Ten years ago Janet Boyle decided to take a vacation to Barbados. Ten years later, and every year since, Janet has returned to her home away from home at Dover Beach Hotel, Barbados. But that’s not all – she’s brought along three generations of siblings, husbands, children and grandchildren, each falling in love with a piece of our Caribbean gem.
The Pride of Barbados or Caesalpinia pulcherrima is a typical red and yellow flower, native to the tropics of the Americas. It is, however, most known as the national flower of Barbados, adorning both the island’s Coat of Arms and Queen Elizabeth II’s Personal Barbadian flag for visits to the island. In bloom year-round, the Pride of Barbados’ sunset colours are known to shine brightly in any setting, making it the perfect emblem for the island’s Coat of Arms. At the bottom of this same insignia is Barbados’ national motto, “Pride and Industry”, which speaks to the island’s dignity and constant pursuit of excellence in everything they do.
Barbados may be the home of some of the world’s most famous beaches, but the small island is also home to one of the world’s most fascinating collections of English iron cannons. This impressive set of armoury is referred to as the National Cannon Collection of Barbados and dates all the way back to the 17th and 18th Century when the British Military protected its island colonies.
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.