Barbados’ hotels are ready for a busy winter, if only the tourists would come.

Several of the island’s existing properties have been spiffed up, expanded and upgraded. And some new properties will open early in 2009.

Coming up this month is the debut of the Coral Reef Club Spa at the 88-room Coral Reef Club on the west coast. Spa perks include Natura Bisse luxury products, individual treatment rooms with private gardens, an outdoor treatment pavilion for couples and a hydro pool.

The Crane Village, opening early next year at the Crane Resort & Residences on the east coast, is designed to be the heart of the resort community, with a new reception area, two restaurants, a bar, duty-free shops and boutiques and an art gallery.

Lots of renovations are taking place at the 10-room Atlantis Hotel, also on the east coast. The boutique property is expected to open by mid-2009.

Ultra-luxe Sandy Lane completed renovations on its Bajan Blue restaurant, which now features a cocktail lounge and private dining room. Guest rooms at Sandy Lane have new TVs, patios and furnishings. New features are at the watersports area, and the spa now has a panoramic sauna next to an ice room.

There’s a new look to the 35-room Treasure Beach resort on the south coast. Its al fresco restaurant and bar are redone. The seawall, which was damaged by high seas last March, has been rebuilt.

The Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa, a hilltop resort overlooking the Caribbean Sea near Speightstown on the west coast, reopened after a two-year renovation and expansion. The property includes a new spa and gym, two pools, a new restaurant and bar, an art gallery, a squash court, kayaks and a glass-bottom boat. Accommodations include 40 one-bedroom suites and two two-bedroom units.

Editor's note: The original article featured incorrect information about the Coral Reef Club.

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