Fairmont Royal Pavilion Barbados Resort

Gay Friendly Hotels Barbados: Top 3 (Updated 2021)

The Barbados Islands along with the capital Saint James  are considered a safe destination for LGBT tourists. LGBT people tend to face no discrimination issues in resorts and very touristic areas. Most Bahamas inhabitants are quite tolerant of same-sex relationships and in the islands we can find some gay friendly hotels Barbados.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Barbados do not enjoy the same rights as non-LGBT people. Homosexual acts are illegal (regardless of whether they were consensual and done in private) in Barbados, with a life sentence. The law is currently in effect, but under review.

Because of Barbados’ small population, many LGBT Barbadians choose to remain in the closet in fear that coming out would expose them to the entire country. Barbados held its first Pride Week in July 2018. Activities raising awareness and acceptance were hosted throughout the country. Pride celebrations were held again in July 2019 but did not go ahead in 2020, when numerous festivals were cancelled due to Covid-19 as widely known as the China Virus.

Barbados is an eastern Caribbean island and an independent British Commonwealth nation. Bridgetown, the capital, is a cruise-ship port with colonial buildings and Nidhe Israel, a synagogue founded in 1654. Around the island are beaches, botanical gardens, the Harrison’s Cave formation, and 17th-century plantation houses like St. Nicholas Abbey. Local traditions include afternoon tea and cricket, the national sport.

 

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1. The Club Barbados – All Inclusive Adults Only 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Barbados

 

The Club Barbados – All Inclusive Adults Only has a private beach area and outdoor swimming pool to enjoy Saint James landscapes. The complex also features a spa centre for massages and body treatments.

The rooms at Club Barbados- All Inclusive Adults Only offer flat-screen satellite TV and are air conditioned. The private bathroom with shower has free toiletries.

The resort offers free WiFi in public areas, and private parking is available on site. There is also a gift shop and a bureau de change.

The oceanfront restaurant serves International-style dishes, or typical Caribbean food. The Bajan Rum Bar is located on the beach. All meals and selected beverages are included in the rate.

Welcome to The Club, Barbados! The Club is the only Adults Only All-Inclusive & Gay Friendly resort in Barbados (all guests must be 16 years of age or older). The Club is located at St. James Beach, on the highly sought after West Coast of Barbados. We offer a terrific variety of guest rooms and suites, a luxurious Spa & Salon, two restaurants, bars, freshwater swimming pools, fitness center, and much more. Enjoy amazing ocean views, evening entertainment, and a cheerful, friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy a cocktail with your fellow guests and explore the best of Barbados.

Perfect for couples, honeymoons, friends, girlfriend getaways, spa retreats, and anyone seeking the fun, sun, and relaxation Barbados is famous for.

 

1. The Club Barbados – All Inclusive Adults Only 3 * – Gay Friendly Hotels Barbados

The Club Barbados
The Club Barbados

The Club Barbados – All Inclusive Adults Only & Gay Friendly Hotels Barbados has a private beach area and outdoor swimming pool to enjoy Saint James landscapes. The complex also features a spa centre for massages and body treatments.

The rooms at Club Barbados- All Inclusive Adults Only offer flat-screen satellite TV and are air conditioned. The private bathroom with shower has free toiletries.

The resort offers free WiFi in public areas, and private parking is available on site. There is also a gift shop and a bureau de change.

The oceanfront restaurant serves International-style dishes, or typical Caribbean food. The Bajan Rum Bar is located on the beach. All meals and selected beverages are included in the rate.

RECEPTION/WELCOME:
The reception area is basically an outdoor area with a roof. I enjoyed the breeze that comes through it when I checked in. The Bell Boy opened the door of the taxi that dropped me from the airport and helped with taking my luggage into the reception area.

To me that is 4-star service, so I was impressed already within my first few seconds on the resort. I got a welcome drink straight away. This lobby has free wifi, and as well as the staff and guests checking in or out, you will also see people working on their laptops and others waiting to be picked up for their tours. It’s a lively space during the day.

