This year, the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. will stage its prestigious Barbados Food & Rum Festival a month early on October 18 - 21 - a move which has been reportedly received with delight by many who have been unable to participate in the festival in previous years. In addition to the date change, another novelty of this year’s event is its month-long run - yes, the whole month of October will be a celebration of food, with several pop-up events, food truck crawls, restaurant specials on the Dine Around programme as well as many other food festivities.
Something else is on the cards for the lucky prospective owner of the lots at Clearwater Bay!
In addition to perfectly turquoise waters and breathtaking views, the property has recently welcomed a neighbour in the island’s latest - and anticipated to be one of the trendiest - beach bars on the west coast - La Cabane!
Condo living really is the new chic, and the picturesque views, modern designs and contemporary décor that have become synonymous with condos makes it hard to deny. While detached homes are still en vogue, there is just something about the charm of living within an exclusive community of like-minded persons that is highly appealing to prospective buyers. So, we’re continuing our September tradition by presenting to our readers and clients the top ten condos of the month!
The Terra Luxury property market caters to the niche luxury property market in Barbados. A continued partnership with leading global property firm, Knight Frank, strengthens Terra Luxury’s international reach, reinforcing the exclusivity of its clients’ luxury homes and extending its services to discerning clients worldwide who aspire to own an exquisite property in Barbados. This week, we share with you our Top 5 Listings for the week, with valuable agents insight on just what makes each luxury property, perfect in its own way!
The Special Development Areas Act sets out the designation of special development areas and provides relief for approved developers constructing or improving a building or structure in those areas and to persons financing such work (other than a commercial bank).
Building starts provide an accurate method in determining the level of economic activity in the construction industry.
Within the context of real estate, Barbados is steeped in a history of sugar cane estates and a style of countryside living that served as an ode to mother nature. The signature of luxurious living was defined as stately homes trimmed by towering palm trees and other lush vegetation, while the structures themselves bore an appearance in-keeping with the soul of Georgian-, Jacobean- and Victorian-era architecture and the Palladian style. In addition, the interiors were often very spacious, with a dominance of coral stone and wooden trims and accents.
Holetown Festival: The festival commemorates the landing of the first settlers to Barbados at Holetown, St. James in February 1627. It's now in its 42nd year.
Highlights of the festival include a street fair, the beating of the Retreat by the colourful Barbados Defence Band Zouave Band, a Floodlit Tattoo parade by the Royal Barbados Police Force and the Mounted Police, many music concerts, lectures on and tours of Holetown, exhibitions, and a street parade that features among other things vintage and classic cars.
Mark the dates! Dated: February 11th – 18th
A fetching voice, and interesting journey and a penchant for making a lasting impression - this is the essence of the man of the moment. His name is Kevan Sahai, and it is a brand that has already preceded the man and is on its way to joining an esteemed list of self-taught masters of the art - a rare and privileged breed that have been naturally gifted by the omnipotent.With a passion and a guitar, a 16-year-old Kevan decided to make music his calling. Three years later, he made a decision that would be considered taboo by the average Barbadian youngster.
There is never a dull moment when it comes to dining in Barbados. With a diverse offering of restaurants that rivals the allure of its gorgeous beaches, introducing Barbados as the culinary capital of the Caribbean is no understatement. The island is home to a plethora of culinary experiences that are steeped in a blended heritage with a dash of international decadence, and the foodie paradise continues to raise the bar every year! From colourful cocktails to five courses of pure ambrosia, there is always something new instore for food lovers in Barbados.
The team at Terra Luxury has recorded another success through their partnership with the K9 Friends Barbados Charity as sponsors of a cause aimed at funding and facilitating all local canine welfare organizations.
Opening to great anticipation, Barbados’ furry friends took the spotlight at the K9 Friends Barbados Charity auction on December 23, at the lovely Apes Hill Country Club. The evening was a grand showing of spirit and humanity as over 300 persons - both visitors and locals - came together for the charitable cause.
The launch of Hugo’s Restaurant in the picturesque town of Speightstown is akin to manna from heaven! Touted as “ Something HUGE is coming to Barbados” the modern beachfront eatery did not disappoint. From start to finish, the experience was simply magical! Hugo’s officially opened their doors on December 22 but invited guests were welcomed for a much-appreciated pre launch.
