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Mark and David's verdict:

You'll find exclusive hotels throughout the Caribbean but Barbados has the lion's share, most of them bang on the narrow sandy beach in the west, hence the nickname: the Platinum coast. If you tire of sybaritic living you can emerge from your luxurious cocoon for a spot of golf, or dinner at a fancy restaurant.

Recommended tour operator: Carrier

Bajan colourSandy Lane - beachColony Club by Elegant ResortsMango Bay

Carrier 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 luxury resorts and sophisticated restaurants dotted along the Platinum Coast.

All the rooms at The Fairmont Royal Pavilion are positioned right on the beach with wonderful views of the Caribbean from your private balcony or terrace.

Complimentary watersports, stunning tropical gardens, poolside rooms and the gracious staff help make Colony Club by Elegant Hotels a popular option. Guests can make use of the facilities of the nearby sister hotel, Tamarind by Elegant Hotels, situated next door to Daphne’s, one of the island’s best restaurants.

A member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux, Cobblers Cove is the perfect place to relax and unwind. This all-suite hotel offers privacy and calm in its beachside location, as well as some of the island’s best food, by Executive Chef Michael Harrison.

Sandy Lane is justifiably feted as one of the world’s most luxurious and elegant hotels and is certainly ‘the’ hotel in the Caribbean, for couples and families alike.

If your holiday mantra is small is beautiful, check out the chic and understated Lone Star, a stylish gem with just six rooms and suites, bang on the beach.

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 in a four-day programme of events, along with plenty of rum.

We pride ourselves on our knowledge, flexibility and imagination to create holidays tailormade to your requirements.

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