ROOM: Ocean Loft
I had been dreaming of the view from the Ocean Loft Room as per photos on Tripadvisor for months. And I was not disappointed when the Bell Boy showed me around the room, including how to programme the safe. The room was very bright with a view to die for. My room was 410 which is in the block further away from the pool and restaurant area.

It was quiet in terms of noise from other guests. Having said that, please remember that you cannot switch off the sound coming from the sea. The waves will crash against the stone wall and if you are anything like me, you will need earplugs to sleep uninterrupted. I know some people do not have issues with this type of noise. The sea can be noisy so think about it before booking for the view only!

My room was well kept and clean. It had a little fridge which became handy as it means you can keep some water chilled for when you come back from a day out. The bath would need to be changed or deeply cleaned as it looked a bit unkempt, but I think this is just because it’s a bit old. The hot water takes a while to come through so don’t stand under it. Run it first, wait a fair bit until you have the desired temperature. Then step in!

 

LGBT Friendly Hotels Barbados
LGBT Friendly Hotels Barbados

RESTAURANTS:
I loved the buffet style breakfasts and lunch meals as it gave me the opportunity to try some Bajan dishes. When the evening meal was not a buffet I missed the Bajan option. I have tried Enid’s menu once during my week at The Club but I still preferred the cooking in the Sunset Restaurant. At breakfast, bacon was served daily but the other items were changing every day: scrambled eggs, Bajan Bakes, Sausages etc.

There was also a fruit bar and yoghurt, along with cereals, and a few pastries and banana bread. Heather or Denise make pancakes, French toasts or omelette and other eggs by the order.
Lunch usually had fish cooked by Heather in front of you at the grill/hot plate, as well as another station for pitta bread or other sandwiches. The buffet itself contained rice and peas, macaroni pie and steamed vegetables as well as other items. There is also a selection of cakes every day.

In the afternoon, cakes, cupcakes and sandwiches etc are made available in the Sunset Lounge for a very casual afternoon snack.

Saturday is barbeque night where you will get served fish, red meat and chicken cooked on the barbeque just outside the restaurant and all your side dishes will be inside as per the usual set up.
Yes, you have to book a table for the evening, but then that means it’s not the full resort turning up at the same time.

BEACH vs NO BEACH CONTROVERSY:
NO! there is no natural beach. There is a man-made sandy area just above sea level. It is cleaned every day and sun loungers are lined up early in the morning, ready for the early risers. I cannot comment on the fact that people were reserving loungers as I did not use them. I preferred seating at the beach bar tables. However, as this is low season, the hotel was not full when I stayed and it looked like there were always free loungers available all day long. Whether it is on your favourite spot is another story. Some people stayed by the seafront, others by the pool or on the lawn.

ACTIVITIES:
Daily walks at 8.15 am for about 1 hour on the Sandy Lane Golf Course or on the beachfront towards Holetown. I absolutely loved walking around the area guided by Geraldine. She is very funny and friendly and it was a pleasure to walk every morning with her and some of the guests. Hotel Orientation daily at 9.45am: try and go to this on your first or second day so you get all the info about the resort and the area. Aqua Aerobics mainly daily at 11am in the main pool. Loud music is put on and it’s a lot of fun. Yoga once a week or so at 7.30 am which is done on the seafront. What a fantastic way or waking up to the beautiful surroundings. There are games organised in the afternoon, including dominoes, giant jenga, bingo, table tennis as well as Corn Toss and Coconut Bowling, which I had never heard about!

SPA:
Book the bamboo massage!! Yes, it’s pricey (get the price list before arriving at the hotel so you can book in advance) but it’s totally worth it. There are also loads of other treatments. It’s very relaxing there. If you want to use the sauna and steam room, let them know 15 minutes in advance as they don’t keep them on all day. I like that procedure as it means they don’t waste energy for no reason. It’s hot enough outside and I guess they aren’t enough requests to use these rooms to keep them running all day. The staff is very calm and gentle. A real delight!

