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Discover where celebrities stay in Barbados

  • Travel 101
  • By Kiri Gordon
  • Published 02 February 2023
  • Revised 06 March 2023

Idyllic sandy beaches, the striking lapis and turquoise views of the Caribbean Sea and Rihanna jet-skiing the waves like a boss, Barbados really has the very best views. Having attracted various stars for years, this paradise island nation is synonymous with luxury and has a host of stunning hotels and resorts ready to cater to A-list clientele. 

Whether it’s Hollywood stars like Mark Wahlberg, sports heroes such as Anthony Joshua, or famous fashionistas like Cara Delevingne, the pristine beaches of Barbados have seen the creme de la creme of the celebrity world. 

Thanks to our red carpet-worthy line-up of hotels, you might just run into someone familiar when you book a luxury holiday to Barbados for yourself.

Fairmont Royal Pavilion

Previously spotted A-list residents: Kylie Minogue and Justin Bieber

When you pull into the palm tree-lined drive, you’ll immediately feel like you’re somewhere special. Fairmont Royal Pavilion boasts 72 rooms and suites nestled around 11 acres of luscious tropical gardens. With five-star amenities, including in-room spa treatments, and a 24-hour fitness centre, you’ll be pampered just like the stars.

Having hosted iconic pop star Kylie Minogue, it offers unrivalled luxury, and all we know is ‘we can’t get it out of our heads.’ You’ll have access to the golden sandy beaches as well, so you can frolic in the Caribbean Sea, just as Justin Bieber once did.

Your five-star stay will be accompanied by 24-hour butler service that will ensure every whim is satisfied.

Fairmont Royal Pavilion

Fairmont Royal Pavilion

Sandy Lane

Previously spotted A-list residents: Vera Wang, Hugh Grant, Simon Cowell

If you think of where celebrities stay in Barbados, the biggest draw on the island has got to be Sandy Lane. This fashionable resort undeniably offers all the serenity and peace a superstar needs.

You, as well as fashion legend Vera Wang and acting legend Hugh Grant, can choose from 113 stunning rooms that are secluded, private and luxurious. With its prime location near Payne Beach and its own luxury amenities, it’s no wonder this is the ultimate destination for huge names visiting the island.

This beachfront property has heavenly views of the surroundings, so, understandably, X-Factor mogul Simon Cowell returns here time and time again. He even hosted the judges’ houses portion of the competition back in the day from his beach bungalow. 

It’s also reportedly the setting for one of the most iconic superstar events of all time. Jay-Z’s proposal to Beyonce happened here all those years ago. So, if that doesn’t make you fall crazy in love with this unbelievable location, then you’ve got ‘99 problems, but this place ain’t one.’

Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane
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The Sandpiper Barbados

Previously spotted A-list residents: Penelope Cruz and Queen Latifah

The Sandpiper, Barbados, is luxurious and sophisticated. With two pools and the sea just a few sandy steps away, you might just bump into celebrities such as Penelope Cruz or Queen Latifah while enjoying your Bajan holiday. 

A trip to the sister hotel, The Coral Reef Club, will see you unwind and rejuvenate at the spa, just like legendary ‘90s supermodels Cindy Crawford or Claudia Schiffer. With a host of bespoke wellness treatments available at this luxe facility, you’ll leave feeling just as good as models turned actors, Kate Upton and Tyson Beckford.

The Sandpiper Barbados

The Sandpiper Barbados

Port Ferdinand Yacht and Beach Club Residences

Previously spotted A-list residents: Katy Perry and Jon Bon Jovi

Port Ferdinand Yacht and Beach Club Residences are located on the stunning banks of the marina, making it the perfect place for yacht loving celebrities. The rooms are breezy and comfortable with unobstructed vistas of the port, which makes ‘boat spotting’ the perfect pastime. Who knows, you might just clock Katy Perry or Jon Bon Jovi setting out to sea. It’s your life, after all.

Port Ferdinand Yacht and Beach Club Residences

Port Ferdinand Yacht and Beach Club Residences

The Lone Star Boutique Hotel and Restaurant

Previously spotted A-list residents: Jamie Theakston, Gwyneth Paltrow, The Beckhams, Robert Plant

Known for its sensational restaurant, The Lone Star Boutique Hotel has hosted British national treasure Jamie Theakston in the past. With delicious dishes that utilise the freshest seafood and most tantalising flavours of the Caribbean, it wouldn’t be surprising if you were to bump into Gwyneth Paltrow or the Beckhams, who love to holiday in Barbados on a regular basis. 

