Welcome to part 3, the final segment to my Barbados travel guide. The focus on this post will be on where to stay in Barbados.
While I am fortunate to have my own house on the island, I wanted to offer travelers a variety of options who may not have this option. I have strategically chosen some places based on location, price point, and amenities.
- Personal touch – AirBnB
This year I had my first experience using Airbnb in South East Asia. And once I swallowed that Kool-Aid, there was no turning back. In addition to the much cheaper prices and unique accommodations, there is also that added bonus of a personal touch provided by the host.
There are two newly renovated 2-bedroom apartments on the south coast of the island (central to shops, night life, restaurants), minutes from the beach. Less than 1 year old, these modern apartments offer guests comfort with AC, laundry and dryer, wifi, all included in the nightly rate. In addition guests can enjoy a fridge stocked with Bajan snacks and beverages (including daily Turkish coffee), pick up from the airport, and the host will help prebook a variety of tours (Harrison’s cave, catamaran rides, private tour of the island).
The links for both apartments are:
2. Island escape – Santosha Barbados
Ocean breeze. Serenity. Peace. Tropical. Nature. These are some of the many words that can be used to describe Santosha Barbados. Located on the eastern part of the island, in St Andrew, these self-catering studios offer the perfect escape. Only 40 minutes away from the airport or Bridgetown, one can still access nearby attractions.
The property offers panoramic views of the coast, suites equipped with kitchenettes and balconies, salt water pool, BBQ as well as access to Bathsheba beach. These beaches are not ideal for swimming but are perfect for any surfer. There are bath pools in the ocean, where one can sit and enjoy an ocean soak.
I had the pleasure of spending the night at Santosha. The solitude provided distinct sounds of the waves crashing and smell of salt water air, which provided the perfect recipe for a great night sleep.
And the sunrise over the coast is like no other. I highly recommend staying here, at least for a weekend, to experience a truly relaxing holiday.
For more information on Santosha:
3. Guest House Rentals – Eden on Sea & SeaForth Barbados
If you are looking for more private housing, that is central to dining, shops and of course the beach, there are 2 neighbouring properties near St Lawrence gap.
The first, Eden on Sea, offers the perfect beach front property. It is a 4 story villa, with 3 en-suite bedrooms.
For more information on Eden on Sea: http://edenonseabarbados.com
The second property, SeaForth Barbados, is minutes away from Eden on Sea. This 2200 Sq ft property also offers beach front access. It boasts 4 bedrooms, but is capable of sleeping 6. The outdoor verandah gives a tropical view with swaying palm trees and bright blue ocean.
For more information on SeaForth Barbados: http://seaforthbarbados.com
4. All Inclusive- Sugar Bay
While I have never stayed here, and can’t make comments regarding the hotel rooms, I can comment on the property. The hotel is a mix of minimalist vibes with tropical beauty.
It is located in the Southern part of the island, near the Garrison Savanah (within 10 minutes of the properties listed in 1 and 3 above) and central to many shops and restaurants.
A 10 minutes drive to Bridgetown and 20 minutes from the airport makes it an attractive all-inclusive- one of the few on the island.
For more information on Sugar Bay: https://sugarbaybarbados.com
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to add them below. Also be sure to check out part 1 (where to eat) and part 2 (what to do) of my Barbados Travel guide series.