Honeymooning in Barbados, The Club Resort & Spa | UK WEDDING BLOG

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If you’re planning your honeymoon, or fancy getting married somewhere tropical, then you’re in for a real treat this week. You might remember that a couple of weeks ago, I had the hard job of travelling to The Caribbean {all in the name of research, I promise!} to report back for you all. Today, I’d love to share The Club Resort & Spa in sunny Barbados. We will be sharing some different types of honeymoons over the next few months, we appreciate that not all of you want to laze around on a beach. But if you are in the tropical paradise camp for honeymoons and want pure relaxation with rum cocktails in hand overlooking the turquoise sea and to swim with turtles, read on!

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Our trip started in style in the No1 Traveller Lounge at Gatwick, which I can’t recommend enough. For £25 each, you get fast-tracked through security, plus you’ll get breakfast {fruit, yogurt, cheese, muffins and pastries from the buffet plus a hot dish} and drinks from the bar included. There are stacks of magazines and champers on ice, a cinema room and even a spa. Certainly beats sitting on those rows of plastic seats in the terminal just next door.

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Eight and a half hours later {you can fly direct from London Gatwick or Manchester daily}, we arrived! The Club Barbados is on the prestigious West Coast of the island, it neighbours Simon Cowell’s house where he hosts his Christmas parties and is next door to the famous Sandy Lane resort.

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Greeted with a tropical rum punch we couldn’t wait to go and explore before dinner, just as the sun was beginning to set and the sky changed pretty colours. It’s an adult’s only, all inclusive resort. Talking of dinner, I loved the food out there so much. The Club has two restaurants {one candlelit affair on the beachfront and one a more traditional Caribbean brightly coloured Rum shop style} with menus that change daily so you won’t get bored. Lunches were my favourite, everyday they’d set up different stations with a chef who would either make wraps, pizzas or cook you a custom pasta dish as well as fresh salads, fish and your traditional jerk chicken, rice and peas. If you get hungry later in the afternoon you get complimentary afternoon tea where you can order fresh scones with jam and cream or something savoury. And of course the best thing about all-inclusive resorts? The cocktails! Unlimited, all day long.

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Our room, an oceanfront suite, was right on top of the sea meaning we could fall asleep to the sound of the waves and wake up to an incredible view. The whole time we were there I couldn’t stop looking at the ocean, the vivid shades of blue kept changing and it was so crystal clear. I loved the white washed wooden classic style of the buildings, the whole resort has just reopened after a summer refurb.

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As exciting as your wedding is, it’s also exhausting! And after making so many decisions for your wedding day, coming to a place like this will relax you the minute you arrive. The hardest choice for the day will be whether to base yourself at the pool or beach. There are three palm fringed pools, linked via a waterfall and a hot-tub, and the clever positioning of them means they’re in sun all day long.

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The pools were all so lovely to lounge around, especially under the frangipani trees. You could smell the flowers from the sun loungers. But the beach really stole my heart.

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The Club itself has quite a small beach area, perfect for swimming and water sports {from hobie cat sailing to snorkelling to kayaks and waterskiing} but the loungers are set above it rather than on the sand due to the tide. This didn’t bother us one bit though, just a two minute walk either side has beautiful long sandy beaches to lay on. If you turn left you’re on Sandy Lane, probably the most famous beach in Barbados – even the Caribbean.

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We could have quite happily stayed there for the rest of the trip! But we also wanted to see more of the island so took advantage of the local life. Holetown is a five minute walk from the hotel and I loved the coloured wooden buildings and shutters. It’s so tropical out there with exotic flowers and fruits I’d never seen before. Barbados is one of the safest Caribbean Islands so you can walk around, and even catch the local reggae bus without feeling in any danger at all. The locals we met were all so friendly. Further along in Holetown is a luxury shopping mall {with serious designer shops} as well as more local independent shops. Don’t expect prices to be cheap though, you can claim the tax back but being on an island everything is marked up. It makes for a nice afternoon wander though especially on an overcast day.

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Another true Barbados experience was a trip to Oistin’s Fish Fry down on the South of the island every Friday night. The hotel will arrange for your transport there and back and you’ll get to eat with the locals. It’s a street food market with around thirty or so eateries to choose from all bbqing the freshest fish with sides like rice & peas, salad and even macaroni pie {A Bajan favourite}. It has a fun vibe, we didn’t know which place to eat at so just joined the longest queue and there’s stages with reggae music playing and a beachfront night market selling local crafts and souvenirs. A fun evening out not to miss.

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Our three nights flew by. Along with all the beaching and eating, we also managed to fit a trip to the Spa in for a couples massage. I haven’t had a massage that good in ages, so dreamy.

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There were endless rum-tasting opportunities and cocktail combinations to try with two main bars, a traditional Rum ‘shop’ set up and a Piano Bar for music going on into the night. The ice-cold creamy coconut pina coladas were my favourite, especially when drank sat overlooking the sunset. Holiday heaven right there.

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I think the real highlight of the trip though has to be the turtle tour. Definitely one to tick off of your honeymoon bucket list, we got taken out in a boat just along the coast and then jumped in the water to feed and swim with four big turtles. So amazing! I bought a Go-pro just before the trip and I was so glad that I did for these photos alone. There’s also a shipwreck just off the beach at The Club that you can swim to for snorkelling.

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I know I’ve focused mainly on the honeymoon side of things but The Club Resort is also a dream setting for a destination wedding if you want to get away from it all. Weddings are included if you book a stay of seven nights or more in a superior garden view room category or higher. I met Paulette, the gorgeous wedding planner who really takes pride in the weddings she hosts. She will liaise with you before you get to Barbados on the type set-up you’re after and flowers, your cake and a special dinner can all be arranged plus photography and hair and make up in the spa. A wedding and honeymoon all in one which would save a significant amount of money compared to getting hitched back home. And imagine the sunset beach photos!!

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I really loved Barbados and The Caribbean as a whole. Incredible beaches with such a laid-back vibe. Next up, the rest of our trip with a stay at Palm Island!

Need to know:

October, when I visited, is officially hurricane season {although Barbados would be unlikely to get affected by a hurricane due to it’s position in the Caribbean island chain. As I said back in this post on where to go and when,  prices are cheaper in low-season from August to November but you do have a higher risk of stormy weather and it can be very humid. We had a whole day of heavy rain whilst we were there which is unusual but you should be prepared for it. By contrast, from December to May the days are full of sunshine and the humidity drops, but you will pay more for going during the high season.

Our trip was booked here through Hayes & Jarvis , a website well worth checking out for booking with full pricing info including flights. And as a special offer: Hayes & Jarvis (01293 735 831) is offering a seven night trip to Barbados with prices from £1,149 per person. The offer includes a week at The Club Barbados on an all inclusive basis, transfers and return international flights from London Gatwick. Based on departures on 16 May 2016.

You can also find out more about The Club Barbados on their website here and check out Elite Island Resorts who also own some amazing other properties around the Caribbean.

You can find out more about starting your trip in style before you even leave the UK with the No1 Traveller Lounges here.

Have you decided on your honeymoon yet? Have somewhere you want us to research for you? Let us know!

{I was a guest of Elite Island Resorts and Hayes and Jarvis but as always I would never ever promote something that I didn’t love. All opinions are my own. And a huge thank-you to Karen Tippett and the team!}