Yes, Barbados is a popular vacation destination. But, the tiny nation has a deeper relevance for over 280,000 persons who have the birthright to call the island their native home. Each November, this national pride shines through, and a uniquely Barbadian showmanship gets underway in celebration of the island’s Independence.
The runway is ready for the most luxurious - and decadent - fashion event of the year!
As the sun sets over the serene west coast shores on Saturday, November 18, all eyes will be on the platinum coast’s luxurious Limegrove Lifestyle Centre as The Fashion Show debuts at the intimate Fusion Rooftop restaurant to an exclusive crowd.
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It will be culinary Christmas for all local and visiting foodies this November when the sights, sounds, tastes and aromas of the Barbados Food & Rum Festival fill the air! To read more, click to see full blog on our Terra Caribbean website.
Save the date for one of the cutest charitable causes in Barbados!
Once again, the team at Terra Luxury has partnered with the K9 Friends Barbados Charity to sponsor their annual K9 Friends Barbados Charity Auction - a cause aimed at funding and facilitating all local canine welfare organizations.
Photo credit - Bushy Park
It’s time for fun, food, family and fuel on Saturday, October 14 as the long-awaited Barbados Festival of Speed 2017 kicks off at Bushy Park!
For the second time in as many years, the festival will bring some of the top names in international motorsports to the island-stage for the popular festival which has gained a reputation of perfectly melding paradise and speed. And this year it is gearing up to be even more exciting - the one-day event will take a new format, with events running from the sunny daytime into daring night-time action!
Located within the most revered gated golfing community on the island, the Royal Apartments are a modern addition to the traditional residences that have become the signature of the Royal Westmoreland estate.
Luxurious properties are what we do best, and this September, the team at Terra Luxury has decided to pull together the top ten luxury homes for the season. Browse our list below and view properties ranging from extraordinary homes with exquisite views of the west coast, to modern homes with views of stunning rolling greens flowing through the island’s top golf courses. We just can’t stop talking about these properties for September!
Living in Barbados means waking up to warming sunshine, deep breaths of fresh island air and lovely views. But, the island is also known for its enticing food scene, something which has been recognized enough for the island to earn the title of culinary capital of the Caribbean. From Indian, Brazilian and Thai cuisine to Greek and some of the most scrumptious sushi dishes, Barbados is a melting pot of flavours that are sure to woo any foodie.
Understanding market trends when investing in Barbados real estate is key. It’s one of the reasons we developed the Barbados Condo Price Index (BCPI) in 2015. It is the first-ever real estate index published in Barbados, providing you with year-over-year values on beachfront condominiums on the island’s famed West Coast and bustling South Coast.
The island’s year round warm sunshine and beautiful surroundings create the perfect setting to nurture your body and soul. This fall, the Barbados calendar will feature three exhilarating firsts centred around wellness and enjoyment - the Barbados Beach and Wellness Festival, the Barbados Cycling Festival and the Dragon World Championships! Set in stunning locations and guided by leaders in their respective disciplines these festivals are a wonderful opportunity to meet other like minded people and experience even more of what our island has to offer!
Nestled within the beautiful private community of Sugar Hill is the ridge-front beauty that is Coral Sundown. Its location and grandiose nature is befitting of a king, and it is no surprise that this property has been the ‘beloved holiday home’ of musical royalty - Sir Cliff Richard.
If the unveiling of its gorgeous Country Club house in February was not enough, the Apes Hill community has now revealed its latest additions to its community portfolio - the country club cottages!
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Barbados has earned a reputation of offering prospective home owners not only stunning properties with incomparable landscapes and views but also sound investments with boundless possibilities. But according to Andrew Guy, one of the most understated benefits of owning a property in Barbados is the island's unique charm.
Our top condos of the week allow for the best type of living arrangement. They provide you with other amenities and facilities outside of the actual condo and give you the privacy and freedom that comes with living in a home. It offers a certain level of security giving you the chance to travel easily without worrying about your home.
The 2016/17 winter season has been a challenging one for our UK buyers due to the low rate of Sterling against the US dollar. That said, this challenge has opened the doors for some great opportunities, and our sellers have responded to new market trends in a post Brexit market.
Summer in Barbados is an exciting time, and it all kicks off with the adrenaline-pumping Rally Barbados!
The sheer number of restaurants and eateries across the island is testament to the fact that Barbadians love food. From tartes and gourmet creations at fine dining restaurants to grilled snapper and breadfruit chips at roadside eateries, the island is ripe with foodie experiences waiting to be embraced. So, for those who consider good food as a big part of their lives, let us introduce you to the Barbadian foodie lifestyle!
