Evoking a quaint charm with its country manor décor scheme of floral print bedspreads, rocking chairs and pinstripe parasols, the enchanting all-suite Cobblers Cove hotel in Barbados is luxury Caribbean living the way it used to be. The beauty of this boutique Barbados resort is that while entirely welcoming, homely and discreetly executed, from its semi-wild tropical gardens and pool overlooking the Caribbean Ocean, to a family-run atmosphere which permeates through from day to sun-drenched day, there is still a highly exclusive air to it all. Its home (and yours) is the picture-postcard west coast of the island and, being a beachfront Barbados hotel, you can simply step from the Cobblers Cove pool and sun patio down onto soft golden sands, to be greeted by private loungers and the Caribbean Ocean lapping at your toes.
Once the private mansion retreat of a local plantation owner in the 1940s, there is of course an unmistakeable colonial quality to the building’s pretty pink and white façade, its ornate wooden balconies and secluded setting. Today, however, Cobblers Cove has retained that distinct character and stayed true to the original architecture, yet long since developed into a perfectly-placed Barbados hotel that feels fresh, light and luxurious within, though traditional and every bit an established part of the coastal landscape from the outside. Verdant lawns lead up to wooden verandas fronting beach-style cottages, themselves housing airy lounge areas, comfortable floorplans, walk-in rain showers, a vintage standalone bathtub and individual décor schemes in each. Then, move further up the suite categories and you’ll soon find multiple bedrooms, ever-increasing floorplans of up to 165sq m and, in the top-end rooms, a private plunge pool and gardens.
Aside from its undoubtedly inviting ambience and appearance, there are plenty more reasons why people flock back to Cobblers Cove, a Relais & Châteaux favourite, not least the surprising number of fun-filled activities available for such an intimate property. There’s an onsite gym, yoga classes and tennis courts, private catamaran and boat tours, scuba diving and watersports, surfing and jet skiing, a golf course nearby and even live music most evenings as well as a signature Sea Moon Spa. Here, the simple pleasures of head-to-toe massages, scrubs, mineral-enriched facials and a handful of beauty salon services are enough to enhance any stay.
And what use would all of this boutique brilliance be, if not for the award-winning Camelot Restaurant? Widely considered to be one of the best restaurants in Barbados, here you’ll be treated to a seasonal menu of locally-inspired fine dining dishes crafted from the catch of the day, veggies-in-season and whichever spices happen to be available at the market. It’s Caribbean cuisine of the highest order, from the complex flavours of coconut shrimp to the perfectly seasoned fish straight from the grill, made all the more enjoyable by Camelot’s stunning oceanfront setting; you just won’t want to leave.
Cobblers Cove Facilities
40 Suites split between six categories of varying views: either garden, ocean or pool. From entry-level Cobblers Garden Suites to Camelot at the Great House, floorplans range between 52sq m and 165sq m. All suites come with king-size beds, walk-in showers, Wi-Fi and air-conditioning, a furnished veranda or balcony. Higher category suites also feature lounge areas, multiple bedrooms, standalone vintage bathtubs and some, a rooftop terrace and plunge pool.
Near the village of Speightstown in Saint Peter on the west coast of Barbados, roughly 45 minutes’ drive from Grantley Adams International Airport.