Reported by J.S. Fletcher and Kathy M. Newbern
As the days heat up, so do plans for a summer getaway. If you’re looking for places abroad to expand your summer escape, consider this one: Barbados, Caribbean.
The distinctly British island of Barbados brims with opportunities that will appeal to all types of travelers, from watersports that can challenge or relax to natural wonders on land and sea steeped with culture, history and geographic grandeur. In its quest to provide guests with the finest experiences available, Elegant Hotels Group has created the Discover Barbados Program at each of its five distinctive resorts that affords access to the very best this Caribbean island has to offer.
Excursion options include:
Catamaran Cruise: A five-hour cruise by catamaran along Barbados’ tranquil West Coast, including a buffet lunch and standard bar. Guests can enjoy snorkeling and swimming with local turtles and relaxing on a lovely beach. Offered daily.
Mount Gay Lunch Rum Tour: This three-hour excursion includes a guided tour of the Mount Gay distillery – complete with film presentations, tastings and cocktail secrets revealed – and culminates in a sumptuous lunch buffet with drinks. Offered Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Island Safari Full-Day Tour: 4×4 Safari Land Rovers transport guests off-road to Barbados’ most beautiful spots that can’t be accessed by tour bus. Gullies, tropical forests, and a gourmet lunch at on of the island’s historic plantation houses are highlights of this seven-hour excursion. Offered daily.
Harrison’s Cave Tour: This natural wonder features spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, breathtaking waterfalls, and deep emerald pools. Guests enjoy a subterranean tour by tram, informative movie, and more. Three hours; offered daily.
St. Nicholas Abbey Tour: Following a tour of this fascinating 17th-century abbey, believed to be the island’s oldest building, guests are treated to a scenic island drive that includes Cherry Tree Hill for its panoramic views, the East Coast Road, Bathsheba and St. John’s Church. Rum or fruit punch refreshment is included. Three-and-a-half hours; offered Sunday through Friday.
Coast to Coast: The ultimate Bajan adventure, this six-hour excursion includes stops at scenic sites across the island, from Barbados’ first town – Holetown – to its first port – Speighstown. Guests will take in magnificent views from atop Cherry Tree Hill and along the breathtaking East Coast Road, and stop at the famed St. John’s Parish Church, a classic Gothic structure that appears to be carved from the cliffside on which it sits. A sumptuous Barbadian lunch buffet will follow at Sunbury Plantation House, with its private collection of horse-drawn carriages. Offered Sunday through Friday.
Discover Barbados excursions are an add-on value at only $75 US per person, per excursion. Each excursion requires a minimum of two guests and includes transportation.
Elegant Hotels include The House, Colony Club Hotel, and Tamarind, as well as the all-inclusive Crystal Cove Hotel and Turtle Beach Resort. The group also includes the acclaimed Daphne’s restaurant on Barbados’ west coast – sister to Daphne’s restaurant in London.
For reservations or more info, visit www.eleganthotels.com or call 888-996-9948.
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International Travel Examiners J.S. Fletcher and spouse, Kathy M. Newbern, report on luxury destinations, spas and cruising around the globe. They are award-winning members of the Society of American Travel Writers and created YourSpaReport.com and YourNovel.com, their personalized romance novel business.