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Barbados: Join travel’s most exclusive club

The tropical paradise of Barbados is the ultimate holiday destination. And from September, for every client you send there, you’ll get a little closer to paradise yourself.

Travel’s most exclusive Club, The Barbados Elite Club, has been set up for travel professionals like you. If you’re passionate about travel and want to send your clients to the most luxurious and exciting destinations while earning valuable rewards yourself, Barbados Elite Club is for you.

Through the brand-new website (https://www.barbadoseliteclub.com) you’ll get the inside track on all the latest Barbadian news. There’s so much more to Barbados than just year-round sun and white sand beaches. From the low-down on local festivals, insights into the fascinating culture and hot tickets to international sporting events, to the best beach parties and who mixes the best cocktail, Barbados Elite Club will give you everything you need to make your clients’ holiday dreams a reality.

What’s more, through the club you’ll earn points which all add up for gorgeous gifts courtesy of Barbados Tourism. Top performers will scoop even more great benefits – how about incredible monthly rewards, or even an unforgettable holiday in beautiful Barbados? Register now at https://www.barbadoseliteclub.com.

For an irresistible taste of what Barbados has to offer your clients in 2019, here are our top tips for a truly memorable visit to paradise.

All Aboard

The year kicks off with a trip back in time on the new St Nicholas Abbey Railway, opening January 2019. Set in 400 acres of green sugar cane fields, tropical gullies and stunning formal gardens, the splendid Jacobean Mansion of St Nicholas Abbey is an architectural gem dating from 1658 and is still home to a thriving Rum distillery. Climb aboard their newly restored vintage 19th Century steam train and wind your way in style through the lush tropical jungles of St Nicholas, past green fields and mahogany forests before arriving at the iconic Cherry Tree Hill with breathtaking views of Barbados’ ruggedly beautiful East coast shoreline. www.stnicholasabbey.com

A spoonful of sugar

Who could resist the sound of Barbados’ newest season – the Sugar and Rum Season! The birthplace of rum will host this this two-month spectacular in February and March 2019 and promises an action-packed line up of fantastic experiences. Barbados owes much of its unique culture and heritage to sugar. Back in the 17th Century the first rum was created from fermenting molasses – the crop that turned Barbados into the richest European colony in the Caribbean. After a few attempts, the island’s very own amber nectar was born. Fast forward four centuries and let the celebrations begin.

Over this fabulous season there’ll be everything from rum distillery tours, sugar and rum cooking classes, mixology shows and historic lectures to colourful, vibrant street and beach parties. What better way to celebrate Barbados’ unique tipple? Hotels and Spas will be offering sugar and rum-inspired treatments (think sugar massages and mouth-watering cocktails) and fine dining, and why not explore the Unesco world heritage site of Bridgetown on a special Sugar and Rum walking tour?

All importantly, the darker side to Barbados’ history is also acknowledged with a tour of the slave route. Steeped in history and authenticity, this fully immersive season promises to bring the history and culture of Barbados to sparkling, technicolour life. https://www.visitbarbados.org/sugar-and-rum-season

Push the Boat out

Join the party for Barbados’ world-renowned Sailing Week from 16th – 24th January, a week of the highest level sailing and partying, all fuelled by Mount Gay rum! Top sailors and keen amateurs come from all over the world to race this challenging course, which starts gently from Barbados Cruising Club, where they sail through stunning and historic Carlisle Bay. Next leg leaves the deep water harbour to starboard and it’s plain sailing with the wind behind you in the calm water of the platinum coast of Barbados, where you can spot the fabulous houses of Barbados’ richest and most famous residents. Sailors will need all their ocean-going skills when you round the top of the island and meet the full force of the Atlantic head on. With nothing between you and Africa, boats fight their way through the strong headwinds on some seriously big waves, clearing East Point and then riding giant Atlantic rollers along the south coast with the wind at your back. Last stop is the south west corner where you cross the finish line and let the partying begin! Whether you’re a keen sailor or want to enjoy the festivities shore-side, this week-long party promises fun by the boat-load. www.barbadossailingweek.com

Start your journey to paradise here (https://www.barbadoseliteclub.com) when you join travel’s most exclusive community, the Barbados Elite Club.