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Property: Clifton Plantation

 

These two departments of the Terra Group work very closely together.   Blue Sky Luxury is the holiday rental side of the business and they rent properties tailored to holiday rental stays.  Terra Luxury is the West Coast brokerage side of the business that rents long term rental properties as well as buying and selling of real estate.  Terra Luxury is the local affiliate of Knight Frank, which though based in London has a Global Network of 512 offices worldwide in 60 territories.

Many owners choose to rent their properties to offset the running costs and presently Blue Sky Luxury has 130 villas, apartments and townhouses in their rental portfolio; there are four property classification categories “Flagship”, “Luxury” , “Classic” & “Essential”.  Most of the homes are rented with a full staff complement in place and it’s not unusual for guests to return to a particular property due to the friendly and great service they have received.

 

Property: Westhaven

 

Blue Sky Luxury reservations specialists book rental properties directly as well as through 140 overseas agents and travel agents.   Many guests have become long-time repeat clientele and a large part of their business – well over 50% have enjoyed more than one visit.

Holiday rental guests are a good source of business for Terra Luxury especially as these guests have already experienced the island first hand.  They may be attracted to the laid-back, yet sophisticated lifestyle; the great weather all year round encourages outdoor living and by extension good health; the relatively safe surroundings and maybe even the attractive resident tax rates if clients make Barbados their home.  The real estate market is currently a buyer’s market and the experience of the Terra Luxury brokerage agents will make the process of finding the right property, at the right price a smooth and straightforward process.

Tucked away in the popular community of 2nd Street in Holetown, St. James, you’ll find The Mews. The ‘not so typical’ restaurant showcases a unique layout that’s a true time capsule of traditional Barbadian architecture and its preservation allows for guests to sit in a truly quaint environment. Enjoy the view and your meal on the balconies overlooking the active nightlife below, the interior courtyard, private dining rooms, or the quirky nooks and crannies scattered about this one of a kind gem.

 

Inside the kitchen, you’ll find a team championed by new Executive Chef Anife Best, who has put his personal spin on the Euro-Caribbean cuisine that the restaurant is known for with a focus on ‘farm-to-table’ fine dining. As a locally owned restaurant, the Mews celebrates flavours of Barbados with fresh, local ingredients and produce all sourced in Barbados.

The Mews offers a Farm Fresh Special Menu that is curated based on that availability of fresh produce. You’ll find delicacies such as the Pickled Codfish or Local Pumpkin Soup along with Mahi Mahi Aglio e Olio or Clifton’s Pork Chops. From their traditional menu, you’ll find starters such as Lemon Butter Scallops & Shrimp and Confit of Duck, sumptuous entrées including Curried Rabbit and even a 28 Day Aged Grilled 10 oz Ribeye Steak … and if you can still fit dessert, we’d recommend the Sticky Caramel Bread Pudding or the Chocolate Tart with warm Coffee Ganache.

 

In addition to promoting Farm-to-Table fine dining and an overflowing wine list, guests will enjoy a wide variety of local art on display throughout the restaurant featuring spectacular pieces by local artists. If you’re looking to be entertained, look no further as you’ll be serenaded by local musicians and artists as you enjoy your meal…. especially on Friday night when you’ll be guaranteed live entertainment in any season.

The Mews is an excellent choice for a night out, as 2nd Street becomes ‘the spot’ to ‘lime’. With quite a few bars in the area, 2nd street has a great night life with The Mews at the heart of the action.

Other than the festive season in Barbados (take a peek our winter getaways), November is one of our favourite times of the year as we celebrate Independence Day and a plethora of fun activities. If you love the water, November offers the Barbados Open Water Festival and the Live Like Zander Junior PRO WSL (World Surf League) & Thomo QS 1000 WSL.

 

The Barbados Open Water Festival

This annual event and draws locals and visitors alike from all countries to take part in this fun, five-day competition. Check out last year’s blog where we interviewed veteran competitor Amanda Garcia – Property Manager of luxury villa Crystal Springs. This year, participants can take part in practice swims, optional dinners, and four races. If you’re staying on the  South Coast, Sapphire Beach condominiums are close to the action and lots of fine dining and entertainment options.  We highly recommend checking out the nightlife in “The Gap” as well.

