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So you have finally decided that it is time for a vacation. Where will you go? What can you do? There are endless possibilities! You know you want to go to the Caribbean, maybe to Barbados, but which island is the best? You know that Barbados is in Jamaica – hold on, now wait a minute, this is where Blue Sky Luxury, The Holiday Home Experts, comes in. Barbados is not in Jamaica. Trust us. Furthermore, you will not want to consider any other Caribbean vacation. We have all the information needed to plan the perfect Barbados vacation. We will go a step further to provide information on anything you may want to know about Barbados vacation rentals. We’re funny, knowledgeable, and, dare I say – the best in the business. 

Blue Sky Luxury – Who we are

A picture is worth a thousand words, so we figure a video must be worth 2,000 words (like this blog.) Watch our video below for a quick overview of all of the services that Blue Sky Luxury provides. In a nutshell, we are a full-service holiday rental company with service lines of Reservations, Property Management and Concierge Services.

We have been in the business for over forty years and we are a giant in the region. What makes us special? We take a human approach to anyone that we come into contact with, we greet everyone as friends, and we guarantee that you will leave as family and we’re particularly proud that we can offer anyone a vacation rental to suit their needs. The crown in our jewel. I mean the jewel in our crown…just making sure you’re paying attention, is our Elite Collection. I’m getting ahead here a bit. Watch our video and we’ll talk more about The Elite Collection, luxury your way and how you can enjoy an authentic local experience at any of our 150+ best-in-class villas.

So now that you are caught up on what we do follow us on social. We are wherever you are. Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter. Charlene is our Social Media Coordinator. I told her you were coming. She’s watching and waiting. 

Barbados – an island not in Jamaica

Our Reservations department is a wellspring of knowledge. Many of our agents have been with the team for over 10- 20 years. We are appreciative that we have a collective data pool of over 50 years of experience. What sets us apart, is that Blue Sky Luxury is the chart holder for most of the villas in our holiday rentals portfolio. This means that wherever you book, our team has final approval so pro tip – Book Direct with Blue Sky Luxury.

Don’t tell anyone we said this, but hotels are so 2019. We will compare villas vs hotels as we aren’t biased. We love hotels as well… just villas more. With the emergence of the pandemic, villa stays have become in high demand due to their ability to provide privacy, flexibility, and a more bespoke holiday experience. When you are looking to book (direct) we have segmented villa holidays so that our guests can choose from:

Your destination is important but the villa selection is equally so, and our villas rival many international villas. We make it easy for you to find a villa vacation that fits your style. Our website blueskyluxury.com has a comprehensive page on Barbados information. Dive right in but come back to my blog soon, I have at least 3,000 more words to go.

Concierge will have you living Like a celebrity!

Have you ever used concierge services? Concierge is like having an elegant assistant at your fingertips. They make vacation planning easy and effortless. From Fast Track (you need this) to car rentals and pre-stocking this team is friendly, bubbly and they go the extra mile. Additionally, this team also handles guest relations and will check on you during your stay to ensure that your holiday is going the way you planned!

Property Management Services at Blue Sky Luxury

Let’s say, you decide to visit Barbados. You fall in love with the island, the people, the culture (and making money,) so you decide to purchase a villa. The Property Management department is the team that works behind the scenes to ensure that all villas are safe and well-kept. They have exceptionally high standards for safety and cleanliness and are on call 24-hrs to make this happen.

If there is a problem at your villa, a Property Manager will be on hand to ensure that it is sorted soonest. During adverse weather, you are never left alone. Our Property Managers ensure that your villa is safeguarded, contact numbers for them and emergency services are at hand and that you are comfortable. We like to think of them as our superheroes.

It’s quite possible that we are well over 3,000 words but I hope that this blog on Barbados vacation rentals has been useful or at the very least entertaining. I’ve included some FAQs relating to this blog. Happy vacationing, choose Blue Sky Luxury and choose Barbados.

Barbados Vacation Rentals FAQs

Q: How can travel to Barbados?

A: Virgin Atlantic, Air Canada, British Airways, Jet Blue, West Jet, Caribbean Airlines, and more all fly to the island.

Q: Where is Barbados if you allege it is not in Jamaica

A: Barbados is just off the island chain, out of the main hurricane belt in the Caribbean. Our closest neighbours are the islands of St. Vincent and St. Lucia

Q: Can I fly to Barbados by private jet?

A: Absolutely! M Jet is one of Barbados’ Premier Fixed Based Operators with a private ramp and hangar.

Q: Can I sail to Barbados?

