The luxury of a private villa isn't available to everyone so get yourselves the next best thing; a beautiful suite at one of Barbados's top hotels. If it's peace and quiet you're after, avoid those all-inclusive family magnets and opt for an intimate retreat that places importance on privacy and tranquillity. Several establishments even enforce a 'no children' policy at various times throughout the year. Our favourite romantic hotels include The Sandpiper for its understated chic, Treasure Beach for its gorgeous simplicity and the secluded Atlantis Hotel for its boutique charm. There is also no shortage of hidden spots cut off from the tourist trail, perfect for that quiet stroll or secluded picnic. Opt for east and west coast locations rather than the tourist haunts throughout Christchurch. If the way to your heart is through your stomach then you'll relish the gastronomic choice available. The Cliff and Wispers on the Bay are two of the top culinary addresses on the island, offering fine dining in an exclusive setting. Palm Terrace at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion is under the guidance of a French chef (let's face it, the Frogs know food) in a splendid setting by the sea, while the warm and cosy Daphne's should be your choice if you adore Italian cuisine. The south coast dining scene also boasts some wonderful restaurants such as Café Luna, serving Caribbean, Mediterranean and Asian fusion fare atop a charming roof terrace. Don't miss the lobster and champagne Saturdays.
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The Cliff: Derricks, St James. Telephone (246) 432 19 22
Wispers on the Bay:Old Bayshore Complex, Bay Street, Bridgetown, St. Michael. Telephone (246) 826 52 22.
Palm Terrace: Fairmont Royal Pavilion, St James. Telephone (246) 422 55 55.
Daphne's: Paynes Bay, St James. Telephone (246) 432 27 31.
Café Luna: Little Arches, Enterprise Beach Road, Christ Church. Telephone (246) 420 46 89.
By Richelle Harrison Plesse