In my opinion this not a bad hotel. But my experience of the hotel does not reflect the 'glowing' reviews that appear on this site but equally I think that some of the negative reviews are overly harsh.
The hotel is in a good position on Paynes Bay, but because it is designed in a horse shoe shape it means that there is a rather small sea frontage which leads to a restricted number of sunbeds and the inevitable scrum for the sunbeds early in the morning with towels being put out to reserve a space at 7.00am.
In deed the horse shoe shape is one of the fundamental problems with the hotel. The reception area, bar and restaurant are all located within a relatively small area towards the 'curve' of the horseshoe and because of the design there doesn't appear to be a great deal of options in being able to expand the area. However, it does not help that the area is quite dark and looks rather shabby. It could definitely benefit from an upgrade with a more vibrant colour scheme.
In terms of the rooms I can only comment on the one that we had. It was a garden view room which did have a view of the sea. The design is that you have an outer sitting area which has a fan and a bedroom with air conditioning. We were unable to use our sitting room because it was too hot even with the fan on and we were unable to close the doors to the balcony which made the use of the air conditioning pointless. I realise that some rooms have been redecorated but ours hadn't and it looked really grubby and unkempt. The bed was large and comfortable and we slept well. The bathroom was a decent size with a large shower that had good water pressure. But it was quite dark and gloomy.
Much has been said about the quality of the breakfast. In my view it is just about average. But the food at lunch and dinner was very good. The Dinner menu was varied and had mainly Bajan food and at 99 B$ for a 2 course meal was very reasonable. Sadly most guests seemed to go out to eat. I suspect that was due to the rather gloomy and sterile dining area.
The biggest plus for the TB is the standard of the staff. Many had been working there for 20+ years and clearly knew how to engage with the guests. They were all very friendly and helpful ( as are most Bajan people).
While we were there, there were a lot of returners and I would iterate earlier comments about a cliquey atmosphere.
As I said earlier this is not a bad hotel, but based on my experience of staying at other hotels in the West Indies, this is expensive for what you get. It lacks that 'something' one expects from a 4star hotel. In my view it would benefit from an upgrade and refurbishment of the public areas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Treasure Beach Hotel & Spa represents one the finest and most popular hotels in Barbados. Located on one of the most stunning sandy beaches in Barbados, this 35-room all suite charming boutique hotel. With the beautiful Caribbean Sea as your backdrop. Located on one of the most stunning sandy beaches in Barbados, this hotel is set in lush, tropical gardens. The resort's sumptuous suites form a horseshoe shape around the fresh water pool. The newly modernized hotel rooms are cool and airy and contemporary in design. The new Deluxe suites include private plunge pools that overlook the inviting Caribbean Sea. Delicious offerings are available in Kathy's Restaurant; enjoy fresh local ingredients as you dine under the stars in this award winning eatery. Our new Spa Suite is very popular with guests where you relax and be pampered. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Treasure Beach Saint James
- Treasure Beach Barbados/Saint James Parish