Gym • Air-conditioned bedrooms • Close to all amenities From US$1,050,000

Battaleys Mews – Mullins, St. Peter • Three bedrooms with en suite bathroom • Within walking distance of the beautiful Mullins Beach • Spacious living over 2,600 square feet • Lovely tropical furnishings and room accents • Fitted Italian kitchen with European appliances • Colonial Style Townhouses in landscaped grounds From US$650,000

Adams Castle – Christ Church • Premier residential community over 37 acres • Infrastructure in place to develop a secure and gated community • Beautiful views over the South Coast • 103 unique lots available • Entire residential community is serviced by Light & Power, Natural Gas, Water and Telephone From US$85,000

Lagoon Development – Opposite Port St. Charles - St. Peter • 24 acres of prime location on West Coast of Barbados • Residences and Condominium built around a man-made lake • Elevated land offering outstanding views of the Caribbean Sea • Planning permission granted for 200 units • Walking distance from beautiful West Coast beaches • Close to amenities in Speightstown US$25,000,000


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Property Bajan Services Limited “Newton House”, Battaleys, St. Peter, Barbados Tel: (246) 422-2618 Fax: (246) 422-3506 Email: To view our complete listings, visit: Farr Out - Well-appointed In Prestigious Golfing Community • Main house: 2 bedrooms/3 ½ bathrooms (beds open to a shared balcony) • Cottage: 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms • Complemented by media room & study • Inviting swimming pool with spacious deck area • Nestled amidst lush tropical gardens (approx. 16,493 sq. ft.) • Access to resort amenities: golf, clubhouse, restaurant, bar, resort pool, spa, tennis & beach club US$2.9 Million – Furnished

Schooner Bay 301 - Within An Exclusive Beachfront Community • Elegantly furnished 2nd floor apartment (approx. 1,833 sq. ft.) • 2 bedrooms/2 ½ bathrooms • Open-plan kitchen & living room • Master bedroom & living room open to oceanfront balcony • Commands breathtaking views of the beach & tranquil sea • Access to gym, resort pool, Jacuzzis & poolside gazebo US$1.8 Million – Furnished

Churchfield - Elevated Oceanfront Location • Tri-level beachfront property on West Coast • 4 bedrooms/3 ½ bathrooms & study (or 5th bedroom) • Includes self-contained 1-bed/1-bath basement apartment • Offers breathtaking sea views • Floor area approximately 3,195 sq. ft. • Land area approximately 4,860 sq. ft. US$1.95 Million – Unfurnished

Mullins Bay - 4 Luxury Tri-level Townhouses • Located within the exclusive gated community of Mullins Bay • 3 beds/3 baths & 4 beds/4 baths available • Private tropical garden area – 3 with pools/2 have roof decks • All enjoy some views of the ocean • 24-hour security & access to resort pool • Adjacent to the spectacular Mullins Beach From US$1.2 Million – Furnished/Unfurnished

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Property Altman Real Estate “Rosebank”, Derricks, St. James, Barbados Tel: (246) 432-0840 email:

The Grove Residences, Holetown, St. James • Loft-inspired 3-bedroom townhouses within luxury lifestyle community • Spacious, open concept with 12ft-high ceilings • Private pool • World class shopping, art gallery and cinemas among other amenities • Living Area: 3,440 sq. ft. • Price: US$850,000 – US$1.2 million

Westland Heights #7, St. James • Exquisite 5-bedroom residence commanding exceptional sea views • Luxurious, finely crafted marble and coral stone finishes • Within minutes of world class golf, polo and tennis facilities • Management team and full villa rental service • Land Area: 42,930 sq. ft. • Price US$4 million – unfurnished

Mantaray Bay #3, Derricks, St. James • 4-bedroom apartment within stunning, multi-level oceanfront property • Breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea • Sun terrace, plunge pool and communal pool • Living Area: 6,615 sq. ft. • Price US$4.5 million - furnished

Moon Dance, Sandy Lane Estate, St. James • Distinctive 7-bedroom property within exclusive community • Includes self-contained one-bedroom apartment and twobedroom cottage • Beautiful Japanese mosaic pool and Jacuzzi • Land Area: 2 acres • Price: US$5.75 million – furnished


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Property Island Villas Limited P.O. Box 3129, Trents Building, Holetown, St. James, Barbados Toll Free: UK (0) 80 0097 0886 / US (866) 978-8499 Tel: (246) 422-3333 Fax: (246) 432-4628 Email: Alang Alang, The Garden, St. James • 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom Asian-inspired Villa • Beachfront on Barbados’ Platinum Coast • Open living spaces luxuriously and uniquely furnished • Large patio with infinity pool, dining gazebo • Direct beach access • Price: USD $28 million

Royal Westmoreland Properties, St. James • Over 20 properties currently listed including newly built condominiums, executive residences and traditional club villas • RWM properties achieve strong holiday rental incomes • Long-term rental option • Price: Villas starting at USD $795,000

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Battaleys Mews, Mullins, St. Peter • 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom townhouses • Spacious living areas, modern kitchen, private spa pool • Community features include Clubhouse, pool, bar, tennis court • Walking distance to popular Mullins Beach • Short and long-term rental option • Price: USD $575,000 (Limited time reduced sale price)

Ocean Reef, Worthing, Christ Church • 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom condominiums • Oceanfront with views of St. Lawrence Bay • Select units include private plunge pool • Modern finishes and furniture • Long-term rental option • Price: Starting at USD $810,000

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Business After settlement in 1627, Bridgetown evolved into the capital city of Barbados mainly as a result of its natural harbour and the shipping advantages of Carlisle Bay. By the end of the 17th century, thanks to the boom of the Sugar Revolution, Barbados was acclaimed as the 'richest spote of ground in the worlde’. Thus, as Barbados became a key hub in the rich colonial world of trans-Atlantic trade between England and the Americas, then Bridgetown became the maritime-mercantile engine room of the country’s export-oriented economy. This burgeoning business growth fuelled a rapid increase in demand for merchants, lawyers and bureaucrats; thus establishing Bridgetown’s future as the commercial centre of Barbados. Keith Miller Photo: Beckwith Place, Bridgetown, with the Montefiore Fountain in its original location before it was moved to its current site in Whitepark; and the landmark Barbados Mutual Life Assurance Society Building. Henry Walter Parkinson. Reproduced with the kind permission of the Parkinson family.


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ince the stark reality check of the recent and catastrophic financial collapse, the old adage that ‘life is to be enjoyed’ has assumed a very contemporary significance. The traditional bastions of the global business mechanism, the Londons, New Yorks, Torontos et al, no longer retain the same irresistible magnetism of yesteryear. Many of today’s affluent corporate leaders, financial gurus, prosperous entrepreneurs and savvy professionals are shedding their suits and ties and quitting the big cities in favour of warmer, healthier climes offering more relaxed lifestyles and greater longevity. It is against this backdrop of a gradual drift away from the centralised corporate locations towards an ICT-driven capacity for people to live and work wherever they choose, that Barbados now stands poised to attract a new wave of investors. By virtue of its commendable endeavours over the course of four centuries since settlement by the English in 1627, and particularly those advances achieved immediately prior to and since Independence in 1966, Barbados has long enjoyed a solid reputation amongst ‘bona fide’ international investors for its many advantages and value-propositions. This long list includes international business pre-requisites such as: safe and secure environment, investor friendly, favourable tax regime, enhanced business facilitation, efficient international transport, excellent

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ICT capacity, solid education system, rich human resource base, first class professional services, strong legal and regulatory framework, stable banking sector, good healthcare, sophisticated residential and commercial property, superb leisure facilities, a rich cultural heritage and the added bonus of an enjoyable, relaxed, health-conscious lifestyle. Yet, while it is encouraging that Barbados is already renowned in international circles as a quality jurisdiction with more than 4,000 trans-national companies already operating in a diverse range of sectors, it is in fact the enormous potential for our future development that really demands most attention. At a time when the global economic playing field has been radically altered and the emerging cadre of re-aligned investors are looking for something new, Barbados has chosen to react proactively by working to innovate our attitudes, our policies, our systems, our products and our services, specifically to satisfy these dynamic market demands. While this remains a daunting task that may well require some temporary ‘pain and suffering’ along the way, it is also an incredibly exciting opportunity for Barbados to excel on the global stage – and indeed an equally exciting opportunity for those astute investors who choose to join us for the ride. For many positive reasons, now is a good time to invest in Barbados. Barbados can be the smart choice for today’s investors because we can provide the right values, the right business environment, the right people, the right services, the right attitudes and the right results. And yes, Barbados can definitely be the right place to enjoy your life.

Nightlife The strategic importance of Barbados was well recognized by the mid-1600s, leading to the establishment of naval infrastructure on the island to support English ships of war. Barbados’ importance came to the fore during the Seven Years War (1756 – 1763) as the British and French fought for control of the valuable sugar islands to help pay for their world war. While the naval infrastructure was largely in place by 1775 it was the American War of Independence that was the genesis for the construction of the Garrison overlooking Carlisle Bay. Troops were originally billeted at Kings House (now Queen’s Park). The engineer’s pier close to the Hilton, Queen’s Park and the Garrison Complex, now part of our World Heritage site, are lasting reminders of the military importance of Barbados during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The defensive fortifications of the island were paid for by the local government. While most of these no longer exist the Needham’s point battery at the Hilton has been restored and is a good example of the defences erected around Carlisle Bay. Geoffrey Ward Photo: The Aquatic Club, formerly The Engineers Pier. Courtesy The Barbados National Trust from their Edward Stoute Collection.


Courtesy Café Sol Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar

“The Gap” pulsates to the various sounds of live, late night entertainment!

arbados 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 partying on this little island of ours. The island is widely known for its outstanding restaurants and superb cuisine so it’s not surprising that most evenings usually start with a nice meal and some fine wine. Should you wish to continue your night out, we have attempted to highlight some other options to help you in your quest.

The Gap Situated on the south coast, in the Worthing area, St. Lawrence Gap, or ‘The Gap’ as it has come to be known in recent years, is a brick-paved street about a mile or so long, illuminated by antique street lamps and lined with bars, lounges, pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels. Ever since the early fifties St. Lawrence Gap has been renowned for its nightlife. Today the island beat still permeates and everyone dances to it: locals and visitors, the young and the old and everyone in between! It pulsates to the various sounds of live, late night entertainment – from the mundane to the insane!

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Dinner Shows Children and adults alike will love the Harbour Lights Beach Extravaganza lively dinner show on the beach, complete with roasted marshmallows and amazing performances by 15-ft. tall acrobatic stilt men, limbo and fire eating, the break-dancing green monkey and a loose limbed shaggy bear!! The Bajan Roots & Rhythms Dinner Show at the Plantation Garden Theatre is a spectacular show of song and dance, with dazzling costumes that will delight all ages.

Friday Night Fish Frys On Friday and Saturday nights hundreds of Bajans and visitors flock to various venues around the island for the famous fish frys. These open-air events are centred around the fishing communities and provide a first class opportunity to soak up some real Bajan atmosphere, enjoy the local music and sample all types of fresh fish, deliciously seasoned the Bajan way, and eaten hot off the grill. These fish frys are held in just about every island parish on weekends, but the Oistins Fish Fry is perhaps the most renowned and has gained much recognition as a truly cultural event. There are numerous bars and food stalls offering all manner of rum based drinks and fresh-from-the-sea fish which can be eaten grilled or fried and accompanied by a variety of local sides like macaroni pie, sweet potato, breadfruit and salad.

Nightlife Cinema al fresco Drive-ins provide a romantic and nostalgic alternative under the stars so why not take in a movie at the Globe Drive-In. Somewhat an institution in Barbados, the Drive-In has entertained countless courting couples, teenagers and families over the years. Hot food (fries, burgers, hotdogs, chicken etc.) and munchies are available from the snackette. Featured movies change every week and usually they run double features (two movies for the price of one), so check the local press for movie listings and times.

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Located in Holetown on the west coast, First and Second Streets are a horseshoe shaped configuration of streets lined with a wonderful mix of bars and restaurants. Particularly lively on Fridays and Saturdays when some of the establishments like Lexy Piano Bar and The Mews Restaurant feature live entertainment. Several west coast restaurants now have trendy lounges and bars where you’ll find a nice mix of locals and visitors. Night owls can mingle and enjoy a wide selection of signature cocktails and a light bite at Cin Cin and Scarlet, and at The Cliff, there is usually live “loungey” music on weekends to accompany their designer cocktails.

Take in a movie at the island’s only drive-in – The Globe – movie listings and times can be found in the daily newspapers

Courtesy The Cliff Restaurant & Lounge

The magical ambiance of The Cliff Restaurant & Lounge provides perfect conditions to relax over cocktails – before or after dinner

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Nightlife Harbour Lights Harbour Lights offers some of Barbados’ best nightlife – as a matter of fact, they were recently voted #1...“Most Popular” nightclub in the Zagat Survey “Best of Barbados” nightlife. This world famous nightclub has a distinct Caribbean difference with a superb open-air beachfront location, making it the perfect spot for dancing on the beach and under the stars! From the entrance it may look like a typical Barbadian beach house, but as you walk through the doors it opens out onto a beach boardwalk lit by flaming torches and full of life, laughter and fun! The entire club is on the beach – open-air to keep you cool whether dancing or relaxing to local and international music. Beyond the large ‘wrap-around’ main bar and elevated dance floor, lies the late night BBQ Grill on the beach, serving up a range of meals for you to enjoy, along with one of three large, well-stocked bars, where their team of ‘on-the-ball’ bartenders serves the legions of locals and tourists that fill the place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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So whether you want to shake a leg to some of the best club music around, or just ‘lime’ by the bar on their ‘all you can drink’ nights – you are guaranteed a great time at Harbour Lights!

