Explore the Island
Welcome to the beautiful island of Barbados located at 13°N 59°W in the Caribbean. The most easterly island of the region it is the home of some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches in the world. The island is relatively flat with lush vegetation and fauna and near-perfect weather year-round.
Its coral core provide an excellent supply of drinking water that is amongst the purest in the world. The capital city is Bridgetown which is a great spot for duty-free shopping and sightseeing. A must-see is the Barbados Parliament buildings, some of the oldest in the western hemisphere
Barbados is rich in history and culture, activities, nightlife, music, and some of the best restaurants to be found anywhere. If you like great food and magnificent scenery then this is the place for you.
Barbados is also known for its warm and friendly people. The official language is English and there is also a local dialect spoken. The currency is the Barbados dollar. The exchange rate is roughly $2 BDS to $1 US.
Things to Do
Barbados is home to Harrisons Cave, a series of spectacular underwater caves and lakes, and there are many tours available.
Craving some excitement? Rent a Jet Ski or try your hand at deep-sea fishing or waterskiing. Snorkel among the fabulous coral reefs. swim with turtles or investigate a shipwreck.
Sample famous Caribbean rum on a brewery tour or discover the history of the island by visiting our many museums or beautiful St. Nicolas Abbey.
Glitter Bay is nestled on the pristine west coast of Barbados. Luxurious white sand and tranquil turquoise water will greet you every day. With reserved loungers set up for Royal Glitter Bay residence guests each morning, a wonderful covered terrace for dining and relaxing, and endless stretches to walk, some guests never leave the beach at Glitter Bay.
If you’re in the mood for some beach-hopping, we recommend Accra Beach, Brown’s Beach, Bathsheba (pictured here), Miami Beach, Mullins Beach, Crane Beach, Sandy Lane, Payne’s Bay, and Gibb’s Beach.
Royal Glitter Bay Villas is one of the few condominium resorts on the west coast that is truly family-friendly with a magnificent stretch of beach with calm, warm waters. Each morning the staff will set up your beach chairs and umbrellas in your favourite spot creating a familiar home base on the beach for your family.
Contact us to arrange for baby cots, high chairs, car seats, and other items to ensure your family vacation goes smoothly. Our Royal personal concierge can also arrange for babysitting services.
Families may also enjoy swimming with the turtles, taking an adventure tour of the island by land or in a submarine, zip-lining, or touring Harrions Cave.
Barbados has quickly established itself as the premium golf location in the Caribbean. It is quietly receiving many accolades while offering the perfect spot for tournaments and golf excursions.
Golfers may want to putter around Sandy Lane/Old 9, Rockley, Barbados Golf Club, Royal Westmoreland, or Sandy Lane Country Club—or try them all!
Welcome to one of the most romantic locations in the world. If you decide to leave the comfort of your residence and the pristine white sand of Glitter Bay beach, there are many things to do for couples of all ages.
Sip on cocktails at Mullins Restaurant, sightsee around the South East Coat, take a day trip to the Grenadines, take a sunset cruise, or simply enjoy an in-house spa treatment with your loved one.
Dining & Nightlife
The island offers a full range of dining options from internationally-rated restaurants to some of the best street vendors you will find anywhere in the world. It really is hard to find a bad meal in Barbados. An amazing array of fresh fish and locally grown produce are the perfect ingredients for sumptuous dining experiences.
All Royal Glitter Bay Villas are equipped with full kitchens. We also offer grocery delivery and in-house private chef services.
After dark there is no need to retire early if you appreciate vibrant nightlife. When the sun goes down there is a whole new vibe to the island. If you are looking to venture out, you will be easily entertained. Both the west and south coast are glittered with bars and authentic rum shops that offer everything from live music to karaoke.
Festivals & Events
Barbados has a wonderful array of carnivals, street fairs, sporting events, music, and cultural festivals throughout the year. Many of the cultural events bring tourists from around the world in addition to internationally acclaimed artists and local talent.
Nearby Holetown hosts the Holetown Festival, celebrating Barbadian history and culture, in February. Foodies may enjoy the Barbados Food & Wine & Rum Festival (November) while reggae enthusiasts should check out the Barbados Reggae Festival (April).
The Crop Over Festival is a vibrant celebration deeply rooted in the island’s rich cultural heritage. This annual extravaganza marks the end of the sugar cane harvest and commemorates the resilience of the Bajan people. Colorful costumes, pulsating rhythms of calypso and soca music, local delicacies, and infectious dancing fill the streets. The Crop Over festival runs for six weeks and ends in August with the Grand Kadooment parade where revelers adorned in elaborate costumes dance through the streets.
Golf, horse racing, polo, sailing, and even field hockey events are also hosted across the island throughout the year.
Barbados is home to some of the best duty-free shopping in the Caribbean. Many luxury brands have retail outlets here that offer prices that are very competitive to major cities around the world. To take full advantage of this all you have to do is walk with your passport and departure card. Stores will show items with a local price (LP) and a duty-free price (DF) for tourists which is significantly cheaper.
Close to Royal Glitter Bay Villas is the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, home to various high fashion shops and intimate restaurants, and cafés.
In nearby Holetown, you’ll find Sunset Crest Shopping Mall and Chattel House Village. Sunset Crest has a department store, boutiques, a travel agency, and more while Chattel House Village is a local arts and crafts market.
Broad Street in Bridgetown is the main shopping street in the capital.