St James

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St James

Set on the spectacular west coast of Barbados, St James is known as much for its luxury hotels and villa rentals as its beaches and sunsets; but that doesn’t mean it’s stuck-up. Spend days lounging on fine white sands, snorkelling in warm, mellow waters and enjoying a vibe that's fun and laid back, whether you’re dining in a fancy restaurant or eating seafood from a beachside shack.  

At the centre of the action is Holetown, a buzzing and beautiful beach town home to designer shopping, lively nightlife and flashy eateries. Head away from the beach and you’ll find a lush green interior scattered with historic homes and plantations that provide insight into this island’s painful past. 

Then there’s hiking, rum tasting, diving, sailing to deserted coves….in fact, there’s so much to do that you’ll be plotting your return before you’ve even boarded the plane!

Beach lovers will be in their element! St James holiday rentals offer easy access to the white sands and clear turquoise seas that have made Barbados world famous! 

True water babies should make for Paynes Bay Beach. It's known as one of the best swimming beaches on the island and has incredible snorkelling. If you’re lucky you might spot turtles in the water!

Sandy Lane, home to the swish hotel of the same name, is the most famous beach on the island. This stunning sliver of sand is backed by mahogany trees, framed by crystal clear water and is prime celeb spotting territory!

Vibrancy and fun are the selling points of Holetown Beach. Alongside its suitably stunning sands is a diverse collection of restaurants, bars and beach vendors.

Your villa in St James puts you close to all kinds of activity! The biggest draw is, of course, the beach. You’ll want to put in serious time sitting back, drinking cocktails and soaking up the Robinson Crusoe vibes. This is a paradise island after all. 

When you feel the urge to move, you won’t have to stray far. The sea is clear, clean and made for water sports. Try water skiing, paddle boarding or getting under the ocean with a mask and snorkel. You’re bound to come across colourful reefs and stunning marine life.

For a workout with a different backdrop head away from the beach and into the lush interior, where you can go hiking and mountain biking on hills and through thick rainforest.

Your shopping cravings will be more than satisfied on a holiday to St James. This area is home to the country’s fanciest shops, from small boutiques to sprawling shopping malls. 

Holetown’s Limegrove Lifestyle Centre is a mecca for exclusive shopping, with designer stores, fancy restaurants and even a spa. Chattel Village, meanwhile, is the place to go for local crafts and souvenirs. 

Make sure to save some space in your suitcase for duty free goods! Bring your passport and departure card and you can stock up on all kinds of goodies from alcohol to perfumes and cosmetics.

The best of Caribbean cuisine awaits in Barbados, and in St James it's off the scale! From locally-caught seafood to sweet plantains, you’ll find a world of tempting flavours. Fine dining is especially good here, particularly in the area's luxury hotels including Sandy Lane and the Royal Westmoreland resort. 

A fish fry is a quintessential Barbados experience and there’s nowhere better than Oistins, just south of Bridgetown. It’s worth the drive from your holiday rental to experience this street food extravaganza, where locals and tourists rub shoulders to eat divine seafood, alongside meaty treats such as jerk chicken and bbq ribs. 

Don’t fly home without visiting a rum distillery. St Nicholas Abbey makes several varieties of this delicious amber nectar. It’s also a Jacobean mansion and museum, set in gorgeous grounds.

If you want home comforts with a touch of class, our family-friendly villas in St James offer all that and more. Private or communal swimming pools ensure that the kids can always get in the water, while fully equipped kitchens and al fresco dining areas make family meals a true pleasure.

St James has so much to offer that you won’t be staying at home all week. Harrison’s Cave is a 500,000 year-old wonder that’s sure to impress even hard-to-please teens. It’s full of stalactites, stalagmites, enormous caverns and even an underground waterfall. 

Or why not sort out a family catamaran trip for the day? You’ll explore the island’s shores, spotting marine life as you go. Beach picnics and sunset cocktails round off the day nicely!



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