Situated on the west coast of the stunning island of Barbados is the peaceful village of Mount Standfast. Right on the shoreline of a stretch of beautiful white sand, Mount Standfast is the perfect place for a rental villa. If you are looking for privacy and seclusion, this village is the perfect base for your holiday. The advantage of a Mount Standfast rental villa is that although it offers the seclusion you crave, it has many activities on your doorstep should you wish to indulge!
The main draw of a Mount Standfast holiday has to be the beach. The village’s beach is a long stretch of white, unspoilt sand that is perfect for a proper beach holiday. You can opt just to lie in the sun on the immaculate sand or throw yourself head-first into watersports such as fishing, sailing, surfing, water skiing or paragliding. Scuba diving is popular here as there is the opportunity to view Hawksbill Turtles. No matter what water-based activity you are into, you will find it available at Mount Standfast. Other activities available in the village include walking, horse riding and cycling. In the immediate area of Mount Standfast you will find tennis and golf are also accessible.
Less than 3 kilometres to the south of Mount Standfast is the relatively busy town of Holetown. The town used to be named Jamestown but the activity of unloading and cleaning ships in a narrow channel on the outskirts of the town eventually led to the name being changed. One of the main attractions of Holetown is the Folkestone Marine Park and Museum. This centre has a wonderful artificial reef with its own sunken sea vessel which visitors can dive down to and explore. The museum also has aquariums that hold rare and fascinating examples of marine life.
On the outskirts of Holetown is the Portvale Sugar Factory which is a must-see attraction. The factory is modern and still working but it is home to the Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum. The old boiling houses are home to many sugar-production exhibits that were collected by an engineer, Frank Hutson. If you visit the factory during the crop season, which is January to May, you can actually see the sugar manufacturing process in full swing.
Mount Standfast is located on the western side of Barbados and is guaranteed hot weather most of the year round. During the dry season visitors can expect daytime temperatures to reach as high as 31°C. The lowest temperature you are likely to see throughout the year is 28°C! There is a wet season which runs from June to November but the island as a whole receives approximately 40 inches of rain on an annual basis. Barbados is outside of the usual hurricane belt so it is very unlikely that visitors will experience hurricanes or tropical storms during their stay – simply hours and hours of glorious sunshine!
Travellers to Barbados will land at the only airport on the island, Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), which is approximately 35 kilometres south of Mount Standfast. Several airlines offer cheap flights including British Airways, BMI, Virgin Atlantic, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways. Passengers can choose to leave from a range of UK airports such as Aberdeen (ABZ), Edinburgh (EDI), Newcastle(NCL), Birmingham (BHX), London Gatwick (LGW) and Heathrow (LHR).