July 11th, 2018
ELEGANT HOTELS GROUP CELEBRATES COLONY CLUB’S 70th ANNIVERSARY
A dazzling array of celebrations will take place throughout November and in the lead up, guests receive a seventh night for just £70
Caribbean hotelier, Elegant Hotels Group is excited to announce a month of celebrations for the group’s ‘grand dame’, Colony Club which celebrates its 70th anniversary in November 2018. Colony Club shares its ‘birthday’ with an eclectic group of people including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Billy Crystal, Grace Jones, Stevie Nicks, Al Gore, Steve Tyler and Alice Cooper who all had humble beginnings in 1948 and, like Colony Club, became legendary in their own right.
To celebrate Colony Club’s 70th birthday, Elegant Hotels Group Caribbean is offering guests 70 days of discounts. Those who book a trip in the countdown to November a very special offer of the seventh night for just £70 and kids stay free (book by 30th July 2018 for stays between 23 August and 31 October 2018).
Colony Club’s history
With its rich past, Colony Club has evolved over its 70 years of history, starting as a private home and stables back in 1930 before becoming Barbados’ first residential club and then transforming into the award-winning hotel it is today and an iconic landmark on Barbados’ legendary West Coast. Originally a sugarcane plantation home, the property was purchased by shipping heiress Ann Embiricos, who developed it in 1948 into a residential club and has since been credited as a pioneer of West Coast luxury hotel development in Barbados. By 1960, it was known as Colony Club and the retreat has undergone numerous additions and refurbishments and now stands proud as a contemporary laid-back resort with 96 rooms and suites.
Colony Club today
One of nine Caribbean properties in the Elegant Hotels Group, Colony Club sits on the finest stretch of beach on Barbados’ Platinum West Coast. With its relaxed atmosphere, beautifully tended gardens and lagoon-style pools, the resort is the ideal destination for those seeking a healthy lifestyle, laid back luxury and elegant dining. For seven decades Colony Club has provided discerning guests countless opportunities to feel the true warmth of Bajan hospitality and experience the golden touches that the property is famous for, from Jazz and Lobster evenings to ‘bait to plate’ fishing excursions where guests can catch and then cook their dinner with a Colony Club chef. A perennial favourite with couples, families and friends – November is set to be spectacular as the property invites guests to join them in the celebrations of this momentous milestone.
Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
To mark this historic occasion, Elegant Hotels Group invites guests to enjoy a month of events from 4th – 24th November - themed around Colony Club’s Platinum Jubilee. Colony Club is known for its incredible culinary offering from the organic garden to sumptuous dining, the property has always highlighted its local environs and the culture of Barbados for guests all whilst showing people a really good time – with these elements at the core, the series of initiatives this November are sure to delight and inspire for another 70 years to come.
Gastronomes will delight in the Taste of Barbados concept where guests get to see, taste and feel the spirit of Barbados as the chefs whip up dishes from across the seven decades and demonstrate the diverse cooking styles in Barbados to tantalise taste buds.
There will be a Chopped Challenge where participants will hand pick fresh herbs from the organic garden and compete in a MasterChef-inspired mystery box challenge where each team will need to prepare dishes using an unusual mix of ingredients.
Food and art are fine companions and art-lovers can practice their drawing skills at the Caricature Art Class set in Colony’s organic garden, under the guidance of a local artist and accompanied by wine and cheese.
For foodies who prefer not to get involved in the cooking, the Orchid Menu and Through the Years dinner events are a must, as they will be treated to a reproduction of Colony Club’s old fine dining menu and learn how the restaurant offering and property has evolved through the years.
Local sights, smells and sounds
Barbados and cricket go hand in hand and guests are invited to play beach cricket with local West Indies player Pedro Collins for a fun informal game on the white sandy beach.
Famous for its rum, the Historic Rum & Distillery Tour will take guests on a tour of Barbados like no other. The stunning Foursquare Rum Distillery was established in the 1920s and the tour delves into the Scottish and Irish heritage of rum distillery, shows guests the process needed to make rum, lets them marvel at the huge barrels of the white and dark rum they produce and them ensure everyone is well refreshed with some tastings. This tour is followed by a trip to St Nicholas Abbey, a stunning sugar plantation, house, museum and rum distillery built in 1658 and a true gem in Barbados.
The Historic Island & Rum Tour is sure to be a hit with guests as they will get to see Barbados in a new light on an old-school Bajan Bus – a vintage treasure that has been lovingly refurbished so that visitors can incorporate a taste of Barbadian heritage in the way they travel around the island. The tour will take guests to some of the best rum shops in Barbados where they can kick back with a Banks or an ‘Extra Old’ with the locals. A Historic Barbados Tour will take guests to some of the best historic sites on the island including the Kensington Oval, Cricket Legends Museum, George Washington House and the Barbados Museum.
Nature enthusiasts can join the exhilarating Nature Hike and Breakfast, combining a hike along Barbados’ old train lines offering unparalleled views of the east coast followed by a well-earned breakfast. For a less strenuous experience, Colony Club’s head gardener will take guests on a Garden Tour a part historic, part botanical garden tour of Colony Club’s grounds to identify local flora and fauna as well as discover some 100-year-old trees.
Liming with Colony Club
In the Caribbean, to ‘lime’ means to hang out and have fun and Colony Club has that covered. A Bajan Lime event in the organic garden will offer guests rum cocktails and some hardcore rounds of the nation’s favourite pastime, dominos!
Sports lovers can enjoy a Horse Racing event at the historical Garrison Savannah, home of horse racing in Barbados since 1845. Colony Club started its life as stables so the link with horse racing has spanned seven decades as many guests come to watch polo and horse racing events attended by celebrities and royalty every year. Guests will get to enjoy the stylish surroundings of Garrison Savannah from a private box and indulge in canapés and bubbles.
Night-owls will be spoilt for choice with regular Happy Hours with live DJs and movie-themed nights under the stars showing, amongst others, The Tamarind Seed, the celebrated 1974 romantic drama starring Omar Sharif and Julie Andrews, partly filmed at Colony Club.
· To celebrate Colony Club’s 70th birthday, Elegant Hotels Group Caribbean is offering guests who book a trip in the countdown to November a very special offer of the seventh night for just £70 and kids stay free (book by 30th July 2018 for stays between 23 August and 31 October 2018).
· Those wanting to experience all the big birthday celebrations can take advantage of 25% off all rooms and the first child stays free for the entire month of November