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The most easterly Caribbean island, Barbados is a perennial guest favorite thanks to its distinct culture, rich history, and stunning landscapes. As a result, Barbados luxury villas represent some of the best stays in the Caribbean, mixing modern amenities and classical elegance to create something special.
The history of Barbados luxury villas dates back to the Colonial era, with the first plantation estates being precursors to today’s vacation villas. You can still see many of these architectural influences, including swooping verandas, high ceilings, and expansive windows, mixed with more contemporary features like private pools, hot tubs, and outdoor dining areas.
Renting a luxury villa in Barbados is easy with Rental Escapes. First, choose your travel dates. Next, choose your party size. From there, your Rental Escapes villa specialist will be happy to present you with the best available Barbados luxury villas for your group. After, your concierge customizes your trip, including transportation, chef service, boat charters, excursions, and more.
While you’ll find many of the best Barbados luxury villas on the Platinum Coast - the stunning stretch of coastline that runs along its western edge - you’ll also see them all across the island.
Top places to rent Barbados luxury villas include Sandy Lane and Royal Westmoreland, two celebrated country clubs along the Platinum Coast; Mullins and Gibbes on the northern side of the island, offering a more untouched experience; Worthing Beach and Sapphire Beach, along the island’s higher-energy southern coast; Long Bay, along the island’s wavy Atlantic (eastern) coast; and more.
No matter where you choose, expect to find top-tier amenities like grand dining rooms, gourmet kitchens, unique artwork, and more. You can also expect five-star service from your on-site staff and your Rental Escapes concierge.
A world-class luxury resort along Barbados’s famed Platinum Coast, Sandy Lane offers a perfect mix of stunning beaches, great food, and world-class golf. Sandy Lane villas are one of the best ways to experience this legendary country club and the island as a whole. They include:
One Sandy Lane: Barbados’s most luxurious villa, One Sandy Lane combines beachfront elegance with modern amenities to create a unique experience. From the ocean views in each bedroom to the coral stone walls, vaulted ceilings, and marble floors, every inch of this villa exudes good taste. A true masterpiece.
Laughing Waters: With 12 bedrooms spread out over a main house, guest cottage, and great house, Laughing Waters makes an ideal choice for a large group or a special event. It has a ton of great amenities that the whole family will love. They include a full gym, a cinema, a koi pond, a kids' room, a treehouse, and more. It’s all managed by a full staff ready to make your vacation experience unforgettable, including an on-site villa manager.
Elsewhere: A 10-bedroom villa surrounded by lush greenery and ocean views, Elsewhere is a true natural showcase. Wake up to the sounds of hummingbirds and green monkeys. Take in the expansive views along the deck. Work out in the private gym before taking a dip in the pool. It doesn’t get better than this.
Home to an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr. championship course, Royal Westmoreland has long been considered a golf haven. Royal Westmoreland villas elevate this country club experience even further with style and grace. They include:
Mango Walk: A 6-bedroom, fully-staffed marriage of the traditional and the modern. Step into paradise and be greeted with mature gardens, Imperial palms, and cascading water features. Gaze out the floor-to-ceiling windows to the sprawling courtyard, through to the inviting pool deck with its oversized pool. True tropical luxury awaits.
Palm Ride 10 – Benjoli Breeze: A combination of two large villas that meet in the middle with a gorgeous pool area, Benjoli Breeze is a perfect choice for two families traveling together. It’s all surrounded by lush landscaping, while the open nature of the villas themselves creates a breezy, relaxing atmosphere.
Sienna at Royal Westmoreland: A lovely 3-bedroom villa surrounded by panoramic ocean views. Every inch of Sienna’s 6,000 feet has been carefully considered and tastefully decorated - from the marble en-suite bathrooms through to the media room and outdoor living room. One of the chicest villas in Barbados.
Celebrated for its natural landscapes and its convenient location, Paynes Bay is one of the best beaches on the Platinum Coast. That makes Paynes Bay villas a great base for exploring the rest of the island. They include:
Kiko: A luxurious four-story coral stone villa on Paynes Bay Beach, Kiko features nine beach-front bedrooms, each with private balconies. Amenities include a saltwater pool, cinema, games room, fitness center, and spa, as well as a dedicated, on-site villa manager to ensure an unforgettable stay. Perfect for destination weddings.
Smugglers Cove: Set on the fourth floor and spanning 6,000 feet, this luxurious penthouse apartment features vaulted ceilings, marble floors, a modern kitchen, and deluxe bathrooms. It also boasts a vast 60-foot terrace with Italian loungers and a private Jacuzzi. And, best of all, it’s all set against the backdrop of stunning sea views of Paynes Bay Beach.
