A world in which Rihanna is able to dance wildly through the streets of Bridgetown feels a long way away at the moment, but there’s some comfort in the fact that, in the not too distant future, the self-styled ‘Bad Gal’ will be back in Barbados in full Crop Over regalia at the end of July. Despite leaving her homeland aged 16 to launch her music career, British Vogue’s May 2020 cover star has remained devoted to the paradisiacal island through the years, returning as often as her gruelling schedule allows. In the article she reveals some of her favourite things when returning to Barbados.
She loves the luxurious Sandy Lane Hotel, the five-star resort built on the site of a former sugar plantation on the west coast of the island, and its private beach. RiRi heads to L’Acajou for dinner at sunset, where the ocean is visible through a beautiful grove of mahogany trees. She goes to Daphne’s restaurant for a romantic dinner which serves Italian classics fused with local ingredients. Rihanna has a weak spot for Chefette, the island’s main fast-food chain, best known for its spicy, delicious roti. She likes to party in The Gap in Saint Lawrence Gap which boasts the island’s hottest nightlife. There are local rum shacks and bars and the reggae club Cove. Oistins Fish Fry on the south coast remains the island’s key fishing port and is Rihanna’s favourite local institution. Crowds flock there on a Friday night for grilled swordfish and plaintain washed down with ice-cold bottles of Banks whilst everyone parties.
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