Barbados Beach Resorts

by Edwin Thomas

Beach resorts offer their guests a virtually self-contained Caribbean vacation retreat, so most guests have little need to ever leave the confines of the resort. Even so, not all the resorts on Barbados are equal or offer the same level of amenities. While one resort may come packed with family-oriented amenities or offer peace, quiet and privacy, another offers cheaper prices but less convenient beach access.

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Locations

The main beach area on Barbados is on the south coast, followed closely by St. James Beach on the west coast. The popularity of these beach areas does not make the resorts on the west and south coast crowded, however. Most resorts and hotels consist of enclosed compounds that offer a reasonable degree of seclusion. However, visitors to Barbados who are truly looking to get away from it all in an isolated spot by the beach should seek a resort on the east end of the island.

All Seasons Resort

The All Seasons Resort is a reasonably priced resort located on Barbados's west coast. Lodgings consist of one-bedroom, duplex apartments centered on a green space with the resort's outdoor swimming pool. Other features include a recreation room, restaurant and bar, and a set of three hot tubs. The All Seasons is not located on the beach, but it does operate a free shuttle to the resort's own beach club. Apartments come with tile floors and are decorated in a mid-range fashion with wood and rattan furnishings.

Divi Southwinds Beach Resort

Set on a sprawling property of broad lawns, manicured gardens and sand flats, Divi Southwinds is an all-suites south coast resort. Some suites are actually one-bedroom rental villas, however, which offer more privacy. The resort enjoys direct access to its own half-mile stretch of beach, with rental villas set directly on the beach and resort buildings housing the suites located behind them at the end of a tree-shaded lane. All rooms come furnished in a mid-range, hotel-style fashion. Divi Southwinds has its own grocery with delivery service, which is an added plus for a resort where all accommodations have a full kitchen.

Turtle Beach Resort

The south coast Turtle Beach Resort offers its guests spacious, bright rooms and suites with a mid-range decor and modern touches, like flat-screen TVs. The resort boasts a succession of family-oriented features, such as the three separate outdoor swimming pools and the Tommy Turtle Kids' Club with its activities program. Children under 15 even stay for free. For adults, the resort offers nightly live entertainment. On the downside, Fodor's considered the resort's beachfront narrow and crowded.

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