The Caribbean is a popular destination vacation spot. And why wouldn’t it be? With tropical climates that make summer-time last all year long, with winters mild and sunny, why wouldn’t anyone want to back their bags and take a trip to any one of the islands dotting the Caribbean? Travelers seeking their perfect island vacation ought to turn their eyes onto Barbados.
Considered “the gem of the Caribbean”, Barbados is a small island only 14 miles wide in the Caribbean Sea, bordering the Atlantic. Barbados is a popular destination for couples, families, and corporate retreats. The island is surrounded with warm, white sand beaches, which makes it the perfect place for hotels and resorts.
With so many different places boasting to be the best, it can be difficult to do the research it takes to make sure you’re getting the absolute best out of your vacation. Barbados is a small island, but it’s brimming with activity. Before you decide on a resort, make sure you’re finding the one that’s right for your dream island getaway.
Let’s have a look at the best resorts in Barbados:
1. The Crane Resort
Nestled on a pristine, Barbados beach alongside the Caribbean Sea, the Crane Resort is Barbados first resort founded in 1887. With stunning views and an unspoiled coast, the Crane Resort is perfect for families and couples alike. Guest can take their pick of garden or ocean view rooms and suites with one or two bedrooms. There are also garden or rooftop pools that come with the deluxe suites.
There are 7 on-site dining venues at the Crane Resort, which fill give guests their choice of cuisine from classic Caribbean to casual beachside favorites. Along with the pools and Crane Beach, this resort offers a Serenity Spa and fitness center for guests to align their minds and bodies during their vacation.
2. Southern Palms
Called “the pink pearl of Barbados”, Southern Palms is a retreat that’s perfect for family vacations and reunions. The trade winds make the Southern Palms a perfectly cooled summer escape. Southern Palms offers garden, pool and ocean view rooms with bright colors and luxury amenities. Large families can also get a luxury suite to fit the whole family together.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the Garden Terrace Restaurant with choices of buffet or a la carte meals. Guests can choose between a more casual dining experience, or fine dining. Southern Palms also offers room service for guests who want a private, romantic experience. For fun, there are plenty of things for guests to do, such as snorkeling and paddle-boarding, mini golf and scuba diving.
3. Sandy Lane
Sandy Lane boasts a style that makes it a contender for the most prestigious resort around. This expansive, beachfront property offers guests an array of different styles and types of rooms, including beautiful guest rooms and stunning luxury suites with windows that overlook the ocean. Guests can also rent out a penthouse of villa for large groups or family vacations.
Delicious French cuisine or local Caribbean favorites can be found on-site at one of the Sandy Lane’s three dining venues, lounges or bars. Sandy Lane has an exquisite, 47,000 square foot spa with island-inspired treatments. Along with the beach and all the fun of snorkeling and kayaking through the Caribbean, Sandy Lane also offers the ultimate golfing experience for golf-lovers all around the world.
4. Hilton Barbados Resort
Nestled among the lush, tropical vegetation and the pristine, white sand beaches that lead into the warm waters of the Caribbean, the Hilton Barbados Resort is an island getaway great for couples and families alike. Hilton Barbados Resort offers guestrooms, suites and executive rooms, all with offer stunning, bright views of the ocean. Get a suite and enjoy the warm air and smell of the ocean from a private balcony.
The dining at Hilton Barbados Resort ranges from casual, Caribbean dishes and alfresco dining to steaks and seafood. Along with the poolside bar, guests can also take their meals in private with in-suite room service. Perfect for families, the Hilton Barbados Resort offers a Kidz Paradise Club where children can explore indoor and outdoor activities while parents take advantage of the on-site spa or fitness center.
5. Crystal Cove
Couples looking for a romantic getaway and honeymooners planning their first vacation together will get the most out of the stunning Crystal Cove. This resort offers luxury suites rooms and suites, designed with a Barbados ambiance in mind. Guests will get their fill of ocean views from their private balcony or terrace, or enjoy being surrounded by the manicured, tropical gardens just outside their windows.
Open air bars and restaurants are a staple at Crystal Cove, with oceanfront views while you enjoy your all-inclusive breakfast, lunch and dinner dining options. Guests can try local cuisine, or get healthy, classic favorites served in private or seaside. Crystal Cove offers snorkeling gear, tube rides, waterskiing and banana boat rides, as well as many more options for guests to hit the water and have the time of their life.
6. Sandals Barbados
Located in St. Lawrence Gap, Sandals Barbados is an all-inclusive resort with accommodations that spread over three different, uniquely designed villages. This resort has 280 guest rooms and suites with views of the manicured gardens or the stunning Caribbean Sea. Along with guest rooms or suites, guests can also get a beachfront penthouse, which includes butler service and balconies.
Gourmet dining can be found at any one of the 11 on-site restaurants and 7 bars and lounges, where guests will dine on French, local Caribbean dishes, delicious Japanese and many more areas of the world. Sandals Barbados also offers unlimited watersports such as canoes, paddleboards and snorkeling, as well as scuba diving among the iconic, Caribbean reefs.
7. Ocean Two
Nestled in St. Lawrence Gap, surrounded by an endless view of the Caribbean Sea, Ocean Two is a luxury beachfront resort that boasts an “unparalleled” experience. No matter what you’re looking for when it comes to accommodations, each guest will be able to find a room that fits them. From single studio hotel rooms with a view of the resort and gardens, to a two-bedroom oceanfront penthouse, each accommodation comes with the same stunning amenities and service.
