Relocating in a pandemic
I had the absolutely pleasure of meeting my client who managed to venture down to Barbados on the Welcome Stamp at the end of last year with her family from NYC. We met for a late lunch at one of her favourite new spots on the west coast, La Cabane. We enjoyed some great food (& cocktails), whilst chatting about her experience so far!
Choosing a Barbados Real Estate Agent | Terra Luxury
Terra Luxury is a reputable company staffed with professional Barbados estate agents. We’ll help sell your Barbados property quickly—and for the right price.
The Welcome Stamp
The Welcome Stamp was the first digital nomad visa offering qualified individuals and families the opportunity to live and work in Barbados for up to 12 months.
Adapting to life and remote working during COVID-19
After leaving Barbados to travel to the UK for the summer to visit family, I realized quite quickly how different the two places operated.
September Wrap Up
September was a busy month for closing sales as our team closed 15 transactions.
Property Spotlight - Palm Sanctuary
Stunning, Palm Sanctuary is a modern home in Apes Hill offering sea and country views.
July & August Wrap Up
In trying to satisfy our clients, our vendors and the market during this uncertain time we learned a thing or two about constantly adapting, innovating, educating and being active mediators/negotiators in every single deal that came our way.The past few months to say the least have been a whirlwind for us at The Terra Group.
Work From Barbados
Looking to relocate to Barbados? With the introduction of the 12 Month Barbados Welcome Stamp, you can work remotely for up to a year in one of our properties. Choose from a wide selection of villas, houses, apartments, and townhouses across the island.
Visit our bespoke website: www.welcomestampbarbados.com
12 Month Barbados Welcome Stamp
A reputable leader in the market and experts in Barbados long-term rentals, The Terra Group, comprising of Terra Caribbean, Terra Luxury and Blue Sky Luxury have launched a comprehensive relocation guide suited to non-nationals looking to work remotely for up to a year on island.
Moving to Barbados
Considering moving to Barbados? Here are some things to know about relocating to this beautiful Caribbean island; a Barbados lifestyle may just right for you.
A Sit down with Chris Hoad
If the walls of The Mews restaurant could talk, we would have to put a gag order on them. This iconic restaurant on 2nd Street Holetown has been around for the past 3 decades, serving up the best libations, food and merriment that the west coast has to offer. I sat down with Chris Hoad this past weekend to talk about his restaurant, and to find out what he has been doing as it is certainly business unusual right now.
The Re-Launch of Primo Bar & Bistro
Primo Bistro & Bar reopened this month under new ownership with a fresh vibe. Set in an iconic location on the ocean’s edge in the calm bay of St. Lawrence Gap, this location has been featured in more magazines and tourist travel blogs than anyone can count. The combination of serene sea views, delicious and affordable menu, and friendly staff make this new restaurant ideal for casual dining or tapas & cocktails.
Incoming Travel to Barbados
Barbados reopened its doors for commercial airlift on Sunday, July 12th. The very first airline to touch down again on our shores was an Air Canada flight from Toronto. In line with COVID 19 regulations, the government of Barbados has placed strict measures to protect the health and safety of its citizens and visitors.
Rethinking The Office
In June with most of the Caribbean economies reopening for business, we surveyed over 500 office workers across Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia and Trinidad to better understand attitudes towards Working From Home (WFH).
Choosing Barbados in COVID 19
I had the pleasure to sit down and have a chat with a British couple who were holidaying in Barbados for a month and decided to extend their trip to ride out Covid-19 in Barbados. Here is the story of their love for Barbados and how lockdown on island has been for them.
West Coast property offers & sales over the Covid 19 lockdown period Mar 18 – June 16 2020
During this uncertain time it was even more important than usual to keep our sellers updated and buyers informed. Property viewings have been mostly by video and thankfully we already had videos of many of our listings – video viewings have worked well for us. It has been a very interesting time and it has been busy though offers are lower than usual.
Property Spotlight - Firefly, Sugar Hill
This 5 bedroom villa within Sugar Hill boasts stunning sea views, a large swimming pool, and beautifully landscaped gardens with exotic fruit trees.
Property Spotlight - Beam Reach
Set on just over 20,000 square feet of beautifully landscaped gardens Beam Reach is just a stroll away from the beloved Mullins and Gibbs Beach.
There Is No Place Like Home
There is no place like home…no truer words have been said, especially in the midst of our current reality.
Interest "Rising" In Real Estate
Our CEO Andrew Mallalieu and Partner at Knight Frank in the UK disucss in a Nation News article, real estate and its future in an uncertain market.
