Bougainvillea Barbados 4
The spectacular setting and exceptional service make this attractive Mediterranean-style resort an ideal choice for a relaxing escape. The platinum-sand beach lapped by turquoise waters is straight out of the pages of a glossy travel magazine, and the resort’s laid-back atmosphere creates a traditional island vibe. The warm waters are perfect for a paddle or watersports including windsurfing. Find a shady spot by the main pool which meanders through exotic gardens and stroll around the waterfalls and rock pools, framed by the resort’s namesake bougainvillea flowers. This is a family-friendly hotel – kids have their own club with activities including arts and crafts, storytelling and games, and there's also a games room with everything from air hockey to table tennis.Calabash Café offers beachfront dining with local favourites such as blackened flying fish. Enjoy a weekly Caribbean buffet and floor show with vibrant entertainment from fire eaters, limbo dancers and stilt walkers.The studios and suites are generous in size and equipped with a kitchenette or full kitchen, and there's a small shop nearby so you can stock up on essentials. The Two Bedroom Beachfront Luxury Suite – complete with two bathrooms and a living room – is particularly good for families and groups. The Honeymoon Suite on the top floor has stunning ocean views.
Cobblers Cove 5
Centred around a pastel pink plantation house, this intimate home-away-from-home Centred around a pastel pink plantation house, this intimate home-away-from-home is an award-winning retreat. Authentic touches such as decorative coral rock and locally crafted furniture reflect the hotel’s Bajan heritage, and you can expect outstanding hospitality as the warm staff go out of their way to keep you smiling. Lounge on the sundeck as staff offer icy water, fruit skewers and sorbet; explore colourful tropical gardens in search of hummingbirds and Bajan green monkeys; or discover the island’s history on a heritage tour.Renowned as one of the best restaurants on the island, the award-winning Camelot Restaurant serves mouth-watering gourmet cuisine accompanied by an impressive wine list. Feast on local delicacies, such as blackened mahi-mahi. Afternoon tea is served daily in the Pavilion at the Great House – sip tea from fine china cups and enjoy finger sandwiches, scones and pastries. A fruity rum-based ‘Cobblers Cooler’ at the poolside cocktail bar is the perfect way to end your day.The charming suites are set in two-storey cottages in gardens just steps from the beach. Warmly furnished with terracotta tiles and a cosy style, the suites are free of distractions such as televisions so you can appreciate the peace and natural beauty. Upper Circle Suites are tucked away in the gardens, Royal Circle Suites offer sea views, and Ocean Front Suites are just steps from the beach. The elegant Camelot Suites have new bathrooms and a private roof terrace, while Colleton Suites have a private plunge pool, Jacuzzi and stunning ocean views.
Colony Club by Elegant Hotels 4.5
Colony Club by Elegant Hotels
Founded as a private club in the 1940s, this award-winning hotel is built from coral stone with a plantation home style and plenty of Bajan charm. There are loads of activities including free motorised and non-motorised watersports, yoga classes and stand-up paddleboarding tours to spot sea turtles. Or just help yourself to sun cream and refreshing lemon water from the pool hut and unwind by one of the four lagoon pools that meander through magnificent palm-filled gardens sprinkled with waterfalls – a stay here can be as active or laid-back as you want.Begin your evening with pre-dinner cocktails at the beautiful and airy Plantation Lounge. Feast on international dishes with a Bajan twist at the Laguna restaurant which serves healthy dishes seasoned with herbs from the hotel's organic garden and offers gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian options. Enjoy happy hour and stunning sunsets at the stylish Sunset Bar & Deck which offers themed dining events such as the superb Seaside Grill night. A range of health-conscious treats are also available throughout. Visit the hotel’s Rum Vault, the first of its kind on Barbados and featuring a collection of 150 international rums.Ocean View Rooms are perfectly positioned for admiring sunsets. Access the lagoon pool directly from your balcony or terrace in the Luxury Swim Up Poolside Room and enjoy sea views from the spacious One Bedroom Ocean View Suites.
