e Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic has disrupted our usual way of life in unprecedented ways and continues to present challenges with each new day.  As the world continues to grapple with the effects of this pandemic, we at Altman Villa Rentals recognize that your health, safety and peace of mind are our priority.  In light of this, we have adopted all Government-mandated protocols and guidelines, and have developed a COVID-19 Response policy that seeks to provide you with flexibility and reassurance during this very uncertain time. 

Things have changed, but our commitment to you remains the same.  We look forward to welcoming you to a safe and sanitary environment for you and your loved ones to relax and enjoy.

Relaxed Payment Terms (COVID-19)

A 25% deposit is required to confirm all bookings and should be paid within two weeks of the reservation. We have relaxed the period for the full invoice to be paid to 30 days before arrival, irrespective of the season.

 

Relaxed Cancellation Policies

We understand that in this time of increased uncertainty, there is a need for increased flexibility, as such, we have amended our cancellation policies to the following for any Covid-19 related reason:

Existing Reservations for Arrivals in 2020

Guest with confirmed bookings for travel up to December 14, 2020, who are unable to travel for any Covid-19 related reason* may:

  1. Reschedule their stay in the same villa (subject to availability) up to 12 months with no penalties.
  2. If a cancellation is necessary, the cancellation policy in effect at the time of booking will be enforced.

New Reservations for Arrivals in 2020

Effective June 23, 2020, guests with confirmed bookings for travel up to December 14, 2020, may cancel their reservation up to 15 days before arrival for a full refund less all bank charges and processing fees.

Cancellations made less than 15 days before arrival, will be subject to the standard cancellation policy.

Please note the outlined relaxed cancellation policy does not apply to the Festive Period (December 15, 2020 – January 3, 2021). For more information, kindly contact our reservations department.

New & Existing Reservations for Arrivals in 2021

In the event of a travel advisory is issued against Barbados or flights are cancelled from your country of origin, you may reschedule your stay within 12 months. Should you wish to cancel, a full refund, less all bank charges and processing fees will be issued.

Covid-19 related cancellations 

  • The Barbados Government refuses a passenger entry based on their origin (whether by residence, recent travel to a particular destination or based on flight origin)
  • A foreign government issues a specific travel ban to or from Barbados that prevents a guest from travelling.
  • A level 3 CDC warning or Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) advisory against Barbados.  

COVID-19 Barbados Update

With the onset of the busy Christmas Holiday and winter season, Barbados has seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. However, the Government is working aggressively through contact tracing and other measures to contain these cases.  The island remains fully open for business, but there is currently a curfew between the hours of 9:00 pm and 5:00 pm. The Government continues to monitor the situation closely, with strict protocols in place that are continually being adjusted as the situation changes.

 

Barbados Travel Protocols

The Government of Barbados has implemented several protocols and safeguards to protect both locals and visitors while on the island. Travellers travelling through Low, Medium and High-Risk countries are expected to present a COVID_19 negative test on arrival.  The test should be a COVID-19 PCR antigen test, undertaken at an accredited laboratory no more than 72 hours before the start of your trip.  

All travellers are also required to complete an electronic Immigration and Customs Form, which must be submitted 24 hours before departure along with the negative test result.  Immigration and Customs form can be accessed here.

Full details of the travel protocols can be accessed here.

 

Health & Safety Protocols

As we seek to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our loyal guests and valued employees, we have implemented mandatory temperature screening of villa staff on arrival for work. Also, all staff are required to wear a face mask when interacting with guests.

To better serve and protect you, we have retrained our staff per the Barbados government-regulated protocols and equipped them with Covid-19 literature for their ease of reference. We have also posted reminders of how to maintain good hygiene in visible areas. Should someone display any Covid-19 symptoms, there is a designated quarantine room where our staff will execute the emergency drill.

For ease of convenience, we have included the COVID-19 hotline in a list of emergency numbers. Also, we have equipped all our villas with hand sanitizing stations, introduced COVID-19 kits that contain disposable face masks (initial stock), gloves, rubbing alcohol, thermometer, cotton balls and Panadols and provided a fully stocked First Aid Kit.

As a safety precaution, back to back bookings will not be allowed. Daily, we have increased the routine cleaning and sanitizing of each villa; particularly high contact surfaces. We have also provided staff with all the Personal and Protective Equipment (PPE) required to stay safe and minimize exposure or transmission of virus when doing the cleaning.

 

ABOUT US:

Altman Real Estate Group is a full service real estate provider specializing in luxury property for sale and holiday villa rentals in Barbados and the Caribbean. For more than 40 years, we have developed a reputation for delivering first-class service to our clients around the globe who seek to invest in Caribbean real estate. Our core services include property for sale, holiday rentals, long-term rentals, property management, property consulting, and commercial property for sale and rent.

We offer clients the finest selection of properties on the island, especially on the sought-after West Coast. These include magnificent luxury villas, historic plantation homes, beachfront condos and Barbados lifestyle developments such as: Apes Hill, Lion Castle, Royal Westmoreland, Sugar Hill Resort, Sandy Lane Estate, Port Ferdinand, Port St. Charles and Saint Peter’s Bay.

Our qualified team of agents and professionals are on hand to expertly guide you through your search for the ideal Barbados property to your unique lifestyle.

Altman Real Estate is an international affiliate of Savills

        
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