Another fabulous holiday organised by Jason. Pretty sure we will repeat next year.
Always been satisfied with DialAFlight .. especially with Chris
I have been using DialAFlight for years and I am always happy with the service that is provided. Zoe s amazing and always exceeds my expectations. Thank you for making my birthday magical.
Good as always, always feel confident we booked with you.
Sally is so helpful, been booking with her for a number of years
Ashley provided excellent service as usual It's always a pleasure to have such professionalism!
I have used DialAFlight many times over the years and think they are excellent!
As always Dexter did a great job for us
Excellent and professional throughout. A truly wonderful company
Superb holiday great price and service as always. Recommended you to several people on holiday
Just keep up the excellent work, it was very much appreciated.
Been booking flights and holidays with Danny for years and would not consider using anyone else. Top person.
Dylan has been fantastic. He’s very knowledgable, kind and always goes that extra mile for us!
My consultant Ivor gave me excellent service. I am really impressed with DialAFlight and will continue to use them.
Very good communication from DialAFlight staff at all times. Queries answered quickly. Excellent holiday. Would use your services again and recommend.
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Great service. Have recommended to friends and family
Ryan always delivers excellent service. I wouldn’t use anyone else
Many thanks to Dylan for ensuring my holiday was tailor-made for me. Everything went perfectly and I was delighted with the accommodation, flights and even the lounge at Gatwick which was a wonderful touch. He certainly pays attention to detail.
Great service from Duncan and everything went as planned.
Another excellent holiday arranged by Stacey at DialAFlight. Wouldn’t book with anyone else!
As always, just a phone call and everything is taken care of. No problems, no stress.
The service is brilliant and I recommend you to all of my friends. DialAFlight is always the first place I go. I have been using you for 10 plus years
Our rep was very good. Chuffed when he rang the day before our departure to check that everything was fine and to wish us a safe trip and reminded us to get in touch if there were any problems. Would use DialAFlight again and definitely recommend them.
Excellent customer one to one service. Trevor was always on hand to answer any questions or help when needed. App is really handy and easy to use
I really didn't know what to expect but I was very impressed by the service we received from Adele in England and Michelle in Barbados.
Carter did a great job....
Thanks to Darryl who is super efficient
I have used DialAFlight regularly over the years and more often than not you find the best deals. On the very rare occasion that something does go wrong they do all they can to fix the problem.
Was wonderful knowing that we could speak to a person at the end of the phone if necessary. Fabulous service. Have already recommended.
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.