Barbados is an ideal place for a budget holiday - if you choose the right time of year. Go in the British winter, especially December and January, and good deals are hard to come by as visitors from Europe, the US and Canada escape the cold. The low season on the island, when prices drop significantly, is usually from the end of April to September. Yes, you can get a tropical shower, but days of continuous rain are rare and you won't find the mercury dropping below 25 C. In general, the south coast is better value for money than the west side of the island, with cheaper restaurants and more self-catering options. Car hire can add to the cost, but there is a decent bus service around the island, which is a great way to immerse yourself in Bajan life. Here's our pick of some of the best budget hotels in Barbados, a great choice for those looking for a stay that won't break the bank.
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1. Strandudsigt, Paynes Bay
The best forwallet friendly west coast
You generally don't find as many options on its west coastBarbados, known as the Platinum Coast as much for the sun glinting on thick metal credit cards as it is for the rays bouncing off the Caribbean Sea. But this property is an exception and has been renovated in recent years. The beach is on the other side of a fairly busy road, but there are pools on site as well as plenty of food options and a friendly team behind the place. There are plenty of restaurants nearby, so whatever you save on accommodation costs can be spent on fine dining and more rum punches.
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2. South Beach Resort, Rockley Beach
The best forstyle on a budget
Facing the white sands of Rockley Beach on the island's south coast, South Beach Resort offers a selection of well-appointed suites and an outdoor swimming pool with a shallow children's pool, sun terrace and restaurant. The area surrounding the property is bustling with plenty of restaurants and shops within walking distance, while the equally lively St Lawrence Gap is just over a mile away. There's no spa here, but you can book a range of in-room massages, and there's also a gym.
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3. Eco Lifestyle and Lodge, Bathsheba
The best foraccess to the east coast
The east coast of Barbados in the parish of St Joseph presents a completely different side of things to the areas where most tourists stay. Get past the sugarcane fields and you'll find it's not built up at all, there's no nightlife to speak of, and the pounding Atlantic surf here is only suitable for confident surfers. But it's ideal if you just want to relax with a good book, meet the locals at a rum shop, treat yourself to a massage, do yoga and take a sunrise walk on the beach with its craggy rocks. The lodge bottles its own water, the restaurant is predominantly plant-based and the ten bedrooms have stylish upcycled furniture.
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4. Butterfly Beach, Oistins
The best forfamilies
This family-run beach hotel has less than 100 rooms and suites that are functional over design. Some have two bedrooms with a living room and kitchen, making them a good choice for families. There is an on-site restaurant with a balcony that opens onto the sea and is the place for a full English or French toast. You are also walking distance to Oistin's famous fish fry in the evening which is a must.
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5. Rostrevor Hotel, St. Lawrence Gap
The best forself-service
There are 79 bedrooms spread over three wings, Traditional, Superior and Deluxe, with the best in the former. All rooms have a kitchenette, which is handy if you want to save money by cooking a few meals, but there are also two restaurants here and a couple of lively bars over the road. There is a swimming pool on site, a small beach in front of the property and larger stretches of sand a short walk away.
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6. All Seasons Resort, Sunset Crest
The best forsave money on the west coast
A budget stay on the West Coast can often mean you don't have to stay on the beach, as is the case with this hotel. That said, there is a free bus to get you there and a free beach house when you arrive. The 48 one-story cabins face either the pool or the garden and have a kitchen, living room, dining room and private terrace, but not all have air conditioning in the bedrooms. There is an Indian restaurant, Asian Spice, and the four-hectare grounds are well landscaped with plenty of palm trees.
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7. Dover Beach Hotel, Maxwell Beach
The best forsimple affordability
This south coast property may be on the lower end of the price scale, but you still get a warm welcome and decent facilities. Even standard rooms have a microwave, kettle and fridge - ideal for self-catering. There is also a restaurant and bar on site and you are within walking distance of cafes, bars and shops. There is a freshwater pool, a large sun terrace and even a spa where you can enjoy massages and mani-pedis.
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8. Southern Palms, Dover Beach
The best forbudget next to the beach
You can't miss this hotel's pink buildings, which somehow don't feel pretty against the pale blue sky. It's right on the beach (a pretty nice stretch, that is), but there are two pools if you'd rather relax in one of them. Other facilities include tennis courts, beach volleyball, nine-hole miniature golf and a shuffleboard court, and there is a bar and restaurant. The rooms are light and airy: you pay a little more for one with a sea view.
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9. Divi Southwinds, Dover Beach
The best forfamily budgets
This all-suite hotel is located just inland from Dover Beach. The rooms have a separate living room with a fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning and a balcony or terrace. There is also a sofa bed and if you have two children under 12 using it, there is no extra room charge for them. In terms of on-site amenities, you'll find a restaurant and bar, three swimming pools, a gym, spa, miniature golf and tennis courts. St Lawrence Gap is nearby, with its array of bars and restaurants.
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10. Legend Garden Condos, Lower Carlton
The best forvestkyst self catering
This property on the west coast is located in the parish of St. Peter, just inland from quiet Mullins Beach and is situated on a 350-year-old sugar cane plantation. There are nine one and two bedroom apartments, all with kitchens, if you want to save money on the Platinum Coast by cooking a few meals yourself. That's around £23 per night to upgrade to a two-bedroom apartment, which is good value if you want more space. There are barbecue facilities and a swimming pool.
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11. Time Out, Dover Beach
The best forgreat value low season prices
This 76-room property, across the street from Dover Beach, has a selection of rooms, from standard to deluxe, all with mini-fridges, TVs, and air conditioning, though the main rooms don't have terraces or balconies. There is a swimming pool, which is beautifully landscaped with flowers and tropical trees, and an on-site restaurant and bar, although many guests will visit the livelier offerings at St Lawrence Gap. Low season room rates are some of the cheapest you can find among comparable properties on the South Coast.
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12. Worthing Court, Worthing
The best forself-catering on the south coast
There are 37 rooms at this compact property, which is a short walk from the beach in Worthing. All have a fully equipped kitchenette (kitchenette, microwave, toaster, kettle and fridge), so it's a good bet for those who don't want to eat out for every meal; you can order some groceries for delivery on your arrival. There's a pool, a restaurant serving dishes like flying fish and Bajan pasta pie, a gym, and a guest room with showers for those who need to check out but might have to wait for a delayed flight.
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13. Barbados Beach Club, Maxwell Beach
The best foran affordable all inclusive
Many of us like an all-inclusive hotel. And not just because in these financially difficult times it helps to budget in advance when planning your vacation. This south coast venue offers meals, drinks, accommodation and non-motorised water sports for one price and is situated right next to Maxwell Beach, between St Lawrence Gap and Oistins. There is a swimming pool and tennis court. The rooms are simply furnished, but all have air conditioning and a balcony. The hotel is rated three stars, so temper your dining expectations at the two restaurants accordingly and you won't be disappointed.
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14. Infinity on the Beach, Dover Beach
The best fordirectly on the beach
This family-run hotel is right next to the inviting sands of Dover Beach, so you're just steps away from the Caribbean, although there are two pools if you prefer to cool off. There are 66 bedrooms, which are almost if not more imaginatively decorated and equipped with microwaves, mini fridges, coffee makers and air conditioning. As you would expect, you pay more for an ocean view than a pool view. There is a restaurant and bar on site, but the nightly offerings of the bustling St Lawrence Gap are within walking distance.
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