Why Barbados should top your list of family holiday destinations in 2021
It’s hard to believe 2020 is almost over. It’s been a strange year to say the least, with ‘normal life’ turned on its head for people all over the world. Among the long list of disruptions and disturbances brought about by the pandemic, the disappointment of missing out on family holidays will rank highly for many people who were deprived of their sun-soaked getaways in 2020. But with renewed hope of a return to normality in 2021, now is the time to start planning your dream family holiday – and Barbados should be top of your list. Here are a few reasons why.
Family fun in the sun
Let’s face it, it’s always more fun when the sun is shining and in Barbados, you’re guaranteed plenty of Vitamin D. The island gets over 3,000 hours of sunshine each year, and with white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters in abundance, the island is the perfect place to soak up some sun with your loved ones in 2021. To make the most of the beautiful weather, a family picnic at one of the island’s premier surf spots is always a winner. The picture-perfect town of Bathsheba is just 17 kilometers across the island. Parents and kids can often be spotted partaking in a friendly game of cricket or simply enjoying the view (which more often than not will involve surfers tackling the world-renowned swells which make swimming forbidden on this part of the island.)
So much room for activities!
Barbados is a veritable playground. You name it, the island has it, from water sports like jet skiing; snorkeling and surfing, to dryland pursuits such as hiking; shopping and sightseeing, and of course, golf. Barbados is home to a number of world-class courses, and none more so than the par 72, Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed course at Royal Westmoreland. The course is a regular favourite for pros such as Ian Woosnam and Sam Torrance, and if it’s good enough for them, we’re sure it’ll be a hit with you and your clan! For something a little further outside the box and off dry land, submarine tours are popular and widely available. Atlantis Submarines, based in Bridgetown, offer several tours including a 90-minute tour providing you with a 45-minute submerged cruise to see a shipwreck, tropical fish, and coral formations, providing an other-worldly experience that parents and kids will both love.
Get rough and ready
While Barbados is renowned for its pristine beaches and beautiful views, there’s a more rustic side to the island which is great for the whole family to enjoy together. Off-road island safaris are a fantastic way to see the lesser-known nooks and crannies of the island, including Joe’s River Forest, where you can go hiking in a tropical rainforest, as well as see the dynamic blow holes and peer over cliff edges in Little Bay. You’re sure to feel all the more deserving of some relaxation time back at Royal Westmoreland after a day roughing it through the island’s outback!
A Chance for mum & dad to relax
While there’s ample opportunity for quality family time, the chance for some TLC and quiet time away from the kids is also abundant at Royal Westmoreland. The Singita Wellness Spa, located at Mullins Beach, has been specifically designed for the resort. The owner, Michelle Jamieson has over 30 years in the health and wellness industry and had the vision to create a personalized, boutique wellness community in such a serene and beautiful setting. If it’s some retail therapy you’re after, the luxurious Limegrove Shopping centre is just a few minutes’ drive from Royal Westmoreland, with brands such as Dior, Agent Provocateur, Cartier, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren are all represented with duty-free prices for overseas visitors.
Meeting other families
One of the great things about holidaying at the Royal Westmoreland estate is the chance to meet other families. Whether it’s residents, those with Fractional Ownership properties who are regular visitors, or first-time holidaymakers, you’re sure to meet like-minded groups and get the opportunity to forge lasting family friendships on a Royal Westmoreland holiday. The hardest thing will be having to say goodbye come the end of your stay!
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