For a break from the hustle and bustle of family life, book a stay at The Club: one of the island’s few adult-only hotels. This 4-star Barbados resort has 158 rooms and suites, all decorated in traditional Bajan style with dark wood furniture and cool blue tones. Some have sweeping ocean views, while others have quaint balconies furnished with wicker chairs that look out over the gardens, pool or sea.
When cocktail-o’clock rolls around, stroll into the beach bar for a refreshing G&T and watch sailboats bob calmly on the water. Alternatively, dress up, take a seat in the Piano Bar and sip on a dark ‘n’ stormy while being serenaded with live music. A range of international dishes is served throughout the day in the Sunset Restaurant – which benefits from both a pool and oceanfront location. Come here for a full cooked breakfast – think bacon, grilled vegetables, made-to-order omelette, tropical fruit and pastries. Or, make the most of the lunch buffet (soups, salads, hot dishes and desserts) after an active morning of snorkelling. When the sun sets, the resort comes to life with music – take your pick from performances in the restaurant, Sunset Bar or at the weekly poolside cocktail party.
Whether you’re here to explore or exfoliate, the Club has facilities to suit. Indulge at the Spa & Salon, where signature treatments include revitalising aromatherapy salt scrubs and something they call Gentlemen’s Corner: a deep tissue massage package for men. For a romantic experience, book a couple’s treatment and unwind with massages and manicures, side by side. As well as three freshwater outdoor pools, the hotel has its own Jacuzzi, where you can while away the afternoon releasing tension in the water jets. For a more high-octane activity, try your hand at a new water sport: strike out on a paddleboard or even learn the ropes on a skippered catamaran.