THE BOUNTIFUL ISLAND OF BARBADOS
[dropcap size=small]I[/dropcap]f you are planning a trip to Barbados, the easternmost Caribbean Island, along with your swimsuit, bring a big appetite for indigenous food, a camera to catch a stunning sunset, and a thirst for all things with rum. Formed by a volcanic eruption due to the collision of the Atlantic crystal and the Caribbean plates, Barbados boasts a unique landscape mixture of serene waters perfect for sunbathers as well as a coastline ideal for surfers. With its rich historical roots, Barbados has something that appeals to any traveler, and although the island is only approximately 20 miles around, it is still known as a haven for paparazzi because of the many notable celebrities who visit for the superior service, extravagance, and exclusivity.
Accommodations range from all-inclusive properties and luxury resorts to villas and budget lodging. Nestled on the pink sand beaches of St. James, is a recently redesigned resort heralded as the epitome of luxury. It is not uncommon to hear the locals, known as Bajans, call Sandy Lane resort the “Billionaire’s Playground.” With private helicopter or Bentley car transfers between the resort and the International Airport, drawn lavish baths accompanied by relaxing music and delectable chocolate truffles, two spectacular Tom Fazio designed golf courses, a 47,000 square foot spa, and four restaurants – Sandy Lane is undoubtedly an exotic five star resort.
The Green Monkey is one of the most exclusive and innovative golfing venues in the Caribbean. Only available to Sandy Lane guests, the course is carved out of a former quarry with dramatic elevation changes and amazing ocean views. If you’re lucky, you will have an encounter with a Bajan Green Monkey, the course namesake. The experience comes with a personal caddy and intelligent golf carts complete with GPS tracking and three-dimensional screens with the layout of each hole.
The island is known for its eclectic mix of American, African, and Asian cuisine. When dining in Barbados, it is common for the national dish; flying fish and cou-cou to be a staple on any menu. Served steamed or fried, the savory flavor of flying fish combined with cou-cou, a mixture of cornmeal and okra is a long standing Caribbean tradition.
There are an abundance of fine restaurants on the island that make for a perfect romantic evening. Beachfront dining is the setting for an unforgettable chance to watch the sun fall into the turquoise water while listening to the soft Caribbean melodies of local musicians.
Barbados is truly a rum lover’s paradise. The island is home to approximately 1,600 rum shops as well as Mount Gay Distillery, the oldest rum producer in the world, which produces over 10,000 bottles of rum a day. Bajans gather at rum shops to share stories with old friends, and make new friends along the way.
Whether you are a golf enthusiast, honeymooner, or vacationer looking for perfect relaxation, Barbados is a premier Caribbean destination.
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BY REBECCA MURPHY | https://19thholemag.com