Great golf, beaches and gardens in Barbados

Royal Westmoreland is a marvellous golf course in the northwest part of Barbados. The conditioning is superb and there are plenty of elevation changes to keep things interesting.

Royal Westmoreland was designed by famed golf architect Robert Trent Jones II, so you know it’s an outstanding track.

One bonus feature at Royal Westmoreland are the green monkeys that live in a nearby ravine. They’re awfully cute, unless they steal your golf ball that is.

There’s a free shuttle from the villas at Royal Westmoreland to Mullins Beach, a terrific stretch of sand on the west coast of Barbados.

Take a jump into the warm waters of the Caribbean with a trip to beautiful Barbados.

There’s a great blues/rock band playing at Mullins Beach Bar most Sunday nights. Pull up a chair, sip a local Banks beer and enjoy.

There are plenty of pretty shops at Chattel Villlage in Holetown, a short drive from Royal Westmoreland.

Pull up a chair and sip a nice coffee latte in the shade at Chattel Village, a colourful collection of shops in Holetown.

The villas at Royal Westmoreland offer lovely landscaping and great views. The swimming pools are great, too.

The villas at Royal Westmoreland are beautifully appointed. Mine had three large bedrooms, a huge kitchen and tons of living space.

Hunte’s Gardens sits high in the hills above Bathsheba, with luscious tropical landscaping.

You’ll find a vast array of wildly coloured flowers at Hunte’s Gardens, as well as a beautiful layout filled with quiet nooks and crannies. Be sure to soak in the view from Hunte’s covered lanai.

Anthony Hunte, who runs Hunte’s Gardens, is a delightful man. Take the time to chat with him over a rum punch (a local distillery makes a line of rum with his name on it) or a fresh lemonade with ginger and a dash of bitters. Yum.

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