Take a look at the best all-inclusive resorts in Southern Barbados.
Unfolding along a beautiful stretch of south coast beach in the historic Garrison district, the four-pearl Sugar Bay is an all-inclusive resort that reopened after an overhaul in 2015 for a fresh, contemporary island flavor. Its 138 rooms are cheerful and spacious (particularly higher categories), with large balconies or patios; and many have aqua beach views. Five-and-a-half acres of grounds pack in many features, from a full-service spa to four restaurants (the three a la carte options are constantly praised by guests) -- although the buffet restaurant and pool get crowded. The beach is postcard pretty with calm, protected swimming waters. Families, couples, and groups seeking a one-stop resort destination with a tropical vibe should be happy here. Those looking for lower rates should check the sister property: Bougainvillea Beach Resort, which also offers kitchenettes in the rooms.
Set on a private stretch of Dover Beach on the island's southwest coast, the lushly landscaped, couples-only Sandals Barbados is an upscale, all-inclusive resort. Some of the hotel's 280 rooms offer swim-out access into a river-style pool, or terraces with freestanding soaking tubs. The resort's three pools, 13 restaurants, bars, spa, and numerous recreational amenities make for plenty to do on property, but those needing an escape can easily access the nightlife of nearby St. Lawrence Gap. The hotel also boasts a manicured stretch of breezy white-sand beach lined with rows of cushy loungers, but the area of the island is prone to odorous seaweed and noise from nearby construction. Those seeking a more intimate, upscale hotel with prime beach access might consider The House or the Fairmont Royal Pavilion.
This 133-suite mid-range property sits in the heart of St. Lawrence Gap among shops, restaurants, and nightlife. The expansive property spans 20 acres between the main coast road and beautiful Dover Beach, so there's room for a slew of kid-friendly activities including tennis courts, mini-golf, and a kids’ club. Much of the hotel is terribly outdated, though the open-air beachfront restaurant is a contemporary highlight. One- and two-bedroom suites have kitchens, and a patio or balcony. Suites near the pool are better suited to families with young kids, while beach villas have ocean views and offer more quiet. Travelers seeking a self-contained beachfront stay on smaller grounds could try Blue Orchids Beach Hotel.