Whether providing a chic hideaway for A-list celebrities, hosting wedding celebrations or just pampering a tired professional, Barbados’ luxury Caribbean resorts have all that’s needed when looking to enjoy the best of the island. Dripping with elegance and charm from the very entrance, hotels such as Sandy Lane and Colony Club on the island’s West Coast have become known for the famous faces who make repeat appearances each year.
But, what is it that repeatedly entices visitors? On entry to these resorts, visitors are impressed by the rich, immaculate gardens which surround the property. Not only are these gardens appreciated for their beauty, but they also bring a welcomed sense of privacy for guests. The beauty of the resorts extends to the multiple pools, jacuzzis and hot tubs, ideal for a day in the sun or a great way to recover from dreaded jet lag.
Romance abounds in Barbados and thrives in luxury. It's no wonder so many couples choose the island’s resorts as honeymoon spots or just as an intimate getaway. To the south of the island is the award-winning Sandals Resort, an all-inclusive luxury resort option for adults only. Here, guests are treated to grand suites with fully stocked bars, amazing ocean views and private pools just large enough to fit two.
Additionally, visitors have little to no challenge in making their way to their resort of choice as airport pick up is often arranged before arrival. A smooth air-conditioned ride to the finest resorts on the island is a great way to kick start any tropical vacation.
Exquisite architectural designs standing tall amongst lush vegetation is but a glimpse inside the palatial gates of some of the most luxurious villas in Barbados. Greeted by a full complement of staff, including private chef and butler, visitors who opt for a villa rental are in for a true escape from the restlessness of the world outside, and can instead dive into the thrill of pampering and guilt-free indulgence. Should it be requested, there is the option of having the pantry and refrigerator fully stocked with guests’ every desire.
Several stunning villas including Gardenia, Crystal Springs & One Sandy Lane can be found along the island’s West Coast, aptly nicknamed the ‘Platinum Coast’. Featuring large jacuzzis, marble floors and infinity pools, some villas are spacious enough to sleep up to 10 people while still allowing the intimacy needed for smaller groups or couples. Additionally, the beachside location of many villas ensures that the vibrant hues of blue and silver bouncing off the waves is part of the natural scenery, creating a perfect view. Breezy gazebos, extensive verandahs and charming gardens are staple outdoor features on these properties. They allow families and friends to enjoy the calm of nature without ever leaving the premises.
The vibrant manifestation of Barbadian culture is deeply rooted in its colonial history. It can be said that the majestic cathedral ceilings and textured limestone walls of older buildings tell stories of a Barbados that once was. Several of these buildings have been gently renovated and revived and are now used as boutique hotels and other forms of visitor accommodation. They provide history lovers with a chance to learn more about the former owners and other influential visitors who would have stayed there, too, at some point in time.
Originally built in the mid-1600s, Colleton Great House is the epitome of Barbadian luxury and history. Located in the parish of St. Peter, this architectural gem features not only the great house itself but also smaller apartments and a cottage. Visitors will also notice an on-site museum. Persian rugs, introspective art pieces and antique furniture add a few dazzling highlights to the sophistication of the gracefully aged walls.
How about enjoying the serenity of the island’s beloved east coast at the Atlantis Hotel in St. Joseph. Established almost two centuries ago, the property was the very first hotel to be built in the east of the island. With a few modern enhancements over the years, the Atlantis Hotel has maintained its tranquility which makes it the perfect island getaway. Furnished with classic four-poster beds, the suites of the Atlantis are sure to take visitors on a quiet trip to times gone by.
Over in St. Phillip, sitting gloriously above one of the island’s most spectacular beaches, The Crane Hotel is the oldest operational hotel in the Caribbean. Having mastered the art of providing luxury service since 1887, the resort features spacious colonial-style suites, restaurants and even an art gallery over its forty acres.
Dreaming of staying in the most luxurious of accommodation is the easy part. But the planning can also be further simplified through the assistance of luxury real estate agents here on the island. Barbados Island Villas is one of the leading full-service agencies in the luxury holiday market. From concierge services to property management, their team delivers a dedicated and personalised approach to visitors’ needs and desires, ensuring that the chosen accommodation is perfectly in sync with clients’ expectations.
With over four decades in the industry, the professionals at Altman Real Estate have been a driving force in the world of high-end holidays. Their extensive catalogue features some of the island’s most exquisite properties - prospective visitors will have several options from which to choose, whether it be villas, plantation-style homes or a chic penthouse.
With thousands of satisfied guests, Blue Sky Luxury has also built a solid reputation for exceptional service in the real estate and tourism industries. Their portfolio boasts over 100 deluxe holiday homes, Blue Sky Luxury is sure to have an option or two which aligns with the client’s vision.
Call it an island retreat, a tropical escape or a vacation in paradise. We call it Barbados. Sitting atop the holiday destinations of travel lovers worldwide, Barbados provides all that is craved when in need of indulgence and pampering. Contemporary villas offer the perfect lodging for small group getaways, or for couples in search of a bit of privacy and pampering. Five-star all-inclusive resorts are ideal when looking to unwind in award-winning accommodation. For a more unique touch where history and luxury beautifully intersect, the island offers several historic homes for any stay on the island. Wrapped in warmth and cushioned in luxury, Barbados is the ultimate location for an exclusive and exquisite island holiday.