Barbados … A Life Of Luxury
The island of Barbados is well known for being the playground of the rich and famous, as well as all things luxurious.
Whether you’re looking for a budget or ‘no frills’ experience, or an luxurious all-inclusive piece of the action, Barbados is a place that has something for all vacation styles.
From luxury accommodation to dining options, designer shopping, exclusive nightlife, as well as indulgent activities like yachting, Barbados can provide the complete high end package.
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Want to stay somewhere private but with all the ‘bells and whistles’?
Well, you’ve come to the right place – Barbados is home to a variety of luxurious accommodation styles, to cater to all tastes and budgets.
When talking about luxury in Barbados, the first words that come to mind are ‘Sandy Lane‘ (www.sandylane.com), the ultimate in opulence and extravagance. Not only is Sandy Lane prime luxurious accommodation on the island, it also includes a golf course, spa, and a variety of dining options.
It’s also worthwhile checking out Intimate Hotels of Barbados, who provide a variety of accommodation styles in a variety of locations so you have a selection to choose from.
Sandals Resorts (www.sandals.com/main/barbados/bd-home) are an award-winning chain of resorts that are all-inclusive luxury accommodation at its finest. The renovated resort (2014-2015) includes 11 ‘Discovery Dining’ choices, butler service, swimming pools, tennis courts, and much more.
The infamous Crane Residential Resort is one of the leading luxury resorts in Barbados. Overlooking the award-winning Crane Beach, the Resort offers three categories of oceanfront accommodation, a variety of fine dining cuisine restaurants like Zen Sushi and Thai Restaurant, L’Azure Restaurant, and D’Onofrio’s Trattoria, as well as a variety of additional features to suit any traveller with luxury in mind.
If you’re looking for something a bit different, then Fustic House, an old plantation house, is now also a luxury retreat and a great accommodation option.
There’s also Courtyard by Marriott, a luxury hotel with an onsite day spa and fitness facilities.
Bougainvillea Beach Resort is another option, and you’ll get the luxury of beach views, pools and restaurants, in a prime south coast location.
Enjoy the luxury and privacy of Sugar Cane Club Hotel and Spa, an intimate adults-only boutique hotel set on the tropical west coast.
The Savannah Beach Hotel is a four star all-inclusive beachfront property with rooms ranging from standard to deluxe oceanfront, three restaurants, and a fitness centre.
Stay In Style
There are a variety of options when it comes to luxury villa, apartment and condominium-style accommodation in Barbados.
If you are on the island longer-term, there is the option of buying any of these, but many vacationers with luxury taste choose to rent a villa for the duration of their stay instead.
Settlers Beach Boutique Villa Hotel is located on the luxurious west coast of the island and offers spa treatments, gym facilities, and tennis courts.
There are also a few businesses island-wide who can help you on your search for the perfect luxury accommodation.
Totally Barbados recommends:
If you’d prefer to rent an apartment, we recommend the Plum Tree Club at Rockley Golf Course, where you can also enjoy a game of tennis, if golf is not your cup of tea.
Perhaps you like condominiums? Barbados Beach View Hotel is an all-suite condominium hotel in Paynes Bay, St. James, just near Holetown.
Taste The Luxury …
When it comes to luxury and fine dining, you’re spoilt for choice in Barbados.
Totally Barbados recommends:
— The Crane Residential Resort
— The Mews Restaurant on the west coast, specializing in international cuisine.
— Champers Restaurant and Wine Bar on the south coast.
Shop, Shop, Shop
Shop ’til you drop in Barbados, with a wide selection of luxury shopping options – choose from department stores like Cave Shepherd or quaint little boutiques and art galleries.
The Crane Village is fast becoming a serious destination point in Barbados. Located within the Crane Residential Resort, you’ll find loads of duty free shopping and designer brands, and you don’t need to be a guest of the Resort to enjoy this luxury shopping experience.
Why not take a trip to Little Switzerland, a leading duty free retailer of exclusive and luxury jewellery, watches and gift wares across the Caribbean.
We also recommend The Royal Shop for more duty free shopping, and as the only official Rolex retailer on the island.
Barbados is also home to the largest direct-to-customer diamond dealers, Diamonds International which additionally offers duty free luxury shopping.
Limegrove Lifestyle Centre is a deluxe shopping centre on the glamorous west coast which houses designer shops, luxury bars, stylish restaurants, and much more to suit your luxury shopping needs.
If you’re looking for luxurious activities to indulge in, then Barbados is the perfect place for you.
Why not try a spot of yachting or a luxury catamaran cruise?
And, no vacation to Barbados would be complete without indulging in a polo match to watch a game and socialize.
Barbados may be a small island, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t know how to party in style.
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Author: Brett Callaghan