La Mirage: Beachfront on the top floor of the Old Trees complex, La Mirage features an open floor plan, a plunge pool terrace, and four en-suite bedrooms. It also has a fully equipped kitchen and includes cook service, so you can kick back, relax, and just take it all in.
Visitors to Barbados must present a valid passport upon entry. While visitors from the US, Canada, the EU, and the UK are visa-exempt, visitors from other countries may need to present an entry visa as well.
Most visitors to Barbados fly into the Grantly Adams International Airport (BGI), which services international flights from major airlines. Your Rental Escapes concierge is happy to help with airport transfers once you land.
Once you land in Barbados, the most efficient way to get around is by rental car, taxi, and private driver. There is also a reliable bus system that goes around the island. Boat charters, including private catamaran cruises, can also take you around and let you experience more of the coastline. Your concierge can help you arrange any rental cars, private drivers, taxis, and boat charters.
Peak season in Barbados runs from December to April. The weather is dry and sunny, and it’s an ideal time to swim, enjoy the beach, and explore. However, do note that this is also when the island has the most visitors.
Shoulder season runs from May-June and November-December. The weather is still great at this time, though with a slightly elevated chance of rain. There are much fewer crowds though, making this an ideal time to visit for many.
Wet season runs from June to November. This is when you’ll see the highest chance of rain, but also the fewest crowds. The end of July also sees the Crop Over festival and its many parties and parades.
Barbados is considered a safe destination for tourists. It has a much lower crime rate and better road conditions compared to other Caribbean islands. Many of our Barbados luxury villas are also located in gated communities with additional security.
Go beach hopping: With over 70 miles of pristine beaches, Barbados is a paradise for beach lovers. Enjoy sunbathing, swimming, and various water sports.
Explore Bridgetown: The island's capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is rich in history and culture. Visit landmarks like the Parliament Buildings and the Barbados Museum, or just stroll through its bustling streets.
Visit Harrison's Cave: A remarkable natural wonder, Harrison's Cave is a crystallized limestone cavern with flowing streams, deep pools, and towering columns.
Bajan cuisine is a mix of African, Indian, British, and Creole influences. Top dishes include:
Cou-Cou and Flying Fish: Cou-cou is made from cornmeal and okra, and the fish is usually steamed with lime juice, spices, and vegetables. Often considered the national dish of Barbados.
Bajan Fish Cakes: Small, spicy fritters made with salted cod, flour, and Bajan seasoning, deep-fried until golden brown. They're a popular snack or appetizer.
Pudding and Souse: Pudding is made from sweet potatoes and spices, while souse is pickled pork. The two are usually served together.
Pepperpot: A rich, spicy stew made with beef, pork, or mutton and flavored with cassareep (a sauce made from cassava root) and hot peppers.
Roti: A flatbread filled with curried chicken, beef, or vegetables. Influenced by Indian cuisine.
Conkies: A sweet treat made from cornmeal, coconut, pumpkin, and spices, all steamed in banana leaves.
Your Rental Escapes concierge can also arrange villa pre-stocking and private chef service on any Barbados villa stay.
Barbados benefits from a tropical climate with two main seasons - the wet season and the dry season. Here's a season-by-season breakdown:
Dry season from December to April is the coolest and driest period, with plenty of sunshine and blue skies. Average temperatures are 24-29°C (75-84°F), and average precipitation is 40-60 mm (1.6-2.4 in) per month.
Wet season from June to November is characterized by higher humidity and more frequent, but usually short, rain showers. It's also the hurricane season, though Barbados is usually less affected. Average temperatures are around 26-31°C (79-88°F), and average precipitation ranges from 100-180 mm (3.9-7.1 in) per month.
Shoulder season in May and November sees slightly increased rainfall, though with plenty of sunshine. Average temperatures are 26-30°C (79-86°F), and average precipitation is around 70-80 mm (2.8-3.1 in).
If you’re hoping to visit this beautiful part of the Caribbean, Rental Escapes can elevate your Barbados villa rental into a true luxury experience.
Our portfolio includes the finest Barbados luxury villas, including Sandy Lane villas, Royal Westmoreland villas, Paynes Bay villas, and more.
Your Rental Escapes reservations expert can find the best luxury villa for your group, and your concierge personalizes your trip to create the ultimate Barbados villa experience.
Contact us today to book your next dream holiday!