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Barbados Villa Rentals
La Mirage, Paynes Bay Beach
La Mirage, Paynes Bay Beach
Seaclusion - Luxury Villa in Barbados

Barbados Villas

Barbados Villa Rentals

Exceptional Villas, the world's leading villa rental company on Trust Pilot, is delighted to offer the largest selection of luxury Barbados Villas globally. Our expert team is passionate about this destination. They care about every customer, and with over 350 villas in Barbados to choose from, you will receive an incomparable level of service.

We feature only vetted and approved properties and provides the best rate guarantee.

If you are looking for luxury Barbados Villas, our team of experts is delighted to assist in finding you the perfect property.

Guide to barbados

WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY

BEACH VILLA VACATION This is the first time we have used Exceptional Villas, and Yvonne and Rowena did an excellent job of assisting us with planning our vacation. They found the perfect villa, arranged for a rental car, various excursions, recommendations for restaurants, and took care of our expedited arrival through customs.

They did an outstanding job for us, and we will certainly look to use them again. The villa we rented was outstanding and looked like the pictures posted online. It had all the features we wanted, with a location right on a great beach and our private pool to lounge just steps from our bedrooms.

The villa staff was top-notch, and they catered to our every need with terrific food and cold drinks for the day and night. Thanks again for all you did for us!

MARK G – Trust Pilot

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Why Visit?

Barbados is one of the most beautiful tropical islands in the Caribbean. It is predominantly famous for its stunning scenery, great beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, fascinating history, culture, colorful tropical fish, sporting tradition, and some of the best restaurants and designer shopping in the Caribbean region.

The island is a sophisticated, glamourous destination with high-end properties and 5-star hotels. For this reason, it is frequented by many celebrities and jet-setters.

It offers a unique combination of Caribbean culture and sophistication, which is hard to find on some other islands.

Blessed with one of the best locations on the eastern side of the Caribbean, the island has excellent year-round weather.

It is the perfect island for anyone looking for authentic culture and history combined with an idyllic tropical paradise. As a result, it is one of our clients' favorite destinations.

Its local people make the destination unique and why so many visitors return to the magical island. Barbadians, known as Bajans, always greet you with a smile and are warm and welcoming.

Bajans will always make you feel like this stunning, charming Caribbean paradise is your home. The incredible sandy beaches and picturesque views are also prominent features of this sophisticated island. You can read more in our Essential Guide to Barbados.

Which is the Best Area to Stay ?

The best area to stay depends on the type of vacation you love. There are four distinctly different parts of the island, but just two are the most popular tourist areas. These are The West and the South Coasts.

The West Coast

This side of the island enjoys the calmer Caribbean waters.

When choosing a vacation rental, our guests love its pristine Caribbean water & wonderful island vibe. It is the location for the best beaches, restaurants and shops.

The most sought-after coast stretches from Speightstown in the Northwest and Batts Rock in the south, close to the capital, Bridgetown. It is just 14 kilometers between the two; therefore, no matter where you stay on this coast, everything is easily accessible.

Holetown is a trendy town in St. James parish with many excellent restaurants, chic cafes, designer shopping & local chattel shops, a large modern supermarket for grocery shopping called Masseys, and vibrant nightlife on 2nd street.

Speightstown, north of Holetown, has a natural, authentic feel with open market stalls, vendors selling fruit and veg, and more. It has enjoyed a rejuvenation in recent years, and there are some great restaurants for lunch and dinner.

The South Coast

The South Coast is full of buzzy restaurants and bars and, therefore, the best place for anyone looking for a more lively vacation destination. In addition, the South Coast has some beautiful beaches, such as Carlisle Bay, Dover Beach, and Rockley Beach.

The North and East Coast

The North and East Coasts are on the Atlantic, so they tend to get choppier waters. However, the island's East Coast is rugged and beautiful and is lovely to tour or connect with nature.

The Crane Resort, located on a wild and beautiful beach, is one of the best places to stay on the East Coast.

Beachfront Villas in Barbados

The island is well-known for having gorgeous beaches. We feature some of the nicest Barbados Beach Villas. Each home is on the beach, offering incredible sea views and gentle sea breezes. So, of course, staying in a beach property means relaxing on the beach with your toes in the sand within minutes of arriving at your new home.

Most of our clients request a beachfront villa on the most popular beaches, including Paynes Bay Beach, Gibbs BeachMullins Bay Beach, or the renowned Sandy Lane Beach.

