From the rum-swilling buccaneers and colonial sugar barons of old, to the modern day jet set playing cat-and-mouse with the paparazzi on board their luxury yachts, Barbados has long enticed adventurers and pleasure seekers to its platinum sands. Today this tiny island in the eastern Caribbean offers everything from magnificent, tranquil beaches to dramatic cliffs, rugged rolling hills, superb restaurants and picture-perfect golf courses. And it’s particularly popular with British travellers; the quaint little villages, with their churches and cricket pitches, are rather redolent of home, albeit with the occasional monkey in the trees to remind you that you’re in the tropics. 

Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados

If you’re looking for a peaceful Caribbean getaway with a true sense of style and good taste, then Fairmont Royal Pavilion is just the fit. Few places are better at treating you to a real taste of the old-style splendour, sophistication and elegance of the Caribbean - this is grand living on a grand scale. Rich in atmosphere and authentically Bajan, Royal Pavilion is the perfect place to just relax, unwind and enjoy unbroken ocean views across one of the best beachfront locations in Barbados. The glorious beach here is regarded as the most beautiful and exclusive spot on the Platinum coast and quite rightly so – there is nowhere else quite like it for a breath-taking beach escape. 

Families will love: Fun-filled Kids Activity Programme - fantastic for kids to play together on the beach

Couples will love: A romantic candlelit dinner on your balcony or terrace, just feet from the shore with the backdrop of a stunning sunset.

Water babies will love: Swimming with turtles in turquoise waters. Royal Pavilion is the only hotel that offers this right from the beach, and from May to November you can watch the hatchlings waddle out to sea.

Beach bums will love: Whiling away your days laying on the picturesque beach just a few steps from your room.

Foodies will love: Complimentary daily afternoon tea in the tradition of the island’s English heritage - the delicious cakes, cookies and scones will keep you coming back every day.

Spa seekers will love: The extensive range of personalised in-room spa treatments that can be arranged on request. Try a revitalising jet lag massage to start your holiday as you mean to go on - in complete relaxation.

Activity addicts will love: Taking the Hobie cat sailboats out on the azure waters.

7 nights from £1,825 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Oceanfront Deluxe Room Including breakfast. OFFER: Save up to 50% 

The Sandpiper, Barbados

It’s a credit to The Sandpiper’s exceptional staff that so many guests return year after year, no doubt enchanted by their boundless warmth and enthusiasm. One of the most exclusive family-run luxury boutique hotels in the West Indies, with an amazing story, this is a real favourite for those seeking an intimate atmosphere and the utmost privacy. The stylish hotel is surrounded by tropical gardens and sits on a sandy beach, bordered by a wooden deck where you can sunbathe beneath a shady tree looking out over turquoise waters. Bougainvillea adorns the terraces of rooms overlooking the peaceful gardens, and the luxurious Tree Top Suites have their own plunge pools. A real bonus is having access to the spa at sister hotel, Coral Reef Club, which offers delightful tranquillity and luxurious rejuvenation treatments. The hotel is also renowned for its award-winning restaurant that opens out to a romantic torch-lit pool and tropical gardens. Executive Chef, Christophe Poupardin, is a master at creating dishes with Caribbean flair as well as fusion dishes from Europe and Asia, and their famous Sunday BBQ has a fun and relaxed atmosphere with live steel pan music. Make sure you go to Harold’s Beach Bar for sundown cocktails; it’s a real Bajan treasure on a charming spot. 

 7 nights from £1,955 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Garden View Room including breakfast. OFFER: Stay 7 Pay 6 + four complimentary dinners. Selected dates during 2017.

Island Inn Hotel, Barbados

Island Inn is a small and intimate hotel with a laid-back atmosphere in a great location for guests who want to explore Bridgetown and get a real feel for local life. The nearby beach at Carlisle Bay is great for snorkelling out to numerous wrecks and even offers the chance to swim with turtles. With its old world charm, this quaint hotel is perfect for a truly relaxing holiday. 

7 nights from £1,369 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Standard Garden View Room on All-Inclusive. OFFER: Save 35% between 01 April - 22 December 2017.

Waves Hotel & Spa, Barbados

Recently redesigned, Waves is one of our favourite all-inclusive hotels on a stretch of pristine white sand beach on the Platinum West Coast of Barbados. The focus on mind and wellness, healthy eating and cultural and artistic local activities provides an opportunity for guests to unwind and reconnect. Complimentary activities include fitness classes such as daily yoga and Pilates. This eco-chic wellness hotel, nestled on a beachside cliff, caters to those seeking a holiday that revitalises mind and body: whether guests are looking for a serene, adult-only escape in the dedicated spa side of the property or a high-energy communal oceanfront lounge setting, Waves promises an authentic Bajan experience. 

