Barbados is one of our most popular winter sun destinations. All the ingredients you need for the perfect holiday can be found in abundance: friendly locals, good food, extensive cocktail menus, beautiful beaches and plenty of sunshine.
This week, we take a look at the island’s newest All Inclusive Resort. It’s received plenty of praise on TripAdvisor, and here’s our Essential Guide to Sugar Bay Barbados.
If you’re looking for a decent all-inclusive in Barbados with lots of on-site activities, you can’t go far wrong with Sugar Bay.
One of the best things about this hotel is the people that work here, they genuinely care and work very hard to ensure you have a great holiday.
The beachfront location with soft sand underfoot and calm waters perfect for paddling or swimming makes Sugar Bay Barbados a good choice for families too. There are several in-resort childcare options, with kids club, teen hut and even a crèche for the youngest family members. Family suites can cater for up to 2 adults and 2 children, but there are larger suites that can take up to 2 adults with 4 children (or 6 adults, if you’re travelling as a group).
When to go
Barbados is warm and sunny all year round, so doesn’t really have a low season. In the summer, it can be more humid. The rainier months tend to be September – November, but the lovely thing about Caribbean weather is that even if does rain you can be sure the downpour will soon stop and the sun will start shining again imminently. Temperatures in summer hover around 28°C , and in winter around 25°C . Sunset is around 6pm all year round.
Sugar Bay Barbados is situated on a quiet stretch of beach lined with palm trees, within a UNESCO world Heritage Site, the Historic Garrison, on the South Coast of Barbados. A pleasant morning can be spent strolling along the nearby south coast boardwalk. On the way you’ll pass ice cream parlours, quaint shops and restaurants, all with plenty of excellent beach along the way.
A short taxi ride down the road is St Lawrence Gap, the destination of choice for night-owls in Barbados with lots of restaurants and bars.
Style / interior decor
Having just undergone a multimillion dollar makeover, the rooms are all stylishly decorated with contemporary Caribbean decor. The rooms feel clean and fresh. On the walls there are large canvas’ of tropical flowers adding splashes of cheerful Caribbean colour, all tied together with soft furnishings in complementary tones.
The staff are excellent across the board. You’ll be sure of a friendly greeting, with a welcome rum punch upon arrival. There’s a friendly atmosphere, in true Caribbean fashion, where nothing is too much trouble. Staff are happy to share their top tips on things to do around Barbados, and will happily make arrangements to accommodate requests from guests.
There are 138 rooms in total. We like the ones at the rear of the hotel, on the 3rd floor, because of the lovely sea views.
Food and drink
The Reef offers a very good buffet breakfast, with plenty of choice. There’s a friendly atmosphere, and chef Paul can often be found mingling with guests, and has even been known to bake a birthday cake if word gets round that it’s your special day! Lunch at Reef is a choice of sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes, but our favourite spot for lunch is Collins Bar, where you can sit outside near the beach. In the evening, food is served at Reef and also Umi, a Japanese Fusion restaurant with very well presented sushi dishes.
Value for money
Snorkelling, paddle-boarding and kayaking are all included. Free wifi is available. Infants stay free (aged 2 and under) and the first child (aged 3-16) stays free too. Evening entertainment is included, and every Thursday there’s a movie night under the stars on the beach.
Photos courtesy of Sugar Bay Barbados.
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