Paynes Bay Villas

Payne's Bay is one of the most popular, and one of our guests' favorites is New Mansion. This home is unique because it is one of the only private beachfront villas with a private pool on this beach.

The vacation rental has the ideal location offering guests stunning sea views, crystal clear waters perfect for swimming, and a fabulous private retreat. In addition, you are just a few minutes walk to the nearby Daphne restaurant.

Another favorite is the brand-new The Villa at the St James. A 4,540 sq. ft. beachfront property, the ultra-modern property enjoys fantastic views and is one of Payne's Bay's most excellent beachfront villas.


Planning Tips


What is the Best Currency to Take?

The best currency to take with you is the US dollar. The official currency is the Bajan dollar (BBD), but US dollars are widely accepted. One US dollar is worth two Bajan dollars. However, we recommend bringing some cash with you, as some vendors are cash only.

The best currency to bring is US dollars. When you pay with US dollars, you will, in most cases, receive your change in BBD$, so you will inevitably get some Bajan currency in your pocket.

Do I Need a Car?

We highly recommend renting a car, although it is not essential. An excellent bus service runs on the West Coast, so if you plan to spend most of the time relaxing, you may wish to consider not having a rental car. However, if you wish to see a little of the island or explore some of the beautiful sites, a car rental is beneficial and more cost-effective than using taxis.

What is the difference between a cook and a chef?

A chef is a formally trained professional who will also have experience working in various restaurants. Chefs are generally able to offer different types of cuisines and cater to various palates and requests.

Cooks are not formally trained but offer tasty homemade meals for clients. Meals are, in most cases, local Bajan specialties rather than gourmet food.

Do I Need a Plug Adaptor?

You will need a plug Adaptor  if you travel from outside the United States or Canada.

The standard plugs used are the same as in the United States, so if you travel from the US, you do not need an adaptor. The standard voltage is 115 V.

If traveling from the UK, Ireland, or Mainland Europe, you must bring an adaptor.

Some of the luxury Villas in Barbados will provide adaptors, but please check with our concierge before your arrival, and they will be able to advise you accordingly.

Should I book the fast-track?

We highly recommend all guests avail of the fast-track service at Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI). The airport can be hectic sometimes, and the service ensures a smooth and speedy transition through passport control, baggage claim, and customs.

Your fast-track representative stays with you until you connect with your car hire company or airport transfer.

On What side of the road do people drive ?

They drive on the left side of the road. It is the same as in the UK and Ireland. If you have never driven on the left, we highly recommend an automatic rental car as it is easier to concentrate on the road.

Our top tip for first-time drivers on the left is to practice around the car park a few times and remember to think left when you leave! When traveling around roundabouts, the rule is to give way to traffic coming from the right.

When is the Best Time to Travel?

The best time to travel is between November and May. The island experiences excellent weather, and the island's shops and restaurants are open year-round.

The official high season is mid-December to mid-April. However, the average temperatures are between 26°C (79°F) in January and 29°C (84°F) in August, so there is very little difference.

The winter generally experiences slightly cooler weather and less humidity than the summer, which can experience occasional heavy showers. However, the rain never stays out for long, and the sun is almost always close.

There is no wrong time to travel. It is the most easterly of the Caribbean islands and has less risk of hurricanes than any other island.

If you are happy with the slightly increased humidity of the summer, the rates are significantly less, and it is, therefore, a great time to travel to take advantage of value for money.

Are the beaches nice?

The beaches are stunning. There are more than 80 beaches surrounding the island, many of which are among the world's best beaches.

Expect to experience soft white sands, the clearest of turquoise waters, and swaying palm trees. The West and South Coasts are home to the calmest beaches, and the water is often bath-warm.

Exploring the beaches is one of the top things to do while on vacation on the island. We recommend Paynes Bay Beach, Sandy Lane Beach, Gibbs Beach, Mullins Beach, and Alleynes Bay. Most of our Barbados Beachfront Villas have locations on these beaches too.

Crane Beach on the East Coast, while not suitable for swimming unless you are a solid swimmer, is exquisite and worth a visit.

HOW DO YOU GET TO BARBADOS?

Getting to Barbados is also very easy. Whether traveling from the UK, mainland Europe, The United States, Canada, or other parts of the world, you will find connections to The Grantley Adams International Airport easy to access.

