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“Cool experience with a wonderful host, nothing was too much trouble” 4 of 5 stars
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Barbuda
London, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Cool experience with a wonderful host, nothing was too much trouble”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012 via mobile

Like Half-moon bay keep it to yourself. Only room for 8 guests in paradise

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Staunton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

This resort is amazing for many reasons. The location is very remote which provides almost complete seclusion from the outside world. Cell phone service is spotty and expensive so its best just to use your phone to check the time. There are no TV's, no radio's, and certainly no internet. It's just you and your significant other spending lots of incredible time getting to know each other again.

I guess I will start off explaining what this resort is not. This is not a resort for children though I am sure they are more then welcome. However the time it takes to travel makes me think it would be very taxing on both the parents and children. This resort is not glamorous by any means unless you like rustic cottages, some in need of a fresh coat of paint. The beach is left to its natural state so there is seaweed and grass though Reuben does remove it from time to time using his tractor. The food is excellent but very local. Think lots of fish, lobster, and vegetables cooked in ways you may have never tried. We had the most excellent pasta dish with fresh lobster, shrimp and an amazing cream sauce. We actually had this dish twice and could have had it every night for dinner. But more on the food later.

Getting there is a bit of a challenge if you try to get there in one day's worth of travel. Most flights from the US leave around noon time and have you landing in Antigua around 4:00pm - 4:30 pm. It seems there are a lot of flights from various countries that land all at once so getting through customs takes about an hour or so if you are not lucky. The later afternoon flights from Antigua to Barbuda (if available) are subject to change at little to no notice. Two of the couples we met very very frustrated at SVG airlines because they ended up having to stay a night on Antigua at their expense. I recommend flying to Antigua and spending the night at the Wind Chimes Inn located 3 miles from the airport. That way you get a good nights sleep (airplanes do take off up to 10:00pm or so so be warned) and head out on the first flight at 8:00am to Barbuda. Taxi fare is $8 US each way.

Flight time to Barbuda is very quick (20-25 minutes) and the airport you land in is so small its almost funny. Check-in is quick and Reuben will have a driver who takes you to the harbor and loads your suitcases on the boat. My wife and I were asked to wait until the second flight arrived but we were happy too. We walked through the small town of Codrington and felt safe. Someone tried to give us a tour in his car but we politely declined and mentioned we had a boat waiting to take us to North Beach. The town is an experience and I will leave it at that!

Arrival at North Beach via boat is quick and the boat parks right on the beach. Reuben and Joanne are there to greet you and help you with your bags. They will direct you to your cottage and give you a quick tour of how things work. After that you are left to your own devices.

Our cottage was one of the bigger ones but the small cottages are actually quite roomy too. Beds are comfy and linens and towels are clean but well used. Our room came with a fridge but we never even plugged it in since the kitchen was but a few yards away. Bathrooms are small and the showers were tiled and very clean.

Now let the relaxing begin! We arrived with three other couples and each went on their own walking tour of the beaches as soon at they got settled. Then my wife and I sat beneath a palm shelter and spent a good hour just looking at the beautiful ocean. Soon it was time for lunch and then an afternoon of snorkeling.

The ocean consists of a large bay for great snorkeling as long as the big waves from the Atlantic stay down. This was roughly half the time we were there. Great snorkeling when calm. Not so good when choppy. Scuba and Tarpon fishing is available at a modest cost and be prepared to see some huge tarpon (70-90lb)! Tours of the island can also be arranged at an extra cost. We saw a huge manta ray (4-5ft across) which was big enough for us while snorkeling on day! The reefs are beautiful and hold a lot of various tropical fish.

The beach walks outside of the resort are roughly a half mile in either direction. I recommend using the Kayak and heading out to the west where there is a good walk (about 2 miles or so) to the beautiful pink sand beaches! Kayaking north and east around the point leads you to another beach that faces the Atlantic and its an interesting experience to say the least. This beach is a great beach to find a message in a bottle! However, its literally covered with plastic and glass bottles from the US and surrounding ships and islands. You never know what you will find on that beach!

