Discover luxury tailor-made holidays in Barbados

Take a luxury holiday to Barbados and discover sun-kissed beaches, aquamarine bays and vibrant cuisine – all topped off with the warmest of welcomes, wherever you go. We’ve been tailor-making the finest holidays to this characterful Caribbean island for almost 50 years, so you can trust that your Inspiring Travel holiday will be exceptional throughout. With a dedicated island-based team and our personal concierge service, you’ll experience Barbados, just how you like it.

Meet your Barbados Destination Manager

When you book your Barbados holiday with Inspiring Travel, our island-based Destination Manager, Kerin, will be there whenever you need her.

Kerin

Barbados Destination Manager

"I love looking after our clients from the moment they land to waving goodbye to them at the end of their holiday! As a Barbados resident, I have a wide network I can call on to offer an exceptional service to our clients. Whether you want to party at Oistins, head off to the east coast for the day or reserve a dinner table, simply give me a call and I'll be there to make it happen for you."


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Included in your Barbados holiday
  • Airport meet-and-greet for immediate post-flight assistance
  • Escort through to your private transfer for a seamless arrival
  • Direct line of contact to Kerin's team for any requests or assistance
  • In-resort support for booking taxis, excursions and restaurants
  • Barbados lounge passes included on return

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Find your hotel in Barbados

We know that a luxury holiday to Barbados looks different for everyone. From beachfront escapes with front-row sunset views to family-friendly and boutique hideaways, find your perfect spot amongst our premium Barbados collection.

Your luxury Barbados holiday

From the ‘platinum sands’ of the West Coast to the lively beaches of the south, Barbados offers an exceptional experience. Perfect for families and couples alike, this tropical little island packs plenty of charm, whether you’re watching baby turtles hatch on the beach, tasting the home-grown rum or admiring it’s world-famous sunset.

At Inspiring Travel, our team have extensive first-hand knowledge of Barbados, having visited themselves many times. They take the time to listen to you, getting an in-depth understanding of what you’re looking for so they can create an entirely bespoke luxury holiday to Barbados, just for you.

  • Our Travel Specialists have extensive knowledge of Barbados’ best hotels and will help find one that suits you best
  • Our concierge team know everything about the best things to do in Barbados and can arrange exclusive experiences in advance
  • We’ll tailor-make every detail just for you, so every moment is one to remember
  • Your trip will be seamlessly organised, with 24/7 support while you’re travelling plus private transfers, premium flight cabins, lounge passes and any other travel essentials pre-booked for you

To start planning, send our team an enquiry or give us a call. As the luxury Barbados holiday experts, we’ll make sure your escape is your idea of perfection.

Sophie

Travel Specialist

I'm here to tailor-make your perfect Barbados holiday. Give me a call and I'll use my expertise to create your personalised experience.

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Time zone:-4 GMT

Flight time:8 hours, 50 minutes

Recommended airlines:British Airways, Virgin Atlantic

Currency:Barbadian Dollar, US Dollar

Tipping guideline:10-15%

Health considerations:No major health risks

Capital:Bridgetown

Population:288,327 (March 2023)

National languages:English

Electricity and plugs:Type A/B - 115/230V, 50Hz

Mobile phone coverage:Good coverage

UK passport visa requirements:No (for stays up to 6 months)

Discover things to do in Barbados

While you could take it easy on the sugary beaches and simply soak up the sunshine, there are plenty of unmissable things to do in Barbados. Our experts can tailor your holiday with personalised experiences, from tours of legendary rum distilleries to private yacht cruises. Get a taste of the best things to do or speak to us for more ideas.

Luxury Barbados Holidays FAQ's

Time difference: Barbados is 5 hours behind the UK (GMT -5 hours)

Flight duration: The flight to Barbados is about 8 hours 30 minutes long.

Currency: Barbados dollar (BBD) although US and Canadian dollars are also accepted.

Capital: Bridgetown

Language: The official language of Barbados is English, and in many places, you will find English spoken with a Bajan dialect which is a combination of English and West African languages.

Visa Information: British passport holders do not need a visa to enter Barbados. Visit the UK Government website for the most up to date travel advice.

When is the best time to travel to Barbados?

Barbados has been a long-standing favourite among British travellers looking for some winter sun because the weather in Barbados is the opposite of ours in the UK, meaning that while a Christmas here means cold, a holiday in Barbados at Christmas means nothing but sun, sea and sand.

The best time to travel to Barbados is between December and late March/early April.

During this time of the year, there is little chance of rain and daily temperatures typically hover around 30C, meaning that there is nothing stopping you from getting the most of the beach. But, because the weather is most dependable during this period, it’s also the busiest time to go.

Between June and September is also a good time to travel. Although this is during hurricane season, typically the worst of the weather doesn’t hit until September and October, and the afternoon rains generally don't last too long. Moreover – it’s less busy in this period and you’ll also be able to join Crop Over, Barbados’ biggest festival.

What's Barbados like?

This exotic gem boasts an exceptional luxury Caribbean holiday experience for all kinds of travellers. Our Barbados collection includes luxury hotels, family-friendly retreats and boutique hideaways perfect for couples’ escapes.

Here you’ll discover award-winning restaurants, some of the world’s best-known five-star hotels, picture-perfect sandy beaches and captivating local culture. Your Barbados holiday might include lazy afternoons soaking up the sun, swimming with turtles in crystal-clear waters, visits to acclaimed fine-dining restaurants, discovering history at Bridgetown and Garrison Savannah, or catching a cricket match at the Kensington Oval.