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Coral Reef Club
Follow a sweeping drive lined with mahogany trees to the coral-stone great house of this award-winning resort that blends classic Bajan charm with contemporary luxury. While long-established traditions such as afternoon tea are still in place and loyal guests return year after year, this family-owned and run resort is also attracting new guests keen to experience the resort’s renowned colonial charm, impeccable service and fine dining. Breathe in the sweet scent of the frangipani trees as you follow winding paths through landscaped gardens to the exceptional spa or the golden beach.Dress up for dinner at the elegant Restaurant which offers classic dishes with a Caribbean twist and beautiful sea views. With daily changing à la carte menus you will find plenty to tempt you, including freshly caught seafood and tasty desserts such as flambéed pineapple drizzled with rum. Enjoy cocktails and live music at the chic bar and don’t miss the weekly barbecue which is accompanied by a lively floor show with limbo dancing and fire eating.Each of the colonial-style rooms is named after local flowers, trees and fruits, and range from smaller rooms for solo travellers to spacious villas for families. Garden Room/Cottages are set in the gardens. Luxury Plantation Suites are perfect for honeymooners – they have a four-poster bed, private plunge pool and sea views, and come with inclusions like afternoon tea plus a stocked bar and bottle of Champagne on arrival. There are also two villas – the three bedroom Tamarind Villa and four bedroom Ixora Villa – which are the perfect secluded retreats for families or groups.
Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels 4
Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels
If you want the personalised service and boutique feel of a small resort, but without sacrificing great dining and a host of facilities, then this chic family-friendly resort is ideal. Take a dip in one of the multi-tiered pools edged with pretty rock pools and cascading waterfalls, breathe in the sweet scent of the frangipani trees and watch hummingbirds hover around tropical flowers. Stay cool on the fine white sands as Beach Ambassadors present you with cold towels and tasty treats such as ice cream and fresh fruit. The ocean is lovely and calm for swimming, and all motorised and non-motorised watersports like waterskiing are included. Younger ones have access to the Flying Fish kids’ club, with a playground and interactive pool and beach games.Reflections is an elegant poolside venue for all meals and you can sample the island’s fantastic seafood at the weekly Bajan fish fry. Enjoy informal meals for lunch and dinner at Drifters Beach Bar which also serves daily afternoon tea – a selection of calming teas served with tasty sweet and savoury pastries. Head to Vista Coffee & Wine Bar for speciality coffees, sweet treats, tapas-style light bites and a variety of red and white wines. Swim under a waterfall to order icy daiquiris at the redesigned Cave Bar which hosts live music several nights a week. The terrace lounge is the perfect place to enjoy the island's incredible sunsets. If you fancy a change of scene head to selected Elegant Hotels sister properties and take advantage of the resort’s dine-around programme.The contemporary rooms are set in clusters of low-rise buildings on a hillside but the walk up is rewarded by lovely views. It's worth upgrading to an Ocean View Room for the views, while the spacious One Bedroom Pool/Garden View Suites and One Bedroom Ocean View Suites are ideal for families as they feature a second bathroom and some are split-level.
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This chic Palladian-style hotel has sweeping staircases, gleaming marble floors, exemplary service and plush suites – experience the best in Bajan hospitality and prepare to be treated like a VIP. Kick back under the signature pink parasols on the platinum beach and relax as little ones have fun at the fantastic Treehouse Club, which offers a range of activities and games for guests aged 3-16. Whether you're travelling as a family or a couple, are in search of a spa-focused holiday or want to spend as much time on the green as possible, we offer a selection of special packages with fantastic inclusions.Enjoy fine dining and informal meals at the four restaurants, each with their own style and vibe as well as superb menus and settings. Afternoon tea is served on the Lower Terrace, and Bajan Blue is renowned for its sensational Sunday brunch – an array of mouth-watering dishes from sushi, crab and suckling pig to delicious miniature desserts. There’s also a wide choice of bars ranging from casual beach bars to chic lounges and lively entertainment.Each of the beautiful rooms and suites is elegant and airy with a large terrace or balcony. The Orchid Rooms overlook tropical gardens and Luxury Ocean Rooms have sea views. For families or groups the Luxury Orchid Suites or Luxury Dolphin Suites are ideal as they have two bedrooms, a living area and terrace with dining area. The five-bedroom Villa at Sandy Lane is the epitome of exclusivity. It is set in beautifully landscaped gardens at the heart of the resort and has a team of staff to cater to your every whim – we can think of nowhere more indulgent for a family retreat.
