A visit to the star-studded Platinum Coast of Barbados promises much more than the obligatory sugar sand and turquoise sea – it boasts incomparable hospitality, gastronomic delights galore and a collection of some of the world’s most magnificent hotels.
It’s fair to say that Carrier’s travel experts have fallen in love with this divine destination and we want to share why, so here are a few of our top recommendations – it’s time to step inside some of the incredible places to eat, sleep and fall in love with...
First, we eat. The delectable delights of Barbados know no bounds, with 2018 designated as the country’s Year of Culinary Experiences. An eclectic, soul-stirring blend of African, Indian, Irish, Creole and British influences combine to create a unique cuisine bursting with exotic flavours in every bite.
Dining at The Cliff is a quintessential luxury experience in Barbados. Theatrically perched atop an idyllic cove lit by flickering flame torches, watch stingrays play in the water beneath while you devour some incredible dishes. Liverpudlian-born head chef Paul Owens effortlessly fuses British classics such as duck breast and beef tenderloin with Bajan specialities of Mahi Mahi, flying fish and Caribbean shrimp.
For unbridled indulgence, the Bajan Blue Sunday Brunch at Sandy Lane is a masterclass in
We can’t talk about where to stay in Barbados without mentioning the institution that is Sandy Lane. Presiding over the west coast for over fifty years, the legendary hotel sprawls across four wings, offering an array of accommodation that exudes elegance with a chic Bajan charm. From the impressive penthouses to the palatial suites, valet service is standard and no detail is overlooked.
Further down the bay, settled amid seven acres of tropical gardens, you’ll uncover the Colony Club by Elegant Hotels. The first-class rooms and suites provide contemporary luxury at its finest, with some featuring direct access to the freeform pool and swim-up bar. Towering palm trees and lush foliage lead the way past the lagoon-style pools and down to the beach, where watersports enthusiasts can take their pick of paddleboarding, jet-skiing, sailing and more, while
Coral Reef Club is the embodiment of West Indian sophistication, consistently recognised as one of the best hotels on the island. Great care has been taken to infuse the elegant interiors with traditional Bajan heritage, combining first-class quality with characterful original features whether you stay in one of the delightfully quaint cottages or a sumptuous Plantation Suite.
You may prefer to choose from our collection of opulent beachfront villas, offering privacy without compromising on service, with exclusive staff on hand at all times as well as access to a personal boat. Some of our favourites include The Great House and Eden, and all guarantee complete seclusion and indulgence.
Barbados is acclaimed for its pristine beaches, and with good reason. But there’s much more to discover on this idyllic isle, which has a natural affinity with extravagance. It’s known as the shipwreck capital of the Caribbean, so don’t just scuba dive – charter a multi-million-pound catamaran with a private crew to explore these fantastical ghost ships, before sailing around secluded bays to the seductive sound of the waves washing beneath you.
Back on land, what better way to explore the inland sights than by private jeep safari? A bespoke itinerary lets you choose exactly what you want to see, accompanied by a local guide who can show you a new side to the terrain, travelling through sugarcane fields, dense tropical rainforests and natural archaeological wonders.