From the UK, there are direct flights from London and Manchester with British Airways and from London with Virgin Atlantic. From mainland Europe, there are flights from Amsterdam with KLM.

WHERE IN THE US FLIES DIRECT TO BARBADOS?

From the United States, there are direct flights from the following airports.

  • New York (JFK) – Jet Blue
  • Miami - American
  • Charlotte – American
  • Washington Dulles – United
  • Boston – Jet Blue

We are also pleased to say that Premium Air Providers offer exclusive rates to fly Private Jet.

WHERE ARE THE BEST BEACHES?

The best beaches have their location on the glamorous west side of the island.

How Big is Barbados?

The island is 430 square kilometers in size. Shaped like a kidney, at its widest point, it is 15 miles or (25 km) from East to West and 20 miles (32kms) from North to South.

Does Barbados Have Villas?

It is one of the premier villa destinations in the Caribbean, if not worldwide. We feature over 350 luxury properties in Barbados.

All the high-end properties come with daily housekeeping, and many have an entire staff from Butlers to Chefs.

How does it work with staff?

The Island has one of the best service cultures in the Caribbean, and many will come with some level of staffing.

The Housekeepers tend to the bedrooms, bathrooms & living areas. They tend to work 8 am-3 pm. A cook typically prepares two consecutive daily meals six days per week, so guests choose breakfast/lunch or lunch/dinner.

Is Barbados a Romantic Destination?

Yes, it is one of the most romantic Caribbean islands and is perfect for a Caribbean Honeymoon or intimate wedding. Imagine sitting on your terrace with a glass of champagne or rum punch in hand, watching a spectacular view of the warm, pink sunset ahead.

You can also enjoy a lovely meal at a table right next to the water's edge with your toes in the sand, candles everywhere, the gentle lapping of the water close by, and the twinkling of a million stars overhead.

Where can you get married in Barbados?

You can choose from getting married on the sandy beaches to your secluded accomodation, or maybe in one of the beautiful old churches adorned with stained glass windows which can be found throughout the island.

If you want to find out more, look at some of the Best Caribbean Wedding villas.

Is Barbados Good For Nightlife?

Yes, it is great for nightlife and is one of the best places in the Caribbean if you enjoy great restaurants and buzzy bars.

There is something for everyone. For a down-to-earth local night out, some of the beach bars, rum shacks, or a fish fry are a great bet.

If you fancy sophisticated nightlife, the beautiful West Coast is the place to go. This coast is where you will find some insanely good gourmet restaurants and luxury 5-star hotels.

If you love to party, then the best place to go is the South Coast, where there is an endless selection of flashy cocktail bars and clubs where you can dance the night away.


INTERESTING THINGS


IS BARBADOS GOOD FOR A FAMILY VACATION?

Yes, it certainly is good for family vacations and is especially popular for multi-generational vacations. There is much to do, see and explore for all age groups, from toddlers to teenagers.

Some of the best family-friendly activities include swimming with turtles, The Atlantic Submarine Adventure, glass-bottom boat rides, catamaran cruises, horseback riding, fishing, golf, and tennis.

The island also has some beautiful properties that are perfect for families with facilities to keep everyone entertained. Many of our properties are located within resorts and are perfect for families who enjoy their space with hotel-like facilities. One of our most popular is St Peters Bay. This resort has its location directly on the beach just south of Speightstown. It has a stunning free swimming pool, restaurant, and gym.


WHAT IS THERE TO DO?


For those who love to be active, this destination is one of the best islands in the Caribbean to visit, with a vast range of sporting, cultural, and entertainment activities.

WATERSPORTS

The warm, calm waters create the perfect environment for every possible watersport. The most popular are:

  • Kayaking
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Scuba Diving
  • Water skiing
  • Jet blading
  • Windsurfing – best on the East coast of the island
  • Kite Surfing
  • Catamaran Cruises
  • Wave running
  • Sailing

SNORKELING

The coral reef shoreline along the Coast provides excellent snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. Delve into the crisp waters and see the profusion of colorful fish that live in these crystalized waters..

SWIMMING WITH TURTLES

The destination is one of the best islands in the Caribbean to enjoy a swim with turtles.

Alleyne's Beach is known for turtle encounters near the shores. Strong swimmers can further explore the peaceful waters with snorkeling gear and waterproof cameras to capture the turtles.

