Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Get the Jet-Set Life on Barbados; Welcome to the Caribbean Island That's Got It All from Wonderful Weather to Fabulous Beaches, Bars, Restaurants and Hotels. the Celebs Love It. and So Will You When You Touch Down in Paradise

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Get the Jet-Set Life on Barbados; Welcome to the Caribbean Island That's Got It All from Wonderful Weather to Fabulous Beaches, Bars, Restaurants and Hotels. the Celebs Love It. and So Will You When You Touch Down in Paradise

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Brought to you by If it's jet-set central you are after for your Caribbean holiday then head straight for the island of Barbados, which has been drawing celebrities, business leaders and oligarchs to its sandy shores for years. And small wonder.

You need look no further than the Caribbean paradise's main attractions to see the appeal of a week or two on the island. There's the wonderful weather, outstanding beaches, good restaurants and healthy portions of nightlife... and that's just for starters.

Take a sailing catamaran cruise along the coast, with time for a swim and lunch on board, or see Barbados' interior on a four-wheel-drive safari-style tour to places the tour buses can't reach. And make time for some sightseeing and shopping in bustling Bridgetown, the capital, a great place to buy resort wear and souvenirs... plus rum, of course.

The hotel choices are almost endless, as a quick glance at what Caribbean expert Virgin Holidays has to offer will confirm. Many are on the sought-after Golden Mile of the island's West Coast, some of which act as magnets for the world's rich and famous (and remember, singer Rihanna was born here, in the island's St Michael parish).

But there are bargains to be had, too.

Some are all-inclusive, such as the wonderful Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels. Ideal for families, it has a kids' club on offer to keep everyone busy and beach and pool ambassadors to really spoil you. Or how about the five-star Hilton Barbados Resort, where all the rooms have ocean views and there's gourmet dining right on the doorstep? You are spoiled for choice.

There are some excellent restaurants in Barbados, too. For instance, try the rustic charm of Oistins Fish Fry, in an authentic fishing town on the south coast, where vendors sell a variety of fish ranging from tuna to flying fish and mahi-mahi, which is then cooked right in front of you. …

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