Fairmont Royal Pavilion
The Fairmont Royal Pavilion Hotel occupies a blessed stretch of soft sand beach on the western Platinum Coast of Barbados. And, with an 11-acre estate of meandering gardens, lofty palms and five-star facilities to enjoy, it won’t be long before you slip into the rhythm of laidback island life.
A well-established favourite among the best luxury resorts in Barbados, the Fairmont Royal Pavilion is a top Caribbean option, though one with two faces. From the outside, although both pretty and grand with its stonewash pink façade, columns and assured colonial-style architecture, the impression is of a relatively modest hotel. Yet within, you’ll find modern beachfront suites adorned with contemporary décor and fine furnishings, watersports galore, heavenly spa services – more holistic than most – and fine dining restaurants too, all hidden around a sprawling private estate that itself opens onto an idyllic beach; just fabulous.
Beginning with guestrooms and suites at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion, your temporary Barbados home will be one of cooling tones, soft slate grey and white within, leading out onto a furnished oceanfront balcony, sea views and either a plush sun lounger or daybed. All of the guestrooms, suites and Fairmont’s standalone private villa adopt an almost urban-chic interior design of wooden floors, comfortable sofas and contemporary artworks on the walls. Bathrooms then strike a more classical look of marble-topped sinks and sand-coloured tiles, with a walk-in rain shower, separate bathtub and Le Labo toiletries coming as standard. The list of in-room amenities is long, from Bluetooth speakers to deluxe robes and all conceivable mod-cons, though look towards the higher category rooms for outdoor lounge areas, multiple bedrooms and instant beach access to boot.
From the comfort of your sea-view Fairmont suite, the hotel’s spa services come to you, with all manner of aromatherapy-infused massages, hot stone treatments, mineral salt scrubs, reiki, reflexology, chakra balancing and skin therapies available at the touch of a keypad. There is also a modest gym onsite for anyone looking to work off their gourmet lunch, though arguably more exciting active adventures come on the tennis court or in the ocean, with snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, sea kayaking, boat tours and even swimming with turtles always popular here. If visiting Barbados as a family, kids are well catered for at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion with babysitting, summer activities and special menus available for little ones.
Often, a luxury holiday in the Caribbean is about sun, sea, sand, and the comforts of your exclusive resort, and while the Fairmont Royal Pavilion is no different with those oceanfront suites, an inviting pool, Jacuzzi and private beach loungers, this is also a very well located Barbados hotel, so day trips come aplenty too. There’s Royal Westmoreland Golf Course nearby, as well as the 17th century St. Nicholas Abbey, Barbados Wildlife Reserve and historic Bridgetown, to name just a few.
Back at the hotel, however, as each evening draws in, settle down for island-inspired Caribbean cuisine at any of the three onsite restaurants, and beachside sundowners before the stars come out; it’s effortlessly easy at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion Hotel.
Fairmont Royal Pavilion Facilities
72 ocean view guestrooms and suites, some opening up directly onto the beach. Larger suites feature outdoor lounge areas and superior floorplans, though rain showers and a separate bathtub, king-size beds, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth speakers, a furnished terrace, sofa and Le Labo toiletries come as standard. The Fairmont’s three-bedroom standalone villa is ideal for families
St James on the Platinum Coast, western Barbados, roughly 45 minutes’ drive from Grantley Adams International Airport.