With a brilliant turquoise ocean, gleaming white sandy beaches and palm-fringed beaches, it’s no surprise that Barbados comes in as one of our most popular Caribbean islands. But with its popularity comes a wide range of hotels and resorts and it becomes almost impossible to choose which resort is best for your needs. Luckily, our travel experts are always in the field, trying and testing out the right hotels for you. We sent some of our Caribbean experts to Barbados to discover the best beach resorts and this is what we found…
Sandals Barbados is an adults-only resort situated on Dover Beach on Barbados’ South Coast, home to the largest river pool in the Caribbean. The resort is an impressively large, spread-out resort located within lush gardens and a stunning stretch of beach. Some suites offer the added luxury of butler service or outdoor tranquillity soaking tubs. Dining is a gourmet affair with a choice of 13 restaurants offering everything from Italian to Japanese cuisine. Daily entertainment includes beach parties and a variety of exciting themed nights so it’s a great choice for a social holiday. For those who wish to simply relax, The Red Lane Spa® is available with exclusive Sandals products. Browse our holiday offers.
Why we ❤ it: Club Sandals and Butler rooms give you instant access to the Club Lounge where added benefits are available. You also get an upgraded minibar in your room and exclusive invites to special resort events such as a Martini Evening, wine tastings and cocktail parties
Recommended for: Couples, same sex partners and people who want a lively resort close to nightlife
Tamarind by Elegant Hotels
Tamarind by Elegant Hotels is a contemporary hotel suitable for all ages situated on a beautiful palm-lined beach on Barbados’ famed Platinum Coast. Offering Bed & Breakfast up to Full Board, the resort has a mix of rooms and suites with garden or ocean views. There are three restaurants on-site, including the Tamarind restaurant, Miami beach-style Rilaks deck and an informal open-air restaurant that serves a full, freshly-prepared breakfast buffet each morning. Entertainment is available most evenings until 10pm with local bands from around the island. Other features include a Kids Club, non-motorised watersports offered at the beach and a choice of 3 swimming pools – so if you want a quieter pool area, it will not be difficult to find one. Browse our holiday offers.
Why we ❤ it: The resort offers Sunday beach parties, special themed menu evenings and a water taxi service to sister hotels
Recommended for: Families, couples and groups
The House by Elegant Hotels
The House by Elegant Hotels is a minimalist all-suite boutique hotel for adults only. It offers a mixture of traditional and modern suites with a balcony or terrace and views of the garden and ocean. A plunge pool is available in just three of the suites (available on request only). Other benefits of the suites include a “meet and greet” at the airport, a complimentary one way transfer and an ‘unpacking service’ if required. Enjoy complimentary champagne breakfasts and evening cocktails on the main deck or enjoy romantic beach dining on request. Low key entertainment is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays with local bands. Browse our holiday offers.
Why we ❤ it: All guests receive a 30 minute Jetlag Massage on arrival. You can also dine at the famous Daphne’s restaurant which is on the resort’s doorstep
Recommended for: Honeymooners and clients who prefer a quiet luxury resort with dedicated service
Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels
Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels is an all-suite All-Inclusive resort in the south of Barbados, named after the sea turtles that nest here. Accommodation is available in a variety of Junior Suites with garden and pool or ocean views. Facilities include two freshwater swimming pools, watersports and three restaurants offering international cuisine and all-day dining, to Italian fare (reservations required). The resort offers live entertainment most nights and you can take advantage of the complimentary sailing boats, boogie boards and snorkelling gear. The resort is close to the St Lawrence Gap where you will find a variety of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Browse our holiday offers.
Why we ❤ it: The kids club offers an exciting full activity programme
Recommended for: Friends, families and couples
The Sandpiper is situated in the prestigious St. James Beach area on Barbados’ West Coast. Enjoy a mix of colonial and contemporary style with 50 rooms comprising of garden rooms, one and two bedroom suites, a beach house and penthouse treetop suite with a private sundeck and plunge pool. The resort is quite intimate and offers only one restaurant with a weekly changing menu that ranges from Asian fusion to European dishes. Entertainment is available daily during the winter months and 3 -4 evenings a week during the summer. Enjoy a great location close to Hole Town for the famous 1st and 2nd Street nightlife, and Lime Grove for shopping. Browse our holiday offers.
Why we ❤ it: Enjoy a nightcap at the famous Harold’s Beach Bar which is named after one of their longest serving employees. Harold is still at Sandpiper so you may see him!
Recommended for: Friends, families and couples
Port Ferdinand Luxury Resort & Residence
Port Ferdinand Luxury Resort & Residence is a villa complex set just above historic Speightstown on the north-west coast of Barbados. The resort is made up of one, two or three bedroom harbourside villas with great views across the marina and beyond. The villas are stunning and contemporary in design and feature marble and limestone finishes with large covered terraces and dining areas overlooking the marina. While the resort is not on the beach, there is a stunning 500 foot beach in a tranquil bay not far from the resort where you can make use of watersports. Other facilities include a fitness centre, Sandbox Spa, Kids Zone, and a water taxi service available to sister resort, St Peters Bay and Speightstown. Browse our holiday offers.
Why we ❤ it: There is a VIP “meet and greet” at the airport and an option to order pre-arrival groceries
Recommended for: Couples, families and friends who want a home away from home. We would recommend a car if you are going to stay here (parking is available). It is also highly recommended as a great twin centre if you want to mix it up with a different island or resort
Sugar Bay Barbados
Situated within the Garrison Historic Area on the south of Barbados, Sugar Bay Barbados is an All-Inclusive property with a Caribbean twist. The resort offers a bohemian atmosphere with Bajan facilities, perfect for families and honeymooners alike with a white sandy beach alongside a peaceful bay. Guests can enjoy bright tropical colours throughout the resort and 138 rooms, made up of Signature, Family and Ocean rooms with a balcony or terrace. Dine at Reef with its Caribbean buffets or Sizzle Steakhouse which is a favourite with the locals. Other facilities include an in-house spa, a Kids/Teen club and crèche for children. Complimentary watersports are available at the beach. Browse our holiday offers.
Why we ❤ it: Dine at the Mongoose Pub which looks like a typical English pub where you can watch the sport with a pint or two
Recommended for: Friends, families and young couples
Sandy Lane is one of the Leading Hotels of the World, situated on the stunning West Coast of Barbados. The décor is traditional mixed with colonial and offers vibrant pink colours throughout. The rooms are luxurious with features like marble floors, plantation style furniture and large private verandahs. Every room has its own remote control gadget that operates anything from the curtains to the surround sound entertainment system. Enjoy beachside dining at Bajan Blue and L’Acajou and sample an array of old and new world wines – the Laurent Perrier Pink Champagne comes highly recommended! Other facilities include 3 world-renowned golf courses (including the prestigious Green Monkey), Treehouse Club for kids, a spa and a gym with a very enthusiastic trainer. Browse our holiday offers.
Why we ❤ it: The Sandy Lane Suite offers a private entrance via an elevator with 4 bedrooms, an infinity pool on the terrace and direct access to the beach
Recommended for: Anyone and everyone used to a high standard of accommodation, good food and faultless service. We recommend the Orchid two bedroom suite for families – while it has no ocean view, it offers extremely good value for money!
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Doreen Derozario is a Senior Travel Consultant with over 30 years’ experience working in the travel industry. She has travelled extensively throughout the Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Asia, Middle East, USA and Europe. Call her on 0207 849 4047 for expert advice on Barbados.