THE two-week quarantine period for Brits returning from countries on the Covid list has thrown a spanner in many holiday plans – but what if you could spend those 14 days in paradise?
Cobblers Cove resort in Barbados has come up with an imaginative initiative to ease the pain of self-isolation, albeit with a price tag to reflect the luxury layover.
Owners are offering guests travelling between the USA and the UK the option to trade in their two-week quarantine for two weeks of sunshine in Barbados. Yes, you read that right.
It may sound too good to be true but in this case – and in keeping with current Covid guidance – it works.
Travellers will be able to touch down in Barbados for an elongated stopover and stay in comfort for 14 days before flying directly on to either the UK or the USA with no requirement to quarantine.
That’s because Barbados isn’t currently on the quarantine list on either side of the Atlantic. These things can change, of course, so check the latest bulletins before travelling.
Cobblers Cove bosses also suggest it’s perfect also for those who are missing family and friends on the other side of the Pond because visitors can meet up halfway in the safety of Barbados and connect with loved ones once more.
The island is currently open for business and its both safe and sunny. Once guests have a negative test (taken three days before travel), the protocol for entry is smooth and painless.
Once landed, you can head directly to Cobblers Cove with a second test that can be taken on site in the comfort of your room on the first morning after arrival.
The result of that test will be in very same day and travellers are then free to move around the island as they please.
There are regular fully refundable flights to Bridgetown from both the UK & the USA and Virgin Atlantic is offering comprehensive travel insurance free of charge.
Located on the calm west coast of the island, with a beachfront location and stunning views, the family-owned hotel is a unique and historic beachside retreat and embodies British elegance with Caribbean charm.
With a quarter mile of white sand beach in a quiet cove, the boutique hotel is encompassed by a coral stone wall, three acres of lush tropical gardens and has recently undergone a five-year refurbishment.
Renowned for its island-inspired dishes that reflect the changing seasons, the award-winning Camelot Restaurant is overseen by local Bajan Chef Jason Joseph and is said to serve the finest food in Barbados.
Activities include paddle boarding, tennis, gym, sailing, kayaking, yoga, water skiing and snorkelling, as well as heritage tours or garden tours both led by the National Trust.
That beats hunkering down at home in quarantine in the British winter any day.
Rates for a 14-day stay start from around £5,770 based on two sharing a Garden Suite on a B&B basis. The price also includes return airport transfers, FastTrack at the airport and the cost of the second Covid test taken at the hotel. See www.cobblerscove.com