Nightlife Recommended Nights at Harbour Lights Beach Extravaganza Dinner Show on Mondays & Wednesdays - A truly tropical evening with free flowing exotic drinks, a sumptuous Bar-B-Que dinner and fish fry, complete with roasted marshmallows and a lively local entertainment package. Be blown away by the amazing performances of the 15-ft. tall acrobatic stilt men, the limbo dancer, the flaming fire eater and the tantalizing caribbean dancer. Join us on the journey back in time with the traditional tuk band which keeps you moving with its infectious rhythms, while the break-dancing green monkey and a loose limbed shaggy bear keep the party jumping. Enjoy the sounds of a live local band and dance barefoot in the sand. Go in your shorts and sandals and be prepared for a night to remember. Transfers are included to and from your hotel. All ages welcome between 7pm and 10:30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays only. Age limit enforced after 10:30pm. The party continues until 2am with DJ music and free drinks; dinner show guests are welcome to stay on at no extra cost.

Club Nights Wednesdays - Best Wednesday Night ALWAYS - Popular with Bajans and visitors alike the entrance fee gets you into the club and all you can drink is FREE from 9:30 – 2:00am. Guaranteed Great time! The weekend starts on Wednesdays at Harbour Lights! Fridays Oh! What A Friday - Experience the best party on the island! Your rum, gin, vodka, beer, rum punch, soft drinks and juices are all included with your admission fee.

The partying starts at 9:30pm and drinks are free until 3am. Harbour Lights has a dedicated team of taxi drivers available for transportation to your hotel, at reasonable rates. Enjoy the non-stop action at the hottest nightspot in town it’s all happening at Harbour Lights! Dress code: Guys, no sleeveless shirts or hats. Call 436-7225 for updates on weekly happenings e-mail:

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Nightlife The Cliff Lounge Bar Derricks, St. James Tel: (246) 432 1922 e-mail: Famed as one of the top restaurants in Barbados, The Cliff also ranks as one of the finest locations for enjoying cocktails or a glass of wine. The elegant indoor-outdoor Lounge Bar is situated on the upper terrace and has a stunning view across the restaurant and the sea. The Bar opens at 5:30 pm, making this is a perfect spot for watching the sun go down. The magical ambiance of The Cliff provides perfect conditions to relax any time before or after dinner. This is a great way to enjoy the Cliff experience, especially when the charismatic Lounge Manager, Papa Jules, is serving his latest, specially created, designercocktails. Guests can enjoy easy-listening live music from 9:30 pm on weekends. Small groups can reserve an area at the end of the terrace for private functions. There is a valet parking service available if required.

The Mews Second Street, Holetown, St. James Tel: (246) 432-1122 e-mail: Definitely a favourite with the west coast crowd and many south coasters as well. The Mews, although primarily known for their food, has rapidly developed into one of the more popular bars on the west coast. After hours it becomes a bustling after dinner rendezvous and drinking spot. Proprietor, Chris Hoad is a good humored character who manages to keep patrons entertained into the wee hours! Enjoy the friendly atmosphere in this charming, and sometimes surprising, little place! Suitably lively on Fridays and Saturdays with live entertainment on Fridays. Dinner served Monday to Saturday from 6:30pm. Complimentary parking.

Cin Cin by the Sea Prospect, St. James Tel: (246) 424 4557 e-mail: Cin Cin, the west coast’s latest hot restaurant, is also really cool - in more ways than one. Not only have Larry Rogers and his wife Michelle launched a trendy restaurant with great food, they have also incorporated a very chic, air-conditioned Lounge & Bar, complete with a stunning plate glass window that stretches right across the room and overlooks the sea. From the day it opened its doors, Cin Cin has proven to be popular with a really nice crowd of people, an eclectic mix of locals and visitors. It’s one of those places where you meet people you know or people you’d like to know. The atmosphere is great, the cocktail and wine lists will tantalize your taste buds and if you are peckish there is a very tempting Tapas and ‘light bites’ menu served right there in the lounge. Valet parking available. Opening Hours: Lunch - Mon-Fri 11:30am - 3pm Dinner - Mon-Sun 6pm - 11pm

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Nightlife Café Sol Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church Tel: (246) 420 7655 e-mail: This vibrant Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar, located at the entrance to St. Lawrence Gap, is a favourite spot for locals and visitors alike. Open seven days a week, Café Sol is renowned for their famous 'Tex-Mex' dishes, massive margarita list, and the fun, cozy atmosphere. Café Sol was rated in the top 5 for "BEST NIGHTLIFE" and top 20 "MOST POPULAR" in Barbados in the most recent Zagat Survey. Daily Happy Hours from 5-7pm and 10-12pm, and 2 for 1 drinks specials every night from 6 pm until close! On the last Friday of every month, Café Sol throws their wild "Fiesta Friday" party from 5 pm. induldge in... 2 for 1 specials PLUS, their super-stuffed piñata packed with vouchers for FREE STUFF!!!

Bert’s Rockley, Christ Church Tel: (246) 435-7924 Pizza Takeout Hotline: (246) 431-1111 Open from 11:00am. Happy Hour-and-a-Half Daily 4:30–6pm. Major credit cards accepted. Eat, Drink & Chill at Bert’s - the House of the Daiquiri since 1976. At Bert’s, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy a great meal in the dining room, pull up a stool at the island bar to catch the game or chill poolside with a daiquiri. Dig into a Bert’s authentic stone- fired pizza, experience traditional Bajan fare or enjoy one of Bert’s original favourites. With state-of-the-art international sports coverage and more than 24 flat screens inside & poolside, sports fans won’t miss any of the action! Come early to catch the pre-game excitement!

McBride’s Pub & Cookhouse St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church Tel: (246) 435-6352 e-mail: The one and only authentic Irish Pub in Barbados located in the heart of St. Lawrence Gap. McBride’s offers casual dining in a fun, friendly atmosphere on their torch-lit deck, or in the air-conditioned comfort of the dining room. After dinner the place transforms from a laid-back pub with great grub into a late night hot spot with live, rocking entertainment! Widely known for their broad variety of nightly themed entertainment, McBride’s recently rated number 3 for “best nightlife in Barbados" by Zagat’s Best of Barbados survey. Current line-up: Happy Mondays – DJ party all night, 2 for 1 drinks 9pm-close; Masquerade Carnival Tuesdays – playing the hottest Soca all night; Wednesdays – Live Reggae featuring Buggie & the Fully Loaded Band; Thursdays – Live Caribbean Pop with Nexcyx; Fridays – Ladies Night with live Hip Hop, R&B, Rock, Soca & Calypso by Masala; Saturdays – 70's & 80's Dance Party; Sundays – Hip Hop, R&B, House & Techno Dance Party. At McBride's every night is a party!!

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Restaurants Bridgetown has always welcomed travellers and has played an important role in international tourism. As a major hub and transfer point for visitors or military personnel making the transatlantic voyage, numerous taverns and hotels, some ‘notorious’, sprang up around port spaces to support the maritime economy. In the 18th century, many proprietresses were free coloured or black women who had accumulated significant land and monetary resources. Women like Rachel Pringle and Betsey Austin were known as shrewd businesswomen who leveraged their social contacts to become property owners and important players on the Bridgetown social scene. Taverns and hotels were the sites of raucous dinners and balls bringing merriment to the town, and providing memorable experiences for their guests Prince William Henry who later became William IV of England stayed at Rachel Pringle’s Royal Navy Hotel in 1786 and 1789 and his entourage’s revelry did so much damage, which he paid for generously, that Rachel renamed her establishment the Royal Naval Hotel and was immortalized in a famous cartoon by Thomas Rowlandson.

Dr. Tara Inniss Photo: The dining room at the Marine Hotel Henry Walter Parkinson. Reproduced with the kind permission of the Parkinson family.


Courtesy Lone Star Restaurant

ne of the greatest attractions of Barbados is that this island has so much wonderful variety to offer, all neatly packaged into a very compact and easily accessible space. This is perhaps never more evident than when considering the incredible range and diversity of restaurants and dining options currently available in Barbados. Anybody who appreciates good food will relish the dining experience in Barbados, a country that is widely acclaimed as the unofficial ‘Restaurant Capital of the Caribbean’. Barbados has been blessed with a rich culinary heritage that has been fashioned over the centuries by the different styles and influences of Amerindians, Africans, Europeans and Asians. This wonderfully diverse mix of multi-cultural cuisines has been further enhanced by the handing down of knowledge from generations of cooks, including the well-practiced and skilful use of a profusion of Caribbean herbs and spices. Bajans from all walks of life have always loved preparing and eating good food. In recent times, with the continued growth of tourism and international business as increasingly important pillars of the island’s economy, Barbadian chefs and restaurateurs, ably supported by the input of some excellent international chefs and advanced training overseas, have successfully raised the standards of our fine dining establishments to truly world-class levels. It is a huge endorsement of the high calibre of the top restaurants in Barbados that they have been able to satisfy the

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demanding dining requirements of a new wave of more sophisticated and discerning clients who are accustomed to eating in the top establishments in the major cities around the globe. Just as the skills and creativity of our chefs have improved then so too has the quality of the ingredients at their disposal. Barbadian farmers today grow a more diverse range and better standard of salad products and vegetables; and there is also a better supply of high quality local meat and poultry. Wherever the fresh produce and meats cannot be supplied locally, the top restaurants ship in the very finest quality products available from the top suppliers around the world. One aspect of local foodstuffs in which Barbados really does excel is fresh fish. The ocean around Barbados is free of pollution and the natural sea conditions are very conducive for the presence of a wide variety of fish, including bigger ocean going species and smaller reef fish. Barbadian fishermen are efficient at catching the fish and adept at treating their catch properly so that it reaches land in top condition; the fisherfolk at our fish markets are very skilled at deboning and filleting the fish; and Bajans have become experts at preparing and cooking fish. Wherever you go to eat in Barbados, from rum shop to gourmet establishment, you will always find delicious fish dishes on the menu. From al fresco terraces to air-conditioned rooms, from modest cafés to spectacular locations, from seaside to countryside, from casual to elegant, from quiet romance to lively entertainment, from quick snack to lavish buffet, from Bajan to Japanese, Barbados offers one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan dining experiences in the world. In order to help you enjoy the Barbados dining experience, the following Restaurant Guide has been designed to help you find the restaurants that might most appeal to you.

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Boning flying fish in Oistins Fish Market on the south coast

Flying Fish By Sarah Venable We love flying fish. Found in restaurants and supermarkets, the Barbados Tourism Authority’s logo, and even on our one dollar coin, these talented little cuties are all over Barbados. Twelve of their 64 species flitter through the eastern Caribbean’s waters. They account for almost two-thirds of Barbados fisheries’ total catch, with an estimated amount of 1500 to 2600 tonnes landed each year. Amazingly, up until the first half of the 20th century, they were caught on hooked lines, a laborious and inefficient method. That changed to gillnets, which at first were knitted by fishers and are now commercially produced. Another change came in 1955 with Hurricane Janet, which felled enough mahogany trees to build bigger boats; these could carry an engine, rather than having to sail. Then came onboard ice-holds, which enabled fishers to stay at sea and venture to more fertile grounds.

At sea, they search for flotsam, where the fish gather. If none appear, the fisher feeds out chum or deploys “screelers”— bundles of sugar cane or coconut fronds on ropes—to attract them. Then he lets out his net. This may take place as far as 190 miles from shore. It is the four-winged Hirundicthys affinis that our fishers most commonly catch. It is about seven inches in overall length, with pectoral fins nearly as long as their bodies. After fluttering its tail up to 70 times per second to launch itself out of the water, the flying fish then spreads its long fins to glide. As far as we know, it doesn’t do this for the airborne thrill but to escape predators. Flights carry them a few feet above the surface for a distance of around 50 metres, and can last up to 45 seconds. Flying fish are found in all the oceans, particularly in warm waters, but in few places are they as revered as here. And it’s delicious. Paired with cou-cou (cornmeal mush), flying fish is listed among the ten great national dishes in National Geographic’s book, Food Journeys of a Lifetime. Perhaps its limited consumption elsewhere is due to the complications of cleaning it. Not only is there the usual rigamarole of scaling, gutting and removing gills and three sets of fins, but there also is the matter of the bones. In a fish this small the bones are tiny. They are also numerous. We counted 60 in the sides, plus those of the skull, jaws and vertebrae. This process entails angling the knife down two rows of fine bones and removing them in strips. Too shallow a cut and you’ll miss them. Too deep and the fish falls apart. It’s a skill that gets passed down primarily from mother to daughter and which is celebrated in the annual boning contest at the Oistins Fish Festival. One winner was clocked doing ten fish in fifteen minutes, from whole with scales to clean filet. Fish market cleaners generally handle 200 a day in season, which is November to June. In Barbados, flying fish are usually steamed in a creole sauce or laced with Bajan seasoning, then breaded and fried. Sometimes on a beach you will see a group of fellows cooking whole fish in a pot to share amongst themselves. It’s also the melts, or sperm cases, that make our mouths water. These tender, tasty white strips are lightly breaded, then sauteed. In Japan, the orange roe (eggs) are considered a delicacy. Here they may show up in sushi, but not often enough. If you want the roe, head to the fish market, where they are usually rejected. Any way you slice it, people love Barbados flying fish, so much so that many people take them overseas with them in frozen packages. This way they can make their final flight abroad with us or home with you.

