Have the Caribbean on your mind? Brilliant Barbados, a new campaign from the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, essentially shaves 25 percent off your hotel -- with a few extra perks.
There's a wide range of accommodations that are a part of this promotion, from apartment-style lodging to resorts packed with eateries and luxury amenities like a spa. If you love cooking with local ingredients while on vacation, Adulo Apartments have full-size kitchens and start from $70-$85 per night in mid-May (and the rates remain that low even in mid-November), before the discount is applied. Similarly, Chateau Blanc, right on the beach along the South Coast, also boasts full-size kitchens with rates from $155.10 per night for a one-bedroom.
Or if you want to celebrate a special occasion with a smart splurge, Coral Reef Club, among the island’s finest hotels, is also participating. The 12-acre, 88-room property along the West Coast has a spa -- earning it a spot in the exclusive Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection -- and breakfast-inclusive rates typically start from $456 in mid-June. So with the promotion, you pay $1,368 for four nights rather than $1,824. Another luxe choice is The Fairmont Royal Pavilion in St. James Parish, with 72 rooms, tennis courts, gardens and daily afternoon tea. Even without the promo, the $539 nightly rates in mid-July rates are a fraction of peak costs (as much as $1,699 per night rates during Christmas week).
There are plenty of mid-range hotels, including Courtyard by Marriott, which has rooms for around $169 per night before the free night kicks in. And if you prefer all-inclusive experiences, rates start from $750 per person per night at Waves Beach Resort and $1,500 per person for seven nights in May at The Club Barbados Resort & Spa (typical rates).