Barbados activities in 2019

Barbados Festivals

  • Barbados IslandFit Games (May 10-11): IslandFit Games is one of the largest functional fitness competitions in the Caribbean. It provides an opportunity for athletes from all over to test their fitness against fellow athletes.
  • Ninja Throwdown (May 11): The Ninja Throwdown is modeled off the “American Ninja Warrior” series and includes unique local twists. It’s the ultimate choice for the true adrenaline junkies and perhaps the perfect activity for a fitness focused family.
  • SOL Rally Festival (May 31 – June 2): Rev your engines for a holiday unusual by attending the biggest motor sport event in Barbados at Bushy Park. Visitors can test their high-speed driving on the same track as Formula One champion, Lewis Hamilton. The park also offers go-karting packages for kids and amateurs.
  • Dive Fest (July 3 – 7): Whether you can swim, float, dive, or prefer to soak up some sun on the beach, this festival has something for everyone! Dive Fest will feature water awareness programs, scuba and freediving demonstrations and trials, beach clean ups, conservation tips, lionfish hunting and tasting, as well as scuba dives all over the island – including the exhilarating east coast!
  • Open Water Festival (November 6 – 10): Join hundreds of other swimmers and open water enthusiast in Barbados’ turquoise waters for races of 3.3, 5 and 10 km. Swimmers this year also have a chance to rub shoulders (or fins) with Oceans Seven swimmer, Cameron Bellamy!
  • Run Barbados Marathon (December 6 – 8): The island’s largest running event is perfect for marathoners seeking to test their endurance against a tropical backdrop. Participants will run through the beautiful capital city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bridgetown and its spellbinding natural harbor at Carlisle Bay. Canada Running Series has worked with the festival for over 20 years in bringing groups of Canadians down to come for the run, and stay for the fun!
  • Beach & Wellness Festival (September 2019): More information coming soon.  

Water Activities:

  • Atlantis Submarine: Dive to 150 feet with the award winning, Atlantis Submarine to explore tropical fish, haunting wrecks and forests of coral. The night dive is said to be more impressive as a greater and even more vibrant range of sea life, including the larger species of fish, venture out once the sun sets.
  • Surfing: Barbados has long been a best kept secret in the surf world, having hosted and produced some of the world’s brilliant surf talent on its shores. Surf legend, Kelly Slater, has consistently rated the island’s most famous surf locale, “The Soup Bowl” among his top three waves in the world.
  • Additional water activities include big game fishing, kitesurfing, jet blading, and sailing!

Land Activities:

  • Cave Spelunking: Barbados’ most popular natural attraction is the awe-inspiring Harrison’s Cave. Thousands of visitors have experienced the beauty of this natural wonder on the informative 40-minute tram tour but for those who want a more up close and intimate experience with the majesty of the cave can go cave spelunking!
  • Hiking, Horseback Riding & Mountain Biking: Trails in Barbados is an experience to behold; trek through vast sugar cane plantations, past tropical thickets teaming with island fauna and take in the majesty of the wide-open vistas of the island’s more rugged heartland. Visitors can enjoy free hikes year-round, horseback riding and mountain biking.
  • Island & Sea Safaris: Boasting six consecutive years of Trip Advisor Excellence Ratings, Island Safari tours are the ultimate in off road adventure. Book the Sea and Land Safari combo to experience seemingly impossible inclines and carve paths through thick underbrush as well as snorkeling with curious fish and other marine life like sea turtles!
  • Microlight Tours: Take to the skies with veteran pilot, Paul Nugent, for microlight aerial tours of Barbados that are guaranteed to thrill and inspire. Once airborne, expect 360-degree views of some of the island’s most iconic landmarks.

