Thursday 1 October, 2020

Barbados to have 'world's first' beach departure lounge

Virgin Holidays' Departure Beach is set to be completed in May 2018.

Virgin Holidays' Departure Beach is set to be completed in May 2018.

Virgin Holidays has revealed plans to open a 'Departure Beach' facility for holidaymakers looking to get every last bit of enjoyment out of their vacation in Barbados.

With a May 2018 completion date, the facility will be located at Brownes Beach in Carlisle Bay - approximately 15 km away from the Grantley Adams International Airport.

Nicki Goldsmith, head of Caribbean and worldwide product at Virgin Holidays, said: "Virgin Holidays has consistently launched ‘world-first’ concepts, and this latest innovation is no different. We believe that a holiday should be a pleasure from beginning to end and have been working hard to ensure we’ve removed as many pain points as possible for our customers. We can’t wait to launch this very exciting development next year, and hope our customers are as excited about it as we are."

Noting that hotel check-out times often force travellers to spend much of their last day on holiday at the airport, Virgin Holidays says the Departure Beach will offer a much more relaxing alternative.

The service includes hotel pick-up after breakfast, with check-in luggage being taken directly to the airport. Travellers can check in and receive the boarding pass for their flight at the Departure Beach facility.

Entry costs £20 per adult and £15 per child and covers food, soft drinks, tea and coffee, transfers to and from Departure Beach, bag drop facility, showers and changing rooms, and an air-conditioned lounge with plasma screens, a gaming area and complimentary WiFi that extends along the beach.

Cheryl Carter, UK director of Barbados Tourism Marketing, said: "Virgin Holidays is the largest British tour operator to Barbados with daily Virgin Atlantic flights departing from London Gatwick and multiple flights each week from Manchester and London Heathrow. We’re thrilled that they’ve chosen Barbados to pioneer such a revolutionary concept – and as it’s situated on one of the most picturesque beaches on the island why would you choose to waste that last day of your holiday?"

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