Thursday, 12 July 2018

Wanderlust: Dreaming of Barbados

I haven’t travelled for a while now and I’m starting to get itchy feet; I hadn’t really had much wanderlust before I met Luke as I am a solid little home bird but every now and then I dream of soft sand, cocktails and the sound of the sea lapping on the shore. I used to watch this holiday programme when I was little and these sandy beaches and palm trees were a world away; these days I find myself planning my dream holiday online and looking at the hottest places with the most luxury resorts and accommodation. Luke served in the Navy and travelled to the most amazing places such as New York, South Africa and Barbados – I hadn’t thought about Barbados much before but the photos and stories that Luke has always told me make me look at areas to stay and houses for rent in Barbados.

this post is in collaboration with Luxury Retreats but all thoughts are my own 

For me, the Caribbean is the ultimate holiday destination, it’s the exact place that I used to watch on the holiday TV shows and wonder if it was real which is why we need to go to Barbados. At the moment I don’t think that it’s the kind of holiday we can do with Freddie as I do not fancy an eight-hour flight with a baby, I don’t fancy an eight-hour flight myself – flights are not my thing and that’s one of the reasons why destinations like this have always seemed further away than they actually are so I’m thinking this holiday might have to be a romantic trip for me and Luke to enjoy and here’s some of the things we’d plan to do:

Bridgetown would be our ideal place to stay as that’s where Luke spent most of his time, as the capital of Barbados it is steeped in history which is exactly what I look for in a holiday destination. Luke fondly remembers the relaxed vibe and how friendly the residents and he says he spent many a night dancing in bars and drinking all the rum. The coast of Bridgetown is home to six shipwrecks which is something I’d be desperate to see up close if I weren’t such a wimp with water, diving it is not an option for me but I am partial to a little snorkel. 

Food is also an extra important factor when it comes to staying somewhere and fish is a big deal in Barbados; Oistins Fish Fry is said to be the place to go on a Friday night for all the freshly cooked fish (to your taste dependant on which vendor you go to) the informal chilled vibe and the mixture of fresh sword fish, tuna and mahi-mahi to name a few are making me drool and it sounds like the perfect way to kick off the weekend. 

Rum would have to be our main tipple during our stay, you can’t go to Barbados and not have it. As well as sampling the different varieties in various local bars, tours of distilleries are also option for learning about the process of making rum and hopefully having a few samples along the way. 

I’m not to keen on underground and confined places but Harrison’s Cave is something that looks like it can’t be missed. The subterranean environment is a tourist attraction in Barbados, you travel via tram and witness the clear water and cascading waterfalls and streams and explore the underground natural attraction in all its beautiful glory.

The Andromeda Botanic Gardens sound like the perfect space for a spot of lunch as well as wondering at the various tropical plants, palms and orchids that are exclusive to Barbados. The gardens were a personal project of Iris Bonnache, a botanist who then left the garden to the Barbados National Trust when she passed away.



For a really affordable price you can go on a Glass Bottom Boat Shipwreck Adventure and Beach Day, taking a cruise out to the Turtle Bay shipwreck on a glass bottomed boat and then snorkelling around the wreck sounds like a once in a lifetime experience and a beautiful way to get a closer look at the sea life. 

I couldn’t stay in Bridgetown and not head to the Agapey Chocolate factory, hosting a range of antique machinery as well as sample the delights made by the only artisan chocolatier on the island. Mmmm, chocolate. 

Apparently full 360 tours of the entire island are really popular and I can’t think of a better way to get a full feel of a place and what a pleasure to get to see a whole island and soak up the culture. 

From what I’ve researched and what Luke’s told me Barbados is a hive of activity with so many different trips, sports and tours to undertake that you can really have a jam-packed holiday and do and see something every day but what Luke really enjoyed the most on his days off were pottering round Bridgetown, having a bite to eat in small cafes, getting to know the local residents and the culture and really immersing into the kicked back, chilled and friendly culture that Barbados is renowned for. 

All this research has really got me lusting after some time away but we better get saving if we plan to pack so much fun into our trip. For now, I’ll make do with the heatwave we’re having and get myself a rum and coke. 



  

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