If You Like Barbados…
The best-established winter playground in the eastern Caribbean, Barbados has something for everyone. Whether you’re seeking low-key or lively, rugged or refined, this island’s got it covered.
The palm-fringed beaches of the west coast are ideally suited to those wishing to escape northern hemisphere winters. Barbados has lately been upgrading its infrastructure without losing any of its laid-back charm, and is incentivising wealthy entrepreneurs and remote workers to relocate here. An ambitious marina development, the Pierhead Project, is planned in its historic capital, Bridgetown.
Perched high on the west coast, with sweeping views of the Caribbean and Atlantic, Apes Hill Golf and Beach Club has raised its game in recent years. “This prestigious resort has spent heavily on improvements, with its freshly renovated 18-hole golf course now open and a new beach club in the pipeline,” says James Burdess, head of Savills Caribbean. “It’s been selling especially well to British and Canadians.” Properties are available at a range of price points, with traditional plantation-style villas and contemporary, pared-back houses with infinity pools on offer.
Among the other prime gated resort and marina communities on the island’s west coast, the QP Bistro has opened in St James, but it’s at Batts Rock Beach where you’ll find Burdess’s favourite “feet in the sand” restaurant, La Cabane – a sophisticated take on the traditional Barbados rum shack.
Pictures from top: at the beach in Barbados (Alamy); a palm tree seen through a shuttered window (Alamy)