Story by IAN STALKER
A great Barbados vacation starts with great hotel choices. Whether you’re opting for a grand hotel with sprawling grounds, a quiet and quaint bed-and-breakfast, or an easy breezy all-inclusive, you’ll always find personalized service, Bajan hospitality, and a boutique atmosphere at the heart of every stay.
The different types of vacation stays on the island are underscored by the three different properties owned by the OCEAN HOTELS Barbados group.
Ocean Two Resort & Residences is an 88-room, beachfront property set to become an all-inclusive resort in November 2020. Within easy reach of St. Lawrence’s Gap, known for its restaurants and nightlife, Ocean Hotels will always urge its guests to get out and see Barbados. “We really encourage our guests to explore the island,” says Melissa Defreitas, Sales and Marketing Coordinator, Ocean Hotels. “We don’t want guests to feel limited, we want them to have local experiences.” Guests will find both a ground-level pool and an adults-only rooftop plunge pool, and they can choose between rooms and suites. The sounding of a conch shell marks three daily happy hours. The hotel has a restaurant, room service, and multiple bars, including a swim-up pool bar. Other features include a fully equipped fitness centre with cardio and weight equipment, in-room spa services, and massages either in a private area of the Roof Deck Patio overlooking a bay or on the beach.
South Beach Hotel, a “very boutique” 49-room hotel just a minute’s walk from the beach, was inspired by the lively Miami district of the same name. On Barbados’ south coast, South Beach Hotel has a restaurant, poolside food and beverage service, pool deck bar with happy hour and evening entertainment, a meeting room, fitness room, and spa services.
Finally, Sea Breeze Beach House is a 122-room all-inclusive that boasts four bars, six dining options and nightly entertainment. Visitors will also find a kids’ and teens’ program, water sports, fitness room, a beach activities program, meeting room, and wedding and event services. More information is available on any of the three properties at oceantwobarbados.com.
Among CARIBBEAN COLLECTION Barbados’s three all-inclusive properties is Mango Bay (mangobaybarbados.com), a smallish retreat on the west coast. Guests will find 76 rooms, each with a patio or balcony, and a restaurant that features an open-air dining option and BBQ nights. A wide variety of amenities and activities include catamaran cruises, scuba diving demonstrations, glass-bottom boat rides, a pool, water-skiing, Hobie- Cat sailing, paddle boats, snorkelling, and kayaking. And, if that’s not enough to keep you occupied, activities available at an added cost include boat trips, golf, spa services, horse racing, and a trip to the popular Oistins.
Island Inn Hotel (islandinnbarbados.com) is a 24-unit hotel found within the Garrison area – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and features the Boardwalk Restaurant serving local and international cuisine.
The Sands Barbados (thesandsbarbados.com) is a new all-inclusive hotel located on a stunning white-sand beach on the South Coast of Barbados. The property boasts contemporary-style accommodation with 153 rooms within 87 apartments ranging from Superior Garden Studios to Two- Bedroom Oceanfront Penthouse Suites. It is ideal for those seeking a trendy all-inclusive beach holiday and is in close proximity to the renowned St. Lawrence Gap area in Christ Church. Key features include a spa, pool, two bars, roof deck restaurant, nightly entertainment, and water sports, including kayaking, snorkelling, body boards, and free scuba lessons.
Port Ferdinand resort offers laid-back luxury and personalized Bajan service that feels boutique. Set around a 120-berth marina, Port Ferdinand has one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas, luxurious with marble and limestone finishes, coral stone walls, a fully equipped open-plan kitchen, living spaces, and grand master bedrooms and bathrooms. Port Ferdinand also has an array of amenities and services, including a fine-dining harbourside experience at 13/59 Restaurant and Bar Lounge, The Quarterdeck Poolside Bar & Pizzeria, The Sandbox Tree Spa, a fully equipped fitness centre, indoor and outdoor kids’ clubs, and an adult recreation centre and golf simulator. Partnering with Nikki Beach, Port Ferdinand’s beach club, set on 1.4 acres of beachfront near the mouth of the marina, consists of a restaurant, pool, and seating for up to 200 guests. Combining privacy and exceptional service and stylish living with world-class amenities, Port Ferdinand is sure to check all the boxes for your dream vacation. For more, visit portferdinand.com.