Looking for the perfect Barbados luxury resort? As a Caribbean travel writer, I've been fortunate enough to explore some of the most luxurious destinations around the world. However, few places have left a lasting impression on me like Barbados. The island is home to some of the most stunning beaches, warm and welcoming people, and luxurious resorts that cater to all kinds of travelers.
There are many great ones to choose from. Each one is a little different and has something special to offer. These are the best 4 and 5-star resorts.
In this review, I will be sharing my personal experiences staying at some of the most luxurious resorts on the island, including The Fairmont Royal Pavilion Hotel, Sandals Barbados, The Crane Resort, Cobblers Cove, Sandy Lane, The House Barbados, and Ocean Two Resort & Residences.
First up, The Fairmont Royal Pavilion Hotel. This beachfront resort is the epitome of luxury - it's so fancy I felt like royalty (in reality, I'm a scruffy-looking freelance writer from the Midwest). The hotel is located on the west coast of Barbados and offers a serene setting for a luxurious getaway. The rooms are spacious and elegantly designed with all the modern amenities you could dream of. The resort's on-site restaurant, Palm Terrace, serves up mouth-watering international and Caribbean cuisine. And don't even get me started on the water sports and activities. The service is top-notch, and the staff is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure a memorable stay.
One of the standout features of The Fairmont Royal Pavilion Hotel is its personalized service. The staff is attentive, friendly, and always willing to go the extra mile to make your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible. The resort is a bit on the expensive side, but the level of service and quality of amenities more than make up for it.
The Fairmont is beachfront on the east side of the Caribbean Sea in St. James, Barbados. It's perfect for golfing, snorkeling, water skiing, and sailing. Children are invited only between March and October.
Next up, Sandals Barbados. This all-inclusive resort is designed specifically for couples looking for a romantic and luxurious vacation. I felt like I had stepped into a movie set, it was so picture-perfect. The rooms are spacious, beautiful, and luxurious. And the six on-site restaurants serve up some of the best international and Caribbean cuisine on the island. The water sports and activities are endless, and the staff is super attentive - I mean, they practically read my mind before I could even ask for anything. The only downside? It's a bit more expensive than some of the other resorts on the island, but honestly, the luxurious and romantic atmosphere is worth every penny.
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Next on the list, The Crane Resort. This luxurious beachfront resort is located on the southeast coast of Barbados, and let me tell you, the views are breathtaking. The resort's rooms and suites are luxurious and elegant, and the private balcony or terrace in each room is a lovely touch. The on-site restaurant, Zen, serves up some amazing international and Asian cuisine, and the world-class spa and fitness center are just the icing on the cake. The only downside is that it's a bit further from some of the main attractions on the island, but honestly, I didn't want to leave the peaceful and private atmosphere anyway.
This resort is set on the renowned Crane Beach - one of the best in the Caribbean. It is a resort full of history - dating back to the 1800s - and offers luxury and all inclusive packages. Here you'll find plenty of privacy with private pools, gardens and rooftop terraces. There are a number of themed restaurants, spa services, and lots of activities.
Reviews are pretty good here. Guests who are looking for peace and quiet love this spot. Staff are friendly and rooms have great views. There's a kids pool which does very well for little toddlers.
Next but not least, Cobblers Cove. This luxurious beachfront hotel is located on the west coast of Barbados and offers a peaceful and intimate atmosphere. The rooms and suites are spacious and elegantly designed, and the private balcony or terrace in each room is the perfect spot to enjoy a stunning sunset. The on-site restaurant serves up some amazing international and Caribbean cuisine, and the range of water sports and activities are endless. The only downside? I couldn't stay forever.
Cobblers Cove is a highly rated resort for “discerning travelers”. It gets excellent reviews and is surrounded by ocean and gardens. It's small with only 40 suites. Their restaurant is an attraction in itself as people travel to dine there.
A number of different specials are offered here like kids stay free and all-inclusive packages. Families enjoy this spot and there are many activities arranged for kids and teens.
Reviewers love this resort with past guests calling in quaint and saying the service is first class. Guests have also stated their best meal in Barbados was at the restaurant here. Many many perfect scores for this spot.
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The following Barbados luxury resorts are not all the full, expansive resorts like the ones listed above. They are smaller or more exclusive or extremely luxurious. We couldn't leave these off as the reviews from past guests are amazing!
Sandy Lane. The name alone is enough to make you feel like royalty. This luxurious resort is located on the west coast of Barbados and is the epitome of elegance and indulgence. From the moment you arrive, you'll be treated like a celebrity. The rooms and suites are spacious and elegantly designed, with all the modern amenities you could ever want. The on-site restaurants serve up some of the best international and Caribbean cuisine on the island, and the resort's world-class spa is the perfect place to unwind and pamper yourself. And let's not forget about the golf course - it's practically a work of art. The only downside? It's a bit on the pricey side, but hey, you can't put a price on feeling like a king or queen for a few days. Trust me, Sandy Lane is worth every penny.
