Barbados is the Caribbean at its stylish and sophisticated best. Not only does it have the Caribbean requisite coral-sand beaches, turquoise waters and laid-back charms, but it mixes its easy-going Bajan attitude with traditional English activities like cricket matches and afternoon tea. Society events like polo games and horse racing add a touch of glamour, too.
Barbados offers plenty to do, with everything from hiking trails and manicured golf courses, to historic plantation houses and beautifully maintained tropical gardens. The island measures up at 21 miles by 14, so getting out and about (either by hire car or local bus) is easy.
St James, on the west coast, is the glitziest part of the island, and has been dubbed the 'Platinum Coast' and 'Millionaire's Row'. Beaches here and on the south-west coast face the Caribbean Sea, and have sugary sands and calm, sheltered waters. There are plenty of beachfront bars and restaurants to try out, too. Then you've got the bustling capital city, Bridgetown, where you'll find fantastic shopping, colonial architecture, and statues of the island's national icons in National Heroes Square.
For natural beauty, take a trip to Welchman Hall Gully and the Andromeda Botanic Gardens, or climb Mount Hillaby for widescreen views over the island. Of course, a visit to the Mount Gay Rum factory is a must - it's the oldest rum brand in the world.
If you fancy timing your trip to coincide with one of Barbados' colourful festivals, try January (when the Barbados Jazz Festival is held) or July-August, when the five-week-long Crop Over Festival takes place - it celebrates the end of the sugar cane harvest.
Hotels in Barbados
We've got some fantastic hotels to choose from in Barbados, including The House, an intimate, adults-only haven, and Ocean Two, a beachfront property close to lively St Lawrence Gap.
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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.