Fairmont Royal Pavilion Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Sprawling across 11 acres on the west coast of Barbados, this adults-only property is situated closer to the waterfront than others in the area, due to it being built before legislation forced future resorts to build further inland. The pink Colonial-style property is romantic, and offers two restaurants and bars, as well as free afternoon tea on the terrace. Because there are only 72 rooms, the beach never feels crowded. Excellent amenities include an outdoor pool, tennis courts, and free non-motorized water sports. But all this comes at a price -- room and restaurant prices are some of the steepest in Barbados.
Accra Beach Hotel & Spa Rating: 3.5 Pearls
A large outdoor pool and beach provide a resort atmosphere, and the poolside bar is a fun spot to enjoy a rum punch and mingle. Because of its central location, guests are not confined to the two restaurants on-site, as there are plenty of options in the neighborhood. Rooms in the older wing could use some renovations, and the newer wing offers updated rooms and suites with higher prices. Don’t miss out on the fabulous Chakra Spa -- a defnite highlight.
Bougainvillea Beach Resort Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This 138-room Mediterranean-style resort gets its name from the local flower, which is ceremoniously placed in rooms upon arrival. The atmosphere is unpretentious, and reasonable prices make it a good value on the south coast -- it's especially popular with families and wedding groups. All rooms have kitchens or kitchenettes, or guests can dine at two restaurants along the water (though hours vary). This resort prides itself on being eco-friendly, and amenities include a spa, fitness center, kids' club, and water sports.
Coral Sands Beach Resort Rating: 3.5 Pearls
This quiet 31-studio property opened in 2000 after renovations were made on the former guesthouse. The beautiful beach is the best amenity here, but an outdoor pool, lounge, and bar are added bonuses. Prices are reasonable, and each room layout is the same with two double beds, a kitchenette, and ocean-facing balconies. Rooms are clean, but decor is a bit dated with bright colors and tube televisions. The location is a perk -- on the south coast and walking distance to grocery stores, and numerous restaurants along “The Gap.”
The Divi Southwinds Beach Resort Rating: 3.0 Pearls
This 133-suite property is a decent mid-range option in the heart of St. Lawrence Gap with close proximity to shops, dining, and nightlife. With 20 acres of space, the expansive property has two restaurants, and a slew of kid-friendly activities including three pools, tennis courts, and a mini-golf course. All suites have at least one bedroom, a full kitchen and patio or balcony -- though decor in some is showing wear and tear. Less expensive suites near the pool area are better suited for families with young kids, while beach villas have ocean views and offer more peace and quiet.