Indulge on local Caribbean favorites and fresh seafood at the onsite restaurants and bars. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are also all available to in-suite private room service dining from 7 in the morning to 10 in the evening. Island adventure is right at each guest’s disposal at Ocean Two, with windsurfing and snorkeling on the beach, or a round of golf at the nearby greens with views of the Caribbean from each hole.
8. Fairmont Royal Pavilion
Hidden away in the town of St. James, Fairmont Royal Pavilion is a secluded and private getaway what boasts all the ambiance of an authentic Barbados home. The property has a half mile long beach and 11 acres of tropical gardens. Perfect for the traveler who wants to escape the tourist locations, Fairmont Royal Pavilion offers 72 guest rooms and suites, as well as a 3-bedroom sea room villa.
Fairmont Royal Pavilion has two on-site restaurants with nightly, themed menus and casual al-fresco dining experience. Guests can also get a casual beachside lunch, or 24-hour room service. All guests will be able to enjoy exciting activities offered by the resort, including swimming with the turtles, ocean swimming and 24-hour access to the fitness center.
9. Turtle Beach
Perfect for families, Turtle Beach is a beachfront property on 1,500 feet of white, pristine sand with expansive views of the Caribbean. Turtle Beach accommodations include stunning junior suites with ocean views, or one bedroom suites that step out onto the garden, or right out onto the warm beaches right in front of the ocean.
An array of international dishes and island favorites can be found at any one of the five on-site restaurants at Turtle Beach, with choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Couples can also get private dining for a more romantic atmosphere. Along with a spa, fitness center and access to the beach, Turtle Beach offers daily activities, and weekly island tours for all guests.
10. The Club Barbados
Located on the iconic and idyllic West Coast of Barbados, The Club is an all-inclusive and adults-only resort, perfect for couples or groups of friends wanting to escape to an island getaway together. The Club has 158 guest rooms and suites, surrounded by tropical gardens or peering out into the glistening blue waters of the Caribbean from the private balconies.
The all-inclusive package at the Club offers guests three meals daily, afternoon tea and unlimited beverages served by the glass, including cocktails. Along with the all-inclusive meals, guests also get access to the fitness center, non-motorized watersports and evening entertainment. The Club also has seasonal activities for all guests to enjoy, so there’s never a dull moment during your entire stay.
11. Cobbler’s Cove
Quiet, private and exclusive, Cobbler’s Cove is located on the pristine West Coast of Barbados, with beautiful beachfront property. This is perfect for travelers who want a secluded vacation, with only 40 suites to give guests a taste of absolute tranquility. Guests can stay in a stunning suite at the Great House, or nestle among the tropical gardens in a garden suite.
The Camelot Restaurant is located oceanfront and on-site at Cobbler’s Cove. The menu is made fresh daily, with local ingredients and seasonal meals that will let guests experience a real taste of Barbados. Excitement awaits just beyond the doors of the resort, with swimming with the turtles’ excursions, island tours or boating tours around the island.
12. Bougainvillea Beach Resort
Bougainvillea boasts a home away from home atmosphere while being settled along a pristine stretch of beach, right along with blue waters of the Caribbean. There are 138 spacious and luxurious guest rooms and suites for guests to stay in at the Bougainvillea Beach Resort, with furnished balconies and terraces, as well as stunning views of the ocean, pools and tropical gardens.
Bougainvillea offers two on-site restaurants, each with their own unique take on gourmet Barbados dining. Guests will also be treated to weekly entertainment such as live bands and local performers. Bougainvillea is centrally located so that guests can explore the nearby attractions, such as the exciting nightlife and nearby tours that delve deep into the historical and cultural heritage of Barbados.
13. Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
Located on a stretch of white sand at Needham’s Point, the Radisson Aquatica Resort has exclusive access to Carlisle Bay, and offers guests an equally exclusive experience. This scenic island getaway has 124 guestrooms and suites for guests to choose from, with views of the entire island or the clear blue waters of the surrounding ocean.
Two on-site restaurants offer an array of dining choices for guests at the Radisson Aquatica Resort. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served with buffet and a la cart options, with a mix of Caribbean favorites as well as seafood or casual bar and grill meals. If staying by the pool isn’t your idea of fun, take on any of the nearby attractions including paddle-boarding into the ocean waves, or take an excursion through the island on a land tour.
14. Sugar Bay Barbados
Perfect for couples, families or groups of friends, Sugar Bay Barbados offers a contemporary, stylist island getaway. This is an all-inclusive resort nestled along a warm stretch of beach, protected by a lagoon. The accommodations at Sugar Bay have a boho-inspired ambiance to them, making your choice between a garden view or oceanfront room easy.
Four dining venues are available on-site for guests, with English-style pub meals, Asian-fusion cuisine, delicious steak or a mix of international and Caribbean flavors. The Creche and Kids club offers supervised activities for children, while the teen clubhouse gives teenagers a place to hang out and make friends. When it’s time for the whole family to explore Barbados together, Sugar Bay offers sightseeing tours all around the island.
15. Mangobay Resort
Mangobay Resort rests in the historic Holetown area of Barbados, and is perfect for guests seeking both an all-inclusive vacation as well as those looking for privacy and seclusion. With only 76 rooms, Mangobay Resort calls to couples and honeymooners, as well as smaller families looking to enjoy peace and quiet on their Caribbean vacation. Guests have their pick of an array of rooms, including standard, deluxe and penthouse suites.
The Julian Restaurant is located beachfront, to give guests dinner with a stunning ocean view, with a mix of buffet and a la carte options of their international-Caribbean fusion meals. The Julian Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For those seeking the ultimate relaxing vacation, Mangobay Resort offers an on-site spa with treatments that are customizable for each guest. Or, for a taste of adventure, guests can hit the water with a glass-bottom boat tour.