Retirement opens a world of opportunities: you have more time and freedom to do the things you enjoy with family and friends, while financial burdens, like mortgages and paying for the kids, have come to an end. It’s no surprise then that many retirees see buying a holiday property as the ideal way to invest their retirement pot. It gives you somewhere special to get away, increases in value over time and is something your children can inherit. Here, we explain why, when it comes to buying a Barbados holiday home, this island has everything you need.
Warm and healthy climate
As a Caribbean island, you are guaranteed balmy temperatures and sunny skies all year round. It’s great for anyone wanting to get out and enjoy all the fabulous outdoor things Barbados has to offer and means you can escape the worst of the cold weather back home. However, for retirees, there are added benefits too. A warmer climate makes it easier for older people to stay active and healthy, it ensures you get plenty of Vitamin D, it’s great for lifting the mood and many claim that it eases the aches and pains associated with conditions like arthritis.
Always something amazing to do
Whether you’re going to Barbados as a couple, with family or with friends, you’ll never run out of fantastic things to enjoy. It is a country rich in natural beauty, not just its world-renowned, paradise beaches, but its stunning tropical landscapes and its glorious offshore reefs and sea life. There is also a wealth of historical and cultural places to visit and events to enjoy, world-class shopping, a wide range of sporting activities and events and some of the finest spas in the Caribbean.
Barbados also has a thriving upmarket social scene, with high-end restaurants serving everything from traditional Bajan dishes to fusion cuisine. The bars are friendly and wherever you go to eat and drink, you’ll find welcoming staff, first-class service and no end of quality.
What’s more, at only 21 miles long and 15 miles wide, you’ll never need to spend too long travelling anywhere on the island, especially if your holiday home is situated on the west coast where most of the island’s best attractions are to be found.
Great health service
As we get a little older, it becomes more important to have the reassurance that if we need medical treatment, we can be seen quickly by a practitioner at a modern facility. For many, having an English-speaking practitioner is also important.
Thankfully, Barbados ticks all these boxes. It’s an English-speaking nation and its well-funded, modern healthcare system is ranked amongst the most advanced in the Caribbean. There is a large hospital in the capital, Bridgetown, as well as a range of private medical practices across the island. However, as there is no state-funded health care in Barbados, it is important that you take out adequate insurance to cover any medical costs.
Best place to buy a holiday home
For those looking for that extra special holiday home where they can truly enjoy their retirement all year round, Royal Westmoreland has everything you could wish for. With just 250 exceptional villas and apartments dotted around its gated estate, privacy and 24/7 security are guaranteed. All the properties, including many single-storey villas and ground floor apartments, are exquisitely designed and finished, and boast mod cons like designer kitchens, balconies or terraces, and either private or communal pools.
The beautiful Royal Westmoreland estate is situated in the most exclusive area of the island, overlooking the Caribbean. This central location at the heart of the west coast, away from the more tourist areas, makes access to the rest of the island easy, especially the more exclusive places, like Holetown, which are nearby. However, you won’t even need to leave the resort to find world-class amenities. On-site, you’ll find a championship standard golf course, tennis courts and a state-of-the-art gym, as well as great food and drink at the Club House, Halfway House and Rum Shak. There’s also the nearby Royal Westmoreland Beach Club at Mullins Beach, to which we provide a free shuttle service.
As an owner, you’ll become a Royal Westmoreland member, giving you access to exclusive services like a housekeeper, personal chefs and concierge to make your visits to us more comfortable and enjoyable. You’ll also find we have a very friendly members community which is ideal if you are wanting to meet new people and strike up new friendships.
Make the most of your investment
When it comes to pension pots, you are often left with two choices, either invest it and earn income or spend it on something you enjoy. With a property at Royal Westmoreland, you can do both. You’ll have a luxury holiday home waiting for you whenever you want to get away, and when you don’t, you can rent it and earn income. A home at a prestigious resort like Royal Westmoreland, where rental prices are at a premium, maximises your potential to earn significant revenue from your investment. Of course, you can always sell your property and benefit from any increase in value or leave the property to your children in your will.
What could be better than a holiday home on a paradise island with wonderful weather all year round and endless things to enjoy? Only one thing: having that luxury property on a prestigious private estate like Royal Westmoreland, with exclusive use of world-class amenities.