The Caribbean in general, and Barbados in particular, seem to be immune to the goings-on in the wider world. The waters are still crystal clear, the beaches are straight off the cover of a travel brochure, the people smile a lot and the weather is almost always perfect. That's not to say that the island hasn't changed. Half a century ago Barbados was an upper-crust retreat, it was White Mischief with sand – on the beach instead of the plantation. it's certainly no longer the preserve of the British elite, with luxury hotels, Barbados's sea, sand and sun are all within easy reach these days, and are especially appealing at those times of year when back home you are more likely to find yourself holding a snow shovel than a vodka and tonic. Yet for all its easy-going Caribbean-ness Barbados is one of the first islands in the region to have understood, astutely, that for many of these urban voyagers, sea, sand and sun are not enough, they also want to sample different restaurants and do a bit of shopping.
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4 Hip Hotels in Barbados
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Understated elegance and Barbadian heritage set in eleven acres of tropical gardens on a half mile of stunning beach.
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£1,849 per person
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Focus on the many ways you can be spoilt; because for the true hedonist, Sandy Lane is very hip indeed.
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£2,799 per person
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Set on a pristine stretch of white sand on Barbados’ West Coast, The House is the beachside version of a hip downtown hotel.
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£1,679 per person
Hip List Member Extra Champagne breakfast daily plus 60-minute anti-jetlag massage.
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A small colonial gem on the beach.
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£1,599 per person
Hip List Member Offer
Stay 7 Pay 6 for travel in June
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