Honeymoon Guide: Barbados
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Bathsheba, St. Joseph
You'll definitely want to sample Bajan food while you're down here, and this open-sided spot on the east coast serves affordable, tasty versions of longtime island faves. The chefs pay homage to the traditional cuisine with pepperpot (a spicy beef-based stew) and, for adventurous types, healthy heapings of souse (pickled pig's tails and ears), but the menu also includes contemporary riffs on Bajan fare. The Sunday and Wednesday buffets are popular with locals and visitors alike. Atlantis, inside a rustic, historic hotel of the same name, isn't fancy, but it's plenty fetching, not least for the views out over the surf from the covered terrace.
Just south of Bridgetown, the patios and gardens of an old manse have been converted into an atmospheric eatery whose Planters Buffet Lunch, served daily except Saturdays, has become an island tradition. The Sunday edition is especially popular. But come sundown, when lanterns light the tables and you dine to the sound of gentle gurgling from the water gardens, Brown Sugar becomes completely romantic. The seafood here is swimmingly fresh—the version of flying fish is an absolute winner—and the chefs turn out beautifully presented updates on local dishes such as curried lamb, roast pork with plantain-bacon stuffing, bread pudding and a pie made from paw paw, a fruit whose flavor hints of banana and mango.
The allure of this cliffside alfresco stunner, where stingrays glide by in the waters below, is more than just the super-romantic atmosphere: Many people think it's flat-out the best restaurant in Barbados, with the best wine list and the best chef, Paul Owens. His au courant menu borrows mostly from England and the Mediterranean, with an occasional detour to Thailand, and the desserts will have you seeing stars (so might the prix-fixe rates). You can dine in a covered breezeway or on the open terrace—either way you'll be treated to voluptuous full-frontal sea views and wafting breezes. Call to reserve your table well ahead of your visit to this popular establishment.
Start off a superb evening watching the sunset while sipping lemon-meringue or passion-fruit martinis at this sophisto offshoot of famous Daphne’s in London’s Chelsea. (Try not to stare if you spot England's Prince Andrew or Sir Richard Branson sitting nearby.) Next door to the House on Tamarind Cove (see Sleep) and owned by the same folks, the restaurant serves modern Italian cuisine in a beach-chic indoor dining room and outside on an idyllic sand-side terrace lit at night by flaming torches. Milanese-born chef Marco Festini’s take on porcini risotto is creamy-dreamy, and we’d certainly cross the island for his pork saltimbocca with sage gnocchi or his mahimahi with peperonata (tomatoes, onions, peppers and garlic, sautéed in olive oil), fried zucchini and asparagus.