Offering an all-inclusive set-up, The SoCo in Barbados is a fresh alternative to massive beach resorts. Located on Barbados’ South Coast, and hugging the beach, room rates at the 24-room art deco-style boutique property include unlimited drinks at the beach bar and as many meals as you’d like at its ocean-front air-conditioned restaurant. On the restaurant’s à la carte menu (for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), traditional Caribbean fare is inspired by international tastes to form a unique mingling of flavors that informs every dish, right down to the casual fare like sliders and fish tacos. Afternoon tea is served at 3 pm daily.
This hotel offers two room categories—SoCo and also Deluxe. Each room features a crisp, all-white palette accented by turquoise put pillows and bamboo furnishings as well as a flat-screen television, iPad docking stop, DVD player, and tea/coffee products. White orchids greet guests inside lobby, welcoming them into crisp serenity right away. Free WiFi throughout ensures company stay connected (although unplugging is definitely encouraged—this is vacation, after all).
Hotel staff can arrange excursions for golf, polo, horseback riding, and water sports (like surfing, diving, and water skiing). Packed lunches provided by the hotel ensure you make the most of your time but don’t get famished.
The SoCo Hotel is owned and managed by Ralph Taylor, who also owns Smuggler’s Cove Resort & Spa on St. Lucia. Until Dec. 15, rates per night are between $500-$750; after that date they increase to $800-$950.