What's new in Barbados for the summer?

    TORONTO, July 25 /CNW/ - With a continual flow of year-round 'in the
know' travelers making their way to Barbados, its no wonder that summer is
regarded as one of the best times to visit. Cool island breezes, homemade ice
cream and the lure of the crystal waters are just a few of the ways to
chill-out this summer. From a brand new spa plus the opening of an eco resort,
to a family-owned poolside B&B, and the unveiling of a piece of Jewish history
in Bridgetown, Barbados certainly has plenty to shout about this summer!
    Savvy travelers to Barbados' west coast have long been aware of the
fabulous privately owned resorts of Coral Reef Club and neighboring The
Sandpiper. With preparations for the opening a the brand new Spa at Coral Reef
Club well under way, guests can look forward to a two-story spa combining
Caribbean modern design; four treatment rooms with private gardens; a couples
outdoor treatment pavilion; a lush spa garden with cloistered relaxation area;
a hydro pool with shaded cabanas; plus a thermal suite. The Spa is expected to
open during December 2008. www.coralreefbarbados.com
    Almond Resort's new Casuarina Beach Resort is already creating quite a
buzz with guests. The newly opened eco-friendly property underwent a
$30 million expansion and complete refurbishment of the existing property and
combines 18 acres of tropical rainforest. The spacious resort offers guests
fine dining at three gourmet restaurants serving Continental, Caribbean and
Seafood cuisine as well as a popular Beach Grill plus four bars. A fitness
center, spa, tennis courts, golf, swimming pools, full range of water sports
with free lessons and a fully equipped Kids Club, ensures that guests have
everything they could possibly desire, in one beautiful location.
    Former Plantation House, Bayfield House is enjoying its first season of
bookings having re-opened as a fully operating 10-room Bed & Breakfast by its
private owners the Ramsay's. Offering a quintessential hideaway for those
seeking Barbadian hospitality and charm, Bayfield House has its own swimming
pool, dining room & bar, and a ten-foot veranda, perfect for relaxing on after
a hard day's sightseeing around the island. Its enviable location is just a
three-minute walk from Mullins Beach with its popular beach bars, water sports
and boutiques. www.bayfieldbarbados.com
    Additionally, this summer visitors to the new Nidhe Israel Synagogue
Museum in Bridgetown, Barbados will be rewarded with the sight of a recently
excavated 17th century Mikvah, an ancient spiritual bath used for purifying
the body, discovered during an archeological dig beside the existing
Synagogue. Constructed by the Sephardic Jews, who fled to Barbados from
Dutch-owned Recife, Brazil in 1627, the Mikvah is fed by a natural spring, and
was hidden to the residents of Barbados as it was covered by a parking lot
since the mid 1850's.
    Visitors to Barbados right now can take advantage of two great specials -
'Best of Barbados' promotional rate, valid for bookings from now until
August 15th for travel October 1st - November 30th, 2008. The package
includes: a $200 air credit per person; first night free (minimum of seven
nights based on a maximum of two people per room); free full breakfast daily;
a $25.00 voucher for dinner for two at Oistins Fish Fry; one free car-rental
day at participating car-rental companies when two or more days are purchased;
buy one ticket, get the 2nd half-off at participating attractions; and
high-value discounts at numerous retail stores in Bridgetown. Participating
hotels and attractions include the new Almond Casuarina Beach, The Crane,
Treasure Beach, as well as, the George Washington House, Arlington House
Museum, plus the Island Safari Lunch Cruise. The second special, is valid on
travel September 1 - September 30th - "Beat the Pump September Specials"
include a $300 air credit per person, a Debit card of $100 U.S., along with
all the Best of Barbados inclusions. Further information on the 2008 Best of
Barbados package and a list of participating hotels, restaurants and
attractions can be found at www.visitbarbados.org or by calling the Barbados
Tourism Authority at 1 (800) 268-9122. For reservations, consumers should
contact their preferred travel agent.

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For further information: Media contact: Gail Stewart, Stewart
Communications, (416) 410-7193, gail.stewart@rogers.com

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