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Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Porter

$400 or more
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Barbados, Caribbean: 77 rooms at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion in Barbados have balconies and verandas with postcard-perfect
Porter , St. James
Tel: 246 422 5555's insider take:

Formerly a favorite of British fly-and-fry package tourists, the Royal Pavilion got a royal upgrade courtesy of new owners Fairmont Hotels. Although there are still elements of the unimaginative—see the Boca Raton pink wash of the exteriors—the real draw is its plum setting on a pristine half-mile stretch of sand which attracts couples looking for a quiet week of seaside novel reading, freckle gathering, and rum sipping. In high season, there are few distractions to the business of beachside repose: children are not allowed. The architects used the setting to their advantage, ensuring that all 77 rooms and their flowering verandas have postcard-perfect oceanfront views. Expect in-room amenities like Wi–Fi, flat screen TVs, and plush beds along with a salt-air freshness and a color scheme that takes its cues from the beachscape. Still a popular choice for vacationing Brits, the Royal Pavilion knows its tea-sandwich audience: guests can enjoy scones under Wedgewood-blue skies that seem only rarely visited by passing dollops of clouds.

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