Surrounded by blue sea, swaying palms and ghost white sand, it won’t take long to fall in love with Barbados. Located in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean, Barbados not only brings some of the world’s best beaches to your doorstep but offers a rich history and mouthwatering local cuisine.
Being a year-round destination, there’s never a bad time to visit Barbados. The 80-plus beaches are clean, many spacious and lead to an abundance of underwater travels. While you can spend days exploring the streets of Bridgetown uncovering stories from the past, local crafts and great eats.
It’s all the more reason to stay at an all-inclusive resort in Barbados. It’s an island known for its hospitality and the resorts often put you mere feet away from some of the island’s top beaches. The range of amenities, price points and styles means there’s a resort for all budgets, including those seeking romance or a family getaway.
12. Sea Breeze Beach House
Close to Oistins and St. Lawrence Gap, Sea Breeze Beach House is a great option for both couples and families. There are two separate sections for either group, allowing families to enjoy their vacations and couples to indulge in a romantic getaway.
Families will love the range of restaurants and pool, along with the resort’s kid’s club. There is also a basketball court if their legs still have energy at the end of the day.
Couples can kick back by the adult-only pool that is easy on the eyes thanks to the beachfront views and sparkling Caribbean Sea. There are also four on-site bars so you’re never far away from a refreshing drink.
11. Barbados Beach Club Resort
Barbados’ south coast is renowned for its glamorous (thus expensive) accommodation. But Barbados Beach Club Resort bucks this trend, providing travelers with a budget-friendly experience in a stunning part of this island paradise.
Close to the bustling St. Lawrence Gap, this resort is a quiet alcove away from it all. The value-for-money theme begins from the start thanks to its large rooms that provide guests with plenty of space to relax and your own private balcony.
Barbados Beach Club Resort, however, is across the road from the local beach. It makes up for this with an expansive pool with ample lounges. But those that venture beyond, will find a quiet secluded beach a minute away.
10. Turtle Beach
Another resort on the beautiful Dover Beach, Turtle Beach resort is an upscale and family-friendly all-inclusive. The resort comes with a wide range of room options, some overlooking the Caribbean Sea. However, all come with their own private balcony or patio.
Much of your time, however, will be spent enjoying the eternal sunshine. There are two spacious main pools along with a kid’s splash pool to split up the crowds. Those with kids in tow will be happy to know Turtle Beach’s kid’s club will provide plenty of time for you to enjoy the three restaurants and large beachfront.
At the end of the day, settle in by the sea at Turtle Beach’s beloved waterfront restaurant.
9. Butterfly Beach Hotel
All-inclusive resorts don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are some options for budget-oriented travelers to make use of. The best of those in Barbados is the Butterfly Beach Hotel.
With a convenient location to explore local communities, the Butterfly Beach Hotel is a great place to explore wider Barbados. But that’s only once you’ve experienced the on-site amenities including the three whirlpools that will keep the children entertained.
Beyond the pools, there are small but intimate landscape areas. You can also enjoy the two sundecks with ocean views before settling in for a feast overlooking the ocean. Speaking of which, the resort has its own beach, although small, to work on the tan.
8. O2 Beach Club
Life at the O2 Beach Club begins with your walk through the sleek lobby space. It’s your first introduction to a revamped resort that now comes with chic and upscale rooms. It’s a first impression that will stick with you.
As you make your way into your room, complete with a king-size bed and ocean-view balcony you’ll quickly make plans to never leave. Despite being all-inclusive, the rooms also provide fully equipped kitchens.
But there’s much more to enjoy beyond your stylish rooms. Guests will love the resort’s rooftop pool and terrace which is a hit come golden hour. The O2 Club also has a lagoon-style pool that leads down to a spacious beachfront.
7. The Soco Hotel
A brief drive east of Georgetown, The Soco Hotel has much more than just a convenient location. Thanks to its modern and upscale decor, guests will wake up smiling with the added help of a view of the Caribbean Sea.
