The 9 Best Barbados All-Inclusive Resorts of 2020

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Tamarind by Elegant Hotels

"It boasts majestic ocean views and jaw-dropping sunsets, and makes the most of its location with motorized and non-motorized watersports."

Best Budget: Island Inn Hotel

"Rooms and suites are fully renovated and updated, with contemporary decor, air-conditioning, and cable TV."

Best for Families: Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels

"Try your hand at kayaking, snorkeling, boogie boarding, or head to the Aqua School for sailing and surfing lessons."

Most Romantic: Sandals Royal Barbados

"For unrivaled views, spend the day basking at the rooftop infinity pool, one of 31 different pools on the property."

Best for Activities: Sugar Bay Barbados

"Don’t want to swim in the ocean? Head to one of two resort pools, one with its own swim-up bar."

Best Boutique: Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels

"The spa offers a full range of solo and couples' treatments, with at least one treatment included as a part of your package."

Best Nightlife: Sandals Barbados

"Best of all, unlimited premium liquors and house wines flow freely at seven on-site bars to get you in the party spirit."

Best for Relaxation: Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa

"It’s set off the beaten tourist track, amid tranquil tropical gardens that are a five minutes’ walk from the beach."

Best Eco-Friendly: Bougainvillea Barbados

"Its eco-friendly ethos is confirmed by an alliance with Variety - The Children’s Charity of Barbados."

01 of 09

Best Overall: Tamarind by Elegant Hotels

Tamarind by Elegant Hotels

Tamarind by Elegant Hotels

Located on a 750-foot stretch of sand on the breathtakingly beautiful Platinum West Coast, Tamarind by Elegant Hotels is a short drive from the historic Holetown.

It boasts majestic ocean views and jaw-dropping sunsets, and makes the most of its location with a host of motorized and non-motorized watersports. The 24-hour fitness center offers complimentary yoga, pilates, and aqua aerobics classes. And, if you’d rather relax, the spa spoils with massages and a peaceful adults-only pool. 

All-inclusive rates also cover bespoke tours, ranging from cultural Garrison excursions to the fun Rum Shop Crawl. When you need a change of scenery, hop aboard the resort’s complimentary water taxi and explore the island’s other Elegant Hotels.

There a Kids Club and Teen Lounge for younger guests, and both restaurants offer a kids' menu. And not to worry: There are sophisticated, local and international options for adults.

All 104 rooms and suites boast tropical decor, a private balcony or patio, free Wi-Fi, and a mini-fridge. Ask about interconnecting Junior Suites for families and groups. 

Check out our travel guide to Barbados, if you're looking for recommendations on the island.

02 of 09

Best Budget: Island Inn Hotel

Island Inn Hotel

Island Inn Hotel

Although not technically a resort, the 24-room Island Inn Hotel is one of the most affordable all-inclusive options on the island.

It’s located a short walk from the beach and less than a mile from downtown Bridgetown, making it an ideal base for exploring the capital and historic Garrison. The inn has its own storied past having started life in 1804, as a rum storage facility for the British Regiment. Rooms and suites are now fully renovated and updated, with contemporary decor, air-conditioning, and cable TV. 

Rates include all meals, afternoon tea, and most beverages (with the exception of specialty wines and Champagnes) at on-site restaurant The Boardwalk. Start your day with a hot and cold breakfast buffet, then sit down to table d’hôte or buffet meals for lunch and dinner.

During your stay, relax by the pool, watch sports in the lounge and enjoy live entertainment three nights a week. 

03 of 09

Best for Families: Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels

Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels

Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels

Families are well catered for in Barbados, but Turtle Beach is a stand-out favorite if you have kids. Also located in the St. Lawrence Gap area, it boasts 1,500 feet of pristine white beach and keeps all ages entertained with complimentary non-motorized watersports.

Try your hand at kayaking, snorkeling, or boogie boarding. Or, head to the Aqua School for sailing and surfing lessons. Land facilities include pro-tennis clinics, two freshwater swimming pools, and a splash pool perfect for smaller guests. 

If you want a quiet moment alone in the spa or on the all-inclusive golf course, sign your little ones up for Flying Fish Kids Club. Supervised activities include Bajan language and cooking classes.

There are five restaurants and bars at Turtle Beach. Even the pickiest eaters will find something they like at Chelonia’s generous breakfast and dinner buffets, while Freeze Ice Cream Parlor is a surefire family hit. For the most space, opt for a One-Bedroom Suite, with a separate living room and pull-out sofa bed. 

04 of 09

Most Romantic: Sandals Royal Barbados

Sandals Royal Barbados

Sandals Royal Barbados

As one of the few, adults-only all-inclusive resorts on the island, Sandals Royal Barbados is a romantic choice for couples. It’s located close to the lively St. Lawrence Gap on the South Coast, setting the scene for hand-in-hand strolls along blissful Maxwell Beach.

Spend quality time snorkeling, scuba diving, or sailing together (all at no extra charge), or get active on the floodlit tennis courts. Lovers Lane bowling alley is another highlight, as is the Scents of Love couples' massage at Red Lane Spa. 

For unrivaled views, spend the day basking at the rooftop infinity pool, one of 31 different ones on the property. Packages include unlimited premium liquors and house wines, and unlimited fine dining at seven different restaurants. La Parisienne, with its white-glove service and gourmet French fare, is a romantic favorite.