7 nights from £1,779 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Standard Guest Room on All-Inclusive. OFFER: Save up to 30%

Hilton Barbados Resort, Barbados

A fantastic affordable option on the beautiful island of Barbados, set in a lush tropical environment on the edge of the dazzling beach, glistening as the blue waters lap the shore. Younger guests are well looked after at the KIDZ Paradise Club, which offers an excellent programme of children’s activities, including treasure hunts, movies and beach games, so that mum and dad get some down-time too. 

7 nights from £1,359 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Bay View Room on Room Only. OFFER: Save 20% between 17 April - 20 December 2017.

Tamarind by Elegant Hotels, Barbados

Along with its enviable location and spectacular ocean views, this colourful and contemporary hotel boasts a fabulous spa and elegant pool area, which promise the utmost relaxation for guests, who will also have access via complimentary water taxi to the facilities at nearby Crystal Cove and Colony Club. The complimentary water sports are fantastic - take advantage of your time at the beach and try out the banana boats for some serious speed across the sea! 

7 nights from £1,569 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Pool View Room including Breakfast. OFFER: Save 40% between 01 June - 22 October 2017.

Mango Bay, Barbados

Mango Bay is a wonderful hotel for a chilled-out beach holiday where you can enjoy some amazing new experiences in an intimate and friendly atmosphere. At this all-inclusive property, you won’t want for anything as the staff will go out of their way to ensure you have a great time and experience the best of Barbados. Why not take a complimentary trip out on a glass-bottomed boat to see the abundant marine life, or take an unforgettable catamaran trip to swim with turtles. 

7 nights from £1,749 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Standard Room on All-Inclusive. OFFER: Save 30% between 01 April - 22 December 2017. 

Coral Reef Club, Barbados - 2017 Wellness Retreats

A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Coral Reef Club is one of the most treasured luxury resorts in Barbados and the epitome of West Indian elegance. Expect the warmest of welcomes from your hosts, the O’Hara family, who place personal service as a high priority. Sink into your luxurious room, set within 12 acres of tropical gardens bordering a lovely stretch of white sand beach. With its contemporary colonial style and excellent cuisine it’s no wonder Coral Reef Club is such a favourite. Their 2017 wellness retreat weeks are a once in a lifetime opportunity to indulge in the luxury of this Caribbean haven, whilst embracing the wealth of activities on offer, from personalised exercise programmes to relaxing spa treatments to healthy culinary options. International instructors teach a range of techniques including Pilates, Zumba and meditation, and you’ll be provided with expert nutritional advice so your holiday proves utterly rejuvenating. These specialised retreats run from 10 – 17 March, 12 – 19 May and 20 – 27 October 2017.

7 nights from £1,955 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Garden Room including breakfast. OFFER: Stay 7 Pay 6 + four complimentary dinners on selected dates during 2017.

Turtle Beach By Elegant Hotels, Barbados

Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels is a family-friendly hideaway on the beautiful beachfront of Barbados vibrant south coast, within walking distance of St. Lawrence Gap. This popular all-inclusive all-suite resort is all about the thoughtful little touches that make a real difference; shaded loungers are perfect for kids to take a nap out of the sun, ice lollies are served on the beach, and the Flying Fish Kids’ Club offers endless activities. Exciting scavenger hunts and good old fashioned beach cricket are just a couple of the many reasons families love spending time here - we couldn’t recommend it more highly.

7 nights from £1,545 per adult and £999 per child. Based on a family of four sharing a Junior Suite Pool View on All-Inclusive. OFFER: Save 40% + first child free between 18 April - 30 September 2017. 

Crystal Cove By Elegant Hotels, Barbados

For parents wanting to get away with the kids, this is the exact spot you’ve been dreaming of. Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels offers a holiday of a lifetime for children, where they become ‘Bajan Adventurers’ taking on fun island activities. This leaves parents at complete leisure to indulge in a cocktail or two at the famous Cave Bar, tucked behind a dramatic waterfall. The only order of the day is taking a dip in the refreshing three-tiered lagoon pool.  Crystal Cove has spacious family-friendly suites, family dining options at times that suit you and will make sure your holiday is a real Caribbean experience. 

7 nights from £1,725 per adult and £1,299 per child. Based on a family of four sharing a Junior Suite Garden View on All-Inclusive. OFFER: Save 35% + first child free between 18 April - 30 September 2017.

Saint Peter’s Bay Luxury Resort and Residences, Barbados

A wonderful resort for your little ones, Saint Peter’s Bay is the place to let your water babies thrive. Make the most of the crystal clear waters and the beautifully peaceful stretch of beach, fringed by lush tropical gardens filled with palm trees, perfect for a relaxing family holiday - Saint Peter’s Bay oozes Caribbean authenticity. Families have plenty of space to spread out in the oversized family suites, and the resort’s dedicated concierge team will thoroughly pamper and spoil you during your stay. The resort’s ‘Fun Team’ will keep the whole family entertained with games of beach cricket, football, fishing and daily turtle visits, where you can watch these amazing creatures laying their eggs on the beach or see the babies taking their first steps towards the sea – children will find the astounding marine life fascinating.

