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Barbados

Mark and David's verdict:

Barbados is rightly renowned for its swish hotels, which are liberally sprinkled along the exclusive "Platinum" coast. But there are other sides to the island: great value hotels on the lively south coast and lashings of local colour to spice up your visit.

Recommended tour operator: Tropical Sky

Tropical Sky says

All the ingredients for the perfect Caribbean holiday can be found on Barbados – palm-fringed beaches, tropical gardens, a fascinating heritage, intoxicating rum and Calypso.

  • Great restaurants
  • Luxury hotels
  • Superb beaches

What makes Barbados stand out, however, is its outstanding range of world class resorts to suit all budgets and tastes. Most are located on the west or south coasts.

The more glamorous west coast, known as the Platinum Coast, is a magnet for celebrities who flock to the restaurants, boutiques and picture-postcard beaches.

Our pick of the west coast hotels includes The Club Barbados. It’s an adults-only all-inclusive hotel set in gorgeous tropical gardens leading down to the beach.

Mango Bay is another popular all-inclusive resort, welcoming couples and families alike.

If you’re looking for elegance, luxury and romance, head to the low-key Coral Reef Club or The Fairmont Royal Pavilion where all the rooms are positioned right on the beach with wonderful views of the Caribbean from your private balcony or terrace.

On the south coast, the all-inclusive SoCo is a huge hit with couples. It’s contemporary, stylish and outstanding value, in a great location on Hastings Beach and a short walk from lively St Lawrence Gap. We love that all the rooms are ocean-facing with fantastic views.

Sugar Bay is a superb all-inclusive choice for families with child care from four months right up to teen activities. Bougainvillea Beach Resort is a great alternative for families with a tighter budget.

Plan your trip to coincide with one of Barbados’ many special events. Held annually between July and August, the island-wide Crop Over Festival is a heady mix of live music, dancing, carnival, markets and cultural presentations. In late November, the Food, Wine & Rum Festival brings together a number of celebrated chefs to showcase their culinary skills.

We pride ourselves on our knowledge, flexibility and imagination to create holidays tailormade to your requirements. Check out our top ten luxury hotels and top ten family holidays in Barbados.

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