The Caribbean's most anticipated annual motor sport international event is here. Bringing fierce competition between drivers from the Caribbean and UK.
This Celtic festival celebrates the links between our wonderful, lively Caribbean island and the culture of our Celtic friends.
Charms from the old world and a flair of modernity marry beautifully to create the experience known distinctly as Pollards Mill. Nestled away from the hustle and bustle of urban island life, the journey to this cozy 2.47-acre former plantation estate traverses the rural south-eastern part of the island and stops short not far from the border between St. Philip and St. John.
We are looking forward to welcoming the iconic Nikki Beach brand to Barbados’ shores. It will be another wonderful place to play on our island’s renowned West Coast and yet another fantastic reason to live or holiday in Barbados. Global luxury lifestyle and hospitality brand Nikki Beach Worldwide is set to open its 14th location in Port Ferdinand, Barbados at the end of 2017.
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.
The biggest event on the island during the Easter weekend is the Oistins Fish Festival. Hosted in the heart of the island’s most celebrated fishing village, the festival pays homage to the island’s fisher folk and their seafaring lifestyle, and features several events that attract the attention of locals and visitors of all ages.
With twelve down, the world’s most popular name in beachside opulence has arrived in the Caribbean-beach lovers’ paradise, and some would argue that there will never be a more natural fit than Barbados and Nikki Beach!
Spring, Polo and Dining
The winter season has taken lovers of Barbados on a fun filled journey from the historic raceday at the Garrison Savannah to the legendary grounds of Kensington Oval. But, as spring approaches, Barbados blossoms to its prime offering a lively cocktail of its staple beautiful beaches, and a hearty dash of exciting polo action and sumptuous plantation-style dinners.
On the island’s lavish west coast sits the town of Holetown. Its heart and surroundings are the plush home of luxury, international musings and decadence, but before this became the trademark of the coast, it was revered by historians and locals alike as the crèche of Barbados as it is now known.
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As the month rolls on, the wonderful Christmas spirit grows more apparent, and in a few days, the gift of giving will be in the spotlight for a worthy cause. K9 Friends Barbados will host their annual auction on December 23 at Mahogany Ridge in St. Thomas - all in the name of canine welfare!
On a global perspective, the fashion scene is one that has an incredible mass appeal, and our captivation with this fine art culminates each year in major cities across the world with the staging of global Fashion Week. With New York’s week wrapped up and London’s underway, Milan and Paris wait in the wings to unveil their own prestigious week of celebrating fashion forwardness. These events have grown into massive economic powerhouses, with New York fashion week attracting over 230,000 attendees to more than 500 shows that total in the generation of almost US$900 million for the Greater Metropolitan area.
We are looking for an energetic and highly motivated individual to fill the role of Facility Manager. If you are self-motivated, flourish in a busy environment, with skills in leadership, ability to think outside of the box and are adept at managing key relationships, we need to talk.
We are looking for a marketing 'guru' with a fun and energetic personality to take our Blue Sky Luxury brand to the next level! We are a luxury holiday rentals firm with a vast portfolio of villas and condos along the west coast of Barbados, and as the 'brand guardian' you will be tasked with maintaining the intergrity of the brand across all marketing initiatives and communications.
To hear the words Barbados, birdie and eagle in the same sentence may seem odd but mundane; but, to the pert ears of those in-tune with the sport, it undoubtedly screams golf. Beyond the bewitching beaches that coerce you to stay waterside when in Barbados, there is another world lying in wait that presents grandiose greens, fantastic fairways and pesky bunkers. There isn’t a truer case of this than on the western seaboard in the parish of St. James, where tee time is any time at three of the most prestigious golf spots on the island - Sandy Lane, Royal Westmoreland and Apes Hill.
Cin Cin by the Sea is situated along the alluring platinum west coast of the island, and almost as a testament to the meaning behind its name, Cin Cin - as it is better known - has become the toast of the west coast.
Nestled on over 750 acres of rolling landscaped lawns, broken up by dramatic colours and tropical oases you will find the ultra exclusive Royal Westmoreland, one of Barbados’ finest luxury communities.
The Apes Hill Golf and Polo community is one of Barbados’ newest luxury developments, set high on a ridge with rolling country and coastal views, tropical charm and perfect privacy.
