Living the high life in Barbados
In Barbados, it’s easy to feel like a celeb, with pristine beaches vying for your attention and warm waters beckoning swimmers and those wanting to try out some underwater exploration. There are also plenty of other options for jet-set days in the sun, for example, Christ Church has a selection of top-notch golf courses catering for beginners and pros. There’s also a choice of elegant restaurants serving both gourmet dishes and Bajan specialities.
St James is a regular haunt of the rich and famous and aside from fine dining and spectacular beaches, provides shopping opportunities galore in the guise of chic boutiques and upmarket emporiums. And, in Holetown, enjoy lazy beach days, souvenir shopping and a low-key nightlife featuring authentic rum cocktails and Caribbean music.
Other popular holidays in the Caribbean
When it comes luxury escapes, Barbados is just one holiday option, there are many other Caribbean islands to choose from such as Aruba, with it’s incredible beaches and candy coloured buildings, lush St Lucia, famous for its rainforests, or Jamaica, offering an enticing holiday cocktail of upmarket resorts and laid back reggae rhythms.
But, if you’re set on Barbados check out our travel guide to find out more. Here are a few luxury hotel ideas to get you started.
Sample a jet-set lifestyle in sun-kissed Barbados
A flight of around nine hours will take you to Barbados for warmth and sunshine throughout the year.
Average daytime temperatures are 30° C and sunshine totals around 3,000 hours per year, so there really is no bad time to take your luxury break.
This laid-back island offers the perfect setting for complete relaxation – with 92 kilometres of golden coastline it’s ideal for sun-worshippers, watersport enthusiasts and those wishing to escape reality for a few weeks. Aside from the beaches, there are a host of cultural places to visit such as the capital Bridgetown. The city has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status and features a host of historical landmarks as well as numerous shops, restaurants and craft stalls.
Resorts are diverse with Christ Church, the island’s largest parish, offering up an array of elegant resorts and charming fishing villages. St James is popular with the international jet-set and offers a variety of beach types appealing to both families and couples. By contrast Holetown provides a taste of authentic Bajan charm with quaint shops and eclectic dining options.
Just footsteps from the beach, the award-winning Accra Beach Resort and Spa offers a taste of 4* luxury alongside excellent amenities. Laze on a lounger around the inviting swimming pool, head to the swim-up bar to enjoy a cocktail or cool off beside the Lagoon poolside bar. Dining is covered at Pacifika restaurant, serving local dishes, Accra Deck for continental cuisine and Coco Patch offering buffet breakfast and a la carte lunch. Active types can make the most of the hotel's snorkelling equipment, have a workout in the gym or try out boogie boarding. Or for a laid-back indulgence, splash out on a treatment at the Chakra Spa. There's a weekly cocktail party, live entertainment every Sunday with lunch and a weekly barbecue with floor show and a live band.
The adults-only Club Barbados Resort and Spa, with its own beach and sunbathing deck, offers a taste of the good-life through its excellent amenities. The three stylish connecting pools, spa and beach bar provide the perfect venues to unwind, while the hotel's restaurants will satisfy even the fussiest foodies with a selection of Caribbean, Bajan and international dishes. There are a host of sports on offer, including sailing, snorkelling, kayaking and tennis, as well as a gym and sauna. The entertainment programme runs both day and evening events including weekly cocktail parties, cooking classes and rum tasting sessions.
Just steps away from the beach, Mango Bay is close to the resorts and restaurants of Holetown as well as having excellent on-site features. The inviting outdoor pool, surrounded by palm trees and loungers, is the ideal spot to unwind, and you can top off the relaxation with pampering at the spa. If you fancy a bit of adventure, try your hand at water-skiing, snorkelling or kayaking. Meals are served in the buffet restaurant or you can make reservations at the beachfront restaurant, as well as enjoying afternoon teas. There's also regular evening entertainment including live music and shows as well as weekly cocktail parties.