Call it Barbados’ equivalent to France’s Arc de Triomphe. The Independence Arch, situated in Bridgetown’s city centre, spans the southern end of the Chamberlain Bridge and is directly opposite to the Parliament Buildings. Designed by Grantley S. Romany, the Arch is now so much a part of the built environment that it is hard to believe that it was only erected in 1987, to commemorate the 21st anniversary of Independence – the coming of age of a nation. This month as you drive at night in Bridgetown, you will have the thrill of seeing the Arch swathed in blue and yellow light, the national colours of Barbados. Barbados gained its Independence on November 30, 1966, and in Barbados during the whole month of November, it is celebrated. If you get out of the car to take a closer look at the Arch by day, you will see that virtually all […]
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.
There is no doubt that Sargassam seaweed is a complete nuisance. It is one of Mother Nature’s creations that can wreak havoc on our beaches and is currently making its presence felt in Barbados and throughout the Caribbean. Unfortunately, this annoyance is out of our control and we hope that it disappears as quickly as it appeared. Scientists are still trying to understand it. The root causes are not quite understood, but experts believe that it is influenced by global warming, pollution and disturbance in the liquid boundaries. Other scientists blame ocean currents, ocean temperatures, rainfall patterns, hurricanes and nutrient levels.
Destination weddings are always very special and bring about some of life’s most precious moments for the couple, family and friends. Getting married in Barbados is very easy and inexpensive. These factors provide perfect justification for couples to consider a destination wedding in Barbados. There is no waiting period before issuing the license so essentially you can get married in Barbados within 24 hours and the event could be as expanded or as intimate as you desire.
We take our environment very seriously at Dover Beach Hotel, making every effort to reduce our carbon footprint by wisely utilising our energy. Solar Water panels and tanks provide warm water to our guests and, of course, reduce the consumption of energy to fulfil our warm water requirements. Our housekeeping team is committed to the use of organic homemade cleaners instead of chemical-laced products to keep our rooms spotless. Our cleaning solutions are created with baking soda, vinegar, and degradable soap, and then “scented” up with peppermint or orange oil for fresh and pleasant aromas.