From Sunrise TO Sunset, Your Time At ECO Moves At The Pace You Choose
Your experience here will be uniquely your own – it’s about finding what rejuvenates your soul. Relax in a white cotton hammock strung between palm trees in the garden, take in a yoga class on the deck or indulge in a massage while you listen to the waves breaking against the shore. Pick up the pace with a guided hike through the countryside, an adrenaline pumping bike tour or surf at some of the region’s most beloved breaks. ECO overlooks the world-renowned Soup Bowl, one of Kelly Slater’s favorite spots, and is a short drive from the south and west coasts, offering year-round conditions for the novice and professional surfer alike.
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We can put you in touch with the top guides and instructors, fill you in on the best spots to share some laughs with the locals and share our favorite land and sea attractions.
With over 80 miles of beautiful coastline on both the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, its no wonder Barbados is a surfer’s paradise. From beginner to professional, surfers can almost always find a wave suited to their skill level – both reef and shore breaks can be found year-round making Barbados Surf Trips popular with surfers from across the globe. The World Surf League (WSL) has held several qualifying events here, attracting professional surfers including Champions John John Florence and Kelly Slater, who calls Soup Bowl, located just below ECO, one of his top three waves in the world.
The Atlantic swells make the east coast one of the most consistent, year-round breaks in Barbados. Conditions are glassy and small in the summer months, picking up size from September to December and ranging up to 20’ in the winter. At ECO, you’re just a short walk from three popular spots: Soup Bowl, known for hollow tubes and long walls; Parlors, accessible by a long paddle over deep water to access thick, juicy rights and lefts; and High Rock, sandwiched between the others, provides both rights and lefts well suited to less experienced surfers.
The gentler west coast waters get their share of 8’ swells in the winter season, typically energized by a north swell. Under quieter conditions, the west is a great place for beginners to catch their first waves. The south coast is more consistent, yet rarely breaks in the summer months unless influenced by a local storm. All island-wide surf spots can be reached within 40 minutes or so, and we can arrange an instructor or local guide to take you to the best spots on the island.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Barbados, or SUP, is an exciting way to enjoy some time out on the sea. Using an oversized surfboard and a paddle, experienced riders can catch waves at Parlors and High Rock, two great surf breaks located just below ECO. Our SUP Guides can also take you to the west or south coasts where you can make your way along the coastline, dotted with reefs, sea turtles and even a few shipwrecks. We also recommend sunset and full moon paddles!
Explore the island’s beautiful coastline with one of the best views possible – from the sea! Catamaran cruises are a wonderful way to spend the day soaking up our warm Caribbean sunshine. Cruises include drinks, cocktails and a buffet-style lunch. Take a dip, snorkel and swim with the turtles during the catamaran’s stops along the shoreline, or simply enjoy listening to the waves or music while you sunbathe on deck.
Freediving / Spearfishing
Freediving / Spearfishing
A large part of spear fishing is gaining an appreciation for the food we eat. In a modern world of fast food, this is one of the slowest ways to put a meal on the table! Free dive off the shore to find an array of reef fish and a local delicacy called sea cat (similar to squid). In the spirit of our beliefs, you won’t fish in restricted areas, fish anything that is out of season or endangered, and you can eat what you catch – we’re happy to help you prepare it at the ECO Kitchen!
Deep Sea Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing
Just a mile offshore you can find word-class deep sea fishing; in season, catch Wahoo, Sailfish, Tuna, Barracuda and Dolphin (Mahi Mahi). The West Coast waters are sheltered from the major tradewinds, and inshore fishing is a great experience for beginners and seasoned anglers alike – get right in the action with a hand line on one of the local skiffs. The east coast is also a great spot for surfcasting, taking on an almost meditative vibe as the sun begins to set. Whatever your method, we’ll cook your catch in the ECO Kitchen!
Crane beach, located on the southeast coast of the island, is arguably one of the best in the world, and has often been included on ‘Top 10 Beaches’ lists by leading travel magazines and destination sites. Located below a cliff, it’s much more accessible than it seems, and makes for a great daytime excursion. Bring a picnic from the ECO Pantry, a cooler of drinks and enjoy. Nearby is Fowl Bay, a beautiful, unspoiled stretch of beach reminiscent of castaways and pirates.
Just a stone’s throw (actually a short hike) from ECO is Cattlewash, Bathsheba’s sister beach. Its long stretch of white sand is great for walks and runs, followed by a soak in one of the rock pools dotting the shore. You can pack a picnic, set up a beach blanket and spend the day gazing at a seemingly endless horizon. The more adventurous can climb to the top of Round Rock, a large formation located about halfway down the beach. A bench has been thoughtfully placed at the top – we don’t know how it got there, but it makes for a great photo!
The West Coast has plenty of beach options, but our favorite is Gibbs Beach. Accessible by an unassuming path, it’s a quiet, usually empty stretch of powdery white sand shaded by large Manchineel Trees (be careful – the fruit are poisonous). If you love sea glass, this is the place for you – the break line literally glitters with it.
