- Barbados Luxury holidays
Nobody is certain how Barbados got its name - meaning The Bearded Ones - as it could refer either to early Carib inhabitants, or to the indigenous bearded fig tree. However, it appears on maps with that name from the early 16th century. There is also some doubt as to who discovered the island, between the Spanish and the Portuguese, although these days Barbados is of course a luxury holiday destination for tourists from all over the world, including the whole of Europe and the UK.
Barbados - a haven for wildlife
Efforts have been made to preserve the natural environment of Barbados, particularly as it has grown in popularity over the years, and as a result of this the government works hard to keep its coastal waters clean. This is especially important for species like the hawksbill, leatherback, loggerhead and green turtles that live around the island and make their nests on its beaches. On land, the green monkey can be found, and this made its way over from the west of Africa to the West Indies - including Barbados - on board the ships that travelled between the continents.
Beneath the Barbados waves
Like many island destinations, Barbados makes good use of its coastline for the entertainment of tourists - with great care taken not to disturb the delicate coral reefs at the same time. On the surface, you can go boating and surfing, as well as taking a fishing trip, but it is beneath the waves that the full range of aquatic life can be seen.
Dive locations include a large number of easily accessible shipwreck sites, as well as designated snorkelling sites where you can get great views of the sea life. For a very different experience, consider booking on to a submarine tour - this can take you up to 150 feet below the surface, on a guided tour of the coast life that you won't easily forget.
When should I visit Barbados?
The question is not so much one of temperature, but of precipitation, as all year round Barbados enjoys warm and consistent temperatures - up to around 31°C, with lows of 23°C in summer and 21°C in winter. The year is split into two roughly six-month periods, and it is actually the summer period, from June to November, when rainfall is at its greatest, whereas from December to May the weather is noticeably drier.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays to Barbados are all about doing exactly what you want to do, when you want to do it. If you want to lounge by the pool with a cocktail, your luxury hotel will make it happen, and if you want a room with an incredible view of the beach, they can arrange that too. Paying a little extra for a luxury package is well worth doing, and remember, the extent to which you’re pampered is up to you. Barbados offers the attentive service which you expect from a luxury holiday, and while you certainly won’t have a mountain view, you will have access to is some of the world’s most incredible coastal scenery, and the warm, hospitable service for which Barbados is famous.