No island in the Caribbean embodies luxury and sophistication quite like Barbados. Far more than a tropical paradise; it’s a place of warm hospitality where fine dining, championship golf, world-class shopping, divine pampering and extraordinary experiences combine to create the ultimate holiday for the discerning traveller.
Barbados has long been regarded as the Caribbean’s culinary capital, attracting food lovers from around the world. It’s home to world-renowned chefs, eclectic menus and chic restaurants with breathtaking views. One of these, The Cliff, is even majestically perched on a clifftop. Its chef, Paul Owen, creates dishes that are not only a feast for the palate but also for the eyes. The place is so popular, some guests book their table as soon as they’ve booked their plane tickets.
Equally impressive is the Rooftop Fusian in Holetown. This contemporary restaurant, known for its stylish, firepit-warmed rooftop terrace and star-lit suppers, offers a blend of modern dishes and local flavours. It’s a truly unique dining experience. Other culinary stars include L’Acajou with its deliciously authentic French cuisine, the exotic Cin Cin by the Sea, and the cosy, charming Champers. With such exceptional restaurants, you’ll never be short of an exceptional dining experience in Barbados.
If you love a stroll down the fairways, you’ll be delighted by the golf courses in Barbados. Notable mentions are the Sandy Lane Country Club, the Apes Hill Golf Club and the Royal Westmoreland Golf Club. Each offers unique golfing experiences set against stunning natural backdrops. If you have to choose just one, the Royal Westmoreland course, designed by the acclaimed Robert Trent Jones Jr., just oozes golfing luxury. This 72-par masterpiece, overlooking the Caribbean coastline, offers a challenging yet rewarding experience for golfers and features a top-drawer pro shop, practice ranges and a welcoming, colonial-style clubhouse.
Top-Class Retail Therapy
A small, laid-back, tropical island might not be the place you’d expect to encounter a sophisticated retail scene but given the island’s attraction to the well-heeled and the resorts Barbados has become famous for, it has shops aplenty to suit its clientele. The Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in Holetown is a prime example, an Aladdin’s cave brimming with delightful boutiques where you’ll discover everything from Cartier to Ralph Lauren, often at duty-free prices. Indeed, this stylish centre has become more than just a shopping destination; it now includes a wealth of fantastic restaurants, bars, art galleries, cafés, florists and even a cinema.
To Die For Pampering
Spa treatments have become a staple of luxury travel, and Barbados offers some wonderfully indulgent spa experiences. The West Coast, in particular, is dotted with luxury spas that offer a wide range of treatments, from relaxing massages to complete wellness packages. Do check out the fantastic Singita Wellness Spa at Mullins Beach. Here, visitors can indulge in various relaxing and revitalising treatments, making it the perfect retreat for holidaymakers coming to get away from it all.
Unforgettable Nights Out
Barbados evenings begin with magical sunsets at which point the island transforms into a nighttime playground. If you prefer a pulsating party atmosphere, head to the lively bars and clubs at St. Lawrence Gap. For a more exclusive evening, try the Nikki Beach Club in St. James Parish. This chic venue offers everything from luxury lounging and fine dining to a charming nightclub atmosphere. If you want the music playing, the cocktails flowing freely, and to let your hair down, this is the place to go.
Private Catamaran Tours
There is no better way to experience the island’s beauty than a private catamaran tour. Forget the tourist areas, sailing on a catamaran gives you the rare opportunity to explore hidden bays and beaches, snorkel in crystal-clear waters and get up close to the exotic sea life that lives among the stunning reefs. The catamarans, of course, can be an experience in themselves. These exclusive charter vessels are beautifully kitted out and come complete with personal pilots, onboard amenities and chef-prepared, gourmet refreshments.
Barbados Luxury Resorts
While there is so much to see and do in Barbados, where you stay is vitally important. If you are looking for Barbados luxury resorts, the most prestigious is Royal Westmoreland in St James. Here you’ll find everything a discerning guest could require. This gated estate, spanning 750 acres, offers just 250 exquisite villas and apartments, each designed to provide an exceptional level of comfort and privacy. Guests at Royal Westmoreland enjoy access to world-class amenities, including the championship golf course, a state-of-the-art gym, tennis courts, on-site dining and a private beach club. Of course, as one of the premier Barbados resorts, you’ll find personal service is first-class and includes a housekeeper, a well-connected concierge and a private chef service.
If you are looking for a getaway on a beautiful island with year-round sunshine, Barbados has it all: gourmet dining, elite golfing, first-class shopping, indulgent spa experiences, fun nights out and off-coast adventures. And with a resort like Royal Westmoreland to stay at, what more could you want?