All suites charm with a stocked mini-bar and a Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, splurge on a Love Nest suite, featuring a personal butler service and a private ocean-view plunge pool.  

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05 of 09

Best for Activities: Sugar Bay Barbados

Sugar Bay Barbados

Sugar Bay Barbados

Located in Hastings on the picturesque southwest coast, Sugar Bay Barbados is an all-inclusive resort with bohemian decor and a refreshingly relaxed atmosphere. Most of your time will be spent on the magnificent beach, with its soft, white sand and tranquil bay.

Don’t want to swim in the ocean? Head to one of two resort pools, one with its own swim-up bar. Non-motorized watersports are included in your stay and range from kayaking to snorkeling. 

This resort is ideal for families, with a Creche and Kids Club catering to little ones as young as four months old and a Teen Clubhouse for young adults. Meanwhile, you can enjoy a moment of uninterrupted relaxation at Karma Spa.

There are four restaurants, including Reef Restaurant for Caribbean and international buffet spreads, and Colin’s Beach Bar & Grill for al fresco poolside dining. Premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are also covered, while standard room amenities include a furnished balcony or terrace, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi. 

06 of 09

Best Boutique: Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels

Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels

Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels

Also located on the mesmerizing Platinum West Coast, Waves Hotel & Spa has just 70 rooms. This allows for an intimate atmosphere and an exceptional level of service, making it the obvious choice for those who usually stay in boutique hotels.

Rates include unlimited dining and drinking, with Asian fusion cuisine served at Shiso restaurant and Mediterranean-style buffet, as well as a la carte options offered at ocean-view Seascape. Stop in at Kyma coffee bar and deli for light bites during the day. 

Motorized and non-motorized watersports are all included, and range from banana boat rides and waterskiing to sailing and kayaking. Alternatively, join a guided beach walk, or find your inner well-being during a complimentary yoga class.

The spa offers a full range of solo and couples' treatments, with at least one treatment included as a part of your package. Choose to stay in the adults-only spa building or in the oceanside family building. All rooms and suites are contemporary chic, with driftwood accents and up-to-date technology. 

Not looking for an all-inclusive resort? Try one of these best hotels in Barbados.

07 of 09

Best Nightlife: Sandals Barbados

Sandals Barbados

Sandals Barbados

The sister hotel of Sandals Royal Barbados, adults-only Sandals Barbados is equally well-placed for enjoying the famous nightlife of St. Lawrence Gap.

You don’t need to leave the property to have fun, however. The lively evening entertainment program includes live music and performances, talent shows, and themed parties. The Carnivale Beach Party and the Manager’s Cocktail Party are particular highlights. Best of all, unlimited premium liquors and house wines flow freely at seven on-site bars to get you into the party spirit. 

Refueling between festivities is easy thanks to 11 themed restaurants. Sample the catch of the day at beachfront Schooners Seafood Grill, unwind at Dino’s Pizzeria Italiana, or get your evening started at Kimonos Japanese show kitchen.

During the day, activities range from scuba diving and sailing to beach volleyball and tennis, while the spa is the perfect place to detox after a late night. All floor plans come with a stocked mini-bar, while upgraded suites include personal butler service and swim-up pool access. 

08 of 09

Best for Relaxation: Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa

Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa

Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa

If glitzy mega-resorts with endless options for dining and entertainment aren’t your scene, you may be more comfortable at Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa.

Exclusively for guests aged 14 and over, it enjoys a remote location in the northernmost part of the Platinum West Coast. It’s located off the beaten tourist track, amid tranquil tropical gardens that are a five minutes’ walk from the beach. The resort offers both room-only and all-inclusive packages. 

During the day, soak up the sun by one of two swimming pools, or borrow a mountain bike and explore the surrounding trails. There’s a squash court on-site, while a shuttle takes you to the beach for glass-bottom boat tours. If you’d rather do as little as possible, the full-service spa is for you.

For your meals, head to La Salsa Restaurant & Bar for a la carte Bajan and international cuisine, or experience the atmosphere of an authentic Bajan rum shop at Sandy’s Chattel Bar. Rooms and suites come with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. 

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09 of 09

Best Eco-Friendly: Bougainvillea Barbados

Bougainvillea Barbados

Bougainvillea Barbados

Laid-back South Coast resort Bougainvillea Barbados is a great choice for conscious travelers. Its eco-friendly ethos is confirmed by an alliance with Variety - The Children’s Charity of Barbados, encouraging guests to pack supplies for local children in need.

Although it welcomes a la carte guests as well, the resort offers a comprehensive, all-inclusive package. It includes a buffet breakfast, a two-course lunch, afternoon tea, and a three-course dinner at the international Calabash Café or Thai fusion Siam Restaurant. 

Unlimited premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are also covered, as is a Kids Club for children aged four to 11.

During the day, lounge by one of three sparkling swimming pools (including one with a swim-up bar), or test your boogie-boarding skills at the beach. There’s also a spa, although treatments incur an extra fee. All 100 suites come with a furnished balcony or terrace, kitchen facilities, and free Wi-Fi. Suites with up to two bedrooms are ideal for families. 

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