You may recall a while back that I posted about booking a trip to Barbados. It came round really quickly and I jetted off for some time in the sun a couple of weeks ago, along with my husband and two friends. We decided to go on a whim, after spotting a deal on Holiday Pirates and I’m kind of glad that I didn’t over think it. If I’d stopped to think about the long-haul flight and the heat, I probably would have talked myself out of going.

As it turned out, I coped with both flights fine and the heat actually did me some good. We stayed in a beautiful private villa called ‘Bliss Villa’ in Holetown on the west coast of the island. It was booked through Bajan Retreats and I couldn’t recommend Irene’s company highly enough.

The villa had its own pool and I spent the majority of my time in Barbados simply chilling out at the villa and getting some good quality rest. I slept amazingly well all week and I think this was in part thanks to the Barbados tree frogs. They were so much louder than I had anticipated but there was something about them that I found so peaceful and calming.

We didn’t really make an effort to adjust to the timezone– given we were only there for a week– and so we went to bed early and awoke at the back of six each morning. This had its perks though. Although I didn’t manage to do it every day, it was fantastic getting up shortly after sunrise, having a cup of tea and then heading into the pool. The temperature only changed minimally from day to night and it was still so warm at that time in the morning.

The hummingbirds that came to visit every morning were another highlight for me. I loved watching them. I did try to photograph them but I didn’t have a big enough zoom lens to really pick them out from the background so it would be a bit like “spot the hummingbird” if I posted the photo.




On our first full day in Barbados, we took a short walk down to the gorgeous St. James beach as my friends were interested in doing some wakeboarding. The beach was picturesque and the sea was beautiful.

I got a bit carried away and ended up walking all the way along the beach taking photographs. I paid for that over the next couple of days but sometimes you just have to enjoy things while you can.




While our two friends went wakeboarding, my husband and I spent some time chilling out on the beach and then made our way back to The Beach House, where there was a pool and loungers that we could use while we waited.

The Beach House has a restaurant and a bar (both of which are lovely) but also an area for local villa owners to use with a private pool, sun loungers, toilets and showers. We were given the owner’s card to use during our stay, which was great. The Beach House was located right on the beach itself and it was easy enough to head down to the water for a quick dip too.






Barbados is a beautiful island and it is a wonderfully relaxing place to be. Having said that, there is so much to see and do if you are more adventurous. My friends went out exploring each day and did activities such as swimming with turtles, diving and they also visited Bridgetown and other beaches.

Unfortunately, I’m just not capable of doing that much yet and had to stay behind at the villa. I’m not going to lie, it was frustrating that I couldn’t do more but, who knows, maybe one day I’ll be in a better place health-wise to do these things and will be able to return.

I did actually do more than I thought I would be able to. I thought I would have struggled to go out much at all, but I made it to the beach (although I did overdo it that day) and I was able to go out for dinner a couple of times. And, there was another couple of days that I headed out for lunch (walking is something that really tires me out but I managed).

On our last full day we also visited Harrison’s cave. This was perfect for me as you explored the cave on a tram. It was a really interesting place to visit and I would recommend visiting and taking the tour if you go to Barbados.









I was worried about a possible flare-up on returning home but I am thankful to say that did not happen. I am so glad I went and I would recommend visiting Barbados to anyone, it really is a beautiful place to visit. My friend made a great video of the trip, which you can check out here. You can spot me in it very briefly at the end!


Hello, I'm Donna. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2013 and started this blog shortly after. After my health declined significantly the following year, I decided to become my own advocate and searched for answers. It took two years but, in 2016, I finally discovered I had Lyme Disease. On February Stars, I share my personal journey back to better health; discussing what has helped me and the mistakes I've made along the way. I also cover topics on self-improvement, managing symptoms and living life to the fullest with chronic illness.


  1. Gosh it seems only a few weeks ago that you booked the trip! I’m so happy to hear you had a good time even if you couldn’t do everything. It’s great to hear the sun did you some good too and that it didn’t cause a flare. The photos are so stunning, I love how clear and blue it looks.

    Emma Xx

    • Thank you Emma. It really was a stunning island and I’m so glad I didn’t overthink things and just went. It’s always a little frustrating when you have to miss out but being able to go was a huge achievement in itself and I’m holding onto that 🙂 I hope you are as well as possible x

  2. I was watching a property programme filmed in Barbados last week and said to hubby that I would love to go there one day. He, of course, is not keen on the thought of the long flight (we got married in Jamaica in 2005, and he did not like the whole day of travelling) unless we went for at least 3 weeks – and also is very negative about me travelling now (don’t blame him, as I have had IBS flare ups on every holiday for the past 3 years!). It looks so beautiful. Glad you had a good time. Ali x

    • It is a really long flight and I was a bit like “why am I doing this for a week, I must be crazy?!” But I’m glad I didn’t overthink it as the flight was fine– I’m well used to doing not very much all day so I was quite content with movies and an audiobook lol.

      It’s a beautiful place and if you make it there one day I promise you won’t regret it 🙂

  3. Oh WOW. Donna, it looks incredible. That image of the tree is stunning, I’ve had an obsession with trees since I was a child and I love that. The blue skies and sea *sighs*

    Sarah | <3

    • Thank you Sarah 🙂 It was an easy place to photograph as was naturally stunning. Hope you are as well as possible at the moment.

  4. Donna, I am so happy you went and had a good time. It looks beautiful. I need to follow your lead and stop over thinking. It keeps from doing a lot of things. Always afraid of that dreaded flare.

    • Thank you Sue. Sometimes it pays off. It’s difficult when you think of all the “what ifs” but sometimes you have to trust that all will be fine so long as you are sensible about it.

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