Tamarind by Elegant Hotels 4.5
Tamarind by Elegant Hotels
This welcoming and relaxing resort blends Mediterranean and Caribbean styles, with its white-washed buildings and terracotta roofs. Stroll along powder-soft white sands to the watersports centre and try your hand at waterskiing. Wander through landscaped gardens to courtyards dotted with fountains or head to the adults-only pool and relax as pool ambassadors provide you with cold eucalyptus-scented towels, drinks and coconut ice lollies.As part of the hotel's all-inclusive package you can enjoy breakfast on the terrace, beachfront dining at the main restaurant which offers themed menus and live music plus authentic coastal Italian cuisine at the newly opened Positano restaurant. Inspired by the cool chic of Miami’s South Beach, the Rilaks Deck is a stylish venue for cocktails and light snacks. At the Sunday beach party you can sample local grilled specialities and dance to the steel pan band.Rooms vary from simple Pool/Garden View Rooms to spacious One Bedroom Suites which are ideal for families and groups. Opt for an Oceanfront Room or Suite for the chance to watch fiery sunsets over the sea from your balcony or terrace.
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Fairmont Royal Pavilion
This award-winning, colonial-style hotel is set across beautiful pastel-pink blocks framed by towering palm trees, in one of the island’s finest beachfront spots. Spend your time lazing on the idyllic stretch of powdery golden sand and soaking up unobstructed sea views from the hotel’s stylish restaurants. Explore the 11-acre gardens and keep an eye out for mischievous green monkeys clambering in the fig trees, or choose a book from the hotel’s library and unwind in your own private spot. If you're lucky you could even get to enjoy a seasonal swim with the turtles experience.Indulge in open-air dining under the stars with the sound of the waves lapping the shore, and enjoy low-key entertainment from local musical talent. The stylish, beachfront Palm Terrace Restaurant is open for breakfast and serves exquisite local and international dishes, with breathtaking sea views. Poolside restaurant Taboras is a relaxed and romantic setting for à la carte lunch and dinner – enjoy the catch of the day, a barbecue and delicious Bajan cuisine, all accompanied by live music.The newly refurbished rooms and suites have chic Barbadian beach house vibes, with soothing cream and white décor, sleek floors and spectacular sea views. Each room includes daily buffet breakfast, airport fast track service, a weekly Manager's cocktail reception and all non-motorised watersports. Luxury Oceanfront Rooms have glass-fronted balcony rails to enhance your ocean views even further. For guests travelling with family, the Villa – Two Bedroom Suite or the Three Bedroom Villa are ideal. These spacious retreats give you extra privacy and more room to stretch out in. If you’re staying in any of the suites or villas, you’ll have swish extras including in-room amenities, evening canapés and daily afternoon tea.
Accra Beach Hotel & Spa
If you're looking for a hotel set directly on a picture-perfect beach with a fantastic selection of shops, restaurants and nightlife on your doorstep, then Accra Beach fits the bill. Cross the bridge over the lagoon-style pool and follow the short winding path through the gardens to the beach. Recline on a sun lounger under the shade of a palm tree and admire the sweeping curve of talcum-powder sand and turquoise waters. Swim beneath the pretty waterfall in the pool to the hidden cave or perch on an underwater stool at the swim-up bar while sipping on a refreshing rum punch. Stroll along the scenic boardwalk which runs alongside the beach to discover local restaurants and bars.If you opt for one of the meal plans then you have a choice of three restaurants. Head to the sea-view terrace at Coco Patch where you can enjoy breakfast and light meals during the day. The Accra Deck offers fine dining on the beautiful oceanfront and the resort's new restaurant, Pacifika, serves Pacific Rim cuisine including Japanese, Thai, Indonesian and Chinese. Entertainment is pretty low-key but there is a lively weekly floor show with steel pan bands, fire eaters, stilt walkers and limbo dancers.The hotel has a variety of rooms and suites which offer various views, ranging from simple Island View Rooms which overlook the resort and busy streets, to the tranquil Oceanfront Rooms where you can relax in a bubbling Jacuzzi on your balcony while gazing out to sea.