Demographics were a bit older crowd the first two days and immediately thereafter broadened to include younger couples as well. Nice, nice, people. Surprisingly didn’t run into any obnoxious guests, the kind who occasionally can spoil moments of a vacation. (BTW, we are a gay male couple, late 50’s, and felt completely comfortable with the guests and staff. We saw and met a few other gay guests as well. Treated incredibly well.)

Would I recommend this resort? 100% yes. Would I go back? I will for sure!

Gay Friendly Hotels Barbados
Gay Friendly Hotels Barbados

How much does a room costs at The Club Barbados ?

Prices start 495 $/night for Garden Room. The One-Bedroom Ocean Front Suite is 550$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples. double room features air conditioning.

This suite features a large separate bedroom, and a separate living room. It also has a patio or balcony with lounger chairs and view of ocean. There is a refrigerator in the room. A Desk with stool,tiled floor, a ceiling fan and marble-lined shower/tub combination with vanity outside bathroom are included. There is a hairdryer, LCD cable TV with premium channels, and phone with voicemail. An iron/ironing board and air conditioning are available.

Where to book onlineThe Club Barbados – All Inclusive Adults Only – Gay Friendly Hotels Barbados – you can find the best hotels deals in Barbados  during Barbados Crop Over Festival which    is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Barbados on  Booking.com or Expedia.com  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

2. Fairmont Royal Pavilion Barbados ResorT 5* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Barbados

Fairmont Royal Pavilion Barbados Resort
Fairmont Royal Pavilion Barbados Resort

Set on the Glitter Bay Beach and 2 km from Holetown City in St James, this complex features an extensive garden, in-room massage services, a swimming pool and free WiFi in all areas.

The plantation-décor rooms and suites offer air conditioning, ceiling fan, seating area and a flat-screen satellite TV with DVD player. All accommodations include a balcony or terrace with sea views, and a private bathroom with bath and separated shower. The lobby and all the guest rooms and suites have been newly renovated on November 2017.

The Fairmont Royal Pavilion Barbados Resort features 2 restaurants serving international and Caribbean cuisine. Private dinner and in-room dining facilities are available.

All of our newly renovated 72 Beachfront Suites and Oceanfront Rooms offer unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea. Our Three Bedroom Villa is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and offers garden views from the bedrooms and ocean views from two terraces. All balconies and terraces feature comfortable furnishings, making this the perfect spot to enjoy magnificent vistas, whilst relaxing on the sun loungers, or enjoying a private candlelight dinner.

All rooms offer comfortable Fairmont beds, flat screen TVs and refreshment centre. Fairmont Royal Pavilion has re-imagined it’s room categories with all categories being inclusive of Airport Fast Track and Breakfast. All suite categories will be further enhanced with butler service, luxury airport transfers and more.

In terms of location,you can’t get any better. Just a little walk up the beach there is a spot where you can go snorkelling with turtles, you will find it as this is we’re the catamaran boats go and can be seen from the hotel. Would highly recommend doing this activity. We were lucky enough to see a turtle on the beach in the evening laying eggs as well. We did a jeep safari tour of the island which was interesting and informative and the tour guide was brilliant. We also went on a catamaran cruise which was great so make sure you do that also.

There is a small shake up the beach called juju’s which serves burgers, flying fish,chicken ect at good prices and serves local beverages too. The owner was friendly to ourselves and made us feel very welcome.

We visited the rum distillery which produced the famous mount gay rum, for 20 bbd (Barbadian dollars) which was ok and we got to sample some of the drink whilst we were there.

All in all an amazing trip and would highly recommend going, white sands, turquoise seas, sun, a proper gem.

One of the highlights of our trip was swimming with the turtles. The Royal Pavilion has some great water sports included in the room rate. We were able to use snorkels and fins for free and swim around and see neat stuff. We were also taken by boat to see the turtles up the coast. That was amazing. You can actually swim with them and touch them. That was awesome. They also had water skiing and sailboats.

