Top hotels and villas for couples
Feeling romantic, renewing vows, celebrating an anniversary, honeymooning or planning the perfect proposal? Then there’s a hotel in Barbados for you. A number of the top hotels offer excellent custom-built packages for special occasions. Elegant Hotels Barbados, is an excellent option – they even offer an award-winning luxury wedding service. For something more intimate, there are some world-beating luxury villa rentals available. Try Blue Sky Luxury whose portfolio of more than 300 superb villas includes some beautiful and exclusive properties – think private pools, tropical gardens, sea views and attentive staff.
Watch the Atlantic sunrise and the Caribbean sunset
Head to the east coast of the island first thing in the morning to watch the spectacular sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. Head on over to Bathsheba Beach and marvel as the sky turns pink as the sun begins to warm the cool morning air. Not an early bird? Then hit the west coast in the evening to watch the sunset over the Caribbean sea. Most of the beaches offer a good view; Sandy Lane Beach is a particularly good spot. Otherwise, south of Bridgetown, there is the boardwalk – a mile long beachfront stroll that is the perfect end to the day.
Moonlight catamaran cruise
There are a number of catamaran cruise operators in Barbados that offer moonlight cruises. What better way to spend an evening in the Caribbean than gazing at the stars as the boat gently moves with the sea? At the right time of the year it is even possible to witness the turtles hatching on the beach. Tiami cruises offer sunset cruises with dinner, cocktails and swimming with the turtles.
It wouldn’t be a couple’s vacation without a luxury spa experience, and fortunately Barbados has some superb spas. This natural paradise, surrounded by the sea, and lush with tropical gardens is great for getting in the spa mood. Head to The Spa at the Coral Reef Club – this destination spa is housed in an old colonial building set in 12 acres of gardens. Spend the day and enjoy a healthy lunch between treatments. Or, try the spa at the luxury Sandy Lane hotel – this award-winning spa has a stunning marble entrance and world-class treatments.
Beaches, tours and days out
How to spend the day in between all those sunrises, romantic meals and spas experiences? Head to one of the excellent beaches and enjoy snorkelling together among the reef with the fish. Head to the west coast beaches where the water is calmest, such as Mullins or Holetown Bay beach where it is possible to swim with turtles. Had enough of the beach? Then visit Hunte’s Gardens – one of the best tropical gardens in the Caribbean. Marvel at the rare exotic plants and tropical wildlife. After the gardens, head to the Mount Gay Rum producer for one of their cocktail tours, or maybe the rum-tasting tour. Mount Gay claims to be the oldest rum in the world and was even drunk by George Washington.
The best restaurants in Barbados offer world-class cuisine served with a sea view and a typical Bajan smile. For a romantic meal for two, head to the west coast for the sunset. The award-winning Cafe Luna at the Little Arches Hotel on the south coast offers great Mediterranean and tropical food with a view across Miami beach. The Tides restaurant on the west coast creates a beautiful atmosphere with natural wood and stone fixtures that frame the uninterrupted sea view – the food is as a good as the view. What better way to end an evening, than with one of their signature cocktails?