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This welcoming resort is ideal for those looking for sun-kissed relaxation, a great all-inclusive package and easy access to Holetown’s shops, restaurants and bars. Sip a deliciously cool rum punch under shady palms and tropical flowers by the lagoon-style pool, feel the ocean breeze in your hair as you sail along the coast, or stroll down the beach in search of secluded coves. Join a catamaran tour for the incredible chance to see hawksbill and leatherback turtles and look for other local wildlife such as monkeys, mongooses and the graceful egrets that come to roost at night.The beachfront restaurant and bar offers a casual setting for all meals and nothing is too much trouble for the friendly staff who are happy to accommodate any dietary requirements. Start your day with an expansive buffet breakfast accompanied by ocean views, and take a break from sunbathing or watersports to enjoy afternoon tea. A range of Caribbean and international dishes are served at lunch and during candlelit dinners where typical dishes include speciality grilled steaks, freshly caught seafood and tempting local desserts such as coconut cream pie. Join the fun at the popular weekly barbecue night and enjoy a range of entertainment, from low-key piano music to lively limbo dancing.The contemporary rooms are set either in the main building or in a separate block. Standard Rooms overlook the front of the hotel or the garden and are closer to Holetown’s lively streets while Oceanfront Rooms offer a more tranquil setting and the chance to awaken to the sound of the waves lapping the shore. Standard One Bedrooms are ideal for families as they feature a separate living room and bedroom.
Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa
This charming and intimate Mediterranean-style resort is tucked in peaceful hillside gardens and is perfect for the best of coast and countryside. Choose your favourite spot from the wooden swing chairs and sun loungers – beneath the shade of a tree or by the pool. The spacious rooms and suites have a seating area and balcony or terrace, and some come with a kitchenette. One Bedroom Suites have tropical garden or partial ocean views and the Garden View Suites can interconnect to form a Two Bedroom Suite.Hop on the free shuttle to Little Bristol Beach Bar pub, Nikki Beach, Port St. Charles Marina and Speightstown Open Window. Wear comfy shoes for the Gully Walk, where the gardener takes you on an informative tour of the grounds and surrounding forest before presenting you with a freshly-made coconut drink straight from the trees.There are two open-air restaurants to choose from here, with plenty of choice and changing menus – enjoy fresh soups, fish including marlin and swordfish and delicious desserts like pineapple upside-down cake with coconut ice cream. Hearty breakfasts and lunches are served at La Salsa Restaurant & Bar with panoramic views over the pool and surrounding greenery, and you can book dinner either here or at Sandy's Chattel Bar, a hidden gem on the edge of the property which is tucked on the hillside and overlooks the forest below. Weather permitting, you can also enjoy international and Caribbean buffet dining by the pool on selected days. Finish the day with a delicious rum-based cocktail at the laid-back bar.
The Club Barbados Resort & Spa
Perfect for sun-drenched relaxation on the island’s ‘Gold Coast’, this resort has a peaceful vibe and is within easy reach of lively Holetown. The friendly staff are a real credit to the resort and repeat guests are greeted like old friends. Relax on the sandy terrace set in an elevated position above the sea and walk down a few stone steps to the narrow strip of low-tide beach framed by rocks studding the shore. A short stroll takes you to one of the beautiful larger beaches on either side of the resort or you can follow walkways through the pristine gardens to three pretty pools divided by a whirlpool waterfall.The oceanfront Sunset Restaurant offers all meals, plus afternoon tea and a Saturday night barbecue serving sensational seafood, steaks and chicken. Experience an authentic taste of the Caribbean and mouth-watering local dishes such as mahi-mahi and beef in rum-pepper sauce at the Bajan-style Enid’s Restaurant. Sip cocktails at the laid-back Bajan Rum Shop Bar or explore Holetown’s vibrant night life.Rooms are comfortable with dark wood furnishings and standard amenities. Superior Garden View Rooms offer a balcony or terrace and overlook the pool or gardens. Ocean Loft Rooms, without balconies, have fantastic sea views from a tranquil fourth floor setting. Listen to the soothing sound of the waves in one of the Superior Oceanfront Rooms which are close to the ocean.
