Offshore Oasis

Lisa Atkins basks in the development of Barbados

Bajan-influenced tapas are the specialty, but the focus is on an inventive cocktail menu with tasty _libations such as Scarlet Rocks.

Zen Restaurant at The Crane (246-423-6220, www.the rests on a cliff side and offers a spectacular coastal vista. “It’s off the beaten path,” with booths, a traditional Japanese tatami room, and staff dressed as geisha girls.

“My husband and I go dancing on Thursdays at The Ship Inn (246-420-7447, They usually have a live band. Harbour Lights (246-436-7225, tends to be a younger crowd. When we want to pretend to be young we hang out there.” St. Lawrence Gap, a bustling strip that hugs the South Coast, offers an array of quaint eateries, sidewalk vendors, and chic lounges such as Pravda (246-427-1557). For an all-inclusive experience, The Plantation (246-428-5048, serves up Bajan Roots & Rhythms ($85 for dinner and a show). Budget three hours for the hearty traditional meal and performances.

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