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Great golf, beaches and gardens in Barbados

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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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