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Thank goodness for computers! After months of wet, rainy weather, needing some sunshine., we researched on the internet and found Barbados. We booked a two week stay at Turtle Beach with the help of Thomas Cook. Their input and help was brilliant—-they got us the best deal and helped us book extra leg room seats on the 7 hour flight (really worth it) Flying from Gatwick we booked our airport parking with APH, an excellent company.
Barbados is the easternmost Carribbean Island, 21miles long by 14 miles wide. We stayed at The Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels. It lies on the south coast of the island, a 4* hotel with 161 rooms. The white sandy beaches are home to the turtles where they lay their eggs each year. We spent 2 weeks there from 18th April—-3rd May and "suffered" 8/9 hours of sunshine a day.
Sailors named the island Los Barbados after the ficus tree whose aerial roots look like beards. A great one of these trees can be found at The Sunbury Plantation. Barbados gained its Independence on 30th November, 1966. It had been under British rule and signs of this still remain.
The water in Barbados is safe to drink ( purest in the world ) It is filtered naturally by limestone and coral and pumped from underground streams. This is a big bonus not having to buy bottled water.
The Turtle Beach hotel has 2 swimming pools and a jacuzzi. The hotel provides complementary non motorised water sports. You have the Hobie Cats small catamarans which are great fun. If you are feeling fit there are 2 tennis courts, table tennis, a pool table, gym & spa. My exercise was wave jumping, then staggering back to my sunbed, pulling over the shade, relaxing and being served with drinks or lollies by the attentive staff—-now that's what I call being spoilt.
The hotel provides a free internet room with 5 computers and a printer, such a benefit. This meant we could check in our flights and print off the boarding passes and seat reservations. The rooms had air conditioning, TV's and a safe ( free of charge )
Barbados, the language is English, so there are no communication problems. Coconut Tours provide a mini bus tour. Our guide gave us a real taste of the island, passing the Mount Gay Rum Factory, seeing Sandy Lane where the very rich stay. We saw where Tiger Woods got married. I liked the quirky information given like all the bus stops are named after girls. We passed my namesake Linda. The trip included a visit to The Sunbury Plantation House/Museum. A Bajan buffet was waiting in the grounds under a gazebo. The food was delicious and we were made to feel so welcome. St James Parish Church, was really interesting but my attention was focused on a large Tamarind tree, it was fascinating, I have never seen one before. I would recommend this tour, fantastic value, It was a fun day.
One evening the hotel had a company perform the history of the island. It was colourful and mesmorising to watch the Barbadian dancing. They finished with limbo dancing and asked for volunteers to join in.
The Chelonia Restaurant overlooks the courtyard and gazebo, where some of the artists perform. High quality entertainment every night. with different groups singing anything from Bob Marley, Tina Turner or Tom Jones and mingling with the guests taking requests. They left you wanting more as the shows finished at 10o'clock.
Oh how this hotel makes you feel special! We were met on arrival with cocktails to welcome us. From then on their hospitality just overflowed. Their aim was for us to relax and they would take care of everything. We had a great room, but there was a few minor problems which were resolved quickly and efficiently. I had a mishap with one of the chairs, it had got wet and the dye stained my dress. The manager was apologetic and reimbursed me
I would 100% recommend this hotel. It is amazing value. To eat out on the island would be very expensive. The hotel has 3 restaurants, The Chelonia/ casual wear/ themed buffet. The Asiagos Restaurant/fine dining/semi formal (make sure you book) and The Waterfront/casual wear. The quality and choice of food was outstanding. The waiting staff were attentive. Afternoon tea was served at the Chelonia, felt very British. There is no tipping at the hotel instead a voluntary donation can be made on departure. This money is used for training staff in the tourist industry.
Addition: It's a plus, location 10 minute walk from Oistons—-a Friday night favourite, by the beach cooking Bajan dishes. A short walk to St Lawrence Gap Close to Bridgetown for shopping excursions. Subtraction: Take away from Barbados a chilled, relaxed mood. Any Barbadian dollars left spend on rum in duty free. Turtle Beach ticks all the boxes, it pays to do your homework because you get the best results.
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