Our Long Weekend in Barbados

The new bougainvillea

The new bougainvillea

The new espresso machine

The new espresso machine

As we sit on this Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330 on the tarmac at Grantley Adams airport ready to head home, it seems amazing that we only arrived 4 days ago. We have done so much.

We have met with our solicitor, accountant and estate agent. We have opened a bank account, visited the Barbados Water Authority, the Light and Power Company, Cable & Wireless, the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (and queued at each for between 30 minutes and 2 hours).

We bought a new espresso machine (I like my coffee..), bought a lovely bougainvillea for the terrace, chose three new table lamps – oh, and 3 new tables. We also added a chair and a new rug for the living room.

We chatted with Brenda, our housekeeper and Ann our property manager and found time for a pre-breakfast walk along the beach every day, swimming in the warm waters each afternoon.

We ate flying fish at Ju-Ju’s Beach Bar, had lunch at the Beach House in Holetown (twice), enjoyed a super meal at Cin Cin last night (not to be missed) and also had a really interesting chat with Mark, proprietor of Jumas in Speightstown on Friday evening.

We watched the sun go down with a few bottles of locally brewed Banks beer at Mullins Beach Bar where ever-so-friendly Kelvin explained that we were "just a couple of days too early for food". The new format at Mullins is great news for us and for our guests – the Beach Bar (with food) is now being run by the previous owners of the Lone Star who sold up very recently. Mullins is no longer a ‘restaurant’ (and pre-booking tables isn’t possible) but it has the makings of a great venue for an evening drink with a bite to eat and is just a two minute walk from Ocean View.

So all-in-all, a packed 96 hours in Barbados and a really worthwhile visit. Who says the Caribbean is too far for a long weekend?