The staff were so helpful. I travel a lot and use DialAFlight every time
Good communications whilst being stuck in Barbados. Helped me with alternate flight, always responded and called me back as I could not make outgoing calls on my phone
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.
Always very helpful. Tyler is the person I deal with and he always sorts out any problems quickly.
Thanks to Logan and Cody for all their help. We are all home safely after having to return early from our holiday. Hopefully we will be booking our next trip when all is well.
Thanks so much for all your support. I truly appreciate all of you and the help you gave me to get back to the UK safely. Thanks to Bradley and all who helped.
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.
Adele is always on hand for any help we may require and is a pleasure to do business with.
Very helpful agent - excellent value flights and good communication.
Wonderful service as usual, thank you
Very efficient service in a very stressful time
Jordan was superb during this difficult time for travel. He allayed my fears and ensured we shall use your company always in the future. Well done him!
We were impressed with the interest John showed. Very personal and considerate.
Without you we wouldn’t be home. Thank you Spencer. We wouldn’t travel if we didn’t have you and your team.
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.
Matthew gave us outstanding service and got us home safely
Laura helped us return to the UK with new flights. Virgin Atlantic would have left us behind after cancelling our flights.
You are all brilliant
Can't thank Tim enough for the excellent service he always gives us
Teddy and Brian looked after us and got us home under very difficult circumstances
Noah is excellent - giving me a good deal each time I book through him
I can highly recommend DialAFlight, the customer service was excellent and the staff highly professional and helpful.
Everything went well until Covid 19 spoilt in in many ways but service at DialAFlight was excellent particularly that of Luke and Laura. Most helpful and friendly.
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.
As always it was quick and easy to contact your very helpful and knowledgeable staff. Flight was changed quickly and I got home safely
Lawrence listened to our needs and delivered exactly what we wanted
Jenson contacted us in St Kitts to let us know our plane was flying
Mickey was excellent in getting us home in these difficult times. Will definitely use again in the future.
We would just like to thank Richard and his staff for all your help in getting us home.
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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