It's also possible to swim with turtles at Payne's Bay. The distance is a bit further offshore than Alleyne's beach, but you are guaranteed to see them at certain times of the day when the locals come to feed them.

OISTINS FISH FRY

Away from the rich and glitz of the West Coast, Oistins Fish Fry is for anyone who wishes to experience some fun local culture.

It takes place on the South Coast between Welches Beach and Miami Beach every weekend. For anyone who loves a real shindig, we recommend going on Friday. That's when you can mix with all the locals enjoying live bands playing Caribbean Reggae, steel drums, and samba while eating fresh flying fish, marlin, and mahi-mahi from sizzling barbeques.

ATLANTIS SUBMARINE EXPEDITION

The Atlantis submarine is one of the best and most unique activities on island for adults and children. It's possible to go during the day or at night.

Leaving the capital Bridgetown, expect to be fully submerged on the ocean bed with view ports all around, giving you a full view of the fantastic underwater sea life. The voyage will take you to an actual shipwreck at 130 feet below the surface and allow you to hear about the real pirates of the Caribbean.

GOLF

Several top-class golf courses designed by famous talents such as Tom Fazio and Robert Trent Jones are worth mentioning, such as the 18-hole course at Royal Westmoreland. So indulge in some leisurely golf as you use the spacious courses and the most exceptional views during your stay here.

OTHER SPORTS I

There is excellent cricket, tennis, polo, cycling, sailing, scuba diving, fishing, surfing, and a wide variety of water sports to choose from all over the island.

HARRISON'S CAVE

Harrison's Cave is a fantastic maze of living caves full of sparkling streams, rushing waterfalls, and caverns. For animal lovers, there is the Barbados Wildlife Reserve which showcases all the native animals and birdlife located on the island. You will see everything from Green Monkeys to the most exotic parrots and native flamingos.

If you want to read more, take a look at our blog on The Best Things to do in Barbados.


WHAT WE LIKE AND WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY


WHAT WE LIKE:

  • The island has a unique combination of authentic Caribbean culture, beauty, and history.
  • The island is one of the best destinations in the Caribbean, with a beautiful choice of beachfront properties, condos, and luxury mansions.
  • The people are so warm and friendly.
  • The island has a great selection of oceanfront restaurants.
  • The Island has a great sporting culture, such as polo. Golf, Tennis, Cricket, and a wide variety of Watersports.

WHAT'S UNIQUE?

  • It has fewer hurricanes than all the other islands in the Caribbean.
  • It is open year-round.
  • It has more oceanside restaurants than any other Caribbean Island.
  • It was the only Caribbean Island that Concorde flew to in the 1970s. One of the original Concordes is in a museum beside the airport.
  • It is the birthplace of rum.
  • The island has a sophisticated communications system.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS ENJOY MOST:

  • The great selection of beaches and watersports is a highlight for clients
  • The level of luxury is hard to beat
  • Our clients love the housekeepers and staffed villas for their kindness and friendliness
  • The authentic Caribbean Culture
  • The stunning beauty of the island.

WHY BOOK WITH EXCEPTIONAL VILLAS?


Our team has visited and vetted our properties many times. As a result, we are incredibly knowledgeable about the villas, locations, and surrounding areas.

Yvonne, Paul, and Aoife are our villa experts. They have first-hand expert knowledge of all the properties and will spend time matching the perfect villa rental for you.

They will expertly guide you from your initial inquiry to booking all your concierge requirements and therefore having the vacation of your dreams.

Barbados is an island that is very close to the hearts of our team as it is where we first started our company. In addition to our three Villa experts, we have a full-time concierge department to ensure you have an exceptional stay.

BEST SERVICE AND RATES GUARANTEED

For all the properties in our portfolio, we are happy to provide a Best Rates Guarantee and, in many cases, additional complementary services that you will not receive elsewhere.

OUR CONCIERGE SERVICE

Once you have booked, our complimentary concierge department will organize everything for you.

Rowena, who oversees our concierge department, will be able to give you recommendations on the most popular and highly recommended Barbados restaurants, beaches, excursions, and trips you might like to consider.

BEST IN THE WORLD ON TRUST PILOT

Trust is at the cornerstone of our business, and we are proud to be the most trusted villa experts in the world. Exceptional Villas are the leading Villa rental company in the world on Trust Pilot and consistently achieves 5-star reviews on Trip Advisor.

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