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Barbados: New Hot Spots

The Caribbean’s easternmost isle is buzzing with news: chic restaurants, renovated hotels, and even a Food, Wine, and Rum Festival. Here, six spots to take it all in.

By Sandy Lang

Lush Life Nature Resort

Great Value Ten spacious cottages made from local courbaril wood line a secluded hilltop fringed by the rain forest in the island’s remote interior. The on-site Naniki restaurant serves grilled snapper with native breadfruit and yams.Cottages from $149.

The Atlantis

The first hotel on the rugged eastern shore, the Atlantis has been overhauled—the 10 airy suites have been expanded to 500 square feet and have large canopy beds. Doubles from $300.

Bajan Blue

The recently opened beachfront restaurant at the legendary Sandy Lane hotel puts a modern spin on flavors from the West Indies, Polynesia, and Southeast Asia. This month, the hotel will play host to cooking demos by the likes of Tom Colicchio and Ming Tsai for the first annual, island-wide Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival (Nov. 19–22).Doubles from $1,632; dinner for two $214.

Nishi

Barbados has long been known as a culinary hot spot in the Caribbean. Briton Paul Edwards’s Japanese restaurant highlights Bajan barracuda and flying fish roe—the local catch. Dinner for two $76.

Fairmont Royal Pavilion

This west coast icon, inspired by the island’s historic plantation houses, is relaunching after a two-month renovation that added 24 junior suites, each with a private terrace, Caribbean views, and butler service. Doubles from $480.

Old Pharmacy Gallery and Star Bar

This new art gallery, housed in an early-20th-century apothecary, showcases local and international talent such as self-taught Rastafarian artist Ras Ishi. Its tiny, wood-framed beach bar across the street runs a weekly Movies Under the Stars series on the seaside terrace from December to April. Movie and wine for two $75.