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Eclectic Azul Bajan Blue (Sandy Lane Hotel) Café Luna Champers Cin Cin Coral Reef Club Daphne’s Fish Pot Fusion L’Acajou (Sandy Lane Hotel) L'Azure (The Crane) Lone Star Mullins Beach Nishi Pisces Sandy Lane Hotel Tapas The Cliff The Grille (Hilton Barbados) The Mews The Sandpiper The Tides Waterside

327 306 330 301, 319 316 308, 309 304, 305 312 322, 323 306 333 313 312 311 317 306, 307 318 303, 304 326 314 308, 309 310 324, 325

Special Sunday Lunch West Coast Bajan Blue (Sandy Lane Hotel) 206 Cin Cin 316 Coral Reef Club 308, 309 Fish Pot 312 Lone Star 313 Sandy Lane Hotel 306, 307 East Coast L'Azure (The Crane) 333 The Atlantis 331 Countryside Fisherpond Great House 315 Sunbury House 331 South Coast Brown Sugar 320, 321 Lobster Alive (Live Jazz) 320 The Garden Terrace (Southern Palms) 324

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Open for Lunch

Angry Annies 314 Azul 327 Bert’s 300, 327 Brown Sugar 320, 321 Café Luna 330 Café Sol 330 Champers 301, 319 D’Onofrio’s (The Crane) 332 Fish Pot 312 Groots 313 Lighthouse Terrace (Hilton Barbados) 326 Lobster Alive 320 Lucky Horseshoe 328, 329 Mullins Beach 312 Nishi 311 Paulo’s Churrasco do Brazil 328, 329 Pisces 317 Relish Epicurea 315 Tapas 318 Thirty Nine Steps 318 Waterfront Café 322, 323

Azul 327 Bajan Blue (Sandy Lane Hotel) 306 Bert’s 300, 327 Brown Sugar 320, 321 Café Luna 330 Cin Cin 316 Champers 301, 319 Coral Reef Club 308, 309 Daphne’s 304, 305 Fish Pot 312 Fisherpond Great House 315 (Thursdays in season only & every Sunday) Fusion 322, 323 L'Azure (The Crane) 333 Lighthouse Terrace (Hilton Barbados) 326 Lobster Alive 320 Lone Star 313 Mullins Beach 312 Nishi 311 Relish Epicurea 315 Sandy Lane Country Club 307 Sandy Lane Spa Café 307 Sunbury House 331 Tapas 318 The Atlantis 331 The Carriage House (The Crane) 332 The Garden Terrace (Southern Palms) 324 The Sandpiper 308, 309 The Tides 310 Thirty Nine Steps 318 Waterfront Café 322, 323

Breakfast Bajan Blue (Sandy Lane Hotel) 306 Café Luna 330 Coral Reef Club 308, 309 Fish Pot 312 L'Azure (The Crane) 333 Lighthouse Terrace (Hilton Barbados) 326 Lone Star (Winter months only) 313 Relish Epicurea 315 Sandy Lane Hotel 306, 307 Sunbury House 331 The Atlantis 331 The Garden Terrace (Southern Palms) 324 The Sandpiper 308, 309

Afternoon Tea Bajan Blue (Sandy Lane Hotel) Coral Reef Club L'Azure (The Crane) Sunbury House The Atlantis The Sandpiper

306 308, 309 333 324 331 308, 309

Lounge/Bar Azul Cin Cin Fusion Tapas The Cliff The Mews The Tides Waterside

327 316 322, 323 318 303, 304 314 310 324, 325


Bajan Bert’s Brown Sugar (Daily Buffet) Coral Reef Club (Weekly Buffet) Fisherpond Great House Sunbury House The Atlantis The Sandpiper Waterfront Café

Japanese 300, 327 320, 321 308, 309 315 331 331 308, 309 322, 323

Caribbean Azul 327 Bajan Blue (Sandy Lane Hotel) 306 Brown Sugar 320, 321 Champers 301, 319 Cin Cin 316 Coral Reef Club 308, 309 Fish Pot 312 L’Azure (The Crane) 333 Lobster Alive 320 Mullins Beach 312 Pisces 317 The Atlantis 331 The Garden Terrace (Southern Palms) 324 The Sandpiper 308, 309 Thirty Nine Steps 318 Waterfront Café 322, 323

Italian Daphne’s D’Onofrio’s (The Crane) Tapas

304, 305 332 318

Mediterranean Cin Cin Daphne’s D’Onofrio’s (The Crane) Relish Epicurea Tapas Thirty Nine Steps Waterfront Café

316 304, 305 332 315 318 318 322, 323

Indian Apsara by the sea


Bajan Blue (Sandy Lane Hotel) Café Luna (Thurs. & Fri.) Fusion Nishi Zen (The Crane)

Steak/Grill 306 330 322, 323 311 333

319 316 322, 323 313 311 315 333

French Coral Reef Club L’Acajou (Sandy Lane Hotel) Sandy Lane Hotel

308, 309 306 306, 307

Jazz Bar Lobster Alive 320 Waterfront Café (Thurs. nights only) 322, 323

Sports Bar Bert’s Lucky Horseshoe

300, 327 328, 329

Private Functions Brown Sugar Champers Cin Cin Fisherpond Great House Fusion Hilton Barbados Nishi Sandy Lane Hotel Sunbury House Tapas The Cliff Waterside Zen

320, 321 301, 319 316 315 322, 323 326 311 306, 307 331 318 303, 304 324, 325 333

306 326 328, 329

Brazilian Paulo’s Churrasco do Brazil

Asian Apsara by the sea (Classic Thai) Cin Cin Fusion Lone Star (Oriental Room) Nishi Relish Epicurea Zen (The Crane)

Bajan Blue (Sandy Lane Hotel) The Grille, Hilton Barbados Paulo’s Churrasco do Brazil

328, 329

Mexican Café Sol


English Groots


Seafood Azul Restaurant 327 Bajan Blue (Sandy Lane Hotel) 306 Café Luna (Fri. - Lobster night) 330 Champers 301, 319 Cin Cin 316 Coral Reef Club 308, 309 Daphne’s 304, 305 Fish Pot 312 Fusion 322, 323 L’Acajou (Sandy Lane Hotel) 306 L’Azure (The Crane) 333 Lighthouse Terrace (Hilton Barbados) 326 Lobster Alive 320 Lone Star 313 Mullins Beach 312 Nishi 311 Pisces 317 The Atlantis 331 The Cliff 303, 304 The Grille, Hilton Barbados 326 The Mews 314 The Tides 310 Thirty Nine Steps 318 Waterfront Café 322, 323 Waterside 324, 325 Zen (The Crane) 333

Picnics To Go Relish Epicurea Posh Nosh

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The Cliff

Paynes Bay, St. James

Derricks, St. James

Daphne’s, one of the top restaurants in Barbados, reflects the style and grace of its sister establishment, the famous Daphne’s of London. Manager Marco Pavone is an excellent host and he will welcome you to this elegant beachside restaurant, which offers ‘al fresco’ and covered dining in a friendly atmosphere. Though the menu is based on classic Italian cuisine, Chef Marco Festini Cromer adds his modern style to better suit contemporary tastes. The signature characteristics of Marco’s dishes are the freshness of his ingredients – seafood lovers can even choose from a display of fresh fish – his inspired flavours and his careful preparation. He creates simply delicious food. Extensive wine list Italian, New World and Classical French Wines. The Cocktail Bar at Daphne’s offers half-price Cocktail Hours from 5-7pm and bar snacks are also available. Open daily.

Long established as one of the very top restaurants in the Caribbean, The Cliff is the first choice of many people for any special celebration. The stunning, oceanfront, cliff top setting and ambience are truly magical but it is the food itself which makes The Cliff so special. While Chef Paul Owens consistently gains accolades from top food writers, praising his creative talents, he and his team of 12 chefs remain committed to improving upon their performance and to using only the finest fresh ingredients and producing consistency of quality. Affable waiters and knowledgeable wine stewards strive to provide service of the highest standard. The restaurant was recently renovated, bringing many stylish refinements to the overall dining experience. Available for private functions. Reservations are required.

Reservations: 432-2731

Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers: $38-$56

Pan Fried Fois Gras

On an apricot pain brioche with Vin Santo Sauce

Buffalo Mozzarella

With blush tomatoes and grilled eggplant.

Seared Tuna

With cucumber and sweet mustard dressing.

Mains: $54-$138

Spaghetti with Lobster

Reservations: 432-1922

Menu Sample Set price menu. Please call for current pricing. Appetisers:

Carpaccio of Beef Tenderloin (Raw) with Truffled Rocket Leaves Aged parmesan, capers & English mustard mayonnaise.

Potato Gnocchi & Penne Pasta

Flambé with brandy, finished with herbs and extra virgin olive oil.

with proscuitto ham, baby spinach & parmesan sauce.

Blackened Mahi Mahi


With peperonata and olive mash.

Lamb Cutlets

With lyonnaise potatoes and asparagus.

Roasted Pumpkin and Amaretti Ravioli With brown butter and sage.


Stuffed with smoked mozzarella and eggplant with semi dried tomato sauce.

Desserts: $28

14oz Veal Rib Chop with mustard & tarragon sauce, gratin potatoes & asparagus.

Chargrilled Barracuda On saffron mash with smoked haddock sauce, wilted greens and fresh garden peas.


Hot Chocolate Pudding

Pumpkin & Chocolate Tart

With Mount Gay rum sauce and vanilla ice-cream.

With vanilla ice-cream.

Warm Bread & Butter Pudding

please enquire about our special discount offers

With vanilla sauce.

Beachside • Classic Italian Cuisine • Cocktail Bar

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Dinner • Oceanfront • Clifftop Setting


Bajan Blue at Sandy Lane

L’Acajou at Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane Hotel, Sandy Lane, St. James

Sandy Lane Hotel, Sandy Lane, St. James

Located on the Lower Terrace, this informal restaurant offers all day dining and a mélange of European, Caribbean and Asian influenced cuisine. The elaborate Sunday Brunch is a must, as are the spectacular themed buffet evenings. Other features include the modern wine bar, sushi station and state-of-the-art grill. Enjoy all day dining in a stunning waterside setting.

Overlooking the sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea, L’Acajou is Sandy Lane’s signature restaurant. The stunning open-air beachfront setting of this chic fine dining restaurant is magical. The romantic L'Acajou specialises in light cuisine paired with an impressive range of Old and New World wines. Dining under a canopy of mahogany trees with the gentle sounds of the ocean is a very special experience.

Reservations: 444-2000

Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers: Bds$58-$85

Antipasti Table Selection of marinated vegetables, artichokes, mushrooms, peppers, aubergines, saffron onions, salads, cheeses and cured meats.

Sushi & Sashimi California roll, spicy tuna roll, hamachi, salmon.

Reservations: 444-2000

Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers: Bds$45-$110

Tartar of Yellow Fin Tuna Pacific sea urchin, lime créme fraîche, ossetra caviar.

Warm Poached Hen Egg, Confit Scottish Smoked Salmon Chilled English pea soup, mint oil.

Blue Fin Tuna Skewers, Green Apple

Warm Salad of Quail

Kaffir lime ponzu, caviar.

Poached quail egg and spinach ravioli, truffle vinaigrette.

Mains: Bds$65-$140

Mains: Bds$90-$225

The Barbeque Hut Grilled meats, kebabs, locally caught seafood, vegetables & daily roast.

Thai Chicken Green Curry Hearts of palm, egg plant, coconut milk, kaffir lime leaf, thai basil.

Miso Roasted Black Cod Grilled white asparagus, stir fried spinach, sweet pickled shiitakes.

Desserts: Bds$40-$65

Soup of Red Fruits Steeped in Strawberry Jus Pink champagne, sable breton.

Classic Apple Tarte Tatin Calvados sauce, Madagascan vanilla ice cream.

Pineapple Roasted with Local Spices Coconut sorbet. *Menu items and prices are subject to change.

Beachfront • Elegantly Casual • Sunday Brunch

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Roast Loin of Berkshire Pork Braised belly, spring cabbage, caramelized apple, truffled marconi cheese.

Filet of Wild Striped Bass Fennel, confit red peppers, black olive purée and capers.

Fricassée of Poached & Roasted Chicken Oregon morels, young asparagus and broad beans, gewürztraminer veloute.

Desserts: Bds$40-$45

The Chocolate Bar Dark chocolate Earl Grey crémeux, orange jelly, crisp praline biscuit, mandarin orange sorbet.

Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brûlée Vanilla bean crème brûlée, hibiscus poached rhubarb, rhubarb sorbet.

Raspberry Soufflé Chocolate chip ice cream. *Menu items and prices are subject to change.

Oceanfront • Elegant • Light, Gourmet Cuisine


Country Club at Sandy Lane

The Spa Café at Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane Hotel, Sandy Lane, St. James

Sandy Lane Hotel, Sandy Lane, St. James

High above the coastline with stunning panoramic views across the rolling fairways of the Tom Fazio designed Country Club and Green Monkey courses to the Caribbean Sea below, The Clubhouse Restaurant is the perfect place for light leisurely lunches, relaxed coffees or cocktails while watching the sun go down.

Adjacent to the magnificent swimming pool and cocooned by the cascading waterfall, The Spa Café offers a casual menu throughout the day, from soups and greens to sandwiches and light mains. The soothing atmosphere of the Café is a perfect complement to a day at The Spa or for simple relaxation.

Reservations: 444-2000 Golf Pro Shop: 444-2500

Menu Sample Bds$ Starters: Bds$50-$75

Smoked Scottish Salmon Shaved fennel & orange salad.

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Celeriac Remoulade Tomato jus.

Mains: Bds$50-$90

Shrimp Tempura Onion rings, asparagus spears, green papaya slaw, sweet chili sauce.

Reservations: 444-2000

Menu Sample Bds$ Starters: Bds$41-$87

Green Papaya Salad with dried shrimp, long beans palm sugar, lime juice & fish sauce.

Ceviche of Black Cod Green papaya, key lime and cilantro.

Chilled Andalusian Gazpacho Fresh crab low fat crème fraîche and lime zest.

Mains: Bds$77-$87

Linguini with Artichokes, Spinach, Wild Mushrooms

Freshly Caught Fish of the Day A La Plancha

Rosemary cream.

Salad of Warmed Roasted Chicken

Shepherd’s Pie

Asparagus, new potatoes, romaine hearts, herb oil vinaigrette.

Braised lamb, Worcestershire sauce, mashed potatoes, garden vegetables.

Seared Salmon, Crushed Peas

Desserts: Bds$40

With olive oil & mint, shaved fennel salad.

