Barbados has a good variety of accommodation, from hotels and villas to guest houses and homestays. The latest news on the luxury scene comes from The House (0800 917 3534; thehousebarbados.com; doubles from £316), an adults-only property, pictured, that has just unveiled a new contemporary look.
ITC Classics (01244 355550; itcclassics.co.uk) has a week's B&B at the hotel, for travel completed by 19 Dec for £1,785pp with Gatwick flights and transfers.
Options for self-caterers have expanded with the opening of Santosha (001 246 232 2991; santoshabarbados.com; from US$120/£76 per night), at Windy Hill on the Atlantic coast. The resort's two studios and four one-bedroom suites all benefit from ocean-view balconies. Tropic Breeze (01752 880880; tropicbreeze.co.uk) is offering seven nights here from £880pp, including flights from Gatwick and transfers.