Barbados Holidays

Raw tropical beauty meets luxury

An island where Caribbean charm meets colonial architecture, tradition blends with modernity and raw tropical beauty. On your Barbados holiday you will find a land of contrasts and have a chance to experience the famously warm welcome of the Barbadian people, always ready to start a conversation, or a party.

Special offers

Barbados

Treasure Beach by Elegant Hotels

4* out of 5 stars

  • 45% saving
  • Complimentary upgrade to Ocean View One Bedroom Suite
  • Flash sale

7 nights All Inclusive including Virgin Atlantic flights from £1,482 per person

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Coconut Court Beach Hotel

3* out of 5 stars

  • Up to 25% saving

7 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £853 per person

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The Crane

4.5* out of 5 stars

  • Resort credit US$100 per room per stay
  • 50% saving

7 nights Bed and Breakfast including Virgin Atlantic flights from £1,052 per person

Barbados

Sea Breeze Beach House

4.5* out of 5 stars

  • Up to 45% saving

7 nights All Inclusive including Virgin Atlantic flights from £1,626 per person

Barbados

O2 Beach Club & Spa

5* out of 5 stars

  • Up to 45% saving

7 nights All Inclusive including Virgin Atlantic flights from £1,959 per person

Luxury Holidays to Barbados

At Kenwood Travel we're experts when it comes to luxury holidays to the Caribbean and our knowledge and experience will ensure that you will have the trip of a lifetime. We deal directly with some of the best and most exclusive hotels in the business and will take care of every detail, so you don't have to worry about a thing. You just have to decide if you'd rather go water-skiing or sunbathing, go get a spa treatment or play a round of golf, before going out for a tasty meal or fancy drinks.

Whilst on holiday in Barbados, you'll encounter a beautiful place that values tradition with enough familiarity to make things less stressful, combined with a tropical atmosphere and a warm welcome from a people who know how to have a good time. Barbados holidays are enjoyed against the backdrop of an island steeped in history, boasting pristine beaches that seem to go on forever. The island also offers some of the finest water sport opportunities in the Caribbean. And don’t miss the special-offer prices and direct savings our experts have arranged with our preferred hotel partners in Barbados, such as our popular Sandals Resorts.

10 Great Reasons to Book a Holiday in Barbados

  • Wonderful climate
  • Great beaches
  • Excellent restaurants
  • Lively nightlife (on the south of the island)
  • Friendly people
  • Excellent hotels and accommodation
  • Brilliant service
  • Fantastic water sports
  • Great shopping in Bridgetown (with duty free)
  • A choice of over 1,000 rum shops

There are many things to do in Barbados out and about on the island; eating and socialising is more varied and more pleasurable than almost anywhere else in the Caribbean. Additionally, visitors from Britain will find many reminders of home, from the wigs and robes worn in parliament to the statue of Nelson in National Heroes Square (formerly Trafalgar Square) and even driving on the left hand side of the road. 

Are you a waterskiing affeciando and want to book a hotel in the Caribbean that already offers a waterskiing package where you can spend as much time on your skies or wakeboard as you wish? Talk to our experts for the best choice on which hotel suits.

The Atlantic East Coast of Barbados

Barbados is the most easterly of the Caribbean islands lying in the path of cooling trade winds. Although the island measures only 21 miles x 14 miles, its shores are blessed with almost 60 miles of shimmering white sands. The dramatic, windswept east coast is washed by Atlantic waves and dotted with huge boulders. This spectacular and rugged scenery is a photographer's dream but for anyone on holiday in Barbados, it also provides some great surfing opportunities.

The island's location out in the Atlantic Ocean allows waves to travel vast distances before finally unloading all their power. A wave can travel nearly three thousand miles in the open ocean, undisturbed by sandbars, reefs or land, before it breaks on Barbados’s eastern shore. The main town on the east side is Bathsheba, from where you could catch sight of the Soup Bowl, the island’s biggest wave. Watching the swells curl into massive walls of water is pure magic, even if no-one is surfing.

The Caribbean West Coast of Barbados

The palm-edged Caribbean beaches of the west coast are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing. The west coast offers white sand beaches lapped with warm turquoise waters. Some of the hotels on this balmy coast are among the most sophisticated in all the Caribbean. It is possible to find everything you might want or need in your resort, but it’s worth visiting nearby towns and villages to soak up the local flavour south of the capital, Bridgetown. The coast boasts palm tree fringed beaches and a gentle surf that produces a combination favoured by windsurfers and beach lovers alike.

The island has its very own gold coast for swimmers, named after the fabulous sands. Visitors come from all over the world to take part in windsurfing, surfing and sail boarding competitions. Sports fans can also play golf and tennis and watch some of the world’s best cricketers.

Things to Do in Barbados

Many of the grand homes built by the sugar kings are open to the public. Plantation mansions such as Sam Lord’s Castle contain many of their original gilt and mahogany fittings, where you can still see a working sugar plantation on Arbib Nature and Heritage trail and the island is perfect for exploration on foot. If you prefer formal settings, there are the famous cliff-set Andromeda Gardens. Some of the finest hotels and apartments on the island are positioned in beautifully planned and lushly maintained tropical landscapes.

