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Hotels & Accommodations

weddings 2When planning a vacation in Barbados, the most important element is where you will stay. You want somewhere that is comfortable and that suits your needs while on the island.

Barbados is renowned throughout the world as a luxury destination with paradise on your doorstep wherever you stay.

You have to review the various options and decide which option best suits your requirements.

Maybe you want to stay in a hotel; Barbados boasts some of the best 5 star hotels in the world, where your every need is catered to, with valet parking, in room massage, on the beach massage, waiter service around the pool, hair and beauty salons, laundry service, and excellent dining.

You can choose an all-inclusive Barbados resort, where you pay one fee for your stay and this includes all your food and drink. This can be ideal when you have children who all want to eat different meals at different times.

A fast growing business in Barbados is that of Condominium rentals, which gives you the flexibility of being in your own luxurious space whilst enjoying the company of other holidaymakers within the complex. This can be a great option when you want luxury, but also feel the need to do things at your own pace and can therefore be self-catering or staffed.

For years Barbados has been the playground of the rich and famous, therefore there are many luxury villas tucked away from the prying eyes of the media. Again a villa gives you luxury accommodation with the option of the independence of self-catering, or that of a full staff. With Villa accommodation you benefit from the privacy of your own swimming pool and it is an ideal choice for larger groups to relax.

You may wish to have the independence of self-catering but are not looking for all the frills of a villa or condo, if this is the case then maybe you should look to rent an apartment; many come with private swimming pools for residents only and allow you to come and go as you please. They range in price and there are some really nice places at very affordable prices.

If this is your first time in Barbados, then you may wish to stay in a guesthouse. This not only a cost effective way to see the island but it also gives peace of mind to know that you have a local on hand to advise on the best places to go and also the best way to get there. You will probably enjoy your stay so much that guesthouses will be your choice of accommodation for years to come!

Another option is to actually staying with a Barbadian family. This can be ideal for persons traveling alone as again you have an on-hand guide, and it is a unique experience to see the laid back Caribbean way first hand.

FAST FACTS ABOUT BARBADOS

flag-map of barbadosVisa - Not required for US, EU or Commonwealth visitors.
Money - Barbados dollar (B$ or BBD); B$1 = US$0.50 = €0.32 = UK£0.25
Official name - Barbados
Departure tax - Departure Tax of BDS $55 (US $ 27.50) applies to all passengers over 2 years old leaving Barbados. Most airlines include this with the cost of the ticket, but passengers should always check to be sure.
Area - 432 sq km
Population - 282,000
Famous for - Beaches, rum, flying-fish sandwiches
Country code - 246
Capital - Bridgetown
People - Barbadian (formal), Bajan (slang)