Caramelized Lemon Tart

Desserts: Bds$41-$47

Black berry compote, mascarpone ice cream.

Banana and Caramel Panacotta

Manjari Chocolate Tart

Soup of blue berries and vanilla.

Orange sorbet, espresso sauce.

Chocolate Brownie

*Menu items and prices are subject to change.

Vanilla ice cream, chocolate fudge.

Warm heirloom tomato salad, basil and lemon oil.

*Menu items and prices are subject to change.

Lunch • Casual • Private Functions

Lunch • Casual • Light Cuisine

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The Sandpiper

Reservations: 422-2251 St. James Beach, St. James The Sandpiper has long been regarded as one of the top restaurants in Barbados, highly rated for serving consistently excellent cuisine, with a wide menu and professional yet friendly service. Owner-managed with great attention to detail, this charming restaurant places great emphasis on delivering quality at every level – use of the finest fresh ingredients, meticulous preparation of the food, service that is both genial and efficient, enjoyable and comfortable surroundings. Chef Christophe Poupardin and his dedicated team take great pride in preparing a variety of popular dishes that cater to a broad range of tastes and appetites. There is a sumptuous buffet on Wednesdays while Sundays feature a barbecue with live steel pan music.

Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers: $30-$45

Rare Roasted Beef Salad with Gorgonzola Poached plums & asparagus with a roasted tomato aioli.

Coral Reef Club Reservations: 422-2372

St. James Beach, St. James Thanks to the devotion of its Barbadian owners, the O’Hara family, and their outstanding staff, Coral Reef is one of the most recommended hotels in Barbados. The affable O’Haras are all lovers of fine food and they have set high standards to ensure a reliably enjoyable dining experience for guests at their restaurant. Under the leadership of Executive Chef Graham Licorish, a team of accomplished and experienced chefs creates a new a la carte menu each day, offering a variety of fresh seafood, prime meats and vegetarian dishes that combine classical cuisines with the exotic herbs and spices of the Caribbean. There is a Bajan Buffet on Mondays, while Thursdays are Barbeque Night with a Floorshow and Steelband.

Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers: $30-$45

Flying Fish & Crab Roll On spicy creole lentils with avocado smoothie and beetroot essence.

Smoked Chicken Risotto

Seared Scallops with Carmelized Carrot Puree

With asparagus, chorizo sausage, sundried tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.

Micro herbs, crisp pancetta & a balsamic reduction.

Carpaccio of Tuna

Lobster & Herb Ravioli Topped with A Baby Spinach Salad

With thai pickled vegetables, citrus, coriander and wasabi dressing.

Served with a truffle, chive & tomato butter sauce.

Broiled Fillet of Barracuda

Mains: $82-$95

Mains: $80-$95

Seared Local King Fish with Squash Puree

Dusted with paprika, on herb and raisin cous cous with wilted greens, vegetable brochette and carrot coulis.

Presented with a warm butter bean, tomato & red onion salad.

Pot Roasted Duck Breast

Grilled King Prawns with Crispy Fried Chorizo Steamed jasmine rice & roasted asparagus.

Roasted Rack of Lamb with Char Grilled Vegetables Crusted with whole grain mustard & served with a rosemary jus.

Coated with chinese five spice, on caramelized red cabbage with sweet potato “lollipop” bell pepper relish and chopped parsley oil.

Tournedos of Beef

With garlic mashed potatoes, melted gorgonzola cheese, wild mushrooms, asparagus, pearl onions and sauvignon wine jus.

Desserts: $28-$35

Desserts: $20-$35

Frozen Baileys Irish Cream Parfait

Deep Fried Filo Wrapped Banana Fritter

Coffee bean anglaise poppy seed tuille.

With coconut ice cream, drizzled with golden syrup

Molten Dark Chocolate Tart

Individual White Chocolate Truffle Cake

Vanilla bean cream sauce with chocolate Malibu ice cream.

With dark chocolate glaze and dark chocolate sorbet

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner • Bar • Entertainment

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner • Bar • Entertainment

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The Tides

Reservations: 432-8356/7 Holetown, St. James With a magnificent oceanside setting and specializing in fresh seafood, The Tides has been highly acclaimed by Zagat and Trip Advisor. Even Rihanna has said she loves the cheesecake! These accolades are well deserved. Chef Guy Beasley, his wife Tammie, manager Henry Sealy and their first-class team have earned an outstanding reputation for consistently good food and excellent service. Tides is a must-do dining experience. It is also a wonderful location for beach weddings. An air-conditioned lounge offers a refined atmosphere for cocktails and live after-dinner entertainment in the season; a new outdoor smoking lounge provides a haven for those in need; and the impressive Tides Art Gallery presents a sumptuous digestif for art lovers.

Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers: $25-$50

Creamy Mussel, Clam & Lobster Soup

Scented with saffron & white wine & finished with crispy garlic croutons.

The Tides Seafood Tower (for 2 persons)

Poached lobster, king crab leg, mussels, clams, jumbo shrimp, calamari & fresh loch fyne oysters served with three dipping sauces.

Assiette of Foie Gras

Foie Gras prepared four ways, ballottine, soup, pan seared & a light mousse served with toast, homemade date & apple chutney & aged balsamic reduction.

Homemade Open Ravioli of Shrimp, Scallop, Calamari & Asparagus Finished with a grainy mustard sauce.

Mains: $78-$85

Spice Crusted Roast Monkfish Tail Served on an almond raisin wild rice and citrus vinaigrette.

Roast Rack of Colorado Lamb

With sweet potato mash, spicy chili courgette chutney, roast asparagus & port jus.

Pecan & Panko Crusted Scottish Salmon

in a maple mustard marinade, bacon scented sautéed potatoes & dijon sauce.

Blackened Tuna

With roast coconut jasmine rice & passion fruit sauce & mango coriander salsa

Oceanfront • Valet Parking • Bar • Art Gallery

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Nishi Restaurant Reservations: 432-8287

2nd Street, Holetown, St. James The latest gastronomic delight on Barbados' Platinum Coast offers something completely new. A sophisticated twist of informal eating and drinking with a diverse and creative menu of Asian and Caribbean Cuisine. Sushi Bar upstairs featuring top Sushi Chefs from the far east. The menu is comprehensive and encompasses both traditional as well as the latest evolution of Japanese cuisine. In the chic bistro downstairs featuring a western Caribbean Menu, diners are offered a choice of air conditioned or outdoor dining under the stars. The bar offers an extensive range of cocktails. Open 7 days a week for dinner only. Families Welcome! Sunday - Thursday: 6pm - 11pm Friday: 5.30pm - 1am Saturday: 6pm - 1am Reservations Recommended.

Menu Sample Bds$ Sushi Bar (8 pieces): $32-62

Dynamite Spider

Softshell crabs with spicy tuna, chilli Mayonnaise, cucumber & wasabi tobiki sauce.

Crouching Tiger Softshell crab, crabmeat, asparagus and avocado.

Lobster Maki Godzilla Roll Starters: $16-$36

Tempura Shrimp & Tempura Vegetables Nobashi shrimp deep fried with a light batter and served with our special tempura sauce.

Mains: $45-$85

Thai Prawn Green Curry Fresh tiger prawns, peppers, onions, ginger, coriander and Thai seasoning with jasmine rice, julienne of carrots and leeks.

Asian Grilled Beef Salad Sliced sirloin of beef on a bed of arugula and chargrilled vegetables drizzled with a mango ponzu dressing.

Seared Red Snapper On a bed of Asian noodles with hoisin sauce.

Desserts: $16-$22

Chocolate Trio White, plain, milk chocolate mousses with a twist, served in double shot glasses.

Tiramisu Air Conditioned • Sushi Bar • Late Night Dining

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Fish Pot Reservations: 439-2604 Shermans, St. Peter This delightful seaside setting in the picturesque Six Men’s fishing village is one of the last remaining undeveloped corners of the west coast and one of the few remaining ocean front dining restaurants on that coast. The Fish Pot at Little Good Harbour is a very attractive alternative to the usual glitz and glamour of this fashionable side of the island. Even Michael Winner likes it! Housed in part of a converted fort, The Fish Pot is stylishly casual in appearance and offers friendly, efficient service. Chef Stephen Belgrave’s menu is inspired by the sea and he makes good use of the freshest produce available, infused with local herbs, spices and fruit, to create a fresh and exciting array of dishes.

Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers: $18-$39

Cumin Grilled Calamari Warm tomato compote, tzatziki.

Carpaccio of Ahi Tuna

Mullins Beach Restaurant Reservations: 422-2044

Mullins, St. Peter Nestled on a beautiful palm fringed, crescent shaped shoreline on the most famous of all West Coast Beaches… shoes are optional at this casually trendy, yet elegant daytime Beach Bar. Experience a delightful gourmet lunch or an elegant dinner at this dining hotspot just a footstep from the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea. Perhaps you will choose to relax as you sip a tropical cocktail while watching the sun go down on another day in paradise. Friendly staff look forward to serving their guests in a serene atmosphere. The selection of food ranges from both traditional Caribbean to International cuisine prepared by one of Barbados’ finest chefs. Lunch: 11:30am - 3:30pm Dinner: 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Dinner Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers: $30-$46

Pan Seared Scallops on Cream Potato Served with maple cured bacon and prawn cream sauce.

Petit crab salad, roasted lemon aioli.

Beer Battered Shrimp

Grilled King Prawns

With creamed leeks, corn & grilled chorizo.

Lemon & chilli butter, micro salad.

Grilled Asian Beef Skewers On a bed of stir fried vegetables, with sticky soya, peanuts & coriander.

Mains: $48-$120

Saffron Poached Wild caught Salmon Black-bean & artichoke compote, chilli oil.

Braised Lamb Shank

Mains: $58-$99

Herb Crusted Barracuda with vegetable provençal, grainy mustard sauce & tomato fondue.

Roasted garlic & red wine pan gravy.

Deep Fried Coconut Shrimp

Lemon & Rosemary Marinated Chicken Breast

14oz Char Grilled Rib Eye

Sautéed spinach, thyme jus.

with a sweet & sour sauce, basmati rice, peanuts & coriander. with ‘home-made’ truffle fries & a mushroom & tomato steak sauce.

Desserts: $20-$30

Desserts: $24-$34

Traditional Home-Made Apple Pie

Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

With cinnamon ice-cream.

with chocolate sauce.

Iced Berry & Fruit Cocktail

Warm Bread & Butter Pudding

With warm chocolate sauce.

With rum soaked currants and vanilla sauce.

Chocolate Decadence

Hot Chocolate Pudding

With vanilla anglaise and homemade sorbets.

Oceanfront • Lunch & Dinner • Private Functions

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with crème anglaise, raspberry & mango coulis.

Oceanfront dining • Lunch & Dinner • Casual & Trendy


Groots Bar & Restaurant Reservations: 432-7435 Trents, St. James Awarded well-deserved praise in the prestigious Winners Dinners column of the Sunday Times, including Michael Winner advising his readers: “If you go to Barbados, never mind all the restaurants trying to be clever, visit Groots.” Serving classic favourites such as cod, chips and mushy peas; a variety of curries and chinese dishes; local seafood, soups and rotis; and even gourmet bacon butties. Groots is a fun, friendly, laid-back place to go for good food at reasonable prices. Visitors are made very welcome by hosts Hans and Ailene. Of course you might meet a celebrity or two, but don’t worry they won’t bother you! Full Wine List. Tip at your discretion. Credit cards not accepted. Open Mon. to Sat. 5:00pm until; Sun. 6:00pm until; last food orders at 10:00pm.

Lone Star Restaurant Reservations: 419-0599 Mt. Standfast, St. James

Converted from a 1940’s garage, Lone Star maintains its status as ‘The Temple of Cool’ in Barbados. After 15 very successful years, clients include world celebrities, sports stars & ‘A’ list actors. Wonderfully designed, the spectacular beachfront setting, International menu and Caribbean relaxed atmosphere are second to none. Also with ‘Desperados Bar’ & lounge area by the beach. Sunday Roast 3 course set price of Bds $130. Tip at discretion. Visa/MC. Open every day from 10.30am.

Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers (Dinner): $25-$55

Lobster & Prawn Salad With papaya salsa & cucumber mint dressing.

Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers: $6-$32

Stuffed Crab Back Battered Shrimp & Tartar Sauce

Beef Carpaccio Angus beef on rocket with parmesan shavings.

Mains (Dinner): $45-$120

Blackened Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Sweet potato mash, papaya lime salsa.

Mains: $22-$52

Cod or Haddock with Chips & Mushy Peas Homemade Steak & Kidney Pudding & Pies Curried Shrimp with Rice Desserts:

Bread ‘n’ Butter Pudding Treacle Sponge with Custard Apple Crumble & Custard

Balti Chicken Tikka Masala With steamed rice and poppadums.

Seared Tuna With Asian Coleslaw, savory CousCous & Wasabi Dressing.

Desserts: $25-$30

Lone Star Dame Blanche Light chocolate brownie & vanilla ice cream, chantilly & chocolate sauce.

Tempura Banana Kebabs With cinnamon sugar and ice cream.

Bar • Take Away Available

Lunch & Dinner • Beachfront • Bar

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The Mews

Reservations: 432-1122 2nd Street, Holetown, St. James Definitely one of the quaintest restaurants on the island. The Mews excels in excellent and alluring international and European dishes presented with classic simplicity and style. The Mews has an enchanting setting with private dining areas and exquisite balconies. After hours the cosy bar becomes a bustling after-dinner rendezvous and drinking spot. Enjoy a friendly, intimate atmosphere in this charming and sometimes surprising place! Dinner: Monday to Saturday from 6:30p.m. Live entertainment on Friday nights. Complimentary parking. Reservations recommended.

Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers: $24-$42

Carpaccio of Beef Tenderloin With thyme flavoured extra virgin olive oil, capers & shaved parmesan cheese.

