What are the five best places to stay in Barbados?

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Barbados offers a wide range of accommodations from the strip of hotels along West Coast’s St. James beach to the more upscale resorts clustered north of Bridgetown. Here are our picks for some of the best places to stay on Barbados.
 
1.  The Crane. Sometimes the oldest really is arguably the best. The Crane opened in 1887 and is said to have been the Caribbean’s first resort hotel. Crane Beach has been called one of the most beautiful in the world. Many villa rooms at the resort offer full kitchens, pools and modern amenities such as washers and dryers and satellite cable television. There are several pools that suit different moods, and two fine dining restaurants that allow you ocean views while you eat.
 
2.  Sandy Lane. This haven for the rich and famous is a luxury resort located in the St. James area of Barbados. The former sugar cane plantation has hosted a long list of celebrities, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Queen Elizabeth II, Sidney Poitier and native pop princess Rihanna, to name a few. Tiger Woods held his wedding on one of the two Tom Fazio-designed gold courses. Sandy Lane features 112 guestrooms and suites and a massive 47,000 square foot spa.
 
3.  The House. You will no doubt feel transported to another world when you arrive at this upscale adults-only resort. Situated on the West Coast of the island, the hotel strives to leave its guests with a feeling of tranquility, starting with the complimentary jet lag revival massage that’s delivered in a beachside cabana. The resort offers daily tea and even a free champagne breakfast. We found that this all-suites resort excels at customer service, and is worth booking if you’re looking for some serious pampering from the moment you arrive.
 
4.  Cobblers Cove Hotel. Those heading to Barbados for a romantic getaway should book at this classic hotel. Once a British fort, this former mansion includes several villas with suites situated within the villas. We suggest asking for the Colleton or the Camelot suite, which are both housed on the rooftop of the old mansion, include pools and showcase panoramic views of the beach and garden.
 
5.  Hilton Barbados. This American hotel chain remains one of the most popular hotels on island. Centrally located on the southern edge of Barbados, the Hilton also sits beside the 1950 British fort, Fort Charles. In addition to the hotel’s three restaurants, two bars and three tennis courts, there are children’s programs, as well as a health club and spa.

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