Luxury Caribbean Destination Guide: Where to stay in Barbados
This charismatic corner of the Caribbean boasts more luxury properties than any other island in the West Indies - and it’s not difficult to see why. With turquoise waters and the silkiest of sand, Barbados offers an exotic taste of island living coupled with every exclusive edge a well-heeled traveller could ask for, with some of the most luxurious villas in the Caribbean on offer. Visit in the summer months to enjoy the tranquility of low season, taking advantage of off-season prices with only the remotest chance of inclement weather.
Driving down the island’s opulent west coast, you’ll find affluent enclaves like Holetown and the road that leads there north from the capital, Bridgetown scattered with stunning villas- each within striking distance of the famous west coast beaches, yet offering the utmost privacy.
At the uppermost end of the market, Villa Moonlight is a five-bedroom mansion in the highly sought after Sugar Hill Resort. Just ten minutes north of Holetown, nestled close to the swathes of ivory sand and azure waters the island is famed for, this villa combines colonial elegance with contemporary style. Breakfast is served al fresco on the terrace, which cleverly transforms into an indoor dining room should the trade winds pick up in the evening. Swept down twin staircases to the expansive pool area, you’ll find uninterrupted views of the Caribbean sea, the perfect backdrop from which to make use of the BBQ and integrated sound systems for a truly unforgettable evening.
There’s even a slice of exclusivity to be had on a smaller budget. Just a stone’s throw from the idyllic Gibbs Beach and close to the charming Speightstown, Villa Navas is a three bedroom, four bathroom villa, designed around a central atrium featuring an ever-inviting indoor plunge pool. You’ll be treated to three meals a day by your own resident chef on the delightful deck overlooking the outdoor pool and well-manicured gardens.
If you want to give your private chef the night off, our favourite here is Relais & Chateaux's Cobbler’s Cove. Housed in a historic colonial property it boasts an excellent restaurant offering Bajan cuisine with a contemporary twist in surroundings that define Caribbean Luxe.