Meet our experts…

The Just Barbados team has visited all the properties that we offer so we can give personal advice on which will suit each particular client the best. We have been to the bars and restaurants too – and the sights and attractions – done the hikes, been on the boats, shopped in the mini-markets and met the locals…that’s how we have acquired such detailed knowledge of the island and what it can offer . . .

Gerry Copsey – Chairman

It’s 30 years in the travel business now and I enjoy it just as much as ever. We really do have delightful clients and it is such a pleasure to deal with them – it is a privilege to have the trust of so many repeat guests who come back to us again and again. It is also very satisfying to be running a business which is contributing to the economic development of the beautiful islands we deal with and the charming people who live and work in them.

I am also privileged to work with such an amazing team of staff – I marvel at their knowledge and ability to arrange wonderful holidays and their dedication to customer service of the highest possible standard never waivers. The team below are the very heartbeat of the business.

I am often asked which is my favourite island in the Caribbean? Impossible to say but I have some much-loved spots for a cold beer at sunset – Bombas or Mullins on the west coast of Barbados are special places and Little Good Harbour further up the coast is somewhere I have enjoyed some memorable evenings. These are the little hideaways I dream of on a rainy day in Somerset. Not forgetting the endless list of beautiful beaches….

Janet Copsey – Director

Ours is a small family business and we love working with independent hotels that are small concerns too. We share the same ideals about customer service and also the personal touches – which our clients love. I share Gerry’s affection for Barbados and I especially love the wild undiscovered beaches and charming little villages of the east coast – it’s fabulous! I was born by the sea in North Wales so I am drawn to beaches – and strolling along Bathsheba with the Atlantic waves crashing around me is heaven for me.

Barbados continues to offer the best facilities and the widest choice of places to eat in the Caribbean. I prefer the simple local places to the smarter restaurants and I always encourage clients to give them a try – they will find great food, marvellous hospitality and very affordable prices.

 

Mandy Burten – Managing Director

Much of my working life has been spent in travel, either in tour operating or as a travel agent, but it’s nice to be part of a small specialist company where there is so much attention to detail.  We have become real experts at creating unique multi-centre holidays – some of which just focus on different regions of one island whilst others involve seeing more than one island in the same holiday. I love the challenge of putting these trips together and making sure all the connections are smooth and seamless, and it is so rewarding when all the pieces of the jigsaw come together and they always do in the end!

One of my favourite memories of Barbados is arriving in on an early morning flight from St Lucia and driving up to The Atlantis on the east coast, sitting on the terrace having breakfast whilst overlooking the Atlantic surf  and gorgeous turquoise sea – it was just magical….

 

Belinda Brendon – Holiday expert

Some may call me a travel bore . . . I prefer to be classed as a travel addict! My family and I love to travel to new places and we are off to Brazil on our next holiday. I have a passion for arranging holidays for other people and I really enjoy creating itineraries to help people get the best out of the Caribbean. Barbados offers the fantastic combination of sunshine, beaches, rum punch and flying fish sandwiches! Enjoy the West Coast beaches and a drink at JuJu’s or Bombas but don’t miss the East Coast of the island either with lunch in Bathsheba – all accessible on daily direct flights.

Kate Bartlett – Administration Manager

I joined the team here in 2002 and it has been really pleasing to see the Caribbean programme develop and grow as we have added more and more islands to the Just Grenada Group.  My main role is overseeing the administration of holiday arrangements, but I also love arranging holidays for clients using my knowledge of the islands that I have visited. In an age where lots of people just want to click a mouse to arrange their lives, it is nice to find so many people who would rather talk to a real person with knowledge – especially about something so important as a big holiday.

In 2013 I visited Barbados with Laura. The contrasts between the different Caribbean islands are much more distinct than many people realise – it makes them all so interesting but in different ways.

Laura Carpenter – Administration

I have always worked in the travel industry ever since leaving school at the tender age of 16! I previously worked as a travel consultant and also as a business travel consultant for many years which I really enjoyed. I then had a ”career break” for a short while I started my very own little family. Once my son & daughter were old enough to start school, I was then able (and ready!) to get back into the travel industry and in 2012 I was lucky enough to start working for Just Barbados!

I especially love to travel and love being part of a team which make holiday dreams become realities. I deal with the administration of our clients’ holidays ensuring that all the i’s are dotted and t’s crossed. It is the detail which counts so much – reserving the best seats on the plane, arranging comfortable and convenient transfers and of course making sure we reserve the very best rooms!

 

Ange Ripley – Admin Assistant

I joined Planos Holidays in 2002 and worked on the administration of holidays to the Greek island of Paxos. I really enjoyed being part of the travel industry but left in 2006 to have my children – two lively young boys! I was delighted however when the opportunity arose to re-join the administration team of what is now the Just Grenada Group in 2017. It is great to see how the company has grown and evolved over the years and I’m really looking forward to getting to know the Caribbean…perhaps a visit?

Eddie

Our newest addition to the team, Eddie…
One year old now and a real character. A Spaniel/Labrador cross and he has the qualities of both breeds, but being a youngster he still has occasional lapses – and the chewed computer cables and telephone wires are proof of that.

Archie RIP . . .

Our little man, who has been on every newsletter and all our websites for 14 years, has gone where the good doggies go. A faithful and constant companion who was with us for what seems like a lifetime, the office will never be quite the same – and nor will we…….  RIP little chum

Our Team on Barbados

Our representatives in Barbados are Remac Tours, owned and run by Reynold McClean.  Reynold and his team will be on hand to assist you in any way possible during your stay. They will arrange courteous drivers to meet you at the airport to take you to your chosen hotel.

Reynold is assisted by a wonderful team of talented travel professionals, namely Angelina and Kemar and they will be available throughout your stay to assist you and to advise you about ways in which to get the most out of your holiday. They organise an excellent range of tours and trips and we will send you details of these excursions with your travel documents. You can see more detailed information by looking at https://www.remactoursclassic.com/

In the unlikely event of anything going wrong during your stay the staff at Remac Tours will be your first point of contact – they will give you 24-hour contact phone numbers when you arrive at the airport.

We encourage you to call the office with any questions you may have or to arrange any tours etc but also bear in mind that your hotel staff will be more than happy to help with local information and tours.

Pack for a Purpose

www.packforapurpose.org

We are delighted to be a supporter of this excellent charity. It is so simple – when you are packing for your holiday, just pack a small bag with things that are desperately needed by charities in the islands – light things like pens and pencils, soft toys etc are especially welcome in the children’s homes – and it can be collected from you at the airport. It is really easy for you to help – ring us for full details.pack for a purpose logo

Water-to-Go

We’ve partnered up Water-to-Go in hope of reducing the use of single-use plastic bottles by offering our clients a 15% discount on filtered water bottles.  Water-to-Go will donate a further 15% of these sales to our chosen charities. Click here to obtain your discount code and to read more about Water-to-Go.