Barbados is a beautiful and tropical island that resides in the Caribbean and has become a very popular honeymoon destination over the years. And for good reason. The 21-mile-long island is just outside the Atlantic hurricane belt meaning that weather is wonderful all year round and locals and travelers rarely have to worry about hurricanes.
While Barbados was a British colony for about 350 years but gained independence in the 1960’s. And while it is clear to travelers that the country finds its roots in British culture, the unique island time and local flavor will make honeymooners feel like they’re in another world.
Best time of the year to visit Barbados
The best time of the year to visit Barbados is between July and November. While these months fall within the technical Caribbean hurricane season, they’re a rarity on the island. Another reason why July- November is the best time to visit is because of the lively Crop Over Festival activities that take place. Like all other Caribbean islands, the weather stays warm year-round, so there’s little reason to travel during peak season, which is from December to April.
Is it safe?
While Barbados is a friendly destination, crime does occur, like it does in all places. The good news is that just like in most places, travelers are not usually victim of crimes and generally enjoyer better security than locals. This is due to hotel resort and businesses private security staff.
It’s great to feel safe, however, personal awareness and responsible behavior go a long way for honeymooners. Tips such as avoiding unlit streets and making sure valuables and passports are secure in your hotel safe are great ways to continue staying safe as you travel.
Romantic and elegant accommodations in Paynes Bay, Barbados
Why Paynes Bay?
As an island, Barbados is home to many different beaches and towns, each of offer their own unique culture and experiences. While the entire island is a blast to explore, one of the most elegant and romantic parts of the island can be found on Barbados’ west coast.
Here, newlyweds are promised seclusion, romance and relaxation on their honeymoon. The Paynes Bay area puts honeymooners close to some of the islands’ best restaurants elegant hotels, convenient water taxis and romantic beaches.
Romantic and elegant Paynes Bay accommodations
The House by Elegant Hotels
The House by Elegant hotels offers unmatched personalized attention and is perfect for honeymooners. Without front desk formalities, they warmly greet you and escort you to your suite for unpacking service, catering to your every need throughout your stay at the adults only resort-hotel. The House has been a hot spot for a while but got even more popular after they were named in Travel + Leisure’s Top 25 Resort Hotels in the Caribbean, Bermuda & Bahamas 2017 World’s Best Awards.
Their hotel is designed for couples who are celebrating love with an incredibly romantic atmosphere that’s perfect for honeymooners. They even have a custom honeymoon registry that you can make for free and share with your friends and family. This way, loved ones can gift you romantic and relaxing activities, adventures, dinners or spa times.
Waves Hotel and Spa
The Waves hotel and spa centers on rejuvenating mind and body as honeymooners escape into ultimate luxury. Their hospital staff, complimentary soothing spa treatments and luxury accommodations make sure that honeymooners relax. Yoga and Pilates is offered on property along with the adults only spa, which is guaranteed to provide seclusion and tranquility. All the rooms and suites on the oceanside building offer beautiful beach views.
The small secluded beach that the hotel overlooks is bursting with coral reefs and tropical fish while two onsite restaurants serve Asian and Mediterranean food. There is also an additional café that serves afternoon tea daily and a water taxi that can shuttle you anywhere up the coast.
A Caribbean vacation wouldn’t be complete without relaxation and adventure, which is just what the Tamarind offers. Turquoise waters invite honeymooners to dive in and discover island thrills such as water skiing, stand up paddle boarding, banana boat rides, tubing, kayaking, sailing and snorkeling. After you’re finished playing in the water, head down to the outdoor swimming pool or lounge on the golden sands as the Beach & Pool Ambassadors pamper you. The free water taxi is also available to shuttle you along the coast to enjoy everything Barbados has to offer.
The on-site spa is the perfect place to relax after the stress of a wedding and honeymooners can also book Private Beach Dining as the sun sets. Tamarind’s on-site restaurants and bars keep honeymooners satisfied throughout the day, starting with a full breakfast buffet. Twice daily happy hours keep the tropical drinks flowing and the oceanfront deck is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic cocktail.
What to do on your romantic honeymoon
The Barbados Boardwalk
Is on the island’s southern coast and totally worth the trip. It offers some of the best sunset views on the entire island complete with a quiet environment. Come early and grab a bite by the water as you watch the sunset with your honey. It’s also the perfect place to get the pivotal honeymoon Instagram shot.
Rum Rum Rum
Barbados is the infamous birthplace of rum and while you may be sipping a cocktail on the beach, you can also take a rum tour at the West Indies Rum Distillery in Bridgetown and have a drink while on your honeymoon.
Snorkel coral reefs and shipwrecks
Barbados is home to some of the most dazzling displays of aquatic nature on the planet. Neon colored coral reefs make it one of the best destinations for snorkeling. The reefs at Carlisle bay are easy to access from the shore while other great spots are located further out and are accessible by boat.
Take a sunset sailing cruise
Calabaza Sailing Cruises out of Bridgetown, cater to small groups for intimate, private, and personalized experience. Hop on board the regal catamaran for beautiful views and a nice meal. You can also swim with turtles and snorkel to explore various reefs and shipwrecks while you’re on board. That sounds like a perfect honeymoon adventure. Transport to and from your accommodations is included in the price, as is the rum punch, lunch and hors d’oeuvres.
Hang at the Soup Bowl
This beach is a surfer’s paradise because it is made up of consistent waves that come from the wild North Atlantic. The soup Bowl is home to annual international and local competitions. It’s also a fun place to go grabbing. There aren’t any public facilities at the beach. Just sand and surf. It’s the perfect place honeymooners to pack a picnic for a day of tanning and people watching.
Visit Harrison’s Cave
This famous attraction draws travelers from all over the world deep into the island’s interior. The natural masterpiece is something you have to see to believe. The hot and humid cave was discovered in the 18th century but forgotten for almost two hundred years. Head to one of the most breathtaking spots on the island to see hundreds of stalagmites and stalactites that are begging to be photographed.