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Recently listed in Travel + Leisure's "World's Best" Top 25 Hotels for the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas, the secluded setting and tranquil ambience of Cobblers Cove, an English country house-style boutique hotel, is the perfect tropical hideaway for lovers.

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Cobblers Cove features
romantic specialty suites
within the turrets.
Depicted is a luxurious
Colleton Suite.

Cobblers Cove features 40 luxury suites housed within 10 two-story cottages of four suites each. The main Great House features a sweeping "Gone With The Wind" staircase that leads to the two Specialty Suites — Colleton and Camelot, the ultimate in luxury, surrounded by lush gardens and well-manicured grounds. Cobblers Cove, one of only five Caribbean members of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux, prides itself on assuring their guests an intimate ambience that speaks the language of love. Fine dining, seclusion and quiet are priorities maintained to provide the ultimate haven for lovers and honeymooners or those seeking a peaceful respite.

Cobblers Cove, located 18 miles from Grantley Adams Airport on the Gold Coast in the Parish of St. Peter, received its name from the black sea urchin, which is called a "Cobbler" in Barbados. The property was built in 1943 by the Haynes family, one of the first families to settle in Barbados in 1647, and one of the island's original sugar barons. In 1968, Cobblers Cove was sold to another prominent sugar family, The Colletons, who were the original founders of South Carolina and instrumental in helping to shape the destiny of Barbados. A mural in the Colleton Suite commemorates the family history in Barbados.

A regular hotel suite
opens onto lush
gardens below.

Embracing its Bajan heritage, all of the bright, cheerful furnishings at Cobblers Cove are made on the island. Original steel from old island railway ties are used in its buildings, along with coral rock culled from the island itself; the architecture blends classic English, featuring a monarchy castle motif in the Great House, with informal Caribbean comforts providing their guests with an elegant, yet relaxing, atmosphere.

Local delicacies are the focus of the Terrace's menu, whose mantra is,"serve fresh, serve local". By marrying British and French cuisine with fresh resources, Executive Chef Mike Taylor and Sous Chef Simon Jenkins present a unique and sophisticated five-course menu that changes daily. With an expanded à la carte menu, a traditional table d'hote continues to be available along with a new "light bites" menu that is available all day. A most delicious and refreshing addition to the menu is a variety of ice creams and sorbets made fresh daily with local ingredients.

The first paragraphs of this article is a description of the evening I enjoyed at The Terrace Restaurant. My fellow travelers and I were greeted by General Manager, Hamish and Linda Watson, who lead us to a lovely outdoor garden patio where they insisted we all try the legendary "Cobblers Cooler". This innocuous concoction looks innocent enough but try more than one and you might find yourself on the wrong end of the conga line. The Cobblers Cooler is a delicious and dangerous combination of three ounces of local white and brown rum, fruit punch mix, peaches, pears, grapes, fruit cocktail fruit, a splash of Grenadine for colour, garnished with an orange slice and maraschino cherry.

We enjoyed tasty canapés with our Cobblers Coolers before moving to The Terrace Restaurant on the edge of the crescent beach, under a cozy thatched roof to savor a menu that was a delight to the palate.

Starting with Christophene and Lemongrass Nage, Poached Oyster, followed by a Mosaic of Foie Gras and Chicken, Pickled Fruit Salsa and Toasted Brioche, choice of entrées included Steamed Fillet of Barracuda and Lobster with Julienne of Glazed Vegetables or Herb Crusted Loin of Lamb, Minestrone of Artichokes, Peppers, Courgettes (vegetables) and Potato Gnocchi. Each dish was exquisitely presented, with flavours melding to enhance each other. The finale of Chocolate and Passion Fruit Marjolaine was, as they say, to die for. As passion fruit happens to be my favourite fruit and fruit juice, this delicious, creamy, tangy dessert with a light pastry crust was all I could ever hope for. This was quite possibly the tastiest dessert I have ever had.

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Pool and patio area overlooking the
ocean just steps away.

Specialty packages such as their Dive Package, Wedding Package and Joie de Vivre are available.

The Dive Package includes accommodations in a Superior Suite for five nights/six days, a welcome cocktail, up to three dives each day that includes tanks, weights, and weight belts, gourmet breakfast and dinner daily, round trip airport transfers, exchange dining with three other luxury establishments in Barbados, complimentary day and evening use of the tennis courts and gym, afternoon tea, island-style, with canapés at Cocktail Hour each day, and a personal invitation to the Manager's Cocktail Party on Tuesday nights.

Book Cobblers Cove OnlineThe Wedding Package includes: fees for the minister, marriage license and certificate, ceremony on hotel grounds, bouquet and head band for the bride and "Buttonhole" (bouttoniere) for the groom, a chilled bottle of champagne, wedding cake, and transfers to and from the ministry. There are other optional extras available for an additional charge, such as, cold canapés, or hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, photography or video of the ceremony, or a choice of steel pan or guitar for two hours.

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The luxurious Camelot Suite.

With no required waiting period, it's very easy to get married in Barbados. You just need your passport or original or certified copies of your birth certificate. If either party was divorced then an original Decree Absolute or a certified copy of the Final Judgment is required. If either party was widowed, then a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate and/or Death Certificate is required. Fee: USD75.00, excluding the $12.50 for Barbados Postage Stamps.

The Joie de Vivre Package is your ticket to a holiday of quiet jubilation at Cobblers Cove where your every need is anticipated and your whims will be catered to. This deluxe package includes a welcome cocktail, accommodations in a Superior Suite for five nights/six days, gourmet breakfast and dinner daily, roundtrip airport transfers, exchange dining with three other luxury resorts of Barbados, complimentary, unlimited watersports, such as snorkeling, water-skiing, sunfish sailing or windsurfing, as well as complimentary use of the gym and tennis courts — day or night, island-style afternoon tea, a personal invitation to the Manager's Party on Tuesday night, and fresh canapés at Cocktail Hour each day.

— Feature by Kris King, Toronto Correspondent. Photos courtesy of Cobblers Cove.

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