Barbados is the Caribbean at its stylish and sophisticated best, the perfect spot for your luxury holiday. Not only does it have the coral sand beaches, crystal clear waters and laid-back charms of the other Caribbean islands but the cricket, opera, polo and races have also become society events bringing a touch of glamour to join the easy going Bajan lifestyle. Barbados holidays come highly recommended for all ages as there are plenty of attractions beyond the usual water sports: there are plenty of hiking opportunities and wonderful golf courses as well as beautiful gardens and historic plantation houses to explore. St James is the glitziest part of the island and has understandably been dubbed the 'Platinum Coast' and 'Millionaires Row'.
On the west coast, beaches face the Caribbean Sea and the calm, sheltered waters here are perfect for water sports or, if you prefer, simply relaxing on the beach: plenty of bars and restaurants will keep you entertained whatever your choice. Combine all of this with a trip to North Point to see the waves crashing on the rocks and your holiday to Barbados is sure to leave you feeling more sanguine about life and itching to return to this wonderful, rejuvenating island.
Points of Interest in Barbados
A holiday in Barbados wouldn't be complete without a visit to its bustling capital, Bridgetown, and the statues of the island's national icons in National Heroes Square. Natural delights in Barbados include the tropical beauty of Welchman Hall Gully and the Andromeda Botanic Gardens, or why not climb spectacular Mount Hillaby for fantastic views of the island? There is also the chance to visit the factory where Bajans make Mount Gay® Rum, the oldest rum in the world!
Getting Around Barbados: Only 21 miles long and 14 miles wide, getting around is easy, either by hired car or by local bus.
Events in Barbados: The Crop Over Festival celebrates the end of the sugar cane harvest, which is five weeks in July/August. Barbados Jazz Festival is in January.
Hotels in Barbados
Family holidays are catered for at the timelessly elegant Colony Club Hotel, located on a beautiful beach while The House Hotel is an intimate, child-free haven combining chic with comfort. Browse more hotels in Barbados.
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The Sovereign Standard
To help you choose your perfect holiday we have rated all of our hotels using our own system.
Classical Sovereign hotels are more modest hotels offering charm and character, or an exceptional location. Many of these hotels have been firm favourites with Sovereign customers for countless years and offer great value for money.
Luxury Collection hotels offer everything you would expect to go hand in hand with a luxury holiday. They offer high standards of service and attention to all those important little details.
Exclusive Collection hotels provide the ultimate luxury; they are the finest, most opulent hotels offering superlative service and excellent facilities, which will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning traveller.
Family Collection hotels are some of the finest family-friendly resorts and offer a wide range of facilities for both children and parents. Families can enjoy a whole host of amenities including fun kid's clubs, a dedicated children's pool and spacious accommodation.