Fairmont Royal Pavilion
Star of the Sea
What it is
A newly-renovated, pampering 72-room hideaway set directly on the pink sands of Barbados’ Platinum Coast.
What it isn't
On “Island Time.” Service is truly excellent here (no surprise, for a Fairmont), with everything from a nonplussed concierge to medical services at-the-ready for a seamless stay.
What we think
When Fairmont hired Bajan artists like Sheena Rose and Llanor Alleyne to imbue this property with regional flair, they created a stay like no other. For one thing, unlike other options here, the Royal Pavilion is thoroughly of its place; rooms are mutedly colorful without being cloying or themey, thanks to buttoned-up neutrals and occasional beachy blue and white stripes. There are no bad rooms here—every single one has a view of the screen saver-ready sea beyond, plus top notch amenities: gratis breakfasts at their al fresco oceanfront restaurant, a flotilla of loaner non-motorized watersports, and even an afternoon tea credit (bring on the clotted cream!) to enjoy once a week during your stay. Did we mention the activities list on-site includes a catamaran cruise and swimming with sea turtles? If you’re like us, you’ll never want to leave.
You're here because
Unlike a lot of Caribbean hotels, Fairmont puts family first, from no-charge crib and cot rentals to free kids meals and certified babysitters at-the-ready.
By the time you park yourself at Taboras Restaurant at a table overlooking the cyan sea, you’re thoroughly exhausted from a day in the sun—starting with yoga on the pink sand. But then the waiter brings a plate of Bajan fishcakes, and you start to perk up. By the time you’ve finished your lobster risotto with lemon herb panko bread crumbs, you’re ready for another nutmeg-topped rum punch–and to dance the night away as the stars wink at you from above.
Restaurants & Bars
Taboras Restaurant - Offers an open kitchen concept and an expansive bar
Palm Terrace Restaurant - Serves locally inspired and innovative dishes
You’re about 45 minutes drive from the airport here, and the hotel staff will happily arrange your transfer, should you want to travel via luxury car or even a stretch limo (and why not? Get the party started early, we always say).