Is your wellness meter running on empty?
BARBADOS... A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO
Quiet your mind from the daily grind
Perhaps typical life for you is fast paced and high stress and you just want to slow down, recharge and simply get away from it all on some tropical island, as you aim to become one with nature. With its many eco wonders, from its stunning beaches to its diverse marine life to its dense tropical forests and lush vegetation, Barbados remains a strong contender for your wellness vacation or retreat.
If you’re in search of a calming, relaxing place to unwind, then countryside accommodation should be your first option. The pace is delightfully slow, the air is fresh and clean and the atmosphere is calming. Many of the elements you will need to find your zen experience on island.
There is a range of choices for places to stay, many of which are self-catering, but one thing is for sure, you will enjoy the beautiful country landscapes, and have an abundance of photo opportunities.
Options to Explore
You can dive with the Atlantis Submarine and discover a variety of colourful tropical marine life including barracudas, eels, turtles and stingrays. On this underwater tour, you will learn about this exciting eco system and how the various marine life all co-exist and survive.
Travel deep beneath the earth to enjoy the awe-inspiring cave adventure at Harrison’s Cave where you’ll experience bubbling streams, graceful waterfalls and deep pools. This massive stream cave that is no less than 2.3 kilometres long, is one of Barbados’ most spectacular natural treasures.
If you’re a wild life lover, you will enjoy the mile-long hike into the heart of the Welchman Hall Gully. This tropical hide-away is home to wild monkeys, statuesque rainforest trees and an abundance of native plants. You’ll also enjoy the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, which is a preserved natural environment with a large expanse of forest and shoreline. It’s home to flamingos, pelicans, turtles and many other species of wildlife.
To take in a picturesque stretch of golden sand beach, our top pick on the rugged east coast is Bathsheba Beach. With the constant crashing of waves, this area is popular for surfers the world over. When the tide is in, you can enjoy a swim in one of the natural rock pools. They are rich in minerals, offering a rejuvenating spa treatment compliments Mother Nature.
Join one of the weekly Hike Barbados expeditions of the Barbados National Trust, and enjoy the beauty of the local landscape. The less developed and rugged east coast of the island, is the more popular spot for hiking and is packed with dramatic rock formations, cliffs and beaches taking a pounding from the Atlantic. You’ll be free to choose the hiking trail that best suits your needs, as some trails have been set for flatter scenic terrain and along tracks and paved roads with little or no climbing. If you’re interested in looking into the wilder side of the island, then you should consider a hiking trail to Cove Bay or walk to the top of Chalky Mountain and take in the amazing views. A pathway cutting through Barclays Park will reveal stunning views of the Cattlewash area, while the Silver Sands Trail takes in idyllic beaches and spectacular rugged coasts alike.
Be awed by the beautifully created series of mini-gardens filled with vibrant colour and textures of very rare exotic plants to be found at Hunte’s Gardens. Be prepared for the many photo opportunities of the wonderful flora and visiting fauna as you explore the breath-taking beauty and magical air created with the background classical music.
Savouring authentic Barbadian food is a “must-do” while you’re visiting and there’s no better way to do this than on the Original Bajan Walking Food Tour. This half-day walking tour in the capital city of Bridgetown, takes you to local restaurants that are off-the-beaten track, for tastings of sumptuous Bajan cuisine while you learn about the history and culture of Barbados.