Pictured: The Crane, set dramatically above Crane Beach, has launched an optional all-inclusive plan.
Barbados often gets overlooked when it comes to booking an all-inclusive resort for VIPs jet-setting to the Caribbean.
But with a popular EP hotel now offering an all-inclusive plan, as well as the destination’s debut of the Caribbean’s most successful all-inclusive company, advisors need to put Barbados on their radar when it comes to booking a high-end, all-inclusive resort for both families and couples.
Here is a trio to get you started:
The Crane quietly launched its first all-inclusive plan in late April; it includes premium, top-shelf beverages and access to all restaurants. Note: The hotel’s Japanese restaurant, Zen, will use a separate pre-fixed menu for clients who are under the all-inclusive plan.
The top selling point here is the amazing location of the resort; it’s set on a cliff over Crane Beach and has some of the greatest views in the Caribbean. Nice Touch: The hotel offers guests a glass elevator down to the beach, perfect for clients with special physical needs.
The top room here is the Three-Bedroom Ocean View Penthouse, located in the hotel’s Residences by The Sea. It comes with two Master bedrooms and a private roof terrace with a grill, gazebo, sun loungers and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Luxury travel advisors can contact Sophia Gunning ([email protected]; 246-416-6509), the resort’s revenue manager, for special arrangements.
Pictured: Turtle Beach is ideal for families, as many rooms are inter-connecting. An oceanview room is shown here.
Following a closure for a wide-ranging enhancement program to the former Couples resort, Sandals Barbados reopens on January 28, 2015. Bookings are now open, however, and we say look no further than the Beachfront Butler Suites or the new Swim-up River Suites set in the tropical garden.
Eleven dining venues will span the globe, including Sandals’ first-ever Indian restaurant as a nod to the strong clientele Barbados receives from the UK.
Furnishings will be contemporary, with mahogany four-poster beds, flat-screen televisions, large bathrooms, and indoor and outdoor soaking tubs. A Red Lane Spa will have six treatment rooms, including a VIP suite with a private tub, outdoor shower and relaxation area. Luxury travel advisors should contact Josef Zellner, general manager ([email protected]; 246-620-3600) with questions.
Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels
Of the three hotels featured here, Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels is your best all-inclusive option for families traveling to Barbados. Weddings, honeymoons and other romantic getaways should also be considered.
Pictured: Nighttime is the charm: Turtle Beach sets a romantic vibe when the lights go down.
The top room here is the One Bedroom Suite – Ocean View. It has a separate living room and a King bed with a sofa bed in the living room. It can hold up to four adults, or two adults and two children, making this the perfect pitch for small families or couples traveling together. All room categories offer interconnecting rooms with the same room category, i.e., ocean view junior suites connect with ocean view junior suites. Tip: Both the Junior Suite-Pool/Garden View and Junior Suite-Ocean View are newly renovated.
Note: The hotel just launched a new children’s activity program called the Bajan Kids Adventure Camp. The camp is for children ages 10-16 and includes two off-property excursions to explore the Caribbean Island without parents in tow (though they can come along if they’d like). Tip: Options include a horse-riding trip, a catamaran trip and sea turtle snorkel, and an Atlantis Submarine tour.
Pictured: Turtle Beach just launched a new children’s activity program called the Bajan Kids Adventure Camp.
Advisors should contact Juliette Sandiford, guest activities manager ([email protected]; 246-428-7131).
At the hotel’s spa, VIPs can relax with a treatment or simply indulge in an array of beautifying treatments including manicures, body wraps and blow outs. Hint: The most requested treatments are either the stone or aroma-therapy massages.
Contact Carmelia Nurse-Jones, spa director ([email protected]; 246-827-7859) to make special arrangements for your client.
The hotel does an excellent job in arranging not only weddings, but proposals as well. Nice Touch: A private concierge will assist with everything from finding the perfect ring through a partnership with Diamonds International to choosing the most romantic spot to get down on one knee.
Luxury travel advisors should contact Charles Maynard, general manager ([email protected]; 246-428-7131).