But Keep in Mind

Mind your Manners:

The ‘have it your way’ philosophy doesn’t belong here – it’s the Queen’s rules all the way. Better polish up on what fork to use with which course.


Rates are out of sight unless you’re willing to look hard. Prices are high on everything from food to hotel rooms.

Claustrophobia-inducing roads:

Oddly you’re likely to find busy, narrow roads right next to your room at many hotels.

The Bottom Line

If your idea of paradise is the feel of an English outpost in the tropics, Barbados will be your cup of tea.

Where to stay:

Barbados has classy villas, small boutique hotels, timeshares and a handful of all inclusives. You won’t find any big chains. This island is not the place for romantic secluded retreats like you’ll find on the British Virgin Islands or Jamaica. It’s also not the place you’ll find stunning architecturally designed hotels. With a few exceptions the architects who designed them didn’t go for a cutting edge look. Most resorts have relied instead on Barbados’ beautiful beaches and lush gardens to enchant visitors.

Almond Beach Villa

Heywoods, St Peter, Barbados

Tel: + 800 425 6663

Fax: + 800 246 422 4900

Website: www.almondresorts.com

Set on a mile-long stretch of beach this is Barbados’ largest resort. It’s also a great choice for families or sports enthusiasts.

Cobblers Cove

St Peter, Barbados

Tel: + 800 890 6060

Fax: 246 422 2291

Website: www.barbados.org/hotels/cobblers.htm

Built on the site of a former British fort, Cobblers Cove is adjacent to a small but pleasant crescent beach situated on a placid cove on Barbados’ famed Gold Coast. This is a small resort, and a favourite of gourmands and older European visitors stands out as one of the comfortable, hospitable places to stay.