Enjoy the sea
Watersports are a Bajan speciality and with a number of water sport centres along the coast, you have a great choice of where to go and what to do.
There is Sailing, Waterskiing, Paddle Boarding, Wind Surfing, Jet Skiing, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving and Para-Sailing available from the beach. Not forgetting the Banana Boat and Big Mable which are always great fun. They cater for all abilities - so you may like to perfect your skills or indulge in a new pastime. For Kite surfing and Surf enthusiasts - a short trip to the World famous South-East coast were the trade winds provide the perfect conditions.
Jet ski's (waverunners), motor boats and sailing boats can be found by walking just a short distance down the beach from the garden gate - a lovely way to explore the magnificent coastal waters.
If you fancy a day at sea, there are many cruises operating from Bridgetown harbour, we can even arrange for a personal cruise to collect you from the beach gate - options include both lunch and dinner cruises and sunset cocktail cruises.
You may like to try a spot of fishing; the local fishermen will be happy to take you from the beach, for the more adventurous there is the excitement of deep sea fishing which we can help organise if you require.
A golfers paradise
Golf is hugely popular in Barbados, with Sandy Lane one of the numerous well known courses in St James. Barbados Golf club is just further south in the Parish of Christchurch. Apes Hill and Royal Westmorland are a short car ride away.
Anyone for tennis?
There are several tennis facilities in close proximity to New Mansion. Most of the larger hotels on the island have tennis courts, which can be reserved even if you’re not a guest of the hotel. There are several active tennis clubs, the nearest being St. James Racquet Club It has three, high-standard, hard courts - complete with floodlights and clubhouse. You can pay by the hour, a small additional fee is charged for floodlights. Lessons are available by arrangement and racquets re-strung at the club.
The perfect place for a dive
With beautiful crystal clear waters Barbados is a great place to dive, offering a wide range of facilities including certification courses and wreck dives. Here are two dive centres that have been recommended by previous New Mansion guests:
Barbados Blue Dive Centre www.divebarbadosblue.com and
West Side Scuba Centre www.westsidescuba.com
The international polo season starts just after Christmas when the island is buzzing with overseas visitors and returning nationals. The season runs through to May and teams from all over the world visit the polo fields. Barbados has a healthy reputation for hospitality on and off the field, and is now firmly on the world polo map as a destination where the sport flourishes and the social scene excels. Barbados home of Polo is Holder’s Polo fields - a short drive from New Mansion.
If you like to shop or merely peruse then you are spoilt for choice. From the colourful Chattel Houses with their local arts and crafts, and quite a number of boutique shops specialising in beautiful shells to wonderful clothing and home-wares. For the more discerning shopper, Limegrove, located in Holetown, is one of the best places to shop in Barbados, offering a selection of luxury and duty-free jewellery, apparel and accessories. The shopping destination features more than 100,000 square feet of some of the world’s leading retail brands. Lime grove also boasts two luxury cinemas - see their web site for listings : , as well as numerous eateries and an ice cream parlour.
Get your dancing shoes on
The nightlife is as lively as the day. Holetown is home to 1st and 2nd Street where you will find many bars hosting various live music nights and Cabaret shows.
The two most popular night clubs can be found in Bridgetown - Harbour Lights and The Boat Yard.
Cuisine to suit all tastes
There is an abundance of fabulous restaurants on the island that offer local cuisine, seafood and continental cuisine in and around Paynes bay. They range from the world renowned The Cliff and Lone Star to local cuisine greats such as Mullins, The Mews and Ragamuffins.
The wide range of dining options available in Barbados ensures that there is something to suit everyone, from elegant fine dining to family-friendly restaurants.
It is recommended that dinner reservations be made in advance, especially during peak seasons.
Below is a list of suggested restaurants that guests have enjoyed.
The Cliff, Derricks, St James, Barbados.
Tel: 1(246) 432 1922
The Tides, Balmore House, Holetown, St James, Barbados.
Tel: 1(246) 432 8356
Lone Star Restaurant, St. James, Barbados.
Tel: 1(246) 419 0599
The Restaurant at Southsea, South Coast Barbados.
Tel: 1(246) 420 7423
Daphne's, Paynes Bay, St. James, Barbados.
Tel: 1(246) 432 2731
The Mews, 2nd Street, Holetown, Barbados.
Tel: 1(246) 432 1122
Olive's Bar and Bistro, 2nd Street, Holetown, Barbados.
Tel: 1(246) 432 2112
Sassafras, Royal Westmoreland Rd, Sugar Hill Resort, Mount Standfast, Barbados.
Tel: 1(246) 419 9100
Fish Pot, Little Good Harbour, Shermans, Barbados.
Tel: 1(246) 439 3000
Scarlet, Paynes Bay, St. James, Barbados.
Tel: 1(246) 432 3663
Cocomos, Holetown, Barbados.
Tel: 1(246) 432 0134
Mullins, St. Peter, Barbados.
Tel: 1(246) 422 2044