October 2019 - our 37th trip. So glad we went then just prior to Covid 19 changing the world of travel. READ BELOW TO LEARN ABOUT MAJOR RESTAURANT CHANGES.
Once again we used Fast Track to bypass the long lines in the arrival hall at Grantley Adams Airport -- this is the best way to arrive. Upon arrival we were met by FIVE STAR FAST TRACK’s representative. She was outside the arrivals hall holding a card with our name so we could easily find her. My husband and I bypassed a full arrivals hall going through a special special “VIP” area where we immediately went through customs without any wait. She then assisted with our luggage and took us out to our rental car (by Stoutes) that was waiting for us. View their services at: www.fivestarfasttrack.com You can e-mail them at: email@example.com For $60 US/adult each it is well worth the cost - especially when the arrivals hall is full. We have used them since 2012. If you use them, be sure to mention you heard about them on Barbados Tips.
This visit there were just the 2 of us, so we got a Corolla from Stoutes Car. As you exit the Customs Area of the airport they are to your left. If you want excellent vehicles, good pricing and service, definitely book with Stoutes. www.stoutescar.com If you mention my name, Lois Swanson, they will give you a discount.
This visit we stayed 10 nights at the The Radisson at Carlisle Bay and had a gorgeous room right on the beach. We overlooked the Pebbles Beach side so we could watch the horses being bathe daily around 6:30 a.m. - it's quite amazing to watch. The for the end of our trip we moved over to The Crane and had a gorgeous room and got to enjoy all of their beautiful pools. Also ate at Zen, D'Onfrio's and L'Azure.
Some of the restaurants we visited were the same as on our previous trips so the write ups remain pretty much the same.
We enjoyed The Cliff Beach Club and had our same prime table. This is right next door to their sister restaurant, The Cliff on the west coast. In fact we could see it from our table which was their prime spot. They are open for lunch and dinner. They have a spectacular bar area and the dining area is gorgeous too. We loved the food and service and this was much more affordable than The Cliff. The bill here came to $190 US which included several drinks, starters and mains. Philip served us and was excellent. We can definitely recommend this as a "must do". Unfortunately due to Covid some changes have been made. The Cliff Beach Club has new ownership and this is now QP Bistro. I have heard the changes are not for the better so it's doubtful we will return.
Quattro Passi and QP Bistro are owned by Michael Kent, a resident of Barbados. He now also owns the Tides Restaurant in Barbados. Michelin Star Chef, Antonio Mellino Heads to Quattro Passi at The Cliff, Barbados To reflect the food philosophy the interior design plans are an exquisite mix of Moroccan and Italian decor. Quattro Passi will feature a cigar bar, a lounge, private dining areas, all with tables overlooking the ocean. Currently this restaurant should open February 2022.
Next door to the fine dining of Quattro Passi is QP Bistro. This restaurant has already opened. They will have an all-day, 7:30 am-2:00 am, bistro menu, a large Italian pizza oven, homemade soft-serve ice cream and young, vibrant energy.
The Tides is another must do for us and this year the entire restaurant has been totally redone. The restaurant decor is spectacular. As always, the food and service were fabulous as always. Dinner cost us $176 US. They are on the west coast. You can check it out at: http://www.tidesbarbados.com/
However, since being purchased by Michael Kent, there is a new chef. Some of the original staff remain. They also have musical entertainment frequently.
Not sure it will be the same without Tammie & Guy Beasley.
Paul Owens at The Beach House. Paul is the former Executive Chef at The Cliff. Menu looks interesting. If you enjoyed the food at The Cliff, you'll probably enjoy his new endeavor
On the south coast in The Gap: Paul’s Enterprises have sold the building that housed Paulo Churrasco Do Brasil and will be demolishing the popular restaurant. After Covid it was just not feasible to continue.
Champers on the south coast was wonderful too. This time we went for lunch as well as for dinner. At lunch there were 3 of us and that bill came to $156 US. At dinner just for the 2 of us our bill came to $125 US. They have a beautiful setting - we were outside by the rail where we could really enjoy the sea while we ate. This is definitely worth checking out. This wonderful restaurant is still owned by Chiryl Newman and she has the same wonderful staff and menu. A definite "must try" when in Barbados. http://champersrestaurant.com/
This visit we went back to Cin Cin on the west coast and we had some of the best food and service there. The lobster salad and beet salads were delicious. My husband's main was market fish and I enjoyed pan baked chicken breast. Our bill here was $200 US including drinks.
This sadly has now closed. As of March 2020, three restaurants – Cin Cin By The Sea, Primo Bar & Bistro and Hugo’s Barbados – are now closed.
New on the west coast is Cala Roca (on the former Cin Cin site). Cala Roca offers a sophisticated twist on traditional "tapas" . Their dishes are designed to be shared at the table; your server will happily explain and offer you some guidance. Or better yet, let them order for you and enjoy a culinary adventure!
They serve an innovative, modern international menu prepared by renowned chefs Cherika DeCaul, Sebastian Espinosa, John Hollins and their team.
However, Primo Bar & Bistro reopened July 1st, 2020. New owner Zary Evelyn with the support of a talented team led by General Manager Ms. Lisa Johnstone are working assiduously to take this famous restaurant to new heights giving experiences for our guests. They now have a new, Mediterranean identity. They are open for Lunch & Dinner Tuesdays - Sundays.
Tapas on the south coast by the boardwalk was fantastic as always - visited this restaurant twice. They have a wonderful menu of small plates, so we sampled several while sitting right next to the sea. Alfredo, the owner, stopped by for a nice visit too. Cost for 2 with drinks was $96 US. This is one of our favorite restaurants on the island - you won't be disappointed. This remains one of our favorites and the owner has maintained a wonderful staff and menu. Here is a link: http://www.tapasbarbados.com/TB/Default.asp
Had some great sushi and small plates at Naru also on the south coast by the boardwalk. We always love spending an evening here. This year they will be doing some updating, so we can't wait to see the changes when we return. Cost here for both was $123 US. Their link is: http://www.narubarbados.com/
We went back to Huntes Gardens - always a gorgeous setting to enjoy exploring. Anthony Hunte always is adding to his flowers and plants. It's peaceful and enjoyable - something we feel is a must for visitors. He added a whole new section since our previous visit. After touring the gardens we had a nice visit with Anthony and enjoyed his delicious rum punch.
So glad we made this 2 week trip just prior to Covid as we have not been back since. Once the travel protocols are relaxed we hope to venture back to this beautiful island.
October 2019 Trip Highlights