A new type of Caribbean luxury on Barbados's west coast


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The west coast of Barbados is widely perceived to be the Caribbean at its finest. Here is a slice of holiday heaven where sophisticated resorts are stretched out along the blue Caribbean Sea, their verandas gazing at the sunset

As of this autumn, this glorious part of the island is even more special – due to the arrival of Port Ferdinand Marina & Luxury Residences.

Located just beyond pretty Speightstown, towards the north end of the west coast, this wonderful retreat adds an extra element of luxury to this gilded shoreline – while also bringing something new and stylish to what is already a hugely elegant area.

Port Ferdinand Marina & Luxury Residences is a gloriously different experience to a five-star hotel, merging a marina with spacious holiday homes which allow guests to relax at their own pace – while also enjoying all the comforts and amenities that they would expect of a state-of-the-art resort.

These amazing homes – which start at a vastly generous 2,500 square feet of space – are the jewels of Port Ferdinand. With up to four bedrooms, they are big enough to play host to a family or a group of friends – but also have a boutique feel, decorated in rich colours, with hand-crafted coralstone fittings, intricate woodwork and sumptuous marble flooring.

They rise 14ft above the marina, allowing guests an incomparable view of yachts at rest – while also providing welcome privacy from the comings and goings on the water's edge. Prices for a two-bedroom home at Port Ferdinand start at £574 per night.

Guests can spend their entire stay nestled in this world of refinement, maybe cooking for themselves in the homes' fine kitchens, or summoning the skills of a  personal chef.

But they can also step outside to sample Port Ferdinand's many facilities – the waterfront fine-dining restaurant with its delicious fare; the on-site deli selling gourmet cheeses, meats and coffee; a spa for soothing massage treatments; an expert concierge service able to book everything from scuba-diving sessions and surfing lessons to Barbados's best restaurants.

Guests can also visit the Pool Island – the heart of Port Ferdinand. Here, they can have a bite of lunch, or a decadent cocktail at the Quarterdeck restaurant. It is also from here that they can take a water taxi to Port Ferdinand's sister site, the splendid Saint Peter's Bay – which waits just six minutes away.

Here is one of Barbados's most revered resorts, perched on a beach where hawksbill and green turtles come to nest and hatch. This is truly a place to spend an incredible holiday, whether taking a dip in the 160ft pool, sipping a drink at the Gazebo Bar, looking good in the fitness centre, the yoga and pilates studio or the beauty salon, or simply relaxing in accommodation which – as at Port Ferdinand – is enormous, starting at 2,700 square feet.

Saint Peter's Bay is great for families and brilliant at keeping kids entertained. Young guests can go shell-hunting or sandcastle-building on the beach. Older siblings can take part in organised football matches, or have a crack at paddle-boarding, kayaking or snorkelling, with all equipment available for use. Prices for a two-bedroom home at Saint Peter’s Bay start at £319 per night.

Port Ferdinand and Saint Peter's Bay are run by UNNA, a Barbadian brand whose local knowledge equates to a genuine understanding of the island, resulting in luxury with soul.

And both of these lovely retreats will be alive with merriment as the festive season dawns – with Christmas trees in homes, scavenger hunts on the sand, fabulous dinners and unforgettable parties. So why not come and discover their Caribbean charm for yourself?

For more information, see portferdinand.com and stpetersbaybarbados.com.


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