Fairmont Royal Pavilion

Barbados, Caribbean

The hotel

Hidden away on the beautiful west coast of Barbados, the newly renovated Fairmont Royal Pavilion sits on an unrivalled half-a-mile stretch of powder-soft beach and 11 acres of lush, tropical gardens. You'll find warm, welcoming staff, impeccable service and complimentary facilities including a freshwater swimming pool, non-motorised water sports, swimming with turtles and tennis.This elegant resort features 72 newly renovated rooms and suites, glass fronted balconies in the Luxury and Signature Oceanfront rooms, spacious 650 sq ft Beachfront Suites with butler service and decked terraces, a step away from the beach, perfect for moonlit dining overlooking the ocean. Families with children are welcome year round with complimentary daily kids activities. The Palm Terrace restaurant has breathtaking views of the sunset over the Caribbean Sea. Open-air Taboras provides exceptional International and local cuisine in a relaxed setting just a stones throw from the waters edge. All rooms include full buffet breakfast and airport fast track while the Beachfront Suites, Signature Oceanfront and Villa categories enjoy the added benefits of butler service with evening canapes.

Amenities

  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Babysitting service
  • Wheelchair access
  • Honeymoon
  • Bar

Where is it

In the parish of St James, on the calm west coast of Barbados on a half-a-mile stretch of white sand. Transfer time from airport: 45 minutes.

Hotel information

72 newly renovated rooms and suites. All with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, private balcony or terrace, flat-screen satellite TV, DVD/CD player, telephone with voicemail, tea/coffee maker, mini-bar*, safe, iron and board, dressing table, marble-floored bathrooms with deep soaking tub and separate shower, Seersucker bathrobes and hairdryer. Luxury Oceanfront Rooms have beautiful ocean views, and either 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. Interconnecting rooms for families are available (on request and subject to availability).

Included: Daily breakfast for 2 and airport fast track.

 

Half Board/Full Board options: available at a supplement.

Please note: children eat for free when dining off the kids menu, and 50% off when dining off the adult menu. Adults must be present at dining to receive discounted prices.

Signature Oceanfront Rooms are close to the beach and feature unobstructed ocean views from the oversized balcony. With 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. 

Included: Daily Breakfast for 2, Airport Fast Track and Afternoon tea (once every 7 nights).

Villa Junior Suite is located less than 100m from the beach and features sea views. With 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Beachfront Suites are larger with direct beach access, and additional seating both inside and on the private terrace.  With 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children (0-17 years). Wheelchair accessible Beachfront Junior Suite with roll-in shower and 1 king-size bed.

Villa 2-Bedroom Suite consists of 2 bedrooms, either side of the large lounge, and a terrace with garden and partial sea views.  With 2 king-size beds, sleeping maximum 5 adults, or 2 adults and 3 children.

3-Bedroom Villas are one-of-a-kind stand-alone villas located in the lush tropical gardens, offering breathtaking vistas of the azure Caribbean Sea from 2 furnished terraces, a spacious living room featuring seating and dining areas. With 1 king-size bed in each bedroom, sleeping maximum 7 adults or 2 adults and 5 children. 

Included with the above Suites and Villas: Daily Breakfast for 2, Airport Fast Track, Daily Afternoon tea, Luxury Airport Transfer, Butler Service, Daily Canapes and Special Amenity from the Chef.

3 restaurants: Taboras (à la carte open-air, lunch, afternoon tea* and dinner), Beach Club and The Palm Terrace (gourmet International cuisine, open for breakfast, and dinner during high season Nov-Apr on selected days of the week).

Weekly manager's cocktail reception.

