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About Barbados | Luxury Villa Rental

Barbados; the 'Jewel' of the Caribbean, where the soft beat of steel drums floats through the air and luxury villa rental is abundant and spectacular. As a firm favourite of many British guests for decades, this beautiful island is an ideal retreat for those looking for true relaxation, a sense of luxury and guaranteed Caribbean spirit. With endless white and pinks sands, incredible barbados weather, some of the finest cuisine in the West Indies and more sightseeing opportunities than anywhere else in the Caribbean, our luxury villas in Barbados remain very popular.

Our luxury villa rentals in Barbados are centered around the West Coast, where the Caribbean Sea gently laps at the shore and the sunsets are exquisite. Our broad range of luxury villas include a large proportion of beach front properties, as well as grand, colonial style retreats that are based inland. With an undisputable sense of hospitality, Bajans warmly welcome all guests and are happy to share their little piece of paradise with you. 

Barbados has so much to offer. The sea always beckons, especially along the West Coast where the clear warm water laps gently onto the palm fringed coral sands. It is perfect for swimming and there are many water activities including catamaran cruises either during the day where you can swim with turtles, or enjoy the sunsets. Further inland in Barbados, there is a wealth of beauty and colour and one can see an intricate trelliswork of gullies (ravines), which were formed long ago from collapsed underground cave channels. Visit Huntes Gardens, Andromeda Gardens, the Flower Forest and the Orchid Gardens and occasionally you will see a Green Vervet monkey playing in the trees.

Sports lovers, whether on land or water will find Barbados has a lot to offer, from diving and swimming to tennis, golf, horse riding, polo and much more. One of the greatest attractions of Barbados is its incredible range and diversity of restaurants. If you appreciate good food, you will relish the dining experience on-island, which is widely acclaimed as the “Restaurant Capital of the Caribbean”. The restaurants in Barbados have an eclectic mix of American, European, Japanese, West Indian and Asian influences featured in the unique style of Barbados food.

Barbados boasts some of the very best nightlife in the Caribbean. No matter what time of the year you visit, the choice is endless. From sophisticated wine bars to beach bars or watching the game at the sports bars. Choose a jazz club, some reggae or one of the many nightclubs. Book to see a live theatre performance or maybe the latest movie at the drive-in.

Barbados measures a mere 21 by 14 miles and is divided into 11 parishes with 4 major towns; Holetown, Speightstown, Oistins and the capital, Bridgetown (see our map of barbados below). Where is Barbados? It is the most easterly of the Caribbean Islands and is in close proximity to St Lucia, Dominica, Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines. With its beautiful beaches, crystal clear water and lush tropical vegetation, it is often referred to as the “Jewel of the Caribbean”. 

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FACTS ABOUT BARBADOS...

Barbados offers some of the most luxurious villas in the world and has many famous residents who own their own luxury villa, which makes Barbados one of the most exclusive islands for luxury villa rental.

  • VISAS FOR BARBADOS

Visas are not usually required when entering Barbados. Canadian, UK, US and European passport holders do not need visas to enter Barbados.

  • DEPARTURE TAX FROM BARBADOS

Departure Tax of BDS $55 (US $ 27.50) applies for all passengers over 2 years old leaving Barbados. Most airlines include this with the cost of the ticket, but we recommend checking to be sure.

  • LANGUAGE IN BARBADOS

English. 

  • LOCAL TIME IN BARBADOS

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) minus 4 hours.

  • GETTING AROUND IN BARBADOS

Barbados Rental cars, taxis, public buses are readily available. A visitor’s driving permit (required when renting a car) costs only Bds $10 and is available at any police station or car rental company with a valid drivers license. In Barbados, you drive on the left hand side. Taxi tours are available. Bus Journeys are $1.50 per bus per journey and you can find information on schedules and routes HERE.

  • ELECTRICAL STANDARDS IN BARBADOS

Barbados uses the 100-125 volt system.

  • LOCAL CURRENCY IN BARBADOS

Barbados currency is the Barbadian Dollar (Bds) which is linked to the US$. The official exchange rate is approximately BDS$1.98 = USD$1.00. On the street it is usually charged at a 2 to 1 ratio.

  • CREDIT CARDS IN BARBADOS

Most restaurants do encourage and accept credit cards. Travellers cheques in US, UK and Canadian funds are also cashable at many retail outlets. There are many regional and international banks, which have ATMs that will accept major credit cards and dispense local currency based on the current exchange rate. Banks are open from 8:00am-3:00pm.

  • BANKING AND ATM'S IN BARBADOS

The Barbados National Bank operates many ATM's around the island for visitors and local's convenience. Some of the more suitable locations for our villa guests can be found below:

Holetown Post Office Complex
Departure Lounge, Grantley Adams International Airport
Speightstown Branch
Worthing Branch

  • WATER STANDARDS IN BARBADOS

Barbados’ water is among the purest in the world and can be enjoyed straight from the tap.

  • POPULATION OF BARBADOS

The population of Barbados is about 265,000. They are called Bajans and the population is well educated with a literacy rate of 99%.

  • SUNRISE + SUNSET IN BARBADOS

The sun in Barbados rises at about 5:45am and sets at approximately 6:00pm all year around.

  • COMMUNICATIONS IN BARBADOS

The area code for Barbados is 246. You dial this ths code just like you would do for any other international area code.

The express postal service to London or New York is guaranteed to be delivered in 48 hours. There are district post offices in every parish.

  • BARBADOS CAPITAL

The capital of barbados is Bridgetown.

  • USEFUL NUMBERS IN BARBADOS

Police: 211
Fire: 311
Ambulance: 511
Sandy Crest Medical Centre (Open 24 Hours): 246-419-4911