Where to Stay in Barbados

Villas on the Platinum Coast offer plenty of pedigree.

If the international style set of Sandy Lane holidays past were vacationing on Barbados today, they’d be resorting to villa rentals. Three to consider: British interior designer Nicky Haslam recently spiffed up Leamington Pavilion (from $1,920 a night; Road View, St. Peter; 246-432-5050; leamingtonpavilion.com). The draw at the ten-bedroom Cove Spring House (from $5,040 a night; The Garden, St. James; 246-437-3835; covespringhouse.com) is a private (albeit postage-stamp-sized) beach. And everyone in Washington used to covet an invitation to former U.S. ambassador Pamela Harriman’s New Year’s Eve parties at her mansion Mango Bay (from $4,500 a night; St. James; 800-387-2726; lacurevillas.com), which just hit the rental market.