Discovered by Spanish settlers in the late 15th century, Barbados has since flourished into a illustrious tourist destination, deep with dignity and tradition. The country's motto is "Pride and Industry", alluding to a "work hard, play hard" mentality that translates quickly for incoming travelers. It's easy to fully immerse yourself in the vast cultural experiences Barbados has to offer. Whether it's fine dining in the capital of Bridgetown, cricket matches at the grounds of Kensington Oval or swimming with Leatherback Turtles off the coast of St. Michael, there's plenty to satisfy your leisure needs.

Nothing feels better after a long day of holiday island adventures then kicking off your sandals and relaxing in your own exotic sanctuary. One of the best ways to experience a taste of the good life is by renting a villa for your home away from home. Here's a list of the top 8 villas to check out for your Barbados getaway.

1. Sunwatch Villa

Feast your eyes on this breathtaking villa overlooking the west coast of Barbados and the Caribbean Sea. Resting between two acres of landscaped gardens, this six-bedroom manor was designed by local architects Gillespie and Steel to capture the gorgeous geography of the country and capitalize on the predominant cool breezes blowing off the coast line.

Your entrance into the villa is a wooden bridge resting over a lily pond, where you're led into the captivating pearl white interior walls of the lofty living rooms. A 15 meter freeform infinity edge swimming pool is the backyard focal point, accompanied with your own Jacuzzi, built-in barbecue and outdoor gazebo, perfect for drinks at the bar.

Recreational activity enthusiasts will love the inclusion of darts, table tennis and a basketball hoop, and below the pool deck is a playhouse perfect for any little ones coming along for the trip. The master bedrooms are furnished with king size mattresses and the kitchen is stocked with appliances ready to assist you in whipping up a home cooked meal. Larger parties can also take advantage of the detached two bedroom cottage, equipped with its own kitchen, bathrooms and two bedrooms.

Rent for this also includes membership privileges at the nearby Fairmont Royal Pavilion Beach Club which offers access to sun beds, water sports and fine dining restaurants. This is the ultimate luxury experience for your holiday in Barbados.

2. Heron Bay Pink Cottage

Lodged amidst 20 acres of the beautiful beach front gardens of Heron Bay Estate, this pink cottage villa crafted out of Barbados coral stone offers a sophisticated take on the lavish holiday rental home.

Guests at the four bedroom pink cottage are treated to direct access to the beaches of St. James, where small streams of fish and water lilies enclose the outskirts of the villa. Wake up to the marvel that is the living room, where a sliding mirrored door separates the covered terrace from the backyard and can be opened so the cool ocean breeze can accompany your dinner party.

The bedrooms have either king-size beds or two separate twin mattresses and are fully air conditioned. When you're finished playing a match at the nearby tennis court, choose to take in the sunset by either the beach, the single-lane Olympic-size lap pool or tropical garden, overlooking an exotic lagoon and coconut grove.

Extra amenities include a professional private staff and personal butler, guaranteed to ensure that your holiday is everything you dreamed of.

3. Blue Point Holiday Villa

Exclusive heated pool? Check. Enclosed botanical garden? Check. Your very own private chef? You must be dreaming. Wake up and feast your eyes on the four-bedroom Blue Point Holiday Villa, conveniently located north of the Reeds Bay shores.

This upscale holiday pad can comfortably sleep up to eight guests with multiple king-size and double mattresses as well as four personal bathrooms. Walk out to the backyard and take a big whiff of Barbados ocean air, as the sea sparkles meters from your toes.

Let the private chef fix you up some famous Barbados cuisine as you dine on your pool deck, which comes equipped with patio chairs and covered canopies, essential for sitting back and taking in the renowned Caribbean evening skyline. The world is your oyster at this lovely alluring villa.

4. Sugar Hills Beachfront Villa

There's nothing but blue skies overhead at this four-bedroom Westhaven villa in Sugar Hills, Barbados. This upscale beachfront home comes fully staffed with personnel ready to accommodate your every holiday need.

The bedrooms are spacious with a selection of king-, queen- and double-size mattresses as well as connected to outdoor access ideal for catching an early morning Barbados sunrise. You won't believe what you're seeing when you gaze upon the fluorescent body of aqua that stretches for meters and meters from your roof covered outdoor patio.

A platoon of palm trees surround your fenced in backyard space, providing a secluded private pool affair for you and your party. The kitchen comes fully stocked with all of the essential appliances and utensils, but only if you need them when you're not using your private chef.

You and your company will cherish every second of this scenic estate that looks like it came straight out of a postcard.

5. Lelant Villa

For those looking to hit the links in Barbados, this extravagant four-bedroom villa is the perfect fit for any golf enthusiast. Perched over the 16th hole of the Royal Westmoreland Golf Resort, instant golfing access is just one of many perks this estate has to offer.

Besides free shuttle service to the Royal Westmoreland Beach Club and Mullins Beach, you'll have the capability to swim in your very own infinity edge pool, dine in an outdoor covered patio as well as kick your feet back and watching the sunset over a tropical garden, all in the vicinity of your backyard.

Inside, the five bathrooms and multiple living rooms can comfortably suit up to eight guests. Your eyes will lust over the British and Caribbean-themed interior design, decorated with hurricane lamps and chandeliers to evoke an exotic aura you won't want to leave behind.

If you book a stay during the winter, your kitchen will be led by a privately staffed personal chef.

6. The Dream

You might need to pinch yourself a few times, if not every morning, during your holiday stay at The Dream, an exquisite five-bedroom villa located in The Garden, Barbados's most sought-after residential neighbourhood on the west coast.

Nestled right between Mullins Bay and Holetown, you are only minutes away from the best dining, clubs and shopping Barbados has to offer. Four of the five bedrooms contain a king-size mattress and stunning view of the ocean.

Overlooking a white sandy beach is the outdoor pool deck, surrounded by lounge chairs and patio lounges featuring panoramic views of all of the paradise around you. The state of the art stainless steel kitchen will provide all your culinary needs, and feel free to wind down in a number of spa-inspired bath tubs in the five bathrooms available.

The perspective from the balcony here has to be seen to be believed, so make The Dream your holiday reality.

7. Atelier

This brand new four-bedroom contemporary villa resides just above the west coast of St. James, and provides a spectacular portrait of the beaches at Reeds Bay all around you.

Feel the cool marble floors on your feet as you walk out of the sliding door kitchen exit and onto the private pool deck where you'll reign king of the palm trees all encompassing the scenery.

The roof top access allows you to inhale the sweeping Caribbean breeze as it flows in gently from the beaches. Atelier holds three bathrooms and can adequately lodge up to eight members of your party.

Be sure to check out the nearby golf resorts, as well as schedule a Barbados sailing excursion that leaves from the island's capital of Bridgetown.

8. Tree Tops

It's easy to see where this estate gets its name. Nothing says tropical like staying in a three-bedroom holiday villa where the gardens inhabiting its lawn are more exotic than its ocean view and beach access.

Tree Tops allows you to experience in all its natural beauty, engulfed with gorgeous plants such as hibiscus flowers, golden palms and blossoming frangipani flowers, sparking scents and fragrances no manufacturer could capture.

The pool is shrouded in tranquility under shaded palm trees, and the large open plan living room spreads out into the kitchen on one side while unrolling into a backyard garden terrace, complete with seating and covering perfect for dining outside.

The three bathrooms are brand new, and tennis, snorkeling or any outdoor adventure activity you can think of is only a short drive away.