The Barbados West Coast is the place you should stay if you are looking for luxury accommodation and the calm Caribbean Sea.
The west coast of Barbados is quite lively during the day with plenty of duty free shopping selling elite goods that you may not even be able to purchase in your home country.
There are also lots of water sports and dive operators on these golden beaches. At night there are some exquisite restaurants looking out over the tranquil ocean and some late night bars and lounges; however this side of the island doesn't have any nightclubs.
There is a main road running alongside the shoreline from Bridgetown up to Speightstown and either side of the road is lined with accommodation. There are self-catering apartments, guesthouses, hotels and villas.
On the west coast you can enjoy an eight-mile stretch of golden sand and calm sea, where the waves just gently lap in, so no matter where you choose to stay on the west you are guaranteed a great beach nearby.
Swimming on the west coast is more like taking a bath, as the water is quite warm and so gentle that you can just float and enjoy basking in the warm sunshine.
The west coast is the real playground of the rich and famous, this is where well known celebrities choose to buy houses and often while relaxing on these beaches you will see film stars racing past on jet skis, or a huddle of paparazzi hiding in the bushes.
In making your decision of where to stay, you need to decide on the best type of accommodation for your group, are you travelling just with your partner and don't want to be tied to set meal times, then perhaps you should consider a self catering apartment.
All apartments on the west coast are clean and comfortable and cater to the higher end of the market so you can expect the decoration to be of a high standard.
Perhaps you are travelling with a young family, in which case an all-inclusive hotel would suit the children and you can relax while they are entertained in the kid's club. This can be a great idea as the children can eat whenever they are hungry and you don't have the hassle of getting them ready each time you need to go out.
One of the most popular forms of accommodation on the Barbados west coast is a luxury villa or condominium. These are ideal if you are travelling in a larger group and they usually come fully staffed so you benefit from having your own luxurious home for a couple of weeks.
You can decide on what time you would like to eat, and you can decide what you would like to eat. The majority of these properties come with their own swimming pool so you can enjoy privacy and a peaceful atmosphere as you look around your tropical garden.
Another great benefit of staying on the west coast is the great golf courses on your doorstep; firstly heading up the west coast road towards Holetown you will find the world famous Sandy Lane Hotel.
Here there is a fantastic golf course frequented by golf professionals such as Tiger Woods. Further up the same road on your right you will see Royal WestMoreland, another outstanding golf course.
At Sandy Lane you will also find excellent accommodation at the hotel, and great villa's to rent on the Sandy Lane Estate.
At Royal Westmoreland there are also superior properties to rent and buy.
Another up market development with great rental and purchasing opportunities is Port St. Charles in the parish of St. Peter, right at the top of the west coast main road heading in to the north of the island.
This marina type development has very high end properties with exceptional fixtures and fittings such as marble bathrooms and mahogany hand made furniture, some properties even come with their own mooring for your yacht if your stop in Barbados is during a Caribbean cruise around the other islands.
Also dotted along with west coast road are some truly outstanding restaurants so make sure you eat out a few times, and try to make one of those meals at one of the exclusive west coast restaurants such as The Cliff, Tides or Daphne's.
So if you are looking for calm water, good food, luxurious accommodation and great shopping then you should choose the Barbados west coast for your accommodation.
Author: Brett Callaghan