On the island of Barbados, British reserve blends with Barbadian spice to create a destination with lots of appeal, especially for honeymooners.
Couples who choose to honeymoon at Sandals Royal Barbados actually get two resorts for the price of one, since they’ll have visiting privileges at the neighboring Sandals Barbados resort. This greatly expands their choice of pools, restaurants and shopping.
Sandals Royal Barbados is an upscale adults-only, all-inclusive resort, which means meals, drinks and most activities are included in the rate.
Consider upping the ante by booking a Love Nest Suite at Sandals Royal Barbados. These have their own private Skypool with infinity edge, and balconies with a soaking tub for two.
The all-suite Sandals Royal Barbados is located on Oistin Bay’s Maxwell Beach. The resort is about a 15-minute ride from the international airport, meaning couples will be unpacked and on the beach in virtually no time at all.
Sandals Royal Barbados has six restaurants, including the sophisticated La Parisienne, providing French cuisine with a choice of indoor or al fresco dining; and Chi Asian Fusion, serving the cuisines of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore in one menu.
Rates at Sandals Royal Barbados start at $270 per person, per night, based on double occupancy.
Pink and white Caribbean chic is on supply at Cobblers Cove, which was built in 1943 as a well-heeled Barbadian’s private beach house.
Cobblers Cove has lots of sophisticated charm, with British touches here and there, such as daily afternoon tea served in the resort’s sitting room.
Cobblers Cove offers romantic dinners for two on the beach.
With only 44 suites, Cobblers Cove provides attentive service and a relaxed atmosphere. Up the romance factor by booking one of the two-story cottages or the Colleton and Camelot suites in the original plantation house. These suites have impressive sea views and private rooftop plunge pools.
Cobblers Cove welcomes families with kids throughout most of the year, although they do offer an adults-only period from January through March.
Rates at Cobblers Cove during the low season begin at $645 for a Garden View Suite; during the high season rates for a Garden View are $1,115.
When it comes to over-the-top Bajan sophistication, the 112-room pink and perfect Sandy Lane takes the cake. The Palladian-style beachfront hotel is loaded with luxe amenities and features.
Sandy Lane’s features and amenities include Rolls Royce airport transfers, a spa with hydrotherapy rooms, and the ultra-romantic open-air L’Acajou restaurant, which affords sunset views.
Booking one of Sandy Lane’s one-bedroom Dolphin Suites would be a good choice for romance-minded couples; these provide lots of privacy and have spacious balconies overlooking the Caribbean.
Sandy Lane is the luxury resort that golf legend Tiger Woods chose for his $1.5 million 2004 wedding to Elin Nordegren. The marriage may be history but the resort is still going strong.
A romantic option at Sandy Lane is private dining on the beach.
Sandy Lane’s lead-in rate during the summer period is $1,200 per room, per night, making it a pricey option for a Barbados honeymoon.
The House by Elegant Hotels lives up to its name, providing a welcoming atmosphere amid luxurious surroundings. The adults-only, boutique resort is located on the west coast of the island, on a stretch of sandy beach.
With only 34 rooms, guests are provided with lots of personal touches. One of the resort’s strongest features is its attentive 24-hour service supplied by ambassadors (imagine a Caribbean-infused butler service) that are a combination of waiter and concierge.
For romantic accommodations, honeymooners should consider booking one of the resort’s One Bedroom Ocean View suites.
Honeymooners at The House will enjoy such options as romantic dinners for two on the beach, afternoon tea, sundown catamaran rides, and complimentary champagne breakfast at the resort’s Daphne’s restaurant.
Honeymooners can book a massage at The House’s massage gazebo.
The starting rate for The House by Elegant Hotels is currently $427 per night.
Barbados isn’t the least expensive destination in the Caribbean, although there are options for travelers bent on a Bajan honeymoon. Rates at Sea-U Guesthouse start from $96 per night.
While the nine-room Sea-U Guesthouse is not directly on the beach, it does have sea views and an easy breezy Caribbean vibe.
Breakfast and fixed menu dinners are served in the Sea-U Guesthouse restaurant.
The affordable Sea-U Guesthouse has lots of natural touches, such as mahogany beds, rattan furnishings, and shuttered windows.
The Sea-U Guesthouse would be an especially good choice for those honeymooners who are intent on getting out and exploring the island.