Although the kids won’t be short of entertainment, Saint Peter’s Bay has curated a wonderful selection of activities that are also great for adults; whether you’re looking to find a ‘Zen’ ambience through yoga and Pilates classes, or to make the most of the enticing turquoise sea by trying out kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding, the options here are endless. Topped off by the famously relaxed Barbados vibe, guests quickly fall into the swing of the Caribbean way of life at Saint Peter’s Bay, and it’ll certainly be hard to say goodbye.

7 nights from £1,765 per adult and £1,399 per child. Based on a family of four sharing a Two Bedroom Beachfront Home on Room Only. OFFER: Save 20% between 01 January - 14 December 2017

Ocean Two Resort and Residences, Barbados

Have you ever wanted to hold a baby turtle? From May to September you are more than likely to spot them at Ocean Two, where you can help the turtle conservation project to protect these creatures. This is just one of many highlights for families at this stylish hotel with an enviable beachfront location. Families love the spacious and modern 1 and 2 bedroom suites, which all offer ocean views and a full kitchen. These prove a wonderful family-friendly base from which you can make the most of exploring this fabulous island getaway. The beach is great for shell beach combing and the watersports team are on hand to teach the older children how to boogie board. Ocean Two also offers the perfect snorkelling spot, set on a sheltered bay, with a beautiful reef just off shore. After perusing the reef, the coconut station on the beach is an absolute must for a refreshing cool drink, the most natural treat that the island can offer.

7 nights from £1,199 per adult and £699 per child. Based on a family of four sharing a Hotel Room on Room Only. OFFER: Save up to 45% between 06 January - 19 December 2017.

The Club Barbados Resort & Spa, Barbados – Waterfront Bliss

A charming waterfront resort exclusively for adults, The Club Barbados has everything you could wish for right there. We love the amazing spa and complimentary watersports on offer such as waterskiing, windsurfing and sailing. The fantastic range of activities and entertainment creates a lively and warm atmosphere and our favourite spot is the Beach Bar where you can enjoy a sunset cocktail with your toes in the sand. 

7 nights from £1,829 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Garden View Room on All-Inclusive. OFFER: Save up to 30% between 03 January - 30 April 2018. 

The House by Elegant Hotels, Barbados

Exclusively for adults, The House by Elegant Hotels is a tranquil retreat and the perfect luxury escape for hopeless romantics. You’ll be pampered from the moment you arrive, starting with a complimentary 30 minute jet lag massage. A complimentary Champagne breakfast is served daily in the hotel’s stylish open-air lounge, and we can think of no more romantic a way to start the day. Of course, having Daphne’s, one of the island’s best restaurants, next door is more than enough temptation for choosing this luxurious and elegant retreat. Watch deep orange sunsets from the hotel deck overlooking the ocean, whilst sipping a divine cocktail. 

7 nights from £2,199 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Garden Junior Suite including daily champagne breakfast. OFFER: Save up to 50% 

Sandals, Barbados

Located on pristine Dover Beach where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic and endless sunshine is accompanied by gentle ocean breezes, Sandals Barbados is the only all-inclusive resort in Barbados that’s designed exclusively for couples. Unwind to the relaxed calypso beat, enjoy the sun and explore your suite, an abode designed with your utmost comfort in mind and featuring everything from ocean views and Butler Elite service, to private bath tubs on most patios and terraces. Once here be sure to enjoy the wide variety of dining in 11 restaurants, premium brand drinks in 7 bars, unlimited land and waters sports plus so much more – all included, all unlimited, all the time.

7 nights from £2,625 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Caribbean Village Room on All-Inclusive. OFFER: Save up to 35% 

Colony Club by Elegant Hotels, Barbados
Karen Boulton, Travel Adviser

 “I love staying in the Luxury Poolside Rooms at Colony Club, which give direct access to the stunning pool for early morning dips. The complimentary watersports here are excellent and there’s such a range to try out, from snorkelling to tube rides behind a speed boat, which is really fun and a family favourite.

 Colony Club is also great for anyone wanting to indulge in delicious but healthy food whilst on holiday, as they have a fantastic new menu incorporating fresh vegetables and fruit straight from their organic garden. The Lobster & Jazz Evening under the stars is not to be missed; it’s a fabulous way to spend an evening dancing under the stars to live music on this gorgeous Barbados beach.” 

7 nights from £!,769 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Pool VIew Room including breakfast. OFFER: Save up to 40%