Beyond your cozy room, complete with a balcony or patio, you’re just steps from the resort pool. Beyond the sprawling beach offers a calm resort atmosphere on top of the already relaxing waters. At night, the on-site restaurant is lit by candles providing a romantic evening for guests.
From the resort, you can jump in a shuttle and head to Georgetown where plenty of shopping, history and nightlife await.
6. The Club Barbados
Looking west over the Caribbean Sea, The Club Barbados enjoys an envious location. While the beach itself may be small, the beach deck and oceanfront restaurants ensure you’re never far from a refreshing dip, or an excellent view.
Life at The Club revolves around the sunset. Each night at the waterfront Sunset Restaurant, you can enjoy an intimate dinner as the sky turns purple and the stars begin to light up the heavens. Nightly, restaurant guests will enjoy live music, entertainment and dancing to complete their dining experience.
Come morning, you’ll have an exciting day to look forward to. Wake up at the lavish pool before hitting the sea for a kayak, snorkel or fishing along the nearby reef.
5. Waves Hotel & Spa
Where some resorts can have over 250 rooms, Waves Hotel & Spa is far more intimate. Featuring 70 rooms, many of which offer panoramic ocean views, this resort is as mellow and romantic as you could hope for.
Although families are welcome, Waves Hotel & Spa certainly leans towards couples with their adults-only section, luxury spa treatments and waiter services on the beautiful beach. After indulging in all the amenities, settle in with your loved one for an evening of Mediterranean, Italian or Asian cuisines.
To explore beyond the resort, you can sign up for a range of water sports (hello jet ski!), take a water taxi ride to coastal towns or sign up for a fun workshop.
4. Coconut Court Beach Hotel
As one of the best mid-range resorts in Barbados, Coconut Court Beach Hotel provides a taste of luxury without the heady price. Providing excellent value, families will be glad to know it’s a resort that caters well to the little critters.
Coconut Court Beach Hotel provides guests with a spacious beachfront, for lounging, playing or reading a book under the many palm trees. Behind the beach is an equally spacious pool area where you’re just steps away from delicious eats and colorful cocktails.
After a day by the pool or sea, retreat to your room, all of which face the marvelous blue waters. If you’re up for more fun, guests will find themselves a stone’s throw from the happening Hastings.
3. Sandals Barbados
The name Sandals is synonymous with the resort scene in the Caribbean. You’ll be happy to hear that Sandals Barbados lives up to the hype with a little help from the biggest river-style pool in the island region.
Set on a private expanse of sand known as Dover Beach, Sandals Barbados feels apart from the rest of the island thanks to the lush landscaping. The added sense of privacy will help you feel right at home as you explore the terraces boasting soaking tubs, three pools, spa house and 13, yes 13, restaurants.
When you aren’t taking advantage of the offerings, simply wander down to the quiet Dover Beach where you’ll find lounges to soak in a perfect Caribbean day.
2. Crystal Cove
Under the banner of Elegant Hotels, Crystal Cove sure lives up to its parent’s name. Set on the edge of a row of glistening white sand, Crystal Cove creates both a romantic and family-friendly atmosphere thanks to its range of amenities.
Facing out over Barbados’ Platinum Coast, guests will quickly feel at home thanks to the charming and colorful decor with many rooms overlooking the beach. The size of the complex means you don’t have to wander far to enjoy Crystal Cove’s fabulous three-tiered pool spread out lagoon style. Nearby you can sign up for water sports, or chuck the little ones in the kid’s club and head to the wonderful cave bar.
1. Sugar Bay Barbados
The strength of Sugar Bay Barbados is its ability to be a high-end resort without offering an ostentatious vibe. It’s a luxury that we can all enjoy. Sugar Bay is steps from the historic Garrison district with all the stories, shops and nightlife it offers. But you’ll be in no rush to explore beyond the resort’s confines thanks to its immaculate beachfront location.
Having undergone a recent overhaul, the all-inclusive resort features 138 rooms, many overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea. All are spacious for their price, with either a balcony or patio to spend time with friends and family. When you’re ready to explore, you’ll have four on-site restaurants to choose from (the a la carte options are highly rated), a picture-perfect beachfront and full-service spa.