With a choice of luxurious beachfront retreats lapped by gentle waves and an infectious tropical heartbeat, blissful Barbados has an endearing charm! Today this tiny island in the eastern Caribbean offers everything from magnificent, tranquil beaches to dramatic cliffs, rugged rolling hills, superb restaurants and picture-perfect golf courses. And it’s particularly popular with British travellers; the quaint little villages, with their churches and cricket pitches, are rather redolent of home, albeit with the occasional monkey in the trees to remind you that you’re in the tropics.
The west coast is where it’s at for endless white sand beaches and grandiose high end hotels, and if you need a new outfit for dinner then hit the chic boutiques of Holetown’s Lime grove shopping mall and get your fix of designer shopping. Jump on a local reggae bus to get into the island spirit, or hire a car and spend a more sedate afternoon exploring the east coast’s sleepy local villages and dramatic Atlantic coastline.
Here are some of my thoughts on some of the hotels I was lucky enough to experience!
Cobblers Cove – When you walk through the stunning gardens upon arrival at Cobblers you instantly feel relaxed. I just loved all the pastel colours in the rooms and bright spacious feel to them…. The food in Camelot was absolutely superb and we left feeling like we had made friends with everyone! Will the General Manager is a very friendly charismatic guy and he really takes the time to get to know every one of his guests. I would highly recommend Cobblers to couples wanting an intimate hideaway.
Sandpiper – I loved the new lap pool they have built within the beautiful gardens at Sandpiper this is a great addition to the main pool. Harold is a very famous bar tender at Sandpiper he has been at the hotel for over 25 years and is loved by so many guests the beach bar is named after him! The beach is lovely here and the rooms with a contemporary twist – I really loved the atmosphere here!
Colony Club – Colony Club has a fantastic vibe to it, set on a really nice beach with lots of complimentary water sports. This is a great option for families especially with teenagers. Our junior suite rooms were very nice and spacious. The service and food was great too and the lagoon pool winds itself through the beautiful gardens at Colony making a nice escape from the beach. Part of the Elegant Hotels water taxi transportation is also available to the sister hotels nearby.
Dining out on Barbados can be smart or barefoot, with reservations essential in high season. We highly recommend The Cliff (simply the best restaurant in the Caribbean), but you’ll be spoilt for choice as there are so many other superb places to eat on the island, including Daphne’s, elegant Cin Cin by the Sea and the cool, contemporary Lone Star Garage. For a taste of authentic Bajan cuisine, try Angry Annie’s or Ragamuffins in Holetown, Pisces at St. Lawrence Gap or Champers overlooking Accra Beach.