  • Historic Plantation House tours
  • Atlantis Submarines
  • Harbour Lights beach extravaganza

The biggest annual event in Barbados is the Crop Over Festival, celebrating the harvest of sugar cane which used to be the island’s main industry. The five-week summer celebration is a fiesta of colourful floats, parades and people in costume dancing and enjoying themselves to the backing track of music and fireworks. It also offers the opportunity to taste the finest island cuisine. Everyone is encouraged to join in. Music lovers can hear the world's best artists at the annual Paint It Jazz festival. The capital, Bridgetown, offers fantastic shopping where you can buy virtually anything, however the star purchases are alcohol - rum in particular, wood carvings and clothing. 

Weather in Barbados

The Caribbean is subject to a hurricane season which runs from 1st June to 30th November. 80% of the storm weather activity occurs during August to October with a peak around mid-September. The centre of most storms misses Barbados and there are usually only minor disruptions to weather conditions. Each year a negligible number of storms give rise to stronger weather conditions which remain completely normal and generally holidays to the island do not suffer from hurricane disruption. Generally your holiday in Barbados will be full of hot and sunny weather. Barbados boasts average daytime highs of 30c and over 3,000 hours of sunshine each year, but you can keep cool thanks to the trade winds. 

Barbados Honeymoons and Weddings

The warm climate and accommodating people make weddings and honeymoons in Barbados extremely popular. Let the romance of the Caribbean inspire your happy beginnings and create memories to last a lifetime! You’ll find turquoise waters, verdant hills and friendly local faces; the ideal way to spend your special day. Call us now to talk about your Barbados honeymoon or wedding.

Barbados Holidays 2021 & 2022

Book your Barbados holiday for 2021 / 2022 including fantastic all-inclusive holidays, weddings and honeymoons. We have multiple options available; simply call us on 0207 749 9245 and start the journey to your dream holiday today.

Please be advised that the Barbados Government has introduced a tourist levy of $10(USD) per occupied room per night. Therefore: For a 1- bedroom accommodation, the levy will be $10 per night. For a 2-bedroom accommodation the levy will be $20 per night. For a 3-bedroom accommodation the levy will be $30 per night, and so on. Please note that this charge is payable locally and is not included within the cost of your holiday.

Top Picks

O2 Beach Club & Spa

5* out of 5 stars

Discover all-inclusive Barbados in a new light with unlimited gourmet dining, contemporary rooms and suites, and fantastic swim & spa facilities.

The Crane

4.5* out of 5 stars

Set on the rugged hills of the Caribbean’s picturesque east coast, The Crane is a luxury resort that not only offers an array of great swimming pools but also gives you access to one of the best beaches in the world.

Treasure Beach by Elegant Hotels

4* out of 5 stars

An all-suite hotel known for service with a smile, sublime spa treatments, fine dining, Treasure Beach by Elegant Hotels will make your Barbados holiday special.

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Useful information

  • Local time GMT (-4)
  • Currency US Dollar ($)
  • Language English
  • Location South Eastern Caribbean Sea
  • Telephone code +246
  • Flying time 8 hours & 30 minutes

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Things to do

Explore Bridgetown

Explore Bridgetown

Welcome to the capital of Barbados and the island’s largest city - Bridgetown. Here there is plenty to do - from perusing the colourful street markets and shops, to sampling local bars & restaurants, or seeing the historical and cultural sights. You can even hit the beach in Bridgetown with a selection of sandy shores to choose from - including the famous Carlisle Bay. Culture enthusiasts are highly encouraged to take a walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Otherwise, cherry-pick from a range of fascinating attractions - from National Heroes Square and St Michael’s Cathedral, to the Bridgetown Jewish Synagogue and Parliament Buildings. Top off a busy day with a cocktail or two at Bridgetown Harbour.

Folkestone Marine Park

Folkestone Marine Park

For those interested in exploring Barbados beneath the surface, Folkestone Marine Park presents a myriad of fascinating underwater discoveries. Experienced divers should add the Stavronikita shipwreck to their Barbados to do list. Sunk at around 120 feet, the ship is a challenging but rewarding dive excursion. But fear not - Folkestone Marine Park also has plenty for those less inclined to dive in the deep end. Enjoy a huge variety of exhilarating watersports from kayaking to paddle boarding and snorkelling whilst taking in the blossoming marine life all around you - from architecturally amazing reefs to huge shoals of colourful fish.

Nightlife at St Lawrence Gap

Nightlife at St Lawrence Gap

For a relatively small island, Barbados’s capacity for partying may come as a surprise. If you’re visiting and looking for somewhere to let down your hair, St Lawrence Gap in Holetown will have exactly what you’re looking for. Whether you’re more into seaside sundowners or dancing until the sun rises again, ‘The Gap’ is where it’s at. A 1.3 km stretch of road in Christ Church parish, The Gap is popular with locals and tourists alike for its lively atmosphere, marvellous restaurants, and buzzing bars. Check out the street vendors whilst you’re there and pick up souvenirs, or stop for a Barbadian street food snack.