A: Sure bet! Leave your Blue Sky Luxury villa and island-hop to the Grenadines

Q: Do I have to book with an international tour operator or agent?

A: No you do not. All vacation bookings come through Blue Sky Luxury so make your life easier by booking with us

Q: How do I know which Barbados villa to choose?

A: The team at Blue Sky Luxury is available by email, and website chat. Ask us how we can help you find the perfect villa

Q: I want to purchase a luxury villa in Barbados. Can Blue Sky Luxury help?

A: Our sister company Terra Luxury offers luxury villas for sale and many of our new owners engage us for Property Management services

Q: Can I contact Concierge even if I am not staying at a Blue Sky Luxury villa?

A:  We love to help everyone! We won’t tell if you won’t but please do.

Q: What else does Property Management do other than Property Management?

A: I’ve seen them arrange flowers, decorate an entire villa (see Bora Bora by Zoe), and line dance but they also excel at small project management, villa staffing, Human Resources, and trust accounting just to name a few.

Q: Villa Guru, you are so wise and such a gifted writer, how do I contact you for more details on Barbados or vacation rentals information?

A: Stop it, you’re flattering me. Flatter me some more at experts@blueskyluxury.com

 

Until my next blog Friends….

From the desk of the

Villa Guru

 

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Photo from Visit Barbados

There truly is no better answer than ALL THE TIME! With sunny views all year and fun events for entertainment, the real question is “How are you getting here?”. If it helps, here are some interesting events and festivals that happen throughout the year in Barbados that can help your decision when to visit.

1. Crop Over Season: July – August

2. Holetown Festival: February

3. Barbados Food and Rum Festival: October

4. Oistins Fish Festival: April

5. Sandy Lane Gold Cup: March

6. Gospelfest: May

7. Reggae Festival: April

8. Rally Barbados: June

9. Barbados Celtic Festival: May

10. Run Barbados: December

11. Barbados Hockey Festival: August

12. Barbados Sailing Week: January

Find out more about these events by visiting visitbarbados.org

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At Blue Sky Luxury, health and safety are important to us as it is to our rental clients. Regular inspections result in safe living accommodations and our printed property information give tips on health and safety. We highly recommend reading these tips provided to be informed and aware.

Here are a few tips that will help you stay safe while on your next holiday vacation in Barbados:

To find out more about how we manage properties and what we do to promote a safe holiday, click here!

Following these tips will result in an incident-free holiday. Help us help you stay safe!

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Suitcase on the beach

Your Barbados vacation is booked. Your bags are packed. But, are they PACKED packed? Let us offer you five must-brings (or at least good-to-knows) that you may not have on your checklist to add an extra serving of ‘wow’ to your Barbados experience.

Extra charge…

It’s not what you think, so please put away your wallets. Barbados is chockfull of gorgeous scenery and Insta-cool experiences that are sure to turn you into a shutterbug. So, if you have one, be sure to pack your power bank – or battery chargers for the professional content creators out there – so that you won’t be left hanging mid-click! And, don’t forget to bring the necessary electrical plug converters to charge your devices.

A nice outfit

We know you’re probably at ten-and-counting beachwear and casual options when it comes to your Barbados vacation fashion haul, but have you even packed a formal wear option? Trust us with this one, since you’ll probably want to have a chic, fine dining night out while on the island. And for the night owls, don’t you want to take in the full Barbados nightlife offering in style?

A pair of sneakers

While we’re on the topic of your vacation fashion, go ahead and make some space for your flip-flops’ more athletic and adventurous sibling. In Barbados, we call them sneakers, but maybe you’ll relate if we say tennis shoes… or gym shoes… or runners. Whatever you prefer to call them, the point remains that you’ll have several more options of Barbados experiences if you have them. This includes hiking through nature trails, parks, and gullies, scenic walks, or even spelunking through the island’s caves. Or maybe your lovely holiday home has a tennis or basketball court and you want to capitalize… in this case, you can!

Pack the romance

This one is a bit more figurative than the others. But, with villas this gorgeous and island vistas so memorable, we couldn’t resist hinting at a love-themed stay. You will be luxuriously spoilt for choice with the options of a stunning garden, seaside or even underground cave wedding. Or, be the envy of your friends with a beautiful Barbados honeymoon. Propose to the love of your life in paradise, or for those veterans at love, renew your vows with the island’s blessings.

Pack up house…

Unlike the romance, we mean this literally. If for some reason you haven’t heard, Barbados is offering you the amazing opportunity to live where you vacation. This has been made extremely easy thanks to the Barbados Welcome Stamp Visa, which is a programme launched back in 2020. So, if you have professional flexibility that allows you to work remotely, have a slice of paradise for a little longer than normal! And, what’s amazing about this prospect is that you can bring the whole family – even your fur babies!