If you are looking for a romantic setting, fantastic dining and a host of activities then this Luxury Included® resort ticks all the boxes. Stroll through the gardens to Maxwell Beach and sink your toes into the soft sand as friendly staff bring cool drinks to your sun lounger. Relax in the beachfront whirlpool while gazing out over the ocean or choose from a range of sports and activities. If you long to explore the island then you can venture out of your tropical retreat to discover the best of Barbados with Island Routes Caribbean Adventures.With 11 gourmet dining experiences there is something to suit every mood and occasion. Discover diverse cuisines from around the world, including Bombay Club — Sandals’ first Indian restaurant, teppanyaki-style dishes at Kimono’s, juicy steaks at Butch’s Chophouse and indulgent desserts at Café de Paris – a Parisian-style patisserie. You can also enjoy regular theme nights and weekly events including a beach party and Caribbean night. Stay cool in the day while sipping cocktails at the swim-up bar and enjoy unlimited and all-inclusive 5-star Premium Liquors in the evening while watching the flickering flames of one of the romantic fire pits. As part of Sandals' exclusive 'Stay at One, Play at All' exchange programme, you'll also have access to the amenities, four bars and nine restaurants at neighbouring Sandals Royal Barbados.Rooms are set in three different areas: the Caribbean Village which is nestled in tropical gardens, the Crystal Lagoon Village which overlooks the sparkling lagoon, and the Beachfront Village which offers sea views. Upgrade to an opulent Beachfront One Bedroom Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub for exquisite views over the turquoise sea.
Sea Breeze Beach House by Ocean Hotels 4.5
Sea Breeze Beach House by Ocean Hotels
This superbly renovated, intimate all-inclusive resort occupies a magnificent stretch of beach and is equally suitable for couples and families, with designated areas set a comfortable distance apart. Kids can splash around in the family pool before heading to the Lil Dippers Club for Playstation and Nintendo games plus films; teens can enjoy gaming, air hockey, table tennis and indoor basketball in their own area, Shore Break Lounge; and the adults-only area has exclusive Jacuzzis. Relax in the hot tubs or on the wet deck of the lap pool, or take advantage of a couples’ in-room spa service. Sink into one of the luxurious sun loungers and stay cool without moving a muscle as friendly pool attendants offer icy towels and delicious sorbets. The views across the water to Oistins Bay are spectacular or, to enjoy a different perspective you can swim out to the floating sun deck and gaze back at the coast. Choose a spot along 300 metres of beachfront, whether you’re after an area suited for watersports or a more secluded setting that’s perfect for swimming.The beautiful new Mahogany Lounge serves delicious Bajan and Caribbean cuisine and has a trendy beachside bar. Enjoy fresh seafood and steaks for lunch and dinner at Aqua Terra, with casual lounge seating on a sunset deck. Tuck into made-to-order pizzas, pastas, salads and tasty dishes hot off the grill at The Flying Fish. Dress to impress at the sophisticated Cerulean restaurant for fine dining and exquisite sea views. For a supplement, head to the Chef’s Table for a superb five-course menu paired with premium wines, in selected pop-up locations around the property. Satisfy sweet cravings with a homemade pastry, ice-cream or Bajan Cutter (filled roll) at the newly added De Rum Shop Café, which also offers rum tastings, ice-cold local Banks beer, fruity rum punch and rum-infused gourmet coffees. Enjoy laid-back evenings at a choice of bars with regular live music. For a supplement, indulge in private dining either cliffside, in the gazebo or on the sand.The beautifully renovated rooms and suites are all very spacious with a beach-chic style – picture grey wood, splashes of turquoise and colourful prints. Classic Collection rooms are set in three locations with different views. We recommend upgrading to one of the conveniently located Classic Poolside/Garden Rooms or one of the Classic Ocean View Rooms. The Luxury Collection suites are set in the heart of the property and offer extra space, stunning sea views and luxurious extras such as a daily pre-stocked mini bar and a daily in-room canapé selection. Luxury Oceanfront Junior Suites have a spacious balcony with panoramic ocean views.