Dates: 6th Nov 2019 – 9th November 2019 | Location: St. Michael

 

World Surf League Live Like Zander Jr Pro and the WSL (World Surf League) Thomo QS 1000

This event is very near and dear to our hearts as it’s held in honour of  Zander Venezia and Bill Thomson. The World Surf League (WSL) Junior is in loving memory of Zander while the homo 2019 QS 1000 in loving memory of Bill. Held at the famous Soup Bowl in Bathsheba, the event is always exciting and, a great opportunity to rub shoulders with the local Barbados community.

Dates: 7th November 2019 – 10th November 2019 | Location: St. Michael

Here are your new weekend plans so let’s get Ready, Set and Surf in Barbados! Socialising included!

*Photos compliments Global Swim Series and Barbados Surfing Association.

We’re all guilty of making those last-minute travel plans but with winter right around the corner, you’ll want to forget the freeze and stay warm at any of our stunning holiday rentals. From our intimate beachfront retreats to fully staffed luxury villas, you can decide on luxury your way.

 

Hemingway House

Tucked away between the serenity of Gibbes Beach and the highly popular Mullins Beach, Hemingway House is a beautiful two-story retreat that boasts unique vantages of the ocean and is ideal for families or groups. View Availability

 

Sugar Hill – Illusion

A luxurious villa situated in the exclusive Sugar Hill community, Sugar Hill-Illusion wows with its grand sweeping staircase leading down to the impressive pool and fantastic view to sea. View Availability

 

Sugar Hill – Sunwatch

Sunwatch is a luxury 6-bed room villa, set atop a majestic ridge overlooking the platinum West Coast of Barbados. View Availability

 

Palm Beach 405

Offering guests breezy open-plan living against a backdrop of white sand beach and turquoise ocean, Palm Beach 405 is situated on Barbados’ South Coast in a prime beachfront location. View Availability

 

Leith Court 16

Enjoy lazy days on the beach and all the comforts of home at Leith Court 16. Shopping restaurants and the famous St. Lawrence Gap are all within walking distance. View Availability

 

Barbados beckons! Get the details on these and more of our most coveted vacation villas available for the Christmas and New Year by viewing the special here!

Photo compliments The Cliff Beach Club

 

Sunday is now our favourite day of the week! The Cliff Beach Club has made us fall in love all over again with a fresh and timeless way to relax and while the day away. Lunch at the Beach Club features a live band and quite frequently a fashion show hosted by the in-house boutique.

Consistent with The Cliff’s well-established standard you’ll pull up to valet parking and a warm Bajan welcome from the friendly hostess. We’d recommend arriving at least 30 minutes early so you can enjoy a drink from their cliff-top bar as you admire the 180-degree panoramic view as the bar’s backdrop. After you pick your jaw up off the floor from the sheer magnificence of the view, we’d recommend enjoying a few specialty cocktails crafted by expert bartenders.

 

Photo compliments The Cliff Beach Club

 

Eclectic Ambiance

Best described as a mixed pot, few do it as seamlessly as The Cliff Beach Club. Its massive metal chandelier installed over the bar area is arguably the focal point of The Beach Club. Housing a combination of coastal, modern and African details, the restaurant is certainly unique. Spread out across three-tiered levels no matter your choice of seating you will experience uninterrupted views of the sea.

Vibes and more vibes

After a Sunday here, you’ll be walking with more pep in your step…or a wobble…depends! Lively and upbeat the Beach Club puts on quite the show. Boasting a mixed crowd of locals, repeat guests and newbies, the atmosphere is always friendly and your glass is never empty – their attentive staff sees to that!

 

Photo compliments The Cliff Beach Club

 

Mouthwatering Cuisine

Much like its 5 Star sister restaurant, The Beach Club offers world-class culinary delights and decadent desserts. Their a la carte options ensure there’s something for everyone. Spicy lobster risotto and the octopus carpaccio give life to the menu while classics such as battered cod and chips provide soul comfort.

