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Barbados’ Sandals review and cricketing legends, what some-more could we want?

January 22nd, 2016 by admin | Filed under Blog.

Gareth Huw Davies for The Mail on Sunday



A outrageous print of an despotic Sir Garfield Sobers in full pitch welcomes me to Barbados International Airport. 

The initial cricketer to strike 6 sixes in an over, he was a sporting titan of a 20th Century and my favourite for many years. And he came from this happy small island. He will be 80 this year, and a universe of competition will eulogise him. 

But there will be most some-more to applaud on Barbados. Weddings during for one thing. And out of a blue dual strangers in a reserve for a cab to a review entice us to theirs. We kindly decline, on a drift that they don’t indeed know us.

Take a wander on a 'shining sand' on Sandals' private beach, where a 'sun comes down with a blazing glow'

Take a wander on a ‘shining sand’ on Sandals’ private beach, where a ‘sun comes down with a blazing glow’

On a approach to my room, we hear a abounding tones of Harry Belafonte arising from a orator in a bushes. His strain Oh, Island In The Sun is masterfully appropriate. It is roughly 60 years given a film of a same name launched a Caribbean dream. 

They chose Barbados, with a abounding white silt and palm trees, as one of a locations to mount in for a illusory Santa Marta, and ever given this island has been high on a transport wish-list of generations of Britons. 

And here we am during a latest review – non-stop final year – of a association that delivers a Caribbean idyll, with comprehensive oppulance sites sparse opposite a pleasant islands. All Sandals resorts are romantic, couples-only destinations. 

They offer a dedicated marriage planner, and they even let we re-tie a tangle if we occur to be already married. we had no need for that service, though something else did interest to me. Sandals has vibrant: abolished money, good almost. It has released a guest from all those annoying bar bills, restaurants tabs and minibar accounts. 

The sign is ‘luxury included’ – we usually compensate for sauna sessions and excursions. One of a advantages of a ‘have as most as we like’ process is that we are some-more prone to try what would clearly be a some-more costly object if they indeed showed prices on a menu. That second potion of champagne? Why not? Equally precious is strolling on Harry Belafonte’s ‘shining sand’ on Sandals’ private beach, where a ‘sun comes down with a blazing glow’. 

Bridgetown is a collateral and largest city of Barbados, it is infrequently locally referred to as 'The City'

Bridgetown is a collateral and largest city of Barbados, it is infrequently locally referred to as ‘The City’

My personal solar batteries recharged, we set off for adventure. we already consider we know this place by a feats of Sir Gary, and others. Incidentally, how does an island only 21 miles by 14 and with a race of Sunderland furnish such cricketing greats as Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner, Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes? Bridgetown, determined by English settlers in 1628, wears a unapproachable story on a sleeve. 

The superb examples of British colonial design in a well-preserved aged town, built between a 17th and 19th Centuries, draft a widespread of Britain’s Atlantic empire. Much of a strange city survives. There’s a statue of Lord Nelson. we mark a Bolton Lane. But we still wish to find a famous statue of Sir Gary.

The male on a coconut case tells me to go to a Kensington Oval ground, ‘where England have mostly come unstuck’. we a statue and lay in a good man’s shadow, oblivious on cricketing legends past and nonetheless to come. 

Walking behind into a resort, we accommodate Rohan, a party manager. He tells me how smashing Barbados is and how it offends, and puzzles, ideal strangers if we aren’t immediately accessible to them. 

He is only one unaccepted envoy for this island in a sun, with time to gangling for a stranger.


Virgin Holidays (, 0344 557 3859) offers 7 nights during Sandals Barbados from £1,829pp. 

This includes lapse approach flights from Gatwick to Barbados, comprehensive accommodation and transfers.

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