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The Atlantis Hotel

Colourful seafarer’s house

The Atlantis Hotel is a rainbow-coloured ranch that’s been a hospitable Barbados hideaway for over a century: recently refurbished, it’s a stately slice of island history.

Get up early one morning to watch from the terrace as the fishermen swim out to their boats for the catch of the day; head down to the fish market to buy it.

Treacherous rip tides and waves make swimming in the sea a little risky, but walk up the coast to Bathsheba, where long stretches of undeveloped beach and natural rock pools await. Advanced surfers should head to the Soup Bowl in Bathsheba Bay, which attracts world-class boardies; beginners can learn on the easier South Coast. If history’s your thing, Heritage Tours (www.heritagetoursbarbados.com) in Bridgetown will tell you a thing or two.