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Barbados may be only around 21 miles long and 14 miles wide, but this island is 166 square miles of beauty and culture. It’s east of the Caribbean Sea in the western Atlantic Ocean, and its highest point, Mount Hillaby, serves as a lookout with stunning views. Adventurous travelers will revel in exploring the island’s deep caverns, lush primate-filled forests, pristine, white-sand beaches and rocky cliffs. Beautiful coral reefs circle a large portion of the island, and water activities like snorkeling, parasailing and windsurfing are prevalent here.
There is no hotel in Barbados as legendary as Sandy Lane. Originally built as a sugar plantation, it has since hosted celebrities (from Jacqueline Onassis and Gwyneth Paltrow to Bill Gates and David Beckham) and royals (including Queen Elizabeth herself) since it was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1961. With 113 spacious rooms and suites, this beachfront resort also has four restaurants, seven bars and a massive 47,000-square-foot spa to help you detox from the previous two amenities. In addition to plenty of water sports, Sandy Lane is renowned for its three golf courses—most famously the Green Monkey, a Tom Fazio-designed course, which is exclusive to guests.
Often ranked among the most romantic resorts in the Caribbean, The House is highly creative in how it offers ultra-luxury services to guests. The attention starts the moment you arrive at the hotel with a revival massage and ends with every guest getting a warm farewell from the entire staff. This adults-only resort is located right on the west coast beach in St. James, and it features 34 suites with stunning sea views—accommodations have marble bathrooms with rainfall showers and beautiful views. A champagne breakfast is served in the morning, and each afternoon a tea service refreshes guests.
Situated between lush gardens and beautiful beachscapes, this all-inclusive, adults-only establishment is located in the St. Lawrence Gap area on the island’s south coast, near Dover Beach, the Allamanda Beach Boardwalk and the Christ Church Parish Church. It has 280 smoke-free rooms and suites with elegant furnishings and a stocked refrigerator. The accommodations also have a balcony or patio with views of the beach, ocean, pool or tropical garden. Some even have a swim-up pool or tranquility soaking tub. Sandals Barbados offers a comprehensive scuba diving program, and guests may also enjoy riding on a glass-bottom boat or playing pool volleyball.
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The Crane Resort
Established in 1887, The Crane Resort first-served prosperous residents and legendary visitors such as William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, who famously once paid for his stay with a gold chain and fob watch. (True story. The family still has this keepsake.) While the resort honors its past, it is a modern, elegant place to lay your head near Crane Beach, the U.S. Embassy and Hunte’s Gardens. The Crane Resort is family-friendly, too, with a kids’ club, a children’s menu in restaurants and babysitting services. It has a garden-view and ocean-view suites. Guests can access the beach via a staircase or elevator, and the Beach Hut provides umbrellas, towels and loungers to them. The Crane Resort also has an onsite spa, tennis courts, pool complex, shopping area and gym.
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St. Peter’s Bay Resort
The beachfront St. Peter’s Bay Resort offers a combination of luxury and world-class services. The family-friendly resort features paddleboarding, scuba diving, kayaking and snorkeling. It also provides ample opportunities for rest and relaxation by its pools or on the beach. The Sandbox Tree Spa offers upscale spa treatments. The villa-style accommodations have terraces with spa pools and fully stocked kitchens. Located on the northwest coast of Barbados, St. Peter’s Bay Resort is near the Speightstown Mural, Gibbs Bay and the St. Peter Parish Church.
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Coral Reef Club
Located on 12 scenic acres on the west coast of Barbados—near Holetown Beach, Winward Islands and the Folkestone Marine Park—the Coral Reef Club provides beachfront living at its best. It has 88 beautifully decorated rooms, cottages, suites and villas, and the accommodations have mahogany furnishings, walk-in showers and high-end toiletries. There are two tree-lined swimming pools as well as access to water sports equipment like snorkeling gear and kayaks for beachgoers. Complimentary tennis coaching is also offered on the resort’s two courts. And there are three popular golf courses, including the world-renowned Green Monkey.
The Sandpiper is a boutique, family-owned resort that’s the sister property of the Coral Reef Club. It has 50 rooms and suites, including three Tree Top Suites, with amenities like private plunge pools and sun decks. The Sandpiper has lush gardens with footpaths for guests to enjoy the full beauty of the landscape. The family-friendly resort also has activities for kids, a children’s room service menu, babysitting services and access to the playground at the Coral Reef Club. The Sandpiper is in St. James near Holetown Beach, the Lime Grove Shopping Center and Chattel Village.
As a beachfront haven on the west coast of Barbados, Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels is a few miles south of Holetown. It is near the Windward Islands, the Sunset Crest Shopping Center and the Sandy Lane Golf Course. Its 88 rooms and suites within attached cottages are beautifully whitewashed and trimmed in vivid pastel colors. Inside, each has a Caribbean flair. Some accommodations are even just steps from the beach. The resort has free-form, tiered pools and a popular swim-up cave bar. As an all-inclusive resort, your meals and beverages are included. So are motorized water sports, water taxi rides, and ambassador services at the beach and pool.