Called "one of the finest dining experiences in the Caribbean" by Fodors, The Cliff is perhaps the most acclaimed restaurant on the island of Barbados. It is located in St. James parish in central western Barbados, where the stretch of beachfront is colloquially known as the Platinum Coast for its lavish mansions and luxury hotels. Several hotels representing a range of prices and styles are located within minutes of the restaurant.
The Tamarind Hotel reopened at the end of 2010 after a complete renovation of its Mediterranean-style buildings, which overlook a crescent-shaped white sand beach. It offers 104 guest rooms and suites, each with a private balcony or patio and contemporary amenities such as flat-screen televisions and iPod docks. Ocean-view and ocean-front rooms and suites are available. Guests enjoy access to Tamarind's sister properties on the west cost via water taxi, as well as preferential tee times at Royal Westmoreland Golf Course and Country Club. Fine dining at The Cliff restaurant is less than half a mile from Tamarind Hotel; on-site dining options consist of three restaurants and a bar with beach views.
Treasure Beach Hotel
Treasure Beach Hotel is located less than a minute's drive up the main highway from The Cliff restaurant. It is an all-suite hotel, with a total of 35 rooms ensuring an intimate atmosphere in a beachfront location. The lush vegetation of the hotel grounds adds to the tropical ambiance. The suites are arranged around a horseshoe-shaped swimming pool; they each have a living room and a patio or balcony. Three deluxe suites -- The Hemingway, The Hibiscus and The Hummingbird -- feature views of the Caribbean Sea, and two of them have private plunge pools.
Tropical Escape Hotel
The Spanish-inspired, 52-room Tropical Escape Hotel is located across the street from Paynes Bay beach. The hotel equally welcomes singles, couples and families with on-site faculties including a large swimming pool, a games room with a pool table and library, and a fitness room. The hotel receptionist can arrange tee times at your choice of local golf courses. Most of the guest rooms offer views of the pool and gardens, and top-floor rooms have partial views of the sea. They all feature bright Caribbean decor, wrought iron furnishings and a balcony or patio.
Located about a mile north of The Cliff restaurant, Sandy Lane sits on a long, golden sand beach. Guests are pampered with beach-side services including reserved seating, cold towels, complimentary water sports and cooling spritzes of Evian water when the Caribbean sun becomes just too much to bear. Sandy Lane boasts two 18-hole golf courses designed by renowned course architect Tom Fazio, as well as the Old Nine course. The property also features nine tennis courts and a 7,500-square-foot swimming pool with a waterfall. Sandy Lane has been lauded with prestigious awards since it first opened in 1961. Conde Nast Traveler, pointing out that it is the most expensive hotel in the Caribbean, has awarded it a place on the Gold List multiple times.
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