Romance pours from every corner of sumptuous Barbados, a Caribbean destination perfectly suited for a passionate escape. It offers countless unspoiled and secluded beaches and a worldly approach to regional and island cuisine that puts one of the island’s best assets—fresh-from-the-ocean seafood—forward. With so much unexplored beauty, Barbados is a hidden-gem that can’t go ignored. Plan your next beach vacation for two using our review of the best options for lovers in Barbados.
Romantic Resorts in Barbados
Stay at Sandals Barbados in the St. Lawrence Gap area for an all-inclusive, adults-only beachfront resort experience straight from heaven. The different accommodation options exemplify luxury with features like ocean views, private Tranquility Soaking Tubs™ and butler service. Certified scuba divers will fall deeper in love—unlimited access to primo dive sites is included in your stay. Non-divers soak up the sun with beach volleyball, paddleboards or simply sipping a rum cocktail at the swim-up pool bar. Enjoy Indian, Italian, French and English cuisine in the 11 resort restaurants and premium spirits at seven bars. With shopping, dining and nightlife in the Gap nearby, you’ll feel close to the action without being in the middle of it.
Waves Hotel & Spa
The Waves Hotel & Spa belongs to the Elegant Hotels group and, true to its name, offers a refined and luxurious setting perfectly suited for romance. Situated on the west side of the island, just down the coast from the secluded Sandy Lane Beach, this all-inclusive beachfront resort features a world-class spa and on-site water taxi meant for exploring the property. The lavish accommodation options have modern furnishings with natural wood accents, WiFi and include different spa packages. Don’t worry about lifting a finger here—beach ambassadors standby ready to serve lovebirds with luscious fruit cocktails or assist with beachside amenities. Try Asian fusion or Mediterranean for dinner at the onsite restaurants or expand your options with the complimentary water taxi to sister properties along the majestic Platinum West Coast. Whether you choose spa days or days out on the water, you’ll have a blissful getaway at Waves Hotel and Spa. Don’t forget to ask about the shuttle to Oistins Fish Fry on Friday nights!
Up the coast from Waves Hotel & Spa lies another romantic beachfront resort under the Elegant Hotels banner. The House is an adults-only property, ideal for those whose romantic bubble is easily burst by the sight of traveling families and children. All-inclusive packages here include a complimentary “Jet Lag Revival” massage and champagne breakfast, guaranteed to ease couples into the laid-back Bajan lifestyle. Once you’re all settled in, grab a lounger on the beach and know that a House Ambassador is waiting in the wings should you need anything. Indulge on gourmet Italian food at world-renowned Daphne’s just next door or arrange a private dinner on the beach for an extra touch of magic. Holetown is just 10 minutes away when you want a glimpse of Barbados outside the all-inclusive experience.
Elegant Hotels has it figured out when it comes to setting the scene for a romantic getaway, and west coast property, Crystal Cove, is no exception. Want to have some romantic alone time alongside a family vacation? No problem—unlike The House, guests are bound to spot young ones galavanting around this property. Spend the day splashing in the lagoon-style pools and tubing with the kids and at night have a romantic seaside dinner while the kids enjoy the complimentary Kids Club. The onsite restaurants have buffet, a la carte and private dining options in addition to the “Dine Around” programme. Crystal Cove recognizes that the little things count—for special occasions, staff write your name with stones in the little pool outside Vista Coffee & Wine Bar. Embrace the sunshine at Crystal Cove’s manicured white-sand beach—it will be hard to say goodbye.
Enchanting Restaurants in Barbados
Between Worthing and Rockley beach on the southern coast, Champers gives guests the opportunity to savor real Caribbean flavors against the stunning panoramic backdrop of the island coast. Plan a cocktail hour when making a reservation—guests won’t want to miss the sunset. But even after the sun sets, a cliffside and candlelit dinner for two here is a must. Enjoy fresh warm bread and oil as you wait for starters and generously portioned entrees. We recommend starting with the Coconut Shrimp or Pan-seared Queen Scallops and ordering the Seared Ahi Tuna and Parmesan-crusted Barracuda for dinner. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, Champer’s staff will have special menus made just for your table with your name and celebration printed on them.
This fine-dining restaurant alongside the beach hotels of coastal Holetown offers a worldly take on fresh, locally sourced ingredients in a post-war Barbadian home. The Casuarina trees growing from the floor to the roof and ocean views will captivate you, but not enough to distract you from your sweetheart across the table. Time your arrival so pre-dinner sunset cocktails like the Peppery Passion and Guava Margarita start your evening off with a bang. When dinner rolls around, choose from the regular or vegetarian menu. We recommend the Pan-Seared Scallops or Trio of Mersea Oysters for starters and the Catch of the Day or Pesto-rubbed Rack of Lamb for dinner. It will be hard, but try to save room for dessert—the Little Sticky Toffee Pudding is to die for!
Bottom Bay Beach
Bending coconut trees and coral cliffs frame Bottom Bay Beach, tucked away on the Southeastern Coast. This dreamlike stretch of white sand and cyan blue water offers the ideal setting for a romantic seaside picnic—or for popping the question, of course. While the water looks inviting, it’s best enjoyed from a distance—swimming is not recommended due to the strong currents. Be sure to bring your camera as Bottom Bay Beach may be the most picturesque beach you’ll visit in your lifetime—no filters needed, either! Nearby, visitors will find shops and restaurants in Crane Village, as well as the oldest ongoing beachfront resort in the Caribbean, The Crane.
Situated on the Southern Coast, Welches Beach has been expanded on in recent years, meaning there’s ample space for finding a little bit of privacy and a long stretch of sand for beach walks. While there are no lifeguards on duty, it’s known as a great spot for swimming. For a one-of-a-kind island experience close by, head to the Oistins fishing village. On Fridays Oistins Fish Fry is the perfect post-beach outing for food and fun.