Lush greenery, crystal clear blue waters, and untouched beaches are landmarks of Barbados. The Caribbean island is a reprieve for some much-needed rest and relaxation, and the O2 Beach Club & Spa is the island’s best stay.
With a casual Caribbean-inspired style, the property feels inherently like its colorful surroundings. Details such as brightly colored beach chairs and umbrellas, paintings by local artists, and a gorgeous rooftop lounging spot make it the quintessential vacation destination. However, the location that’s miles away from all the other luxury resorts on the island, offers ample privacy that makes it stand out from its counterparts.
After opening in November 2021, the resort quickly became a fan favorite amongst visitors, and it’s no surprise why. The entire property was designed by Carribean designer Michelle Leotaud who wanted to showcase authentic Caribbean laid-back luxury throughout, and the 130 rooms embody the theme exceptionally well.
The resort itself is broken up into two buildings; the original area, dubbed the Luxury concierge block, and the newer, adults-only tower, which was recently renovated. All the rooms typically feature a comfortable seating area, desk, walk-in showers, and standalone soaking tubs. Most rooms also have private balconies, so you can wake up each morning and have your coffee with the island views of your backdrop.
During your stay, don’t miss out on the 5,600-square-foot Acqua Spa, which features the only hammam on the island and treatment rooms with ocean views. There are also three swimming pools, including one of the only rooftop pools on the island, a fitness center, and multiple bars with a variety of drink options. Other onsite activities may include artist-led painting classes, cocktail-making classes, yoga classes, or sound baths, which make the stay more memorable.
While onsite, guests have access to four different restaurants: Bluefin, a casual dining spot that offers delicious lunch and dinner options, Brisa, a rooftop terrace with tapas, and Elements, a classic breakfast spot with a few Caribbean dishes for added variety. The restaurants have different menus and change depending on the rotating themes of the resort. In addition, there is also Oro, the only high-level restaurant on the island with breathtaking views from every angle. It serves up a fare of European/Caribbean fusion.
After dinner, walk over to the main area, where a band performs every night in the gazebo. And don’t miss out on the breathtaking sunsets, which are beautiful and everything the Carribean embodies.
The vibe: An all-inclusive beach resort with pristine beaches, delicious bites, and vibrant
Food + Drink: Bluefin, a casual dining spot offers delicious lunch and dinner options, whereas Oro is the only high-level restaurant on the island with local fare and sweeping views from every angle. On the other hand, Brisa serves up tapas on its rooftop terrace and Elements is a beloved breakfast spot.
Amenities: everything onsite is all-inclusive, spa, fitness center, and free high-speed internet access.
Any personal neighborhood recs? St Lawerence Gap, a nearby spot within walking distance, has a whole slew of restaurants and nightlife.
Our favorite thing about the hotel: The onsite staff made the stay all the more memorable with hands-on activities like cocktail-making classes, sound baths, and much, much more.
What’s nearby? Carlisle Bay; Dover Beach; Oistins Fish Market; Welches Beach; Miami Beach, Barbados; Harrison’s Cave Eco-Adventure Park
Rooms: 130 rooms.
Pricing: Rates start at around $400 per night during low season.
Closest Airport: Grantley Adams International Airport
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