Bottom Bay, Barbados © Barbados Tourism Authority

The wow factor: A hidden gem tucked below coral cliffs, Bottom Bay lies on the Atlantic-facing south-east coast of Barbados away from the hotel and tourist developments facing the Caribbean Sea in the west. Few tourists go there. And with the mesmeric rhythm of the blue-tinged waves, luxuriant vegetation and statuesque palm trees swaying in the warm trade winds, you will want to keep it a secret yourself. Don’t venture in for a dip, however; the waves on this coast create rip currents. But it is great for surfing.

Did you know? Barbados has 60 beaches dotted all around the island and encompassing 70 square miles of sands. All Barbados beaches are open to the public.

Stay: DialAFlight is offering 30% off a seven-night stay at the adults-only Almond Beach Club in Barbados this summer, with prices from £1,299 per person – saving up to £315 per person. Valid for departures from June 25-30 and August 14-31, it includes accommodation on an all-inclusive basis in a standard room and return Virgin Atlantic flights.

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