Bringing to life the perfect mix of fun and food, The Cliff Beach Club has developed a winning recipe. A ‘must visit’ while on the island, The Cliff Beach Club will never disappoint.

 

With the holiday season fast upcoming, shopping is quite a polarising topic: some love it, others…well… not so much. As a Blue Sky Luxury Villa guest, you can design your personal shopping experience however you want to. There is no reason why you should be worried about where to find what you’re looking for or how you’ll get there and back to your holiday getaway.

 

Relax at Porters Villa

 

Shopping ‘til you drop

Although Barbados is a small island and nothing is truly “far”, location is a key consideration for most guests. Apartments like Sapphire Beach and Leith Court are close to major shopping hubs such as Bridgetown and Lanterns Mall. Holidaymakers on the West Coast can opt for shopping in historic Speightstown or Holetown, home of luxury amenities. Depending on the size of your party, Glitter Bay Apartments are a mere 15 mins drive away. For those who prefer a bit more privacy, stand-alone villas such as Jamoon in Sandy Lane, Porters Villa, and Tom Tom provide luxury and comfort. Just tell your Concierge what you hope to pick up and we’ll do the rest. An experienced driver can take you from your villa to every boutique, souvenir shop, and mall and even make a stop for a breezy seaside lunch.

Photo compliments Shutter In Motion

 

In-villa private shopping & Duty-free shopping

For those who do not want to get caught up in the hustle and bustle, all of your shopping can be done from your poolside chaise lounge…with a perfectly chilled cocktail. Browse online or from a catalogue and we can find and arrange an in-house showing of it all! Duty-free shopping is offered across the island. Just be sure to take your airline ticket and passport with you when you’re out and about making your purchases.

 

A trip to local French bakery La Baguette left me speechless – with only one word to describe the quick but delightful experience…Magnifique! As I sit here demolishing the last of my delicious Almond Croissant (ok last of two! I had to have another one) Let me give you the rundown, here’s why you should visit this charming French bakery in Barbados.

Hundreds of “Little yellow” and ” Cloudless sulphur” butterflies flitted around for at least half a mile as we drove along, a drive made that much more enjoyable by the sunny, almost perfect weather. La Baguette located in Porters, Holetown, is within walking distance of the historic Porters Villa, Limegrove Lifestyle Villa, a number of Blue Sky Luxury villas and other luxury amenities. What was quite notable was the curb appeal of the property. Local foliage dotted the perimeter, with green palms positioned to the front of the building, which was painted white with a jaunty blue trim outlining the peaked roofs. Notably, there was wheelchair access and upon entry…cooling, refreshing air conditioning.

The first thing that teased the senses was the delicious scent of baked goods, now we all know that’s a hard one to beat…unless accompanied by the aroma of fresh, flavourful coffee…. yes, they also serve coffee! Having been my first time to the establishment I took a time to decide between the pain au chocolat, chocolate twist or raisin and almond croissants. I chose the almond croissant (I’m done now by the way and yes, I’d like another!) and took note of other delicious selections, such as chocolate cookies, multi grain bread or country bread…which all appeared so scrumptious! I gave the interior one last sweeping look. It is an intimate atmosphere with perfectly tiled floors and gleaming white countertops. My colleague, who knows the owners quite well, bid them Au revoir (She’s a regular, little did I know!) and we set off to another modern cafe in nearby Holetown.

Unable to wait I took my first bite of my almond croissant in the car and was blown away. Lightly sweet, perfect texture and balanced by crunchy fresh almonds. My taste buds were in heaven! Now here I am, totally in love with La Baguette and urging you to visit this amazing French Bakery in the heart of Porters, St. James. Au revoir!

 

Most of us can admit to the occasional social media indulgence. We are either scrolling through timelines, searching for post inspiration or curating the perfect shot. It is no wonder then that social media has become a travel buddy. After all, if you don’t post awe-inspiring shots of your island getaway, did it really happen?

With a number of jaw-dropping homes in our portfolio, perfect for Instagram photos, this week we are highlighting 5 villas that are true #InstaGoals.

