Yellow for the Sand, Blue for the Sky and the Sea… These are the colors of Barbados! It is THE place for sophisticated sun-seekers who want their Caribbean vacation to be more than just a daily swim in the pool! A charismatic island rich in culture, with miles of palm fringed beaches and a perfect climate boasting year-round sunshine. Beach freaks, sports enthusiasts, nature lovers and party people all love the charm of this Caribbean paradise. Explore the land of magnificent beaches, sugar cane fields, exotic botanical gardens, colorful wooden houses and rum shops. Be delighted by the Bajan hospitality, as this is one of the fondest memories you will take home with you!
The SOUTH COAST of Barbados is a curious mixture of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. This coast is more lively than the West Coast but calmer than the restless shores in the East. The South coast offers something for everyone – calm swimming, snorkeling over inshore reefs and tidal pools, and at the southernmost tip of the island – windsurfing.
The South Coast is home to such attractions as St. Lawrence Gap, Mt. Gay Rum Distilleries, Ocean Park Aquarium and of course the capital city, Bridgetown.
The WEST COAST of Barbados is often referred to as the “Platinum Coast” and is renowned for the clear warm waters that lap gently onto golden sands. This coast is ideal for your Caribbean vacation whether it is a family holiday or a romantic getaway.
At each of the many beaches you will find the calm azure waters of the Caribbean Sea with clean coral sands, a perfect picture of a serene Caribbean paradise. Nearby attractions include the Harrison’s Cave, Folkestone Marine Park and Barbados Wildlife Reserve. The bigger settlements are Holetown and Speightstown.
On the “Wild” EAST COAST huge Atlantic waves crash along the shore and these beaches are better suited for walking and sunning. However there are a few good places to splash along this coast – as the waves break over rocks and reefs, small pools are formed close to shore – natural swimming pools! The area is less developed but it is famous for its natural beauty. Sights include the Andromeda Gardens, Morgan Lewis Windmill and St. John’s Parish Church.
Barbados offers a wide variety of HOTELS for any price range – from moderate self-contained units to beachfront luxury resorts. Some hotels offer all-inclusive plans but most properties price themselves as “room-only”. If you decide in the favour of a room with a kitchenette – you can save on the restaurant bills, but be aware that even the basic groceries in the supermarkets are quite pricey. Here is a few choices to look at, something for every taste and budget.
Mango Bay ***+, Holetown, St. James
Mango Bay is definitely my personal favourite! This property gives you the carefree all inclusive plans in intimate and friendly settings of a small resort in a premium beachfront location. Mango Bay offers 76 guest rooms all of which with furnished balconies or patios. All rooms include 1 king bed, twin beds are available on request. The one-bedroom feature a separate living/dining area and are ideal for families. For those who desire more luxurious accommodations, the two Penthouse Suites are located on the West End of the 4th floor of the main building of the hotel. These wrap-around suites are glass enclosed on two sides, feature a separate living area and offer panoramic ocean views. Since 2007 guests can enjoy relaxing treatments at the “Elements” spa.
The cozy on-site beachfront restaurant offers nightly live entertainment and meals that are a mixture of buffet and table d’hote options, featuring a fusion of Caribbean and International cuisine. The restaurants, bars and boutiques of fashionable Holetown are just steps away and the capital, Bridgetown, is a 25-minute drive south. Rack rates start from $USD 385 for DBL room, low season, all inclusive.
Settlers Beach ****+, Holetown, St. James
Settlers Beach is a tranquil beachfront property, located on the posh West coast of Barbados, within walking distance of Holetown. It offers accommodation in luxurious bungalow- and townhouse-style villas that can be used as one- and two-bedroom units.The 22 villas are scattered around in the tropical gardens centering around a beautiful freshwater pool with an elegantly tiled deck. The villas are set far enough apart to ensure privacy and comfort, yet close enough to be neighborly. The hotel features an on-site Italian restaurant and lounge “Spago”. Hotel guests can get passes to a nearby fitness facility and tennis courts, etc. There is a nice but small white sand beach, which can be quite lively during peak periods – but the guests can use the beach of the next door The Sandpiper Hotel as well. Adjacent Holetown offers different choices for entertainment and dining.