This bespoke quaint boutique resort is as welcoming as it is comfortable and leaves all its guests feeling like VIPs. Think of Robert Plant watching the sunset on the horizon - a stairway to heaven indeed.

The Lone Star Boutique Hotel and Restaurant

The Lone Star Boutique Hotel and Restaurant

Saint Peter's Bay Luxury Resort and Residences

Previously spotted A-list residents: Rachel Bilson, Hayden Panettiere, Gerard Butler, Suki Waterhouse

The O.C. icon Rachel Bilson and indestructible Heroes cheerleader Hayden Panettiere, have both been papped on the porcelain white beaches of Barbados, basking in the Caribbean Sun.

They would have loved the 160-foot swimming pool, yoga, and Pilates studio of Saint Peter's Bay Luxury Resort and Residences. There are also four acres of stunning beaches where you can easily bump into action star Gerard Butler or model Suki Waterhouse.

Saint Peter's Bay Luxury Resort and Residences

Saint Peter's Bay Luxury Resort and Residences

Where can you spot celebrities in Barbados?

Brush shoulders at Payne’s Beach
Previously spotted A-list residents: Oprah, Mariah Carey, Demi Lovato

The beaches in Barbados are all public, allowing you ample opportunities to mingle with celebrities who may be enjoying their holidays. The west coast of the island, known as the Platinum Coast, is usually the area most A-listers get spotted.

The stunning golden sands of Payne’s Beach, located in the parish of St James, have been a celebrity magnet for a while now. A short walk from Sandy Lane, look out for Oprah, Mariah Carey and Demi Lovato while taking in the views of the horizon.

Tee off at Green Monkey Golf Club
Previously spotted A-list residents: Niall Horan, Tiger Woods, Michael Caine, Lionel Richie

Many stars famously love to golf, even the young ones like 1D alum Niall Horan have been known to hit the links to relax. The world-renowned Green Monkey Golf Course was designed by Tom Fazio and has attracted an impressive roster of club fans over the years. Think Tiger Woods, Michael Caine, and Lionel Richie walking the lush greens in the afternoon.

Dine at Daphne’s
Previously spotted A-list residents: Rihanna

One of the island’s most beloved and acclaimed eateries is Daphne’s, which is the sister restaurant to Daphne’s of London. Sophisticated, stylish and a certified celebrity hot spot, this elegant place serves Italian classics mixed with fresh seafood, creating modern artisanal dishes that will make your mouth water. Rihanna herself has named Daphne’s as her favourite spot to eat so it’s an absolute must-visit.

Shop til you drop at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre
Previously spotted A-list residents: Hailee Steinfeld, Elle Macpherson, Ne-Yo, Nick Cannon

What do you and Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld have in common? You both love to enjoy some lovely holiday shopping, and the best place in Barbados to do it has to be the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in Holetown. Boasting luxury designer boutiques including Ralph Lauren, Chopard and Longchamp, you can spend the whole afternoon buying beautiful things and looking out for beautiful people. Look out for fans of fashion and travel, including Elle Macpherson, Ne-Yo and Nick Cannon.

Discover where celebrities stay in Barbados FAQs

What other celebrities have visited Barbados? 
It would take too long to list every single famous person who has chosen this paradise location as their holiday destination, but some of the A-list visitors include Sir Elton John, Jennifer Hudson, Nelly Furtado, John Legend, Bill Clinton, and Prince Harry.

Which Barbados celebrities live locally? 
Hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash, ‘Impossible’ hitmaker Shontelle and cricket bowler Garfield Sobers are celebrities in Barbados now since they all have residences on the island. 

Which part of the island is Rihanna from? 
Hailing from Saint Michael, the ultimate celeb sighting is actual local hero Robyn Fenty herself. As an official ambassador for Barbados, Riri has the ‘specific responsibility for promoting education, tourism and investment for the island.’ And (rude) boy has she done a tremendous job.

An idyllic island filled with natural beauty and beautiful people, Barbados is the ultimate destination if you want to experience a lifestyle worthy of a celebrity. Home to superstar musicians, cricketers, and Olympians, it’s packed with luxury hotels and amazing places to visit. 

Those wishing to book Barbados luxury hotels should look through our selection of five-star resorts that are sure to place you firmly among the A-list. If it’s good enough for Nicole Kidman and Jackie Kennedy, book us on the next flight immediately. 

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