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Little Good Harbour
This charming hideaway is set in a sleepy fishing village and offers a refreshing alternative to the livelier west-coast resorts. Here, you can experience the best of both worlds – enjoy the friendly service and amenities of a boutique hotel as well as the home comforts, exclusivity and privacy of a villa. Nothing is too much trouble for the welcoming staff who go out of their way to make you feel at home. Sink into a sun lounger by one of the pretty pools or cross the road to the small but beautiful white-sand beach. Go snorkelling in search of colourful fish or head out on Captain Dwayne’s water taxi for the chance to spot turtles.The 17th-Century fort has been carefully restored and houses the celebrated Fish Pot Restaurant which is renowned for its delicious seafood. Set across the road from the cottages, the restaurant offers a romantic setting for candlelit dinners with spellbinding ocean views and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. We recommend booking for dinner as this popular restaurant attracts locals and visitors from all over the island. Kuoni customers can also enjoy an exclusive meal here during the summer.The charming and spacious suites are set in white-washed cottages sprinkled in the gardens or within the historic fort at the water’s edge. Each suite features Balinese furnishings, airy living space and a fully equipped kitchen complete with fridge, oven, stove and microwave. One Bedroom Garden Suites are split-level and overlook the gardens. The Two Bedroom Ocean Fort Suite is even more spacious and is set on the upper level of the historic fort with en-suite bedrooms and incredible ocean views – perfect for families. Kitchens can be pre-stocked with groceries before your arrival so that you’ll have everything you need waiting for you when you arrive. For a water's edge option, go for the Three Bedroom Oceanfront Fort Suite which is just steps from the sand.
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Sugar Bay Barbados
This resort is tucked away in tropical gardens edging a protected lagoon and soft white sands; the beach is home to nesting leatherback turtles, and the tranquil bay’s calm waters are a great alternative to the crashing surf of other south-coast resorts. The elegant interiors are cool and airy with boho-chic furniture and a blend of contemporary and traditional touches – from sparkling chandeliers and lush plants to bright prints and a wall of colourful chattel house shutters.Lounge by the small pool, sip cocktails at the swim-up bar or enjoy a siesta in one of the hammocks strewn between palms. Reef serves delicious dishes and themed buffets including Caribbean and Mediterranean. There are two superb speciality restaurants – Sizzle Steakhouse and UMI, an Asian-fusion restaurant – and a traditional rum shop for lunch, snacks and drinks, with specialities such as spicy fried flying fish and coconut cream pie. Evenings are fairly low-key with live music and film nights on the beach.The contemporary rooms are set in the main building or on the hillside, with a balcony or terrace, free Wi-Fi and toiletries by The White Company. Signature Rooms offer pool or garden views. Upgrade to a Deluxe Signature Room for extra space or an Oceanfront Room for stunning sea views. The Family Suites have a separate living room with sofa bed and are ideal if you’re travelling in a small group.
Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels
This beachfront boutique-style hotel is divided into two sections — the beach side which is home to the family-friendly rooms and lounge pool, complete with cabanas and day beds, or across the road in the peaceful adults-only area where you'll find the spa, serenity pool, whirlpool and yoga pavilion. Guests staying for five nights or longer can enjoy between one and three free spa treatments depending on room type, including massages, soothing facials and pedicures.Guests are encouraged to stay fit and healthy with a range of activities, from motorised watersports to fitness classes. When it comes to dining there are plenty of healthy options as well as some indulgent treats. Shiso serves freshly made-to-order Asian dishes and sushi while Seascape offers Mediterranean-infused cuisine with stunning open-air views of the sea. Grab a wrap and latte to go at Kýma, the coffee bar and deli which also offers a range of tempting pastries and ice creams. Relax by the pool or on the beach as the hotel’s ‘ambassadors’ bring round iced water, frozen grapes and ice creams to cool you down. And if you fancy a change of scene you can take the complimentary water taxi to select sister hotels on the west coast and make the most of the group's Dine Around Programme.The eco-chic rooms have neutral tones and splashes of colour. Families are welcome in the Oceanside Building while the adults-only rooms are located in the Spa Building. Standard Guest Rooms include one spa treatment per guest. The Pool View Spa Guest Rooms have a balcony, overlook the Serenity Pool and include two spa treatments per guest. The spacious Oceanfront Split-Level Rooms have incredible sea views and three spa treatments per guest.
