Fine beaches, plentiful shopping, and a festive nightlife make Barbados a tourist magnet. Luxury hotels are part of the island’s attractions, too, and here are some we discovered.
Perched atop a beachfront cliff along Barbados’ West Coast is the 4-star Crystal Cove Hotel, which has a distinct Caribbean charm. Book yourself a suite, and take in the view of the garden or the ocean from the balcony. Enjoy a relaxing dip in the freshwater swimming pools, just a stone’s throw away from the beach. Gather your sports buddies for a round of golf in the Royal Westmoreland Golf Course & Country Club. Or enrol your kids in the Tommy Turtle Kids Club, which offers children's programmes, activities, and babysitting.
A stay in the hotel isn’t complete without trying its three famous restaurants. You’ll have a memorable al fresco dining experience at Reflections Restaurant by the pool. For a relaxing view of the beach while you eat, try the Drifters Beach Bar, and have fine wine to go with your lunch or dinner. But for a unique dining experience, reserve a table at the Cave Bar and lounge underneath a waterfall while enjoying cocktails.
Another hotel worth checking out is the Fairmont Royal Pavilion on the eastern edge of the Caribbean Sea. Dubbed “the jewel in the crown of Barbados,” this elegant hotel offers exclusive golf courses, snorkeling and water skiing. Satisfy your craving for international and Caribbean fare at the Palm Terrace Restaurant, which offers mouth-watering dishes such as jumbo shrimp and vegetable tempura, tropical fresh fruit salad with mango sorbet, and olive-chili roasted rack of lamb. Dine in the open air-bistro Café Taboras and enjoy specialties such as the Bento Box (grilled ginger shrimps, Togarashi tuna, and vegetable spring roll) and Turkey panini.
Other Barbados hotels include Sandy Lane Hotel, The House, and Tamarind Cove.