Beach in Barbados

An insider's guide to buzzing Barbados

Jordana Reuben Yechiel reveals how to make the most of the social scene on the celebrity favourite island of Barbados this Christmas. Whether you are looking for the perfect place to party or enjoying a luxury yacht charter in the Caribbean the island has plenty to offer…. 

Where to stay in Barbados

Christmas in Barbados is heaven. The infamous Sandy Lane Hotel is the starting point for the ultimate jet-set traveller. You’ll need deep pockets but, if not staying, you could settle for the fantastic buffet lunch and water sports on its beach. And rub shoulders with Sir Philip Green and Simon Cowell while you are at it.

Alternatively Coral Reef Club is gorgeous, family-oriented hotel is run by the O’Haras. Stay in a Luxury Plantation Suite or, if a family, rent one of its villas. And don’t miss the Thursday night barbecue.

If you are looking for a no-kid zone then back at the House or, for an off-the-beaten-track option, book one of the few suites the Lone Star restaurant has to offer. Right on the beach and next to one of the best restaurants on the island, it’s a win-win.

If you fancy spending Christmas at sea then there are still luxury yachts available to charter for the holiday season

Where to sunbathe in Barbados

Tender into Lone Star and spend the afternoon anchored outside the Fairmont Royal Pavilion next door, soaking up the rays on its stunning beach.

Where to have lunch in Barbados

If you want an unique experience find out when Lobster Alive has its live jazz act. It’s a shack on the beach with the best lobsters on the island.

Also head to The Cliff’s new beach club, which is this season’s hot spot. Otherwise go in the evening for a fancy dinner on the waterfront and don’t forget to order the tuna tartare and crab cakes.

Where to spend New Year’s Eve in Barbados

If you are reading this and haven’t booked yours yet, then you are in trouble here! It’s all about the dinner and party at the Sandy Lane or dine elsewhere and get your mitts on tickets to the Lone Star after-party. Or make like a true islander and hit Holetown to join the street party.

Where to play golf in Barbados

Golfers can play 18 holes at Sandy Lane’s Green Monkey golf course, one of the best golf courses in the Caribbean with stunning ocean views.

Where to shop in Barbados

For the big brands enjoy duty free at the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in Holetown. Beth & Tracie is the place for beachwear – and the outlet store is just around the corner. Shh!

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