There’s a reason why Barbados is the favourite of many a holidaymaker. Topping the list as one of the most popular sun-filled destinations, this eastern Caribbean island seemingly has it all. Rich in culture, music and food and drink, Barbados also delivers unexpected delights. For example, did you know that the east of the island is a surfer’s paradise, delivering the Caribbean’s most consistent surf conditions with the east coast winds.

Friendly locals are commonplace as well. Often mentioned as one of the most friendly islands, you’ll understand what we mean when you visit Bridgetown of an evening to dance the night away. In fact its this atmosphere and the sight of the wonderfully turned out locals making their way to church that will leave its imprint.

If you’re into your cricket, music or anything resembling a good time, then Barbados is going to tick every box. With a fantastic array of water sports, island hopping and all-night partying, it’s perfect for honeymooners and couples. But it’s also renowned for being family-friendly for good reason. One word. Sandy Lane.

And, of course, Barbados is the other place where I like to be

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Their iconic pink sunloungers and umbrellas have been playing host to famous faces for over 50 years. But Sandy Lane wasn’t just designed for the likes of Simon Cowell and Joan Collins. This hotel is consistently named one of the best Caribbean because of their understanding of hospitality, not celeb-schmoozing. Their spa was awarded the best hotel spa in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas and they have not one, but three, of the best golf courses in the world. So far, so good. Additionally, every hotel guest has their own spot on the beach reserved. There’s no fighting for sunloungers here. Add to that the swimming pool with an underwater sound system, The Treehouse Club to keep the kids entertained and tennis courts galore, and you have yourself Caribbean heaven.