Christmas is a very special time of the year in Barbados. The sky is bluer, the waters match the sky, the breeze is more intense and it’s much cooler in the evenings. Christmas blooms such as Christmas candle, poinsettia, and snow on the mountain. The century old Christmas morning walk in Queens Park is Crème de la Crème of Christmas Day. Thousands Barbadians turn out in their finest new grabs to “out-do” each other and visitors join in the celebration as observers and participants.
Every two years, the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association hosts an awards presentation. The 2018 awards presentation was held in October 2018 at the new Barbados Sandals Royal. Dover Beach Hotel proudly took home the award for Environmental and Sustainability, and we are ecstatically proud of our win. For years we have purposefully undertaken measures that help to preserve our environment for a sustainable future. We extend our sincerest thanks to the entire team for the creative ideas implemented to make a difference. We also thank or guests for they cooperation in helping us to reduce our fossil footprint. Our Green Globe Certification is also responsible for us being in the winner’s circle. Dover Beach was a finalist in two other categories: The Employee of the Year category with our Kimmel Carrington who heads the Maintenance Department as well as the category for Social Responsibility.
As the stresses of day-to-day life prevail in our daily lives, we have come to recognize that, by necessity, it is important to pamper ourselves regularly for the welfare of our body and soul. We are often so busy with or daily responsibilities that we just do not make it a priority. While on vacation however, it’s the perfect time to indulge and pamper oneself. Getting a massage is one option and there are several reasons to do so.
Barbados became a British colony around 1625. During that period the British planters first planted tobacco, which drove the economy for a while, but ran into trouble when a high quality Virginia tobacco created a glut in Europe resulting in a steep drop in price. The Barbados planters quickly switched to planting sugar and in short order the sugar revolution occurred in Barbados and led to Barbados being the birthplace of rum. The by-product of sugar is molasses and is fermented into alcohol and distilled into rum. Mount Gay Rum has been in commercial production since 1703. Many other distilleries have entered the market since then, including St Nicholas Abbey Distillery; Foursquare Rum Factory and the West Indian Rum Distillery.
Oistins Fish Fry is a must do activity for almost every visitor who comes to Barbados and is situated in the Oistins Bay Gardens, in Oistins town, on the south coast of Barbados. It is the most visited attraction on island appealing to both locals and visitor with equal intensity. So why is Oistins so popular? Its authenticity intrigues its patrons… distinctly Bajan they say. Several operators serve up menus of varied fish and other seafood in a very casual atmosphere and at an extremely affordable price point. Open every night of the week, it is, however, more patronised on Fridays and Saturday evenings. Regular patrons have their preferred vendors and tend to move between a few favourites. There are however plenty of options to choose from. Open grills and the welcoming aroma of fresh food permeates the air. Beer is the popular beverage, but other options are also available.