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This Relais & Châteaux property has long reigned as the posh resort on Barbados, a throwback to the era of discreet and refined elegance—no jeans, shorts, or T-shirts in the restaurants in the evening, and dresses for women; no children under 12 during the early January to early March high season. As such, it tends to the kind of older, repeat clientele who appreciate this—and who can afford its high room rates. The 40 elegant suites are arranged around ten Iberian-style villas amid the gardens. Note that only the bedrooms are air-conditioned; the living areas are cooled by fans and the sea breezes coming through the louvered doors onto the private patio or balcony. (All that by way of saying: this is an island, so bring bug repellant.) If you can afford to stay here, you can afford one of the sea-view rooms—those by the road and kitchen can be noisy—or splash out one of Barbados’ most coveted accommodations: the Camelot and Colleton suites in the original plantation Great House, each with its own private rooftop terrace and plunge pool. The restaurant has won local awards for the fresh, seasonal dishes.