Explore the Barbados countryside by bike. A local guide will take you to the best spots on – and off – the beaten path to discover parts of the island few get to see. The tours are kept small; explore quiet beaches and hidden surf spots, rugged terrain and challenging tracks. You can also tap into local culture with a stop for lunch and refreshment along the ride. This is a real adrenaline pumper, and can be customized to any skill level!
The East Coast of Barbados is a great spot for hiking, and trails match all abilities. One of the popular treks runs from Bathsheba to Bath Beach; your guide will take you along meandering cart roads through the countryside, with snacks and drinks in hand. Reward yourself with a rest at the beach before returning to ECO for a hydration cocktail. Nearby gullies, filled with ancient trees, and the rocky cliff faces also make for a great climb. Let us know your ability level and we’ll find the right guide for you.
The East Coast of Barbados is an excellent spot to explore by horseback. Tours can take you on cart roads through the lush countryside and along the sandy coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Discover deserted bays, sleepy fishing villages and panoramic views stretching to the horizon. Full moon rides in the cool night air are transformative; listen to the night sounds as discover Barbados in a new way. Tours are available for beginners and more experienced riders.
Gully excursions / foraging
Gully excursions / foraging
The East Coast is one of the least developed regions in Barbados – you can still find natural gullies with towering ancient trees, lush green foliage and tropical flora. One of our seasoned local guides will take you on an excursion to learn about natural remedies, cooking ingredients and health boosters. This is a great activity for those interested in incorporating traditional methods in their daily lifestyle.
Yoga / Pilates
Yoga, Pilates + Personal Training
During your stay, enjoy yoga, pilates and personal training sessions right here at ECO. We can arrange private sessions for small groups or individuals with an experienced teacher – our tribe have been internationally trained in a variety of styles, and whether you’re a newbie or experienced, you’ll love stretching out on our oceanfront deck – the fresh sea breeze is rejuvenating!
Massage / Spa
Massage + Spa Treatments
We can also book massage therapy and other spa treatments in the privacy of your room – a perfect way to relax after your flight or a day out on an island adventure. Enjoy an ECO hydration cocktail after your session for an extra bit of R+R.
Meal Plans / Cleanses
Meal Plans + Cleanses
One of the best parts of island living is daily access to farm and sea-fresh ingredients – our kitchen works with local growers and fishermen to source the best available for our daily menus. We’re happy to work with you on a customized meal plan for your stay – whether you have specialized dietary requirements or a healthy goal in mind, we’re here to support you! Our nutrition specialists can also design a cleanse program to complement your holiday activities.
St. Nicholas Abbey
St. Nicholas Abbey • St Andrew
Through the dedicated work of local architect Larry Warren and his family, St. Nicholas Abbey has been beautifully restored to its original glory. Built in the 1660s, it’s one of just three remaining Jacobean style mansions in the western hemisphere. You can explore the plantation house, gullies and gardens, as well as tour the working sugar cane mill and rum distillery. In season you can watch sugar cane being ground by an antique steam mill, and any time of year sample the Abbey’s award winning rums.
Welchman Hall Gully
Welchman Hall Gully • St. Thomas
In the middle of Barbados you’ll find Welchman Hall Gully, part of a large cave system that characterizes the central uplands of the island. Located 800 ft above sea level, the gully was part of a plantation owned by William Asygell Williams, who planted many of its exotic trees over 200 years ago. Over 650 species of flora and fauna have been categorized, including clove, nutmeg, cocoa, coffee, citrus and avocado, as well as a bamboo grove, and the grapefruit is said to have originated here! Grab a snack at ECO and chill in the gully for an hour or two – it’s a great place to find some quiet time and see Barbados Green Monkeys.
Hunte’s Gardens • St. Joseph
These picturesque gardens, located on the northeast part of the island, are the artistic effort of Anthony Hunte, a renowned garden architect in Barbados. The naturally formed gully is filled with lush foliage, vibrant tropical flora and towering palms. The multi-level garden, connected by easy-to-walk pathways, creates a magical setting filled with intimate sitting areas, beautiful statues and classical music floating on the breeze. Take a picnic, your favorite libation (it’s encouraged) and spend a memorable few hours in this breathtaking space.
Animal Flower Cave
Animal Flower Cave • St. Lucy
On the northern tip of Barbados you’ll find the Animal Flower Cave, named for the sea anemones that live in its pools. Discovered in 1780 via the cave’s seaward entrance, visitors can now descend through a rooftop blowhole and take a swim! The cave’s walls are filled with oxidized copper and iron and the coral floor is estimated to be between 400,000 and 500,000 years old. The Atlantic Ocean crashes against the cliff face, and the views are incredible – it’s also a great spot to whale watch in season.
Forget the plastic tchotchkes – create an authentic craft during a workshop with one of our favorite local artisans. We currently offer pottery, painting, photography and traditional basket weaving, but check with us on what’s available during your stay!
We’re off the beaten path, but it’s not necessary to rent a car at ECO.
In addition to the island’s regular bus service, ECO provides shuttle service to other beaches on the island two days a week during the season; we’ll take you over mid-morning and have you back on the east by sunset!