Sailing the Caribbean Sea in a private yacht, enjoying a gourmet dinner on the sand, or taking a customized tour of Barbados’ most popular attractions – what would your ideal luxury vacation look like?

With demand for luxury travel surging in 2023, the Island Villas team has seen an increase in enquiries about Barbados holiday rentals, villas for sale and property management in Barbados.

2023 is already proving to be a record-breaking year for travel,” says Richard Eames, Chairman of Island Villas, “reports suggest that total tourism spending is set to top $1.2 trillion dollars globally, with the luxury travel market increasing by more than 50% compared to 2019 pre-Covid numbers.”

According to Virtuoso, the leading global network of luxury travel advisers, (luxury) travelers are prepared to spend more this year, especially on trips with loved ones that offer interesting and different experiences. Demand for luxury villas remains a top trend, as well as increased desire for wellness trips and opportunities to connect with local culture and cuisine.

Barbados ranks as one of the most popular luxury travel destinations. Check out our list below of top travel activities for a luxury Barbados holiday.

  1. All Aboard! Book your Barbados boat trips and guided tours
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Barbados property for sale – Carlton Villa

Barbados boat trips are a great way to enjoy views of the coastline and try a range of watersports. Imagine snorkeling with the turtles in crystal clear water or exploring Barbados’ underwater scenery and interesting dive sites.

Ask theConcierge at Island Villas to customize a luxury catamaran cruise for your group. Your day on the water will include a chef-prepared meal, music and good vibes – a great travel activity for family and friends – the more, the merrier!

As the sun goes down, what better way to end the day than with a cold rum punch and a beachfront sunset view. The spectacular, 7 bedroom Carlton Villa offers views of the Barbados coastline from its covered outdoor dining areas, gym, bedrooms, and open kitchen, living and dining rooms. Tastefully furnished using earth tones and natural textures, this luxury villa spans 19,000 square feet, set over three floors, with a private elevator servicing all floors.

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Enjoy tropical breeze in Barbados at Carlton Villa

Floor to ceiling windows bring in natural light and tropical breeze. Lounge by the 2800 sq ft infinity pool or dine under the twin floating gazebos. The surrounding lush gardens are steps away from the sand with one of Barbados’ best beaches at your doorstep.

Carlton Villa is a home away from home for you AND your friends and family.

For more information on this one-of-a-kind, Barbados villa for sale located on prime beachfront land, contact an Island Villas agent.

  1. Embark on a Luxury Travel Adventure

According to the Luxury Columnist, luxury travel has changed and people are looking for different things to do while on holiday.

We say, book your next adventure in Barbados! Take a visit to the heart of the island for a thrilling experience at Harrison’s Cave eco-adventure park. This popular travel activity is bound to get the adrenaline pumping. Go with friends and try the Adventure Pass, which includes a 14-element challenge course, multiple zipline experience at heights over 100 ft., beautiful nature trail & bird aviary, immersive cave exploration, pool access and an iconic rum tasting experience.

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Rest and relax at Tranquility

After a day of thrills, you and your group can relax on the wrap-around patio at Tranquility, a 5 bedroom villa on the Royal Westmoreland Estate. Designed by renowned architect, Michael Carrington, the aptly named Tranquility has been designed to make the most of the stunning views from its location as well as promote complete relaxation.

The open plan living area and kitchen are upstairs and open on all sides to the expansive patio, furnished for lounging as well as dining. This means you can sip your morning coffee while enjoying the view of Barbados’ West Coast! Downstairs, each bedroom has direct access to the pool deck and large infinity pool, making it easy to go for a dip whenever the mood strikes.

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Morning coffee with a view

To book a viewing of this Barbados property for sale, please contact an Island Villas team member.

  1. Discover Bajan Art, Craft and Culture

In 2023, art and culture inspired travel is set to replace culinary travel as a leading luxury travel trend. With this in mind, 2023 is also the perfect time to find your way to Barbados. This summer, the island’s biggest annual cultural festival, Crop Over, returns and it is going to be bigger and better than ever.

Going as far back as the 1780s, the Crop Over festival has evolved over the years to become a showcase of Bajan art, crafts, music, food and culture. Numerous activities are held throughout July and August, culminating with Grand Kadooment, a carnival type parade that commemorates the Crop Over finale.

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Beach Hut in Barbados

Barbados’ rich history and vibrant culture are also highlighted through various landmarks across the island. Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the area of Holetown is known for being the site of the first British landing in Barbados in 1625.

Interested in a heritage tour of the island? Book via theConcierge and arrange a customized tour of some of Barbados’ historic sites.

Better yet, invite friends and family to your holiday home, Beach Hut, ideally located between Bridgetown and Holetown. This elegant, 6 bedroom, split level beachfront property was carefully designed to take advantage of its elevated location and breathtaking views. One particularly interesting feature is the private stairway that leads from the pool deck and infinity pool to an unspoilt beach below.

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Breathtaking poolside views

Please contact Island Villas to arrange a viewing of this luxury villa for sale.