THE 3 BEST Barbados Hotels
STAY With just 40 suites, Cobblers Cove grants Caribbean panoramas and English charm on the island’s golden west coast. Buttoned-up beach receptions at this historic pink great house feature Chiavari chairs, firelight and fresh seafood from Camelot, one of the island’s top-rated restaurants. Rooms from $595; weddings custom. Few resorts in the world date to 1887, but The Crane isn’t known only for its colorful history. A wedding here means cliftop views and access to the pink sand of Crane Beach, accessed via rustic stepping stones, a hotel stairway or a clear-glass beach elevator (really). Rooms from $246; weddings from $750.
PLAY Gather your wedding party and charter a Seaduced luxury catamaran for the day to swim with sea turtles and tuck into a gourmet lunch. Tour various parishes and villages on an open-air Bajan Bus stocked with coolers of Mount Gay Rum punch. Oistins Fish Fry is a Friday-night must.
PARTY For a beach bash with fireworks and a lick-your-fingers menu, The Clif Restaurant is tops. Copacabana specializes in sand-in-your-shoes, dance-allnight celebrations. For a grand plantation-home experience, check out Clifton Hall Great House (below), founded in 1656. But don’t worry it’s been renovated to accommodate up to 300 guests, and it’s a favorite of local planning company Jubilee Events.