Tips from 35,000 Feet: Barbados

By: Katie Manning

January 11, 2013

Known the world over for being the birthplace of rum, our visits to Barbados would not be complete without a trip to the Mount Gay Rum Centre, the oldest rum distillery on the island and in the world, dating back to 1703. Everyone can taste before they buy and get some valuable insight into the secret ingredients and historic influences. Needless to say that they set the standards for this spirit – it is “the rum that invented rum” after all!
The Cliff | Barbados
Dinner al fresco at The Cliff © The Cliff

With free drinks on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and themed shindigs the rest of the week, Harbour Lights has been one of the best places we’ve experienced the Caribbean nightlife and one of the most popular open-air beachfront clubs in Barbados since opening in the mid-80s. We love feeling the soft sand between our toes as we dance to pumping calypso, live reggae and soca rhythms with the crowd of expats, tourists and local party animals.


Harbour Lights | Barbados

Dancing at Harbour Lights © Harbour Lights

When we’re in the mood for a decadent splurge on dinner, we always opt for the 7-course tasting menu at The Cliff. The celebrated chef Paul Owen is renowned for his dish of Cajun salmon served with a light drizzle of pesto cream sauce with buttery grilled courgettes – it’s served pink and we can definitely recommend it! We always try to book a table on the lower level to dine with the sound of waves in the background. Dress to impress and just remember to bring your hardiest credit card.

Sandy Lane Hotel | BarbadosCocktails at The Sandy Lane Hotel © Sandy Lane Hotel

If, like us, you’re looking for accommodation in Barbados that has views of the ocean, tropical landscaping, and is decorated in an effortlessly elegant style, you’ll probably want to spend your nights, and probably some of your days, at Sandy Lane Hotel. It’s one of the most iconic landmark hotels on the island and has been attracting the world’s wealthy to its idyllic resort setting for over half a century. There are a dozen restaurants and bars on site, including a cigar lounge and a beach bar that we love. Those of us travelling with children can also relax here with the fabulous Treehouse Club to keep them amused and out of trouble.


Have you experienced the beauty of Barbados? What was your favourite moment?


Katie Manning

Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning

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