Beautiful Barbados is a green gem of an island fringed with fabulous beaches and inviting warm blue waters. It’s hard to conceive of a place better suited to postnuptial romance — the palms swaying in the warm trade winds; the clear warm sea — perfect for enjoying some of the best water sports in the Caribbean and picture-perfect sunsets. There are plenty of resorts ideal for honeymooning couples. We discover the most romantic.
Sandy Lane is regularly rated as one of the top romantic hotels in the world; it’s immediately obvious why when you arrive. This luxury hotel on the island’s sandy west coast has an unbeatable beach-front location that is just perfect for watching the sunset. The suites are sumptuously furnished and offer private terraces with unforgettable views. The award-winning spa has world-class facilities — this is the place to come for luxury romance and pampering. Honeymooners should take advantage of candlelit dinners on the beach and couples massages.
The new Sandals resort in Barbados is situated on the white sands of Dover Beach at St Lawrence Gap on the south coast. The largest of the resorts on our list, Sandals still manages to deliver the romance. Accommodation includes swim-up suites; hot-tubs on private balconies, spa-style bathrooms and butler service to the best suites. This all-inclusive resort offers custom-built honeymoons (and weddings) that have been voted as one of the best of their kind in the Caribbean. The award-winning spa offers numerous couples treatments and even a bridal facial. If you fancy an all-inclusive honeymoon, then Sandals is the place to visit. What’s more, if you’re a couple that enjoys surfing or kite surfing, some of the best spots on the island are not too far away.
Sandals, Dover, Christ Church, Barbados +1 246-620-3600
The Coral Reef Club
The Coral Reef Club is the epitome of Caribbean chic. Housed in an elegant old colonial building, the hotel is regularly cited as being one of the best small hotels in the world. This is old-world luxury coupled with modern facilities and service. The property sits in 12 acres of tropical gardens, has two pools and an outstanding open-sided restaurant with uninterrupted views of the Caribbean Sea. The real jewel in the crown of The Coral Reef Club is the spa. Four treatment rooms are housed within a colonial-inspired building, each with their own patios leading to gardens. The natural fabrics and hard woods of the spa are brushed by the gentle breeze that drifts through the rooms carrying the scent of the surrounding tropical gardens.
This intimate luxury hotel is nestled in tropical gardens on the idyllic west coast of the island near historic Holetown and is just two minutes from the Coral Reef Club. With lush green lawns that lead from the inviting pool down to the soft white sand of the beach, The Sandpiper is just beautiful. Specialising in discreet intimacy, the suites have spacious balconies or terraces where breakfast can be served each day — so romantic couples don’t even need to leave their rooms!
The Sandpiper, Folkestone, Barbados +1 246 422 2251
The House by Elegant Hotels
The House is a romantic, adults-only haven of peace and tranquillity. Sitting midway up the west coast of the island, on a perfect sandy beach, it offers uninterrupted views of the Caribbean Sea and that fabulous sunset. With only 34 rooms, The House offers the kind of personal service that will make any honeymoon feel that little bit more special. The staff, or ‘Ambassadors’ as they’re known will happily customise your stay with romantic dinners on the beach, sunset catamaran cruises, butler service on your own private terrace, and as much champagne and strawberries as you can handle.
The House by Elegant Hotels, Paynes Bay, Barbados +1 246 432 5525