Barbados is the perfect destination if you want to relax, sunbath and chill on the beach. An independent island in the eastern Caribbean, Barbados is out of the way enough to make you forget all about work-related stress. We decided to book this vacation last minute, to celebrate my 40th birthday, and we don’t regret the decision, even if it was not the cheapest option.
The rationale for the choice of Barbados was that Bridgetown, the island’s capital, lives out of tourism, it has drinkable tap water, and, most of all, it’s one of the safest islands in the Caribbean. At Barbados you can safely venture outside the resort you’re staying in for a walk, even at night. The island offers beaches, botanical gardens, and 17th-century plantation houses. Add delicious food and an incredible sense of hospitality, and you’ll get the perfect relaxation trip to get away from your daily routine.
Our trip started with a bit of drama, when our cat sitter decided to bail on us at one week from our departure. Eventually, the local vet accepted to keep them, and we could finally breath. Unfortunately, there were no direct flights from Montreal to Barbados, so we had to catch a connection flight in Toronto. All in all, the trip was okay, and in 5 hours we were landing on one of the most beautiful places on earth.
For our one-week stay, we chose Buganvillea Barbados, and we can’t recommend it enough for cleanliness and friendliness. At our arrival, we found a small reception with local drinks and snacks: time to get the keys of our (spectacular) room – a fully furnished apartment with an Ocean-view terrace -, and we were soaking in the pool, oblivious of all our troubles!
The only downside of our stay was that we had arrived soon after a major storm that left that side of the coast encumbered with seaweeds. Nevertheless, beach life was pleasant and relaxing. Long walks on the beach and dips in the pools were simply regenerating. We must also say that booked our trip during their low season, so we could enjoy the resort with few guests and a peace that you will rarely find when the place is packed and it’s all parties. The staff at the resort was superb, and they pampered us so much that we left the resort only a few times.
Thumbs up for the Barbadian food and the incredible chefs of the Buganvillea. Being vegan has never been a problem (it was rather an advantage): while the omnivore guests had a fixed menu, the chefs always gave us a choice and cooked always new meals for us, showcasing their creativity. We have much appreciated the Barbadian flavours and staples, such as bread fruit, plantain, and loads of fresh fruit, dips and snacks. After a couple of meals, we were convinced: we booked all of our meals at the resort, so we didn’t have to scramble to find something suitable for us at street vendors or in the small restaurants of Bridgetown. Moreover, we could enjoy our delicious meals on a beautiful terrace at the beach, with the soothing sound of the waves. Often, in the evening, we would just sit at the beach to talk and look at the stars. It was a wonderful way of enjoying the moment and each other’s company.
Food also brought us some friends: all the chefs at the Buganvillea friended us and spoiled us: we are still in touch with them through social media.
One of the many perks of being in Barbados in October is that sea turtles hatch: we were lucky enough to see them and to help some volunteers that picked them up from our beach to release them in the Ocean in a safer place. It was truly amazing to realize that so many turtle eggs were in our beach. Plus, baby sea turtles are the cutest thing ever!
If you’re looking for an escape from the world and a lazy beach-life type of vacation, Barbados is where you want to be. You’ll have zero worries and plenty of relax!