I don’t know if I have told you enough about the hotel. The room has an amazing balcony, with a table and chairs and lounge chairs. All of the rooms are oceanfront. The view was amazing. The room had a beautiful king size bed overlooking the ocean, the bathroom was awesome. On Wednesday evening they had a manager’s cocktail party. I would highly recommend that, we got to meet lots of people. It was great.

From the moment of our arrival they couldn’t do enough to ensure our comfort and address our needs, which made the stress of a sick baby so much more manageable. We had one of the beach-side rooms with our own patio and direct access to the beach from our clean, newly decorated, gorgeous room. In the friendly, relaxed atmosphere we got chatting to several guests who love the place so much they have been coming for more than 25 years!

We dined at the newly refurbished Palm Restaurant and had stunning food from their grill – highly recommend. The hotel is also a short walk to one of the hottest restaurants on the Island, the Lone Star, so location is absolutely ideal.

From there we were introduced to our butler, who arranged for the bags to meet us at the room, as he showed us around the property. Once we reached our room, he took the time to explain how everything worked, and the different things we could do while staying on the resort.

The room was unbelievable, it had a covered walk out patio with direct access to the beach which we used everyday. The room had everything one would ever need, including a foot bath on the patio which was used to ensure no sand would travel into the room. We speak most of our time just laying on the patio enjoying the view.

The food on the resort was incredible. Every morning we would go to the breakfast buffet would have numerous options of what to eat. Due to the fact that the hotel staff took the time to remember each guest, they would also have know what we would usually order, and have it going for when they saw us in the restaurant. The evening buffets were great as well, along with the bar menu.

The property was amazing. The beach in front of the hotel was covered with extremely soft sand which went out into the ocean so you don’t need to worry about cutting your feet on rocks. The hotel also offers free rentals to a variety of ocean sporting equipment. We went kayaking one day, and snorkeling the other. There is a decent sized reef just to the left of the hotel which you can swim over and see tons of different fish.

Overall, the hotel was amazing. it has all the features of a huge Fairmount property, but due to the fact that there are only 72 rooms you feel like its a boutique hotel as their staff take the time to get to know you. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who is going to Barbados.

Gay Friendly Hotels Barbados
Gay Friendly Hotels Barbados

How much does a room costs at Fairmont Royal Pavilion Barbados Resort ?

Prices start 1005 $/night for Luxury King Room Ocean Front. The Beach Front King Suite
is 1360$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples. double room features air conditioning.

Beachfront suite is inclusive of daily breakfast, butler service, and luxury airport transfers.

For the discerning guest looking for the ultimate in beachfront living, the relaxed, newly renovated, Beachfront Suites are open plan and ideal. The Beachfront Suites feature a private 250 sq. ft. furnished deck and outdoor living space directly overlooking the beach, perfect for entertaining or for a romantic candlelit dinner with the soundtrack of crashing waves. These suites have direct access to the resort’s stunning half-mile beach.

The Beachfront Suites are tastefully decorated in a warm tropical style and include a pillowtop king-size bed, a refreshment centre, an ample bathroom with shower and separate tub, and luxury personalized Le Labo toiletries. Guests who book the Beachfront Suites enjoy world class service from the second their airplane touches the tarmac in Barbados. Our Platinum Fast Track Service provides you with your own personal Airport Concierge who not only assists you with Customs but escorts you to your luxury airport transportation that we have pre-arranged for you. Your luxury experience only begins there, as each Beachfront suite is inclusive of daily breakfast, butler service, luxury airport transfers, complementary canapés and 1 King size bed.

Where to book onlineFairmont Royal Pavilion Barbados Resort – Gay Friendly Hotels Barbados – you can find the best hotels deals in Barbados during Barbados Crop Over Festival which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Barbados on  Booking.com or Accor.com  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

3. Mango Bay All Inclusive 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Barbados

Mango Bay All Inclusive
Mango Bay All Inclusive

Mango Bay Barbados is ideal for those seeking the convenience of an ALL-INCLUSIVE beach vacation combined with the personal and friendly service of a small resort. It enjoys a sought-after beachfront setting in St. James, on the famous west coast of Barbados.There are restaurants, bars, boutiques and cinema just steps away from Mango Bay in lively Holetown, including the brand new, upscale, LIMEGROVE LIFESTYLE CENTRE across the road from the resort.

