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SUN, SEA, SAND & SANTA!

It's Beginning To Look Like The Festive Season

It's never too early to get excited about the holidays, and we're making sure that our guests can look forward to the most wonderful time of the year - Bajan-style! From amazing cuisine to family festivities, Sea Breeze Beach House is counting down the days.

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SUN, SEA, SAND & SANTA!

It's Beginning To Look Like The Festive Season

It's never too early to get excited about the holidays, and we're making sure that our guests can look forward to the most wonderful time of the year - Bajan-style! From amazing cuisine to family festivities, Sea Breeze Beach House is counting down the days.

Christmas in the Caribbean might be quite different to what you're used to. For a start, the December weather is golden and sunny, the sea is at its bluest, and the Trade Winds bring cooling breezes to the tropical evenings.

Here at Sea Breeze Beach House we have our own holiday traditions, many of which are uniquely Barbadian, and this year we're introducing even more wonderful ways to celebrate with our guests.

Executive Chef Ron Maynard and his team are preparing an array of culinary delights to ensure all our guests enjoy an authentic taste of the island during the biggest holiday of the year. Here are some of the highlights:

BLACK CAKE - Similar to an English fruit cake flavoured with rum. Traditionally, the fruit is soaked for three months, then added to the cake mixture at the time of baking. Be careful though, because too much black cake may result in intoxication ;)

JUG JUG - This is a traditional Bajan dish is made from pigeon peas boiled with small amounts of salted meat and pork and seasonings.

FALERNUM - Pronounced fah-learn-um, this
sweet syrup used in tropical rinks. It contains almond, ginger and lime, and can be made with or without alcohol.

GINGER BEER - First introduced as an alcoholic
drink, nowadays it's a soft drink primarily flavoured with ginger root and sweetened with sugar.

SORREL - A Caribbean classic, this ruby red drink is made from the funnel-shaped flowers of the sorrel shrub, botanically named Hibiscus sabdariffa, which is a member of the Mallow family.

The fun and festivities kick off on December 21 with our Ocean Hotels Family Picnic at Bathsheba on the east coast of the island, and continue daily with a wonderful variety of traditions old and new.

Carols on the lawn with afternoon tea (Dec 22 & 23) are sure to be rousing, while the kids have their own festive activities including Christmas Tie-Dyeing, Bottle Art and Mini-Chef Baking.

Santa Claus arrives in uniquely Bajan style on Christmas morning to get the party started, and on Boxing Day guests can wind down Bajan style with Draft Beer, Dominoes & Trivia at De Rum Shop.

Guests who are staying with us on New Years Eve are in for quite a treat, from the Great Gatsby-themed party to the live entertainment culminating in fireworks at midnight over the Caribbean Sea!

Check out our full Festive Programme here. Sea Breeze Beach House is booked pretty solid for the holidays this year, but don't be discouraged - you can always book direct today so as not to miss out in 2023!

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COMMIS CHEF OF SMILES

Look Out For Her Golden Hat!

October 2022 | This beautiful smile belongs to Marsha Watson, who is a beloved team member at Sea Breeze Beach House. She wears a unique uniform accessory, designed to help guests and staff to communicate with her in a unique way.

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COMMIS CHEF OF SMILES

Look Out For Her Golden Hat!

October 2022 | This beautiful smile belongs to Marsha Watson, who is a beloved team member at Sea Breeze Beach House. She wears a unique uniform accessory, designed to help guests and staff to communicate with her in a unique way.

Her dazzling smile really does light up the room, and your entire day, when you realise her golden headwear indicates that Marsha is hearing and speech-impaired. Never mind that her managers offer a chorus of praise for Chef Watson and her work ethic, team spirit and strength of will to overcome any obstacles in her way.

Like wearing a mask during the pandemic, when Marsha's ability to communicate was severely challenged, both in and out of the kitchen. The Yellow Hat initiative was a response from the HR team at Sea Breeze Beach House and Ocean Hotels Barbados that helped in very practical terms.

It has also become a symbol of diversity and inclusion to identify any member of staff with a disability within the company, which seeks to employ individuals based on their actual skills and talents.

Ocean Hotels Barbados would like to thank Marsha Watson for being an inspiration to those around her, and for being an exceptional employee within our hospitality family.

LAST YEAR, MARSHA ANSWERED A Q&A FOR A SERIES OF PROFILES UNDER THE THEME #GETTOKNOWYOURTEAM FOR INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY.

WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED?

The opportunity to work and having a sense of independence.

WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT?

Cooking and travelling, and I used to swim for the Barbados National Team.

WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR HAPPIEST MOMENTS?

Being able to have my daughter Maleah who is sixteen months old.

WHAT IS ONE MESSAGE FOR PERSONS ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITY?

It would be great for others who are hearing impaired to have a chance to work. There are still commonalities which exist between persons without disabilities and persons with disabilities. 

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WELCOME BACK, CROP OVER!

Sea Breeze Beach House Was Jammin'!

August 2022 | Every summer since 1974, Barbados Crop Over has been the most popular and colourful festival held on the island. Returning after the pandemic, this year's revelling included our very own Car Park Jam.

