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What's it like to visit Sandals Royal Barbados right now?

Lyndsey Riddell was the first travel agent to visit a Sandals property since travel restrictions eased in the UK and Ireland. She tells Abra Dunsby about the experience

After working non-stop throughout the coronavirus crisis, Lyndsey Riddell – manager at Club World Travel Beersbridge Road in Northern Ireland – was delighted to have the opportunity to take some time off and spend eight days at Sandals Royal Barbados in September with her husband Jamie.

Riddell, who earned the trip as part of Sandals’ Sell and Go agent reward programme, says the holiday offered her ample opportunity to relax and recover from a very stressful period.

“I loved every second of it,” she says. “To be able to just switch off and not worry about refunds and quarantine and [everything else] that’s going on has been amazing.

“I’d been having headaches and sleepless nights for the past six months – I had none of that on holiday. I forgot about lockdown and it was so nice to have a break.”

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