Thanks to its charming hotels, coral sand beaches and good humoured people, Barbados has been the island of choice for the well-heeled and well-connected since the sixties. Even with the more recent emergenceof ritzy resorts, fashionable restaurants and designer golf courses, the island retains its relaxed West Indian identity. The finest hotels still carefully maintain their classic island style, knowing it is this that keeps people coming back for more. Most of them also continue to be low-rise with the best ones situated along the island’s fabled west coast; handy not only for the championship golf, but also for the gourmet eateries that now proliferate.
HOW TO GET THEREThe frequency of flights to Barbados reflects the island’s unwavering popularity, with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic flying at least daily from Gatwick. The non-stop flying time is about 8 hours 30 minutes, the option of upgrading to the premium cabins, including First, making the journey almost (but not quite!) as pleasurable as the stay.
WHEN TO TRAVELDecember to June are the best months for weather, having an average 29 degrees, low humidity and the lowest rainfall, with both increasing during summer and autumn.
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Sandy Lane is where Barbados gets ultra glamorous. And just like the superstar guests who flock here, Sandy Lane continues to reinvent itself, constantly making the little nips and tucks necessary to keep it firmly in the spotlight.
The Coral Reef Club is a grand dame of Barbados, oozing West Indian elegance and charm. Secluded within acres of landscaped gardens on the tranquil west coast of Barbados, it is owned and run by a family who make personal service and fine dining their mantra.
Sitting on a pristine sandy beach lapped by turquoise waters and an oasis of lush tropical gardens, The Sandpiper is one of the most exclusive small hotels in the West Indies. Its charm, style and atmosphere of pampered privacy are largely thanks to hosts Wayne and Karen Capaldi who have perfected the art of combining meticulous attention to detail with relaxed Caribbean hospitality.
This luxury boutique resort combines Caribbean style and beauty with gracious English country living. Located on the stunning west coast of Barbados and set among beautifully landscaped tropical gardens with breathtaking coastal views, Cobblers Cove offers a haven of grace and tranquillity.
For decades the iconic, multi-award-winning Fairmont Royal Pavilion has been the very epitome of luxury, a Barbadian landmark whose rich history is woven into the island’s legendary hospitality. An elegant retreat that resembles a Barbadian plantation home, it was the first hotel to be constructed on the beautiful West Coast of Barbados.
Saint Peter’s Bay Luxury Resort & Residences is on the North West coast of Barbados, an area of the island that retains an untarnished, genuine charm. The stunning collection of 2 and 3 bedroom beachfront residences and penthouses are teamed with beautiful beaches, plus an array of resort amenities and exceptional personalised service to make life ultra comfortable and enjoyable.
Located on the platinum west coast, Colony Club is a timeless retreat with soaring palm trees, lagoon-style pools and serene tropical gardens. Known for its relaxing ambiance, the hotel appeals to those who enjoy healthy eating and unique-health conscious amenities. All premium rooms and suites have recently been refurbished and offer custom-made wooden furniture, French doors and REN bath amenities.
The House is a cool, grown up resort on the fabulous Platinum Coast of Barbados. An adult-only haven, it’s arresting mix of polished teak, white linens and black and-white photos make it a style statement on Payne’s Bay. The 34 guest suites offer custom-made wooden furniture and French doors opening on to spacious balconies and ocean views. contrast.
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The above temperatures are maximum average temperatures in degrees Celsius. The rainfall is recorded in inches. This information should be treated as a guide only and our sales team will be happy to advise on weather trends, including hurricanes.