All-Inclusive Beachside Resort
Savannah Beach Hotel’s expansive courtyard feels like a Caribbean incarnation of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The resort’s fertile centerpiece abounds with ferns and palm fronds that spill over whitewashed terraces. Arched doorways give way to intimate outdoor sitting areas, where a stand of palm trees encircles a swimming pool with a swim-up bar. Stately turrets have acquired the look of alabaster, as if smoothed and bleached by years of sea breeze and sunshine.
The all-inclusive property touts three diverse restaurants, where guests enjoy a trio of daily meals prepared by chefs specializing in Caribbean, American, or Asian fusion cuisine. Four bars feature an afternoon high-tea service, wine, beer, and locally branded spirits, including the rum for which the island is known. Throughout the week, theme nights, floor shows, and live entertainment ensure spirits of the other variety are lifted to peak levels. A late-night bar offers an ideal excuse to sleep in the next morning, and the weekly manager’s cocktail party promotes socializing between staff, guests, and their vacation alter egos. A top-of-the-line fitness center and spa are set to open this winter and spring, respectively.
The stately Plantation House boasts refurbished rooms appointed with one four-poster, king-size bed. Modern, minimalist bathrooms are equipped with multi-jet showers strong enough to wash away even the most stubborn tan line. Every room features an attached sitting area, and all rooms are fully air-conditioned.
Barbados’s South Coast: Plentiful Parties and White-Sand Beaches
With a powerful sweep of his tail, the flying fish skyrockets up through the crystalline waters and into the air, traversing 50 yards above the ocean’s glittering surface. A favorite of Barbadians, the flying fish has found its way onto the islanders’ currency as well as their plates, where it is typically breaded, fried, and served with a scorching yellow sauce made from scotch bonnet peppers, onions, and mustard. Local vendors hawk this dish and other regional fare at beaches and markets.
Typically laid-back, the islanders of Barbados flock to its southern shore when the urge to kick it kicks in. The region is renowned for its party scene—particularly in the city of St. Lawrence Gap—where bars and nightclubs bustle alongside fine-dining restaurants, plying visitors with eats and beats until the small hours of the night give way to a spectacular sunrise.