Book your Barbados adventures and experiences with our Concierge team – they’re waiting to make your next trip an unforgettable one!

 

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Photo courtesy from Sky Sports

Cricket season is here, and we couldn’t be more excited! If you’re anything like us, you’re ready to return to some live sporting action. Why not enjoy the exciting atmosphere of Cricket and the vibe of camaraderie? Book an exciting vacation to sun-kissed Barbados for the international test match. You won’t regret it!

Cricket is the national sport of Barbados and the West Indies. Barbadians and visitors come together to watch world-class matches at Kensington Oval. It is a highly anticipated event with crowds roaring through the stands! Did you know that Cricket was first played at Kensington Oval in 1882 and was the first Test match played in 1930?

The upcoming International Test series with West Indies Vs. England, Barbados will host the second Test match from March 16 to 20 at Kensington Oval. The first Test Match will be in Antigua from March 8 – 12 and the final Test in Grenada from March 24 – 28. Learn more about the match details or buy tickets for the matches here.

Build Your Unique Cricket Holiday

When the series reaches Barbados for the second Cricket Test, the action will be even more thrilling! Prepare to experience world-class Cricket and a unique stay with Blue Sky Luxury. We accommodate large groups of friends or family and offer fully staffed villas if you prefer. View some of the top vacation villas on our website blueskyluxury.com

Our Concierge Team can help arrange a full itinerary for you before you arrive on the island including restaurant bookings, car rentals, and baby-sitting services. Let Concierge make your arrival to Barbados easy with fast-track services. Breeze through airport lines and health checks and arrive at your villa in no time. Outside of the game, unwind and enjoy white sand beaches, indulge in authentic local experiences, or have fun with watersports.

Foodies can indulge in a great dining experience on the island and choose from an array of restaurants and eating spots. For suggestions on where to find absolutely delectable meals, check out our blog on the top 5 restaurants in the north or south of the island.

Don’t miss out on this local Cricket experience for your next vacation!

 

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The weather in Barbados is hot and humid. While this makes for a great holiday home location, it also means that your air condition systems have to work really hard to ensure the air inside your home is cooler than the air outside.

Our Barbados climate can cause unique challenges for the electrical and mechanical appliances on our properties. The extreme heat we experience here can put a lot of stress on your AC unit and the moisture in our air often creates rusting issues that can lessen the life of your AC unit.

All these challenges can be easily avoided with a bit of TLC and of course, regular maintenance to prevent serious problems.

Jonathon Gonsalves, Managing Director of Coast-to-Coast Cooling notes the simple and basic procedures that are carried out during a routine service to ensure that an air conditioning unit is efficient and effective –

As property managers, we see all kinds of avoidable issues with our AC units such as garden debris, bird nests, and insect infestation. These problems can end up being costly and incredibly inconvenient – not to mention – HOT.

For those with rental properties, it is crucial to have your air conditioners serviced routinely. We suggest at a minimum every three (3) months.

Unfortunately, doors get left open with the AC on at full blast when guests are enjoying themselves and don’t think about the consequences of such a seemingly innocent mistake. This ends up causing sweating, condensation issues and generally overworking the unit.

A regular AC service from your provider significantly improves your power efficiency and the air quality drawn into your home. It also reduces the likelihood of failure of the equipment and its parts.

It makes sense to have your unit services routinely to avoid clogged filters, clogged drains, unpleasant smells, mold growth, reduced air movement and flow, icing of coils, and clogged coils which may lead to overheating and compressor failure.

As Jonathon noted, with COVID affecting us worldwide, it is that much more important that we avoid stagnant air wherever we are.

A Look at Why AC Maintenance is Important:

 

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Aerial View of Bachelor Hall


A true paradise oasis in the Caribbean, Blue Sky Luxury is proud to offer the newest luxury villa, Bachelor Hall! Offering a luxury vacation experience perfect for family getaways and holiday stays, this Barbados vacation estate should be on the list for every traveler’s Caribbean vacation bucket list! 

 

This regal beachfront vacation estate set luxuriously over 3.4 acres on the Platinum West Coast of Barbados is just waiting for its first exclusive guests. The iconic 7-bedroom villa features a stunning master bedroom fit for royalty and two newly renovated suites with ensuite bathrooms. Surrounded by lush greenery and right on the beachfront, take tranquil strolls through the vast landscape or along the calming beach shore.

