WHERE TO STAY
SOUTH GAP HOTEL, ST LAWRENCE GAP
The south coast of Barbados has a party reputation, so this is the place for those whose idea of a perfect holiday involves frequent nights out. The South Gap is a modern hotel with pool and restaurant in St Lawrence Gap, a lively 1.3km stretch of road in the parish of Christ Church. A studio for two with balcony and mini kitchen costs from Dh470 B&B.
BECKY’S BY THE SEA, FITTS VILLAGE
Just across the road from the beach in Fitts Village on the west coast, this modern guest house has two en suite rooms from around Dh235 a night. Guests have use of living areas, several patios and kitchen. Becky’s doesn’t offer breakfast but it promises that you’ll wake to ‘freshly brewed coffee, herbal teas, local fruit and juice when in season’. For more substantial fare, take a bus to Holetown, situated a few miles up the road, where Bean’n’Bagel cafe does a real Bajan breakfast of fried flying fish and bakes (the local version of a pancake) or a more traditional cooked breakfast.
THE STABLES, LITTLE HOLDERS HOUSE, HOLETOWN
For Dh260 a night for two, this spacious, fully equipped cottage located just a few miles further up the west coast has a large patio, open-plan layout and a mixture of traditional and modern furniture. It offers quintessential Caribbean living.
ROSTREVOR HOTEL, ST LAWRENCE GAP
The most affordable approach to a Barbados family holiday is to self-cater, but if you’re looking to have a break from household chores, try the Rostrevor Hotel. This beachfront property on the south coast has doubles with small kitchens from about Dh445 a night room only. It also has a poolside restaurant.
There are plenty of places to stay, including the modern South Gap Hotel (top) and the Rostrevor Hotel, a beachfront property