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner started around 8:00am, 1:00pm, and 8:00pm respectively. Breakfast was very american with bacon (request fried or else Reuben will boil the bacon), eggs of any style, home fries, toast, and fresh fruit. Lunch usually consisted of lobster salad (our favorite), tuna salad, fruit and maybe a sandwich thrown in for good measure. Reuben will usually ask beforehand what you would like and then let you know if they can make it based on their current food supply. Dinner was typically fresh fish (blackened, Lemon sauce, etc...), fresh lobster, the great pasta dish I mentioned earlier, garlic bread, vegetables and that's primarily it. You can make a special request and Reuben will do everything he can to make it happen but be prepared for a "no" simply because of the logistics of getting food there. Supplies are delivered once a week on a ferry and he will make a quick run into town if something is needed. My wife and I aren't picky eaters so if you are you may want to email Reuben beforehand so he has time to get supplies. If you want a snack, Joanne makes a wicked toasted Peanut Butter and Jelly!

There is also plenty of beer, wine, and spirits to drink. Plus there is an incredible rum punch that was our favorite! The selection of beer and wine is minimal but there is always plenty of it to go around. If you are thirsty then just open the fridge or freezer and help yourself!

Sleeping is great but we found ourselves actually a little chilly this time of year so bring a long sleeved t-shirt and maybe some pajama pants. Extra sheets are available and the night temps are around 70 degrees with a constant breeze. There are fans in the rooms too for the afternoon nap if you so desire.

Overall this is an amazing resort where you meet interesting people. We met four great couples from the US, UK, and Italy. You talked over breakfast, lunch and dinner and then went your own way and hardly ran into them between meals. My wife and I are definitely coming back next year for another week! You will too!

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

We spent a wonderful 8 nights in mid-December 2011 at North Beach. The 20 minute boat trip away from civilization through the lagoon and out towards the northernmost uninhabited tip of Barbuda transports you to an undiscovered Carribean gem. Literally miles of beach and trails to yourself, every meal cooked from fresh using wonderful local seafood, and the clearest night sky we have ever seen. This is back-to-basics pure beach living at its best.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PAris
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

My husband and I spent three nights in November at North Beach. If you are looking for Paradise, as Adam and Eve, may have known it, just go there. It is not a palace, so if you are looking for five star resort, it's not the place. If you wish to relax, have a very personal relationship with the owner, Ruben, eat wonderful and fresh lobsters, and just enjoy the sand and sea breeze with very few other guests, this is the place.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

Wanted to visit this island for my birthday this August 2011. Tried and tried to contact the owner both on the island and on his cell phone. Left message upon message for at least a week to no avail. Never recieved at least a call back. Luckily enjoyed a gorgeous birthday vacation on Palm Island instead.... I think this Island is for repeat guests only. Too bad...looks like a nice place.

Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Columbus, Ohio
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2011

This was my fourth trip to North Beach Barbuda, staying over, plus another six or so day trips. This is the ultimate place to really chill out and relax. Four very quaint cottages, on a wonderful stretch of beach only accesible by boat. Wonderful hosts, Rueben and Simone, lots of lobster and fresh fish to eat. I love the help yourself attitude to drinks and snacks, or even cooking in my case. Plus they now have their own web site too. Well worth checking it out.

http://www.barbudanorthbeach.com/

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2011

My wife and I stayed at North Beach, Barbuda for her 40th Birthday. It was amazing! The location is absolutely beautiful. We sailed, swam, fished, read lots of books, and explored the north end of the island. Mr. Ruben James is an excellent host and inredible chef! This is a great place to stay if you really want to get away from it all!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Barbuda
Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Barbuda
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Barbuda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you dream of having your own secluded Caribbean hideaway, sharing it with family, or another couple, North Beach is for you! Set on a spectacular slice of land located at the northern tip of Barbuda, accessible only by small boat, all-inclusive North Beach allows you to enjoy your own private enclave. ... more   less 
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North Beach Barbuda, Caribbean

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