All-inclusive, luxury beach hotel, Christchurch, Barbados
Proof that the most luxurious resorts in Barbados aren’t just for honeymooners. Sugar Bay is an all-inclusive, beach hotel where surfing families can enjoy everything from surf and beach life to Bajan cuisine and babysitters.
From £6,250 per week all-inclusive, for a family suite sleeping 4.
- BE THERE
- SURF & BEACHES
- EAT & DRINK
- THINGS TO DO
The perfect location for surfing families looking for beachfront luxury and flawless facilities, Sugar Bay flaunts the stylish beach lifestyle with all the trimmings you’d expect from a four-star, all-inclusive resort in Barbados.
Location: Garrison Historic Area, Bridgetown, Christ Church, Barbados
Getting there: About 20 minutes’ from Grantley Adams international airport. Taxis are readily available on arrival from around USD25.
Time zone: GMT -4
Currency: BBD (Barbados Dollar)
Best time to go: The weather’s a balmy 28-30C year-round. The best season for surf is October to March. But while June to October is classed as hurricane season, serious storms are rare and you can still get some classic surf on the southern tip.
Surf level: Beginner to expert.
Other activities: Kayaking, bodyboarding, snorkelling, sightseeing and tours.
Make yourself at home in boho-inspired décor and spacious family suites – many with jaw-dropping ocean views.
- Oceanfront Family Suites boast stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and Sugar Bay’s white sandy beach, from your private balcony. These elegant suites sleep 4-5, with a king-size bed in a private bedroom (twin beds on request) and a sofabed in the spacious living room. There is also plenty of space for a comfy, roll away bed, if required.
- Standard Family Suites are relaxing havens sleeping 4-5, with a king-size bed in a private bedroom and a sofabed in the spacious living room. There is also plenty of space for a comfy, roll away bed, if required. Family suites have a contemporary bathroom with a shower, and furnished balcony overlooking the garden or pool.
- Two-bedroom Oceanfront Suites are the ultimate accommodation for large families who want to enjoy breath-taking sea views from a private balcony. Sleeping up to 6, in a king-size bedroom, Queen-size bedroom and a sofabed in the living room, these are ultra-spacious and high-spec suites with all the comforts of home.
- Two-bedroom Suites sleep up to 5, with two king-size bedrooms and a sofabed in the spacious living room. Your private balcony boasts beautiful pool or garden views.
Room facilities also include:
TV and phone
The hotel sits directly on the beachfront, offering incredible facilities beside the sparkling Caribbean Sea.
- Two swimming pools including one with a swim-up bar.
- A range of restaurants.
- Creche and kids club for children from 4 months to 11 years old.
- Teen clubhouse for older kids to hangout and read, watch movies and play video games.
- Water sports including kayaking, bodyboarding and snorkelling.
- The Karma spa for facials, body treatments and scrubs, massages, manicures and pedicures.
- Extensive facilities at the Chattel Plaza, including a beauty spa and hair salon, fitness centre, arcades, games room and coffee lounge.
Situated bang on the beachfront, at Sugar Bay you can play in the waves or float in the swimming lagoon.
- Nearby there are plenty of surf breaks for all levels.
- Sugar Bay is within easy walking distance of the surf break at Drill Hall beach.
- It’s just 15-minutes drive to the more mellow Brandons, Freights and South Point.
- Your expert surf instructor at Bodie’s School of Surf will take you to the best breaks for your ability.
- More experienced surfers can head to the west coast, where options include Tropicana and Sandy Lane.
- On the north coast you’ve got Duppies and Maycocks, also for experienced surfers, then Soup Bowl (dubbed Kelly Slater’s favourite wave) and Parlor on the east coast.
- Close to Soup Bowl, Sandbank is another more mellow option for beginner to intermediate surfers.
- The best season for dry weather and offshore winds is December to May, with the best swells from November to March.
Swim up to the bar or lounge by the pool sipping rum punch and all sorts of cocktails. All your food and drinks are included in your stay at Sugar Bay, and there are several onsite bars and restaurants where you can choose different styles of cuisine.
- The beachside Reef Restaurant serves buffet breakfasts, light lunches and buffet dinners that you can enjoy with your toes in the sand.
- Colin’s Beach Bar & Grill is a laidback alfresco for local favourites and Barbados rum by the beach.
- Located in the Sugar Bay Chattel Plaza, Sizzle Steakhouse blends quality local ingredients, the best cuts of beef and the flavours of the Caribbean.
- On the upper level, overlooking the swim-up pool bar, UMI is a modern restaurant serving a fusion of traditional and contemporary sushi dishes, along with Asian-themed cocktails.
- If you want to make the most of having a babysitter and head to a child-free zone, grab a beer at The Lazy Mongoose, an over 18’s pub where you can tune into the latest sports.
- It’s worth spending an evening at the famous Oistin’s fish market, where you can enjoy tasty Caribbean food and lap up the party vibes every Friday.
Aside from its surfing, beach life and an abundance of water sports, Barbados boasts a rich culture and plenty of places to visit with the family. If you want explore Barbados, at Sugar Bay you can book all sorts of local sightseeing tours and fun family activities. These include:
- A submarine adventure into the Caribbean underwater world.
- A trip to the Barbados Wildlife Reserve.
- A cruise aboard a pirate ship or a catamaran.
- An underground adventure into the crystal clear pools and crystallised limestone of Harrison’s cave.
- A trip to Payne’s Bay to swim with the turtles offshore (Go as early in the day as possible, before all the big catamarans arrive).
- Deep-sea fishing.
- Horse riding and horse racing.
- An island safari.
- A drive-in movie theatre under the starry Caribbean sky.
- Tours to the Garrison Historic Area, Garrison Savannah, Barbados Museum, George Washington House and the South Coast Boardwalk.
“This is our go-to location in Barbados. Nearby Brandon’s Beach is great for the family as you can sit with the kids and watch the surf from the shade of the trees. We like to lounge on the sand, playing with Marlon and sipping on a rum punch, while taking it in turns to surf the mellow waves in clear blue water where turtles often pop their heads out to say hello.”
Angie Abell, Marine Biologist, surfer and mum of Marlon, aged 3.