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Hotel History

  • Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados Beach Resort

The Fairmont Royal Pavilion is situated on a privileged location on one of the most appealing of all Caribbean shorelines - the famous West Coast of Barbados, on an 11-acre estate in the parish of St. James.  The site was discovered and named at the turn of the century by prominent Barbados businessman, George Manning.

The Fairmont Royal Pavilion is a landmark in Barbados. Its rich history has contributed to the island’s legendary hospitality fame. We invite you to read our history and tour the resort identifying the different areas described here.

The first, best and the finest
Formerly named The Miramar Hotel, The Fairmont Royal Pavilion was originally built in the 1940’s and was the first hotel to be constructed on the West Coast of Barbados.
The resort was originally built adjacent to the winter estate of Sir Edward Cunard, scion of the Cunard family, owners and operators of the renowned Cunard Steamship Company and originally The White Star Line of Liverpool, England.

The original structure contained only 12 rooms, which now house the Palm Terrace Restaurant.  The Café Taboras was once the manager's bungalow and the very private three-bedroom villa what was known as the Garden Rooms.

The 80’s and 90’s
In 1987, Lynne and Mike Pemberton, the ‘power couple’ from UK society, bought The Miramar Hotel. They launched the Barbados chapter of the Variety Club International in 1995 by hosting a garden tea party auction at Glitter Bay. Guests included Joan Collins and Lord Banfield. Watercolours by Prince Charles were sold to raise in excess of $40,000.

Beautiful gardens
The renowned landscape architect Fernando Tabora designed The Fairmont Royal Pavilion’s gardens.  Born and raised in South America, Tabora was also involved in designing the Parque Del Este in Caracas, Venezuela, and the Aterro Do Flamengo Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1968, Tabora and his partner, John Stoddart, received the National Venezuelan Award for Landscape Architecture. Tabora is still consulted on landscape design at The Fairmont Royal Pavilion.

Tabora landscaped The Fairmont Royal Pavilion by blending natural tropical beauty with Mediterranean style architecture.

Our gardens are unique. Here, guests can escape to enjoy tropical breezes and the scent of tropical flowers.

A grand renovation
In 1987, Mike Pemberton redeveloped The Miramar and turned it into the luxurious Royal Pavilion. Following a miraculously short renovation, the resort re-opened in December 1987 - just in time for Christmas!

A merge and a new chapter
The hotel was acquired by Princess Hotels in February 1996 and then became a Canadian Pacific hotel, following the merger of these two brands in 1998.

In October 1999, following the acquisition by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, the property was renamed The Fairmont Royal Pavilion, opening a new chapter of luxury, glamour and distinction.

Then, today and the future
To this day, the resort embraces the elegance of a traditional Barbadian plantation home and the natural beauty of its surroundings, indulging savvy travellers with expansive gardens and breathtaking views of the Barbadian coastline. Secluded, yet elegant and inviting, The Fairmont Royal Pavilion is so intimately intertwined with the ocean, that one feels that the ocean is at a hand’s reach from any of the resort’s 72 deluxe guestrooms.

The Fairmont Royal Pavilion has been, is and will continue to be a landmark in Barbados; a place with style, five star luxury, world class service and stunning beauty. 



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