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5 Great Barbados Hotels

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There are so many great hotels in Barbados and choosing the best is always going to be subjective. The following list is therefore not supposed to be the best, just 5 hotels that are guaranteed to please.

Each hotel is unique and if you decide to stay in any one of them I’m sure you’ll be more than satisfied.

1       Crane Beach Hotel

After landing at Grantley Adams airport take the road less traveled and drive east, you will come to a place that just may be paradise.  At the end of a long drive, and sitting above the famous Crane Beach, a beach that Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous recognizes as one of the ten best beaches in the world, is the first hotel I ever stayed at in Barbados.

The Crane Beach Hotel is a grand coral mansion, with the main villa dating from 1790 and the resort itself, the oldest continuously operating resort in the Caribbean, dating back to 1887!

Luxurious, but laid-back, the Crane’s rooms and suites feature four poster mahogany beds, marble bathrooms, coral walls, and balconies overlooking the restless Atlantic ocean.  If you can drag yourself away from the luxury of your room, just a few steps away is the restaurant L’Azure.  White tablecloths, candlelight and a soft guitar complement the culinary pleasures of L’Azure, brought to you by its Michelin starred chef.  If you prefer something a little more exotic, head over to Zen, where the Thai and Japanese chefs serve Sushi, while you sit in front of a wall of glass and watch the sea pounding against the rocks 50 feet below.  Or, if you just can’t pull yourself away from your room, you can order breakfast served on your own private balcony.

If you don’t ever want to leave, and you certainly won’t be the first, you can now take ownership of the recently developed residences.  You can own for a week, a month, or outright and with less than seven residences per acre, and more than half a mile of ocean frontage, you may never leave this unique oasis of tranquility again.

Ph 246 423 6220

2       The Bougainvillea Beach Resort

The Bougainvillea Beach Resort is the second Barbados hotel I ever stayed at it is a luxurious, oceanfront all-suite resort, with 138 spacious suites, from studios, one and two-bedroom deluxe suites to penthouse apartments.  It sits in a stunning location on one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, with a landscape of lagoon pools, cascading waterfalls and lush gardens.

Ph 246 418 0990

3       Fairmont Royal Pavilion

The Fairmont Royal Pavilion is one of my favorite Barbados hotels.  Fairmont always manage to create hotels that are elegant but still friendly.  The hotel is primarily a couples resort during the high season (November 1 to April 30).  Children are welcome May 1 to October 31.  Each of the 72 ocean front rooms are decorated in a relaxed Caribbean style, with their own private patio or terrace.  There is also a three-bedroom villa hidden in the lush gardens.

Sitting right on a beautiful beach, the hotel feels like a luxurious estate home, blending old world charm with modern conveniences, you won’t be disappointed if you stay here.

Ph 1 866 540-4485

4       The Barbados Hilton Hotel

A five star resort with 350 ocean-view guestrooms.  All rooms have private balconies, separate shower units, high-speed Internet access, and cable TV.  The hotel is built on the Needham’s Point peninsula and has two great beaches. There is a large swimming pool and whirlpool complex, fitness centre, three tennis courts, and a ‘Kidz’ paradise club.  The resort has a number of restaurants and bars, everything from beach bar to gourmet restaurant.

I stayed in the old hotel, which has been demolished.  The old hotel left a lot to be desired but the beaches were spectacular.  The beaches remain the same, and now the hotel is as impressive as the beaches.

Ph 246 426 0200

5       Little Arches

I can’t think of a better place for a romantic getaway than Little Arches.  This privately owned ten-room boutique hotel is an adult-only hideaway just steps from Miami Beach.  King-size beds and air-conditioning is standard, and the oceanfront suites feature private oversized whirlpool spas and terracotta terraces.

Meals are served in-room, poolside or alfresco in the rooftop restaurant.  The hotel’s Cafe Luna is the top rated Zagat choice for best hotel dining experience, number one rated Mediterranean food and number 3 pick for best food overall in Barbados for 2006/7.

Ph 246 420 4689

Barbados is a small island with an incredible range of hotels and guesthouses these are five of my favorites, but there are lots of others.