The Hospitality Industry of the Future
The Hotel School, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business held a webinar with US industry experts to discuss the current state of the hospitality industry and what the future might look like. While the North American and Caribbean Markets differ in their offerings and customer base, Lisanne our Leader of Advisory highlights 5 key takeaways which are also relevant to the Caribbean region.
Covid-19 - Altered sea views on Barbados’ west coast
Since mid-March Barbados has been home to about a dozen luxury cruise liners following the suspension of operations of all cruise lines due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Property Spotlight - Toubana
A wonderful place to call home, Toubana is a wonderfully styled 3 bed/ 3.5 bath semi-detached townhouse situated in the Sugar Hill tennis resort along the west coast of the island. Looking on to open green spaces, Toubana also enjoys spectacular sea views.
Property Spotlight - Hibiscus, Merlin Bay
One of only 8 villas within the private enclave of Merlin Bay at The Garden, St. James. Boasting direct access to a wonderful sandy beach and swimming cove, Hibiscus also has its own private plunge pool and access to a huge shared pool and its surrounding deck.
Beachfront will always be the best investment. You pay a premium to be on the water, as that is where the majority want to be during their stay on our beautiful island!
Barbados - The Caribbean's Long-Time Favourite
Exciting news! Our partners at Knight Frank have just released their International Property Digest featuring Barbados and it is definitely a real estate ‘must read!’
Monthly Wrap Up
It’s 2020! I always start the year with reflecting (not looking back… because the only time to do that is when you are reversing) on achievements and then use that to frame my mind on what I want for myself and my team.
What a year 2019 was! Some may say it wasn’t great but I think it’s where your mindset was. I saw growth; growth with my team, stronger bonds and in turn more sales due to cooperation and with the known fact that two heads (or sometimes 21 heads) are better than one.
This blog is not only about the top 10 sales for 2019 but what I learned from my resilient team and the process along the way. They really are a bunch of rockstars!
Here we go!
The Luxury List 2020
Make your Barbados stay permanent! Explore The Luxury List 2020 to find the finest properties the island has to offer. No matter your preference, you'll find what you're looking for here. View online today or grab your very own copy from the offices of Terra Caribbean or Terra Luxury.
'Tis The Season
For most, Barbados is the definition of relaxation as visitors from all over flock to the island to enjoy our crystal-clear waters and warm sunny weather. However, this season, we have so much more to offer. ‘Tis the season of giving and this year the island sure has a lot to give.
Tucked away in the popular community of 2nd street in Holetown, St. James, you’ll find The Mews. The ‘not so typical’ restaurant showcases a unique layout that’s a true time capsule of traditional Barbadian architecture and its preservation allows for guests to sit in a truly quaint environment.
WHAT'S THE BUZZ? TELL ME WHAT'S HAPPENING…
Rose in hand and toes in the sand.
Eco Lifestyle & Lodge
Nestled on the hillside of the rustic East Coast of Barbados, ECO Lifestyle & Lodge provides you with a unique opportunity to venture off "the beaten path."
You need to relax ….
Our Sales Manager, Rachel Edwards shares what she’s been up to last month...vacation deets, sales, and more!
Sundays at the Cliff Beach Club
Take a well-deserved trip to paradise at the Cliff Beach Club in Barbados. We at Terra Luxury want to help you get away and enjoy yourself in luxury.
All Aboard At St. Nicholas Abbey
Nestled almost perfectly north-north east along the island’s Atlantic coast, St. Nicholas Abbey has recently heralded some exciting news that has noticeably boosted its ‘must-see’ status.
An Island Tradition - The Holetown Festival
Get the family ready to experience the biggest cultural spectacle on the island’s west coast.
Named after the west coast’s flagship town, this year’s Holetown Festival runs from February 10th through 17th and promises to be as exciting and entertaining as ever. Be sure to capture this endearing showcase of snippets of the island’s culture.
The Rum Vault: Explore the Essence of Rum
The birthplace of rum now has its first vault for aficionados and connoisseurs of local and international rums. October 2018, Colony Club by Elegant Hotels launched its Rum Vault, which is described as the perfect place to have an intimate immersion into ‘the art, science and history of rum production.
Another K9&Friends Season
Ending the Christmas season on a truly successful note, Terra Luxury once again paired up with the well-known charity; K9 & Friends to help host one of the island’s most coveted events.
The Luxury List 2019
Introducing The Luxury List 2019!
Peruse some of the most luxurious homes the island of Barbados has to offer. From villas to condos, the Luxury List highlights prime living options to date. View online or grab your very own copy from Terra Carribean today!
A Luxury Real Estate Minute - Episode 2
For those looking to add another home to their property portfolio or looking to relocate to Barbados, the options are endless and now is the perfect time to decide. Our Sales Manager Rachel Edwards explains the costs associated with purchasing said home in the latest episode of ‘A Luxury Real Estate Minute.’ Watch it here!
