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Cobblers Cove

Speightstown, Barbados

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The Premises 

Cobblers Cove is Barbados at its finest: pastel-shaded suites set around a tropical garden and pool terrace, overlooking a secluded strip of golden sand on the island’s coveted west coast. Pink and blue pinstripes and an afternoon tea tradition lend it the air of a classic English country club – but don’t worry, the vibe is understatedly elegant rather than anything approaching snooty (and the weather is sure to be better, too). By day, indulge at the spa, thrill-seek with watersports, or grab a snorkel and try to find Nemo. Just make sure you’re back by sunset for a potent rum punch.

Cobblers Cove

Road View Speightstown, BB260Barbados


Compliments of the House 

A welcome bottle of rum punch in your room on arrival

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: Noon, check-in from 3pm; both are flexible, subject to availability.
Rates include breakfast, served in the restaurant or in your suite; typical options are a full English fry-up, crab eggs Benedict, and cinnamon French toast with bananas and walnuts.


Swimming pool, watersports beach, gym, spa treatment room, boutique shop, minibar (free at arrival), tennis court, free WiFi and parking. In rooms: Minibar, air-conditioning, tea- and coffee-making facilities, Ren bath products.


No need to pack your snorkel and flippers – you can borrow them at the beach – but bring an underwater camera for selfies with the turtles.


To ensure the safety of our staff and guests during these unprecedented times, we have made the decision to temporarily close our hotel. We apologize for any inconvenience, please check back at a later time wheen travel restrictions in the area have lifted. We look forward to hosting you in the future when the world is a much safer and happier place. We appreciate you, thank you for understanding.


You’ll have the in-house Sea Moon Spa to yourself if you book in a session in its single treatment room; options include body scrubs, mineral facials and couples treatments, using skincare products from Ren and Sothys.


The kidney-bean-shaped pool is on a sprawling terracotta terrace, with three sets of steps down to the beach. The snooze-ready sunloungers are as appealing to look at as they are to lie on – the vintage white frames are topped with extra-thick padding and towelling cov… Zzzz.


Spa treatments can be taken in your own suite, on request. Common areas and many suites are accessible for wheelchair users.
Cobblers Cove has absolutely no connection to beach-dwelling shoemakers – the name comes from the cobbler bird, which you’ll still see fishing off the shore of the hotel. The on-site Saltwhistle Boutique stocks designer beachwear and souvenirs made by local craftspeople.


Any dietary requirements or allergies a guest may have should be advised at time of booking. Flight details should be provided. The VAT is comprised of 10% tax and a 10% service fee but excludes a US$17.50 per night room levy tax


Camelot and Colleton are the only two suites in the Great House, occupying the two turrets; each one comes with its own rooftop terrace (Colleton Suite has a plunge pool overhung with bougainvillea too). The next-best views are from the Ocean Front suites, which look out over the umbrella tops to the sea.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served with lungfuls of sea air at Camelot restaurant, where painted bamboo chairs and starched white tablecloths overlook the glittering water. Bajan-born chef Jason Joseph prepares local and international cuisine in the kitchen, including seared yellowfin tuna and fisherman Barker’s catch-of-the-day. Every Tuesday is barbecue night, which means steak, ribs and seafood sizzled on the grill and served under the stars.

Liquid Bliss 

The circular bar is in the shade of the Great House terrace, not that you’ll venture up there much when there’s service to your sunlounger. On the beautifully illustrated menu is the house rum punch, made to the classic Bajan recipe, ‘one sour, two sweet, three strong, four weak’. The signature drink though, is the Cobblers Cooler, made with grenadine, banana, orange, pineapple and several glugs of rum. Please drink responsibly…

Experience the Extraordinary 

On breaks between sunbathing sessions, head to the watersports hut and meet Bradley, who has all the gear and lots of ideas. Guests get one free lesson in waterskiing, kayaking and sailing each day; other options include scuba diving, and fishing with the resident fisherman, Barker. Or, stick on dry land – there’s yoga on the beach, a tennis court across the road, and dreamy golf courses nearby. To explore the island, take advantage of Cobblers’ impressive roster of bespoke tours. Esteemed local historians Sir Henry Fraser and Miguel Pena take guests to the Bridgetown’s blockbuster Unesco sites, as well as arranging private visits to colonial plantation houses ordinarily off-limits to the public. Chef Jason Joseph runs a market tour to work up your appetite for dinner, or you can set sail on a catamaran, bound for nearby coves. Channel your inner Titchmarsh (we’ve all got one) with a trip to Hunte’s Gardens set deep in Caribbean rainforest, and Andromeda Botanic Gardens near the pretty village of Bathsheba on the wild and rugged east coast. Insta-ready St Nicholas Abbey is a preserved sugar plantation house with a rum distillery for tastings attached. Mullins is the pick of the local beaches, along with the more secluded Gibbes.


Cobblers Cove is on the sunset-facing west coast of Barbados, in the parish of St Peter, between quaint Holetown and the crumbly charm of Speightstown.


There are direct flights from North America and Europe to Barbados’ Grantley Adams airport; major carriers include Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and American Airlines. Cruises and package tours are synched with flight schedules – try to avoid rush hour on Saturday afternoons if you can. From the airport, it’s a 45-minute drive to the hotel; call the Smith24 team to arrange a transfer (US$70 each way).


You can still see the rusting remnants of railway track along parts of the coast, but the last trains stopped puffing in 1937. Too many banana leaves on the line, perhaps.


Beach bums will be quite content snoozing away at the hotel, but for exploring the island, a car is very handy. It’s easiest to pick up and drop off from the airport; call Smith24 to book. There’s parking right outside the hotel lobby.


Bajans love buses – specifically, the bright yellow ‘reggae buses’ which whizz down the winding roads blasting laidback beats. There are blue, government-run services too, which are an awful lot more sensible. Caribbean cruises regularly begin or end at Bridgetown, the island’s capital. If you’re sailing your own vessel, drop anchor at Bridgetown and be sure to check in with the harbourmaster to complete the legal formalities.


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