Hilton Barbados Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Located in the capital city of Bridgetown, the Hilton feels larger than its 355 rooms -- likely because of its high-rise structure and the fact it holds the biggest hotel meeting facility on the island. Rooms are modern and appeal to both leisure and business travelers, but free amenities are rare. Don't expect a welcome drink, and Wi-Fi comes with a fee; therefore, hotel tabs add up fast (beware of the lounge chairs with "flag up" bar service). For those seeking a big hotel chock-full of American conveniences, though, this is the place. Families will likely appreciate the Kiz Paradise Club, offering extensive amenities for ages four to 13, the water sports, and the location on one of the most spacious beaches on the island.
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.
Sandy Lane Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Decked out in signature pink, the 112-room Sandy Lane is the creme de la creme of Barbados -- indeed, it's one of the most luxurious resorts in the world -- known for unparalleled service and distinct touches. It's a family-friendly resort with free use of The Treehouse Club, a children’s activity and entertainment center available to children three years of age and older. The beachfront is lovely and there's a large outdoor pool and waterfall surrounded by lovely gardens.
Sea Breeze Beach Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Sea Breeze Beach Hotel is an all-inclusive property located on a quiet side street on the South Coast of Barbados. The hotel is a good value for a four-pearl property, and the atmosphere is casual and relaxed, with both family-friendly and adult-only areas of the hotel. Amenities include two beaches, two pools, three restaurants, a kids' club, and a basketball court. However, the rooms, though clean, aren't as upscale as one might expect for this caliber of property
Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The all-inclusive, upscale Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels has a great location on Dover Beach and the St. Lawrence Gap, and is close to entertainment and attractions. The contemporary rooms are a bit basic for this caliber, but all have balconies or patios. The beach is spacious and scenic with palm trees, white sand, and turquoise blue water. Plenty of amenities populate the property, including three on-site restaurants, a spa, fitness center, two pools, a kids' club, and an on-site water sports provider. There is a small game room with a ping-pong table, pool table, and foosball. Located off the game room is a sizable kids' club. Open daily, the club has mats, tables, crafts, games, and plenty of activities.
Tamarind by Elegant Hotels Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Part of the Elegant Hotels chain (also comprising Turtle Beach, Crystal Cove, The House, and Colony Club), the upscale Tamarind offers a competitive variety of amenities, activities, and dining options. With three pools, a long but narrow beach, an on-site spa and salon, and both family and adult-only areas, the resort has wide appeal. For the kids, there is a large, well-staffed, free kids' club with tables, mats, books, and games, as well as Club Tamarind, a room just for teens with couches, computers, foosball, pool, and a TV with a sound system.
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.
Colony Club Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Part of the Elegant Hotels chain (comprising Turtle Beach, Crystal Cove, The House, Tamarind, and Colony Club), Colony Club has some of the best rooms of the bunch. Modern and contemporary, the rooms have marble bathrooms, upscale furnishings, and private patios or balconies. The hotel’s lagoon-like pool complex is scenic and relaxing with beautifully landscaped gardens and waterfalls. The resort is family-friendly and has a seasonal Kid’s Korner with supervised activities.
Crystal Cove Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels is located on the west (platinum) coast of Barbados, close to transportation, attractions, and shopping. Guest room decor is stylish and contemporary, the beach is scenic, and the three-tier lagoon-style pool complex is picturesque and inviting. It has a large Kid’s Club that is open daily. The club has mats, tables, crafts, games, and plenty of activities. There is also an outdoor play area.