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Barbados

Best Hotels in Barbados

This picturesque island offers plenty more besides the long, glorious beaches you'd expect from the Caribbean. Exotic cuisine, intriguing historical monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage site, grand plantation houses to exquisite botanical gardens are all waiting to be explored. You'll find Caribbean traditions melded into the highest standards of comfort, as you enjoy exhilarating water sports set in lush rainforest while dancing to the reggae beat at one of its many festivals sipping rum with the locals.

Butterfly Beach Hotel

Two glorious sandy beaches are on the doorstep of this modern, attractive hotel. And those views are never far away as you relax in the oceanfront pool surrounded by whirlpools, and a beachside restaurant serving a choice of Caribbean and international favourites. For shopping or a night out on the town, Oistins is just a 10-minute stroll away, or hop in a taxi for a short trip to historical Bridgetown and learn more about this fascinating island.

Club Barbados Resort and Spa

Overlooking the sea, this peaceful resort offers everything for an adults-only holiday. Tucked away and intimate, there's a split-level swimming pool that connects with two other pools, along with a full-service spa and an abundance of water sports that include reef fishing, kayaking and windsurfing. Become immersed in the Bajan way of life with rum tasting at the bar and traditional music and entertainment in the evening, as well as savouring the local cuisine in a choice of two restaurants.

Sugar Bay Barbados

The Sugar Bay Barbados is set on the seafront, laden with palm trees and exuding a laid-back glamour you'll just want to indulge in. Distressed-wood furniture and bold splashes of colour feature in colonial-style buildings, providing the backdrop to two pools, a swim-up bar and hot tub. Couples and families alike can enjoy a range of water sports, luxury pampering at the spa, or be fascinated by the historic Garrison district less than 10 minutes' drive away.

Southern Palms Hotel

You won't miss the Southern Palms Hotel with its candy-pink, colonial-style buildings, peeking out from the palm trees on the edge of a beautiful white-sand beach. Relax in one of the two pools, then savour some local Bajan cuisine in the restaurant. And after a quick round of tennis or mini-golf, enjoy the Caribbean sunset with cocktails and evening entertainment before heading over to the lively town of St Lawrence Gap, just a few minutes' walk from the hotel.

Turtle Beach Resort

With its peaceful beachfront spot, palm gardens and luxury rooms, this hotel bears all the hallmarks of the Caribbean holiday experience. When not lounging around two pools, there are complementary sessions from the hotel's Aqua School, a host of exciting activities and not forgetting a spa to ensure you completely unwind. And as younger ones enjoy Kids Club, kick back and enjoy regular refreshments served to your sun lounger. In the evening, nightlife hotspot St Lawrence Gap is a short stroll away.

All Seasons Resort Europa

Relax the minute you arrive in one of this resort's spacious self-contained apartments, set in four acres of lush tropical gardens. Lounge by the pool, stroll through the palm trees to the beach, and enjoy a taste of the true Caribbean with one of its cocktails at the poolside bar. You'll find an activity or water sport from the many available to suit everyone, and don't miss the free shuttle to Holetown, a bustling town with many shops and restaurants.

Island Inn

This stylish and intimate Caribbean retreat is footsteps away from the picturesque Pebbles Beach in the beautiful Carlisle Bay. Built in 1804 as a rum store, today you can enjoy its sun-terraced pool, local Caribbean and international dishes at the restaurant and cocktail bar complete with live music lasting well into the evening. Its old-world charm continues when you visit the Garrison area of historic Bridgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage site, less than a mile away.

Accra Beach Resort and Spa

Just 20 minutes from the airport and located on one of the Island's most popular beaches, this lively hotel is perfect for families and couples alike. Its pool, surrounded by lush gardens, has a sunken bar, plus there's a hidden cave and shallow bank for kids to enjoy. Four restaurants serve a selection of local and speciality dishes, that sometimes feature jazz, barbecues and even fire-eating. And for a spot of nightlife, St Lawrence Gap is a five-minute taxi ride away.

Radisson Aquatica Resort

The long, sandy beach of Carlisle Bay spreads out in front of this colourful hotel. Reflecting the island's signature rainbow colours the Radisson Aquatica has an oceanview pool, many restaurants and a fitness centre. Further immerse yourself in Bajan life by taking a short stroll to many of its local attractions. There is the George Washington House museum, the Garrison Savannah where horses have been racing for more than 100 years, and check out Bridgetown with its many bars and restaurants.

Coconut Court Beach Resort

Winner of TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for three years now, this family-run hotel combines incredible hospitality and exotic surroundings to create a relaxing Bajan experience. Its secluded location set on a white sandy beach is a protected lagoon and nesting place for marine turtles, while lush gardens surround a lounger-strewn pool and several bars and caf├ęs. A weekly cocktail party and regular lively entertainment by the restaurant completes the picture for an amazing holiday.