Angry Annies Reservations: 432-2119 1st Street, Holetown, St. James Dine in this cheerful and romantic restaurant in Holetown or just call in for a drink. The exciting menu includes chicken, fresh fish served in blackened seasoning or local Bajan style, lobster in mornay or garlic sauce, U.S. fillet steak, ribs, lasagna, rasta pasta, jumbo shrimp, lamb shank served in a minty sauce and lots more. Angry Annies, open for 27 years, has become well known for their curries and they now serve a wide variety nightly - chicken, shrimp and vegetable with popadums. Private parties can be organised by arrangement. Your hosts are Annie and Paul Matthews from Birmingham, UK. Wine $45-$85. Tip at discretion. Master/Visa cards accepted. Take away available.

Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers: $14-$25

Pan Fried Shrimp

Blackened Shrimp

With apple chutney & tamarind glaze.

Prepared in a skillet with cajun dipping sauce.

Mains: $60-$95

Goujons of Flying Fish

Thai Green Curry Shrimp

Breaded, seasoned and pan-fried.

With coriander rice, fried basil and grilled zucchini.

Mains: $40-$70

Shrimp Curry Pan Roasted Breast of Chicken

Served with saffron rice.

With a fresh wild mushroom risotto, pesto oil & crisp green vegetables.

Local Fish

Desserts: $20-$38

Blackened or Bajan style mix of garlic, onions & chives.

White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

Desserts: $15-$18

Served with raspberry coulis.

Apple Pie & Ice-Cream

Lemon & Lime Key Lime Pie

Warm apple pie served with two scoops of vanilla ice-cream.

Accompanied by limoncello.

Banana Split A sweet treat.

Dinner • Bar • Friday Night Entertainment

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Dinner • Take-away available


Fisherpond Great House

Relish Epicurea

St. Thomas

Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown, St. James

Reservations: 433-1754

Fisherpond Great House, the home of John and Rain Chandler, is open to the public for the Planters Lunch on Sundays and from December 15th to April 15th, also on Thursdays. As Michael Winner says in his latest edition of Winner’s Dinners - “Best, very personal, wife cooks, husband does front of house. Set in an elegant mansion in the sugar cane fields, a touch of the very best of old Barbados. Tasty local food, brilliantly prepared by Rain Chandler. Hubby, John is host with the most. An example of everything a restaurant should be.” The flowers, china and crystal are perfection. This is an experience of total delight. Fisherpond is also a wonderful venue for weddings and private parties.

Reservations: 621-0077 Visit us on Facebook

An epicurean is best described as a person who is devoted to sensual enjoyment derived from fine food and drink - and that is exactly what you’ll get at Relish Epicurea. There is nothing ordinary about Relish. The food is exciting, the wine list is refreshingly varied and the staff are bright and bubbly. Even the seating options are different, with something to suit every mood and occasion. The décor is chic and the overall atmosphere is relaxed and fun. In essence, a perfect fit for Limegrove. The Relish team is intent on making the best use of the freshest produce and an eclectic choice of other top quality ingredients, all carefully prepared and served promptly. The menu offers lots of healthy options but the culinary emphasis definitely focuses on cleverly created dishes and fantastic flavours. The kind of food that makes you say: ‘Wow, that was good!’

Planters Buffet

Menu Sample Bds$

Soup Course

Café Breakfast: $6-$30

Callalou Soup Pumpkin Carrot & Ginger Soup Fish Course

Red Snapper Paté Salt Fish & Ackee Baked Flying Fish with Breadfruit Cou Cou Main Course

Roast Tenderloin of Pork, Freshly Fried Flying Fish, Pepperpot, Fricassee of Chicken, Curried Green Bananas, Stewed Pigeon Peas, Corn Soufflé, Maceroni Cheese, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Brocolli Salad, Pickled Cucumber and Avocado Salad, Tossed Salad, Plantain Fritters

Muesli, Protein Platters, Fresh Baked Muffins and Savoury Puffs, Fresh Juices & Smoothies, Gourmet Coffee & Teas. (Brunch on Sundays)

Café Menu: $15-$30

The Relish Power Salad - a collection of all the super foods! W/ Rocket, Spinach, Broccoli, Sprouts, Peas, Toasted Sunflower Seeds, Quinoa Tossed with light lemon vinaigrette; or W/ Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Dressing; or W/ Marinated Mushrooms & Goats Cheese French Dip Sandwiches Hot sandwiches served in home-baked demi baguette’s, served with dipping ‘Jus’ & Relish Signature Condiments N Crisps

Platters & Courtyard Cutters: $20-$55

Ploughmans Beer Cheese N Chutney Platter W/ Mature Somerset Cheddar, Bajan Ham, Tart Apples, Celery, Radish & a chunk of crusty bread

Courtyard Cutter Platters

Guava Bread Pudding, Rum Trifle, Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Torte, Coconut Flan, Traditional Barbadian Confection

Traditional Salt Bread, with world flavour crisps & Relish Salad. Choice of Flying Fish W/ Bajan Pepper Mayo; or Deli Meat W/Honey Mustard; or Curry Chicken W/Mango Chutney; or Vegi Cheese W/Whole Grain Mustard Chacuterie Platters - Daily Specials Choice of 3 Meats, Baguette, Mustard & Mixed Pickles; or Bersola, Arugula, Fennel, Parmesan Reggiano, Cheese & Crisp Bread; or Prosciutto Buff Mozz, Herbed Tomatoes & Crisp Bread

Available for Private Functions

Gourmet Grocery & Deli • Fresh & Wholesome Food

Desserts: $25-$30

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Cin Cin By The Sea Reservations: 424-4557

Prospect, St. James The wait is over. Cin Cin is open! The welcome news for lovers of good food is that Larry Rogers is back in business on the west coast. Having enjoyed outstanding success with the original Olives and La Terra, Larry and his wife Michelle have now launched the exciting Cin Cin, a refreshingly contemporary and elegant restaurant. The open terrace is perfect for ‘al fresco’ ocean side dining at night and the airconditioned inner restaurant, with an expansive glass wall still allowing uninterrupted views of the sea, is a delightfully cool location for enjoying lunch. The trendy bar lounge area, which is also air-conditioned, is perfect for sipping cocktails or enjoying a light bite. With his trademark flair for creating an eclectic range of Mediterranean style dishes with a Caribbean twist, Larry always strives to give his guests an enjoyable eating experience. Visa, MasterCard and American Express accepted.

Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers: $28-39

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes With a spiced remoulade sauce.

Chicken Liver Parfait With red onion jam & melba toast.

Pan-Fried Gnocchi With jerk pork, sweet pea puree & caramelized onions.

Mains: $60-$109

Seared Fresh Divers Scallops On Israeli cous cous with ratatouille vegetables & lemon tarragon butter.

Roasted Best End of Lamb In a honey mustard crust with a creamy polenta & vegetable ragu.

Bouillabaisse Aromatic tomato fish stew with lobster, shrimp, mussels, seasonal fish, okra & aioli toast.

Desserts: $21-$29

Chocolate Fondant With coffee créme anglaise and vanilla ice cream.

Panna Cotta With maple roasted pears.

Bread and Butter Pudding With caramelized banana toffee rum sauce.

Lunch • Dinner • On the Sea • Lounge/Bar

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Pisces Reservations: 435-6564 St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church This distinguished landmark restaurant, established in 1972, is nestled on the water’s edge in the bustling atmosphere of St. Lawrence Gap. Pisces has long been one of the island’s more sought after spots to dine, with its beautiful oceanfront setting and lush indoor gardens. Under the patronage of well known Barbadian chef, Larry Rogers, who has a flair for seducing your palate with simple yet delectable dishes with a distinct Caribbean flavour. Pisces offers diners an international menu with a subtle West Indian influence and features an extensive variety of fresh seafood. This seaside restaurant with its friendly service and comfortable, yet charming ambiance should not be missed. Dinner nightly 6pm-10pm. Full Bar. Elegantly Casual Attire. Visa, MasterCard & Amex accepted.

Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers: $19-$40

Spiced Crusted Calamari With a lime ginger dipping sauce.

Crab Cake Salad Served warm with mixed leaf lettuce, julienne pickled vegetables in a lightly spiced sweet curry dressing.

Mains: $54-$99

Yellowfin Tuna Seared “rare” and served in green peppercorn sauce with a potato cake and steamed asparagus.

New Zealand Lamb Shanks Slowly braised and served on creamed potato, with seasonal vegetables, finished in a rosemary glaze.

Desserts: $22-$28

Death By Chocolate Flourless Chocolate Cake, tower of Chocolate Mousse, Triple Chocolate Icecream and a Chocolate meringue.

Grand Mariner Crème Brulee Served with a toasted Coconut Wafer

Dinner • Water’s Edge • International Menu

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39 Steps Wine Bar & Bistro


Reservations: 427-0715

Reservations: 228-0704

Chattel Plaza, Hastings, Christ Church

Hastings Main Road, Hastings, Christ Church

A notable south coast bistro and wine bar, popular with wine afficionados and lovers of good food. The excellent range of wines, by the bottle and by the glass, complement the consistently well prepared international and Caribbean dishes which represent some of the best value around. The reasonably priced food is consistently delicious and is the favourite spot of many residents! 39 Steps is owner run by Monica Boland, her son John is the chef, while his wife Amanda is the hostess. Most of the staff have been there since it opened twenty years ago. Live jazz every other Saturday night. Open Monday-Friday for lunch, Monday-Saturday for dinner.

This trendy south coast restaurant is known not only for its breathtaking view but also for its exceptional service and delicious cuisine. A wide variety of Tapas dishes, as well as an à la carte menu, is more than enough to satisfy any palate. Whether your choice is fine dining on the stylish upper lever or a more casual yet chic atmosphere on the lower level, Tapas is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. Open daily from 11.30 until late: Last orders at 10:30pm. Week end Tapas until midnight.

Closed Sundays and public holidays.

Menu Sample Bds$ Tapas: $8-$16

Shark Fritters

Menu Sample Bds$

In panko crust & sweet chili sauce.

Appetisers: $12-$30

Catch of the day marinated in lime with tomato concasse & cucumber.

Deep Fried Calamari


With a homemade tartar sauce.

Starters: $14-$28

Chicken Liver Paté

Tuna Tartare

With a cranberry coulis.

Mains: $42-$75

Blackened Fresh Catch

With tabico (flying fish caviar) and lemon soy citronette.

Lobster Ravioli Lobster & sweet potato parcel with a creamy butternut squash sauce.

With basmati rice and salad.

Main Course: $40-$90

Shrimp Sautéed in a Garlic Chive Cream Sauce

Shell fish risotto & tomato bisque.

Served with angel hair and topped with chilli flakes.

Jumbo Shrimp Kebab Seared King Scallop With black squid ink tagliolini & smoked haddock bisque, basil and garlic.

Steak and Kidney Pie

Veal Loin & Sweetbreads

Served with French fries.

Roasted loin of veal with crispy sweetbreads, cumin scented carrot puree, citrus and coriander frigola.

Desserts: $10-$18

Creme Brulée

Desserts: $16-$26

Bread Pudding

Studded with almond chilli brittle. Rose essence ice cream & syrup.

Stewed guava purée.

Chocolate Amaretto Pyramid Tiramisu Mascarpone cream nestled with coffee lady finger biscuit, in a tuille basket.

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Apsara by the sea Classic Indian and Thai Cuisine

Reservations: 435-5454/5446 Waverley House, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church Renowned for the excellence of their Indian & Thai cuisine, Apsara welcomes you to its new seaside home in bustling St. Lawrence Gap. Apsara’s familiar slatted pavilions and beguiling swings step down into gentle terraces through the dense foliage of a tropical landscape to the brilliant sun dappled Caribbean Sea that ripples and laps below your feet. The caress of ocean breezes and the romantic flicker of the flambeaux create an atmosphere of enchantment that will embrace you while you dine. Soothing Yoga in the elegant gazebos brings peace and balance to the morning, and can be complemented by a nutritious and delicious breakfast. Lunch goers have a choice of sitting indoors in the breezy dining room or outdoors where the brilliance of the Caribbean Sea is challenged by the excellence of the food! Whichever you decide we know you will succumb to the charms of Apsara.

Menu Sample Bds$ Indian & Thai Appetisers: $15-$48

Onion, Eggplant & Cauliflower Pakoras Vegetables dipped in flavourful chick pea batter and deep fried until golden brown.


Reservations: 434-3463 Torrington, Skeetes Hill, Christ Church One of the leading restaurants on the south coast, with a solid reputation for consistently good food and value for money. Champers is nestled in a quiet lane off the main south coast road, in an attractive, traditional Barbadian building, with a beautiful cliff-top setting and outdoor bar that overlooks Accra Beach. Alive with vibrant Caribbean design and atmosphere, Champers offers a choice of ‘bubbly fun’ in its downstairs area or the enhanced elegance of its spacious dining room upstairs. Champers has original art on display, as well as a dedicated gallery. Beautiful new private dining room. Open seven days a week. Open for lunch on Sundays Closed for Lunch on Saturdays. Visa and MasterCard. Lunch: Starters $19-$39 Mains $44-$77. Wine $50-$550. Champagne $190-$550.

Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers (dinner): $19-$39.50

Warm Duck Breast & Apple Salad

Jhinga Koliwada

Served with a balsamic vinaigrette.

Succulent prawns marinated with red kashmiri chilli and other spices lightly fried, served with coriander chutney.

Camembert baked in Puff Pastry with Spiced Apples

Tom Yum Soup Thailand's famous hot and spicy soup prepared in a vegetable, chicken or shrimp bouillon.

Indian & Thai Mains: $50-$80

Coconut Shrimp Served with a chilli sauce.

Mains (dinner): $54-$99

Chicken Chettinad


Tender chicken, tamarind, star anise, coconut, whole red chillies and fennel combine to create this famous dish from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Parmesan crusted barracuda with wholegrain mustard sauce.

Lamb Rai Tomato


Tender Lamb pieces cooked with tomato and mustard seeds. Garnished with creen chili and coriander.