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WELCOME BACK, CROP OVER!

Sea Breeze Beach House Was Jammin'!

August 2022 | Every summer since 1974, Barbados Crop Over has been the most popular and colourful festival held on the island. Returning after the pandemic, this year's revelling included our very own Car Park Jam.

According to Barbados.org, the origins of this very Bajan festival can be traced back to the 1780s, when Barbados was the world's largest producer of sugar.

At the end of the sugar season, there was always a huge celebration to mark the culmination of another successful sugar cane harvest, hence the name, Crop Over.

As the sugar industry in Barbados declined, so too did the Crop Over festival, and in the 1940's it disappeared completely. However, the festival was revived in 1974, and other elements of Barbadian culture were infused to create the extravaganza that exists today - an event that attracts thousands of people from across the globe.

This year's festival saw a few changes affecting two of its most popular events - Foreday Morning and Grand Kadooment, but the feedback was positive and the appreciation for Crop Over's return was palpable.

At Ocean Hotels Barbados, we celebrated with a new 'Car Park Jam' at Sea Breeze Beach House, so that guests, staff, management and locals could enjoy the essence of Kadooment our way, which included the arrival of Freezy Breezy, and live music to dance the night away.

Check out our amazing Facebook gallery and enjoy the colour of Crop Over 2022!

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SSSHH! TURTLES NESTING

Protecting Turtles Is Our Priority

August 2021 | Sea Turtles are protected in Barbados as the species is endangered, so we feel privileged that the beach at our resort is a nesting site. During the summer months, mothers visit and lay up to 100 turtle eggs in the sand. 

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SSSHH! TURTLES NESTING

Protecting Turtles Is Our Priority

August 2021 | Sea Turtles are protected in Barbados as the species is endangered, so we feel privileged that the beach at our resort is a nesting site. During the summer months, mothers visit and lay up to 100 turtle eggs in the sand. 

Our turtles nest all year round, and it can take 2-4 days for hatchlings to make their way up to the surface, and they usually emerge at night when it's dark.

Sea Turtles are protected in Barbados because the species is endangered, so we feel privileged that Sea Breeze Beach House is located close to turtle nesting sites.

Our beautiful island is home to three species of turtles: Hawksbill, Green, and Leatherback, which visit our shores to nest all year round, and during the summer months, mother turtles visit and lay up to 100 turtle eggs in the sand.

How do turtles know where they were born? Research shows that sea turtles use the earth's magnetic fields to navigate back to the area where they were born decades earlier, according to a study that used loggerhead genetics to investigate their travels.

Why do they return also has a fascinating answer, as the female turtles from different islands tend to have varied immune genes, suggesting that returning to their island of birth to breed is associated with the advantages in parasite resistance and diseases.

At Sea Breeze Beach House, once we've observed the signs of a turtle nesting - or sometimes the miraculous event itself - it can take 2-4 days for hatchlings to make their way up to the surface, and they usually emerge at night when it's dark.

Ocean Hotels Barbados Group is working with the Sea Turtle Project, who give the following advice for guests who happen on these wonderful creatures.

  • Avoid touching nesting turtles or picking up baby turtles.
  • Never shine a light or use flash photography as the laying mother or hatchlings will become disoriented.
  • Guests who see any turtles on our beach should contact the Hotel Front Desk.

A note for the general public: Anyone who thinks a turtle or hatchlings are in trouble should call the Barbados Turtle Hot Line +1 (246) 230 0142

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KEEPING THE KIDS HAPPY!

LIL DIPPERS KIDS CLUB & SHORE BREAK TEEN LOUNGE ARE COOL IN MANY WAYS.

With complimentary watersports, beach table tennis, and pool exercise sessions among the daily choices you'll find at Sea Breeze Beach House, there's plenty to do for all ages - in between relaxing on your super-comfy sun lounger.

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KEEPING THE KIDS HAPPY!

LIL DIPPERS KIDS CLUB & SHORE BREAK TEEN LOUNGE ARE COOL IN MANY WAYS.

With complimentary watersports, beach table tennis, and pool exercise sessions among the daily choices you'll find at Sea Breeze Beach House, there's plenty to do for all ages - in between relaxing on your super-comfy sun lounger.

With complimentary watersports, beach table tennis, and pool exercise sessions among the daily choices you'll find at Sea Breeze Beach House, there's plenty to do for all ages - in between relaxing on your super-comfy sun lounger.

When the kids need a cooling-off break, our fully air-conditioned Lil Dippers Kids' Club and Shore Break Teen Lounge offer age-appropriate schedules packed with outdoor games, pool time and beach activities, as well as supervised indoor R&R, with computers, video games, TV and DVD players, board games, toys, puzzles and crafts.

Staffed by our warm, professional kids' club team, you'll relax all the easier in the knowledge that the younger members of the family are happily - and productively - engaged.

During the school holidays, our extended hours mean movie nights and other treats for the kids, and we also have a babysitting service available at nominal cost, so young-at-heart adults don't have to miss all the evening fun.

There's a warm welcome, safe practices, and activities for every kid to enjoy during their stay at Sea Breeze Beach House.