November 19, 2021
Barbados’ best all-inclusive resorts come in all shapes and sizes, with nightly rates to suit all wallets. So, whether you’re keeping it cheap and cheerful or have some serious cash to splash, find the right spot for your Barbados holiday with our round-up of the best all-inclusive resorts.
A smaller, more intimate all-inclusive hotel on Barbados’ west coast, this is a great wallet-friendly option for couples whose tick list doesn’t include 50 restaurants and 50 types of room.
Although it’s not a beachfront property, it’s just a five-minute walk from the sand (there’s a complimentary shuttle if you’re feeling lazy), and its location slightly away from the beach means it’s incredibly quiet.
The property has a beautiful pool and two restaurants, and organising excursions is easy – the hotel works closely with one of the island’s largest tour operators to offer everything from wildlife-themed excursions to in-depth tours of island’s musical heritage.
Another all-inclusive with a brilliant location – this time in Bridgetown, on Barbados’ southern coast – the Savannah Beach Club hotel is on the outskirts of the Barbados Garrison Historic Area, where you’ll find some of the island’s most important historic sites.
The hotel itself has an airy, art-deco feel, with low-slung buildings overlooking a palm-dotted pool area. It’s one of Barbados’ best all-inclusive resorts for kids, who can hang out at the kids’ club or the tech-filled teens’ hangout den – although it’s perfect for an adults-only breaks too. Rooms in the historic section of the hotel have four-poster beds and if you bag one of the deluxe courtyard rooms, you’ll enjoy beautiful views over the gardens and a super-sized balcony.
Planning on getting married in Barbados? The hotel offers one of the widest ranges of wedding packages in Barbados, and there are vow renewal packages available, too.
A three-star all-inclusive on Barbados’ southern coast, the Barbados Beach Club offers Bajan hospitality to travellers on a budget. But don’t assume you’re compromising on quality – the resort might not have the mind-boggling array of restaurants and bars offered by (much) more expensive all-inclusives elsewhere on the island, but its two restaurants serve up delicious Bajan cuisine, and it’s got a fantastic location. You’ll have direct access to a wide sandy bay and be just a few metres from the centre of St. Lawrence Gap, where rum shops rub shoulders with swimwear boutiques.
Non-motorised watersports are included, and there are tennis courts and regular fitness classes. Don’t miss the weekly rum punch parties, hosted by the resort’s manager.
One of Barbados’ most stylish all-inclusives, this four-star hotel has just 24 guest rooms, which makes it perfect for couples or families seeking a quieter Caribbean getaway. We suggest opting for a deluxe bedroom for the best ocean views, although any room you pick is guaranteed to have sea views.
It’s all about quality not quantity here – there’s just one bar (albeit one staffed by some of the island’s top mixologists) and one restaurant, where there’s a big focus on sustainable, locally-sourced cuisine. The property recently bagged TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best award.
Proof that all-inclusives can have the feel of an independent hotel, the four-star Sea Breeze Beach House has 122 rooms and a fantastic beachfront position on Barbados’ northern coast. It’s a resort with the perfect balance of fantastic facilities – there are six restaurants, five bars, a spa and three pools – and there’s a real home-from-home feel.
There are separate adults-only and family areas (younger visitors can make use of the brilliant kids’ and teens’ clubs). But our favourite spot is the floating sundeck bobbing just off the resort’s white sand beach. The resort’s on-site activities are unbelievably diverse, and include everything from rum-tasting masterclasses to non-motorised watersports.
Another boutique-style property, Treasure Beach is an adults-only all-inclusive hotel in Paynes Bay on Barbados’ west coast. This beachfront hotel is popular with divers – the water’s wonderfully calm here, and there are plenty of turtles to spot. With its lush gardens and low room numbers (there are just 35 suites) it feels wonderfully secluded, although it’s only 8km (5 miles) from Bridgetown.
There’s just one restaurant at Treasure Beach, along with two bars. We recommend the Wine Cellar, famous for its huge collection of Champagnes. Ensure you make full use of the resort’s beach service – staff will deliver chilled towels and fruit kebabs straight to your sun lounger – as well as the water taxi service, which will whisk you to other nearby hotels.
One of the nation’s largest all-inclusive resorts, Sandals Barbados is known for its huge range of room categories, which covers everything from swim-up pool rooms offering direct access to its beautiful Crystal Lagoon to beachfront butler suites with balcony hot tubs. The selection of restaurants is equally impressive, with 11 outlets serving everything from Italian cuisine to Indian specialities, and you’ll be able to dine at the 9 restaurants at the nearby Sandals Royal Barbados, too.
And when it comes to activities, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Amenities include a PADI dive school, fitness centre and spa, and activities on offer include volleyball, cricket, yoga and sailing. Hobie cats, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and snorkelling equipment can all be rented from the watersports centre.
A sprawling, luxurious resort with fantastic facilities, Sandals Royal Barbados is one of the island’s largest resorts. Fans of Sandals will be interested to know that this five-star resort has several firsts for the famous all-inclusive brand, including Sandals’ first bowling alley, the brand’s first gourmet doughnut shop, its first rooftop pool and bar and two new restaurant concepts: American Tavern and Chi Asian.
There are nine restaurants in total (although you’ll also be able to dine at the 11 restaurants at Sandals Barbados) and four bars, and the range of activities on offer is staggering, ranging from scuba diving sessions with the on-site dive school to kayak, stand-up paddleboard, hobie cat and boogie board hire. Don’t miss the chance to go for a sail on the resort’s glass-bottomed boat, either.
Love a little luxury but not so keen on sprawling hotels with hundreds of identikit rooms? Consider basing yourself at Elegant Hotels’ The House, a stunning 34-suite hotel that includes plenty of extras you won’t find at other all-inclusives. Complimentary jet-lag massage? Check. Champagne at breakfast? Check. The list goes on, although if this all sounds a bit sedentary, don’t panic – stay here and you’ll be able to make full use of the wide range of watersports on offer, whether it’s water-skiing sessions, banana boat rides or sailing masterclasses on the resort’s hobie cats.
The location of this four-star resort is hard to beat – you’ll be just a short walk from the fishing village of Oistins (famous for its legendary fish fries), and just a ten-minute drive from Grantley Adams International Airport. There are only 44 rooms, so nabbing a spot on the pristine beach won’t be a problem, nor will getting the attention of the waiters who’ll deliver cocktails and snacks straight to your sun-lounger.
Other perks include the complimentary beach bags and flip flops. Although there’s just one restaurant, guests can dine for free at the four restaurants at Abidah’s sister resort, Accra Beach Hotel & Spa. You can get there using the complimentary shuttle service.