Freshwater swimming pool and outdoor Jacuzzi. 24-hour fitness room with treadmill and weights. 2 hard court tennis courts. In-room holistic spa treatments* and massages*. Complimentary swim with the turtles daily. Non-motorised water sports including kayaking, paddle boards, Hobie Wave sail boats, snorkelling, windsurfing and float beds. Available locally at an additional cost are Luxury cruises, fishing trips, water-skiing and scuba diving. Seasonal complimentary daily activities for kids and teens, including kayaking, sailing, beach cricket, soccer, local Bajan sporting games, treasure hunts, films and much more, ensuring a memorable family holiday. Access to exclusive 18-hole Royal Westmoreland golf course*.

Room service*. Babysitting* (reservations required). Laundry service*. Complimentary WiFi access and use of laptops. Complimentary valet parking.

Please note: a room levy of $17.50 per bedroom, per night applies (payable locally, subject to change).

Wheelchair adapted rooms with partially accessible amenities or facilities available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. To discover all the special assistance services we offer please see additional information below.

5 nights between 26 Dec—31 Dec.

* Denotes local charge.

Latest travel advice

Special assistance

Please note: child ages 0-12 years.

Please note: building work is taking place at the back of the hotel, not visable from the beach.

Please note: there is intermittent noise impacting the pool area.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent service and sensational views

Oct 18, 2021 christinec128 Prestbury, United Kingdom

Our second visit here (last time was in 2018). The staff have been exceptional and we have been made to feel valued and welcome guests. The rooms and view do not disappoint, they are perfect. But we were less inclined to eat in the restaurant this time. We will certainly visit again and look forward to The Fairmont and the rest of Barbados making… Read more
Our second visit here (last time was in 2018). The staff have been exceptional and we have been made to feel valued and welcome guests. The rooms and view do not disappoint, they are perfect. But we were less inclined to eat in the restaurant this time. We will certainly visit again and look forward to The Fairmont and the rest of Barbados making a full recovery from Covid, which has taken its toll on everyone. See you next time and thank you so much for having us and looking after us so well. x Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Highly Recommended !!

Oct 17, 2021 paulinebc2018 Coventry, United Kingdom

This was our 2nd visit having originally visited in 2019. The beach front location is outstanding - words cannot describe the beautiful views over crystal clear waters, which you will enjoy from bedrooms or either of the on-site restaurants. The staff are wonderful and make every effort to accommodate your needs. Michael leads brilliant pool/beach… Read more
This was our 2nd visit having originally visited in 2019. The beach front location is outstanding - words cannot describe the beautiful views over crystal clear waters, which you will enjoy from bedrooms or either of the on-site restaurants. The staff are wonderful and make every effort to accommodate your needs. Michael leads brilliant pool/beach team; Alison, Shakem, Aamir and Keisha looked after the family at breakfast, lunch and dinner and Nicole walked thousands of steps each day keeping us hydrated !! House keeping standards are very good, with twice daily visits and replenishment of hot drinks, water, etc. For those worrying about COVID protocols, from the moment you step into arrivals, through Airport testing, and throughout our visits we were impressed with protocols across the island. We were tested at the Airport (free) and had results in less than 24 Hours, and also opted for expedited arrival process which is great value for money and a lovey way to start your holiday. If your looking for a piece of paradise. Most definitely re-visiting in 2022. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Staff feels like our second home

Oct 9, 2021 DianP696 Wishaw, United Kingdom

Great service from All the pool guys making sure we were looked after a big thank you to the hotel staff who went out of there way to make sure we were looked after. A special thank you to Moreece and Javair for helping us sort out a problem. Thank you to the butlers who helped arrange things for us . I know we have not mentioned everyone but… Read more
Great service from All the pool guys making sure we were looked after a big thank you to the hotel staff who went out of there way to make sure we were looked after. A special thank you to Moreece and Javair for helping us sort out a problem. Thank you to the butlers who helped arrange things for us . I know we have not mentioned everyone but THANK YOU one and all for making another vacation one to remember. Thank you Pauline for taking time out of your busy schedule to spend some time with us. This hotel has wonderful staff that work tirelessly to make sure your needs are catered for. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A last minute decision!