Barbados is a destination very close to our hearts here at the Inspiring Travel company – in fact, it’s where we first started sending our clients over 40 years ago, and we still have an island-based team today. We send our team there several times a year, to ensure we’re up-to-date on all the latest Bajan events, openings and news.

Our concierge team specialise in creating the perfect Barbados luxury holiday for you, whatever that looks like. It might be making a dinner reservation at the perfect beachfront restaurant, arranging a babysitter so you can enjoy a bit of relaxation, or booking your place on the perfect guided tour. There is something understatedly luxurious about Barbados. It's an easy-going location where natural wonders meet sophisticated resorts.

Barbados is an island nation located in the Atlantic Ocean and is part of a group of islands known as the Lesser Antilles. The island is in the Atlantic time zone and so is 4 hours behind UK time. It is the most easterly island in the Caribbean and is approximately 20 miles long and 15 miles wide.

The inner island is made up of tropical gardens and beautiful forests, while on the west of the island is Barbados’s most famous platinum white beaches. By contrast, the east is less-populated and offers a setting of dramatic rock formations and fantastic surf, while the south is more developed, and home to the airport and the nightlife hotspot of Saint Lawrence Gap.

Flights come into Grantley Adams International Airport, where you will be met by our representatives for your transfer to your hotel; by car or helicopter depending on your preference. Given Barbados’s size, it’s easy and quick to get around, and should you wish to explore, a fun way to get around is by hiring an open-air ‘Moke’. On your return home, access to the Barbados Airport Lounge is available to our clients for a relaxing start to your journey.

Bajan cuisine combines a love of chilli and seafood with British, Indian, Creole, Portuguese and African influences to create dishes that are bursting with colour and flavour, and sincerely like nothing else in the world.

Staples of Bajan cuisine include fish or meat, rice and starchy vegetables, which generally form the backbone of most dishes. While you may encounter familiar foods such as tuna, potatoes, coleslaw and pasta, you’ll also find many ingredients that may be less familiar to you including seafood such as flying fish, mahi-mahi, conch and swordfish or vegetables such as cassava, plantain and breadfruit.

Popular Bajan dishes include:

Cou cou

Barbados’s national dish, made from a mixture of cornmeal and okra traditionally served with flying fish and gravy.

Pudding and Souse

Traditionally eaten on Sundays, this dish combines a ‘pudding’ made from sweet potato and spices, served with ‘souse’, a mixture of pickled pork mixed with onion, cucumber, peppers and parsley.

Fish cakes

Made with salt fish mixed with a unique blend of Bajan herbs and spices, dipped in batter and deep-fried, and served with generous helpings of hot sauce.

Macaroni Pie

Also known simply as ‘pie’, this Bajan twist on macaroni and cheese is commonly served as a side to fried meat or flying fish and contains a delicious blend of chillies, herbs and spices.

Throughout the year Barbados plays host to a calendar packed with vibrant music-filled festivals and celebrations that provide an unbeatable insight into Bajan culture: no holiday in Barbados is truly complete until you’ve joined the festivities.

Top festivals:

Crop Over

Beginning in June and lasting until the first Monday in August each year, Bajans all around the country take to the streets for 6 weeks of celebrations to mark the end of the sugar cane harvest. With streets filled with dancing, brightly coloured costumes, traditional music and art, it’s difficult to resist getting swept up in the party.

Oistins Fish Festival

A visit to Oistin is already part of our top 10 experiences, however, every Easter, Oistins, a traditional fishing village to the south of Bridgetown, hosts a festival to celebrate the fishing trade. In addition to stalls filled with delicious fresh fish, you’ll also find tons of fun competitions to take part in, including a race to debone a fish and to climb to the top of a greased pole.

Sandy Lane Gold Cup

Each year at the end of February or the beginning of March, the Garrison Savannah Racetrack in Bridgetown hosts the Sandy Lane Gold Cup, the largest horse racing event in the country. Aside from the races, there’s also a range of family-friendly events including theatre shows, tournaments and, of course, barbecues.

Gospelfest

In May each year, Bajan gospel and spiritual music is celebrated with a week-long programme of performances by gospel artists from all around the world. Whether you’re religious or simply curious, there’s no better way to get a feel for how central gospel music and spirituality are to Bajan culture.

Waterman Festival

Every March or April, you can join a celebration of beach culture at Silver Sands Beach on the south coast. You can watch watersports professionals participate in competitions, visit local art exhibitions, join music-filled celebrations and take part in beach themed competitions.

Agrofest

A family-friendly celebration of Bajan agriculture taking place each February in Bridgetown’s Queen’s Park. Livestock displays, craft stalls, competitions, food and children’s activities galore are just some of what you can expect.

 

The Inspiring Difference

Personal to you

  • We get to know you personally
  • Tailor-made holidays that are unique to you
  • Enhancing your escape with personal touches

Experts in luxury

  • Expert Travel Specialists with first-hand knowledge
  • Only the best premium travel experiences
  • Handpicked selection of world-class luxury resorts

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  • Speak to us any time with 24-hour support
  • Premium concierge service
  • Personal relationships with our passionate team

Extensive experience

  • Nearly 50 years of bespoke luxury travel
  • Strong Relationships with industry partners
  • Diverse portfolio and exclusive experiences
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