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Barbados : Diary

Most members of the Tropic Breeze team have visited Barbados and would be happy to talk to you about the island, the resorts they have visited and experiences they would recommend. Call us on 01752 880 880 to speak to any of our travel specialists or read the team's trip diaries below:

  • Below Joni tells us about a visit to Barbados where she visited many of the hotels we feature including Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Coral Reef Club, Colony Club and Sandpiper.
  • December 2016: Jo and Mark visited Barbados as part of an island hopping trip where they also stayed on Antigua and Barbuda, rediscovering old favourites and experiencing new options. Click here to read about their trip, where they stayed at Tamarind by Elegant Hotels and also visited Treasure Beach Hotel, South Beach and Little Good Harbour
  • May 2017: Jo and Mark returned to Barbados, staying this time at Cobblers Cove Hotel and St Peter's Bay. Click here to read about their trip where Jo shares her top tips for holidays to Barbados.
  • June 2017: Helen enjoyed a fun-filled few days in Barbados  where she stayed at Bougainvillea Beach Resort and visited many other hotels we feature including Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels, Sugar Bay and Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels. Click here to read all about her trip. 
  • May 2018: Jo enjoyed another visit to Barbados where she visited Sweetfield Manor and checked out recent refurbishments at other properties. Click here to read all about her trip.

Joni's trip to Barbados

Barbados has everything I love about the Caribbean - gorgeous beaches; great dining; an unbeatable range of accommodation; nightlife; water sports; and most of all, friendly people. 
We were visiting Barbados as guests of the Tourist Board, and they mentioned at the beginning of our stay that the biggest asset of the island is their local people. If you have the impression that as a busier island the locals may be growing a little tiresome of tourists, this is far from the truth. This they proved by sending us around the island in small jeeps on a navigation treasure hunt searching for things that we had never heard of before, such as a “shack shack” and a “go forward”. We had to stop many locals all over the place to ask for help, and everyone we met were more than happy to chat and also search out and teach us about the local items and terms – it was like they had all the time in the world for us. 
Barbados Carnival
Other highlights for me was the local food including as much fish as possible: Flying fish, Mahi Mahi, Dorado and more – which I especially enjoyed at Friday night in Oistins at the Fish Fry, with reggae playing and locals dancing.
The beaches were perfect, the calm turquoise waters of the west coast and the fun waves at my favourite beach at The Crane. I even got forced into participating in a small carnival in St Lawrence Gap – which turned out to be extremely good fun! 
Beach at The Crane Barbados
Beach at The Crane

Southern Palms

For those looking to spend a night out, then laze the following day away on a white sand beach, Southern Palms is perfect. A brilliant beachfront location on St Lawrence Gap it is within walking distance of the nightlife and restaurants “The Gap” is known for. A good range of large rooms and suites, many with kitchen facilities, this property is friendly and great value.

Little Good Harbour

Straight away I felt at home at Little Good Harbour. The point that majority of the hotel is located across the road from the beach is not an issue at all, it is less than a minute to the ocean, and if you have a larger family or group I would highly recommend the Ocean Front Suites which are elegantly fitted with everything you would need for a relaxing luxury holiday, there's even a BBQ area, and you will be as close to the sea as you wish.

The famous Fishpot restaurant is highly recommended. The new “Little Spa” area is gorgeous. 


Fairmont Royal Pavilion

The feature you cannot get past here is the sea! The whole property runs parallel to the turquoise waterline, the newly refurbished Oceanfront Deluxe Rooms and Junior Suites are right on the beach, the Junior Suites are located on the ground floor and you can step off your large terrace into the water with just a few paces across the sand, the Deluxe rooms are above in the first and second floors and offer fine décor and balcony with unbeatable views of the sea. 
Fairmont Royal Pavillion

Coral Reef Club

Absolute luxury rooms and suites dotted around beautifully manicured gardens, this resort blends a colonial and tropical style and feels first class. Once in the Spa it is very hard to leave, such a tranquil and pampering space and like throughout the Hotel, the staff here are attentive and aware of all your needs. Another nice feature is the marine reserve in front of the restaurant where you can snorkel uninterrupted by boats. 
Coral Reef Club Barbados

Colony Club

Lagoon style pools wrap around the gardens in this welcoming resort. This hotel seems to cater for all, and everything you might need is taken care of from excellent dining, entertainment and activities to a daybed for relaxing on your patio. The rooms are recently refurbished and there are many options to choose from such as Garden Rooms or Oceanfront One Bedroom Suites which are fitted with a separate living room with a flat screen TV and sofa bed for the kids. My pick would be the Poolside Rooms which have direct entry into the pool!

