Location: Located on the sparkling west coast of Barbados, Cobblers Cove is an oasis of peace and tranquillity for travellers.
Design: Where colonial style meets contemporary Caribbean living, Cobblers Cove was originally a family weekend beach retreat, where Joss Haynes, a sugarcane planter and politician, brought his family to escape the windy and rugged east coast. The house was converted into a hotel and, by the 1980's, it was a well-established luxury boutique hotel with a reputation for fine food and wines. The original house was built in 1944, and today, the iconic pink and white building still retains the beauty of its original architecture with charming bay windows and turreted rooftop.
Step inside and you’ll find spacious suites with garden or ocean views, air-conditioned bedrooms and sitting rooms and terraces or balconies that stud the colourful, palm-filled gardens.
Arrival: pull up at the sun-washed coral pink stone frontage with striking views through the Great House out to the azure waters of the ocean beyond – a beautiful Bajan welcome. Unpack, relax and then indulge your senses at the Camelot Restaurant, a destination for discerning food lovers.
Camelot Restaurant – the hotel’s prestigious ocean-front eatery – serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, all made with fresh local ingredients. It's recognised as serving some of the best food in Barbados, with menus created by Jason Joseph; an award-winning chef who’s successfully participated in Barbados Chef of the Year, Taste of the Caribbean, Americas Chef Cook-Off and Gourmet Taste.
Cobblers Cove Bar – set within the Great House and adjacent to the pool deck, the bar at Cobblers Cove is open throughout the day, serving everything from fresh juices in the morning to fine Bajan rums and cocktails in the afternoon and into the evening. Be sure to try the Cobblers Cooler – a signature cocktail made with delicious smooth-flavoured rum with a blend of tropical fruits and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
What to wear: Relaxed island chic.
Wellbeing: You can make your time at Cobblers Cove as active or as restful as you like. Guests can try water skiing, swimming with turtles, tennis lessons and many water sports at the resort. For a more calming experience, take a hotel boat to a picnic spot for a private lunch or unwind at the Sea Moon Spa. Cobblers Cove also offers its guests full access to a well-equipped gym and yoga classes on the beach, so you can return home with a newfound zen.
Recreation: There’s a selection of excursions and tours designed especially for guests who want to experience everything Barbados has to offer. Join Barbados’s favourite fisherman, Barker, coasting the Caribbean shore in search of his ‘Catch of the Day’, or tour the island to enjoy some of the many beauty spots Barbados boasts. Sit back and let your driver take the strain as you tour through the most magical areas of the island.
Celebrations: Cobblers Cove plays host to celebrations throughout the year. From a small dinner for ten on the beach to a breathtaking wedding for a hundred, the resort can provide the setting, staff and atmosphere for any occasion.
Internet: Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
Renowned for: Romantic escapes, weddings, couples, friends. Cobblers Cove enjoys an enviable reputation as one of the finest luxury hotels in Barbados and throughout the Caribbean. It was even the preferred holiday destination for Ronald Reagan during his presidency.
Recent accolades: 2018 Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor.
Price: £2740pp, including flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers.