Experience Barbados with Jo

Something that we are really proud of in the Tropic Breeze office is our in-depth knowledge of the destinations that we sell. One of Jo’s favourite islands is Barbados and she recently spent some time there checking in on some of our hotels. Luckily she also managed to squeeze in some time to enjoy some of the local beaches and markets as well as making sure the rum punch was still up to scratch in some of her favourite bars. Here she has put together a few of her top tips for places to visit, eat and enjoy the sunset on your holiday to Barbados.

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Traditional Meets Contemporary at Ansgana Velavaru

Located in the centre of it’s own lagoon in the South Nilhandhe Atoll, Angsana Velavaru is just 40 minutes by seaplane from Male and has an incredible amount to offer. The island boasts some of the most impressive white sand beaches in the Maldives as well as a spectacular house reef with 30 amazing dive spots.

At Tropic Breeze we love that the resort features a real mixture of traditional Maldivian architecture with a modern twist that gives the island a character all of its own. Beachfront Villas, dotted along the palm fringed sands, are bright and colourful with thatched roofs while the InOcean Villas, set over the lagoon, are much more contemporary in style boasting clean lines and glass walls. 

Don’t just dream about it….for further information or to book your holiday to Angsana Velavaru, please call us on 01752 880880, or email info@tropicbreeze.co.uk.

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The Vibrant Colours of OBLU


The Colours of OBLU is a collection of all inclusive Maldivian resorts that reflect the vibrancy of the Indian Ocean. Guests can experience villas that reflect the surrounding natural beauty, lush tropical vegetation, oceans ranging from exquisite turquoise to deep shades of blue, white shorelines and colourful cuisines that showcase the best of the Indian Ocean.

Best for: Couples looking for a romantic retreat…

This adults only resort offers contemporary accommodation and is located just 15 minutes by speedboat from Male Airport. The majority of villas are set over water, some boasting a private pool, and the resort also offers spacious beach pool villas. Speciality dining experiences are a generous addition to the all inclusive plan, and include Only BLU, a stunning underwater restaurant, and Gaadiya-17 Food Truck, which offers a casual option for dinner under the stars. Guests will also love the range of activities on offer, including a complimentary spa treatment for those staying 4 nights or more.


Best for: Discerning travellers, ideal for both couples and families…

OBLU SELECT Sangeli enjoys a convenient location in the north-western Male Atoll and boasts an excellent reef with vibrant coral and marine life. Colourful and contemporary villas are set either on the beach or over the lagoon, and couples will love the seclusion offered by One Banyan Island, which is adults only by day. Complimentary features include a number of spa treatments, excursions, non-motorised watersports and an excellent kids club. Guests can also enjoy a range of exciting dining options, with speciality fine dining available as part of the all inclusive.


Best for: Keen snorkellers and divers…

OBLU NATURE Helengeli by SENTIDO is best known for it’s incredible house reef and channel diving just metres from the shore. Having undergone a renovation in 2023, the resort boasts a range of over-water and beach villas, including two bedroom options ideal for families. Guests can enjoy enhanced dining options, with a choice of three restaurants, along with an excellent selection of complimentary activities. A PADI Dive centre is also on hand to assist guests in exploring the many nearby dive sites.


Best for: Families and couples looking for a fun and laid-back island…

OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi is just 15 minutes from Male and is the ideal resort for families and couples looking for a straightforward, all inclusive escape. Rooms and villas are homely yet contemporary, and families will love the two bedroom units that come complete with bunk beds. Guests will enjoy the lively atmosphere of the resort’s main restaurant and bar, as well as the selection of shops and cafes along La Promenade, where items such as delicious pastries and wines can be purchased.

Don’t just dream about it… For further information about Colours of OBLU or a holiday to The Maldives, please call us on 01752 880 880 or email info@tropicbreeze.co.uk.

Tropic Breeze offer fully bonded and protected holidays, whether booked with flights via our ATOL 5615 or for accommodation only holidays with our ABTOT 5500. This means you can rest assured that your Tropic Breeze holiday is safe and secure.

Retreat to Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru is an intimate resort located on its own tiny island in the North Male Atoll, Maldives. This picture-perfect tropical island, complete with white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, offers luxurious accommodation and the perfect setting for a tranquil, relaxing escape.

Don’t just dream about it….for further information or to book your holiday to Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, please call us on 01752 880 880, or email info@tropicbreeze.co.uk.