 

Master Bedroom at Bachelor Hall
Great Room with amazing sea views


Enjoy the villa’s stunning amenities that include a gorgeous swimming pool situated next to the outdoor courtyard. The villa offers an ocean view breakfast terrace for sunlit mornings and a dining terrace for sunset dining. Indulge in true relaxation at the private spa or exercise at the fully equipped gym. Savor uninterrupted views of the Caribbean Sea while the chef whips up delicious dishes at the Teppanyaki bar.

 

Full Length Swimming Pool


Service is a key feature at Bachelor Hall. Picture yourself not lifting a finger except to signal for another cocktail. The staff complement includes two butlers, three housekeepers, a chef, sous chef and a laundress. When you feel the need to try gastronomic experiences outside of your private villa, beachfront restaurants are minutes away as well as your choice of white sand beaches. With Holetown nearby, experience luxury shopping and fine dining restaurants, or let our
Concierge Can team arrange all of your on-island activities. 

 

Welcome to ultimate luxury at Bachelor Hall, Barbados

 

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Whether you decide to take a trip to the beach or enjoy a picnic with the country views, we think one of the best ways to enjoy your time is on a staycation. Taking a mini-vacay and immersing yourself in a new relaxing environment, is ideal to take some time for yourself and appreciate all the good things around! We share some of our staycation properties that are ideal for your getaway and also close to some great amenities, restaurants, and beach bars.

Just a reminder that our promotion runs until September 30, 2021. Flip through our interactive Staycation brochure to see our list of properties. Staycation rates start from BDS$225 with taxes included.

Staycation Properties for September

Schooner Bay 112

1 Bed | 1½ Bath | Resort Pool

 

Reeds House

1 – 4 Bed | 1 – 4 Bath | Plunge Pool

Sapphire Beach

2 – 3 Bed | 2 – 3 Bath | Resort Pool

 

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Located on the West Coast of Barbados, just south of the world-famous Sandy Lane Estate, The Villa and The One are two contemporary beachfront apartments set directly on Paynes Bay. Join us for a quick insider view on lifestyle at St. James. The condos, the gorgeous beach, places nearby and then read our guest reviews below.

Crystal clear water, powdery white sand and stunning views are a hallmark of these two luxury condos. The Villa is on the ground floor of this supremely spacious development. We feel connected as we walked the floors and admired the views while the apartments were under construction. Floor to ceiling glass doors offer sea views, and a large pool gives you a choice of pool or beach. The finishes are impressive and minimalist décor is a theme throughout. There are five modern bedrooms with unique features. Our favourite? The master bedroom. It enjoys spectacular sea views and, there is direct access to the beachfront patio where you can unwind with Caribbean inspired sundowners. The One is located on the first floor and is equally as impressive. The views are amazing. The décor mirrors The Villa with marble, plush furnishings and soothing white and grey tones. Both apartments are air-conditioned throughout, but with the cooling sea breezes, you won’t need it. There is a guest cottage that makes up the fifth bedroom and is perfect for long term stays (great rates available) and persons considering the 12 Month Barbados Welcome Stamp visa.

Paynes Bay Beach, Barbados
This West Coast beach is a fave because of the location and the fact that it’s perfect for snorkeling and swimming. You can walk from the apartments to the beach in seconds. The beach is wide and long – over 2 miles and; there is plenty of room to spread out. Beach chairs and umbrellas are placed on the beach daily. Your staff can pack a picnic for you to spend a relaxing day at the beach. If you’re so inclined, take a walk south to discover the local fish market, grab a drink at ‘De Clay Oven’ or take a dip in waters not so close to home. Paynes Bay is a popular stop for catamarans. Locals and visitors alike enjoy a day on the seas with great food, music and the chance to swim with the turtles.

Places nearby
There is nowhere in Barbados that’s “far.” Visit these locations in 10 minutes or less. Try The Tides Restaurant for an upscale dining experience. Jus Grillin’ is a laid-back eatery in Holetown offering a variety of freshly grilled items. Next to it is Bean and Bagel an excellent breakfast spot. Visit Second Street for sushi at Naru or try the farm-to-table goodness at The Mews. Zaccios offers a sea to bar experience – the bartenders are great at their craft. Surfside Bar is another beachfront bar next door to Zaccios. West Bar in Limegrove is more upscale and a good experience. Get your fix of designer labels at Ralph Lauren, Breitling Boutique for luxury watches and pick up a sophisticated piece from Diamonds International. Timothy Oulton has an eclectic collection, and the Smart Store can take care of all your electronic needs. At Limegrove, there are many other options for clothing and other luxury items. Need a haircut? Fame barbershop in Holetown is a number one choice for gents haircuts. The Loft Spa & Blow-dry Bar is a perfect spot for ladies. Pick up a bottle of wine from Wine World, also in the same complex. We love the location of St. James, it is a short drive to golf, tennis and well… everything! We hope this has been helpful. Look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Read our Guest Reviews
The Villa at The St. James

The Gauthier Party
02/20/2020
Most fun and relaxing vacation! Thank you Kareen and Isilma for making our vacation so special! Food, location, condo, beach – all spectacular!

