There are plenty of intriguing towns and beautiful resorts that will offer a warm Caribbean welcome... Read more
So where to stay? Consider one of the following destinations when you book Barbados hotels.
Holetown became the first settlement on the island when the English landed there in 1627. The west-coast town is in St James Parish, right in the heart of aptly named Platinum Coast which is home to the most exclusive and expensive resorts on Barbados.
The annual eight-day Holetown Festival commemorates the first landing and includes a parade of vintage vehicles, music, Bajan arts and crafts and even a beauty pageant.
Also on the west coast is Speightstown, one of the island's biggest towns. Turtles nest on several of the beaches near here, with hawksbill turtles nesting from May to October and leatherback turtles from February to July. Hatchlings emerge from their eggs after 60 days to make their way down to the sea.
St Lawrence Gap, also known as The Gap, is located on the south coast and is a lively, cosmopolitan mix of high-class restaurants, reggae, salsa, calypso and Irish bars, throbbing nightclubs and street food. For the daytime, the Gap has four beaches to choose from and another two nearby, including Worthing. With its shallow, gentle waters, Worthing is ideal for swimming and perfect for children.
On the rugged east coast you'll find Bathsheba, a fishing village with a beautiful white sandy beach stretching along a coastline with dramatic rock formations. Big rolling Atlantic waves make this a popular destination for surfers and international surfing competitions are held here. Bathsheba is not a recommended swimming spot due to the strong currents but you can lounge in the shallow waters of the inshore pools that have been carved out of a coral reef. Just a few feet deep, it's a bit like sitting in nature's very own Jacuzzi.
Barbados is known for its first-class resorts with stunning spa, pool and sports facilities, luxury accommodation and fine dining. Five-star Barbados hotels attract celebrities such as Simon Cowell, Wayne and Coleen Rooney, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue and Michael Caine, among others. The global megastar Rihanna is from Barbados and returns to the island when she can.
You don't have to be a celebrity to stay here, however. Cheaper accommodation is available and with the warm sea on your doorstep you don't even need to find somewhere with a pool if you're really on a budget. All-inclusive resorts offering free dining and a host of facilities and activities have grown in popularity in recent years, allowing holidaymakers to know the cost of their break upfront.