I felt all my big city stress melt away as soon as I arrived at Casablanca, a THIRDHOME luxury villa in Barbados. The feeling of romance and adventure swept over me like the balmy Eastern Caribbean breeze. I took it as a sure sign that this was the start of a beautiful vacation.
Located on the West Coast of Barbados—which is renowned for its warm turquoise water—Casablanca is a secluded 7,800 square foot, chic white décor 7-bedroom home in the exclusive Sandy Lane Estate neighborhood. It’s a special sanctuary for you and your family to connect and unwind. I’m already missing my morning ritual: coffee on the private master patio while watching the Bananaquit birds drinking nectar from flowering bushes along the fairway.
You won’t have to leave this lush property or lift a finger to enjoy yourself – everything is there – private pool, Astroturf tennis and paddle court, a well-equipped gym, and even your own gourmet chef and housekeeper. A first-class haven to reset and recharge.
However, being that Barbados is the culinary capital of the Caribbean, I encourage you to explore the local world-class dining establishments. I loved the fresh fish, breathtaking views, and romantic setting at The Cliff. Cigar aficionados will want to check out their new Walk-In Humidor at the Cliff Lounge. If you are in the mood for something livelier, then spend an evening at The Red Door Lounge (in the Mango Bay Hotel) enjoying daring cocktails, tapas and dancing to live DJ music in this premiere hideaway club.
A short ride away is the 350-year-old St. Nicholas Abbey, don’t let the name fool you — it’s not a religious institution. Tour the historic Great House, grounds and gardens, and Distillery. I fell in love with their award-winning premium rum and shipped a case home as a reminder of the Caribbean.
Kite surfing lessons and sailing satisfied my adventurous spirit at the nearby beach. My time at Casablanca lived up to its classic movie namesake – it provided adventure, a touch of romance, and unforgettable moments.
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Who is Allison Clay?
Allison Clay is a finalist of the THIRDHOME 2017 #TheBestJobOnThePlanet Contest. She has over 20 years experience as a TV spokesperson, journalist, and hospitality manager. Allison has lived in China and Australia and traveled to 21 countries. As a luxury insider, she shares her exclusive global luxury experiences to inspire your next unforgettable vacation and help you stay worldly.