The Caribbean’s so-laid-back-it’s-nearly-horizontal vibes are best experienced small scale, where you can soak up the atmosphere away from the tourist trail. That’s why we’ve zoned in on Sea Breeze Beach House by Ocean Hotels in Barbados. Set on the island’s Maxwell Coast, this 122-room property is decked out in a contemporary Caribbean style that blends warm wood floors with a colour palette that reflects the ocean, making it the ideal hideaway for some well needed R&R.
With a 1000 foot-long white sand beach on your doorstep, sunbathing’s definitely on the cards. The watersports-rich main beach gives you the chance to try your hand at new activities, while its premium-branded drinks service means you’re never far from an ice-cold beer or a refreshing cocktail. But, if you’re after a more secluded spot, head to the West Beach for a lazy doze beneath the palms. Bit of a poolside poser? You’re in luck. This hotel keeps the peace with a choice of three pools. There’s a family pool, a brand-new lap pool, as well as one just for adults, complete with memory foam loungers and two adult-only whirlpools. Why not sip some fizz while you soak?
All Inclusive is all we do, so you’ll find a ton of options for food and drink here, all covered in your holiday price. Mahogany Lounge serves up an endless choice of buffet and à la carte meals, meanwhile, The Flying Fish’s pizzas, salads and barbecue favourites are handy for an afternoon snack.
Kickstart your morning in De Rum Shop Café, with a rum-infused coffee and Bajan pastry, and then dine on sizzling steak in Aqua Terra. And, for extra special occasions, fill up on a five-course menu at The Chef’s Tasting Room.
If there’s one thing Barbados knows how to do, it’s throw a rum punch party. And, at Sea Breeze Beach House by Ocean Hotels, there’s a weekly get together to enjoy the islands favourite tipple, as well as regular evening entertainment throughout the week. Your little ones can get out of the heat in the kids’ club, with activities like treasure hunts and sand sculpture competitions. There’s even a teen lounge for older kids to chill out in. And, if you fancy a night on the tiles, the lively resort of St Lawrence is just a stone’s throw away.