From a secluded hideaway to a golfer’s paradise and a multi-generational adventure, our list of plush villas in Barbados would make an ideal Bajan getaway for the summer ahead.
With the announcement last week that Barbados would be added to the UK’s travel ‘Green List’ (from Wednesday 30 June), we didn’t waste time in picking out top holiday destinations to the beautiful Caribbean island with the help of One Caribbean Estates, a luxury villa agency.
The Barbados tourism industry is thrilled to welcome UK travellers back with up to 33% of international visitors coming from the UK in a typical year, the absence of British visitors was noticed and missed last summer.
Like other destinations on the Green List, tourists travelling to Barbados are now required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to three days before departure, and on return from holiday complete a UK passenger locator form 48 hours before departure and book a day two COVID-19 PCR test in the UK.
For any world-be travellers who are rightly wary about keeping safe from the virus, a rep from One Caribbean Estates, said:
“Barbados has handled the pandemic extremely well with low rates of infection and tourism businesses and restaurants are implementing strict health and safety measures to keep visitors safe.
“We realise that some will be nervous about travelling abroad, so want to reassure visitors that the island is operating with strict health and safety protocols in place and as a business.”
So, there you have it; read on for our list of where to stay in Barbados according to the following criteria.
Best Affordable Option
Whitehaven is a newly built three-bedroom villa set within the gated community of Westmoreland Hills. Positioned on a ridge with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, the villa enjoys a tranquil setting, yet is only a five-minute drive away to the closest beach in Holetown.
The villa boasts an open plan living space, with floor to ceiling sliding doors that leads out to a covered dining and lounging terrace with a swimming pool. Guests keen to keep active can enjoy access to the development’s high-tech gym and swimming pool, which is just a stone’s throw away.
Rates at Whitehaven start from £317 per night
Best for Multi-generational Adventures
With multi-generational trips more in demand than ever, Bajan Heights at Royal Westmoreland offers the perfect base. The spacious four-bedroom villa is set atop a ridge overlooking the West Coast of the island and has been designed to incorporate the tropical views from every vantage point. The villa features high-ceilings and coral stone interiors and boasts a private swimming pool, beautiful landscaped grounds and several dining options including a formal dining area, outdoor veranda, and relaxed sit-up breakfast bar.
With access to Royal Westmoreland’s facilities, families can fill their days with endless activities including golf on the award-winning course, tennis and even beach sports. In addition, the nearby town of Holetown with its many restaurants and chic boutiques is just a five-minute drive away.
Rates at Bajan Heights start from £1,060 per night
Best for Golfers
Set in the sought-after Sandy Lane estate, Windward is a luxurious five-bedroom villa nestled amongst 1½ acres of private tropical landscaped gardens with a large swimming pool.
Windward is moments away from Sandy Lane’s three golf courses: The Old Nine, The Country Club and the world-renowned Green Monkey – a Tom Fazio creation carved from an old stone quarry. Guests at Windward can also enjoy exclusive access to the Sandy Lane Beach Club.
The villa boasts several entertaining spaces, a gym and large swimming pool. Rental of Windward also includes a private chef, housekeeper, laundress, nightly security guard, personal villa manager and a concierge service to organise and book any activities or excursions.
Rates at Windward start from £1,970 per night
Best for Privacy
Villa Tamarindo is an ultra-luxurious five-bedroom beachfront villa set within one of the most exclusive developments in Barbados on the west coast. Fully enclosed and boasting a beach that is only accessible to its guests, the villa offers the ultimate private retreat.
Guests can spend their days relaxing on the beach, swimming in the villa’s 44ft swimming pool or exploring the villa’s landscaped grounds. And Holetown, with its array of shops, bars and restaurants is just 100 metres away.
Each en-suite bedroom offers unobstructed views of the spectacular ocean from an expansive terrace and sundeck and the property boasts a yoga studio and cinema room.
Rates at Villa Tamarindo start from £3,880 per night
Blow the Budget Option
Cove Spring House is the most luxurious beachfront villa in the Caribbean. Enjoying an idyllic cliff-top position on the prestigious Platinum West Coast of Barbados, the luxurious 10-bedroom villa boasts breath-taking panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea.
Set within 1.3 acres, Cove Spring House was designed using coral stone, denoting the hallmark of Caribbean aristocracy. There are seven spacious bedroom suites in the main house with an additional three in the separate guest cottage. There is also a media room, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a commercial grade kitchen.
Designed for outdoor living so typical of the Caribbean lifestyle, most rooms boast wide verandas opening on to the expansive patio with the freeform pool and Jacuzzi and to the stunning sea views beyond. At the base of the cliff is a secluded beach with private access only from the villa. The property is surrounded by lush tropical gardens providing complete privacy and serenity. Cove Spring house is ideally positioned mid-way between the historic Holetown and Speightstown offering a wide array of world class restaurants and luxury boutiques.