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We can’t imagine a more romantic setting for a couples getaway, loved-up honeymoon, or destination wedding than the sun-soaked Caribbean paradise of Barbados. This idyllic tropical island, tiny and triangular-shaped, located in the West Indies has long been a vacation hotspot thanks to its drool-worthy white sandy palm-lined beaches, turquoise waters, and as the official birthplace of rum (along with mega-star Rihanna). We can think of a million more reasons why Barbados is the best destination for lovers. Like spending days soaking up the sun on pristine beaches (Barbados is home to some of the most diverse in the world), snorkeling with sea turtles, spotting flying fish, and toasting to your nuptials and future happiness over rum punch cocktails (the island’s signature) at sunset. All the while immersing yourself in warm, vibrant Bajan culture and exploring Barbados’ fascinating history and British colonial past. So do take our word for it and embrace the beauty, romance, and carefree way of life in Barbados by planning your next adults-only getaway, honeymoon, or wedding in this stunning oasis. Which, BTW, thanks to our friends at Marriott International has never been so easy, convenient, and personal. Introducing Elegant Hotels by Marriott, a collection of unparalleled boutique hotels and resorts offering an elevated, all-inclusive experience. Yes, the champagne will be waiting on arrival, and that’s just for starters.

The Romance and Convenience of an Elevated All-Inclusive Experience 

A new way to travel has emerged as today’s travelers crave new, unique, meaningful, personally curated experiences, along with the ultimate luxury; hassle free-planning and travel which means more time to spend creating lasting memories with those we love. Answering this call by leading the charge in the growing trend for romantic, adults-only, curated, immersive all-inclusive experiences are Elegant Hotels by Marriott International.  On the idyllic island paradise of Barbados, Elegant Hotels have seven stunning resorts – The House, Colony Club, Treasure Beach, Waves Hotel & Spa, Tamarind, Crystal Cove Hotel, Turtle Beach Resort – all set in coveted beachfront locations, all with their own unique personality and sense of elegance and all offering a warm, inviting all-inclusive experience that promises convenience, stellar service, curated adventures, a celebration of culture, entertainment, wellness and pampering, and unforgettable gastronomy.  Perfect for loved-up couples getaways, romantic honeymoons, and destination weddings, these beautiful Caribbean resorts, which range from upscale classic to cool contemporary are the epitome of romance, elegance and their elevated inclusive experience means catering to you and your partner’s every possible desire.

Experience to Remember:  Romance Concierge at The House

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Perfect for honeymooners and couples wanting to fan that eternal flame, a stay at The House comes with the luxury of your very own ‘Romance Concierge’ (aka a 24/7 service ambassador). Devoted to granting your every wish, before your arrival and throughout your stay, honeymooners and couples will fall in love with the line-up of curated experiences on offer.  Whether it’s a champagne breakfast, private sunset dinner on the beach, barbecue under the stars, enchanting afternoon tea on the oceanfront terrace, your ‘Romantic Concierge’ is on it. The tailored VIP treatment begins with a complimentary ‘jet lag’ massage on arrival, while your suitcases are unpacked in your suite, and the personalized service never ends. Sunset cocktails and canapes?  They’re on it.  Want to bond over thrilling water and soft adventure experiences like water-skiing, sailing, and stand-up paddleboarding?  Consider it done.  Interested in a culinary class with the executive chef? Our pleasure.

Treasure Beach, St James
Best For Culinary and Culture Lovers 

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Also set on the pristine beaches of Barbados’ stunning Platinum West Coast, Treasure Beach is an intimate boutique adults-only resort that is a food and art lovers paradise.  Effortlessly fusing eclectic design with contemporary Caribbean style, couples stay in luxe garden, pool, or oceanfront rooms and suites, some with private plunge pools.  There’s also a stunning oceanfront pool, with adjoining open-air Batik Bar where you can enjoy curated cocktails and the personalized service of your own Beach and Pool Ambassador ready to cater to your every whim. As for the foodie experience, prepare to embark on a different culinary journey each night as the chef introduces you to the diverse flavors and dishes of the seasonally inspired menu and signature epicurean experiences at Tapestry, along with tastings from the expansive wine cellar stocking delicious wines from all over the world.  An artful journey also awaits, as you stroll through local art galleries to immerse yourself in Caribbean local art, before hitting the easel and canvas on the hotel’s outdoor deck to create your very own romantic masterpiece. Do dare to dream. 

An Art & Gastronomy inspired Honeymoon experience at Treasure Beach

If an intimate, culinary, and culturally immersive honeymoon is your idea of the perfect way to celebrate your nuptials Treasure Beach is a treasure trove of art and gastronomy. Here foodie loving couples can perfect the art of pastry-making and food-styling, savor the signature dishes of award-winning chef Javon Cummins with an interactive Chef’s Table experience, shake up tropical cocktails in hands-on workshops, and indulge in wine tasting and pairing sessions with the resort’s sommelier. As for the couples culture fix, together you can discover the island’s creativity with guided art crawls to museums and galleries and create your own paintings and rock mandalas, treasured souvenirs from the most romantic trip of your life. After, retreat to your suite to enjoy a nightcap in your private plunge pool (clothing optional).

Colony Club
Best For Dreamy Couples Getaway and Friendmoons 

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Loved for its serene tropical gardens, soaring palm trees, and lagoon-style pools, the Colony Club on the oceanfront of Barbados’ Platinum West Coast, is where lovers can relax, unplug and indulge in healthy eating (along with plenty of rum). Offering an elevated all-inclusive experience the colonial-style retreat and its suites which offer garden, ocean, and pool views (there’s even some with the luxury swim-up), are an exercise in casual Caribbean elegance, white, breezy with dark mahogany accents, and a tranquil coastal palette. Exceptional cuisine is high on the agenda here, and you’ll love experiencing the resort’s innovative dining concept the Rum Vault which comes outfitted with a Rum Ambassador and Vault Chef. In addition, there’s Laguna, the main open-air dining hub, Sunset Bar, poolside with swim-up bar, and Sundeck, where you can enjoy a romantic dinner of fresh-caught fish and healthy salads by the beach. Health and wellness is an unmistakable theme here and when not getting active with all the water sports activities on offer, you can rejuvenate in The Spa at Colony Club, which offers a luxurious experience that incorporates its signature Five Elements theory: Wood for Rejuvenation, Fire for Energy, Earth for Balance, Metal for Detoxification and Water to Soothe.

Experience to Remember: Break into the Rum Vault 

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Barbados and rum go hand in hand like the sweetest romance, and you can toast to yours together or with your wedding party after your big day (aka during your friend-moon, the fun new wedding trend) at the luxurious Colony Club, home to the island’s first-of-its-kind Rum Vault. Housing over 150 rums from Barbados – the OG birthplace– as well as neighboring Caribbean islands and global destinations like South America, Mauritius, Fiji, and Japan, breaking into the vault is an affair to remember for connoisseurs and the curious. OK, you don’t actually break into the vault, but the property’s dedicated Rum Ambassador, Corey Sobers, will inspire and entertain with his extensive knowledge of rum and its history and impressive mixology skills.  Together you will savor delectable rum-and-chocolate pairings, indulge in signature tastings, and enjoy an intimate rum-paired multi-course dinner by Vault Chef Wayne Maynard while discovering the stories behind the spirits.

Waves Hotel & Spa
Best For Pre-Wedding Pampering and Wellness

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If pampering in paradise is your idea of romance, The Waves Hotel & Spa is a first-of-its-kind mind and wellness boutique resort that promises to restore your inner bliss and zen. Set on the oceanfront, the tranquil sanctuary-style resort comprises two buildings (across the road from each other), the Ocean House and the Spa House (for adults-only) to offer couples the best of both worlds with an immersive all-inclusive experience. Exuding an airy beachy style with driftwood accents, sensual white furnishings, and a soothing palette of neutrals and cool blues, couples stay in spacious rooms and suites, overlooking the ocean or lush gardens with balconies, terraces, and romantic rainfall showers. The heartbeat of the resort is the open-air lounge that leads out onto a gorgeous terrace overlooking the ocean with stairs to the beach. Spend your days lazing by the ocean with a rum punch at sunset or by the two stunning pools one at Ocean House and the luxury adults-only at the Spa House where ambassadors will wait on you hand and foot. Included in your stay is an elevated dining experience at the resort’s signature beachfront restaurant Seascape where you can enjoy international gastronomy with a Mediterranean twist and Shiso for delicious pan-Asian at The Spa.

Experience to Remember: Wellness Bliss at Waves Hotel & Spa 

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After a year of uncertainty, impending brides and grooms and newlyweds deserve to indulge in the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation of the all-inclusive, adults-only experience offered at Waves Hotel & Spa.  Perfect for a pre-or post-ceremony escape, the tranquil setting and extensive treatment menu at The Spa promises to restore mind, body, and soul and up the romance factor. Lovers can enjoy sauna and steam room sessions and sensory overload with facials, scrubs, and body treatments like the Signature Bespoke Ritual where two massage therapists synchronize rhythmic movements to exfoliate and luxuriate your bodies. Beyond couples spa days, the romantic immersive experiences extend to mixology classes, water sports, swimming with sea turtles, snorkeling, and scenic island tours to discover the history and beauty of Bajan culture, including its famed rum legacy.

Celebrate your Wedding and Honeymoon in Paradise

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The Simply Elegant Wedding Package

If you’re dreaming of marrying the one you love in a romantic island paradise Elegant Hotels by Marriott makes that dream come true in beautiful Barbados with their Simply Elegant Wedding Package. Celebrate your nuptials with your loved ones in vibrant Bajan style at any of the Elegant Hotel collection of seven boutique resorts where our expert wedding coordinators will curate every last detail in line with your fairytale vision. Whether you plan ahead or get swept up in the romance of the island and spontaneously decide to tie the knot, you can be assured of a wedding to remember.  