Royal Westmoreland  – Happy Days, Emily House and Ocean One 502 are sure to garner a double-tap and your friends will stop scrolling through their timeline once they come across photos of you at Porters Villa – a historical masterpiece. Then there is Tom Tom, an elegant holiday villa enjoying sweeping Caribbean Sea views and known to stir up feelings of wanderlust.

Check out these 5 villas that will make you the envy of your followers!

Royal Westmoreland-Happy Days – St. James

3 bedrooms | 3 ½ bathrooms | Sleeps up to 6 guests

What you’ll love:

 

Emily House Christ Church

7 bedrooms | 6 ½ bathrooms | Sleeps up to 14 guests

What you’ll love:

 

Ocean One 502Christ Church

3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | Sleeps up to 6 guests

What you’ll love:

 

Tom TomSt. James

5 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms | Sleeps up to 10 guests

What you’ll love:

  • Loads of #photooftheday options with meals by the on-site cook with a repertoire of international cuisine
  • One of the most spectacular infinity-edge pools with a stunning view of the Caribbean Sea. Get your camera ready
  • Two amazing gazebos for games, cocktails and breezy dinners

 

Porters VillaSt. James

3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | Sleeps up to 6 guests

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Crop Over is Barbados’ most colourful and popular festival. With origins dating back to the 1790’s, it is considered a summer festival during which the richest and most creative and fun aspects of Barbadian culture are on full display. Besides the gorgeously bedazzled costumes, pulsating rhythms and bountiful eats, here are 3 things you should know about Crop Over.

 

1. It’s Steeped in Tradition

Crop Over is considered to be the oldest festival in the Western Hemisphere. One of the earliest documented instances of Crop Over celebrations was recorded in 1798 when it represented a celebration to mark the culmination of another successful sugar season. As the sugar industry declined, so did the Crop Over festival and in the 1940’s the festival ceased. However, its value was undeniable and in 1974 Crop Over was revived.

 

2. It’s not Carnival…

While colourful costumes are on display during Kadooment Day, it is important to know that despite apparent similarities between Crop Over and celebrations across the Caribbean and Latin America, Crop Over is not a carnival.  You’ll be forgiven for making the faux pas once or twice but it is unacceptable to refer to Crop Over as a carnival – it is the Crop Over Festival. Similar celebrations namely in Brazil and Trinidad – are referred to as carnivals but do not share the same origin as Barbados’ festival, and only appear to be the same to the untrained eye.

 

3. The Party Never Stops

Crop Over culminates with the most stunning spectacle on Kadooment Day, the costumed parade however, the festival offers a myriad of events at varying times of the day and across all different types of geography. Make a trek at midnight to a quarry in St. George for fun in paint and powder or get dressed up for a fun evening at a gorgeous plantation house for an all-inclusive party complete with sushi, decadent desserts and lovely chef prepared meals. Opt to celebrate Crop Over on the water with a 4 a.m. catamaran breakfast party cruise or a nighttime sail and head down to the beautiful Farley Hill National Park or the beautiful beachfront at Brandon’s Beach for musical treats.

 

If you’re really ready to book your Barbados getaway, we offer some amazing Barbados homes available for occupancy within the next few weeks. Check them out here!

For any enquiries, feel free to contact us!

 

Speightstown, one of the four pillar towns on the island, encompasses everything from relics of British military history to contemporary fine dining restaurants. This presumably laid back town also has quite a bit to offer in terms of good shopping, banks, sidewalk vendors as well as excellent casual dining options. Not to mention Holetown, which is also a great shopping and dining area, is located just a short 15 minute drive away.

Near to this unspoilt little town is the absolutely palatial Leamington Pavilion, a stunning holiday home with all the trims and fancies to create lasting memories and Fustic House, the most prolific of these historic homes we are fortunate enough to feature in our holiday homes portfolio.

Also, another fabulous option Nelson Gay, is a Palladian-style coral stone beauty located on the outskirts of Speightstown and Schooner Bay a complex of elegant apartments within walking distance whose terraces and patios provide beautiful views over the pool and onward to the beach and Caribbean Sea!

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