Best of Barbados... on your bucket list! Breathtaking Barbados...offers a bounty for all the senses...
We are headed out to Saint Peters Bay located on the north west coast of the island which boasts beautiful beaches, is referred to as the "Barbados Riviera" and is known for its rich history and genuine charm. This is where our home away from home Saint Peter's Bay Resort and Luxury Residences is located. " It is truly a paradise resort" our new friend promises.
And so it is! The entire property, fifty-seven beachfront homes, are all surrounded by glorious lush gardens, steps away from a beautiful lagoon style pool and just a few more steps away from the beach and the brilliant turquoise Caribbean.
Saint Peter's Bay is a part of the UNNA properties whose focus is on offering a "private club" experience to the guests in an elegant, top-notch and relaxed environment. A "Bajan brand" if you will...nicknamed as the place for "flip-flop millionaires", no pretensions here, where you can do as much or as little as you wish, take in the sun, the sea, the spa or the gym. Enjoy a massage on the roof-top before returning to your suite where UNNA's personal Chef Anthony Junior might have prepared a delicious meal for you, your family or your dinner party! All you have to do is ask! Just a "taste" of the full service amenities abundant here at the resort. The perfect R&R... relaxation in a beautiful refined environment.
Our abode includes spacious beautifully appointed rooms, impeccably decorated with each bedroom having a step out or balcony and a luxurious bathroom (with a jacuzzi in the en-suite bedroom). There is a fully equipped kitchen with a mini fridge stocked with a variety of champagnes, of wine and Banks beer, made right here on the island.
Our patio doors open to a gardener's delight, vibrant , colourful flowers and foliage steps from our dining table, a seating area a la carte... and an outdoor jacuzzi to relax and unwind in after a full day at the beach, a visit to the Animal Flower Caves, Saint Nicholas Abbey and Rum distillery (delish 15 year old rum anyone?) or perhaps a rendezvous with a coconut- rum cocktail mixologist!
The Animal Flower Cave Stupendous!Discovered in 1754 The Animal Flower Cave is located at the most northerly point of Barbados where the Atlantic and the Caribbean clash! The caves of limestone and coral are intoxicating beautiful as is the view available through several openings. Inside you can spot natural formations on the walls including a discernible turtle, and a lizard in green and brown due to the oxidation of the copper and the iron.The name "Animal Flower Cave comes from the sea anemones found in the pools of the cave. We put them to the test with our neon-pink painted nails... will they bite? That is the $64,000 question. YES! I hardly felt a thing!
Next excursion, swimming... never mind dolphins, we got turtles!
Barbados is home to many a Hawksbill and Leatherback ready to share the sea! Although turtles until recently were an endangered species thanks to the great efforts of groups such as The Turtle Project these wondrous mammals are back on track. Heading out our captain assures us this will be a thrill of a lifetime as the hawksbill turtles are not shy and we will soon be rubbing shoulders with these amazing creatures. The turtle's evolutionary roots trace back more than 100 million years! And not too many species can make that declaration! Here at Saint Peter's Bay the green turtles actually lay their eggs on our beach, a sight to behold, hundreds all at once! How beautiful is nature?
The Wine Ladies become the Rum Ladies... temporarily!
St. Nicholas Abbey, Rum Distillery A historic building, dating back to 1650 St. Nicholas Abbey gives the visitor a great sense of that time with an awesome tour that includes the ground floor of the house, containing many antiques, the rum and sugar museum as well as the gardens and the rum distillery. We particularly enjoy the distillery, as we witness the harvesting and the crushing of the sugar cane, which is done with the use of a restored 19th century steam-mill. We sample the raw sugar cane as it comes in...giving it a chew. Apparently the raw juice contains only about 15% total sugar content with the balance being water chock full of vitamins and minerals Very cool! To the tasting, of Saint Nicholas Abbey rum, still produced in the traditional process that made Barbadian rum famous over 350 years ago, fav is the 15 year old rum with notes of banana and caramel, rich and delish!
More to come.... cocktails, culinary specialties and snapshots of a time gone by in beautiful Barbados!
Stay tuned for Part 3