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All inclusive or room only

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All inclusive or room only


We are thinking of going to Barbados next June, unsure of where to go and whether to go all inclusive or room only. Is it relatively cheap to eat out in which case we would go room only. Your views appreciated as we would prefer room only, your views appreciated. Also any hotels you would recommend.

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1. Re: All inclusive or room only

I would say definitely go self catering as there are so many lovely places to eat. The prices are very varied, you can eat cheaply especially if you get food from the vans or the deli or you can pay a lot of money in the high end restaurants.

As for hotels it really depends on which coast you prefer.

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Take a look at Southern Palms and Coral Mist on the south coast, within walking distance of many bars and restaurants, both on lovely beaches.

On the west coast have a look at Tropical Sunset, just been refurbished and also right on the beach.

You can eat out as cheaply or as expensive as you wish. Wines and spirits with the exception of rum is quite expensive and grocery shopping a little higher than in the UK depending on brands.

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I would suggest room only where possible as we have over 140 great restaurants to eat at ranging from $$ to $$$$. You don't want to miss out on them.

In most bars you can purchase a beer for anywhere between $3-$8 depending on the location. Some bars have four beers ( Banks, Stag or Hairoun) 4 for $10.

Sodas / Juice = $3 to $5.50

Rum + Coke = $8

Rum Punch = $13

Tea/Coffee = $6 and up

Most cocktails $12-$20 depending on the location.

Glass of Wine = $12 to $24 depending on the location

Glass of Champagne = $30-$40

Bottle of wine = $68+

Bottle of Champagne = $135+

Food ---

Starters $18-$38 depending on restaurant

Mains $45 to $100 generally, depending upon restaurant and what you order. Lobster for example will be around $100. Items such as platters for two can run up to $140

Desserts $15 to $25 depending upon restaurant and what you order

Fast Food

$15 can get you two pieces of chicken, fries, biscuit and a drink from Chefette or KFC.

$12.99 can get you a value meal from KFC (sandwich and fries or chicken strips and fries or three wings and fries etc)

$33 can get you a whole regular pizza

Rotis range from $6.75 (Curried Potato) to $10.25 (All Chicken)

Casual Dining

Flying Fish Sandwich with Fries = $25

Burgers = $26-$35

Spare Ribs Platter = $39.95

1/4 Chicken Platter = $29.95

1/2 Chicken Platter = $34.95

14oz Ribeye Platter = $41.95


Essential Waitrose Round Tea Bags = $4.79 (40)

Essential Waitrose Rich Roast Coffee = $11.59

Loaf of Bread = $4.35

Block of Cheddar (250g) = $6.89

Wedge of Brie = $6.50 to $13 depending on the size of wedge

Dozen Eggs = $8.29

1 Litre of Ultra Pasteurised 2% Milk = $5.99

1 Litre of Fresh Whole Milk = $6.99

1 Litre of Juice = $5.29 to $5.99

Sliced Ham = $5.79

Bacon = $9.05

Bananas = About $0.70 each

Oranges = Jamaican about $0.75 each, Florida/California about $1.20 each

English / Granny Smith Apples = About $1.20 each

Strawberries = $19.99 a crate

Sodas (Coke, Sprite etc) = $1.85 (500ml)

All Prices BBD, divide by 2 for the US, divide by 3 for the £

I would recommend you budget approximately $350 BBD / $175 USD a day for the two of you so that's £58 / $88 USD per person roughly per day. This would cover breakfast, lunch and dinner and drinks. Some days you'll spend a bit more, others a bit less.

On the South Coast, have a look at either:

Accra Beach Hotel & Spa

Hilton Barbados

Radisson Aquatica Resort

Southern Palms Beach Club & Resort Hotel

Rostrevor Hotel

Bougainvillea Beach Resort

Ocean Two Resort & Residences

Sapphire Beach Condominiums

Butterfly Beach Hotel

Coral Mist Beach Hotel

Coral Sands Beach Resort

On the West Coast, have a look at either:

The Tamarind

Colony Club

Fairmont Royal Pavillion

Little Good Harbour

Beach View

Coral Lane Beach Apartments

On the East/South East Coast have a look at either:

The Atlantis Hotel

Sea-U Guest House

The Crane Residential Resort

Hope this helps


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4. Re: All inclusive or room only

Your first decision is "the sea" -what sort of seawater is "right" for you -" calmer" great for snorkeling and floating around on lilos - choose the west coast - "wavy and surf-y" for playing in the waves - choose the south coast - (as for international competition class surfing - choose the east coast) - Barbados is a roughly triangular "pear shaped" island - so there is the Atlantic Ocean on the east coast, the west coast benefits for the calmer waters of the Caribbean Sea - and the south coast is a mixture of the two.

Then your accommodation budget - low to medium range? - medium range? or upper range? - and than let us all know your criteria and we will all offer suggestions - hope that helps

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5. Re: All inclusive or room only

BGIWorldtraveller.....your very informative post should be pinned to the top. In fact this question is asked of so frequently that the topic should be pinned.

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6. Re: All inclusive or room only

HEAR HEAR - I agree - I keep copying it - thanks BGI

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7. Re: All inclusive or room only

Below are some links to restaurants where you can check prices.










Edited: 25 August 2013, 15:34
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I agree. The only thing is, I try to update it every two weeks or so whenever prices change up or down.


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9. Re: All inclusive or room only

You always go the extra mile BGIWT, nothing is too much trouble for you.

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