Now that winter’s chilly grasp is upon us, it’s natural to spend more time huddled underneath your blankets, blasting the heat and dreaming of sun, sand and sea. But while your dream usually remains nothing but a distant fantasy, why not break your pattern this year? When you’re tired of the cold and the everyday stresses of life have got you down, there’s often no better way of recharging your batteries than with a warm getaway to Barbados.
Of course, no trip comes without its logistical challenges, particularly if you’re disabled. Holidays always require proactive planning, which can be somewhat anxiety-inducing and dissuade sun lovers from following through. Luckily, that’s all about to change: Can Be Done is here to lift the logistical load of planning an unforgettable Caribbean holiday off of your shoulders.
In addition to creating bespoke and inspiring itineraries, we always address our clients’ biggest concern: finding accommodation that suits their particular needs. To give you a sense of how accessible and stress-free your sunny trip could be, let’s take a look at a few of the hotels in Barbados that my team, my clients and I have tried and loved.
Radisson Aquatica Resort
If you’ve always wanted to visit Needham’s Point, a historically significant and scenic spot in the island’s Carlisle Bay area, we’ve got a great accommodation option for you. The Radisson Aquatica Resort is close to an accessible beach, as well as to several quaint shops, cultural attractions and artisan markets, the majority of which wheelchair users can reach with ease.
If you’d rather kick back in the resort, you’ll find that it offers everything that you’ll ever want – and more. Whether you’d like to take your children for a dip in the outdoor pool, sample the bar’s exquisite cocktails or indulge your palate at the on-site restaurant, you’re sure to be pampered like never before. Along with benefitting from highly competent staff, both the hotel’s public and private rooms are wheelchair-friendly. In its rooms for handicapped guests, showers are equipped with safe, retractable chairs, while bathrooms have handy grab bars. For guests who are disabled, holidays here take the meaning of “care-free” to a whole new level.
The Hilton Barbados Resort
In years past, our clients have enjoyed their getaways to Needham’s Point so much that we’ve investigated several other hotels’ accessibility. One of my favourites is The Hilton Barbados Resort, which is conveniently close to the vibrant capital city of Bridgetown and to the historic Charles Fort.
Want to supplement sightseeing with plenty of R&R? Then this resort will be right up your alley. While your kids are playing at the adrenaline-fuelled Kidz Paradise Club, why not treat yourself to a luxurious spa treatment or check out the whirlpool? Or if you’re feeling a bit peckish, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as ordering the hotel’s renowned rum cocktail or sitting down to an invigorating lunch on the terrace.
If you’re handicapped or are travelling with someone who is disabled, holidays spent in this resort make for an utterly relaxing and uncomplicated experience. Rooms for wheelchair users all have wider entryways, in addition to wheel-in showers or baths with grab rails. The entire site is also equipped with ramps and other accessible features, making it easily navigable.
Accra Beach Hotel & Spa
Situated in Rockley Beach on Barbados’ South Coast, this hotel is the epitome of opulence, as well as accessibility. Not only is the beach, which is considered one of Barbados’ best, reachable within the blink of an eye, but the hotel itself is also home to a pool with a sunken bar, three restaurants, a spa and modern, airy rooms. When you’re not taking a dip or enjoying the picturesque views from your room, it couldn’t be easier to experience the hustle and bustle of St. Lawrence Gap or Bridgetown, both of which are only a stone’s throw away.
If you’re disabled, holidays here are sure to exceed your highest expectations. While all rooms are incredibly spacious, the hotel boasts several that contain roll-in showers that are designed specifically for wheelchair users. What’s more, the pool is equipped with a ramp, making it easily accessible – and if you do require help, qualified and friendly employees are always on hand to assist you (they’ll also take you to the beach or the gym). Thanks to its state-of-the-art services that our clients can never stop raving about, we’re not surprised that this holiday haven has received an accreditation award for wheelchair assistance (2009).
Does sun, fun and perhaps even some rum strike your fancy? Then start packing while we do the planning. Our expert team is here to book a hotel and create an itinerary that exceeds your wildest dreams. Since we’re fully committed to the needs of our travellers who are disabled, holidays with Can Be Done are second to none. Contact us today.