Celebs love Barbados. Simon Cowell holidays there, Cliff Richard owns a house there and one of the world’s most famous singing divas, Rihanna, is Barbados born and bred. Visiting the west coast of Barbados with its lengthy stretch of perfect white sand being lapped by the turquoise Caribbean Sea it is not hard to see why. But what do the glamorous crowds do when they are bored with the beach? Well they could hit this list of tempting shops for a start.
Limegrove Lifestyle Centre
The newest and shiniest addition to the Barbados shopping scene is the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. Situated in the heart of Holetown in the high-end parish of St James, Limegrove sits on what used to be swampland a few minutes down the road from Barbados swankiest hotel, Sandy Lane. Aiming to be more than just a shopping centre, the Lifestyle Centre offers designer boutiques, cafés, restaurants, a cinema and, when completed, will house residential apartments too. Some of the world’s best brands are found here – Gucci, Vuitton, Apple and Mac makeup – and there are also a number of luxury jewellers on site, perfect for visiting couples to purchase some diamond engagement rings or treat one another to other luxury accessories.
Top Tip: You’ll find free Wi-Fi throughout the complex if you are desperate for a Facebook fix whilst on holiday.
Holetown Chattel Village
Shops don’t get much prettier than this. A chattel house is the traditional type of home in Barbados made from solid foundations and wooden walls. In Holetown a pastel coloured chattel village has been built to house boutiques and gift shops. Inside the candy coloured walls of shops such as Messel House you’ll be delighted to find glistening chandeliers and floaty beachwear. In the gift shops you’ll find Bajan hot sauce to tease the tastebuds back home.
Top Tip: Opposite Limegrove you will find a gorgeous boutique called Beth & Tracie selling swimwear, beach dresses and glittery hand bags. I loved their stock but being priced in dollars meant it was a bit tough on the purse strings. And then a kindly shop assistant let me into a secret – Beth & Tracie have an outlet store in the Chattel Village. In a baby blue store towards the back of the village you will find the same gorgeous Beth & Tracie stock at up to 50% off. Bargain hunters rejoice!
Duty Free Shopping
Directly opposite The Club Barbados Resort and Spa is a large duty free shopping complex much better than anything you will find at the airport. From cosmetics to clothes and Rasta decorated souvenirs, you can pop here for gifts on an overcast afternoon and save time before you fly.
Where To Eat
All that shopping can be hungry work so take the time to stop for a cocktail and seafood curry at the classy sea-front venue The Tides. Like a luxury adult tree house, you dine at The Tides surrounded by white curtains hanging from the trees with the warm ocean lapping the beach inches from your feet. The service is exceptional and the desserts are not to be missed.
How To Get There
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