Barbados

Hotels in Barbados

Part of the Elegant Hotels Group, this beachfront resort is located on the Platinum Coast, just half a mile north of Holetown. The 96 guest rooms are mostly white, accented with red or fuchsia pillows, island-inspired artwork, and bamboo furniture.

With just eight rooms, the Lone Star can barely be called a hotel. But this former roadside gas station still manages to attract a fashionable clientele with its Philippe Starck-inspired design.

Based in Holetown, Barbados, Island Villas specializes in holiday property rentals across the Caribbean, including Antigua, Barbados, Bequia, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, and St. Lucia.

The classic hotel hosts Bajan green monkeys in their lush gardens. In December 2008 the hotel launched a spa, a project overseen by Neil Howard, who worked on the Armani hotels in Dubai and Milan.

Formerly Almond Beach Club

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.

Each guest is welcomed to the House with an in-room massage. There's no front desk; instead, your personal "ambassador," a butler-concierge, takes care of everything. The 31 one-bedroom suites were carved out of a low-slung 1960's hotel.

From the front, this hideaway on the island’s east coast doesn't look like much, but out back is a two-story plantation-style hotel.

Long the chosen Caribbean retreat of the silk-cravat and shih tzu-in-a-satchel set, this hotel uses its house Bentley to transfer guests to and from the airport.