Nothing says “pampered” more than Port Ferdinand located on the northwest Platinum coast of Barbados. From the moment I was greeted with a glass of bubbly and escorted to my “villa home” for check-in, I knew I’d arrived! A sumptuous 3 bedroom villa with an expansive terrace overlooking million dollar yachts and the Quarterdeck gathering place was only the beginning of my Barbados experience with Classic Vacations.
The simple turtle logo for Port Ferdinand is emblazoned throughout the resort, from linens to menus, and even on the ribbon of my welcome gift. The inspirations for the logo are the two turtles living on site in the marina. While sipping cappuccino on the patio at the dockside restaurant, aptly called 13°/59°, I was treated to a visit by one of the resident turtles who poked her head out of the water to see what was happening ashore. That same evening, during a private BBQ dinner on the beach at sister property – St. Peter’s Bay – a hundred late hatching baby turtles appeared by our table, and confused by the lights, were professionally rescued and released in a safe location down the beach. A lifetime memory!
The concierge staff at Port Ferdinand are on point, meeting every need, wish and whim. After a rejuvenating facial with organic, botanical products by Bamford, I took a walk in the Sandbox Tree Spa’s grotto which was a cool, serene retreat from the mid-day sun. I was particularly delighted to have homemade cookies and a snifter of cognac left on my bedside table each evening. As much as I love my chocolates on the pillow, this was a delightful change to my bedtime routine. Never slept better!
A week at Port Ferdinand, although not nearly enough time for me, is the perfect destination for families looking to reconnect. The children’s playroom, and even the adults billiard room and golf simulator room are like nothing I’ve ever seen in the Caribbean. Located on site is the Nikki Beach Club. Guest amenities include a valet service, seven catamaran-like lounges jutting out over the ocean, yacht dockage, water shuttle, parking, showers and changing rooms.
Barbados itself has so much to offer with a robust social calendar for every day of the year. Port Ferdinand’s tagline #Luxury with soul sums up the entire experience from start to finish. Whether you are visiting for a vacation or you decide to buy a villa at Port Ferdinand … I guarantee you too, will feel like you “have arrived”.