Virgin Holidays Launches Departure Beach
Exciting news for British travelers flying with Virgin Holidays to Barbados this winter season!
Virgin, one of the main British holiday- provider’s to the island has decided to pioneer a revolutionary idea. "Departure Beach" as coined by the group is essentially a super-cool Virgin Holidays' lounge but on the beach!
We Wish You a Canine Christmas!
Christmas isn’t Christmas without the K9 Friends Barbados Charity Auction! The charity, which is synonymous with the festive season, continues to benefit the island’s furry residents by epitomizing the spirit of the season as locals and visitors patronize in the spirit of giving!
'People don’t come here to be seen': Discover the hidden side of Barbados
A Beach for All Reasons!
The most obvious perk of living on an island is the beautiful beaches, and the beaches in Barbados are everything - sandy coves, craggy cliffs, glassy waters, churning waves - everything. But, if there is any doubt that Barbados ticks all the boxes when it comes to beachfront living, then let us introduce you to some of our favourite coastal spots that may very well be the future location of your home sweet home.
50 Years On
As we publish this 10th edition we cannot ignore that it falls at a time in the 50th year of independence of our small island state. As a nation we have all been struggling to focus on what we can be proud of when there is so much that is not meeting the high standards that we set for ourselves 50 years ago. From a real estate perspective I choose to focus on the words and meaning in the the chorus of our national anthem:
The Roof Has Been Raised
Dear Clients and Friends,
Terra Luxury represents some of the best properties on the market, so it only seems fitting to present them on one of the best websites in the market. Some months ago we set out to build such a website with our efforts centred around three defining pillars: 1) to provide you with a superior online viewing experience, 2) to deliver a bespoke presentation of flagship properties, and 3) most importantly, to give our sellers more of what they deserve – one-click access to data and knowledge throughout the sale of their property.
Earning Revenue From Your Home - The Smart Way
It’s one of the buzz phrases heard around the real estate and tourism industries. But whether we are speaking about an investment property or a luxury condo, do homeowners know what it takes to make Holiday Rentals a successful venture?
Kathy Dawn Burke, of Blue Sky Luxury, the holiday rental and property management brand, (and our sister company) explains the process in detail.
The Value of a Valuation
Real Estate is complex, and for that reason, clients require the property valuation experts to provide Market Valuation reports for their various purposes. The interest you hold in a property heavily influences your perception of the property’s value. During this recessionary period it has been particularly challenging reconciling market reality with perceptions, given the general fall-off in market prices.
Eyes on the Coast: Seaside Serenity at Mullins Beach
Living a stone’s throw away from pristine white sand beaches and any-time ocean dips is a luxury almost everyone craves. After all, let’s face it; with one look at those turquoise Caribbean Sea views, it’s hard not to sink into relaxation mode. Luckily in Barbados, we’re spoilt with an endless selection of beaches from the more tucked-away spots ideal for seclusion to the activity-packed shores bursting with family fun.
Sandy Lane - Illustrious Caribbean Address
In February 1961 and with just 52 rooms, the Sandy Lane Hotel opened its doors to welcome its first guests. The establishment of the hotel was the brainchild of Sir Ronald Tree, a British politician who built a magnificent Palladian home on 20 acres on the West Coast known as Heron Bay. Cognisant of the burgeoning travel numbers to the Caribbean enabled by the jet age, Sir Ronald was concerned that his beloved Heron Bay would soon be surrounded by flashy resorts and middle-income retirees. His vision was to pre-empt this by establishing a luxury hotel and community with a golf course, and he determined that the Sandy Lane sugar plantation was the ideal location. Permission was sought from then Prime Minister Sir Grantley Adams to convert the estate out of sugar production into a building estate and to relocate the main highway that ran directly through what eventually became the main restaurant and bar. With financing arranged out of the UK, Sir Ronald and his colleagues (including names like Rothschild and Kindersley) formed the development company West Coast Limited. They purchased the estate from the Barbados Shipping & Trading and the hotel broke ground in mid-1958.
Plantations 101 - A Brief History
The six-year period leading up to the peak of the market in 2006 is widely regarded as a period of unprecedented growth in the Barbados market. This boom period saw compound annual growth in some market segments of 12% and staggering prices being achieved for property in some areas of the West Coast. The reality is that this growth cycle paled in comparison with the island’s first property boom, which occurred much earlier in our history.
Terra Caribbean Launches New Luxury Division to Enhance Luxury Real Estate Service
Terra Caribbean is excited to announce the launch of its luxury division, Terra Luxury. Read our blog to learn more about our luxury real estate service.