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Barbados island life

Beaches on this former British colony are legendary, but dig deeper for the international surf, Bajan culture, Unescolisted capital and garden-filled interior.


Mullins Beach Bar on the west coast of Barbados

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The south-coast fishing village of Oistins is the place to be on Friday and Saturday nights. Vendors sell barbecued fish to a soundtrack of soca, reggae, pop and country music, and there’s plenty of rum-drinking. It’s roughly 60 per cent locals, 40 per cent tourists, and there’s a joyous electricity in the air. It all happens in a complex right on the sand next to the fish market.


Mount Gay has been producing some of the Caribbean’s best aged rums for 300 years. Tours run at the distillery’s visitor centre just outside Bridgetown. Options include a signature tour, cocktail tour and Bajan buffet lunch tour; rum tastings and overflowing punch accompany a saunter through the brand’s history and craft secrets (; Exmouth Gap, Spring Garden Hwy; check website for tour times/days; tours from £12).

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In the Jnuary 2017 issue... It’s time to choose whether to embrace the winter or escape it – and we’ve got a list of great hotels around the world for either option. Among our features this month is a Great Escape to Taiwan, where it never really gets cold; a trip to the west of Iceland to discover this land of sagas; a Perfect Weekend in Riga – Latvia’s charmer of a capital; a snowshoe walk up to an age-old refuge on Switzerland’s Great St Bernard Pass; and much more