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Jo Visits Anguilla

Anguilla is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, from long stretches of white sand to picture perfect crescent bays and secluded coves. The island is also a fantastic choice for those looking for a gastronomic getaway, with exceptional cuisine served across the island in tiny beach bars as well as exclusive restaurants.  It has been a while since any of the Tropic Breeze team have visited Anguilla, so in November 2023 Jo went out to re-discover this unique Caribbean destination.

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Jessie Explores St Kitts & Nevis

Travel Specialist Jessie travelled to St Kitts and Nevis in October and spent some time exploring both islands, as well as visiting a selection of hotels. Separated by a 2km channel of water, St Kitts and Nevis work well as a twin centre destination, and either island can be easily combined with Antigua as part of an island hopping itinerary. Jessie was excited to visit these two intimate islands, both of which are an ideal choice for the Caribbean traveller looking to go a little off the beaten track. 

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Award Winning Luxury at Calabash Hotel

Calabash Hotel is a five star hotel in Grenada set within eight acres of lush tropical gardens beside the famous L’Anse Aux Epines beach. This family owned and managed hotel is a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group and offers the highest standards of service. Calabash Hotel is delighted to have been named Grenada’s Leading Boutique Hotel in the recent World Travel Awards, and they have also been named #2 Hotel in the Caribbean and Central America by Condé Nast Traveller’s 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards.

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Postcards from Barbados

O2 Beach Club & Spa and Sea Breeze Beach House offer luxurious all inclusive stays on the vibrant South Coast of Barbados. Both resorts are perfect for foodies, providing a different take to the traditional all inclusive with an excellent choice of a la carte restaurants. O2 Beach Club & Spa is a contemporary resort with a grown up beach club feel, where guests can enjoy premium drinks and gourmet menus with no additional supplements. Sea Breeze Beach House meanwhile is an intimate resort that offers laidback luxury, infused with traditional Bajan charm.

A Postcard from O2 Beach Club & Spa

Start your day in style! Enjoy a delicious breakfast at Elements Restaurant, accompanied by mimosas and stunning views of the ocean. After breakfast, you could take an hour or so to unwind on the beach on one of the memory foam sun loungers, before taking part in one of the resort’s ‘how to’ experiences. These unique classes include a variety of activities from making authentic Bajan fishcakes to learning how to wind-surf.

Guests have plenty of options when it comes to lunch, but we would highly recommend the shrimp tacos at Bluefin Beachside Grill. Guests can spend the afternoon relaxing by one of the resort’s two swimming pools, and perhaps also enjoy a cocktail from one of the swim-up bars. Or why not indulge in a spa treatment at the award winning Acqua Spa? The spa is the highest on the island, and boasts panoramic views over the ocean from its floor to ceiling windows. 

Why not start your evening with a glass of bubbles on Brisa Roof Deck, before heading up to Oro Restaurant. Oro serves a fine dining menu that fuses Caribbean and European cuisine, accompanied by stunning views from the 9th floor. After a luxurious dining experience, you will be ready to retire to the comfort of your suite. Guests can chose from Luxury Collection Suites in the adults only section of the hotel, or spacious Concierge Collection Suites.

A Postcard from Sea Breeze Beach House

A sumptuous buffet breakfast at Mahogany Lounge will set you up for a day of sun, sea and adventure at Sea Breeze Beach House. The resort boasts access to three pools and two beaches, but for those keen to do more than simply relax, there is varied activity schedule on offer. For example, on Friday morning you could take a stroll to Oistins’ Fish Market – famous for it’s fish fry on a Friday evening. Other popular morning pastimes include yoga and aqua aerobics.

With a choice of several dining experiences, guests are spoiled for choice. Why not head to De Rum Shop at lunchtime for a Bajan cutter – the island’s unique take on a sandwich! In the afternoon, try your hand at the complimentary non-motorised watersports offered, which includes paddleboarding and Hobie Cat sailing. For some relaxation, take a dip in one of the adults only whirlpool tubs, whilst enjoying the poolside drink service. And don’t forget to try the daily afternoon tea!

Tipsy on the Beach is the perfect spot for a beachside sundowner. For dinner, you might chose the elegantly casual Aqua Terra Restaurant, which serves particularly excellent seafood in an al fresco setting. Or you could try the romantic Cerulean Restaurant – the resort’s fine dining option. Finally, take some time to relax in your room or suite! From the colourful Classic Collection to the stunning Luxury Suites, there are options perfect for both families and couples.

At Tropic Breeze we specialise in using our personal knowledge of each hotel to offer the best recommendations based on our extensive experience of the Caribbean. If you would like further information on holidays to Barbados, please call us on 01752 880 880 or email info@tropicbreeze.co.uk