The Elegant Hotels of Barbados
To the east of the Windward Islands, Barbados possesses acres of rolling green sugar cane fields, exotic trees and shrubs such as banyan, mahogany and flamboyant poinsettia. The coastline comprises of breath-taking soft sandy beaches lapped by calm turquoise waters on the west, and expanses of wild surf on the Atlantic east coast. Not just a tropical beach holiday destination, there are plenty of sightseeing attractions, including fine colonial-style plantation houses and villages dotted with brightly painted houses. Depending on what you’re looking for as your base for discovering Barbados, the Elegant Hotels group offers five distinctive options for couples and families alike.Colony Club – a low key family-friendly atmosphere with a true Caribbean styleJust twenty minutes from the capital of Bridgetown on the Platinum West Coast, the newly reopened Colony Club is a family-friendly resort where modern conveniences meet classic Caribbean style thanks to its recent refurbishment. The grounds are brim-full of tropical vegetation and divine lagoon-style swimming pools on the beachfront. Participate in an array of complimentary water sports or merely indulge at the spa or at two restaurants, where health-conscious menus are central to the dining experience. A Dine Around programme allows guests to choose where to dine before ending the evening in Colony Club’s Sunset Bar or the intimate cocktail bar. Children are particularly well catered for at Colony Club, with its educational marine programmes, golf lessons, an Aqua School for water sports tuition, a seasonal Kids’ Korner and a babysitting service. Find out more about Colony Club, or family holidays at Colony ClubTamarind – understated elegance on 750-foot stretch of beachAlso located on the island’s west coast, Tamarind is the sister property of Colony Club. The ambiance is more intimate and refined, providing a romantic space in which to enjoy the natural beauty of this beachside setting. It is a slightly larger property, with 104 guestrooms that have recently seen a contemporary refurbishment to offer luxurious and spacious accommodation with oversized ocean view balconies. A feeling of understated elegance is completed with open-air dining venues and an outdoor lounge bar; the Sunday beach party is a wonderful addition, where grilled dishes are accompanied by steel pan music. Although children are accepted at Tamarind, there are numerous adults-only facilities, including motorised and non-motorised water sports.Find out more about TamarindTurtle Beach – beachside seclusion near to the lively St Lawrence GapA premium all-inclusive property on Barbados’ south coast, Turtle Beach offers suite-only accommodation just a short walk from the restaurants, shops and lively bars of St Lawrence Gap. Occupying a secluded spot with direct access to 1,500 feet of soft sand on Dover Beach, guests benefit from beachside tranquillity whilst retaining the option to explore and dine elsewhere. On site facilities include three restaurants, two bars, two swimming pools, a kids’ splash pool, the Flying Fish kids’ club, a fitness centre and spa facilities. Water sports here are non-motorised only to preserve the peace of the area. Suite accommodation is particularly spacious and decorated in muted colours that complement views from a private patio or balcony.Find out more about Turtle Beach, or family holidays at Turtle BeachCrystal Cove – a premium all-inclusive resort with golfing possibilities nearbySituated on a cove on the west coast of Barbados, Crystal Cove comprises of 88 guestrooms and suites in two-storey properties designed in a charming village-like style. Interiors are vibrant and colourful to reflect a true Caribbean flavour, with private patios and balconies that claim evocative views from the hotel’s elevated cliff side position. Within the flower-strewn grounds there are three lagoon swimming pools that border a beach where complimentary motorised water sports are available. Other facilities include two restaurants, a swim-up bar, an indulgent beach ambassador service, a kids’ club and two tennis courts. Golf can be taken nearby at the Royal Westmoreland Golf Course.Find out more about Crystal CoveThe House – an adults-only haven for indulgence and Barbadian romanceCatering exclusively to adult travellers, The House guarantees peace and tranquillity in an intimate environment on the west coast of Barbados. Indulgence is at the core of The House’s service, and there are a number of complimentary benefits to help guests feel pampered and spoiled, from a 30-minute jet lag massage to champagne breakfast, afternoon tea and evening canapés. There are just 34 Junior and One Bedroom Suites, each decorated in a sophisticated palette and a modern décor. Dining is in the acclaimed Italian restaurant, Daphne’s, which is just next door. At the beach daytimes can be occupied with complimentary motorised and non-motorised water sports and being indulged by a beach ambassador service.Find out more about The House
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