The 10 Best Boutique Hotels in Barbados

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3 September 2020

Barbados is something of a boutique island – it’s all about relaxed understated elegance and rustic charm, but with international standards of service and food. So it makes sense to seek out boutique hotels during a visit, and these luxury resorts are often housed in former colonial buildings, featuring tropical gardens and relaxing spas. Casual chic is the order of the day – enjoy afternoon tea, a gin and tonic on the lawn, four-poster beds to sleep in and world-class dining.

Little Good Harbour

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Escape to the quiet north coast of Barbados, just five minutes from Speightstown, to Little Good Harbour. This laid-back property straddles the quiet road, with the accommodation on the island side and the restaurant by the sea. The rooms are more like cottages or apartments, featuring small kitchens and styled like local clapboard cottages. Polished wood floors and mosquito-netted four-poster beds lend the rooms a calming atmosphere. The Fish Pot is particularly good and draws diners from across the island.
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Little Arches

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An exquisite boutique hotel, Little Arches oozes Mediterranean chic in a Caribbean setting. This romantic adults-only property is one of the best boutique hotels in the West Indies – and it has one of the best restaurants in Barbados. With just 10 rooms, it sits down a leafy lane backing onto a beautiful white sand beach. The restaurant, on the hotel roof, does great food with views to die for across the Caribbean Sea.
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The Sandpiper

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Located on the edge of Holetown – home to the Holetown festival and a popular tourist location – this multi-award-winning, 50-room hotel is set in a pretty, sandy bay, with two swimming pools and two floodlit tennis courts. The restaurant in the tropical gardens is particularly romantic in the evening, especially as the sun sets. During the day the beach bar is the place to be seen when you’re not making use of the excellent watersports facilities.
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The House by Elegant Hotels

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This romantic, adult-only, 34-suite retreat, perfectly poised on the west coast of Barbados, has a well-groomed beach and turquoise water that’s perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Start your day with a champagne breakfast on the deck, then later you can enjoy afternoon tea and evening canapés. Daphne’s Restaurant, regarded as one of the best in Barbados, serves fresh modern Italian and island seafood cuisine in an elegant setting with unrivalled sea views, just perfect for watching the sunset.
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The Atlantis Historic Inn

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This charming, historic colonial-style property, situated on the quiet east coast with uninterrupted views of the rugged Atlantic, is blissfully peaceful, especially at night when little more than the ocean can be heard. Interior features include polished wood floors and four-poster beds positioned by the french windows so you can make the most of the views. There are no curtains on the windows, so a few days’ stay here helps reset your body clock to the earth’s natural rhythm.
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Eco Lifestyle and Lodge

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Situated not far from the best surfing beach on Barbados at Bathsheba, the Eco Lifestyle & Lodge has just 10 rooms across two colonial-style buildings that are set in tropical gardens, where hammocks sway between the palms. Rooms feature shuttered windows, white wooden walls and polished hardwood floors, creating a rustic-chic atmosphere. At breakfast you can indulge in Caribbean specialities; meanwhile dinner is a set menu, although there are other dining options nearby.
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Treasure Beach by Elegant Hotels

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At Treasure Beach, 35 suites sit round a freshwater swimming pool, with tropical gardens on three sides and the beach on the other. The best of the suites feature private plunge pools with clear sea views. The organic spa has an excellent menu and can arrange a stylist and make-up artist to help prepare for a special night. Treasure Beach Hotel is popular with celebrities, and it’s easy to see why – luxurious, stylish suites, world-class food and great service on one of the best beaches on the island.
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Sugar Cane Club Hotel and Spa

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Set amid tropical gardens, this 44-suite, secluded inland hotel sits near the west coast on a lush green ridge. The terracotta-coloured, Mediterranean-style hideaway – often voted one of the best small hotels in the Caribbean and multi-award-winning – makes for the perfect romantic break. It features a well-equipped spa, gym and large pool, and there’s a free shuttle bus available to take you to the nearest beach, where sun loungers are available for your use.
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Coral Reef Club

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Offering proper old-school charm and elegance, the Coral Reef Club is a beautiful country house set in expansive tropical gardens just north of Holetown. The large suites offer traditional classic luxury and the facilities are up to date – two pools, tennis courts, a gym and well equipped watersports centre. Arranged around an outdoor hydro-pool in colonial-style buildings among the tropical gardens, the highly acclaimed spa is one of the best on the island offering an extensive menu of treatments.
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Cobblers Cove

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Understated luxury and old-school charm set the tone in this former plantation owner’s holiday home. Set against a narrow sandy beach and surrounded by immaculate tropical gardens, Cobblers Cove is renowned for its high standards. Having once been a private home, it features a drawing room with games, and there’s also a swimming pool and wifi. Like all old colonial-style boutique hotels, it serves afternoon tea each day.
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These recommendations were updated on September 3, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.