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April 1, 2014

Top Gear Festival Comes to Barbados

By Chris Boyle

Lewis Hamilton 600Lewis Hamilton, 2008 Formula One World Champion, is set to join the star-studded line-up of world famous presenters and motor sport legends at Top Gear Festival, which debuts in Barbados this May.

The Mango Bay Hotel Group properties, Mango Bay Hotel and Island Inn Hotel are providing event-goers with the perfect places to unwind during this action-packed weekend.

The festival, which is known as the greatest motoring theater show in the world, is making its Americas debut in Barbados from May 17-18, 2014.

Hamilton, 29, has an enviable career including records for the most consecutive podium finishes from debut, most wins and pole positions in a debut season and, most notably, was the youngest driver to win the F1 World Driver’s Championship in 2008.

Other world champions and race winners due to appear at Top Gear Festival Barbados include David Coulthard, Mark Webber, Mika Hakkinen, Jody Scheckter and Eddie Jordan.

Top Gear Live events have featured a number of jaw-dropping stunts, including the world’s first indoor loop-the-loop which earned the show a Guinness World Record, an F1 ice-cream van, a heart-stopping 300-foot car bungee and a fleet of flaming 911 Porches.

The 2014 event is hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, and will feature an awe-inspiring line up of cars and driving talent, including The Stig, the Top Gear Stunt Team and guest drivers from the world of motorsport and entertainment.

mango bay beach_Mango Bay, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014, is located in the Holetown area on the famed gold coast of Barbados and is a short walk from the posh Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. Here, vacationers can take a break from the thrilling event and shop till they drop at global luxury retailers including, but not limited to, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Michael Kors and Cartier.

After a day of spine-tingling excitement, the 76-room resort is the ideal place to relax. Known for its casual sophistication and all-inclusive value, guests will enjoy beachfront accommodations and a variety of watersports.

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A Mango Bay all-inclusive vacation includes hotel accommodations, all meals, afternoon tea, all local and brand name drinks, including glasses of wine, use of the on-site gym and nightly entertainment. Water skiing, kayaking, snorkeling, wakeboarding, pedal boats, a glass bottom boat ride and a catamaran trip to snorkel with the turtles are also included. Rates start at $480 per room, per night, based on double occupancy, on an all-inclusive basis.

island innThe quaint, 24-room Island Inn Hotel is the perfect setting for a tropical vacation steeped with a rich, historic past, situated just footsteps from beautiful Carlisle Bay, less than one mile from the center of Bridgetown. The property is just a short walk from the UNESCO world heritage site in the Garrison Historic Area of Barbados, which also boasts numerous shops and nightlife options.

Island Inn Hotel is offering its Summer Sizzler promotion, providing vacationers with $50 off per room, per night, when booking by April 30, 2014 for travel through October 31, 2014. Travelers must mention Summer Sizzler when booking directly in order to receive this discount.

An Island Inn Hotel all-inclusive vacation includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and all beverages (except specialty wines, champagne and bottled water), as well as in-pool scuba lessons. Island Inn also offers guests a brand new mini gym. Rates start at $350 per room, per night, based on double occupancy, on an all-inclusive basis (not including the Summer Sizzler discount).

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