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The Club Barbados Resort & Spa

Hwy. 1, Vauxhall, St. James BB24013, Barbados

Jane Zarem

This is one of the island's few adults-only (age 16+) all-inclusive resorts and the only one on the west coast. Guestrooms are in three-story buildings (and an ocean loft on the fourth floor of one of the buildings) arranged in a horseshoe design, with tropical gardens and swimming pools in the central courtyard. The resort has a full complement of activities and amenities—just no kids.

room

Several rooms and suites face the sea, although most units overlook the pools and gardens. The balcony view from the oceanfront rooms, however, is exceptional. All rooms and suites have dark wood furniture (either one king or two twin beds), bright white walls and drapes, and touches of color in the soft goods.

YOU SHOULD KNOW A 3-night stay is required in high season.

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Photo: #clubbarbadosresortandspa #clubbarbados / @shidonnal

bathroom

Bathrooms are small and, basically, old-fashioned—except for those in the newer penthouse suites. Vanities have granite countertops and single sinks. Some rooms have both a tub and shower; others have a walk-in shower.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The time for refurbishing the bathrooms is overdue.

lobby

The lobby has a reception desk and lounge area that opens to a pathway into the gardens. A small shop across from the lobby sells beachwear, gifts, and sundries.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Complimentary Wi-Fi is available only in the lobby and bar areas.

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pool

Three free-form, freshwater pools and a Jacuzzi—and the lush gardens that surround them—take up most of the resort’s central courtyard. Lounge chairs and umbrellas are set up around the pools.

Photo: Seriously cannot wait until my holiday #countdown #theclub #theclubbarbados #theclubbarbadosresortandspa #theclubbarbadosresort #barbados / @shelley_h__

spa

Guests rejuvenate at the spa and salon, where they can indulge in a relaxing massage (individual or couples), aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, restorative body treatments (salt scrubs or body wraps), rejuvenating baths facials, waxing, hair care, manicures, and pedicures.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Spa and salon services cost extra.

gym

The fitness center has cardio and strength equipment and a sauna. If you prefer your exercise to be competitive, though, there’s a tennis court—lit for night play.

dining

At the open-air, oceanfront Sunset Restaurant, guests enjoy a lavish breakfast buffet, four-course lunch, afternoon tea, and intimate dinner service. Alternatively, Enid’s Restaurant serves authentic West Indian cuisine at dinnertime in a colorful replica of a Bajan chattel house.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Sandwiches, snacks, and drinks can be delivered to your room from lunch through dinnertime, but room service costs extra.

drinking

You’re never too far from a cold drink here, as there are four bars on the property. The Beach Bar is a casual spot to sip a drink while watching boats glide by in the sea—or stick around for last call at sunset. Sunset Bar & Lounge, adjacent to the restaurant, has both bar seating and a large open area with chairs and cocktail tables. At the entrance to Enid’s Restaurant, the Rum Shop Bar is a colorful, laid-back hangout where you can simply “lime” over a frosty beer or rum drink, play a board game, or have a chat. Night owls head for the Piano Bar in an air-conditioned, soundproof lounge near the lobby; that bar stays open until the last person leaves.

Every night after dinner, enjoy entertainment, music, and dancing next to the Sunset Bar & Lounge.

beach

The beach in front of The Club is just a sliver at the best of times and erodes to almost nothing after fall storms—but the resort has installed a sandy beach deck with chaise lounges and umbrellas as the next-best thing. Guests enjoy a bevy of water sports—snorkeling, windsurfing, reef fishing, waterskiing, kayaking, standup paddleboarding, and Hobie Cat sailing—all included.

Sandy Lane Beach is adjacent and just a short walk along the sand—and that beach never seems to erode!

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LOCATION

Getting Around

It’s an easy walk to Sunset Crest Shopping Center, Chattel Village (shops), and—a little farther—Holetown itself and Limegrove Plaza, an upscale shopping mall with several high-end boutiques and inviting cafés. Buses stop in front of the hotel, heading north to Holetown and Speightstown or south to Bridgetown. The fare is $1. Taxis are always on call. A rental car is a good idea if you want to explore the island on your own.

Restaurants

The Club is all-inclusive, so you’ll likely enjoy dinners at the resort. If you do wish to dine elsewhere—and nearby—try The Tides (5-minute drive), just south of Holetown, which has long been considered one of the island’s best restaurants. Once a private mansion, the dining room—just feet from the sea—has huge tree trunks growing right through it. The cuisine is as dazzling as the atmosphere. And on 2nd Street in Holetown, The Mews (5-minute drive)—formerly a private home—is a maze of intimate dining rooms where the chef specializes in farm-to-table cooking, whether classic dishes, bistro fare, or small plates.

Bars

In Holetown, enjoy a sophisticated evening at Drift Ocean Terrace Lounge (5-minute drive), just south of town, or a more lively night on 1st or 2nd Street at Red Door Lounge or Duke’s Night Lounge (10-minute drive). And on Sunday nights, Ragamuffins, also on 1st Street, has a Drag Show that attracts a crowd and often spills into the street.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Even though it has a lot of rooms and a lot of activities, the atmosphere here is intimate, peaceful, and quiet—but with live entertainment every night. Enid’s authentic Caribbean cuisine is also a big plus.

QUICK FACTS

Romantic
158 rooms
Breakfast yes
Lunch yes
Dinner yes
Bar yes
Cafe no
Room Service yes
Gym, Pool
yes
Free Parking
No

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 246-432–7840; 866-317–8009 in U.S.

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