Colony Club Barbados


This hotel has a colourful, fun and contemporary feel which makes you want to stay. It is not on large gardens or grounds like Coral Reef Club or Colony Club, however it still has various areas you can relax in with three pools including an adults one next to the Spa. Many rooms have wonderful sea views. There is a great kids club and also a teens room which has become more an everyone room as the air hockey, Wii and pool tables have been attracting more than just the teens. 
Tamarind Beach Barbados

The House

Situated next to Tamarind, with the famous Daphne's restaurant in between, you can have an exclusive boutique hotel stay at The House and also have access to the facilities of Tamarind. You enter through what feels almost like a fort gate into the internal open air garden which is tropical with water features and large palms. Framing the garden are the soon to be refurbished suites with either sea or garden views. The new bar area is intimate and with the food being made at Daphne's you know the quality is there. 
The House Barbados


Sister property to Coral Reef Club, Sandpiper is smaller and feels slightly more boutique. As with Coral Reef Club the gardens and rooms are built with style and privacy. This hotel has many dedicated repeat clients and you can feel why, it is simply lovely. There is a beach bar and a wonderful restaurant, which offers a la carte dining with some buffet themed evenings. 
Sandpiper Hotel Barbados Caribbean

Treasure Beach

The rooms of this small hotel are built in a horseshoe shape facing out to the sea and down to the pool. All the suites have been nicely refurbished and the new spa is lovely. You can feel that guests here feel at home and get to know each other during their stay. The location is pretty and you can swim with the turtles right in front of the hotel. 
Treasure Beach Hotel Barbados

Little Arches

If I could make this my home I would. This small hotel has the intimacy of a guest house but at the same time is luxurious and private. I loved the award winning rooftop restaurant, gorgeous pool and the creative decor in the rooms and suites. The fact that there isn't a beach in front of the hotel isn't a problem because there is a very pretty beach a short walk away and the staff are so willing to please they will carry your lounger to the beach should you wish.
Little Arches Barbados Caribbean

Turtle Beach

We were pleasantly welcomed to Turtle Beach by a gorgeous cocktail selection and a hilarious singing chef. This resort is on a beautiful yet slightly less calm beach than its west coast sister hotels, however it has perfect pools and facilities for a relaxed day in the water, many dining facilities and family friendly suites and a great kid clubs. 
Turtle Beach Hotel Barbados

Oceans Two

Described as the only retro-contemporary hotel on Barbados, Oceans Two is more fresh and new than I imagined. A tower style hotel, I was surprised by the spacious well equipped suites, and also the great roof top pool and balcony. The views are great and this hotel had a fun vibe and was also close to the St Lawrence Gap nightlife. 
Oceans Two Barbados Hotel

The Crane

Initially put off by the size of this hotel my mind was instantly changed as soon as I arrived. You walk through a quaint village style street with restaurants and stores to find the most beautiful view down to the well-known Crane Beach. The grounds are made up of gardens, ponds, pools, waterfalls and suite blocks. The suites offer a large variety of accommodation, many with feature plunge pools, full kitchens and luxury fittings. The restaurants offer a great variety of dining at a high standard.  

The Crane Barbados Hotel

Our Resorts on Barbados

 Beach View, Barbados -  1

Beach View

  • Self-catering suites
  • Opposite Paynes Bay beach
  • Family-run hotel
Bougainvillea Barbados -  1

Bougainvillea Barbados

  • Perfect for families and couples
  • Vast range of activities
  • Accommodation comes with home amenities
Cobblers Cove, Barbados -  1

Cobblers Cove

  • Set in tropical gardens
  • Family owned former plantation house
  • Voted best restaurant in Barbados
Colony Club, Barbados -  1

Colony Club by Elegant Hotels

  • 7 acres of tropical gardens
  • Swim-up pool bar
  • Part of Elegant Hotels
Coral Reef Club, Barbados -  1

Coral Reef Club

  • A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World
  • Elegant and luxurious
  • Boutique hotel
Crystal Cove, Barbados -  1

Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels

  • Complimentary motorised watersports
  • Freshwater pools
  • Part of Elegant Hotels
Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados -  1

Fairmont Royal Pavilion

  • Luxurious seaview accommodation
  • Colonial style
  • Access to golf course
Hilton Barbados Resort -  1

Hilton Barbados Resort

  • Convenient location near Bridgetown
  • Access to two beaches
  • Superb Eforea Spa
Little Arches, Barbados -  1

Little Arches

  • Intimate boutique Hotel
  • Exclusive and adults only
  • Award winning restaurant
Little Good Harbour, Barbados -  1

Little Good Harbour

  • Intimate boutique hotel
  • Fully-equipped suites
  • Set within an 18th century fort
Lone Star Barbados -  1

Lone Star

  • Exclusive boutique hotel
  • Room service available with all accommodation
  • Built from historical architecture
 Mango bay, Barbados -  1

Mango Bay

  • Small, all-inclusive resort
  • Beachfront location
  • West coast of Barbados
Mullins Grove Apartment Hotel, Barbados -  1

Mullins Grove Apartment Hotel

  • Boutique Luxury Apartment Hotel
  • Self-Catering Apartments
  • Swimming Pool
 O2 Beach Club and Spa -  1

O2 Beach Club & Spa

  • All inclusive, family resort
  • 5* Chic boutique property
  • Beachfront location on south coast
 Saint Peters Bay Luxury Resort, Barbados -  1

Saint Peter's Bay Luxury Resort

  • Large resort and residences
  • Certificate of excellence winner
  • Located on the north west coast
Sandy Lane, Barbados -  1

Sandy Lane

  • Country house style
  • Golf and spa retreat
  • Four mixed cuisine restaurants
Sea Breeze Beach House Ariel View, Barbados -  1

Sea Breeze Beach House

  • All-inclusive resort
  • Wide range of options and facilities
  • Recently renovated & redesigned
South Beach, Barbados -  1

South Beach

  • Chic boutique hotel
  • Suites with well-equipped kitchens
  • Part of the Ocean Hotels portfolio
Southern Palms, Barbados -  1

Southern Palms Beach Club

  • Small, colonial style hotel
  • Close to restaurants and nightlife
  • Turtle nesting beach
Sugar Bay Resort, Barbados -  1

Sugar Bay

  • Boho-chic beach resort
  • All-inclusive
  • 5 varied restaurants
Sugar Cane Club, Barbados -  1

Sugar Cane Club Hotel and Spa

  • Adults only, boutique hotel
  • All-inclusive or room only options
  • Overlooking the west coast
Sweetfield Manor, Barbados -  1

Sweetfield Manor

  • A historic colonial building
  • Lush tropical gardens
  • 10 individual guestrooms
Tamarind, Barbados -  1

Tamarind by Elegant Hotels

  • Fantastic for couples or families
  • Beachfront all inclusive resort
  • Access to Daphnes Restaurant
The Atlantis, Barbados -  1

The Atlantis Hotel

  • Sister hotel of Little Good Harbour
  • Chic, boutique hotel
  • Rugged, east coast setting
The Crane Resort, Barbados -  1

The Crane Resort

  • Large resort
  • Luxury village atmosphere
  • Six swimming pools
The House, Barbados -  1

The House by Elegant Hotels

  • All-Inclusive adults-only hotel
  • Luxurious yet understated
  • Small and contemporary
The Sandpiper, Barbados -  1

The Sandpiper Hotel

  • Elegant accommodation
  • Luxurious and secluded
  • Small Luxury Hotels of the World
The Sands, Barbados -  1

The Sands Barbados

  • All inclusive resort
  • Located on white sandy beach
  • Family friendly
Treasure Beach, Barbados -  1

Treasure Beach by Elegant Hotels

  • Beachfront location
  • Freshwater pool overlooking the sea
  • Certificate of Excellence winner
Holidays to Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels, Barbados -  1

Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels

  • Premium, all-inclusive hotel
  • Located on the south west coast
  • Part of Elegant Hotels
Holidays to Waves Hotel  -  1

Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels

  • All-inclusive hotel
  • Focus on mind and wellness
  • Range of included activities and facilities
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Windstar Cruises

  • Luxury yacht trip around Barbados
  • Minimising impact on the environment
  • Winter departures
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