With the recent collapse of Thomas Cook many holidaymakers that were booked to visit Barbados have had their holidays cancelled. Some may be unsure whether they should rebook just yet, or whether to wait. Now the market has stabilised it’s the perfect time to rebook Barbados, especially as they have just launched Barbados Cares; to learn more about the initiative and other reasons to rebook read on…
Together Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. and members of the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, have launched ‘Barbados Cares’, a campaign that will see visitors who were due to travel to Barbados with Thomas Cook given both discounts and credits when they rebook their cancelled holiday. The campaign has received support from more than 15 local hotels, and offers consumers who have booked a package holiday for 7-nights or more, £100 (in BBDS$) in resort credit throughout their stay and, 20% discount off several activities, attractions, bars and restaurants, cruises, car rental and tour companies.
Barbados recognises the strong relationship it has with UK holidaymakers and that it’s a top Caribbean destination for them, which has brought about the Barbados Cares initiative. The booking window for the campaign runs from October 18 to November 30, 2019, for travel up to April 14, 2020 and more information can be found here.
Barbados definitely has a luxury vibe about it, however it’s surprisingly well priced for everyday holiday essentials like beach snacks and beers! If your package isn’t all inclusive you can still rest assured that you won’t be spending a fortune to eat out or have a drink or two. Most places you can grab a lunchtime bite to eat for a few pounds, a local beer for £1.50 and even a fancy 3 course meal in a restaurant is around £25pp.
There are an abundance of activities to do in Barbados, and many that are more than just your usual water sports. From tours of local rum distilleries to festivals there is something for everyone, even the more adventurous out there… We recently discovered that Barbados is known for it’s surf board yoga, yes you heard that right – yoga on a surf board in the sea! Another new one for us was spelunking, which is caving but it sounds fancier. Spelunking in Barbados takes you into the heart of Harrison’s Cave to crawl around the nook’s and crannies of its intricate cave system.
The hospitality in Barbados is second to none; the people are friendly, the food is fresh and delicious, and the rum is world famous. The food on the island has a strong focus on fresh fish, as you can imagine, with dishes like fried flying fish being very popular. Bajan cuisine is a mixed bag that takes on bits from the rich mix of cultures on the island, such as Portuguese, Creole, African and Indian. Make sure to pack trousers with a stretchy waistband!
There is certainly no shortage of beautiful places to visit in Barbados, but to help you narrow it down we recently posted about the most Instagrammable locations. It was a difficult post to write, as the island is packed full of scenic spots, including Holetown Beach, Fairly Hill National Park and St. Nicholas Abbey.
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