Situated on perhaps the best beach on Barbardos's famously picturesque Platinum Coast, Fairmont Royal Pavilion is something of an institution on the island. The luxury hotel’s long-standing reputation for immaculate service and attention to detail, along with its prime location, has earned it a stellar reputation and seen guests returning to holiday here year on year.
The hotel’s popularity, however, hasn’t led to complacency; the team at Fairmont Royal Pavilion are always looking for ways to improve your stay. This year, then, a scheme of major reservations has taken place across the hotel, with all rooms and suites completely restyled, along with the open-air lobby and Taboras Restaurant, which looks straight out onto the beautiful half-mile long beach that fronts the property. These enhancements were carried out when the hotel closed its doors for a short period between August and November last year.
By all accounts, the comprehensive makeover has been a great success and the brief closure has meant none of the disruption or noise that comes with hotels making ‘rolling’ refurbishments. So, what do the changes mean for your Barbados travel experience? Our Travel Specialist, Tom, just returned from a visit to the recently reopened property and was impressed with what he found and he loved the hotel’s new look and feel.
“What really struck me, as I returned to visit after a few years, is the fabulous new generation and style of rooms and suites. Gone are the colonial creams and wistful décor, and yet the hotel still retains its colonial elegance both inside and out, with added contemporary facilities such as hideaway mirrors and luxuriant spacious bathrooms and designer showers. The rooms and suites are now much lighter and brighter, and the new décor really has the positive effect of bringing the outdoors in, drawing your eyes to the colours of the Caribbean outside your room. This clever combination has been undertaken with a respect for the history of the hotel, rather than with a general brush of modernity, which would have been so much easier to do yet would detract from the character of this much-loved luxury resort.”
From the moment you a arrive at your luxury West Coast hotel, you’ll be greeted by an oasis of water features, white walls, and modern décor in the open air lobby. The lobby’s earth tones are set against the tropical colours of Fairmont Royal Pavilion’s 11 acres of lush gardens, allowing the natural beauty of the surrounds to shine through. In this new entrance area, the sense of sophistication and ease is palpable, encouraging guests to instantly relax.
Comprehensive modernisation and restyling is evident in every one of the 75 rooms and suites here. All accommodation looks directly out onto the beach plenty of light, warm tones bring the Caribbean sunshine inside, while accents of dark wood and local artworks retain a quintessentially Caribbean sense of place. In Oceanfront Deluxe Rooms, guests can step straight out onto their own balcony, which they’ll also find updated with contemporary furnishings.
The Beachfront Junior Suites here have always represented something very special, with spacious interiors and decks that lead straight out onto the beach. As you can imagine, the renovations have only elevated these butler-serviced suites new levels of luxury, according to Tom. “These are some of the few, and very best, rooms on offer in the Caribbean for true beach lovers, offering your own stretch of the sands just a few steps away.
“The rooms and suites here showcase some of the ‘best of the west’, with many offering sublime ocean views, directly overlooking the beautiful turquoise waters and pristine beachfront, where staff tend to your every need and wish. You can’t want for anything to do here; with 11 acres of playground to enjoy yourself, there is absolutely a time, space and place for everyone. The inter-connecting Oceanfront Deluxe Rooms are family perfection, allowing plenty of extra space plus the security of inter-connecting via a door on the balcony, which also keeps privacy to a maximum.”
The hotel’s fine dining restaurant remains timeless and untouched, whereas Toboras, the casual, all-day dining venue has been updated. Bright whites invite the sunlight to flood in, and subtle nautical touches to the furnishings fully embrace the eatery’s seaside location. The al fresco dining area here has also been extended, so it’s perfect for a lazy lunch in the Bajan heat.
Of course, some things never change and this, thankfully, is true of one of the Fairmont Royal Pavilion’s most magical attractions; its close proximity to hawksbill turtles. These majestic sea creatures come ashore at certain times of the year to lay their eggs (a sight not to be missed if you’re staying in the correct season). Often, they can also be spotted swimming offshore, meaning that you can find yourself swimming or paddle-boarding alongside a turtle or two in the Caribbean Sea, just a short distance out from the hotel.
Between the priceless beach location and the hotel’s chic enhancements, we’re sure that this luxury Barbados hotel will remain a firm favourite with the discerning traveller for years to come.
Would you like to sample a stay in a newly modernised room or suite here? Go to the Fairmont Royal Pavilion page to check out our incredible offer on a stay here in 2018.