There’s nothing worse than having to check out of your accommodation in the morning when your flight isn’t until the evening. You have to lug your gear around all day, are stuck figuring out a way to kill time, and often aren’t able to truly take advantage of that final vacation day. Virgin Holidays is doing its best to remedy this situation. The new Departure Beach airport lounge in Barbados is designed to help you squeeze every last ounce of relaxation out of your trip, and make leaving paradise a little less painful. The private air-conditioned lounge, located right on Brownes Beach, has Wi-Fi, a beach bar and restaurant, and a Virgin Atlantic check-in desk. Guests will have access to complimentary beach towels, sun loungers, umbrellas, and even a free lunch, so they can continue their vacation right up until it’s time to board.
But it’s not just a place to relax. Departure Beach staff will actually pick you up from your accommodation and transport your luggage to the airport. “We believe that a holiday should be a pleasure from beginning to end,” said Nicki Goldsmith, head of Caribbean and worldwide product at Virgin Holidays. “And [we] have been working hard to ensure we’ve removed as many pain-points as possible for our customers.”
While it might sound like the Departure Lounge is only open to guests willing to pay a costly premium, it’s actually free for any Virgin Holidays customer staying at Savannah Beach Hotel in Barbados, or taking a cruise that ends in Barbados. If you don’t fall into either of these categories, you can simply add Departure Beach to your booking for $33.