The MacNeil Family
08/31/2019
We had one of our most relaxing vacations to date. Thank you to Heather, Catherine, Keifer, Corey, Danny, Ricardo and Stacey for taking care of our every whim! We will definitely recommend your services! Thank you.

The Al-Amin Family
08/07/2019
Everything was excellent. Julie was a breath of fresh air. Everything we requested we got. All services over exceeded our expectations! 02/20/2020
Most fun and relaxing vacation! Thank you Kareen and Isilma for making our vacation so special! Food, location, condo, beach – all spectacular!

The MacNeil Family
08/31/2019
We had one of our most relaxing vacations to date. Thank you to Heather, Catherine, Keifer, Corey, Danny, Ricardo and Stacey for taking care of our every whim! We will definitely recommend your services! Thank you.

The Al-Amin Family
08/07/2019
Everything was excellent. Julie was a breath of fresh air. Everything we requested we got. All services over exceeded our expectations!

The One at The St. James

The Marshall Party
08/07/2019
The accommodations and staff were first class. I couldn’t have asked for better introduction to Barbados for my friends and family. Doreen and Beulah were friendly, professional and joys to be around. I definitely recommend Blue Sky Luxury, in particular Asha and Julie. First class. Thank you for a positively memorable stay.

The Abouelnaga Party
02/07/2019
Katherine and Fay Ann are wonderful! The home would not have been the same without them. Julie is also a keeper – very accommodating, thoughtful and kind. All 3 go above and beyond!

 

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We have lots of annual visitors who visit Barbados religiously to take part in the Crop Over festivities.  While the traditional Crop Over Festival will not be functioning in its former full glory, that doesn’t mean that it’s not a perfect time to rest and rejuvenate and take advantage of the season’s closing weekend July 30th to August 3rd. Before we share with you some of the top vacation villas to spend the long weekend at, here’s a brief overview with a 2021 update of Barbados’ Harvest festival, Crop Over.

Crop Over Festival Overview

The Crop Over Season is a 3-month festival celebrated every summer in Barbados and this national festival is rooted in sugar. This festival began over 3 centuries ago to signal the end of the yearly sugar cane harvest. It has since evolved into Barbados’ biggest national festival, similar to Carnival in Trinidad and Brasil with parties, dancing, and beautiful costumes. The climax of the festival is Kadooment Day celebrated with a national holiday when costume bands fill the streets with pulsating Barbadian rhythms and several international celebrities joining in the fun.

Even though the pandemic has shifted the festivities, the spirit of the season lives on. Recently, Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley announced that even though the Kadooment Day festivities will not be occurring this year, promoters are allowed to host events limited to 150 persons throughout the Crop Over season; just in time for visitors to enjoy a plethora of Barbados music, food, and events. Take this time to also enjoy a Barbados golf holiday, a beachfront villa in Holetown, or check out our long-term rentals page for great rates.

PS: Think you may want to live in Barbados? Check out our sister company Terra Luxury to view some of the best Barbados beachfront villas for sale.

Barbados Vacation Villas for the Long Weekend

Sapphire Beach 205

3 Bed | 3 Bath | Resort Pool

• Evenings can be well spent on the large verandah overlooking the resort pools and white sandy beaches
• Enjoy meals in the spacious living and dining area separated by the breakfast bar
• Access to resort gym and fun watersports

Onyx
5 Bed | 5.5 Bath | Swimming Pool

• Enjoy a sun-soaked beach holiday with direct beach access to a gorgeous white sand beach.
• Onsite amenities include a large media room, wet bar, and stunning swimming pool.
• Spacious bedrooms with amazing views are perfect for relaxation.

Kiko
9 Bed | 9.5 Bath | Ultimate Luxury

• Designed with family in mind, enjoy stunning oceanfront bedrooms overlooking a gorgeous, oversized swimming pool
• Luxuriously furnished with unique statement pieces, Italian marble floors, and palatial coral stone pillars
• Onsite amenities include a games room, fully equipped gym, cinema, spa, and sauna.

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