Guide to Barbados
Roughly 200 hotels, apartels and guest houses pepper the
island but you'll find the greatest concentration of places to
satay along the south and west coasts. Yet there are great east coast
hotels and guest houses as well as remote northern hideaways.
Once known as one of the more expensive Caribbean
destinations, Barbados now boasts a grand selection of affordable
accommodations without losing its edge as a luxury destination.
The south now usurps the west as the favored coast
thanks to its extensive selection of moderately-priced stays, the high
concentration of eateries,
and the night
life. In fact, the south coast is now the prime
night action hub.
You can also find many excellent stays along many
sections of the east coast. This rugged Atlantic side offers a more pristine
and picturesque retreat, as does the far north where the pace is slower and
The hotels range
from small, family-run facilities to sprawling accommodations with all the
amenities. Some hotels offer suites as well as apartments on their
compounds. We have first class five star hotels that attract the rich and
famous, as well as medium-priced hotels that provide a good range of
Barbados' best value for money is often found in the 'apartel'
sector. Most of these apartment-like accommodations are on the south coast,
but you'll find some on the west coast too. Apartels range from full-sized and
equipped apartments to small efficiency one-rooms with cooking facilities.
They have common areas along with lobby, full time staff, and many have
swimming pools and other common facilities. It's worth checking out if you
want a truly economical stay.
Guest houses are a fun, economical stay. They are found
primarily along the south coast and the eastern side of the island. They give
you a chance to have your own little home away from home. Most come fully
furnished, and while they aren't fancy, most are beachfront and offer good
value for money if you want a house-like setting.
And then we have villas. Most of our villas are
concentrated on the west coast, mainly around the Holetown area. Very few are
beachfront, but most are just a few minutes' walk from the sea. Some villas
offer communal amenities such as swimming pools and tennis courts. The more
expensive, lavish villa rentals are found further up the coast towards St.
Peter and many of these are really full-fledged 'homes' that come with maid
service and sometimes even cooks.
Timesharing is very popular in Barbados and there are
several excellent choices. Again, the majority are found on the south coast,
and they generally include a fair amount of amenities.
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