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Barbados...safe and secure

Nation News: "THEY LOVE IT HERE and vow to keep coming.

Soaking up the sun, sand and sea yesterday along the South Coast stretch, hundreds of tourists and locals said Barbados was still a relatively safe destination and security on the beaches was 'very high-standard'.

From Italy to Sweden, Britain and Canada, the sentiment was the same when a SUNDAY SUN team visited some of the beaches along the South Coast.

Some tourists even went as far as saying that Barbados was safer than the countries they live in."...........

Review of paradise isle Barbados as wedding venue

The Sun : "MY wife hates surprises – so me arranging our wedding on Barbados without telling her was about as “bad” as it gets... as well as our best family holiday ever!

Be fair — I gave her a whole week’s notice of our second marriage (sadly for her, both times to me).

Because 23 years and five children after our first ceremony, in leafy Nottinghamshire, I felt the time was right to renew my vows to her... she’s put up with a lot, as you can probably tell.

But Barbados isn’t a good place to get married — it’s the PERFECT place."

Surf’s Up in Barbados

SURFING THE SOUP BOWL IN BARBADOS - NYTimes.com: "Tucked in the southern corner of the Lesser Antilles, Barbados is the easternmost island in the Caribbean. The island’s west coast is its famous side: powdery beaches, water as clear as if it were poured from a tap, manicured estates, really manicured resorts and even more manicured golf courses. That part of the island is known as the Platinum Coast, so named for the color of its sparkling coastline and its preferred credit cards. That is the Barbados of the travel agencies and guidebooks. But it’s only half the story.

The eastern coast of Barbados is a whole other world. Sequestered from the posh resorts by acres of sugar cane fields, thick, verdant forests, and trees full of wild monkeys, this is Barbados’s rougher side. “You could spend all your time in the west and never know the real Barbados,” said Melanie Pitcher, a surfing instructor and owner of Barbados Surf Trips. “The east is run by the locals, not the tourists.”"…

Bummed Out on Barbados

Never let it be said that you can please all the people all of the time...but you certainly can please some of the people some of the time

Tampa Exotic Travel Examiner: "While I wouldn’t recommend Barbados for travelers on a budget or as a one-day wonder, its west-coast resorts are great for an extended stay. The pink- and white-sand beaches are world class, and most hotels offer outstanding cuisine with top-notch (and expensive) restaurants available via cab on a reservation basis. My wife Kelly and I stayed for three nights at the lovely Treasure Beach Hotel (www.treasurebeachhotel.com) about two years ago. Our villa faced a pool shaded by gorgeous trees, and only a few feet beyond the beach and Caribbean Sea. During our stay we enjoyed golf, fishing and trying new cuisine such as a flying fish sandwich (I didn’t like it).

By all means consider Barbados in a Caribbean itinerary, but I’d pass unless it’s part of a package deal that includes a few more interesting locations (like …

45% Off All-Inclusive Barbados Resorts

Now is always a good time to fly to Barbados

The Perrin Post Travel Blog: "At Tamarind Cove, $200 per night gets you a standard room that sleeps two, plus breakfast (the price includes tax). These rooms normally go for $334 per night. You can get a junior garden suite for $267 per night (including tax). If you book 5 nights or more, you get a $100 resort credit.
Rates for additional meals: You can add lunch and dinner for $100 per day for adults, or $50 per day for children (12 and younger).
Rates for additional guests: $61 per night for an extra adult; the first additional child is free, and after that, the rate is $51 per child.
Book by: April 30, 2009
For travel from: April 12-30, 2009"

1 night free, $300 airfare credit in Barbados

azcentral.com "Mango Bay in Barbados is offering a 'Best of Barbados' promotion for bookings made by April 1 for travel May 1-July 15 or Sept. 1-Dec. 18. The deal requires a minimum five-night stay and includes the first night free, an airfare credit of $300 per person, a $100 debit card per booking to spend in Barbados, one $25 dinner voucher for two at the popular fish fry in nearby Oistins, and one Barbados Gourmet Card per booking, which offers 25 percent off at participating restaurants. Rates for a standard double room start at $385 a night.
Details: 246-432-1384, www.mangobaybarbados.com."

Hilton Barbados Offers Upgrades, Credits, Free Night

Hilton Barbados Offers Upgrades, "Now through June 30, guests who book a fourth night at the Hilton Barbados will receive a fifth night free and complimentary room upgrade at check-in. Rates start at $229 per room per night and the deal represents about 35% in savings off regular rates

Also, guests who stay a minimum of two nights at the beachfront hotel will receive a resort credit based on their length of stay: $100 for two nights, $150 for three nights, $200 for four nights, and $250 for five nights or more. Rates start at $229 per night based on double occupancy."

Caribbean luxury: at ease in laid back Barbados

Telegraph: "I have been in Barbados almost a week and I couldn’t be more relaxed. I’m so relaxed I feel as limp as overcooked spaghetti – he should see me in London.

So, for another hour at the lovely Sandy Lane golf course, Franklin and I go through the painful process of the golf lesson, which had all started rather well, with me driving on to the tee as if I’d been playing the Majors for years. But now, the more I think about the geometry of the whole thing, the more horribly it goes wrong. I am hitting the very top of the ball and watching it bobble a couple of yards, or missing the damned thing completely. So, Franklin comes to the rescue, telling me that he played golf on this very course with E.W. Swanton, when the great man was 92, “and you are hitting the ball cleaner than he did on that day”. Great – I’m doing better than a nonagenarian. Encouragement indeed."

Barbados Bargains? Really?

SmarterTravel.com: "There are some Caribbean islands that come up a lot when you're on the prowl for travel bargains: Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, even Aruba because of its JetBlue service. But one island that's hardly ever on my (limited budget) radar is Barbados.

Not on my radar until yesterday, that is. That's when a couple of editors (thanks Sarah, Anne, and Pati) stumbled into a nest of Barbados deals."

Grenadines Nab New LIAT Flights From Barbados

Grenadines Nab New LIAT Flights From Barbados: "Caribbean regional airline LIAT will operate three flights per week from Barbados to Canouan, The Grenadines beginning Friday. LIAT flight 787 will leave Barbados at 5:20 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving in Canouan at 6 p.m. LIAT flight 760 will then leave Canouan at 11:00 a.m. every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday arriving in Barbados at 11:40 a.m."