Barbados: Inside Tony Elumelu’s Luxury Vacation

Barbados: Inside Tony Elumelu’s Luxury Vacation

"What's the essence of having billions without ever relaxing to enjoy it? I commend Elumelu for investment by relation and I commend him even more for making the clips available for those who are dying all over Nigeria slaving for money without enjoying the one they have made. Nice clip."

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Africa’s famous businessman and philanthropist,  Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu, is known for his quality vacation destinations.

This time, he’s on the beautiful Island of Barbados, where he also celebrated his 60th birthday with grand reception from the Government and people of Barbados.

A shared clip on a grand birthday reception held in his honour by the Prime Minister of Barbados, The Hon. Mia Amor Mottley,  Eumelu was seen with his family having a swell time in the company of the Barbados government officials.

The mission of the chairman of notable United Bank for Africa, according to a post on his social media handle, was to enjoy much-needed time away with Mrs Awele Elumelu – a medical doctor and chairperson of Avon Healthcare Limited, and children.

“Money is good only when it serves its purpose; a lot of rich people are slaving for money and they continue to slave for it until they die,” a social media user said in reference to Elumelu’s unique lifestyle of philanthropy and simplicity.

“What’s the essence of having billions without ever relaxing to enjoy it? I commend Elumelu for investment by relation and I commend him even more for making the clips available for those who are dying all over Nigeria slaving for money without enjoying the one they have made. Nice clip.”

Barbados is an eastern Caribbean island and an independent British Commonwealth nation. Bridgetown, the capital, is a cruise-ship port with colonial buildings and Nidhe Israel, a synagogue founded in 1654.

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Special Destinations in Barbados:

Top attractions in Barbados, apart from the outstanding beaches, include caves, historic sites, gardens, plantations, a wildlife preserve, and numerous points of interest in the capital city of Bridgetown.

Naturally, some of the most popular things to do involve the sea. Snorkelling, diving, swimming, fishing, and other excursions are readily available.

For ideas on how to spend your time, see our list of attractions and things to do in Barbados.

 Downtown Bridgetown

Barbados: Inside Tony Elumelu’s Luxury Vacation

Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, is home to a wealth of attractions, but it’s also simply a beautiful place to wander around, shop, or grab a meal. The downtown is easy to navigate, and most of the sights are in close proximity and can be visited on foot.

The landmark Parliament Buildings, easily recognizable by the neo-Gothic style architecture and clock tower, and the National Heroes Square are two of the main sites in the city centre.

Across the street from the Parliament Buildings is the lovely Chamberlain Bridge, with views over the Constitution River, known more commonly as The Careenage. From the bridge, you can see yachts docked along the waterway and the colourful buildings that line the waterside walkway.

 Bathsheba Bay

Set along the rugged Atlantic coast, Bathsheba Bay offers a dramatic glimpse into the erosive power of the ocean. The beach here, popular with surfers but not a great place for swimming, is dotted with huge rock formations created by the remains of ancient coral reefs undercut by the relentless waves.

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As you arrive at Bathsheba Bay, the road descends from a high plateau down to the ocean and runs along the waterfront. You can see the remains of a staircase and structure in the surf and a little farther on is a restaurant and vendors selling goods.

Animal Flower Cave

At the northern tip of Barbados, the Animal Flower Cave is one of the top places to visit, not just for the cave, but for the dramatic views from the lookout above.

From February to April, you also have a chance of seeing humpback whales from the cliffside above the cave. Be sure to take a cave tour; they only take 15 to 20 minutes and are led by a guide.

 St. Nicholas Abbey

The Jacobean great house at St. Nicholas Abbey was built in 1658, and the tales that have ensued over the years around the abbey are as intriguing as the plantation itself. Despite the name, the abbey was a plantation and never had any religious association.

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The property changed hands several times over the centuries but is today owned by Larry and Anna Warren, who purchased the property in 2006. They have restored the estate and operated it as a sugar plantation. Visitors can tour the property to see antiques, learn about the workings, and explore the grounds, which generally takes a couple of hours.

The Beaches of Carlisle Bay

Barbados: Inside Tony Elumelu’s Luxury Vacation

One of the most picturesque destinations in Barbados is Carlisle Bay on the edge of Bridgetown. Beautiful blond beaches and long stretches of crystal-clear turquoise waters make this one of the most inviting areas to dip your toes in the sea or set up a beach chair.

If you are staying at the Hilton Barbados Resort or the Radisson Aquatica Resort, this beach is just outside your door.


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