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World’s 50 Best Beach Bars – CNN list

Holiday Rental Barbados

And you thought we may have been kidding when we said Barbados has it all.

Guess who made the list of the World’s 50 Best Beach Bars (http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/06/travel/worlds-best-beach-bars/index.html?hpt=hp_c4)???

According to CNN, Ju Ju’s Beach Bar in Barbados proudly sits at number 39 and is described as

“Small but perfectly formed, it offers great food and a rustic, simple beach bar vibe.”

JuJu’s is in close proximity to Lantana, Barbados newest holiday rental development. Each condominium provides the perfect spot to lay your head before walking to JuJu’s for a drink or some fresh fish.

And if you don’t believe us when we say you’ll be back, CNN goes on to say that their list includes, “…spots that range from the chic and the elite with smooth lines and mesmerizing cocktail waiters, to the haphazard, thrown-together shacks constructed from scavenged driftwood.”

“The only thing these places have in common is that once you’ve been, you inevitably start planning to get back there someday, somehow.”

Anyone care to meet me for a drink at Ju Ju’s Beach Bar? I’ll save you a spot…

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Richard spills the beans on Dining in Barbados

Barbados holiday

No holiday in the Caribbean would be complete without sampling some of the many unique and delectable restaurants available across the region.

Barbados has often been hailed as a foodie’s dream and many of the Island Villas’ guests ask us about the best places to go.

It has been said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach so we sat down with Managing Director, Richard Eames to find out where his heart (and stomach) like to dine on the island:

Relish Epicurea
Located in Limegrove  – the best Deli food on the island. The secret is really fresh good quality ingredients, no compromise! The menu can be a bit confusing so study it – I discovered Cumberland Sausages as a side so I built my own breakfast! For lunch, try the special, seared Salmon and salad sounds simple
but it’s just fantastic! The deli offers European produce, wines, Cut meats, vegetables, Pate, the list goes on…the environment is great and the staff friendly.

Barbados dining

Lemongrass
The best south east asian food on the island and consistently good, try the tom yum soup – it is as good as you will get in Thailand. Sam, the owner, is a great personality and he makes the place what it is!

 

Are you drooling yet? We are going to take a lunch break and return with more of Richard’s picks. Please, let us know, what are your favourite places to eat in Barbados?

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Green Living in Barbados – Happy Earth Day

This week, Island Villas along with the rest of the world, celebrated Earth Day 2013.

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Green Living with Island Villas

To commemorate this, it seemed like the perfect time to talk about eco-friendly holidays and green living.

Our first stop is luxury 4 bedroom property for sale, Sugarwater – the first environmentally friendly villa at Apes Hill Club. This stunning open plan home has been designed to have lower running costs – a bonus for any potential homeowner.

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Sweet Escape at Sugarwater

Unique features of Sugarwater includes an Italian designer kitchen with a mahogany island and an exclusive outdoor wine cellar which is built in a coral stone. The impressive kitchen garden is well-stocked and ready for homecooked meals on the pool terrace under the stars.

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Dining Under the Stars

Other green features include: 

 - net zero, the house produces as much energy as it consumes
- solar water heating
- site orientation to allow free flow of air through all rooms
- no voc paints used throughout the house, improved air quality
- all led lights in the house which are energy efficiency
- oriented to have comfortable temperatures in the house
- shower heads and faucets only need a 1/3 of the water than others
- the pool runs with a solar pump and works with the saline pool system
that uses sodium and natural chlorine which is healthier.
- floor made from 40% recycled material
- roof made from 95% recycled material
- locally made joinery and furniture
- locally salvaged butcher block counter top made and drift wood mirror.
Salvaged from a mahogany that blew down during Tomas and drift wood
from the east coast
- up cycled brick pavers
- edible landscape About 2000 plants and fruits who are organic.
- All cleaning is chemical free and healthier for you and your family.

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Eco-friendly Living

 

The overall concept is that this house will have lower running costs, uses higher quality materials that will ensure a minimum of maintenance.

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A Sunny Sunday for Polo and Shopping – Barbados Home Rentals at Lion Castle

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Sunny day in Barbados

It’s a Sunday full of sunshine in Barbados and we are taking a drive out to one of Barbados’ most desirable vacation and long-term rentals, Lion Castle Polo Estate.