South Beach Hotel by Ocean Hotels 4
South Beach Hotel by Ocean Hotels
This wonderfully central hotel emulates the chic laid-back cool of Miami’s South Beach, with its Art Deco-style lobby and stylish pool area, complete with plush loungers. After you’ve been welcomed with a delicious rum punch, you’ll be itching to sink your toes into the sand or explore the local shops and bars. Lively St Lawrence Gap is just a 20-minute walk away and you can hop in a cab to Bridgetown. Cross over the road to reach one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, where guests can enjoy complimentary beach service with sun loungers, or sip cocktails and keep cool with complimentary ice lollies by the pool which runs along the length of the property.Breakfast is served poolside or in the air-conditioned restaurant, and you can enjoy a range of restaurants within a short walk of the property. Don’t miss daily cocktail specials at the poolside bar and the chance to mingle with fellow guests at the manager’s weekly cocktail party.The spacious rooms and suites have a fresh and stylish design with splashes of yellow and grey plus modern amenities. Junior Suites have a kitchenette and balcony with pool views, while One Bedroom Suites have a balcony, living area and full kitchen. The One Bedroom Penthouse has a large balcony offering the best views over the Caribbean Sea. Make the most of your suite's cooking facilities by arranging for the concierge to stock your kitchen with your favourite food and drinks, ready for your arrival.
Treasure Beach by Elegant Hotels 4.5
Treasure Beach by Elegant Hotels
Treasure Beach lies on the picture-perfect Platinum Coast of Barbados, just a stone’s throw from one of the Caribbean’s most distinguished and desirable coastal hotspots, Sandy Lane. This recently refurbished boutique resort has a culinary and art focus and offers outstanding service, with Beach and Pool Ambassadors on hand to provide extras like refreshing poolside drinks and cool towels. There’s an excellent choice of aquatic and land-based activities; your romantic getaway could feature free paddleboarding lessons on the calm seafront, exclusive tours of pottery studios and local galleries, and serene nature excursions.For dining, the hotel’s Tapestry Restaurant has a broad range of enticing menus including brunch, tapas and Chef’s Palette – an inspirational à la carte menu from award-winning chef Javon Cummins which expertly blends Caribbean textures and flavours. Indulge in a Chef’s Dinner for two, enjoy a different cocktail each evening at the beautiful Batik Bar. You may even like to try an authentic sommelier or mixology experience at its Wine Cellar, a charming venue which hosts regular tastings. While Treasure Beach prides itself on mouth-watering local cuisine, guests can also enjoy a variety of signature experiences at selected nearby sister properties as part of the hotel’s Taste of Elegance Dine Around Programme. It’s easy to get between resorts, too, as Treasure Beach’s personalised Water Taxi service will whisk you along the coastline on your culinary journey.The hotel has 35 luxury one-bedroom suites, adorned with regional and local art. Each suite has separate living space and a private balcony or patio. To soak up the iconic turquoise waters and marvel at the spotless white sands, upgrade to an Ocean View One Bedroom suite. The Deluxe and Luxury Ocean View suites have a private outdoor plunge pool.
Sandals Royal Barbados
Sandals Royal Barbados
Head down to south-coast Maxwell Beach and you’ll find this recent addition to Sandals’ portfolio, the younger sister to neighbouring Sandals Barbados. It follows the same Luxury Included® concept with great service and an incredible range of facilities and watersports, but also has some particularly neat features. The sleek white-washed design is punctuated with an eclectic mix of Mediterranean-style terracotta roofs and thatched rondoval cottages; there’s a glass-fronted infinity pool which cascades down towards the beach, framed by futuristic pyramid-shaped cabanas. Take a break from sunbathing at Sandals’ first four-lane bowling alley, grab a drink from the adjacent Lover’s Lanes Craft Beer Bar and unwind in the rooftop pool as the sun sets over Oistins Bay.As well as the usual array of outstanding dining, we love the pair of new restaurants here. Visit Chi Asian Fusion to experience the flavours of China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam all in one menu; discover the lesser-known delights of US food at American Tavern, from New England Clam Chowder to Maryland Crab Cakes. Be sure to try Sandals’ debut gourmet doughnut shop and Jerk Shack, too. As part of the brand’s exclusive 'Stay at One, Play at All' exchange programme, you'll also have access to the amenities, bars and restaurants next door at Sandals Barbados.Rooms are light, splashed with seaside colour and spread across three areas – Royal Seaside Village opens out onto Maxwell Beach’s white sands, the Rondoval Suites are in the middle of the resort and South Seas Village sits at the other end. Go all out and choose one of the beachfront rooms – the Beachfront One Bedroom Skypool Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub has a private cantilevered infinity-edge skypool, and the Honeymoon Suite is literally steps from the sand.