Oct 1, 2021 Pamela G London, United Kingdom

A couple of weeks before a serious birthday, we decided to travel to Barbados. I used Trailfinders to do my bookings, and asked them additionally to buy the meet and greet service having read earlier reviews. I can honestly say this service is the best money spent n a long long time. The airport was like a zoo - full to the brim of people. I was… Read more
A couple of weeks before a serious birthday, we decided to travel to Barbados. I used Trailfinders to do my bookings, and asked them additionally to buy the meet and greet service having read earlier reviews. I can honestly say this service is the best money spent n a long long time. The airport was like a zoo - full to the brim of people. I was through in 35 minutes of landing. The hotel is well kept, very clean, and the whole team are kind and do there best to make your holiday worthwhile. I bought half board, as this is my first trip out of the UK since the COVID crisis. Everyone wears masks around the place to keep each other safe. I don’t want to leave tomorrow, but I will be back,and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. Rooms are good and an excellent nights sleep was enjoyed by both us. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A slice of paradise

Sep 27, 2021 Geraint1976 Leeds, United Kingdom

We stayed here as a couple for 7 nights in September 2021. Previous reports have suggested that the hotel is looking tired. Possibly it needs a lick of paint in a few places but we thought the room was very good, light, airy and spotlessly clean. All rooms face the sea so you are assured of a stunning view from your balcony or terrace. The lounge,… Read more
We stayed here as a couple for 7 nights in September 2021. Previous reports have suggested that the hotel is looking tired. Possibly it needs a lick of paint in a few places but we thought the room was very good, light, airy and spotlessly clean. All rooms face the sea so you are assured of a stunning view from your balcony or terrace. The lounge, bar and pool areas were also very nice. Yes, possibly a little “old fashioned” but that is usually the way in the Caribbean and adds to the charm. If you want a brand new looking hotel, then you need to go to somewhere plastic, like Las Vegas. Another reviewer posted that the hotel should be avoided because of the COVID precautions. In fact, we had no such problems. Being both fully vaccinated, we took the arrival test on landing in Barbados (the test is free at the airport) and then simply were confined to the grounds of the hotel (ie. our room and balcony, the pool and the restaurant areas) until we received a negative result about 36 hours later. The only no go area during this time was the beach. Only non-vaccinated persons have to quarantine in their room for the first 5 days. The hotel also offers an expedited arrival process at the airport whereby a Fairmont representative will meet you from the aircraft and facilitate your egress to the front of the queue through the immigration and COVID testing procedures. This needs to be booked in advance with the hotel but is well worth arranging as it allowed us to beat a very long queue of hundreds of people waiting to be tested. Breakfast was plentiful and of good quality, taken in the open air restaurant. The only negative was that breakfast service was patchy. Some days, they’d forget to bring your pastries and fruit plate. Other days, they got the order wrong. Most of the breakfast staff were friendly, a couple were less so. This really is the only area where I think they need to improve. The drinks were expensive at the hotel - £5 or £6 for a soft drink in the restaurant and the pool. But this is what you would expect for an international brand hotel, especially so in a place like Barbados where pretty much everything is more expensive than its equivalent in the U.K. The housekeeping staff and pool attendants were, without exception, warm, helpful and friendly. I gave the housekeeper a tip at the end of our stay, which I know she appreciated. Some reviewers have commented previously that hotel staff and the local people were unfriendly. With the very odd exception, we did not find this to be the case. Everyone smiled and said good morning or good afternoon. I have to say that, if you treat hotel staff without manners and courtesy, then you cannot expect them to go out of their way to help you. We observed a minority of British guests speaking to hotel staff and waiting staff in restaurants in a way which suggested they viewed them as their “servants”. One should not be surprised if one does not get the service one expects if one doesn’t have the basic manners to say please and thank you. I’m always embarrassed to be British when I see some ignorant Brit who seems not to understand that having a few basic manners goes a long way. Overall, we thought this hotel was very good and we would return in the future. Read less