Reasons to visit Barbados 2021

June 16, 2023
Lorraine McCowan
Reasons to visit Barbados 2021

As we emerge from this state of physical & mental inactivity, optimism, hope & positivity is returning.  We are ready to experience that once in a lifetime, unforgettable, far-flung adventure that we are so dreaming of!  

We will be craving restorative immersions in nature, health enhancing experiences, spirit lifting exercise and a safe escape for quality time with our nearest & dearest.  We need to venture back into the wider world at a new slower pace.

Barbados offers a calming environment and a variety of invigorating activities.  Our bodies benefit from the different elements from vitamin D boosting your serotonin to magnesium from the ocean water calming your nervous system, your are bound to feel at ease.

Travel improves empathy, energy, attention, focus and increases happiness, so here are lots of reasons to look at all that is amazing about Barbados!

WEST ROCK VILLAS, ST. JAMES, BARBADOS  - offers a small collection of exclusive self catering cottages with the essence of staying in a traditional Barbadian ‘Chattel House’ in an amazing elevated location surrounded by nature with views of the ocean beyond.  Avoiding mingling with strangers is especially appealing!

“Still around the corner, there may wait, a new road or a secret gate” - JRR TOLKIEN

Barbados is an island country 21 miles long and 14 miles wide, with so much to offer.  
Nature sanctuaries, gullies, exquisite botanical gardens, flower & rain forests to explore!

EXPERIENCE water sports, magical marine life & swimming with turtles!
INDULGE in the most innovative Spa treatments!
RELAX on the unspoilt quieter beaches!

The Atlantic battered East Coast is legendary amongst surfers, while the beaches of the West Coast are home to millionaires and movie stars!


Whilst the South Coast is very popular with visitors, there are many tourists and very busy beaches.

The West Coast beaches are generally quieter and more secluded and you will also find the calmest waters here for snorkelling.

The best beach for swimming with turtles is Alleyne’s Bay Beach.

Another good reason to stay on the West Coast is that you get to experience the best sunsets!

Staying on the West Coast you are also closer to the most amazing outdoor attractions such as wildlife, gardens, natural rain forests and world renowned golf courses!


WEST ROCK VILLAS ST. JAMES, BARBADOS - offer something a little different and an amazing experience - They manage to feel airy & spacious on a small footprint, are beautifully styled with calming neutrals and a natural fresh coastal feel.  Offering white washed ceilings, traditional louvred doors & accents of coral, driftwood & linen, the exceptional attention to detail will make you feel truly special.  The sumptuous bed is perfect for early nights and long lie-ins!

They are designed to exemplify a traditional Barbadian ‘Chattel’ house & located on an exclusive very private spot in the desirable area of St. James, away from built up busy areas, main thoroughfare noisy traffic, emissions and sun seeking crowds.  

Surrounded by nature each villa is angled and positioned a good distance apart.  Ideal for a relaxing break.  Breath in the fresh island air and soak up the far-reaching ocean views!

When the sun begins to set you are in for a real treat!

Here you can remain in your own ‘bubble’, cook in the simple, new and modern kitchen and prepare healthy meals in your own space.

There is a fabulous premium system ‘salt water’ small swimming pool exclusive for our guests use, which doesn’t get busy at any one time.  The sundeck area which encircles the pool is the ideal spot for enjoying those warm Caribbean days or tranquil starry nights!

Here at West Rock Villas we are friends with THE SINGITA SPA & WELLNESS CENTRE

Experience a sense of calm & serenity in beautiful surroundings!

The most inspiring Gym, Spa & Wellness Centre on the West Coast - located across from the famous Mullins Beach, St. James, just a short drive from WEST ROCK VILLAS

Indulge in the most innovative spa treatments, meditation & fitness classes available in Barbados, in a serene tranquil setting designed to provide an oasis filled with harmony, balance and pure luxury.  Pamper yourselves, unwind & rejuvenate!

The nearby town of ‘Holetown’ is within easy reach and just a short drive away, so too are the beaches for that romantic stroll or to spend the day!  

If you prefer not to drive, you can take a 10/15 minute walk down the wooded path leading down from West Rock to one of the best beaches on the West Coast, ‘Alleyne’s Bay Beach’

You can hire a car to discover & explore the island!
Take a road trip through the winding country lanes!
Seek out the best views!
The wild beaches of the East Coast & Atlantic shore offer some dramatic coastal scenery and can be reached in a short time via car!

Holetown is the main town on the West Coast.   Here you will find a newly built Massy’s supermarket, a 24 hour Medical Centre, Banks, Police Station, Fuel, fine dining restaurants, cool ‘foodie’ places & Duty Free shopping at Cave Shepherd

The Limegrove Lifestyle Centre is also located here with high end shops, cafes &  the most luxurious cinema!

The new state-of-the-art ‘Massy’ supermarket offers a wide range of goods, a pharmacy and a large selection of ‘Waitrose’ options! What more could you ask for!

If you need to keep in touch with the outside world West Rock Villas provide free Wifi along with a smart T.V. to watch your favourite movies!

If you prefer to stay in your villa, here are a couple of food delivery options:-

  • - Fresh, local, wild caught fish is packaged with care and delivered straight to your door every Thursday!
    Providing sushi that appeals to all of the senses, you can contact - creating a true epicurean experience!
  • - Deliver to your villa - need 24 hrs. notice as everything prepared fresh!
    Fresh & healthy speciality meals with an island twist! Using local cuisine, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

If you can tear yourself away from your amazing retreat, there is much to enjoy in the local area.

Get active discovering local caves, surfing, swimming & hiking in the natural beauty of Barbados

Join a hiking adventure and experience a riot of colour & scent in the many world class botanical gardens.

Spot wildlife in the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, explore the stalactites & stalactites of Harrisons Caves

For a more relaxed day walk down to the beach and feel the sand between your toes!

So what are you waiting for?    

Paradise awaits!!…………..

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Lorraine McCowan
Written by:
Lorraine McCowan
It is our absolute pleasure to introduce ourselves as Paul & Lorraine from the UK, & to welcome you to West Rock Villas. We have been visiting Barbados for many years with our children & now grandchildren. So along with our love for this beautiful island, our travel experience in the aviation industry & property development knowledge, we have created this ‘Special Place to Be’! We wanted to provide something a little different, but with the essence of a traditional Barbadian ‘Chattel’ house & contemporary stylish interiors.