O2 Beach Club & Spa by Ocean Hotels
The fresh and contemporary O2 Beach Club & Spa is fronted by a sweeping, palm-lined beach with talcum soft sands and an exclusive feeling. The name gives a clue to the vibe here: it’s a cool and contemporary beach club with glistening pools (there’s one for everyone and a couple that are for adults only) and casual bars and eateries only a few steps away from your memory-foam sunbed. The resort’s spa offers a wide range of muscle-melting treatments. You can even gain a few new skills when you are on holiday thanks to the range of hands-on ‘How to’ experiences that range from steel pan playing and rum punch making to Hobie Cat sailing. If you upgrade to the Concierge Collection, you’ll receive one of these experiences free during your stay.Elements is the resort’s main restaurant where a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. In the evening, there’s also the opportunity to enjoy à la carte dishes. An alternative casual option and both lunch and dinner is the open-air Blue Fin Beachside Grill where the dishes come with a side of sea views. For an evening of fine dining, head to Oro which also also comes complete with exceptional views of the Caribbean. On Saturday, the beach becomes a lively dining spot as guests enjoy Bajan specialities with their toes in the sand. Possibly the most spectacular venue at the resort is the Brisa Roof Terrace, a bistro where you can snack on small plates and take in views of the famous Oistins Bay.Each of the rooms and suites is modern in style with splashes of colour and a covered private balcony or terrace. The Club Rooms have a king-size bed and island views, however we highly recommend upgrading to either the Luxury Collection Suites or the Concierge Collection Suites. Alongside the all-inclusive package, you’ll get extra benefits such credit to use at the spa, speciality concierge service and access to Sea Breeze Beach House and Brisa rooftop pool from 10am to 4pm. Golfers will also love these suites; one round per person is included for stays of five nights or more from November to April and unlimited rounds are included from May to October.
The House by Elegant Hotels 5
The House by Elegant Hotels
From the moment you step through the oversized wooden doors into the airy reception area, The House’s beguiling atmosphere begins to work its magic. The sight of the turquoise sea just beyond certainly helps to induce an instant feeling of relaxation, as does the warm welcome from your personal service ambassador – there are no front-desk formalities here. It all adds to the feeling of being in a discreetly luxurious private home, where comfort comes first and the days unwind however you choose. With its hard-to-better beachside setting, laidback culinary scene and imaginative selection of things to do, The House is destined to become one of the island’s best-loved adults-only, all-inclusive resorts.That sense of being nurtured is very much to the fore at the new boutique spa, whose two treatment rooms are scented with calming gardenia, neroli, petitgrain and sweet orange. It’s also a theme that runs through the various activities on offer, from yoga in the verdant gardens to water sports that combine mindfulness with exploration. We love the stand-up paddleboard sessions, where you can glide above gently waving sea grass looking for sea turtles, while kayak trips provide a chance to explore the glorious coastline further. The calm Caribbean waters are the perfect place to learn more pulse-racing activities such as waterskiing and Hobie Cat sailing with complimentary lessons from Aqua School’s expert instructors.There are just 34 spacious rooms and suites at The House, many with ocean views. The décor is minimalist without being cold. Whitewashed walls and neutral soft furnishings are complemented by bright local artworks and vibrant cushions, all designed to evoke the barefoot chic of a private beach house. If you’re happy to trade a sea view for a backdrop of scented tropical plants, the private plunge pool of a Garden View One Bedroom Suite is just the place to cool down on a hot day. The Ocean View One Bedroom Suite has two bathrooms – helpful if you like to take your time to get ready for an evening out – and two terraces or balconies for sunset gazing.