Whilst daily direct flights from London to Bridgetown, year-round sunshine, dramatic beaches and a fascinating history make it the perfect destination for some R&R and good surf, there is more to be discovered on this Caribbean Island.
New look Cobblers Cove
Located on the island’s quiet west-coast, the refurbishment of the all-suite hotel has been overseen by the watchful eye of owner and designer Sam de Teran who has transformed this iconic property into one of the chicest places to stay in the Caribbean. The final chapter of this story will see the unique collaboration with leading furniture designer Soane Britain who shares the same ethos with the hotel including dedication to local craftmanship, originality, comfort, charm and old school elegance. A first of its kind for both brands, this partnership will give an exquisite new look to the plantation era Great House and a style quite unlike anything else in the Caribbean.
*New* pop-up restaurants shaking up the foodie scene
The Barbados foodie scene is gaining momentum with pop up restaurants and cafes emerging, independently from hotels, offering visitors a more varied offering than ever before. One Eleven East Beach, a fabulous beach-front cafe in Speightstown, is making a name for itself for serving up the best teas and coffee on the island. After renting the available paddle boards and glass-bottom kayaks, visitors can return to this beach hut gem for daily light bites including sandwiches, charcuterie boards and local cheeses. Over on the west-coast, La Cabane is the place to be seen. A new boho-chic beach bar serving all-day dining and uninterrupted beach-front views this new hangout offers a varied programme of activities including beach games, yoga and a rota of upcoming DJs.
Going Green and Attracting New Wildlife
The Walkers Reserve Regeneration Project, which began in 2011, is dramatically transforming the active sand quarry into a vibrant beach-side forest and habitat for threatened and endangered migratory birds. During this ongoing process, Barbados is now the only place in the world where birds of the old world and new world meet during migration. Through this project the team, led by Julie and Ian McNeal, are working directly with local farmers, pickers and community members to educate how to live more sustainably. The importance of the Slow Food Movement is actively supported by family-owned hotel Cobblers Cove whose Bajan Head Chef, Jason Joseph, has taken huge steps to introduce more local ingredients and promote resident farmers. In 2018, the hotel was recognised for these efforts and awarded the inaugural Agricultural Linkages Award. Jason continues to reduce food miles with the sourcing of ingredients from the island and regionally. His creation of Island Night, each Friday, celebrates local dishes and 100% home-grown ingredients.
A surfer’s paradise
Surfers have been flocking to the island over the last 12 months, with the most consistent waves found on the Atlantic windward side of the island on the east coast, where the Atlantic swells crash into the rock-framed sandy beaches. Cobblers Cove can organise excursions to the small fishing village of Bathsheba, located only a 30-minute drive away, which is home to Barbados’ best surf break – Soup Bowl. With a relentless wind blowing in off the Atlantic, rugged waves endlessly roll in from the vast ocean and break over a coral reef. The best time to surf Soup Bowl is in Winter – from November to May, when the north swells bring the heavy right-hand barrels for which the wave is renowned. The waves are so consistent in Bathsheba, however, that the summer months of July to October also produce big waves. As Cobblers Cove is located on the calmer west coast of the island, it is also an ideal spot for beginners to learn.
New Hiking Trails
New for this year, Cobblers Cove has launched a series of guided hiking experiences across the island including a 7.5 mile East to West Coast hike and a 10,000 step hike directly from the hotel to Holetown. Depending on the route, guests can see a range of coastal life including sandpipers, frigate birds and flying fish and potentially catch a glimpse of some whales, depending on the season.
Phone. +1 246 422 2291