Mango Bay is approximately a 45 minute drive from the airport, and a 25-minute drive south of the hotel takes you to the capital Bridgetown. Mango Bay definitely gives you added value for an all inclusive hotel- included is a complimentary two-hour catamaran cruise to see the turtles, waterskiing & a glass bottom boat ride.

Mango Bay is a beautiful hotel in a perfect location, from our arrival greeting, with cold towels and cocktails, we were made to feel relaxed and looked after, the hotel is definitely made by all the staff, from the maintenance guys, cleaners, restaurant, bar, reception staff and managers they are all so friendly and would do anything to make sure your stay is perfect, the staff are extremely attentive but not overly so, everything is done with a smile.

The hotel offers a glass bottom boat and catamaran trip both which were good, we swam with the fish and turtles, also made use of the other water activities, I loved paddle boarding and the sea was lovely and calm. The hotel is in a great position for wandering around Holetown which has a great variety of both designer and local shops and easy bus links for travelling around the island. We used the hotel to arrange trips to Harrison’s Cave and a Mount Gay Rum tour, we’ll worth a visit to both. Overall we had a fabulous holiday and it is plainly obvious why people come back to Mango Bay now we have stayed there, hopefully we will be back soon 😊.

From the moment we stepped into reception, we were treated like royalty! We were offered rum punch and cold towels on arrival and then given a guided tour of the hotel.

Our room was lovely and clean and had a balcony overlooking the pool and the bar. We were regularly visited by some beautiful hummingbirds and lots of colourful lizards.

More importantly the bed was so comfy (better than our bed at home)!

The bathroom was well stocked with toiletries and fresh towels and the shower was powerful and easy to use.

If you like your food, this hotel I as the place for you! All the meals we had were delicious (we didn’t eat the afternoon tea though, we were too stuffed)! The restaurant staff were courteous and very attentive. I recommend the omelettes and pancakes that are cooked to order at breakfast.

The swimming pool is a nice size and very clean. During the day we were regularly bought drinks from the bar and cold towels to cool us down during the day. You have to be quick getting a sun bed though!

The beach was a picture postcard with white sand and warm turquoise water with lots of places to explore and a brilliant place to learn to snorkel as there are coral rocks with many types of tropical fish and kept me busy for hours.

The hotel offered many other water sports such as hobie cats and paddle boards, but that was way too much effort for us!

We really enjoyed the complimentary catamaran and glass bottom boat trip (book these trips early)!
The boats came right onto the beach to pick us up and we were taken up the coast. We saw fish, turtles, flying fish and our captain showed us the beachfront homes of the rich and famous….. How the other half live eh??

We both took advantage of the cocktails on offer and didn’t matter to us that there weren’t many name brands of spirits, as they were mixed up anyway! The bar staff were funny and friendly.

There was nightly entertainment, but to be honest we were usually too tired to stay and enjoy this. We could hear it from our room, but was like a bit of background noise and didn’t interrupt our sleep.

I recommend using the on site spa, it was reasonably prices and the girls were lovely, and if you can’t be pampered on holiday, then when can you?

There were so many other things like go on the 360 tour of the island, the Friday trip to Oistins and the trip to the Mount Gay rum tour, the hotel can arrange these trips.

Enjoy what Barbados has to offer, and staying at Mango Bay. a gay friendly hotels Barbados, you can’t really go wrong!

 

How much does a room costs at Mango Bay All Inclusive?

Prices start 507 $/night for Standard Room, Garden View. The Oceanfront Room is 723$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples. double room features air conditioning.

Where to book onlineMango Bay All Inclusive – Gay Friendly Hotels Barbados – you can find the best hotels deals in Barbados during Barbados Crop Over Festival which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Barbados on  Trip.com or Expedia.com  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

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