One of the perks of my job as the editor of a luxury lifestyle magazine is that I get to log a lot of time at some pretty fabulous hotels and resorts. In the last couple of years alone, I’ve traveled all over the Caribbean, to South America (if you ever get the opportunity to visit the Galapagos Islands, do it!), and some destinations closer to home, like Northern California and Southern Florida. Today, I’m back home after spending most of the week in Barbados at a sweet little resort called Cobblers Cove. Cobblers is a Relais & Chateaux property, which, among other things, means that the food there is good (very good, if you ask me), which I’ve found to be a rarity in the Caribbean. It also has just 24 rooms and suites, giving it an intimate, home-like quality.
While I was there, I swam with turtles (fortunately, my camera was dead that day, so I don’t have any photos of the screaming fit that happened; turtles are much cuter from the deck of a boat than when they’re circling around and under you, grazing your feet as they go by), read my book by the pool, and relaxed on the patio of my room (no TVs here, so you truly get to disconnect). But I also managed to make it off-site, to St. Nicholas Abbey, a beautiful old sugar cane plantation; Codrington College, a seminary institution surrounded by sky-high palms; and Hunte’s Gardens, a dramatic and stunning Jurassic-looking garden that grows inside a giant crater in the earth. Throw in a couple of home-style lunches–one at The Atlantis Hotel and the other at Sunbury Plantation House–and my Barbados experience was complete. This wasn’t my first trip to the island, but it was my first time experiencing so much of what Barbados has to offer. And I have to say, I hope it’s not the last.