Hotels with Wellness Retreats/Packages:

  • Cobblers Cove: Create your own tailor-made retreat alongside fitness and nutrition consultants when visiting Cobblers Cove this June. Guests can partake in yoga and fitness classes, transformational massages, swim with turtles, go snorkeling/ paddle boarding and sail on the resort’s Hobie Cat. For more information on the retreat, please click here.
  • Coral Reef Club & The Sandpiper Offering four wellness retreats in March, July, August and November, the invigorating retreats will incorporate exercise packages as well as an all-purpose Spa Wellness Package to achieve profound restoration for the body and senses. For more information on the Wellness Week, please click here.
  • Little Arches Boutique Hotel: Little Arches Boutique Hotel is one of the most distinctive small upscale hotels on Barbados with just 10 rooms and suites. Guests can book the paddle boarding excursion to explore the marine park at Carlisle Bay. Total package price starting from USD $327/nightly and to be valid use the code – YRWELL.
  • Port Ferdinand & Saint Peters Bay:
    • Wellness & Spa: The Sandbox Tree Spa, a huge draw for visitors, provides a wide range of signature treatments and retreat packages that is ideal to nourish and replenish the mind, body and soul. Treatments can be carried out in the spa, in the tropical gully, beachside and in-suite at Port Ferdinand. Guests at its sister property, Saint Peters Bay, can also enjoy these tranquil spa treatments. For March, guests can enjoy the Bamford Signature Body Treatment (85-minutes) which includes a deep massage experience from head-to-toe.
    • New Surf Camp: Unveiling soon, Surf Camp at Barbados, one of the only islands in the Caribbean hosting world surfing championships, allows you to explore the beautiful turquoise waters while enjoying some of the best surfing in the country. The shared and private lessons are tailored to the level of the individual, the amount of surf breaks that day and the length of the tour. 

Hotels with Wellness & Spa Amenities:

  • The Abidah by Accra: Scheduled to open in 2019, The Abidah by Accra will be an all-inclusive, adults only boutique hotel to be stationed on the South Coast. The property features accommodations with a private jacuzzi and balcony, a unique dining experience at the Remous Restaurant & Lounge, quick access to the breathtaking Enterprise Beach and an array of signature treatments at the Senses Studio Spa.
  • Barbados Beach Club: Recently renovated, The Barbados Beach Club is a three-star, all-inclusive Caribbean resort that offers a complimentary water aerobics class in the resort’s pool, on-site non-motorised water sports and tennis.
  • ECO Lifestyle + Lodge: ECO Lifestyle + Lodge is an intimate boutique hotel with environmentally friendly accommodations and amenities. The hotel is currently working to create one of the only true farm-to-table restaurants on the island with 100% sustainably-sourced ingredients. Guests can also enjoy activities like yoga classes, massages, hiking, mountain biking, surfing, SUP, diving and more.
  • Fairmont Royal Pavilion: Retaining a sense of serene seclusion with a unique beachfront position unlike any other resorts on the island, Fairmont Royal Pavilion is a luxurious retreat that truly surpasses expectations. Guests can enjoy in-room massage treatments and complimentary activities such as yoga, swimming with the turtles, kayaking, snorkeling, Hobie sailing and more.
  • Naniki Barbados: Surrounded by hills with a commanding view of the Atlantic Ocean, the quaint Naniki resort promotes an eco-friendly lifestyle with its cottage-style accommodations. Offerings include health and wellness, local and Caribbean dining, trail hiking, forest therapy, yoga, ozone sauna and other therapies.
  • Ocean Two Resort & Residences: Ocean Two Resort & Residences offers affordable luxury with a spa and fitness center, complimentary pool and beach drink service, water sports, a concierge, weekly yoga on the rooftop and surfing is available next door at Barry’s Surf School.
  • Sandals Barbados & Sandals Royal: Sandals Red Lane® Spa is the world’s first truly Caribbean spa brand and the exclusive spa for Sandals Resorts. With a menu selection of over 100 services, Red Lane Spa caters to all ages and even have services specifically for guests that’ve been touched by cancer. Travellers can take part in nutrition and fitness programs and enjoy adventure excursions with Island Rounds and PADI-certified scuba diving.
  • Sandy Lane: Sandy Lane’s legendary style makes it one of the most prestigious resorts in the world. With lavishly appointed treatment suites, a full fitness facility and a complete menu of spa services, The Spa at Sandy Lane’s offers the ultimate in decadent relaxation. Sandy Lane also has a tennis club, three golf courses, non-motorized water-sports, a luxury catamaran cruise and excursions.
  • Sea Breeze Beach House: Sea Breeze Beach House offers an intimate all-inclusive experience perfect for both adults and families alike. The hotel offers weekly Caribbean beach fit classes, aqua aerobics and twice weekly stretch programs.
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