Roasted pepper crusted pork tenderloin with sweet potato croquette and guava demi glaze.

Phad Thai Apsara Our chef's special receipe of rice noodles cooked with chicken, shrimp, or vegetables in a special sauce. Egg and nuts optional.

Desserts: $21-$22

Desserts: $15-$18

Warm bread pudding with Bajan rum sauce and ice-cream.

A range of Indian & Thai Desserts plus International Favourites Classic Indian & Thai Cuisine • Private Parking

Bread Pudding Cheesecake White chocolate cheesecake with strawberry coulis and vanilla ice-cream.

Cliff Top Setting • Private Dining • Art Gallery

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Brown Sugar

Lobster Alive & All that Jazz

On the beach in Carlisle Bay 400m south of Bridgetown

Reservations recommended, Walk-ins always welcome! 426-7684 or 436-7069 Brown Sugar is the place to sample the authentic flavours of Bajan cuisine. This charming Barbadian home has been beautifully restored with lush fern covered patios and cascading water gardens. Their Planter’s Buffet Luncheon is an all-you-can-eat four-course feast of Barbadian and Caribbean specialties including flying fish, cou cou, fish cakes, bul jol, souse, the famous pepperpot and the largest array of freshly made in-house homemade desserts. At dinner, taste the Bajan culinary delights such as creole fish chowder, coconut beer shrimp, Blackened Mahi-Mahi Dolphin or broiled pepper chicken. Enjoy live entertainment on selected nights. Daily Buffet $55; Sunday Buffet $68. A la Carte Dining Mon-Sun 6-9:30pm (10pm in season). Major credit cards accepted. See full menu online.

Reservations: 435-0305

Caribbean Spiny Lobster, flown in from The Grenadines to a big central distribution tank at the restaurant on Carlisle Bay. Good parking; wheel chair friendly. Come by boat? Wade ashore anchorage! Beach umbrellas, beach bar, dive shop. Open for lunch and dinner every day. Sunday lunch with swing jazz sextet - wonderful jazz musicians. Cool Jazz Quartet Tuesday and Saturday dinner. Varied Menu! Kids meals/Veggies. Enquire for Cooked takeaway /delivery. Reduced Summer openings. Reservation strongly advised.

Lunch Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers: $20-$30

Lobster Bisque Freshly made by Art himself.

Pickled Sea Cat

Menu Sample Bds$

Caught out front.

Appetisers: $12-$30

Lobster Mains:

Cou Cou & Flying Fish (Our National Dish)

Lobster live from the tank - pick your own:

A smooth blend of cornmeal and okra served with, lightly seasoned and poached flying fish roll-ups in a court-bouilon.

Parboiled in fresh sea water, finished on the barbeque with garlic butter - minor variations at your request. 1 1/4 lbs to 2 1/2lbs. 5-8lb big lobster - central platter for three or more sharing - good economy for the adventerers (crab pickers will know)

Coconut Beer Shrimp Large Guyana shrimp crispy fried in a coconut batter flavoured with beer, with a spicy cucumber yoghurt relish.

Mains: $38-$89

Herb Crusted Snapper Filet of Red Snapper, coated in a blend of bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and herbs, pan seared, baked and served with a white wine and caper sauce.

Lobster Thermidor Lobster Salad Lobster Pasta Lobster Crepe

Stuffed Roast Pork Caribe

Other Mains: $32-$58

Lean Barbados pork with a plantain & bacon stuffing, served with traditional Bajan pan gravy.

10 oz US Strip Steak Conch au Vin

Desserts: $14-$20

Creole Classic

Warm Paw Paw Pie Served with vanilla ice-cream.

Desserts: $20-$35

Bajan Bread Pudding

Bernadette’s Bread and Butter Pudding

Baked with rum-plumped raisins, served with a local rum sauce.

Bajan Cuisine • Lunch & Dinner • Entertainment

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Fusion Restaurant & Lounge Reservations: 436-1538

Bayshore Complex, Bay Street, Bridgetown Since its opening in 2008, Fusion has raised the bar for dining on the island’s south coast. With a new ocean-front location in Bayshore complex, the elegant fusion-styled menu has a notable Asian influence, offering an outstanding selection of Japanese, Thai and Cantonese cuisine. Their famous Fusion Sushi is geared to be shared, and lends to the contagious social atmosphere! Diners have the choice of being served in the spacious, air-conditioned dining area with its chic, contemporary décor, or al fresco on the outdoor lounge area – perfect for lounging and enjoying cocktails from their extensive cocktail menu. A great night out with superb food, first class service and plenty of atmosphere. Lunch: Tues - Sat 11am - 3pm. Dinner: Tues - Thurs, & Sunday 6:30pm–11pm and Friday & Saturday 6:30pm–1am. Closed Mondays.

Waterfront Café Reservations: 427-0093

The Careenage, Bridgetown, Barbados

World renowned watering hole & eatery in historic Bridgetown, nestled on the banks of the marina. This owner operated café is a centre of Caribbean food, exotic salads, and indigenous art. Locals and visitors alike return for the casual atmosphere and buzzing energy of this 27-year old establishment. Now offering Lunch Only - Monday through Saturday - from 10am to 5pm. Thursday evening Dinner service featuring VSOP Dixieland Jazz Band by reservation only. An extensive menu can be found featuring fresh fish daily. Flying fish and cou-cou, jerk chicken, jumbo shrimp and vegetarian choices. Full wine list & cocktail menu available. Blended fruit punches are exceptional. Wonderful mojitos with mint from Sue’s garden. Happy Hour 3-5pm on house drinks and special cocktails.

Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers: $16-$40

Lolly Pop Chicken

Menu Sample Bds$

Seasoned Drumettes.

Appetisers: $14-$30

Rock Shrimp Tempura

Bajan Fish Cakes Jumbo Sea Island Shrimp Caribbean Crab Cake

With creamy, spicy sauce poured over shrimp tempura.

Gyoza Chicken or Pork dumplings steamed and wok fried served with tempura sauce.

Mains: $28-$98

Gan Shao Long Xia Szechewan Lobster with onions in tomato chili sauce.

Wu Xi Pai Gu Tender Pork Ribs with five spice mix sauce and bok choi.

Miso Chicken Pan fried chicken breast in a sweet miso sauce served with eggplant, broccoli & bell peppers.

Sushi (8 pieces), Nigiri Sushi (2 pieces) & Sashimi: $26-$60

Soft shell crab maki Tempura soft shell crab.

Sashimi Moriawase Assorted sliced fish served with wasabi, soy sauce& gari.

A World of Sandwiches and Salads:

Windward Chicken Salad Flying Fish in a Hoagie Greek Country Salad Mains: $28-$85

Calypso Sea Food Pepperpot Mediterranean Vegetable Pasta Desserts: $18

Carrot Cake Stewed Guava Special Coffees and Milk Shakes

Ebi (Shrimp) Two pieces Sushi topped with tiger prawns.

Japanese • Thai • Cantonese• Outdoor Lounge

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The Garden Terrace

St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church Like a superb meal, the recently opened Waterside has all the right ingredients to become a favourite with discerning diners – excellent location, outstanding cuisine and attentive service. Ideally situated in the vibrant St. Lawrence Gap, and blessed with a picturesque, tranquil setting right on the edge of the sea, the ambience provides an enticing environment for pleasurable dining. However, it is the celebrated, multi-award winning Chef Patron, Michael Hinds, and his dedicated team who give Waterside its greatest strength; namely the high quality and appealing variety of local delicacies on the menu, all carefully prepared with simple elegance and an infusion of delicious flavours. Waterside is the place to go to enjoy a ‘Caribbean Chic’ dining experience. Available for Private Functions. There is also a private dining area available to accommodate up to 22 persons. Dinner: Tuesdays – Sundays from 6pm. Lunch/Brunch: Sundays during Winter season.

Southern Palms Hotel, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church

Reservations: 418-9750

Reservations: 428-7171

Southern Palms is a delightful beach front hotel in St. Lawrence Gap and the restaurant, The Garden Terrace, overlooks a magnificent beach. There is a buffet lunch with steelband on Sundays which is popular with both visitors to the island and residents. Monday night may be buffet or a la carte selection, (changes seasonally) with live band for dancing, and on Thursday night its BBQ with live Steelband underneath the stars. Popular band ‘Syndikyt’ plays on Saturday night with a la carte dining or roast beef menu. Buffet Breakfast. All Day Bar Menu 11am-10pm.

Menu Sample Bds$ All day Bar Menu: Starters: $13-$35

Chef’s Soup of The Day Fresh seasonal soup: hot or cold.

Vegetable or Chicken Samosas With a mango chutney or sweet chili sauce.

Menu Sample Bds$

Mains: $20-$57 Pasta - Linguine, Fettucine, Penne or Spaghetti

Appetisers: $19-$38

Slivers of smoked chicken tossed with pasta in a creamy tomato sauce.

Crispy Duck & Orange Salad

Catch of the Day

With micro greens & sesame-soy dressing.

Pan fried or grilled, with basil tartar sauce. Served with baked potato or fries.

Roasted Red Onion & Plum Tart

Appetisers: $16-$35

Carmelized goat’s cheese, wild arugula

Mains: $56-$145

Seared & Crusted Ruby Snapper

Blackened Shrimp, Sushi Roll With carambola coulis.

Traditional Caesar Salad French croutons & parmesan shavings.

Whipped basil mashed potatoes, tarragon emulsion.

Mains: $55-$70

Molasses Glazed Rack of New Zealand Lamb

Grilled vegetables in balsamic vinaigrette.

Minted cous cous with sun-dried tomatoes, dressed zucchini.

Seared Red Snapper Paniola Rack of Lamb

Desserts: $19-$28

Roasted garlic in a merlot barbeque infusion .

White Chocolate Mousse

Desserts: $10-$18

Wrapped in dark chocolate, glazed berries.

Pistachio Creme Brule With pistachio biscuit, pistachio ice cream.

Black Peppered Vanilla Ice Cream In brandy snap basket. On a pool of raspberry sauce reduction.

Rich Chocolate Cake With vanilla bean sauce, topped with bittersweet chocolate shavings.

Water’s edge • Dinner • Private Dining Area

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The Grille

The Lighthouse Terrace

Hilton Barbados, Needham’s Point, St. Michael

Hilton Barbados, Needham’s Point, St. Michael

A lavish and uniquely designed interior provides the setting for a most memorable dining experience, serving some of the best grilled meats and freshest seafood on the island.

The Lighthouse Restaurant is open daily for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with specialty theme dinner buffets throughout the week. Offering the best of Italian, Asian, Seafood and our very own Bajan cuisine. The Lighthouse also welcomes locals and tourists alike to their enchanting Sunday Lunch which includes local Bajan dishes along with international cuisine. This inviting and bright restaurant has full ocean views for both the guests who choose to dine inside its air-conditioned environment and those who wish to enjoy the view of Needham’s Point with a cooling sea breeze on the terrace.

Reservations: 426-0200 Ext#5971

Juicy New York Strip and thick Ribeye Steaks, to name a few, are carefully crafted to perfection in front of your eyes on the in-room grill and are served with a choice of sides. Along with the signature steaks, consider starting your meal with their specialty dish “Caribbean Lobster Tail Salad” or any other start from their selection.

MenuSampleBds$ Appetisers: $30-$50

Caribbean Lobster Tail Pan fried lobster tail with salsa of avocado & exotic fruits finalized with lime.

Wild Mushroom Ravioli Half moon shaped ravioli filled with mushrooms & ricotta. Served with a creamy peppercorn sauce and a tomato concasse.

Mains: $50-$130

Rib Eye Mouth watering grilled steak, heavily aged and cooked to your liking at a very high temperature to seal in all natural juices.

Seafood Tagliatelli Homemade pasta tossed with crab, shrimp, scallops, calamari and mahi mahi in a white wine cream sauce with sun dried tomatoes & basil.

Desserts: $20-$26

Reservations: 426-0200 Ext#5949

Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers: $30-$40

Lighthouse Cobb Salad Crisp mixed leaves, grilled chicken, smoked bacon, tomatoes, hard boiled egg, crumbled blue cheese, crisp onions & a mustard seed dressing.

Warm Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Salad Baby spinach leaves tossed with stir fried mushrooms, baked goat cheese, roasted pink kernels finished with red wine vinegar and extra olive oil.

Mains: $30-$70

Thai Red Curry Shrimp Stir fried vegetables in a Thai curry broth with noodles or steamed rice.

Caribbean Seafood Mixed Grill

Caribbean Cheese Cake

Grilled shrimp, catch of the day, local smoked flying fish served with a garlic butter sauce and steamed rice.

Served on coconut crumble with a chunky pineapple mango compote & malibu jelly.

Desserts: $20

Bajan Molasses Caramel Flan

Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake

Served with berry coulis, almond biscuit & a coconut malibu sauce.

Grille • Bar • Entertainment

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With caramel and vanilla custard.

Ocean Views • Sunday Brunch


Azul Restaurant

Reservations: 428-2825

Maxwell Coast Road, Christ Church With breathtaking views of the ocean and the twinkling lights of Oistins Bay by night, Azul Restaurant offers a seductive atmosphere with an eclectic menu to tempt any palate. Whether you are looking for a romantic evening for two seated along the cliff overlooking the sea, or a cozy area to lounge with friends over cocktails and their sampling menu, Azul offers a chic twist on Caribbean fine dining. Their creative team of local chefs provide not only fascinating and delicious food but a truly memorable experience through their interaction with guests and fine display of their skills in Azul’s open-concept kitchen.


