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- Entire apartment
- St Lawrence Gap / Oistins
Romance-seekers: look no further than Watercolours, a one-bedroom, two-bath corner condo poised three floors above the sea in the St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados. Tuck into your own glass-enclosed nest with your sweetheart and spend late mornings in a luxury king-sized bed. Two floor-to-ceiling windows meet at a right angle in this spectacular corner bedroom, so a 270-degree view of the sea is all yours—from moonlit night to Technicolor morning. Or read side-by-side on a lounging couch in an enclosed patio that, when you open the sea-view window running the length of the wall, lets in warm Caribbean breezes and the hush of rolling waves. Then prepare a terrific meal in your compact kitchen outfitted in stainless steel and stocked with all appliances, cookery, and dinnerware you could possibly need. The market is a short stroll away, so you can easily get all the ingredients you need to cook at your home away from home. But why cook when the street right outside is lined with fabulous restaurants. WHAT MAKES WATERCOLOURS SPECIAL? This is our own personal home, which we rent when we’re traveling or visiting our families. For that reason, Watercolours has all the spotlessness, inviting décor and comfortable furnishings of a personal home (because it is!), and it provides absolutely everything you need to feel as at home here as we are. We chose the name Watercolours because of the hues that greet you when you step through the door—from the artwork and designer furnishings in shades of blue, beige and gold, to the dazzling sapphire sea. This spot, on the southern shore of Barbados, is where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean and the result combines the colors of paradise with the energy and white-capped waves of the Atlantic. ABOUT THE LOCATION At Watercolours, you’ll be within an easy walk to all of the St. Lawrence Gap’s authentic local restaurants, shops, and a grocer, plus a 7-minue walk to two great beaches. Or swim from the very private beach outside the condo. Save the money and hassle of renting a car and take a $20 taxi (with tip) from the airport to the condo, and then walk everywhere or catch the $2 island shuttle. The oceanfront here at Watercolours is a perfect little halfmoon of a beach, just big enough for entry into the bath-warm water where you might even enjoy the company of a giant, gentle sea turtle. And there’s a swimming pool on the property, too, for humans-only swimming. At sunset, enjoy the gold and pink skies as you watch the setting sun from the island's only privately owned jetty in your back yard. If Watercolours is unavailable for the dates you’re traveling, I would be happy to show you other beautiful seafront Barbadian condos in the St. Lawrence Gap. Please contact me and let’s start planning your vacation to Barbados :) All best regards, Jane Shattuck
- Entire serviced apartment
- Mount Standfast
Privacy and intimacy are afforded by your semi-covered parking leading to your own front door. Once inside a private pool within the sun-garden extends out from an open plan kitchen-dining space. A dedicated TV-snug and powder room concludes the ground floor with stairs ascending to the bedroom and bathroom. A further stairwell wrapping an extended Chandelier leads to a private rooftop deck with outdoor kitchen, and dining terrace, overlooking a dramatic Western Sea View.
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Your guide to Barbados
Welcome to Barbados
Silky white sand, turquoise waters, lush rainforest, world-class architecture, and mouthwatering cuisine — what about Barbados doesn’t sound like heaven? At only 21 miles long and 14 miles wide, this Caribbean island packs paradise into one easy package, from the legendary beaches of its Platinum Coast to the wild beauty of its west. Barbados’ warm waters are home to all manner of marine life, making it a delight for snorkelling, diving, and watersports, while its parks and gardens bloom with exotic plants.
Traditional villages and former colonial towns house more historic buildings than any other Caribbean island, and a small collection of top-notch museums explore the island’s complex heritage. Experience Bajan culture in the island’s arts and crafts and culinary scene, as well as its legendary rum — or embrace Barbados’ spirit of adventure in any number of heart-pumping activities, from skydiving to bungee jumping.
How do I get around Barbados?
Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) is the island’s only airport, situated eight miles outside the capital, Bridgetown. An hourly bus connects the airport to the town and other destinations, or you can make the short journey by taxi. The roads are good, and car rental is one of the most popular and convenient ways to get around the island; the mini moke, a roofless two-seater vehicle, is a regular sight. The public transport network of buses can also get you almost anywhere you want to go, and there are plenty of taxis operating throughout the island. Distances within towns and villages are relatively short and walkable.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Barbados?
January to May is the dry season in Barbados, when temperatures are at their most pleasant and long days of sunshine are all but guaranteed, making it a popular time to book one of the area’s villas. It’s also when the island’s gardens are at their best. In January, the Barbados Horticultural Society hosts its annual flower show, and many private gardens are opened up to the public. February is a great time to be in Holetown, which celebrates its history with musical performances and parades. The wet season runs June to November, with muggy weather and sudden afternoon downpours. But it’s also the time of year with the best festivals, focused on crafts (National Independence Festival of Creative Arts, November), food and rum (October), or the two-month epic of Crop Over, which climaxes in August with the street carnival of Kadooment Day.
What are the top things to do in Barbados?
This 400-year-old port on the northwest coast offers a multilayered slice of island life and history. From modest traditional dwellings to boulevards of balconied Georgian splendour, the town’s charming wooden buildings are complemented by a bustling vibe, with a local food scene that includes fruit vendors, street markets, and destination restaurants.
This sweep of the eastern shoreline extends between the 50-acre Barclays Park and the fishing village of Bathsheba, with its much-loved surf spot, the Soup Bowl. It’s the longest uninterrupted swathe of beach on the island, named for the days when farmers used to clean their livestock in the waves. The dramatic limestone cliffs that overlook it make it a distinctly scenic sunbathing spot.
For more than 120 years the game of cricket has been part of the lifeblood of Barbados, and the international ground in Bridgetown, the oldest in the Caribbean, has borne witness to some of its greatest matches. The game is played year round. Even if there’s no match when you visit, the Oval is usually open for tours.