The Fairmont Royal Pavilion, St James, Barbados
Wonderful as a honeymoon destination, a family escape come summer – or something in between – this elegant patch of the beautiful Platinum Coast is a winning example of flawless Barbadian hospitality.
Old English charm basking under a Caribbean sun, this much-loved, tranquil resort is ideal year-round for privacy-seeking couples, and popular for families looking to really treat the kids who are welcome from March to October.
Beachfront Junior Suites provide spacious living quarters that open out onto sand and sea, a dedicated butler, complimentary evening canapés and an airport fast-track service, plus a private terrace coming in at a roomy 250 sq ft, while the villas offer an even grander scale of living.
And if you need a break from the beach’s warm waters and pale coral sands, the elegant pool offers refreshing respite – as do in-room spa services. Then there are the little things, like the package of complimentary services from nonmotorised watersports to Wi-Fi and afternoon tea.
Meanwhile, the hotel’s Palm Restaurant – one of Barbados’ most in-demand culinary venues – has garnered an enviable reputation thanks to its picturesque beach setting and charismatic Caribbean-inspired menu.