10 reasons Barbados is the perfect destination for an idyllic getaway

Longing for some sun? 10 reasons why Barbados is the perfect destination for an idyllic getaway

  • Picture yourself swimming with turtles, choosing between 80 idyllic beaches, and sipping rum at a 350-year-old distillery…

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Whether you want to laze on the beach, swim with the turtles or enjoy a gourmet meal with a dreamy sunset view, Barbados is the island for you. 

It’s no wonder the A-list flock here to enjoy endless white sands, breathtaking wildlife, and temperatures in the high 20s.

Virgin Atlantic Holidays has been the Caribbean expert for more than 20 years, whisking British holidaymakers to the island on daily flights from London Heathrow, with three flights a week from Manchester. 

Head to Barbados for the worry-free holiday of your dreams

And now, just when you need a holiday the most, it is offering flexible bookings and payments, safe travel and even free Covid-19 insurance on some holidays, so you can plan your much needed break with confidence.

With everything taken care of by Virgin Atlantic Holidays, all you have to decide is when you want to fly. 

Here are 10 inspiring reasons to book your ultimate escape to Barbados.

80 dreamy beaches

The idyllic Mullins Beach

There is a beach for everyone on this island. 

If you want a lively atmosphere loved by both tourists and locals, head to Mullins Beach. Or try Gibbes Beach for pristine sands and swaying palms – and you could well have it to yourself, so social distancing won’t be an issue. 

The Soup Bowl is the perfect surf spot, while Bathsheba is breathtaking, with rocks shaped by the wild Atlantic to look like top-heavy mushrooms. 

On the south coast, head to Silver Sands for kite and windsurfing, or go celebrity spotting at Sandy Lane Beach.

The birthplace of rum

Enjoying a rum cocktail is a must on Barbados

Rum is the island’s oldest export and the oldest distilled spirit in the world. 

Barbados positively swills in rum heritage and a distillery visit will take you all the way from the sugar cane to a tasting, teaching you everything you need to know.

Experience over 300 years of heritage at Mount Gay, the island’s oldest distillery, or head to one of the many rum shops across the island to order a glass with the locals and perhaps even play a game of dominoes.

The Caribbean meets the Atlantic

The waves at the Soup Bowl are perfect for a spot of surfing

Barbados shores aren’t just lapped by the clear waters of the Caribbean. 

Head to the east coast and you’ll find rolling Atlantic breakers, too. What does that mean for you? 

Well one day you can be relaxing with a stand-up paddleboard or kayak excursions in serene waters, and the next you can learn to surf. 

Two different beach holidays on one island.

Wildlife wonders

Make some new underwater friends

Do you dream of swimming with turtles? Or how about spotting playful green monkeys dashing between the trees? 

Barbados is an exotic wildlife haven both on land and in the water. 

Depending on when you visit, you could swim among hawksbill and leatherback turtles and the island’s marine parks are also home to colourful coral, parrot fish, snapper, angelfish and barracuda. 

Back on dry land visit exotic tropical gardens where hummingbirds buzz around the gorgeous brightly coloured flowers.

The Caribbean culinary capital

The Bajan cuisine goes well with a beautiful view 

A blend of West Indian, African and European flavours makes Bajan food the delicious melting pot it is today. 

Add in the freshest seafood caught just off the coast – think tuna, salmon, red snapper, lobster and crab – and you have all the ingredients for a truly outstanding meal. 

Try the national dish of flying fish with coucou (cornmeal and okra), or pudding and souse, which is pickled pork with sweet potatoes. 

Whether you’re eating at a casual beach bar or enjoying a candlelit clifftop dinner, you’ll be dazzled by the unique Bajan cuisine.

Adventure island

Go underground to explore the  stunning caves of Barbados

Want to go offroading through a sugar cane field? Or perhaps you’d rather learn to kitesurf or go mountain biking along the East Coast? You can do it all in Barbados. 

There is an adventure to be had whether you choose the beach, sea, jungle or mountains. 

Scuba dive to discover the amazing marine life or fly high above the island on a paragliding excursion. 

Then there are the beautiful hikes, caving, horse riding tours and even river tubing. 

Barbados has so much more to explore than you might imagine! 

A step back in time

The capital of Bridgetown is historic and pretty; ideal for a relaxing stroll in the sun

The capital city Bridgetown and its Garrison have been given UNESCO World Heritage status for their rich history and architecture.

And that’s not the only history you’ll find in Barbados. 

From 17th-century plantation houses to pretty Anglican churches, foreboding forts to a beautiful bronze statue marking the emancipation of the island, the monuments you’ll find show just how vibrant and important Barbados has always been.

Hotel heaven

Whether you stay at a hotel overlooking the beach or in a stunning villa you’ll be guaranteed a wonderful view to wake up to

Whether you want to stay in a stunning villa, a cosy boutique hideaway or a glamorous resort, Barbados has a hotel to suit you. 

Step out from your suite right onto the sands, stay in a clifftop villa with panoramic Caribbean vistas or treat yourself to an indulgent spa escape at a resort where no request is too much. 

You’ll love the variety you can find on this island.

Forever begins in Barbados 

Say ‘I do’ in one of the most beautiful destinations on earth 

Want to make your trip even more special? 

Celebrate saying ‘I do’ with endless sea views, a warm Bajan welcome and glorious sunshine with all the details taken care of for you. 

Even now, Barbados is still allowing weddings of up to 250 people so, providing you meet the entry requirements and subsequent tests on arrival, you can invite everyone you want and celebrate together in style.

Work remotely from paradise  

 With the Barbados Welcome Stamp you can exchange your home office for one in a tropical paradise

Who said a holiday has to end? 

With the Barbados Welcome Stamp you can exchange your home office for one in a tropical paradise. 

The island is offering the opportunity to work remotely for up to a year so you can intersperse video meetings with zip-lining and deadlines with beach days.

The Virgin Atlantic Holidays experts have planned every little detail so you can enjoy a Barbados holiday with complete peace of mind. 

Flexible payments, the chance to postpone or change destination, and knowing that you’re in safe hands, means you CAN get away for that longed-for trip.

Travel Facts… 

Travel Facts 

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Or to book your Caribbean holiday with Virgin Atlantic Holidays click HERE. 

There are daily flights from London Heathrow to Barbados and three times a week from Manchester. 

Virgin Atlantic flies to Jamaica up to five times a week from London Heathrow and there are two flights a week from London Heathrow to Grenada.  

Return fares to Barbados, Jamaica and Grenada start from £359 per person, including complimentary food, drink and inflight entertainment. This fare is available for selected departures during 2021. Prices given are correct as of today and are subject to change.

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