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Barbados: Our fabulous holiday – Day 1.

If you want a really special airport experience, the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse is the way to start your Bajan experience in style. Bucks Fizz, Full english breakfast and the option to have spa treatments, anything ranging from a manicure to a luxurious massage… If you’ve booked ‘Upper class’ with Virgin Atlantic you can automatically enter this exclusive area. However if you’ve booked your holiday through Virgin Holidays/Ponders Travel in economy or Premium Economy I believe you can pay a little extra to have lounge passes, a very worthwhile ‘extra’ I would say.

We flew in Premium Economy which was a real treat. The large and comfortable leather seats give lots of leg room and the glass of champagne before take off is a nice touch. Our meal was chosen from a menu and consisted of a starter of King prawns in a citrus dressing, a main course of thai green vegetable curry and rice and a scrumptious cheese cake for desert. Drinks were offered regularly but could be ordered whenever you fancied one. I managed to watch 3 movies on the in flight entertainment system and even fit in a couple of hours sleep before the ‘high tea’ was served before landing. There was certainly no shortage of food and drink and we definitely started as we meant to go on.

On arrival to Barbados airport, the familiar hit of heat surrounded us as we stepped down from the Virgin Atlantic Jumbo we had flown in. This is a feeling that I really love about holidays, it never gets old and every time brings a wide smile to my face.

After a swift journey through customs we collected our luggage and were met by a friendly driver holding a sign with our names on it, we were then transferred to our hotel, The Tamarind. The journey only takes about 30 minutes from the airport and it’s so interesting taking in all the local surroundings; corn sellers on the side of the roads, the infamous reggae buses the quirky and colourful shacks and beautiful bright flowers were just some of the sights we were able to take in of this stunning island.

We were welcomed with warm smiles on arrival to the Tamarind, and a glass of rum punch of course! The Caribbean style decor sweeps through the lobby which leads out on to Paynes Bay, one of Barbados’s most awarded west coast beaches, first impressions are everything and Tamarind does not disappoint. We were shown to our Pool view Junior Suite which is impressive in size and gorgeous in decor. The generous sized balcony looks over the pool as promised and also offers a partial sea view (room number 206) which I would reccomend as we could still see the dazzling blue sea over the pool. If you would prefer a direct sea view there are plenty of other suites to choose from.

Our first walk on the beach was amazing as the sun was starting to set but the air was still so warm, around 27 degrees, so a dip in the sea was a must… After an hour lazing between the pool and the bar (and a few more cocktails) we made our way back to our room to dress for dinner.

Tonight we dined at the 246 restaurant at Tamarind which offered a varied and interesting a la carte menu in an al fresco setting. The food was impressively presented and just as impressive in taste – yummy! After such a long day we opted for an early night after dinner and retired to the comfortable beds in our beautiful Junior Suites…





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