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Brillant Barbados – The Paradise Island Villas That Blend Luxury With Tranquility

by Keerat

By Stuart Brodkin – Travel Editor

 

BUSINESS life can prove an unrelenting grind, so it’s a good idea to take some time away to recharge those batteries, especially when those cooler autumn nights give way to the chill of winter here in the UK. And where better to unwind than on the sun-kissed west coast of Barbados, surrounded by acres of manicured, tropical gardens which complement the rolling ocean waves.

That’s where you will find Monkey Hill, a luxury eight-bedroom villa in the parish of St James, part of the exclusive Sugar Hill community. Monkey Hill, sitting on nearly two acres of undulating land and possessing one of the few ridge front lots in the area, offers guests a unique blend of indoor and outdoor living in a space that occupies almost 8,000 square feet.

 

 

There are wonderful, uninterrupted vistas of the North Atlantic Ocean, giving spectacular sights of the sunset and island life, that will ensure your stay at Monkey Hill is one you will never, ever forget.
The villa is the perfect place to get it away from it all. So, if you can, switch off the mobile and the laptop and immerse yourself in the quietude of island life where deadlines simply don’t exist.

However, if you’re looking for something a little livelier, Monkey Hill is the ideal venue for that celebratory occasion. Whether organising a special family vacation or reunion, or marking a milestone like a wedding, birthday or anniversary, the villa offers an ideal space to create cherished memories within a luxury travel experience.

 

Monkey Hill’s exquisite features include an outdoor dining area, comfortable couches and a bar and barbecue overlooking the large infinity edge swimming pool with several loungers and umbrellas on the deck for your enjoyment.

It’s the perfect location for family holidays, celebrations, entertaining, idyllic romantic breaks and golfing trips. Its prestigious quarters provide everything you need including butlers, chefs and housekeeping services. There are rooms in the villa to suit every taste, each of them oozing luxury allied to tranquility, with evocative names to enhance the mood.

 

We chose the Coral Suite, possibly the pick of the pack. Located on the ground floor, it had a walkout seating area right next to the infinity pool, where one can enjoy a refreshing and invigorating swim or simply relax, glass in hand, and enjoy the glorious scenes unfolding each day before your eyes.

Other rooms, each with their own special features, include Turtle, Seahorse, Silverback, complete with King-sized bed, and Alligator, where you can watch the sunset each evening from the comfort of your own balcony.

 

 

There is so much to discover in the area too and I managed to tear myself and my wife away from the luxury surroundings of the villa to visit some of the local hot spots – and I do mean hot, so lash on the suntan cream and don’t forget to take a hat!

Our first port of call was Mullins Beach, an easily accessible, 300-yard-long tranche of soft golden sand which, with good reason, is one of the most popular beaches on the west coast.

Next was Gibbes Beach, an arc of pristine golden sand, with a spectacular backdrop of soaring trees – a strong contender, in my view, for the west coast’s most beautiful beach. Here, we also discovered some of the most desirable villas on the island, although none were as desirable as our own holiday home!

Our third and final trip was to Paynes Bay, which has softest, whitest sand we had ever encountered. The locals reckon it’s a 20-minute stroll from end to end, but no one is in much of a hurry here and we clocked a time of about 35 minutes. The further away from the hotels, the less crowded we found it.

We had been told that out in the bay there were turtles to swim with so we had packed our swimming gear – and we weren’t disappointed. It was a day we will always treasure – just like the rest of our stay in this beautiful setting.

 

There are many wonderful restaurants to choose from in Barbados where one can delight in the much sought-after Caribbean cuisine. Seafood is a particularly divine delicacy and can be found in abundance – and all freshly caught as you would expect.

But if fish is not your dish then there is a wide selection of excellent restaurants to satisfy even the most demanding of taste buds. You won’t go hungry that’s for sure. We certainly didn’t. I would certainly recommend the intriguingly-named Cin Cin By The Sea and the Lone Star Restaurant, the latter deserving of at least four stars.

 

If golf’s your game, then Sugar Hill community serves up several delicious courses.
Apes Hill, the newest in the Caribbean, is set in 470 acres of glorious Barbados landscape, while Sandy Lane has no fewer than three challenging layouts – the Old Nine, the Country Club Course, and the world-renowned Green Monkey Course designed by Tom Fazio.

And there is also the chance to play Royal Westmoreland, a spectacular five-star golf resort, where the course has been designed by Robert Trent-Jones Jr.
As you would imagine in the clear and calm waters of the Caribbean, water sports are high on the outdoor activities agenda.

You can try surfing, windsurfing, kite-surfing, water-skiing, kayaking, jet-skiing and banana boat rides. The list is almost endless, just like the sunshine.
For those who want something a little less demanding, there is no shortage of culture and sightseeing opportunities.

Our firm favourite was the Animal Flower Cave, located at the most northerly point of Barbados in the parish of St. Lucy, where sea anemones are found in the pools of the cave.
And don’t forget the tax-free shopping, with prices typically 30 to 50 per cent less than those in Europe and North America.

 

Hit the Heights

OCEAN HEIGHTS is a luxury villa located in Prospect, St. James, positioned right on the cliff front facing the Atlantic Ocean.

 

 

This is the perfect holiday solution for those looking for an elegant property that blends traditional design with modern touches. Escape to leisurely peace and quiet with the opportunity to dive into the lively Caribbean culture at a moment’s notice.

The villa is spread over four levels with two separate units. It has seven bedrooms (with a total of 8 beds) and five bathrooms. Each level has its own balcony from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Caribbean and the surrounding area. Up to 12 guests can take up residence at a time.

 

 

Ocean Heights’ exquisite entertaining features include outdoor dining areas, uninterrupted views and spacious rooms.

Its prestigious quarters provide everything you need for flawless events and celebrations with personal, butlers, chefs & housekeeping services available.

 

 

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Monkey Hill – 12 to 16 person villa
Prices from:  Six Bedrooms: £1,600 per night;  Eight Bedrooms:  £2,000
Website: www.monkeyhillbarbados.com

Ocean Heights – 12 person villa
Prices from: £1,200 per night
Website: www.oceanheightsbarbados.com

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