Caribbean Getaways & Romantic Hideaways

To make the most of any destination, you do need to take the time to plan for it. Consider your options carefully as there are many variations. In Barbados, for example, you can stay in one of the worlds top luxury hotels, a private villa, a guest house or any form of self-catering accommodation.

Barbados was one of the first destinations to offer villa hotels and today there are many villa and resort apartments catering to every budget. It is without doubt one of the top Caribbean getaways featuring a wide range of Romantic Hideaways, from all inclusive resorts to private villas and apartments for the more independent minded.

You need to choose the best apartment accommodation for your lifestyle and with Barbados new PersonaHolidays Planning System, you can do just that. Its a first of its kind holiday planner that matches guests with hotels based on personality and character. Its a lifestyle choice rather than a case of looking for amenities. PersonaHolidays goes the extra step to look at the character of the place and pair that up with travellers of similar lifestyles.

Its also important to choose the most enjoyable activities that will allow you to meet your vacation goals. For instance, if your goal is to rekindle your intimacy with your wife on your 15th anniversary, bunking up with a group of strangers in dorm-style accommodations will definitely not make that happen.

Typically, holiday planning is mostly about amenities, which are also important. In the process of discovering what you like, the smart planners are also delving into what that says about you as a person and can then match you up with the right experience based on all factors.

To find the perfect Barbados accommodations for your holiday vacation, answer the following questions first:

1. Where do you want to go?

If youre just crazy about the beach and would like to wake up to the smell of the ocean and the sound of the waves rolling in, a seaside villa would be a good choice for you. There are also apartments near the beach if you are looking at cheaper options. If you are more interested in a Barbados Heritage Tour, inland hotels would be great choices. As you make these choices, a smart planner will discern what type of experience will best suit you.

2. What do you want to do?

Think of the activities that you want to do while you are on vacation. Water activities and facilities are part of all-inclusive packages at some Barbados hotels and resorts. These packages could also include local tours. You can coordinate with your travel and booking agent for your desired package inclusions.

You may also opt to put together your own itinerary instead of paying for an all-inclusive package. In this case, it would be a good idea to refer to a map and research transportation options and then choose your Barbados apartment accommodation based on proximity and convenience when moving around.

3. How much are you willing to spend?

It would be pure bliss if all travellers could say that money is no object when it comes to planning their vacation. The reality, however, is that most travellers are bound by their budget when choosing their travel accommodations, itinerary and activities. You can only enjoy your Barbados holiday to the hilt if you plan realistically based on your budget. Lavish accommodations will not be as enjoyable when you are constantly worrying about not having enough balance on your credit card to pay for it.

There are more affordable accommodations with amenities and services that can make your vacation enjoyable. Instead of booking a suite at a 5-star hotel, perhaps it would be more practical to book an apartment where you can be more independent and do your own thing. In most cases, you can get a bigger and more private space with the same amount of money if you choose an apartment over a hotel room.

4. What are your absolutely-must-have amenities or modern conveniences?

Most modern holiday accommodations would have a comfortable sleeping area, a telephone and a mini-bar, at the very least. Different establishments would have their own list of amenities and services. See if you need, or want, more than just the basics and choose your accommodations accordingly. For instance, dry cleaning and pressing services might not be important for you if you plan on staying at the beach and wearing your swimsuit all day.

On the other hand, you absolutely must have a television in your room, child care facilities and a kiddie pool if you are travelling with young children. If you cannot live a day without checking your email inbox and posting your daily IG story, you also have to make sure that your accommodation has WiFi.

5. Does anyone in your travelling group have special needs?

You want to make sure that everyone in your group enjoys his or her vacation. When planning your accommodations, take into consideration anyone with mobility needs, dietary restrictions and other special needs. You might need an accommodation with ramps and wheelchair access. It would be good to have a clinic staffed with a physician and a nurse right at the hotel or at a nearby location if you are travelling with someone who has a medical condition.

In most hotels, you can also make prior arrangements to have customised meals prepared for you if you are on a special diet such as a vegan diet, diabetic diet, renal diet, etc. If you want to prepare your meals yourself, you can opt for a self-catering villa or an apartment accommodation. If you like being in a resort, you will find that many hotels also have started to add self-catering villas and apartments as an option.

Its not all that difficult to find holiday accommodations in Barbados. Your answers to these questions should guide you as you search for your home away from home during your vacation. Make a checklist of what you need and want. Set a budget.

Check out different options and pare down your list based on your checklist. Ask around for feedback on your top picks. Examine and compare the information that you have and then book the Barbados accommodation that perfectly fits your requirements.

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