While taking a morning walk along an endless stretch of golden sand on the west coast of Barbados, locals greet me with dazzling smiles and a cheery good morning in their lilting Bajan accents. Sunlight skips on the water as sea-crabs hurriedly scuttle by tourists dozing on loungers and the cloudless sky is a deep blue.
In the distance, a figure emerges from the sunrise. Running towards me, his honed physique rippling, is model Oliver Cheshire. Turns out Barbados really is the Caribbean
island of my dreams.
It is not unusual to run into a celebrity in Barbados, the playground of the rich and famous. Simon Cowell and Cliff Richard have lavish second homes on the island, where they can bask in the Bajan sun undisturbed.
And while unofficial global ambassador Rihanna is the pride of Barbados, no-one would bat an eye-lid at the sight of the superstar picking up pastries at the PRC Bakery in Speightstown.
Elegant Hotels Group plc (LON:EHG) operates nine award winning resorts on the island of Barbados. Set on the most desirable of the island’s beaches, they offer styles to suit every taste, from classic to contemporary, wellness, family-friendly to adults-only and bed & breakfast to premium all-inclusive.