On February 10th, “We Found Love” earned R&B superstar Rihanna her sixth Grammy, this time for best short form music video. That’s nice, but the songstress has another video that T+L readers may find even nicer. It’s a tourism promotional video for Barbados, Rihanna’s home country, and one of the Caribbean’s top destinations.
Check it out:
Okay, so now that we all officially want to go to Barbados but know nothing about it, T+L can help. Here are some things the video didn’t tell us that make a visit to this Caribbean isle more enticing:
The island is seeing a minor boom in high-end spruce-ups, especially on its swanky West Coast. The House, in St. James, has unveiled its breezy new look after a complete renovation of its 34 suites. A little further south, The Club Barbados Resort & Spa is overhauling an older property into a 161-room, all-inclusive, adults-only hotel featuring three pools and two restaurants. And nearby, Couples Resorts is set to begin a $3 million renovation of another hotel and open Couples Barbados – the island’s first all-inclusive resort for couples. And on the East Coast, legendary Crane Residential Resort celebrated its 125th anniversary by introducing new suites and a 55,000-square-foot guest pavilion. Energetic guests can watch the sun rise over the ocean during morning yoga sessions on the pink beach below the hotel.
So hotels are covered. But what is there to do on Barbados? (Besides lounge on the perfect sand for days on end, that is.) One recent development has art lovers flocking to the island to see renowned Viennese artist Andreas Franke’s latest exhibition…underwater. Yep – it’s underwater. Scuba divers can swim around a large shipwreck and study Franke’s photos – images of the shipwreck superimposed with rococo-inspired scenes shot in a studio. The images, magnetically attached to the ship’s hull, make the already-eerie wreck that much more surreal.
And don’t worry about food. The only Caribbean island to be Zagat-rated, Barbados has a plethora of worthy dining options. T+L favorites include the casual Fish Pot and the elegant sushi-joint Nishi. Anyone hoping to spot Rihanna should head to the Tides, an oceanfront restaurant that, according to the Grammy winner, serves great cheesecake.
Peter Schlesinger is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.