The Fairmont Royal PavilionS.t James / Barbados
St. James parish is the type of place that you’d expect to find on the front of a postcard, with white sandy beaches and tropical palm trees overlooking the crystal waters of the Caribbean Sea. Spilling out onto this Barbadian beachfront, the five-star Fairmont Royal Pavilion boutique hotel embodies the relaxed temperament of the resort, whilst providing a first-class service to all guests. Home to indulgent accommodation, divine dining experiences and a plethora of leisure facilities, it’s perfect for romantics, activity seekers and those looking for relaxation in equal measure.
What to love
- Boutique hotel with beautiful beachfront meeting the waters of the Caribbean Sea.
- Premium spa resort offering a range of therapies, it’s the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring the nearby towns and beaches.
- The Fairmont Royal Pavilion’s tastefully decorated room interiors are inspired by Bajan heritage and Colonial style with a modern twist.
- Two exceptional restaurants - The Palm Restaurant serves an innovative Caribbean style evening menu full of island flavours, while the Taboras restaurant offers casual dining throughout the day, serving beach BBQs and Bajan Buffets, amongst other specialties.
What to know
- The hotel is located close to Barbados’ capital Bridgetown, making it ideal for day trips.
- For those wanting to take full advantage of the pristine ocean waters, the Fairmont Royal Pavilion provides a complete range of non-motorised water sports equipment, including snorkelling gear, paddle boats, kayaks and windsurfing gear.
- Interconnecting rooms are available for families with young children, while a kids’ club, babysitting service and children’s menus are available during your stay. Note that the resort is Adult only (from 10 years upwards) outside of the traditional family periods mid-March to end October and during the festive season (please ask us for specific dates as these will vary from year to year)
There are few hotel experiences in Barbados that will allow you to discover the island quite like the Fairmont Royal Pavilion. With the resort stretched across the white, sandy shoreline, visitors can wake up and enjoy their breakfast with the Caribbean Sea for company. With a location just a short trip from the capital, Bridgetown, the hotel is also in a prime position for exploring the rest of the island. The hotel has a premium spa resort with highly-trained staff at guests’ beck and call. Offering a range of scrubs, facials and alternative therapies. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring the nearby towns and beaches.
In-keeping with the island’s way of life, the hotel’s accommodation has taken inspiration from Caribbean Colonial style for all of its room interiors. Guests have a choice of accommodation, including one of the resort’s 48 Deluxe Oceanfront rooms, each with its own private glass balcony facing towards the sea. The hotel has also recently introduced 24 newly-created Beachfront Junior Suites, designed with a personal outdoor deck that leads on out towards the beach. The resort also offers its large Villa Rooms, with the additional option of combining rooms to create a large villa. This accommodation is located amongst the resort’s lush tropical gardens, and is perfect for large groups or families.
Taking full advantage of its idyllic surroundings, the Fairmont Royal Pavilion is home to a number of exciting leisure facilities for guests to really make the most of the resort, and the clime. In addition to golf courses and tennis courts, the resort also caters for a range of water sports, with snorkeling, sailing and water skiing equipment available. The resort also features an outdoor freshwater swimming pool and heated Jacuzzi.
Keen to include families in the island experiences, the Fairmont Royal Pavilion ceases to be adult-only during the traditional periods of mid-March to end October and during the festive season (please ask us for specific dates as these will vary from year to year). Staff also arrange complimentary daily activities for younger guests, including outdoor sports, movie nights and talent contests. Interconnecting rooms are also available for families with younger children.
The hotel offers an exceptional dining regime. In addition to the Taboras Restaurant providing delicious beach-cooked food throughout the day, the exclusive Palm Restaurant serves an authentic taste of Caribbean cookery in the evenings.
When to Travel
The climate in Barbados tends to be nice year-round: in January, the average daily high temperature is 28°C (83°F), while the low average is 21°C (70°F). In July, the average daily high is 30°C (86°F), while the average low is 23°C (74°F). February to May are the driest months (April averages only seven days of rain), while July is the wettest month with some 18 days of rain.
The tourist high season runs from mid-December through mid-April. June through October is the hurricane season: September and October are the most humid months and have the highest hurricane risk – although many years see none.
Located in the charming environs of St. James parish, The Fairmont Royal Pavilion is perfectly situated 32 km (20 miles) from the airport (45 mins by private transfer) and 12.8 km (8 miles) from the capital city of Bridgetown, and a half mile from the nearest shopping centre in Holetown.
Families with children of all ages are welcome at Fairmont Royal Pavilion from mid-March to end October and during the festive season (please ask us for specific dates as these will vary from year to year). Children over 10 years of age are permitted at all other times and interconnecting family rooms are guaranteed. The seasonal Children’s Programme has activities for all ages. Older children can learn a water sport, such as sailing, surfing, snorkelling, paddle board or a kayak tour around the calm waters in the bay. Also popular are family movie nights, beach cricket and the little ones enjoy traditional Bajan games.
In-Room Dining: A fine in-room dining experience is offered in the comfort and convenience of your guest room. There’s an innovative in-room dining and wine menu with delectable entrees and creative selections served by one of the Butlers.
Some other activities to do as a family
Watersports: There is a full range of non-motorized water sports equipment for guests to use on a complimentary basis, including: Single and double kayaks, Snorkelling gear, Paddle boats, Sea floats, Hobie wave sailboats, Windsurfing and Stand up paddle boards.
Barbados Museum and Historical Society – Housed in the former British Military Prison from the 1800s, it’s not just this building’s exterior that’s full of Barbadian heritage. Filled with artefacts, maps and historical insight - located at the Garrison.
Andromeda Botanical Gardens – Located in St. Joseph, these six-acre botanical gardens are home to a vibrant variety of orchids, ferns, palms, begonias and cacti. These lush and exotic gardens provide a wonderful insight into the natural splendour of the island.
Barbados Wildlife Reserve – With over four acres of mature mahogany trees, this reserve is predominantly a monkey sanctuary, offering a glimpse of Green Monkeys in their natural surroundings.
St. James Parish Church – One of the four oldest surviving churches in Barbados. Situated near Holetown, the island’s first settlement, the church was built in 1847 and provides a fantastic link to the island’s history.