Barbados is the epitome of island lavishness when it comes to beaches. From the docile west to the temperamental east coast, the island has a bit of everything for beach lovers. Each of the island’s coasts has its own personality. The most popular with sunseekers is undoubtedly the west coast, whose beaches are best known for their upscale environs and calming allure, while the south-east and most easterly shores are a surfer’s dream. The south westerly beaches like that at Dover are home to soft, glowing white sands that are the perfect backdrop for lazy beach days. Fortunately for us, beautiful beachscapes such as these are all we know at Dover Beach, as our beautiful stretch along the coast of St. Lawrence Gap offers the best in beachside therapy right at our doorstep.
The biggest spectacle of Barbados’ culture is the Crop Over festival. Considered the sweetest summer festival, Crop Over is staged over two months during the summer and is a showing of musical talent, parties and cultural events that all culminate on the first Monday in August with a colourful parade of costumed revellers. Whereas several other carnivals around the world are tied to religious holidays, Crop Over’s roots are firmly entwined in the island’s historic reverence for sugar cane – a crop which historically positioned the island as a top sugar producer and contributed to it gaining recognition as the birthplace of rum. During this era of plantocracy, the African slaves that laboured on the many sugar plantations kept their homeland tradition of honouring their ancestors at the end of the harvest – it was a celebration they hoped would cause a good omen and protection to befall them and […]
Breadfruit has been a staple on Barbadian tables and menus for more than two centuries. However, for those who are unfamiliar with it, the name ‘breadfruit’ should not be taken literally, as its green, textured skin and white insides are a far cry from anything bread-like! The breadfruit – sometimes written bread-fruit – was introduced to the island at the end of the 18th century when the island’s inhabitants sought a solution to stem the period of food scarcity caused by the American Revolution. During this period, young breadfruit trees were sourced from East Asia and the Pacific, an act which would forever reshape the natural landscape of the island. Today, breadfruit trees may be found in every parish, and breadfruit is enjoyed in several unique but delicious ways. Eat it fried, pickled or steamed with other vegetables, or sample the many treats made with breadfruit flour. One of the […]
The Hawksbill turtle is an endangered species in Barbados and regularly found in the south coast waters of the island. During nesting season, the turtle leaves the sea to find an area to lay her eggs. She digs a pit in the sand and then lays her eggs before returning to the sea, leaving her buried eggs behind. They will hatch in about 60 days. When she comes to shore to lay her eggs, the Turtle Watch hotline is called and volunteers come out and mark the spot of the nest. Approximately 60 days later little baby turtles come to life, and it’s a sight to behold. Some babies make their way into the sea but some get lost and gravitate towards light. Everyone present goes into action to rescue these beautiful little creatures by picking them up and putting them in a bucket until the volunteers come to safely […]
It takes vision, confidence, and strong business acumen to take the plunge into the hospitality industry in Barbados in 1977 and build an operation from the ground up. Award winning Barbadian hotelier, Robert Jeffrey Kinch, did exactly that when he conceived, constructed and opened this hotel 40 years ago, with 27 rooms. “Jeff”, as he is affectionately known, was a young soldier in the British Army serving in Aden, Canada, Germany, Malaysia and Thailand. He returned to his beloved Barbados in 1969 convinced he could make an important contribution to the further development of his birthplace. His effective management skills, plethora of knowledge and invaluable contribution to his country, earned him the respect of his hospitality industry colleagues and several awards including the Member of the British Empire (MBE) in Queen Elizabeth’s 2013 New Year honours. His effervescent, warm personality and wit, endeared him to his staff. There are employees […]