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Ocean Two Resort. Located on the south coast of Barbados, this luxurious beachfront resort is the perfect place to unwind and recharge. The rooms are spacious and stylishly decorated, with all the modern amenities you could ask for. The resort's on-site restaurant, Taste Restaurant, offers up delicious international cuisine and guests can enjoy a range of water sports and activities, including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and snorkeling. The resort also boasts a stunning rooftop terrace with breathtaking views of the ocean and a sleek infinity pool.
One of the standout features of Ocean Two Resort is its warm and welcoming staff. From the moment I arrived, I felt like a VIP. The resort's personalized service is top-notch, and the staff is always eager to make your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible. And with its prime location on the south coast of Barbados, guests have easy access to some of the island's best restaurants, bars, and nightlife.
Ocean Two is a 4 star resort on the south coast. Accommodations range from rooms to suites. The beach here is great for swimming and there's a number of water sports available. You'll also find a pool, a number of restaurants and it's a great spot for weddings.
Reviews are excellent here. Honeymooners love this spot. Rooms are reportedly lovely with great views and couples especially love it here.
Little Arches Hotel. This small boutique hotel is located on the south coast of Barbados, and it's the perfect place for a romantic getaway. The hotel's rooms and suites are beautifully designed, with elegant furnishings and stunning views of the ocean. The on-site restaurant, Cafe Luna, serves up some of the best international and Caribbean cuisine on the island, and the hotel also has a rooftop terrace with an infinity pool and stunning views of the ocean.
One of the standout features of Little Arches Hotel is its intimate and romantic atmosphere. The hotel's staff is attentive and always willing to go the extra mile to make your stay as special as possible. And with its prime location on the south coast of Barbados, guests have easy access to some of the island's best restaurants, bars, and nightlife.
Last but not least is The House Barbados. This luxurious beachfront hotel is located on the west coast of Barbados, and it's the perfect place to unwind and recharge. The hotel's rooms and suites are spacious and elegantly designed, with all the modern amenities you could ask for. The hotel's on-site restaurant, Daphne's, serves up delicious Italian cuisine, and guests can enjoy a range of water sports and activities, including snorkeling, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.
One of the standout features of The House Barbados is its stunning beachfront location. The hotel is located on one of the island's most beautiful beaches, and guests can enjoy stunning views of the ocean from their rooms or while lounging on the beach. The hotel's personalized service is top-notch, and the staff is always eager to make your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible.
Little Arches is a boutique hotel with perfect scores from past guests. It's on a white sandy beach, is for adults only, and has a restaurant that has won a number of titles and awards like "Best Eclectic Food".
Reviewers use phrase like "a piece of heaven" or "a little gem". Honeymooners love it here and reviews are amazingly fantastic overall.
Barbados is a stunning destination that offers something for everyone. Whether you're interested in exploring the island's rich culture and history or simply relaxing on the beach, you're sure to have an unforgettable experience. And if you're looking for a luxurious and indulgent vacation, then Barbados is definitely the place to be. Just be prepared to fall in love with the island and never want to leave.
There are a number of fantastic Barbados luxury all-inclusive resorts. If you're looking for a great all-inclusive resort, start with Mango Bay All Inclusive Resort. You'll also see Turtle Beach, Crystal Cove, Bougainvillea Beach Resort, and The Club, Barbados Resort and Spa which are all 4 or 5-star resorts.
For more luxury resorts in the Caribbean, visit our Caribbean Luxury Resorts page to see the best of the best in the region. We hope you found the Barbados luxury resort you were looking for!
With an upbeat tropical calypso rhythm Barbados these days moves to it's own beat. But the relics of its British Colonial and slave history are evident. In Barbados you will see endless cricket games, pink seas, and wonderfully blue green clear waters. The cliffs hug the Atlantic east coast which can provide spectacular settings, while the west coast is where the spectacular sandy, beaches with a rich marine life are.
You will need a passport to pass through the relatively easy customs procedures which are consistent with most countries.
At the time of writing there was a 7.5% additional tax on your room rate and other GST like taxes added to meals. When it comes to tipping you will usually find a10% fee added to your bill which you can add to.
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When to Go to Barbados
Barbados sees great weather from January to April,as the humidity drops. Hurricanes are always difficult if you are planning in advance, and while the season is from June to November, the hotter patch later in summer is when most storms arrive. You don't need to discount this period entirely at all however. Festivals are common in the tourist season in St. James full of music and fairs of the Holetown festival. April brings the Oistins Fish Festival and then others follow on into the summer.
Flights to Barbados
There are dozens of flights daily to Grantley Adams International Airport including Some from Toronto (5 hours)and New York (3 hours).
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