Our apartment is ready for you. The beds are made, the sun is out and the beer is cold.

What about the rest of the island?

Barbados is a unique place. It is singularly stunning, vibrant and welcoming. It has a special kind of character that you’ll never forget – the kind of place you’ll keep coming back to.

There’s no lack of things to do and places to explore (and, of course, delicious things to eat.)

Arm yourself with a beach towel and sun cream, and travel mere minutes to reach the resplendent beaches of the West coast. You can snorkel with turtles, swim over reefs and curl your toes into powdery white sand, sipping a rum punch and relaxing into the island vibe.

There are a range of catamaran trips to choose from, from deep beat dance ships to relaxed reef explorations. These trips are a true delight and a highlight of any Bajan holiday.

A little further afield (which in Bajan terms is only a few minutes more) you can explore the spectacular shores of the tempestuous East Coast, marvelling at the powerful waves beating against the cliffs. There are caves to explore at the northernmost tip of the island and Harrison’s Caves inland can be enjoyed with guided tours.

If you’re peckish, you’ll be spoilt for choice. We naturally recommend Barbados’ vast array of fish dishes, from traditional fishcakes with native hot sauce and more unusual catches like barracuda and mahi mahi. There are hundreds of restaurants and bars to choose from and all cuisines and tastes are catered for (late night pizza, anyone?)

We swear by this little book, Barbados in a Nutshell. It has the low down, contact information and addresses of every restaurant, eatery, activity, shopping centre and more on the island. Here is a digital version, and copies can be picked up at the airport. It’s an absolute must have.

If you fancy a little more culture, dip into history with ease. The island is the birthplace of the oldest rum in the world, the award winning Mount Gay range. The Mount Gay factory stands nearby, crafting, bottling and shipping an array of light, dark and flavoured rums. Book a guided tour to finish at lunch, pairing a bespoke cocktail with their delightful food menu.

During the summer months, the world-famous Crop Over Festival celebrates the sugar cane harvest by adorning the streets with music, shows and judging, ending in the iconic Kadooment Parade.

Finally, on those days where you fancy doing nothing at all, our two bedroom apartment is fully equipped with air conditioning, a private balcony and a pool and tennis court for you to play in while never leaving the complex. Don’t forget, Barbados is always hot, but there’s still seasonal change. Check the official Bajan site to see just how sunny your trip is likely to be.

Discover Barbados your way and try something different every time.