Oistins, Barbados

Photo: Ocean Hotels Barbados

Spring is finally in the air! Colorful flowers are blooming. The birds are chirping. Plus everyone seems to be getting seasonal makeovers with fresh haircuts, new clothes, and even smiles on their faces. But people aren’t the only ones feeling refreshed this time of year.

Hotels are getting in on the action, too. Sleek, modern furniture is replacing the long-outdated old stuff. Technology is making rooms smarter and more efficient. While new facilities—restaurants, bars, and activities—are giving you more reasons to stay and play.

One of these newly renovated resorts is on the southern tip of Barbados. Sea Breeze recently closed for seven months. When it reopened at the end of last year, the resort had a new name (Beach House was added) and a facelift. Its low buildings are now the color of sunshine. White balconies overlook two beaches, three pools, and rows of plush sun loungers. Two adult-only jacuzzis were added, as well. The rooms look brighter with driftwood-style furniture, crisp white sheets, and lots of turquoise accents. Plus more new rooms just opened last month.

Photo: Ocean Hotels Barbados

Sea Breeze Beach House’s restaurants weren’t overlooked either. The new Mahogany Restaurant & Lounge, which is named after the majestic trees that once covered this end of the island, serves Bajan food by the beach. Aqua Terra focuses on seafood and steaks; its Sunset Deck is the perfect spot to watch the sun go down. The chairs in Cerulean match the water above which the romantic restaurant hangs. But your favorite spot will probably become the Rum Shop Café, a colorful beach shack that makes Bajan cutters (sandwiches), sweet treats, and smoothies. It’s also the spot to sip Bajan rum punches or beer from Banks Breweries.

Then there are the activities. The usual Hobie Cats, kayaks, and body boards are available, of course. You can go snorkeling and scuba diving nearby. There’s a floating sundeck with uninterrupted views of Oistin Bay. Miami Beach, one of the best beaches in Barbados, is nearby. Oistins Fish Fry—a Friday-night tradition full of seafood, calypso music, and locally made crafts—is, too. They’re all just minutes from the airport, which from the resort even includes transfers as part of its all-inclusive package. A last-minute spring break to Barbados just might be in order so you can make sure Sea Breeze Beach House’s renovations went well.

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