Barbados: New Hot Spots
Published: October 2010
By Sandy Lang
The Caribbean’s easternmost isle is buzzing with news: chic restaurants, renovated hotels, and even a Food, Wine, and Rum Festival. Here, six spots to take it all in.
Great Value Ten spacious cottages made from local courbaril wood line a secluded hilltop fringed by the rain forest in the island’s remote interior. The on-site Naniki restaurant serves grilled snapper with native breadfruit and yams. Cottages from $149.
The first hotel on the rugged eastern shore, the Atlantis has been overhauled—the 10 airy suites have been expanded to 500 square feet and have large canopy beds. Doubles from $300.
The recently opened beachfront restaurant at the legendary Sandy Lane hotel puts a modern spin on flavors from the West Indies, Polynesia, and Southeast Asia. This month, the hotel will play host to cooking demos by the likes of Tom Colicchio and Ming Tsai for the first annual, island-wide Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival (Nov. 19–22). Doubles from $1,632; dinner for two $214.
Barbados has long been known as a culinary hot spot in the Caribbean. Briton Paul Edwards’s Japanese restaurant highlights Bajan barracuda and flying fish roe—the local catch. Dinner for two $76.
This west coast icon, inspired by the island’s historic plantation houses, is relaunching after a two-month renovation that added 24 junior suites, each with a private terrace, Caribbean views, and butler service. Doubles from $480.
This new art gallery, housed in an early-20th-century apothecary, showcases local and international talent such as self-taught Rastafarian artist Ras Ishi. Its tiny, wood-framed beach bar across the street runs a weekly Movies Under the Stars series on the seaside terrace from December to April. Movie and wine for two $75.