Tel: 435-7924 Pizza Hotline: 431-1111 Your host - Bert Inniss Rockley, Christ Church Eat, drink and Chill at Bert’s for the perfect mix of island ambience, international sports coverage, world famous daiquiris and authentic stone fired pizza. Enjoy a weekday lunch combo in the air-conditioned dining room, pull up a stool at the island bar to catch the game or chill poolside with an ice cold draft or daiquiri. Bert’s menu offers traditional Bajan fare, Bert’s original favourites, vegetarian and healthy choices, and delicious meal options just for kids. Open from 11:00am (and earlier for the big sports matches)

Menu Sample Bds$ Appetizers & Salads: $16-$51

Pear & Gorgonzola Salad Appetizers: BDS$15–$40; Entrees: BDS$50–$125; Desserts: BDS$18–$35.

Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers: $15-$40

Carpaccio of Beef Thin slices of raw beef tenderloin topped with tomato, roasted corn salsa and an orange sesame peanut oil

Sliced Anjou pear with gorgonzola & walnuts, mixed with crispy romaine & rocket leaves, tossed with balsamic dressing.

Nacho platter Tortillas layered with diced tomatoes, onions, jalapeño, green peppers and lots of melted cheese. Served with salsa & sour cream.

Calamari Rings Hand-cut rings marinated in a herb garlic sauce, lightly dusted with flour & deep fried golden brown, served with tartar sauce.

Sandwiches, Wraps, Pizza & Burgers: $27-$35

Pan Fried Foie Gras

Philly Cheese Steak Or Chicken Sandwich

Served on toasted brioche with a grape confit and sherry emulsion

Sliced grilled chicken or beef, onion & green peppers, provolone, on a toasted hoagie bun.

Mains: $50-$125

Best-End of Lamb

Wicket Keeper Pizza

Honey roasted lamb tenderloin served on a ratatouille of Mediterranean vegetables, fresh herb couscous and glazed with a fresh mint rosemary jus.

Grilled zucchini, eggplant, fire-roasted peppers, red onion & crumbled feta.

Chilean Sea-Bass Crusted with macadamia nuts and served with wanton skin filled with sautéed exotic mushrooms, freshly roasted dill new potato and finished with a Burgundy caper reduction.

Desserts: $18-$35

Classic Italian Tiramisu Served with a frozen centre sitting on a white chocolate & vanilla bean sauce.

Bert’s Burger Classic burger with lettuce, tomato, pickles & onion slices, with added layers of cheddar cheese & smoked bacon. Served on a sesame seed bun.

House Specialities: $38-$56 served with mixed vegetables & choice of peas ’n rice, mashed potatoes, macaroni pie or french fries.

Fisherman’s Platter Shrimp, flying fish & catch of the day - grilled, pan-fried or blackened.

Mango Brulée

Bert’s Sizzling Steak Platter

Served with orange and mango crisp.

Char-grilled 8oz Top Sirloin Steak, topped with sautéed onions, served on a hot cast iron platter.

Dinner • Eclectic menu • Breathtaking Views

Int’l Sports Coverage • World Famous Daiquiris • Stone-fired Pizzas

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Paulo’s Churrasco do Brasil Indulge in the Real Taste of Brasil!

Reservations: 428-6767 St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church Paulo’s Churrasco do Brasil is a true Brazilian Churrascaria (steakhouse) serving a wide selection of unlimited top quality meats and poultry traditionally seasoned and charcoal fried the way the gauchos (cowboys) did in Southern Brasil centuries ago. The meats are flame-grilled to perfection on huge skewers by the “Passadors”, who keep a keen eye on the cooking process, constantly brushing them with Paulo’s famous Brazilian marinade. Once cooked, the Passadors bring the skewers to your table and carve the meat right onto your plate until you say “no more”. The meats are complimented by a large soup and salad bar containing delicious hot and cold sides, including unlimited peel-and-eat shrimp and fish. On your table you will find a coaster-sized card – keep it turned to ‘green’ and our Passadors keep coming with fresh meat. When you’ve had enough or need a rest, simply flip it over to the red side. Paulo’s Chocolate Fountain is legendary with fruits and marshmallows waiting for you to drown in rich, thick hot chocolate. The fountain is complimented with other mouthwatering desserts to tantalize your palate.

Lucky Horseshoe Open 24 Seven ~ Saloon ~ Steakhouse ~ Slots Worthing, Christ Church - 435-5825 Bagatelle, St. Thomas - 421-5825 Warrens, St. Michael - 425-5825 The Lucky Horseshoe now open at 3 locations – Warrens, Worthing and Bagatelle - offers great dining and entertainment for the whole family with American influenced food prepared freshly on the premises at any time of day or night. Their unique 24-hour menu offers Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner around the clock. For dining, there is a choice of open-air or air-conditioned comfort. This is backed up by a full bar selection, either served to your table, or you can just enjoy your favorite beverage at the sizeable bar. Either way you won’t be far from one of a multitude of large screen TV’s showing the latest in sports or music via satellite. For adult entertainment there are a range of slot machines, while families should check out the Super Value Kids Menu or the Kids Eat Free special for children 10 years and under. Now serving you better at 3 locations – Warrens, Worthing and Bagatelle.

Menu Sample - Bds$ Fore Play: $6-$25

Hot Flashes – Tex-Mex Spicy Jalapeno peppers stuffed with cream cheese and deep-fried

Chicken Wings – Buffalo, New York Classic finger-lickin’ chicken wings with blue cheese dip. Choose Buffalo Hot, Mild or BBQ sauce.

Menu Sample Bds$ Buffet and continuous table service of carved meats by passadors Extensive Salad Bar, including unlimited shrimp and fish, and continuous table service of carved meats by Passadors Paulo’s Fixed Price Menu at $99 Vat Inclusive

Mains: $26-$85

The Volcano Burger – Yucatan An 8oz wrangler topped with a breaded onion ring, lava sauce and jalapeno peppers. Explosive!

The Big Apple – Manhattan A center-cut 20oz striploin grilled to how you like it.

Blackened Snapper – New Orleans, Louisiana “The real thing” fillet of red snapper covered with an authentic Louisiana spice rub, pan seared in a cast iron skillet and served with rice

Includes soup and salad bar with traditional Brazilian dishes

Great Salad bar • Brasilian Churrasco

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Café Sol Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar Tel: 420-7655

Café Luna

St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church Fax: 420-7645

Tel: 428-6172/420-4689 Fax: 418-0207 Little Arches Hotel, Enterprise Beach Road, Christ Church

In the heart of The Gap, Café Sol is the island's original Mexican restaurant. This lively, fun spot has relocated to a brand new spot at the entrance to St. Lawrence Gap and now has a fabulous ocean view. Enjoy 2 happy hours nightly: 5 7pm & 10-12pm. Margaritas are a specialty with 15 fruity flavours on offer! The new and improved menu boasts a wide variety of Mexican favourites, from Cheese Nachos to Sirloin Steak and Shrimp fajitas. A "Gringo" menu features nonMexican fare such as Striploin Steaks, Wings and more. Open for dinner 7 nights a week and lunch Tuesday-Sunday from 11.30 am. NEW!!! Try our to-go menu at our new Cafe Sol Express restaurant NOW OPEN in a second location at Quayside Centre!

One of Barbados' most charming and distinctive boutique hotels. Little Arches is nestled away from the hustle and bustle, just south of Oistins Bay and overlooks the sweeping vistas of Enterprise Beach. Here you will discover one of the best-kept secrets in Barbados: located on the rooftop of this romantic property is an open-air, terracotta terrace restaurant; Café Luna, features al fresco dining and guests can enjoy international cuisine served with a unique flair and sample sushi specials on Thursday and Friday nights. Café Luna is open for dinner nightly. Zagat Survey hails Café Luna as a top-rated hotel dining experience, top-rated Mediterranean food and ranks it in the top three for decor and excellence in food overall for Barbados in their 2010 guide.

Menu Sample Bds$

“Back to Bajan” Set Menu Bds $79

Appetisers: $14-$18

1st Course:

Cheese Nachos

Mesclun Greens (local)

A plateful of crunchy tortilla chips topped with zesty 3-cheese sause and served with spicy salsa.

With tomatoes, cucumbers, parmesan cheese & balsamic vinaigrette.

Mini Taquitos

With caramelized apples & port onion demi.

2 corn tortillas wrapped tight around your choice of chicken or beef filling, deep fried and served with sour cream and guacámole.

Mains: $30-$44


Fresh Chicken Livers (local) Pan Seared Tempura Shrimp (Guyana) With Japanese piquant sauce.

2nd Course:

Your favourite filling served in a soft flour tortilla, with crisp iceberg lettuce, fresh salsa, cheese, beans and topped with sour cream, guacamole and zesty cheese sauce.

Fresh Pork Tenderloin (local) Pan Seared

Flat-Iron Fajita Sizzlers

Fresh Half Chicken (local) Seared & Oven Roasted.

Brought to your table sizzling hot with soft flour tortillas & sides of lettuce, pico de gallo, cheddar & sour cream. Make 'em how you like 'em.

Fish 'n Chips Either marinated in local herbs & grilled over an open flame OR beer-battered then deep-fried 'til golden,served with a cilantro garlic sauce.

With a five peppercorn port demi-glace.

With luna pineapple barbeque sauce.

Fresh Mahi Mahi (local) With lemon garlic fresh herb butter sauce.

Juicy boneless chicken breast marinated in our special Mojito seasoning, grilled & finished with a Cockspur Rum glaze.

Café Luna’s regular menu is still available with appetisers at $20- $35 and entrees at $50- $95. No substitutions allowed to this menu. A discretionary 12.5% service charge (PST) will be added to your bill. 15% service charge on parties of 8 or more. All prices include VAT.

Tex Mex Menu • Margarita Bar

Ocean Views • Rooftop Terrace • International Cuisine

Mojito Chicken

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Sunbury House Reservations: 423-6270

St. Philip Set in the heart of tranquil St. Philip countrside, Sunbury is over 300 years old and is a superb example of a Barbadian Sugar Estate Great House. The Courtyard Restaurant blends harmoniously with its 300 year old history, providing a delightful setting for family outings and group functions. After your tour enjoy their buffet lunch with tasty Bajan specialities (BDS$50), or choose from their a la carte menu or indulge in a Sunbury High Tea. The Pavilion, adjacent to the mahogany woods, lends itself to any function seating up to 300 guests. Inside the house, Sunbury also do delightful private five-course candlelight meals for up to 28 guests seated at the 200 year old mahogany table, where the famous Sam Lord was often a guest.

The Atlantis Reservations: 433-9445 or 439-3000 Tent Bay, St. Joseph The historic Atlantis Hotel, which overlooks picturesque Tent Bay in Bathsheba, has been restored to its former glory by the same team that has made the Fishpot at Little Good Harbour so popular. The new owners are committed to ensuring that the revived Atlantis will be famous for serving the same high quality, traditional Barbadian cuisine as it did in its heyday. The legendary Atlantis Buffet Lunches, on Sundays and Wednesdays, offer the perfect opportunity to savour the many delights of local food, while the regular menu offers a selection of delectable Barbadian dishes served in a more modern style. Atlantis, with its delicious food and dramatic coastal setting, is a real Barbados experience.

Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers

Pickled Sea Cat

Menu Sample Lunch Bds$ Appetisers: $15

Homemade Pumpkin Soup Bajan Fish Cakes

On avocado & tomato salsa.

Conch Fritters With red pepper relish.

Cold Cocktail Salads: Shrimp - Lobster Chicken - Conch - Sea Cat Served with local lettuce and Mount Gay marie rose sauce.

Mains Mains: $30-$40

Sunbury House Combo Grilled shrimp, mahi mahi and flying fish platter.

Rotis: Curry Chicken - Beef - Shrimp - Goat Channa & Lentil Served with dahl pourri skins or rice. Stews: Pepperpot - Chicken - Salt Fish - Seafood

Traditional Bajan Beef Stew

Served with field peas & rice, cou cou, yam pie, sweet potato or breadfruit mash

With peas and rice.

Cutters: Honey Baked Ham - Flying Fish Chicken Salad - Pepperpot - Grilled Fish of The Day

Homemade Desserts: $6-$10

Each sandwich is served in their own homemade salt bread, hand cut fried and carrot slaw

Bajan Rum Trifle Coconut Cream Pie

Roasted Black Belly Lamb

Afternoon Tea: $25

with a Bajan seasoning butter sauce.

Freshly Baked Scones, Served with butter, fresh cream and jam Mini Sandwiches, Slice of Cake, Freshly Brewed Pot of Tea or Coffee

All served with a choice of spinach rice, fries, yam pie, candied sweet potato, breadfruit salad or eggplant lazagna.

Daily Buffet • Fascinating Tours • Private Functions

Oceanfront • Caribbean Cuisine • Private Functions

With thyme and garlic gravy.

Fresh Catch of The Day Fried or Grilled


Daily Homemade Pies, Ice Creams, Sorbet

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The Carriage House


The Crane, St. Philip The Carriage House Bar & Restaurant was once the official stable of the historic “Crane Beach Hotel” over 100 years ago. In keeping with the continued expansion and development of what is today known as The Crane Residential Resort, it has been transformed into a modern day poolside bar and grill. Overlooking four waterfalls, infinity edge pools with a panoramic ocean view and waterfall pond in the surrounding back drop, this facility serves a variety of light and delectable food items and refreshments. The “ruins”, as The Carriage House is often referred to, still maintains remnants of its architectural past and rich history, in keeping with the overall style of the resort where modern day amenities are constantly melding with old world charm. Reservations are not recommended.

The Crane, St. Philip For a taste of home cooking, head to D’Onofrio's, Barbados’ newest Italian restaurant located within the charming Crane Village. Toast to good friends and good health with a glass of Prosecco while you savor the aromas of authentic Italian cuisine being prepared to your liking. An extensive selection of fine wines complement classic regional dishes inspired by the simple flavours and old-world traditions of Italy. For more casual fare, enjoy a selection of antipasti and pizzas in our garden terrace, open for lunch and dinner. Create your own special occasion and discover the meaning of la dolce vita at D’Onofrio’s. Reservations recommended.