Rack rates start from $USD 334 for Garden/Pool Villa and $262 for an Apartment, DBL occupancy, no meals, low season.
Colony Club ****, Porters, St. James
Colony Club is a magnificently restored former gentlemen’s club, where old world charm meets new world standards of quality and comfort. Arriving at Colony Club is like being transported back to a bygone era of elegance, you know that an exceptional experience awaits. The grand Casuarina lined driveway leads to a beautiful hotel set by a fine stretch of beach. This hotel offers impeccable service, luxury accommodation, complimentary water sports and spectacular natural surroundings. Its pleasant ambience expands to all 96 of its tastefully appointed guest rooms and suites. Four lagoon-style pools flow through seven acres of tropical gardens, reviving the times in its legendary history. Guests will enjoy a beach and poolside concierge service, 2 restaurants and bars, internet access, complementary water sports etc. Additional room types and meals packages are available upon request. Rack rates start from $USD 285 DBL pool/garden view room, no meals, low season.
Almond Casuarina Beach resort ****, Dover Beach, Christ Church
Almond Casuarina Beach Resort is set on 10 acres of tropical gardens, with numerous mature trees and lush tropical foliage, bordering on the white sands of Dover Beach, not far from the St. Lawrence gap. This newly refurbished resort was opened in 2007. Combining beautiful natural settings with elegant sophistication, it comprises 267 rooms in total, divided into 6 categories and located in several blocks set in the tropical gardens. They offer all beach facilities, 3 pools, full-service spa, kids’ club, etc. The Almond Casuarina Beach has a selection of 3 gourmet restaurants and 4 bars – and similar to Almond Beach Village and Almond Beach Club & Spa, guests can take a shuttle to enjoy dining at the Almond sister resorts.
Rack rates start from $USD 615 for DBL room, all inclusive, low season.
The Crane Resort and Residences ****, The Crane, St. Philip
Set on the world-famous Crane Beach, overlooking a perfect azure blue sea, the Crane Resort is the Caribbean’s first resort hotel. This unique landmark hotel built in 1887 and fully restored and expanded since then, has an enchanting ambience, elegance, old-world charm and incredible natural beauty with a romantic sense of seclusion. Developed on a phased basis from its original 18 rooms over the last eight years, today this premier residential resort features 202 rooms, 3 restaurants, a 1.5 acre multi-cascading pool complex and a beach that has been rated one of the ten best beaches in the world. This hotel has many room categories available, such as 1-Bedroom Oceanview Suite, suites with private pools, etc. Meal plan options are available.
Rack rates start from $USD 150 for standard DBL room, no meals, low season.
Island Inn ** , Aquatic Gap, Bridgetown area, St. Michael
Island Inn was originally constructed in 1804 as the Rum Store for the British Military. This small and friendly hotel is a nicely restored and refurbished. The inn’s historic Garrison Building features a large central courtyard. Each of the 23 rooms is unique -the ones in the original historic building feature four-poster mahogany beds set against the 200-year old exposed brick, the newer block offers spacious rooms with Caribbean style furnishings, most have patios opening to the pool or the gardens. The delightful tropical setting of this all-inclusive hotel is great for weddings, cocktail parties, and al fresco dining. It is two minutes walk from the beach and less than a mile from the centre of Bridgetown. The friendly service of this place has given it good reviews on various interactive hotel sites. Rack rates start from $USD 210 for DBL room, low season, all inclusive.
All Seasons Hotel Europa ***, Palm Ave, Sunset Crest, St. James
All Seasons Hotel Europa is a newly renovated apartment hotel, one of the island’s best value properties. Tucked away from the main road amidst tropical coconut trees, the hotel is within walking distance of the beach, offering a total of 48 cottage style units with full kitchen facilities and token-operated air conditioning. Surrounded by well-kept gardens, the hotel is an ideal spot for a totally relaxing Barbados break. There is a basic bar/restaurant on the property and there is a variety of shops, restaurants and bars in the nearby Holetown. The resort offers complimentary scheduled bus service to nearby beaches and attractions. Continental breakfast packages are available upon request. Rack rates start from $USD 140 for DBL poolside room, no meals, low season.
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