Best Small Luxury Hotels of the World in Barbados

Each year, more than 1,000 independent boutique hotels apply to become a part of the Small Luxury... READ MORE
Each year, more than 1,000 independent boutique hotels apply to become a part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio. However, only 5 percent are invited to join the brand, meaning travelers can expect quality amenities, inviting atmospheres and impeccable accommodations when staying at an SLH-affiliated hotel. What's more, mystery inspectors visit the brand's 500-plus properties annually to ensure that guests are experiencing the highest standards of service and value. This brand markets itself as a champion of hidden treasures, so no two Small Luxury Hotels are alike. However, one consistent perk of the SLH brand is the free-to-join INVITED program. This three-tiered benefits system includes rewards like room upgrades and free breakfast. Most importantly, this brand gives customers options: Its portfolio includes everything from family-friendly historical inns to adults-only resorts with Michelin-starred restaurants. Keep in mind, most of the brand's hotels are located outside of the United States, with numerous outposts in Europe and Asia. You can explore several Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties on our Best Hotels rankings.

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    Coral Reef Club
    St. James
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 520 reviewsTripAdvisor (520)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Much like its sister property, The Sandpiper, Coral Reef Club sits surrounded by lush foliage on Barbados' western coast (near Holetown). Occupying 12 acres, Coral Reef Club's 88 rooms, cottages, suites and villas all feature furnished balconies or patios, separate showers and tubs, work desks and feather beds. If you don't opt for a cottage or suite with a private plunge pool, Coral Reef Club boasts two tree-lined pools, not to mention complimentary access to water sports equipment like kayaks and snorkel gear. Prefer to stay landlocked? The resort also touts two tennis courts, a fitness center and a set of garden pathways that snake throughout the bougainvillea-shaded grounds. Navigate the labyrinth on your own, or sign up for a complimentary garden tour, which are available every Wednesday. If a stroll through the foliage isn't relaxing enough for you, venture to the spa for a massage or some meditation. Coral Reef Club also offers alfresco dining at its restaurant, which recent guests enjoyed despite their meals' high prices. To offset this added expense, Small Luxury Hotels of the World patrons with INVITED loyalty program memberships can use accrued reward night vouchers to pay for rooms.

    St. James
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 520 reviewsTripAdvisor (520)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Sandpiper
    St. James
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 338 reviewsTripAdvisor (338)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    At The Sandpiper, it's all about the gardens. Nestled in Holetown, Barbados, this small, family-owned and -operated hotel receives consistent praise from guests for its well-manicured foliage. The hotel even houses three Tree Top Suites (lodgings surrounded by palm leaves but not actually suspended in the trees), which include luxurious amenities like terraces, open sun decks and private plunge pools. If you don't want to splurge, opt for a Garden View Room. Each includes a patio or balcony that overlooks the hotel's signature greenery. Extending its well-groomed vegetation to the beach, The Sandpiper boasts a shaded wooden dock that overlooks the shoreline. When you're not lounging dockside, take a dip, set out on a Hobie Cat sailboat or kayak (equipment rental is complimentary) or learn how to scuba dive at The Sandpiper's sister property, Coral Reef Club. Given that Coral Reef Club sits within walking distance, the two properties also share a spa. Just make sure you head back to The Sandpiper for dinner – guests highly recommend sampling The Restaurant's Caribbean-inspired dishes. But remember, the eatery's menu is limited, so travelers with dietary restrictions, such as vegans, may want to consider dining elsewhere. Also keep in mind: Members of INVITED, the Small Luxury Hotels of the World rewards program, can cash in accrued reward night vouchers for rooms here.

    St. James
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 338 reviewsTripAdvisor (338)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

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