A BREATH OF FRESH AIR: New all-inclusive bound for Barbados
Set to open in October, Ocean Hotels’ new O2 Beach Club & Spa in Barbados bases its philosophy, and name, from the symbol for oxygen – “the element as natural and life essential as the act of breathing.”
Located on the island’s south coast, the new five-star all-inclusive luxury boutique hotel is set on a uncluttered stretch of powder white sand along Dover Beach and comes to life after an extensive transformation of the former Ocean Two Resort & Residences.
The expanded property will include 42 new ocean view and oceanfront suites for a total of 130 rooms and suites classed into three distinct “Collections”: Club, Luxury and Concierge.
The Club Collection will feature elegant and modern rooms offering king or twin beds with ensuite bathrooms complete with rainfall showers, while the Luxury Collection will be comprised of adult-only suites that offer chic contemporary design and private balconies with views of the Caribbean Sea. Options in the Luxury Collection include ocean view or ocean front suites, as well as swim-up rooms offering direct access to the adult-only river pool, where guests can also easily access a swim-up bar.
Meanwhile, the Concierge Collection is designed to offer the ultimate indulgence, providing the luxury of space with one or two-bedroom suites with fully equipped designer kitchens. These unique residence-style suites also lend themselves to the resort’s “your stay, your way” personalization concept.
“We are confident that O2 Beach Club and Spa will take centre stage in Barbados’ luxury hotel offerings, combining authentic personalized service with upscale accommodations and world class dining to create unforgettable experiences,” says Patricia Affonso-Dass, Group General Manager, Ocean Hotels Group Barbados.
Among the hotel amenities are three pools, including one of the only rooftop pools on the island; six dining experiences; seven bars; the 520-sq.-m., full service Acqua spa; fully equipped fitness centre; and a lounge for teens.
Activities: Included are complimentary non-motorized watersports, a full activities program, and daily signature “how-to” classes exploring island culture, such how to prepare local recipes, learning to play the steel pan drum, and how to play dominoes like a local.
F&B: The culinary heart of O2 is Elements, where breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in an open-air space with a unique crescent-shaped bar overlooking the beach. Other notable venues include the rooftop tapas lounge Brisas, and 9th-floor Oro fine dining restaurant, offering modern fusion European cuisine with a Caribbean twist and 360-degree views of the south coast. Guests will also have access to all five restaurants at Sea Breeze Beach House, O2’s neighbouring sister hotel.
Spa: The resort’s Acqua spa features the only Hammam treatment room on the island and breathtaking ocean views from its eighth-floor location. Signature treatments are inspired by healing through water and guests can experience personalized wellness journeys. All treatments will utilize seaweed-infused oSea products.
As part of the resort’s new “Loyal Treatment” program for travel advisors, O2 is offering 12 to 14% commission to travel advisors who book directly with the hotel, as well as a host of added amenities. Advisors are also recommended to sign up for the Ocean Hotels Rewards program, where they can earn points which can be put towards free nights. Advisors who sign up prior to July 15 have the chance to win a seven-night, five-star all-inclusive stay for two.
O2 is represented in Canada by CanLink and is available through Air Canada Vacations and Westjet Vacations.
Fully vaccinated adults are asked to present proof of a COVID-19 standard PCR test three days prior to arrival in Barbados. Upon arrival at the airport, they will be given a free PCR test, and then can await the results of their on-island test at the resort, with results back in eight to 24 hours. With a negative result, they are able to travel freely around the island. Children follow the protocols of their parents.
Further details can be found HERE.
First published at Travel Industry Today