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Lion Castle Polo Estate

Standing out amidst the rolling hills of St. Thomas, this 64 acre estate is the site of the 9th annual Canadian Women’s Club Food Festival & Charity Auction. This exciting event is a big draw every year - a combination of shopping, cocktails and exclusive auction items including fine dining experiences, jewelry and local artwork. It is a lovely afternoon for couples, girlfriends and those wanting to give to a good cause.

Barbados Holiday Rentals

Luxury at Lion Castle

The beautiful estate features 3 bedroom, spacious townhouses built to capitalise on the fantastic views. A covered patio with a plunge pool allows for outdoor entertaining and the open plan design ensures comfort and total relaxation. An added benefit is the star-studded polo calendar in Barbados, residents of Lion Castle have the opportunity to attend some of the exciting international tournaments taking place on the island.

Polo and Shopping

Polo on the Weekend

Are you in the car yet? We will meet you at the auction and perhaps have a chance to show you around this desirable rental estate. Shopping, cocktails and more….it doesn’t get more tempting than that!

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Westside Story – On Our Way to Royal Westmoreland

You started off looking for the best budget hotels in Barbados and ended up staying at Royal Westmoreland Resort. Say what?

Royal Westmoreland Resort Barbados

Tranquility, Royal Westmoreland

Recently some university friends of mine planned a trip to Barbados to enjoy the sun, sea and sand. Scouring hotels for the best deals, they realised that booking the luxury, 4 bedroom villa, Tranquility, located in the prestigious Royal Westmoreland Resort was more than possible.

Royal Westmoreland Resort

Group Holiday in Paradise

So, they went for it!

Not only that, they had a blast and are already planning to come back for more. One of the highlights of their trip was the Barbados Ole Time Excursion, an island bus tour that explores the history and culture of the island.

Each tour is preceded by a visit to the Barbados Museum, a fascinating venue filled with historical artifacts from days gone by. After that you hit the road in an open-sided bus, making stops at landmarks such as Gun Hill, Bathsheba, Codrington College and others.

The next Barbados Ole Time Excursion is this weekend, February 23rd, 2013. Contact theconcierge for more information.

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Love is Deep in Barbados – All you need is a rental car

Valentine’s Day and you are trying to figure out how to top last year and give a gift that will be unforgettable.

Barbados sightseeing

Answer…A getaway to a Barbados cottage for rent, complete with a mini moke car rental to tour the island and, a map (which will stay safely in the glove compartment folded for safe keeping, of course).

But, since you are a lover of Barbados (as most people are of course), you have been here before and you are looking for that extra something to make this trip even more memorable.

Barbados tourist attraction

We’re not done! Hop in the rental car and away you go, whizzing past beaches, rum shops, duty-free boutiques and much more. All roads lead to St. Thomas and one of Barbados’ ‘seven wonders’, Harrison’s Cave.

This spectacular natural limestone cave has developed over thousands of years and features pools and waterfalls as well as incredible geological features such as stalactites and stalagmites hanging from the ceilings and coming up from the floor.

Even though it has been opened as a tourist attraction, Harrison’s Cave has worked hard to preserve the integrity of the cave. Visitors are carried down through the underground tunnels in specially designed transport and experienced tour guides share the history of the cave and its natural formations.

Harrison's Cave Barbados

The experience is like no other in Barbados. A fully interactive information gallery and special presentation enhance each tour and many persons who have been always return.

An underground cave for Valentine’s – who can top that?

Contact theconcierge to arrange a tour or for more information.

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Sweet Dream in the Caribbean: Barbados Home Rental

Barbados Home Rental

It’s time for Friday Fun again,

What is your Sweet Dream? Ours is this lovely rental home in Barbados, aptly named Sweet Dream (no kidding)!

Barbados rental villas

This beautiful luxury home available for rent can be found within the prestigious Sugar Hill resort on the West Coast of Barbados.