Elevated at an impressive 1000 feet above sea level it enjoys sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea to the West and in many locations the wild Atlantic Ocean to the East, a truly unique vantage point and one of its many draws for those looking to put down their roots in an island valued for its privacy.
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For discerning investors looking to lay down their roots in Barbados, one of the ultimate ‘zip codes’ would be the Sandy Lane Estate. Quiet and serene, exclusively private and centrally located along the Platinum Coast of the West, these homes are the epitome of island luxury.
What began as the brainchild of Sir Ronald Tree, a British politician who built the wonderfully Palladian home of Heron Bay (now famously owned by Lord and Lady Bamford), is now one of the most sought after pieces of real estate in the Caribbean. When Sir Ronald established the Sandy Lane Hotel in 1961 he was ‘protecting’ his much beloved West Coast neighbourhood from the inevitable influx of travelers that the new jet-set age would bring to our shores. He secured the 375 acres of the Sandy Lane Sugar Plantation for his development of a luxury upscale hotel and exclusive residential community with a private golf course. His legacy has weathered every economic challenge over the past 55 years and the Sandy Lane Hotel and homes in the estate have remained iconic symbols of wealth and status, attracting visitors and investors from all over the world who dream of owning the ultimate Caribbean address.
Racing fans have long hailed Barbados as THE premier destination for the ultimate race experience. The sun, sea and sand make it the perfect holiday destination for the family, while the exciting off-road and islandwide rally events keep the racing enthusiasts energized with thrills, spills and lots of action. With the recent completion of the world class circuit at Bushy Park and the highly publicized addition of internationally acclaimed events such as the Top Gear Festival, Race of Champions and Global Rally Cross, the island can definitely congratulate itself for bringing the world of racing to a whole new cross-section of visitors. (Sun-worshippers and golf enthusiasts, we’re talking to you!) This is the adrenalin rush you never knew you needed!
When you settle into life in Barbados, or pop-over for a holiday visit, expect many luxurious one-of-a-kind events to spring up. One of our favourites is Polo Under the Stars, hosted by Apes Hill Polo Club. It’s a smashing lit-up evening where visitors and residents come out in their finest to watch local and international polo players battle it out for a win. It’s a fantastic VIP evening — cocktails, live music and other VIP perks such as a 3-course dinner and a cigar lounge create a charming atmosphere unlike any other. Check out the action in this 2-minute video.
We’ve all heard about swimming with pigs in the Bahamas; but have you ever swam with horses in Barbados? Between the races, polo games and equestrian shows, some of the best-kept horses on the island enjoy ocean dips as part of their exercise regime. Equestrian sports are quite popular in Barbados, where many high-profile polo tournaments and horse races such as the coveted Sandy Lane Gold Cup draw countless worldly spectators to our paradise island.
Formula 1 fans have the unique opportunity to dine with three-time F1 driver, Lemis Hamilton at this year’s Barbados Festival of Speed.
The excitement of car racing comes to life at the inaugural Barbados Festival of Speed on Sunday, May 8th at Bushy Park.
Terra Caribbean, a well-established and reputable real estate leader in Barbados, is excited to announce the launch of its new dedicated luxury real estate division, Terra Luxury. Built on the heritage, knowledge and experience of both Bajan Services and Terra Caribbean, Terra Luxury caters to the niche luxury property market in Barbados. The launch of Terra Luxury is part of an ongoing client-focused strategy at Terra Caribbean to refine and enhance its portfolio of services by providing dedicated teams and resources for each segment of the Barbados real estate market.
"We believe our architectural heritage is part of who we are as a people; that buildings and landscapes provide us with an in-depth view of the craftsmanship, trade and culture of their time.” These are the sentiments of the Warren family, owners of St. Nicholas Abbey whose stated mission is: “to ensure its preservation for both future generations of Barbadians and visitors to our island.” - Larry Warren
There’s something about water lapping on a hull, wind-filled sails and the gentle throb of an engine, as your yacht slips through calm waters that induces perfect relaxation. When this is combined with all the comforts of Barbados’ newest flybridge-inspired luxury catamaran, you know you have indeed been – as the name says – Seaduced.
Barbados is well-known for its polo events and polo communities with a seasoned programme of tournaments spanning January through to April. For instance, Apes Hill Club is a highly sought-after community which features many luxury properties for sales and rent with the convenience of nearby polo and golf amenities. One of the recent polo highlights in Barbados was the UNNA and ICBL Cheshire Polo Tour.