Take a look at the most romantic hotels 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.
Ocean Two Resort & Residences, opened in 2011, is very chic. The rooms are extremely modern and updated, especially for Barbados, and the amenities are upscale – a sleek lobby lounge, scenic rooftop terrace, lagoon-like pool, and a gorgeous beachfront. All rooms have balconies with either a full or partial ocean view and all of the suites have fully equipped kitchens. All in all, this is a great value for the rooms and amenities provided. Note that there is no spa on-site.
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.
Southern Palms Beach Club & Resort Hotel is located on the popular and touristy St. Lawrence Gap on the south coast of the island. The location within walking distance to numerous bars, restaurants, and entertainment is safe and convenient. A large property, Southern Palms has one of the best beachfronts in the area -- the stretch of sand is both scenic and spacious. Colonial-style buildings and lush gardens populate the property, and quirky perks, such as a mini-golf course and shuffleboard, give guests plenty to do. The rooms are basic and dated, but cheerful, with bright tropical colors. For a slightly higher price, the renovated rooms at Accra Beach Hotel & Spa in nearby Rockley Beach are more modern.
Set at the northernmost end of Worthing Beach on the southwest coast of Barbados, the Coral Mist Beach Hotel's 32 rooms all deliver dead-on views of the Caribbean from balconies and terraces framed by turquoise fretwork. The beachfront location is the budget-minded property's greatest asset but it might not be enough to offset the noise of honking cabs buzzing along the busy highway, which can be heard in some of the rooms. Guests demanding a quieter scene for the same price might consider the Dover Beach Hotel or upgrade to the more stylish and pricier Savannah Beach Hotel.
This 22-unit condo building on the island’s lively south coast is walking distance to an ATM, grocery store, and numerous restaurants and bars along “The Gap.” A busy neighborhood, yes, but guests will feel like they have this hidden gem all to themselves, especially when taking advantage of the beautiful stretch of beach that has zero crowds and constant turquoise waves. One-, two-, and three-bedroom units are decorated with a contemporary flair, and full kitchens come with high-end stainless steel appliances. Rental cars on-site and at-home accommodations make this a fantastic option for those looking for that rare mix of quiet relaxation and nearby nightlife.
Accra is an upper-middle-range resort located on the lively south coast of Barbados right next to beautiful Rockley Beach. Its huge outdoor pool and wide beachfront provide a resort atmosphere, and the poolside bar is a fun spot to enjoy a rum punch or karaoke, although service can be slow. The breakfast buffet has mixed reviews, but Pacifika and Accra Deck restaurants are top notch (albeit pricey), and there are plenty of dining options (for all budgets) nearby. The 224 rooms are spacious -- many have been updated while some have yet to be renovated, and upgrading to a pool or ocean views room is advised. Easy-going beach-lovers seeking a casual time out should be happy here. Travelers after more activities could try Bougainvillea Beach Resort, which has a spa and DJ sets at night.