St. James + The Gold Coast

Hotels in St. James + The Gold Coast

This Caribbean icon, inspired by nearby plantation houses, reopened on the western shore of Barbados in late 2010 after a two-month renovation that added 24 junior suites, each with a private terrace, Caribbean views, and butler service.

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.

The sister hotel to the nearby Coral Reef Club, this small beachfront property is located in Holetown, surrounded by seven acres of tropical gardens. The family-owned hotel has 48 rooms, including two Tree Top Suites with wraparound terraces and private plunge pools.

Many resorts keep you to themselves, but Mango Bay Resort wants to share you with Barbados.

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.

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.

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.

Located on an inland ridge overlooking the Caribbean, the Royal Westmoreland is an exclusive 500-acre resort with a variety of two- to seven-bedroom villas. Available for rent or sale, the colonial-style villas surround a par-72 golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

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.