Luxury Barbados Hotels

by Mary Freeman

The island nation of Barbados is located in the Lesser Antilles belt of islands in the Caribbean Sea, and is one of the most premiere tourist destinations in the Caribbean. High-rollers come to Barbados for its winter-time sun, beaches, golf, festivals and water sports, and stay in its collection of luxury hotels and resorts.

Cobblers Cove Hotel

A former British fort, the Cobbler Cove Hotel evokes a classical English sense of elegance and luxury with a Caribbean twist. The hotel is home to 40 suites set in 10 cottages, with four rooms in each. Traditional Caribbean fabrics, tropical colors and hand-made furniture adorn each of these suites, and floor areas top out at 1,780 square feet. The Terrace Restaurant overlooks the Caribbean Sea, and serves award-winning international cuisine made with local produce. Guests shop at the hotel's boutique gift and clothing shop, and rent water sports equipment from the front desk.

Little Arches

This family-owned, adults-only luxury boutique hotel is home to only 10 rooms, creating a comfortable, intimate atmosphere. Each of these rooms features bright, tropical color palettes of blue, white and coral, and each includes king-size beds, ocean views and private, walk-out decks. Guests enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding terrain from the roof-top swimming pool and restaurant, Café Luna. A massage therapist is on hand to deliver in-room, pool-side, or in-spa therapies and massages. Little Arches also organizes group boat rides on their 44-foot catamaran, Silver Moon.

Lone Star Hotel

Stemming from its humble beginnings as a gas station, the Lone Star Hotel is minimally styled in a 1940s fashion, with a white and beige color palette. Only four suites ranging from 1,050 to 850 square feet in size occupy the Lone Star, creating an air of exclusivity and chicness. Across the way is the hotel's luxury accommodation, the Beach House, a privately staffed Bajan villa. Beach House has been the home of many notable personalities since its erection, including Simon Cowell, John Cleese and Mariah Carey.

Coral Reef Club

Set on 12 acres of stylized gardens on the west coast of Barbados is the Coral Reef Club, architecturally designed in a West Indian aesthetic. Each of the 88 cottages, rooms, and suites are decked out in elaborate colors and decoration, each room unique. Clean lines, cream and chocolate colors, waterfalls and exotic vegetation embellish the next-door, Colonial-inspired spa. A menu of services are available at the spa, including skin-care and anti-aging treatments, manicures and massages.

About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.