For those looking to indulge in nothing more strenuous than lifting an iced cocktail from their private balcony or applying tanning oil on their luxurious beachfront lounger whilst on holiday, the Caribbean certainly springs to mind. However, many ‘first-timers’ to these beautiful islands are unaware that these idyllic destinations offer a much more well-rounded experience, and cater for those with all sorts of interests and hobbies.
Keeping in shape during your time abroad and working off all the delicious cuisine on offer, is forefront in the mind of a large percentage of modern travellers. For avid gym bunnies there are a wide array of air-conditioned luxury facilities in Barbados, where the latest equipment is kept in fabulous condition and friendly exercise classes can be easily participated in.
Luckily for our guests, we’re very pleased to inform you that many of our Luxury Villas in Barbados have their own private gym facilities to take full advantage of. We’ve listed a few of our favourites below:
If your luxury villa rental does not come equipped with a private gym (boasting many other superb features instead) you can still get involved in Barbados sports. We recommend the following fitness centres which offer a large range of equipment and more besides.
J+S Health Fitness + Sports Academy – Holders Hill, St James
J+S have a fully stocked gym, and also offer several group classes including Spin, Circuit Training, Pilates, Kickboxing and Aerobics. Visitors pay US$15 per class, and US$15 per gym session.
Indulgence Gym – Royal Westmoreland, StJames
This beautiful spa and fitness centre is available to guests at any of the Royal Westmoreland villas and includes a plethora of facilities, a unique salt-water pool and jacuzzi.
Limegrove Gym + Wellness Centre – Holetown, St James
This brand new development within the Limegrove Centre is the perfect spot to tailor your exercise routine around a spot of luxury shopping and latte sipping.
Sandy Lane Fitness Centre – Sandy Lane, St James
2550 sq ft of exercise heaven. The centre boasts daily classes, a large amount of equipment and exquisite service. Guests have to book in advance.
For the budding Sharapova’s and Federer’s amongst you, you will be pleased to learn that Barbados sports lovers are passionate about this ‘ace’ sporting pursuit. With a community of excellent coaches and semi-professionals living on-island, lessons can be easily arranged and catered to all levels of ability.
The advantage of renting your own Luxury Villa in Barbados, is that you have easy access to local courts, or in some cases have your own private space to play (racquets and balls included of course!) A selection of our villas that boast their own private on-site courts include:
However, a great way to explore the local community is to step outside your villa and experience the local courts available. We’ve picked the most luxurious for you below:
Sugar Hill – Sugar Hill Tennis Village, St James
Guests at our Sugar Hill villas have access to four championship tennis courts. Sugar Hill has had tennis stars such as Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniaki play on their courts.
Hilton Barbados – Garrison, Bridgetown
Can purchase day passes to have full access to the facilities, which include their three Tennis Courts.
Tennis Courts in Holetown – Behind the delicious Just Grillin’ Restaurant
Public passes are available for $50 per hour.
Sandy Lane – Sandy Lane, St James
9 floodlit courts with excellent facilities are complimentary for villa guests staying on the Sandy Lane Estate.
One of the most serene, peaceful and spiritual experiences available on-island has to be riding through the plantations and gently being led through the waves by one of Barbados’ premier stables. Providing a rare insight into the fascinating history and culture of this Easterly Island, indulging in Horse Riding during your visit is definitely recommended. With schools available that cater for all ages and abilities, you’re sure to find your ideal match and truly create memories of a lifetime.
Ocean Echo Stables – St John
This well established riding school offer beach and heritage tours, with a view to offering a different perspective on Barbados.
Ride Barbados – St Andrew
Horseback tours and lessons are offered at this very popular stables, who make your dreams of riding this majestic creature on a picturesque tropical beach a reality.
Jah Works Equestrian Centre – Speightstown, St Peter
The place to go to experience the rugged outback of Barbados. The centre offers trails, as well as the facility to rent horses to ride alone, and can cater for children from 4 years upwards.
Whether by air, foot, 4 wheels or 2, Barbados is 166 square miles of tropical heaven waiting to be explored. Most guests stick to the beautiful coastline, but venturing inland and discovering the varied and exciting wildlife and natural vistas is thoroughly recommended.
Trailseekers – Christ Church
Renting a mountain bike allows you to explore the ‘Hidden’ Barbados. Variety of 3-6 hour tours from $65.
With the East Coast being the haunt of Barbados’ well-informed locals and the odd visitor, this spectacular stretch of powerful waves and prehistoric landscape is rarely discovered by the average tourist. However, a visit to Bathsheba or Cattlewash truly proves how diverse this equatorial paradise is. Surfing is a great way to take advantage of the natural power found in the Atlantic Ocean, and a stark contrast to the gentle lapping waves of the West Coast. This popular Barbados sport is definitely worth a try!
Barry’s Surf Barbados – Island Wide
Mobile surf lessons to get the best waves on the island is a unique feature of this well established surf school. Board rentals and lessons are available for first timers.
With such beautiful scenery, idyllic waters and plentiful rolling hills, Barbados deserves to be seen from above. The more adventurous visitors regularly indulge in the popular sport of Parasailing.
Falcon Parasailing – Coral Reef Club, St James
The most popular parasailing company on the island. Fly up to 250ft above the Caribbean Sea, and for honeymooners enjoy a tandem ride and memories that last a lifetime.
For those who suffer withdrawal symptoms from their irons, their friendly driver or their well-worn putter whilst on holiday, you will be glad to hear that Barbados boasts some of the most stunning, scenic Golf Courses in the Caribbean. From the novice to those nearing ‘scratch’, there are golf tutors, challenging holes and incredible views for all.
Royal Westmoreland – St James
Consistently rated as one of the top courses in the Caribbean, calling for every club in your bag. Tricky greens, Ocean Views and resident green monkeys make your game an unforgettable experience!
Sandy Lane ‘The Old Nine’ – St James
This beautiful, traditional course meanders its way through the prestigious Sandy Lane Estate. The course is intimate yet demanding, and a treat for those looking for a challenge.
Sandy Lane ‘The Country Club’ – St James
An immaculate course with pristine fairways, lush greens and a variety of lakes. The breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea are one to look out for.
Apes Hill – St James
One of the newest championship courses in the Caribbean, enjoying an unbelievable location with breathtaking views of both the East and West coasts from its 1000ft position. Truly a memorable game to be had here.
Barbados Golf Club – Durants, Christ Church
The soul of golfing for local players as well as many visitors. Approved and sanctioned by the PGA European Tour and has hosted the Barbados Open on several occasions.
We have only scratched the sandy surface in relation to the diversity of sports and leisure pursuits available to visitors of this jewell in the Caribbean. Luckily, our Luxury Villa Specialists are experts in everything worth experiencing during your holiday, and are just an e-mail away.
The island really is more than just a beautiful, tropical haven and can ignite an enthusiasm in even the most weary of travellers with its wide variety of things to see and do in Barbados. If you would like to contribute to our ever-growing list of recommendations, please comment below!