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Barbados draws increased visitation from North America; Airlines add daily flights

Budding luxe resort residential community Apes Hill mirrors positive trends, unveils new restaurant

(St. James, Barbados – November 20, 2023) –Commercial airlines United, American, and JetBlue have increased flights to Barbados this year and the added air travel options will continue through winter 2024, supporting the tropical island’s growing momentum and demand from guests that has touched virtually all niches, not the least of which are luxury venues.

Case in point is Apes Hill Barbados, the Caribbean’s first-class new resort residential community that is burgeoning in tandem with the thriving island.


Like the daily direct flights that have been added to Barbados to embrace demand – including from Boston, Charlotte, Miami, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere – Apes Hill has been unveiling new, 5-star components one after another this year, ranging from new real estate options to club and resort amenities.  

Gastronomic excellence abounds at Apes Hill. To further refine residents’ and guests’ culinary journey, the brand-new Noisy Cricket restaurant debuted Nov. 16, 2023. Its menu offers the option of shared plates to foster a sense of community, all while savouring the finest seafood and meats, thoughtfully paired with the island's lush produce. Mediterraneancoastal charm meets the warm, Caribbean spirit at Noisy Cricket, where each dish is a celebration of seasonal freshness and sustainability, and astonishing views await from the elevated perch. 

“We’re taking great care to build amenities and services that complement our community and align with the island’s abundant natural environment,” said Sunil Chatrani, Executive Chairman, Apes Hill Barbados. “This is a place where people embrace the important things in life: family, friendships, health, wellbeing and connection to nature.”

Like Bajans, known for their openness, thoughtfulness, and generosity, Apes Hill Barbados is rooted in a rejuvenating, welcoming atmosphere. Highlights of the luxury resort-real estate community include the following.

Extraordinary Residences: Discerning buyers can choose from a range of exquisite residences, including elegant villas and spacious homes, each meticulously designed and crafted to the highest standards of luxury living.

World-Class Amenities: Residents and guests will enjoy several kilometers of enchanting nature trails, flood-lit Padel courts, TigerTurf tennis courts, gym, sleek clubhouse, sumptuous dining, 18-hole championship golf course, complementary par-3 short course, and bespoke outdoor and well-being activities as well as a dedicated concierge service.

Unspoiled Natural Beauty: The community is enveloped by the breathtaking beauty of Barbados, with abundant tropical gardens, nature trails, and astounding views at every turn, offering residents a serene and tranquil environment.

Convenience and Accessibility: Located just a short drive from vibrant Holetown and historic Speightstown and Bridgetown, Apes Hill Barbados provides easy access to fine dining, shopping, and cultural attractions, ensuring residents have everything they need at their doorstep.

Sustainable Design: Apes Hill Barbados is committed to sustainable and environmentally responsible development practices, incorporating energy-efficient technologies, and preserving the natural ecosystem of the area. Its 18-hole golf course has earned certification from Audubon International for meeting or exceeding the mandated criteria and best practice requirements.

“Everything created here is synonymous with elegance, sophistication, and a commitment to the highest standards of living,” said Executive Chairman Chatrani. “This community is a testament to our dedication to creating exceptional, sustainable environments that elevate the quality of life."

Confirming Mr. Chatrani’s sentiments, Golf Inc. Magazine bestowed a “2023 Development of the Year” award upon it. The best-in-kind distinction “recognizes the finest private clubs and resort courses with the best new traditional and non-traditional golf courses (including short courses) that opened during the past year around the globe.”

Properties honored through the international competition were judged according to how well the vision of the project was executed, the course aesthetics, economic and environmental sustainability, course routing and land usage.

Apes Hill Barbados also shined at the 2023 World Golf Awards in Abu Dhabi, winning four categories, including ‘Best Golf Real Estate Venue’, ‘Best Eco-Friendly Golf Facility’, and Best New Golf Course in both Barbados and the Caribbean.

The third-party critical endorsements confirm precisely what Apes Hill Barbados set out to accomplish – inspired vision and successful execution, commitment to the environment and sustainability, and remarkable courses designed by legendary golf architect Ron Kirby.

Apes Hill Barbados is owned by Apes Hill (Barbados) Inc., a Barbadian company whose primary shareholder is Glenn J. Chamandy, a Canadian investor, founder, and CEO of leading clothing brand Gildan Activewear. Mr. Chamandy’sforesight has enabled the ambitious project to redefine golfing and estate living on the island.
The 475-acre property draws its inspiration and essence from Barbados, famed for its history, beauty, designer shops and world-class restaurants. It boasts some of the best golf courses in the Caribbean, with Apes Hill rating No. 5 in the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Atlantic Islands (Source: Golfweek’s “Best You Can Play”).

Apes Hill Barbados has a uniquely tranquil atmosphere that provides the perfect setting for inspired living at a pace of ease. Home to a developing range of accommodation options, the elegant venue is home to a portfolio of stunning real estate on site alongside golf vacation properties set to allow guests to stay and play late this year or early next. There are several exquisitely designed residential options that offer something for everyone’s taste – from charming villas to brilliantly designed detached homes. 

For more information about this unique development, please visit or contact the Apes Hill Barbados sales team at +1 246 538-0591 or

North America Media Contact: 
Dan Shepherd,, +1 (703) 403-5317

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