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Boasting 5 bedrooms, Sweet Dream is also perfect for groups coming in for the renowned Holders Season. While you are here, why not continue to make your dreams come true. Visit the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre for a spot of shopping at one of the designer boutiques or pick up a piece of Barbados history while visiting the George Washington House, located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Caribbean cuisine

After back to back nights of watching comedy, opera and everything else that Holders has to offer, we suggest organizing a rental car and enjoying a night on the town. From casual to chic, Barbados has an array of dining options. Somewhere we are LOVING at the moment: Fusion Restaurant & Lounge. Couches by the sand and a sleek dining area create the perfect ambience while enjoying a delectable combination of Thai, Cantonese and Japanese cuisine.

Barbados dining

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Dance to the Music of the Sun in Barbados

Barbados music

Amidst the 5 star Barbados hotels and the beaches that go on for miles, Barbados also boasts a vibrant music scene. From the days of slavery, music has been a unique form of expression in the Caribbean. Many of the first songs created in Barbados originated with the slaves and detailed historical milestones such as the Middle Passage and Crop Over.

Property for sale in Barbados

As the years have gone by, music in Barbados has been influenced by British sounds as well as sounds from other islands such as Trinidad. Calypso is a dominant and extremely popular music genre and every year new Calypso songs are released. Music is extremely important to all Bajans and a traditional cultural event in Barbados is not complete without the inclusion of the traditional tuk band, a musical ensemble that resembles the regimental bands of the British military.

Luxury holiday in Barbados

The sweet sounds of steelpan are also common around the island. Sitting on the patio of your Barbados holiday home or driving around in your car rental you are bound to see an impromptu practice or a local band trying some new tunes.

Bajan superstar Rihanna

In recent years, Barbados has received global acclaim for its entertainers. Superstar Rihanna is a record-breaking, award-winning phenomenon and new band Cover Drive is making waves in the UK and beyond.

As we get ready to celebrate another Holder’s Season and as we continue to support local artists and entertainers, Barbados’ music industry continues to grow. With an infectious sound and exceptional quality, our music reflects our passion.

Music in Barbados

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Barbados in March – Excitement builds for The Holders Season

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I recently worked with a lovely bride-to-be looking to create the ideal destination wedding and luxury honeymoon in Barbados. After careful selection, we found a stunning, beachside villa for the ceremony and even booked a well-known Barbados boutique hotel and restaurant for the rehearsal dinner. Everything was set, until of course, the bride to be called in a panic – the future in-laws were arriving early and she needed something to occupy their time.

What do you do in Barbados in March?

Luxury Villa Barbados

How does sitting under the stars, watching some of the best theatre acts in the world sound? Comedy, drama, opera…you name it, we have it.

This is the Holders Season, the premier performing arts festival in the Caribbean. Every year, Barbados welcomes an incredible array of artists to perform at Holders House, a traditional Plantation House minutes away from the Sandy Lane resort.

Sandy Lane Resort, Barbados

Once again, this year does not disappoint. Running from March 9-23, the season kicks off with a tribute to Old Hollywood, featuring music from Frank Sinatra and the ‘Rat Pack’. Other notable acts include the London Community Gospel Choir; Muntu Valdo from West Africa and the popular band, String Fever.

Tickets are on sale now. The bride-to-be has already booked, call us now to reserve yours and to organise a villa for rent. Barbados in March – it’s the place to be!

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Introducing Lantana: Barbados’ newest property gem

It’s time for some Friday Fun!

Barbados beach view  - on the doorstep of Lantana

I have got some big news from Barbados! How many weekends have come and you wish you had a villa to rent, or a luxury property close to the beach in Barbados?

Barbados Beach Resort

Island Villas is pleased to announce the addition of the exciting and absolutely stunning new development, Lantana, to our portfolio. This luxury resort will be opening in February, just in time for the Easter break and presents an attractive investment opportunity for both the sale and rental markets.

Barbados property for sale

Located across the road from the picturesque Alleyne’s Bay and within walking distance of the world-renowned Lonestar restaurant, Lantana comprises two buildings overlooking a communal swimming pool and lush gardens. It is the ideal location, being close enough to the bustle of Holetown and the prestigious Limegrove Lifestyle Centre while also providing the perfect retreat and getaway.

Barbados villa for rent

Each unit has an open floor plan and elegant finishes and is spacious enough to attract visitors looking for a second home or a villa to rent while on the island. This is an excellent addition to the Barbados property market and we invite everyone to contact us for viewings and further information.

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