Reservations: 423-6220

Reservations: 423-6220

Menu Sample Bds$ Appetisers: $21 - $34

Menu Sample Bds$

Mixed Leaves

Antipasto: $6 - $28

Tossed with bell peppers and tear drop tomatoes and refreshed in a house dressing.

Bruschetta al Pomodoro e Formaggio Garlic bread with fresh diced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.

Caesar Salad


With chicken.

Sliced fresh tomato, mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

Wraps: $26 - $34

Paninis: $20 - $35

Blue Star Crab Meat

Prosciutto e Formaggio

Crisp lettuce in a herbed aioli with French fries or tossed salad.

Ham and cheese.

Balsamic Marinated Grilled Vegetables

Salsiccia e Peperoni

With romaine lettuce and a pink mayo splash, with French fries or tossed salad.

Italian sausage and sautéed mixed sweet pepper.

Desserts: $25 – $32 Sandwich Bar: $28 - $34

Club Sandwich

Granita di Caffe Shaved frozen espresso coffee topped with whipped cream.

With grilled chicken, ham and bacon with French fries or tossed salad.

Mousse Special

Dinner From the Grill: $35 - $59

Chocolate caramel coffee mousse with an amaretto cookie.

Grilled Peppercorn Rib Eye Steak

Pasta: $40 - $57

Grilled to your specification.

Create Your own Pasta or Pizza!

Strip Loin and Lobster Oscar

Pizza: Starting from $36

6 oz strip topped with lobster meat in white wine and lobster sauce.

Poolside Bar & Grill • Lunch • Dinner • Casual

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Casual al fresco • Lunch • Dinner



Reservations: 423-6220 The Crane, St. Philip


Reservations: 423-6220 The Crane, St. Philip

Top Food Award Zagat 2010

Experience the world of Zen. Zen offers authentic Thai and Japanese delicacies in a magnificent setting on the island’s south east coast. Zen’s sophisticated, Asian-inspired architecture and interior décor complement its dramatic setting, complete with an all-glass frontage offering spectacular views of the sea. The centrepiece of the restaurant is a 12-person sushi bar overlooking the sea 50 feet below. Watch the Sushi chefs prepare delicious, exotic fare as you relax, chat and enjoy the amazing view. A special and intimate Tatami room, in traditional Japanese style, provides a good option for parties up to fourteen people who want to dine in privacy. Reservations required.

Celebrating 120 years of hospitality, The Crane has been renowned for over a century for both its deliciously prepared seafood and its breathtaking scenic beauty. Lunches feature an excellent and varied International and Caribbean menu in a relaxed atmosphere, featuring spectacular panoramic views of Crane Beach, named "one of the top ten beaches in the world" by Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. In the evening, the restaurant's romantic candlelit ambiance is the perfect complement to any special occasion. Sundays at The Crane are an extra-special, well-established tradition, offering a Sunday Gospel Breakfast with live performances and a steel-pan accompanied Bajan buffet lunch. Reservations required.

Menu Sample Bds$

Menu Sample Bds$

Appetisers: $12-$46 Thai - Ka Nom Pang

Appetisers: $16-$54

Na Moo

Crisp deep-fried pork spread on a sliver of toast and served with chopped cucumber in a sweet vinegar.

Japanese -

Kane Age

Deep fried soft shell crab.

Mains: $26-$59 Thai - Phad Mee

Red oak salad, red chili & garlic mayonnaise.

Fire Roasted Vegetables With tomato crudiola, caprese dressing .


Wok-fried egg noodles with fresh mixed vegetables, prawns, chicken and ham topped with fried seaweed and a hint of hot sesame oil.

Japanese/Sushi -

Blue Swimmer Crab Cake

Caribbean Sails

Mains: $34-$114

Tamarind Glazed Snapper With papaya, pineapple salsa,bean sprouts, mesclun mix & cumin vinaigrette.

Bajan Herbed Infused Pork Tenderloin

Tempura, teriyaki chicken, california roll.

With Four Square Spice Rum, herbed polenta, sautéed spinach & apple chutney.

Desserts: $16-$24

Desserts: $22-$32

Tempura Alaska

Lovers Delight Strawberry Parfait

Vanilla ice cream lightly battered, quick fried and coated in a roasted almond paste.

Served in a vanilla tulip cup.

Tempura Cheesecake

Wrapped in dark chocolate with glazed berries.

White Chocolate Mousse

Creamy baked cheese cake coated with tempura batter, quick fried to a golden brown crisp and topped with chocolate sauce.

Oceanfront • Thai & Japanese Cuisine • Sushi Bar

Beachfront • Seafood & Caribbean Delicacies

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Car Hire

Andrew Hulsmeier

Hiring a car is the best way to appreciate the beauty and character of Barbados

or a small island there is an intriguing number of places to visit and things to do. What may be equally appealing, however, is the fact that everything is less than half an hour’s drive away! Hiring a car is the best way to appreciate the beauty and character of Barbados. Bajans are friendly and always willing to point you in the right direction.

Driving in Barbados In Barbados we drive on the left. You will be required to produce your valid driver's licence as well as a Visitors’s Permit which can be issued by most car hire companies, or from the Oistins, Hastings or Holetown Police Stations. They are valid for two months from the date of issue. Seat belts are compulsory and drivers incur a hefty fine if caught with passengers not using seat belts. Visitors to the island are easily identifiable on the road by the ‘H’ number plate. Locals are usually accommodating of your confusion with directions, roundabouts, road signs, etc. and make allowances. However, since the ‘H’ does identify you as a visitor you can be targets for pickpockets and harassing vagrants. Authorized security personnel at all locations are usually in uniform, so do not pay anyone else who claims to be ‘security’ to guard your vehicle. Please be careful with your possessions and place them in the boot/trunk wherever possible and ensure that the vehicle is always locked when unattended.

Speed Limits In built-up areas or the city - 40 km/h Rural areas, outside the city - 60 km/h ABC Highway - 80km/h

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Car Hire Car Hire Information

Finding Your Way Around

The rental agent will show you the vehicle’s features. Pay attention to this demonstration since most models are different in the Caribbean. Note the emergency hot line number of your company and check that they offer breakdown assistance. All of the rental companies featured here offer unlimited mileage, free delivery and pick-up to hotels, villas, airport and seaport, baby seats and free maps. All vehicles are covered by insurance including unlimited liability for passengers and third party personal injury coverage. The Collision Damage Waiver is also available and highly recommended. This gives you comprehensive insurance in the event of an accident. CDW does not usually cover damage to rims and tyres. Though credit card insurance covers you for most motor vehicles it is recommended that you check which vehicles are exempt. If you have an accident, you must leave your vehicle in its position and call your car hire company and the police immediately – do not admit liability or agree to costs or compensation. For Police dial 211 and ambulance 511.

This can be challenging as Barbados has one of the most dense road networks (per square mile) in the world. The island maps are based on place names and the black and white signs around the island identify the various districts. These will give the map reader a point of reference along with the name of the highway you are on. Highways 1-7 all commence in Bridgetown and fan out across the island. Highways A-Z are the smaller roads in between. The main ABC Highway runs from the airport in the south to the north of the island, and runs parallel to the coastal highways. Be sure to pick up a copy of the handy ‘Barbados in a Nutshell’ Pocket Guide & Road Map

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Index Agent Provocateur 112, 113 Altman Real Estate Insert, 280 Angry Annies Restaurant 314 Apes Hill Club 68, 69, 266, 267 Apsara by the Sea 182, 319 Armani Exchange 106, 107 Atlantis Submarines 187 Audemars Piguet IFC, 1 Azul Restaurant 327 Bajan Blue at Sandy Lane 306 Bajan Cooking in a Nutshell 55 Bajan Services Ltd. 251, 279 55 Barbados Fertility Centre 168, 169 Barbados Golf Club 67 Barbados Riviera 258, 259 Barbados Wildlife Reserve 202, 203 Beach Houses at Culpepper 247 Bert’s 293, 300, 327 Best of Barbados 94, 95 Beth & Tracie 116, 117 Blake, Alpheus 151 Blake Coral Stone Designs 134, 135 73 Breitling 18, 19 Brock, Janice Sylvia 149 Brown Sugar Restaurant 320, 321 285 Café Luna Restaurant 330 Café Sol Restaurant 293, 330 Cannon Fishing Charters 190 Caribbean Cookbook - A Lifetime of Recipes 55 Cartier 16, 17, 80 Cave Shepherd 41 Chakra Spa 165 Champers Restaurant 183, 301, 319 Chandelier Weddings 181 Chanel 59 Chopard 47 Cin Cin by the Sea 292, 316 Cliff Sharker Turtle & Wreck Tours 188 Coconut Car Rentals 335 Coconut Tours 189 Colombian Emeralds Int’l 7, 9, 11, 39, 71 Complementary Practitioners 171 Contemporary Caribbean Cooking 55 Cool Runnings 194, 195 Coral Reef Club 308, 309 Country Club at Sandy Lane 307 Courtesy Rent-a-Car 334 Crown of Light 82, 83 Cumberbatch, Steve 178, 179 Damiani 71 Daphne’s Restaurant 304, 305 David Yurman 4, 5 deAction Beach Shop 188 Designers’ Choice 130, 131 Diamonds International IFC, 1, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 82, 83, 84, 85 Dingolay 114, 115 Complementary Practitioners 171 DJ Dusty 178 D’Onofrio’s at The Crane 332 Earth & Fire 152 Earthworks Pottery 79, 154, 155, 210, 211 El Tigre 191 Ellco Rentals 174, 175 Exclusive Cottons of the C’bean Inc. 120, 121

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Feng Shui Matters! 171 Fish Pot Restaurant 312 Fisherpond Great House 315 Flower Forest 213 Forter-Chee-a-Tow, Catherine 148 Foster, Gina 149 Frangipani Art Gallery 143 Fusion Restaurant & Lounge 322, 323 Gallery of Caribbean Art 139 Gallery NuEdge Fine Arts Ltd. 145 Gaye Boutique 114, 115 Gina Francesca Photography 178 Greenwich House Antiques 134, 135 Grenadine Air Alliance 235 Grenadine Escape 234 Groots Bar & Restaurant 313 Gucci 7 Harbour Lights 290, 291 Harley Davidson of the West Indies 53 Harrison’s Cave 215 Hilton Barbados 57 Ins & Outs Gift Emporium 156, 157 International Pension Advisory Serv. Ltd. 277 Island Bliss Weddings 177 Island Safari 189 Island Villas 253, 281 Jenny Blanc 126, 127, 128, 129 John Hardy 20, 21 Jon Farmer Photography 178 Kellman, Winston 148 L’Acajou at Sandy Lane 306 L’Azure at The Crane 333 La Dolce Vita 118, 119 Lime 55, 57 Limegrove Lifestyle Centre BC Little Switzerland 59, 89, Lobster Alive 320 Lone Star Restaurant 313 Longines 51 Louis Vuitton 102, 103 Lucky Horseshoe Restaurant 328, 329 Mallalieu Motor Collection 222 Marco Bicego 49 McBride’s Pub & Cookhouse 293 Medical Directory 167 Milano Diamond Gallery 87 Movado 43 Mullins Beach Restaurant 312 13, 323 National Car Rentals 335 Natural Energy Centre 171 Nishi Restaurant 311 Ocean Two Residences 273 On The Wall Gallery 141 Organic Earth Health Store 171 Palm Villa 234 Panerai 15 Paulo’s Churrasco do Brasil 328, 329 PBHC Clinic/School of Holistic Therapies 171 Pelican Craft Centre 158, 159 Pisces Restaurant 317 Pollards Mill 183 Port St. Charles 264, 265 Porters Great House 182 Posh Nosh 96, 97 Ralph Lauren 2, 3, 104, 105 Rare Bird Art Experience 151 Raymond Weil 45

Realtors Limited 254, 255, 278 Reefers & Wreckers 190 Reiki School of Natural Healing 171 Relish Epicurea 96, 97, 315 Rolex IBC Royal Westmoreland 268, 269 St. Nicholas Abbey 206, 207 Saint Peter’s Bay 260, 261, 262, 263 Scott, Heather-Dawn 149 Silver Moon Catamarans 192, 193 Simon Peter 122, 123 Simply Flowers 176 Small Cats 191 Soulmates Barbados 182 Southern Palms Beach Club 65 Sports Associations 72 Stuart, John 148 Sunbury Plantation House 183, 219, 331 Sunshine Kula 171 Super Centre Supermarkets 96, 97 SVG Air 235 Tag Heuer 9 Tapas Restaurant 318 Terra Caribbean 274, 275 The Atlantis 331 The Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association 73 The Barbados Museum & Historical Society 223 The Carriage House at The Crane 332 The Cliff Barbados - Recipes By Paul Owens 55 The Cliff Restaurant 292, 303, 304 The Crane Resort 182, Insert, 241-246 The Garden Terrace Restaurant 324 The Gourmet Shop 96, 97 The Grille at Hilton Barbados 326 The Grove Residences 270 The Healing Tree 171 The Lighthouse Terrace at Hilton Bdos 326 The Maas Clinic 171 The Mews Restaurant 292, 314 The Royal Shop 4, 5, 43, 45, 47, 49, 51, 90, 91 The Sandpiper 308, 309 The Shell Gallery 153 The Spa at Coral Reef Club 162, 163 The Spa at Sandy Lane 162 The Spa Café at Sandy Lane 307 The Tides Art Gallery 143 The Tides Restaurant 183, 310 Theo Fennell 11 Thirty Nine Steps Wine Bar & Bistro 318 Tiffany & Co. 61 Timothy Oulton 132, 133 Tissot 89 Tiyi By Design 122, 123, 151 Un Dimanche a Paris 110, 111 Vilebrequin 108, 109 Vuemont 271 Walker, Jill 152 Waterfront Café 322, 323 Waterside Restaurant 324, 325 Weddings Beyond Your Imagination 177 Weddings by Malissa 176 Weatherhead, Marilda 148 West Coast Mall 79 Zed’s Surfing Adventures 188 Zen at The Crane 333


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