Cooking, local style, in Barbados

Try Port Ferdinand, a posh new villa complex on the northwest coast of the island. You can pull your yacht to one of the slips in the marina or drive to the resort. Spacious one, two and three-bedroom villas come equipped with everything you’d need to cook up a storm and dine happily on the large balcony. A concierge can have your villa stocked to your exact specifications before arrival, being sure to include some of the best hot sauces and condiments in the Caribbean. She’ll have ideas about where to shop for the freshest fish — probably the Millie Ifill Fish Market or Six Men’s fishing village, where you can buy directly from the fishermen. You’ll learn where to source local produce like christophine, breadfruit, cassava, papayas, and some of the best avocados in the world; just drive along and stop at roadside stands and see what’s fresh that day. The Speartime is docked in the Port Ferdinand marina for fishing charters but there are many other options depending on what fish you’re chasing. And when you do land that giant wahoo, the restaurant staff at the resort will clean it for you. Hire a private chef to do the cooking for or with you; there’s no limit to what you can cook up local style. Relax by the pool. There’s casual dining poolside at the Quarterdeck and fine dining at restaurant 13°/59°. Indulge and pamper yourself at the intimate and sophisticated Sandbox Tree Spa on property. On the days you don’t feel like cooking, you’ll find an island full of varied and enticing dining choices, plus four rum distilleries and a myriad of rum shops that offer fun ways to sample the famous Barbadian beverage, local-style.