This is how to enjoy the best of Barbados even if you can’t hang with Rihanna

Yes, it’s a paradise in every way imaginable. The island that gave us Rihanna is packed with history, culture, palm trees and scenic beaches. We’ve even got six vacation rentals all picked out for you to choose from. No need to work at all.

1. Sunwatch

Resting between two acres of landscaped gardens, this 6-bedroom manor, designed by local architects Gillespie and Steel, captures the beauty of the countryside and capitalizes on the cool breezes blowing off the coastline. Your entrance into the villa is a wooden bridge over a lily pond leading you into the captivating pearl-white interior of the lofty living rooms. A 15-meter freeform infinity edge swimming pool is the backyard’s focal point. Larger parties can take advantage of the detached 2-bedroom cottage, with its own kitchen, bathrooms and two bedrooms. Rent also includes membership privileges at nearby Fairmont Royal Pavilion Beach Club, offering access to sunbeds, watersports and fine dining restaurants.

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2. Blue Point

Exclusive heated pool? Check. Enclosed botanical garden? Check. Your very own private chef? No, you’re not dreaming. This upscale vacation pad comfortably sleeps up to eight guests. Walk out to the backyard and breathe in the Barbados ocean air as the sea sparkles a few yards from your toes. Let the private chef prepare some famous Barbados cuisine as you dine on your pool deck, equipped with patio chairs and covered canopies, essential for sitting back and taking in the renowned Caribbean evening skyline. The world is your oyster at this lovely alluring villa.

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3. Sugar Hills

There’s nothing but blue skies overhead at this 4-bedroom Westhaven villa in Sugar Hills, Barbados. This upscale beachfront home comes fully staffed to accommodate your every vacation need. You won’t believe your eyes as you gaze upon the fluorescent body of aqua from your roof-covered outdoor patio. A platoon of palm trees surrounds your fenced-in backyard space, providing a secluded private pool area for you and your party. The kitchen comes fully stocked with all the essential appliances and utensils, but only if you need them when you’re not using your private chef.

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4. The Dream

You may need to pinch yourself a few times, if not every morning, during your vacation stay at The Dream, an exquisite 5-bedroom villa located in The Garden, Barbados’s most sought-after residential neighbourhood on the west coast. Nestled between Mullins Bay and Holetown, it’s only minutes from the best dining, clubs and shopping Barbados has to offer. Overlooking a white sandy beach is the outdoor pool deck, surrounded by lounge chairs and patio lounges featuring panoramic views of the paradise around you.

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5. Atelier

This brand-new 4-bedroom contemporary villa resides just above the west coast of St. James and provides a spectacular portrait of the beaches at Reeds Bay all around you. Rooftop access allows you to inhale the Caribbean breeze flowing gently from the beaches. Atelier holds three bathrooms and can adequately lodge up to eight members of your party. Be sure to check out the nearby golf resorts, as well as schedule a Barbados sailing excursion that leaves from the island’s capital of Bridgetown.

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6. Tree Tops

It’s easy to see where this estate gets its name. Nothing says tropical like staying in a 3-bedroom vacation villa where the gardens are as exotic as its ocean view and beach access. Experience Tree Tops’ natural beauty, engulfed with gorgeous plants such as hibiscus flowers, golden palms and blossoming frangipani flowers. The pool is shrouded in tranquility under shaded palm trees, and the large open-plan living room spreads out into the kitchen on one side while unrolling into a backyard garden terrace, complete with seating and covering perfect for dining outside.

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