Hotel at a Glance: Divi Southwinds Beach Resort
On Barbados, many locals speak Bajan—a Caribbean dialect whose mix of English and Creole words reflects the island’s cultural influences. The Bajan word for “street” is “gap,” which explains why the popular St. Lawrence Gap is actually a cobblestone road. Known simply as the Gap, it runs parallel to the white dunes of Dover Beach and boasts some of the island’s liveliest nightclubs, from packed reggae lounges to calypso bars. Divi Southwinds Beach Resort borders the street, within easy walking distance of the Gap’s nightlife as well as the oceanfront.
- Make a splash in the waves off Dover Beach, which are ideal for boogie boarding and windsurfing.
- Pure Ocean restaurant: Each morning, the restaurant offers breakfast with tropical fruit and made-to-order hot dishes from the grill.
- Go for a swim in one of the resort’s two freshwater pools.
- One-bedroom suites are equipped with full kitchens and private balconies overlooking the pool or garden.
- Kid-friendly activities: Children can frolic on a palm-shaded playground or putt their way through a mini-golf course.
Barbados: Seafood, Sugarcane, and Tropical Flora in a Former British Colony
Considered the easternmost island in the Caribbean, Barbados was a British colony until 1966, explaining the popularity of afternoon teas and cricket matches. But Barbadians (often shortened to “Bajans”) have formed their own identity, starting with seafood-centric cuisine. Along the western coast, food stands and restaurants dot the roadsides, serving Barbados’ national dish: flying fish paired with cou-cou, a mash of cornmeal and okra. Mount Gay Distilleries is worth a stop for a tour and the chance to sample Bajan rum. The company has used the island’s abundant sugar cane to make aromatic rum since 1703, making it the oldest rum brand in the world.
Barbados’s natural beauty can be found all around the island. Trams tour the popular Harrison’s Cave, where stalactites hang from huge limestone caverns. Driving or catching a cab west to Holetown brings you to the Folkestone Marine Park and Museum, where a reef formed by a sunken ship flourishes with sea anemones, giant crabs, and decaying GPS screens. And flora lovers have several spectacular gardens to visit, including Orchid World, which lives up to its name with thousands of blooming orchids. The Barbados Flower Forest is located on a former sugar plantation and is filled with lilies, flowering shrubs, towering palms, and many other species of tropical plants.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the best way to travel to the hotel from the airport? Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) is 7 miles from the property.
2. Is there an additional occupancy fee, or do I have to purchase another Groupon? The Groupon covers two guests. Adding occupants above standard is $30 per night for each additional guest 13 or older; kids 12 or younger stay free.
3. Will I be approached to attend a timeshare sales presentation? Groupon customers are never obligated to attend a sales presentation. If you are approached and decline a presentation, you will not lose the value of your Groupon or have to pay additional fees.
4. Which activities and amenities are included in the resort credits? Resort credit is not included with the Groupon.
5. Are dinner reservations required for restaurants? Is there a dress code? Dinner reservations for the onsite restaurants are not required and there is no specific dress code. For more information about your dining options, please click here or call 800-367-3484.