So Barbados has been a family favourite for a few years now! We have been 3 times and Im currently booking to go again this year hopefully! We stay in a beautiful villa on the west coast also known as the "Platinum Coast" in Holetown.

T H E V I L L A-
We had a two week stay at one of the gorgeous villas at Royal Westmoreland. This is a gated community and the golf and grounds are very beautiful. There is a golf club you can have lunch and some drinks, the food and views are wonderful. There is also a bar/restaurant called the Rum Shack if you wanted to grab something to eat onsite with fab food. This is a lovely place to stay, very family friendly and had lots of amenities with a gym, swimming pool, tennis and a couple of shops within the golf club. Our villa had a swimming pool which was great for early morning swims with the girls. Also we had a few visits from a cute little family of monkeys.

B O A T T R I P-
We had a fantastic boat trip with a company called Breezing Boat Snorkeling Tours Barbados. I literally had a google at company’s that left from Holetown with good reviews and not too expensive and this was perfect! The cost for us as a family of 6 (my brother tagged along) was really good, we were slightly out of peak season but there was only us and another couple on the boat it was almost like we had it to ourselves. They arranged to collect us from the closest point we were staying which made it nice and convenient, collected the other passengers from their hotel and then we headed to the spot where the turtles are which is right outside Sandy Lane hotel. You can jump in and literally swim so close to the turtles. I think this has been one of our best experiences ever so far! We then went to the sunken shipwrecks and reefs which have been purposely sunk to create an artificial reef and is now home to numerous fish and coral. They also took loads of photos on their underwater camera and sent us a link at the end with all our photos once we had reviewed the trip. Whole experience was fabulous but we were very lucky with how quiet it was. 
We have done another two boat trips since with people we met and are friends of my mum & stepdad just on their boats.

O I S T I N S Fish Fry-
If you can get down to Oistins the best evening to go is on a Friday night. We have been every time we come! The atmosphere is fun and lively, there is live music, people walking around singing and dancing, stools to buy little trinkets and an unlimited selection of fresh food stalls to try! I personally love seafood and the food here was amazing! We managed to get a table as it gets very busy but once you do you can sit back and watch the bustling people and entertainment while your food gets cooked literally four meters away from you. There’s a good variety choice of different types of fish, shrimp and chicken. We went twice and ate at the same stall as the food and service was really good. I also liked how family friendly it is. Our girls loved it!

T I D E S-
I think this was my all time favourite restaurant the first time we went. The service was exceptional, we had a table booked early evening so we could watch the sunset (and have 3 small children) and it was nice and quiet. Our table was right next to the sea and they have these beautiful large trees entwined through the roof. The food was soooo good! Both myself and Jaime had the king prawn curry and oh my gosh it was delicious. I’m sad I didn’t get a picture as it was served so beautifully in coconut shells but we literally dove straight in. Also the decor of the whole restaurant has a very chic laidback style, I think I could have stayed there longer. I’d highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or just a nice fancy meal. We make sure we go every time and I always have the same curry it is exceptional!

L O N E S T A R- 
This was a recommendation from my mum who has been a few times. The food here was divine, it’s is more a la carte very similar to tides but probably a little bit more expensive. I personally preferred the more laidback vibe with Tides but Lone Star has amazing decor and gorgeous sea views too. We had a fairly big party of us and this is the only photo any of us took...oops... (will have to go back!) 

We have been every time we come! This is definitely another all time favourite and the sunsets are beautiful (well anywhere on this pretty island the sunsets are amazing)

S U R F S I D E restaurant and beach bar-
This was a very lovely place to eat. We had breakfast here a couple of times. The price wasn’t bad and the spot is just gorgeous to sit and have some food or a morning coffee. They do lovely milkshakes the girls loved too. There is a big menu for lunch and dinner but unfortunately we didn't get to try that out this time. There is always next...

Bean n Bagel-
We ate here a couple of times for breakfast and to just grab a coffee. The food was really good quality and again good prices. They had lots milkshakes here with a variety of flavours which were all really nice, the girls loved them, and some smoothies if you wanted to be a bit healthier (I attempted but FAILED). Very good, service was lovely.

We have the BEST time in Barbados every time we come, full of amazing memories. The girls are always desperate to go back (think we want to go back more). Its a beautiful island with wonderful people.

Hope you enjoyed.

Alexis x

(these are just as small amount of photos from our first time there, I have more recent photos on my instagram- alexisjmason_)

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