Sharon Reid

 

With spring finally upon us along with the blessed relief of milder weather, some of you maybe thinking and planning an Easter break. As Easter falls so late this year; 14th -17th April, it would be beneficial to make the most of ‘summer rates’ – which starts on the 15th April. Taking an Easter break at home is great providing that the weather gods are in the mood to bestow warm, mild temperatures, unfortunately this is not always the case. For guaranteed unbroken, warm, sunshine, it is definitely worth spending your Easter break further afield especially with the promise of low season rates.

Barbados, beloved holiday destination of wealthy celebrities, is worthy of consideration thanks to the low seasonal rates obtained from Blue Sky Luxury, who own over 120 of some of the finest holiday homes found in Barbados; from luxurious oceanfront villas to charming and relaxed beachfront apartments.

Blue Sky Luxury’s in-the-know Villa Gurus have provided a guide to its stunning homes featuring superb facilities and stylish good looks.

Add an array of entertaining activities and unexpected places to discover – all deftly organised by the Concierge Can team, making Barbados the perfect place for an Easter escape this year.

Where? : Gardenia, St JamesGARDENIA VILLA JAN-2014 COVERED PATIO OFF LIVING

 Accommodates:

Up to 12 guests with 4 – 6 bedrooms.

Why stay:

Set on the island’s famed west coast overlooking the ocean, this villa is surrounded by over three acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and ten-minutes’ drive from the historical towns of Holetown and Speightstown, this villa offers peace and party potential in equal measure. The ground floor houses an entertainment terrace, complete with a wet bar and gazebo as well as an alluring, curvy pool.

Rates:

Nightly rate: Summer rates from $2,90/£2,312 (Winter rates usually $3,950, saving $1,050).

Weekly rate Summer rates from $20,300/£16,186 (Winter rates usually $27,650, saving $7,350).GARDENIA VILLA JAN-2014 BEACH PANO

Activities:

Let the Concierge Can team organise the ultimate Easter treat, birthday bash or festive get-together for friends or families. Adept at planning special, themed parties incorporating everything from a visiting Disney Princess and Easter egg hunts, to stilt walkers, calypso dancers and magicians…! Capture the memories with a family photo shoot – Blue Sky Luxury will arrange a professional photographer for the day.

Where? : Jamoon, Sandy Lane

Accommodates:

Up to 14 guests with 3 – 7 bedrooms.

Why stay:

Set in the established gardens of the Sandy Lane Estate, this classic property feels like a luxurious-but-laidback home away from home. With plenty of entertainment options including a baby grand piano and in-pool-volley-ball, as well as tennis, golf and access to the private Sandy Lane Property Owner’s beach facilities nearby.

Rates:

Nightly rate: Summer rates from $1,200/£957 (Winter rates usually $1,800, saving $600).

Weekly rate Summer rates from $8,400/£6,699 (Winter rates usually $12,600, saving $4,200).

Activities:

Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard with a private lesson at the Sandy Lane Beach – a short drive away – $65 (£52) per person (for two+people) then rent a paddle board afterwards to fine tune new skills on the ocean waves……great for a core workout.

Where? : Hamble House, Sandy Lane

Accommodates:

Up to 12 guests with 4 – 6 bedrooms.

Why stay:

Filled with original art, charming rugs and cosy furnishings, its semi-detached cottage is perfect for laid-back families. With peaceful views over the championship Sandy Lane golf course and just five minute drive from Sandy Lane’s beach where guests have access to private beach facilities, Hamble House is a favourite with multi-generational groups and golfing grandparents

Rates:

Nightly rate: Summer rates from $1,200/£957 (Winter rates usually $2,000, saving $800).

Weekly rate Summer rates from $8,400/£6,699 (Winter rates usually $14,000, saving $5,600).

Activities:

Book the ultimate day out on a private catamaran cruise, a small boat like Calabaza*costs $1,380 (£1,105) for a five-hour cruise and includes round-trip transportation, a delicious lunch, open bar and snorkel gear/instruction to swim with turtles

Where? : Greensleeves, St. PeterGREENSLEEVES MAY-2016 LIVING

Accommodates:

Up to 18 guests with 8 – 9 bedrooms.

Why stay:

One of Barbados’ most notable homes, this is a private oasis with an oriental flavour: raised teak walkways, a koi pond and serene gardens. A prime beach side position along with a free-form pool, flood-lit tennis court, children’s jungle gym and table tennis make it an iconic haven for friends and families of all ages.

Rates:

Nightly rate: Summer rates from $7,500/£5, 978 (Winter rates usually $10,500, saving $3,000).

Weekly rate Summer rates from $52,500/£41, 846 (Winter rates usually $73,500, saving $21,000)GREENSLEEVES MAIN HOUSE MASTER BED LOOKING STRAIGHT OUT

Activities:

Learn to surf from $75 (£60) per person which includes transport to the best surf spots as well as your lesson with a few other participants.  

Where? : Langara, St James

Accommodates:

Up to 6 guests with 3 bedrooms.

Why stay:

Pale and interesting, Langara’s super-elegant décor will appeal to the pickiest parent, and older children will relish the immediate access to the beach and proximity to Holetown’s lively life, not to mention the private pool upon the terrace. Langara’s experienced team are on hand to look after all manner of bespoke culinary and itinerary requests.

Rates:

Nightly rate: Summer rates from $2,100/£1,675 (Winter rates usually $3,450, saving $1,350).

Weekly rate Summer rates $14,700/£11,722 (Winter rates usually $24,150, saving $9,450).

Activities:yogaguy, Man doing Yoga, Yoga, Man, Active, Healthy, Fit, Wellbeing

Expert yoga teachers can be booked from $65 (£52) per person, and private sessions in the villa typically start at $100 (£80) per person $25 (£20) for each additional person). There are also drop-in classes at the Sunshine Kula studio in nearby Holetown, and on the Helipad at Port St. Charles during the winter. The instructors on the island are excellent. Paddleboard yoga, as well as in- home massages and other spa treatments after a strenuous yoga session can also be arranged.

Where? : Westhaven, St Peter

Accommodates:

Up to 8 guests  with 4 bedrooms.

Why stay:

This is one villa that invites you to truly live like a local. Immediate access to two of Barbados’ best beaches, Gibbes and Mullins, for swimming and snorkelling and a short drive from authentic Speightstown mean intrepid families can explore, experience and enjoy in equal measure.

Rates:

Nightly rate: Summer rates from $2,070/£1,650 (Winter rates usually $3,350, saving $1,280).

Weekly rate Summer rates from $14,490/£11,550 (Winter rates usually $23,450, saving $8,960).

Activities:

Pick up the freshest fish at The Millie Ifill fish market at Carlton or hop into Speightstown: Barbados’ ‘Second Town’, for street food, people watching and a dose of true town life. Discover the island, the Concierge Can team recommend a day trip to Animal Flower Cave on the northernmost tip of the island and about half an hour or less drive away from Still Fathoms. Its spectacular location and rocky landscape are a world away from the sandy beaches of the Platinum Coast.Walk the cliff for the best views, and take swimming costumes for a dip in the cave’s rock pools.

All the properties listed are currently available for Easter 2017. Pricing is based on rates between 15thApril and 4th May. For bookings and further information please visit: www.blueskyluxury.com

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