The Best Spa Hotels to Book in Barbados

Bougainvillea Barbados enjoys a prime seafront location
Bougainvillea Barbados enjoys a prime seafront location | Courtesy of Bougainvillea Barbados / Expedia
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10 November 2021
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Although watersports, beach-hopping and dancing the night away are often key features of a trip to Barbados, every holiday to this sun-kissed Caribbean island should also involve a sizeable amount of relaxation. If you want that to be the main focus of your trip, however, a spa hotel is the place to be. There are plenty to choose from, so if you’re seeking the best spa hotels in Barbados, here’s our pick of the island’s top rejuvenating hotels – bookable on Culture Trip.

Coral Reef Club, for a premium spa in tropical greenery

Elegant pool area surrounded by greenery at Coral Reef Club
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Make your way through lush, tropical vegetation and past waterfalls to enter Coral Reef’s heavenly spa, where you’ll find an outdoor hydro-pool, steam room and treatment areas, where you can enjoy body products made from local plants and fruits. The indulgence doesn’t start and end in the spa, either, as this luxury-focused hotel enjoys a blissful beachfront location and is set amid pristine, landscaped gardens.

Sugar Cane Club Hotel And Spa, for a massage menu in a hidden getaway

Mediterranean-style pool area at Sugar Cane Club Hotel and Spa
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Take your pick from massage, personalised facials, beauty treatments and hydrotherapy at this adults-only boutique hotel. Some of the many options available include the hotel’s signature massage and the Barbados Rumba, based on traditional Swedish techniques. Afterward, head to the steam room and the alfresco dipping pool to cool off. If you manage to leave the spa, the hotel’s tucked-away location is perfect for peace and quiet and is surrounded by luscious green gardens.

Accra Beach Hotel & Spa, for bathing the day away in Christ Church

People enjoying the Accra Beach Hotel and Spa pool area with loungers, palms and the sea beyond, Barbados
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Pamper yourself properly at this popular spa attached to a smart, modern hotel. Make sure that your pampering includes at least one dip – preferably more – in the thoroughly inviting spa bathtub, filled by a gently cascading mini-waterfall. You can also build up a sweat in the sauna and steam rooms or enjoy a massage or customized facial to feel fully rejuvenated. Just remember to factor in time to take advantage of the hotel’s beachfront location – meaning that the ocean is just a stone’s throw away from some rooms. Or there’s an impressive pool for something even closer to home.

Colony Club by Elegant Hotels, for palms and lagoons in Folkestone

A terrace with garden and sea views at the Colony Club by Elegant Hotels
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Surrounded by towering trees and lagoon pools snaking around the resort, Colony Club is a slick, lavish choice with a suitably indulgent spa, the Waves Spa and Beauty Salon. As well as treatments incorporating locally sourced products – such as coconut oil and sea salt – there’s traditional Swedish massage to soothe aching muscles or Japanese baths to submerge yourself in. Yoga, pilates and aqua aerobics are available – and you can refuel afterward at the on-site juice bar, featuring fruit and veg grown in the hotel garden.

Sweetfield Manor, for history and indulgence in Bridgetown

Room at Sweetfield Manor with four poster bed and beach vibe, Barbados
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Set in a quaint building dating back to the early 1900s, the stunning views over the south coast of Barbados are epic at Sweetfield Manor. Another highlight is the spa which is nestled among banana trees in the hotel garden – which you can admire from the lagoon pool. Treatment-wise, the spa offers a head, neck and shoulder massage to ease muscle tension, a classic mani-pedi to show your hands and feet some love and a Full Body Experience – if you need a complete reboot.

Fairmont Royal Pavilion, for beachfront bliss on the Gold Coast

Chic modern room with a beach terrace at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion
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Fans of sea and sand will find a lot to love at Fairmont Royal Pavilion, as all rooms are directly on the beachfront – offering instant access to a glistening sweep of Barbados’s Platinum Coast on the west of the island. The spa action here is based around in-room treatments rather than a separate spa area, meaning you can order professional massages – including deep-tissue and hot stone – facials, manicures and more, all with the absolute minimum of effort. Elsewhere on the wellness side of things, there are yoga classes and an outdoor pool if you need a change of scenery from the beach.

Bougainvillea Barbados, for an all-encompassing spa on Maxwell Beach

Light, airy room at Bougainvillea Barbados
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Being set on the edge of white-sanded Maxwell Beach on the island’s south coast means that Bougainvillea’s palm-fringed location really is a stunner. Similarly impressive is the hotel’s serene Karma Spa & Salon, offering massages – including couples’ massage – facials and scrubs, manicures, pedicures and even, hairstyling. For something more active, there’s the well-equipped fitness centre and gym, plus a total of three swimming pools, including one with a poolside bar. Afterward, lounge around like a pro in the airy, bright rooms – preferably in the bathrobe provided for you – or perhaps make the short journey out to Bridgetown, the island’s capital.

The Sandpiper, for luxury on-tap in Folkestone

A guest enjoying the lush pool area at the Sandpiper
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If you’re looking for a truly special hotel in Barbados that goes above and beyond, this beachfront boutique pick could well be the one for you. Seriously stylish suites and rooms – try the Tree Top suites for next-level luxury, some featuring a private plunge pool or complimentary in-room bar – are matched by the dazzling spa of the Sandpiper’s sister hotel, Coral Reef. It’s a real oasis of calm and just as aesthetically sharp as the accommodation, thanks to the coral-stone walls and dark woods. Chill out in the relaxation room, take a stylish soak in the outdoor hydro-pool, or clear your head in the steam room – all just a two-minute drive from the Sandpiper and accessible via complimentary luxury transfers.

Hilton Barbados Resort, for unique treatments in a Unesco-approved site

The pool and beach of the Hilton Barbados Resort
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If you can’t bear to leave the dreamy stretch of beach that the Hilton sits snugly upon, keep the atmosphere going in the Eforea Spa – with what the hotel claims is the Caribbean’s first “quartz sand bed”. This allows guests to lie on a bed of heated sand crystals during their full-body massage – or treatment targeting the shoulders, neck, or feet. Tailored facials are also available. Another unique feature of the hotel is its location amongst the ruins of Charles Fort – part of a Unesco-listed site – meaning that some of the fort’s walls run through the grounds, giving the hotel a dramatic, atmospheric quality.

The House by Elegant Hotels - Adults Only, for jet lag-beating massage on the west coast

Bedroom at The House by Elegant Hotels 2, complete with curved ceiling, headboard, balcony and TV.
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This classy hotel is an all-inclusive affair, meaning that a champagne breakfast, evening canapes, afternoon tea and motorised watersports – including water skiing lessons – are all included in the price. Best of all for some people, though, will be the complimentary jet lag revival massage in the hotel’s boutique spa or tranquil cabana – ensuring you start your stay as fresh as can be. Elsewhere in the spa, two treatment rooms offer various massage and relaxation options, some utilising the hotel’s bespoke spa scent. Once fully rejuvenated, make the most of the beachfront location which includes a beachfront pool and whirlpool – plus super-comfy loungers to melt into.

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