April 16, 2019

Sights to See: Hunte's Gardens, Barbados


Hunte's Gardens  Hwy 3A, Coffee Gully, Castle Grant, St. Joseph, (246) 433-3333.  Daily 9am-5pm.

exterior sign for Hunte's Gardens in Barbados
exterior sign for Hunte's Gardens in Barbados

Claiming to be “the most enchanting place on earth,” these spectacular gardens were crafted by horticulturalist Anthony Hunte.  Opened to the public in 2007, the lush garden of tropical plants covers 2 acres.  They are set mostly in a sink hole (a collapsed cave) on part of a historic plantation set among the ruins of the circa 1643 Castle Grant sugar factory.  And they are, indeed, enchanting.  Paths lead deep into a gully of terraced greenery where palms, papyrus, orchids, and crotons flourish.  But you won’t find roses because they can’t grow in this climate.

gully garden at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados
gully garden at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados

Mr. Hunte is an enthusiastic and convivial host and leads most tours.  He isn’t fond of the island’s green monkeys because, “They eat everything.  They take one bite and throw it away.”  Scattered benches permit resting, and rum punch and afternoon tea are served in the former stables that is now Hunte’s home.  Don’t miss the restroom with a delightful cut-out that serves as an open-air window to the garden, or the informal gift shop on the verandah.  And do come prepared with insect repellent--I ran into many “no see-ums.”

owner Anthony Hunte at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados
owner Anthony Hunte at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados


owner Anthony Hunte displays a praying orchid at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados
owner Anthony Hunte displays a praying orchid at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados


water garden at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados
water garden at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados


water garden with Buddha at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados
water garden with Buddha at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados


after-tour relaxation with Anthony Hunte and cat Marble at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados
after-tour relaxation with Anthony Hunte and cat Marble at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados


open-air view from loo at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados
open-air view from loo at Hunte's Gardens in Barbados


A great tie-in is a visit to Harrison’s Cave, which is reached via a pleasant drive through Barbados back roads.





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March 14, 2019

Good Eats: Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant, Barbados


Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant  Skeetes Hill, Rockley, Christ Church, South Coast, 434-3463. 

water-side deck at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados
water-side deck at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados


Prime seating at this romantic restaurant is outside on the ocean-side deck.  Attractive original Caribbean art is found throughout.  Designed to please discerning palates, the menu features fresh local seafood and pairs well with an impressive international wine list.  My dinner started with coconut shrimp with chili sauce.  It was followed by a satisfying braised beef short rib with port reduction and garlic mash.  My dining partner started with a mushroom risotto that was bountiful enough to have been a main, but he saved room for a Parmesan-crusted barracuda mash he had been excited to sample.  Though we didn’t really need desserts, we wound up sharing warm bread pudding with Bajan rum and Champers signature coconut pie with coconut ice cream--and we managed to eat most of it. 

Caribbean art at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados
Caribbean art at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados


coconut shrimp at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados
coconut shrimp at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados


short rib and mash at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados
short rib and mash at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados


signature coconut pie at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados
signature coconut pie at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados


white chocolate cheesecake at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados
white chocolate cheesecake at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados


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