The staff were so helpful. I travel a lot and use DialAFlight every time
You arranged our return flights to Barbados but within two hours of arriving we were told that our cruise was cancelled. You then arranged for us to fly back to the UK 24 hours later and since arriving home have provided an excellent customer service.
We have used DialAFlight for over 12 years and cannot praise the team enough for their excellent support. From the early days of handling an airline going bust to repatriating us this last week under very difficult circumstances your professionalism and personal care has always been exceptional. We must have been through your entire team this last few days, calling you at all hours, but every one of you has continued to provide that special service we have come to take for granted. You have a unique team spirit that is rare these days and we wish you all the very best.
Wonderful service as usual, thank you
I missed my flight but you found me a fight 2 days later while Virgin could not get me a flight until Friday
Ben was very efficient and managed to get us home early from Barbados this past weekend. Excellent service.
You are all brilliant
Nick and his team were on hand whenever we had a query especially when we thought we might not get back from Barbados on Thursday.
Good communication throughout
I will definitely use your services again
Brody is super helpful!
When we initially booked we could only get first class going out. I asked Matthew if by any chance some first came available for the return flight would he try and get them for us. He not only got us first class both ways but it was also cheaper than the original tickets. Brilliant!
Logan and team great as usual.
Amazing holiday well put together.
Guidance when a country changes its immigration process would help. Barbados now has a non paper process which came as a surprise - typically not straightforward!!
Best holiday EVER. Thank you
You manage to combine good personal service and advice with competitive pricing - not easy. I will be pleased to use you and recommend you to friends.
Special thanks to Dexter who is always so helpful.
I had a very bad experience with DialAFlight 10 years ago, this time, I couldn't praise your staff enough.
We will be booking with you again later in the year for our next trip. Many thanks.
2nd time I've used DialAFlight and both times I have received great customer service, Jade, Teddy and others were always very helpful whenever I had a query or issue. Will definitely use again.
Could not be more helpful
Darren Mosley has sorted all our world travels for years now, we have sent many thousands of pound with DialAFlight. Darren is always helpful and does his best to find the right plans for us.
James as ever flawless
Very efficient and professional. Already recommended you to our friends!
Couldn't be better. Many thanks
My holiday was lovely. Thank you DialAFlight, you always take care of us
Professional staff - looking forward to our next flight
Davina, is what customer service should be, perfect! I will always use them for my trips and recommend them to my friends
Excellent as always - thank you
They look like wind-up toys. Marching one after another, with clockwork regularity, a stream of baby turtles, miniature flippers whirring into life, emerge from their sandy nest.
Nothing draws the crowds quite like these hatchlings. Word spreads quickly among the dinner guests at Sandals Barbados resort, and soon a sizeable gathering is crouched on the beach.
Sadly, it doesn’t quite play out like Planet Earth. As more and more turtles try to escape into the moonless night many lose their bearings and veer towards the hotel lights. There is a lot of cooing among the frocks and the golf shoes, as we all trip over ourselves in the dark trying not to tread on them.
Sandals staff wisely usher the crowds from the beach as the survivors are packed into boxes, ready to be released when the sea is quieter. Ninety-two, someone counted. 'We always know when the babies have hatched,' I was told. 'It’s the only time the buffet is ever empty.'
Escaping to Barbados for a week or two is the stuff of dreams, so excitement levels are understandably high. The attentive all-inclusive service, fabulous food and comprehensive luxury is enough to keep many within the hotel grounds for their entire stay.
The soft sand of the adjoining Dover Beach is a wonderful place to relax and there are innumerable activities to burn off the calories, from yoga at sunrise to lessons with tennis pros.
For those looking to explore the island's platinum west coast, a catamaran is a must.
The boat is crewed by larger-than-life characters such as Brian ‘deAction Man’ Talma, who serve up a sumptuous spread of jerk chicken, flying fish and exquisite rum cake, while doubling up as ocean guides. We stop for a spot of snorkelling with hawksbills and green leatherbacks – fully-grown relatives of the babies I saw hatching at the hotel, and dive down to submerged wrecks moored to the sea bed.
The shoreline is fanned by palms guarding the palatial villas of the rich and famous.
There is little rising beyond the tree line: the island is effectively a large slab of coral dangling from the south-eastern tip of the Antiles. The flat topography makes it ideal for agriculture, sugar production in particular, which was especially appealing to the British who colonised Barbados in 1627 and didn’t let it go until independence more than 300 years later.
Getting around is relatively straightforward – even strapped into the back of a jeep on one of the island’s eccentric safari tours. The mood is certainly buoyant – there’s something about bouncing around uncontrollably that makes people inexplicably happy.
The tour highlight is Bathsheba on the east coast. Atlantic-facing, the turbulent waters favoured by local surfers have churned up huge coral boulders, which sit shrouded in sea mist like guardians to an ancient kingdom. It is a world away from the raked sands of the west coast villas and offers the luxury of isolation and a landscape of breathtaking beauty.
FRIDAY FISH FRY
Friday night and nearby Oistin’s fish market is heaving. The resort runs a free shuttle bus to this island institution, where row upon row of food outlets serve everything from ‘dolphin’ (not the porpoise but a fish called mahi-mahi) to lobster, all grilled or fried in delicious spices.
Hundreds turn out to eat and dance to the carnivalesque soca music, performed live in the centre of the market.
Barbados is fertile ground for musicians: they crop up here like sugar cane, moving with effortless rhythm, emanating sounds as sweet as molasses. After a rum punch or two I’m soon swaying along awkwardly to the upbeat vocals of raw Rhianna hopefuls.
Next morning, with a sore head, I find myself in the capital Bridgetown, listening to a stout, elderly gentleman and gazing longingly at the shade afforded by his wide-brimmed fedora.
You are standing, says Maurice Greenidge – eminent local historian and my guide to the city – on sacred ground; 1652 is the year, and on this spot rum was born. Barbados loves rum.
I scan the colourful facades of the old harbour market. Carlisle bay sweeps away to the former British garrison. Bright colours blur with the sound of car horns; music is beating underneath it all, and the heat settling down from above.
It is easy to while away the time here at a luxury all-inclusive resort. But venture beyond and you will quickly realise that life in Barbados offers so much more, paradise included.
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