Your wedding package includes:

Pre-Wedding

  • Signature welcome cocktail upon arrival
  • Dedicated Wedding Coordinator who will secure the marriage license 
  • Choose from a Beachside or Garden Ceremony 
  • Private roundtrip transfers to Registration Office
  • Personalized wedding website and gift registry 

On your Special Day

  • Romantic mimosa breakfast in bed 
  • Officiating ministerial services
  • Witness required
  • Champagne for two to toast the ceremony

Luxury Adds on

  • Tropical Floral Bouquet and Boutonniere
  • Bottle of Champagne to Toast the Ceremony
  • Single Tier 8″ Wedding Cake
  • Elegant Nightly Turndown Service
  • Complimentary Room Upgrade (as available)
  • Complimentary late check until 2 PM
  • One Hour Steel Pan music for Ceremony
  • Private Beach Dinner Under the Stars
  • Romantic turndown service on your wedding night 
  • Signature Couples Massage 
  • Champagne Breakfast for two, the morning after your wedding 
  • Personalized Wedding Gift

The Perfect Destination for elopements and micro-weddings

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If you desire to elope and enjoy an intimate wedding for two or want a micro-wedding with your nearest and dearest, couples will be delighted to learn Elegant Hotels by Marriott offers an exclusive  ‘Just The Two Of Us’ package at each of their seven properties. The experience includes an intimate beachside ceremony with witnesses (if needed), a dedicated wedding coordinator, a private beach dinner under the stars, sensory couples massage, champagne breakfast for two, and a personalized wedding gift. With 34 and 35 suites respectively, The House and Treasure Beach are the perfect intimate hideaway setting to host your micro-wedding.

The best loved-up and life-affirming experiences in Barbados

A stay at any of the resorts in the Elegant Hotel Barbados collection is romantic, effortless, and immersive thanks to a curated line-up of all-inclusive experiences that showcase the island’s scenic beauty, ocean activities, unforgettable gastronomy, and rich art, history, and vibrant culture. Let the couples’ bonding begin.

Romantic Wedding, Honeymoon, and Couples Experiences 

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  • Beach sunset picnic (picnic basket, blanket, tiki torches)
  • Signature welcome cocktail on arrival
  • Island Tour (Atlantis Submarine, Harrison’s Cave, Island Safari)
  • Private beach dinners
  • Luxury sunset catamaran cruise 
  • Romance Concierge  Service (VIP meet and greet, airport transfers, decorated suite) 
  • Mixology classes and wine tasting with a sommelier in the wine cellar 
  • Cooking classes (visits to local food markets)
  • Paddleboarding, Snorkeling, Swimming with Sea Turtles, Kayaking, Hobie cat sailing
  • Yoga and Pilates classes
  • Spa treatments and sensory massage
  • Guided nature walks 
  • Sip and gaze experience (nightly stargazing or sunset gazing over wine or cocktails)
  • Daily Golf
  • Tennis sessions with a pro
  • Scuba diving and snorkeling experiences
  • Sip and paint experience (tour island locations for inspiration)
  • Art crawl (visit local art galleries) and pottery visits 
  • Island Tour to inspirational locations for photo/painting experience

The Rise and Future of Elevated All-Inclusive Experiences 

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As one of the world’s most recognized and trusted hotel brands, Marriott International is always firmly attuned to the desires and growing needs of its guests and the latest global trends.  As the collective emerges from a transformational era in history, All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy is busy paving the way for the next era of travel by expanding its portfolio to welcome the addition of beautiful, elevated all-inclusive resorts devoted to offering the ultimate in convenience, curation, choice, service, and life-affirming experiences for every type of traveler from couples seeking a romantic adult’s only experience through to friends escape’s and family vacations.  

Through a long-term agreement with  Blue Diamond Resorts, Sunwing Travel Group’s hotel division, the All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy collection now features boutique resort properties throughout the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico. As part of the agreement, Marriott added 19 resorts (totaling around 7000 rooms) across six destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico, and the majority of the properties are planned to be converted into Marriott’s Autograph Collection. And there’s no stopping there, the portfolio is set to increase by over 50 percent by 2025. 

“After introducing Marriott’s all-inclusive platform in 2019, we are excited to see its expansion from Mexico and the Caribbean into Central America as well as South America. The unparalleled collection of Marriott brands that will be leveraged for all-inclusive will give the consumer what they are looking for; our culture, service, trusted brand experience, and a tailored option for every type of traveler, from adults-only to family. “ – Alex Fiz, Vice President of the Caribbean and Managing Director of All-Inclusive for Marriott International. 

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