Barbados was the first Caribbean island that I visited when I was 11 years old, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that I decided to take my children there for their very first ‘longer-haul’ holiday. I was travelling with my ten and five- year-old boys. Staying in a villa seemed like the perfect choice for us — despite me being worried about the duration of the flight! Having a spirited younger child, the thought of keeping him occupied for over eight hours was torture, however the Virgin Atlantic crew were wonderful and I hardly heard a peep out of him - the in-flight entertainment was a godsend!
Upon arrival at the airport in Barbados we were met by our amazing Elegant Resorts staff, and the kids had their first surprise....a stretch limousine! An extravagent transfer, just for us, we were whisked away to our luxury villa and the children’s faces were a picture! Our first four nights were spent staying at a magnificent private villa called Half Century House. The villa occupies an enviable position within the exclusive Sugar Hill Estate and is set within manicured tropical gardens. Offering peace and tranquillity, we enjoyed alfresco dining on the vast terrace, overlooking the private pool, but also made the most of being close to a variety of amenities, including the Sugar Hill Clubhouse nearby. Here, we enjoyed the resort’s fabulous facilities including swimming pools, tennis courts and a gym. We also spent time at the impressive Beach Club, soaking up the sunshine and taking the children for their first dip in the Caribbean Sea. The staff at the villa were exceptional and catered for our ever whim. The boys were in heaven, as the cook made all of their favourite meals and utterly spoilt them. I was too, as I didn’t have to lift a finger since all our meals were cooked, our clothes were washed and ironed, plus dishes washed.....sheer bliss for a full-time working mum! During our stay, we made time to visit Port Ferdinand Marina. After thoroughly enjoying Sunday Brunch, we spent the afternoon experiencing the wonderful facilities and enjoyed a relaxing boat cruise in the harbour – something which I would definitely recommend doing.
Having moved to another property called Tradewinds for the last three nights, we were fortunate enough to experience one of the most luxurious villas in the whole of Barbados. Located on the iconic Sandy Lane Estate, the villa boasts five elegantly furnished guest bedrooms, including the Master Bedroom, which spans the entire top floor! My word, it was pristine, elegant and extravagant! Most of our time was spent by the swimming pool, which had a wonderful decked area, dining gazebo with bar area, plus a state-of-the-art music centre. We also visited the beach at Sandy Lane, as guests of this villa are granted access to the Sandy Lane beach facility, complete with a private beach cabana. We were blessed with the most amazing housekeeper; she baked cakes such as delicious banana bread and cooked indulgent breakfasts - the boys wanted to take her home!
A real highlight for us all was spending the evening at the iconic Sandy Lane hotel. We were privileged to be invited to the Manager’s Cocktail Party and dinner, where we mingled with guests and staff, plus enjoyed an enlightening look around this extraordinary property. Dining at Bajan Blue was an utter feast and the Indian Buffet was a seriously lavish and flavoursome affair!
We enjoyed such a wonderful family holiday and experienced so much in one week - from driving to the south coast of the island, to having dinner at the famous Lone Star restaurant and shopping at Lime Grove. Barbados truly does have something for everyone.