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Treasure Beach
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Paynes Bay, Barbados   |  
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Essex
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“New broom needed!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2011

Location, location, location...Treasure Beach has it in spades!
Best beach on the island, lovely gardens and relaxing atmosphere.
Also, ideally placed for all the great eating places on this side of the island. try The Tides (great food and amazing location) but book well ahead; Mullins (friendly service, superb food); Lone Star (worth the taxi ride but staff attitude can vary) and also Scarlet's for a less pricey and no taxi alternative. and, if your pockets are deep enough go to the Cliff for its food and location. Avoid Daphne's as it's hot, stuffy and very off hand service.

Many guests have been coming to Treasure Beach year on year so that speaks volumes for what the hotel offers but visitors have been declining and over the key Christmas/new year period the hotel was running on, at best, 50% occupancy.
Much of the reason for the decline is probably due to the laid back style of the previous manager who though was an excellent ambassador for the hotel, did not either have the imagination, energy or budget to make changes.... cue, stage left, the new manager Jason Pattison a cultured Ozzy (if that's not a contradiction in terms) who will I am sure energise the business and it has to start with the staff, lovely people though they are!

Some of the staff have already 'bought in' to Jason's way of doing things, some have not and if I return, it will be interesting to see who has shaped up and who has shipped out!

It is not too much of a step for many of the staff 'lifers' to remember the guest's names, to be always available to help rather hiding in the background. As an example, other year's it was almost impossible to find someone to take an order for drinks when in the garden lounger area or on the beach. This year it was very different. And that is how it should be as not only is this irritating for guests to get up and walk over to the bar to get drinks but means lost revenue for the hotel because at times one just can't be bothered to make the trip to the bar. Hopefully, also changes will be made in the restaurant (the name has been changed from La Fresco to Kathy's which is quite frankly a stupid move) but younger staff are needed to provide youthful energy and it needs a bit of female glamour to stop the hotel as being viewed as an old peoples retreat, exclusively waited upon by mature males.

So, go and stay if you have not been before and, for those that gave up on it in the past, give it another try, I feel it will be worth it

Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2011

We selected this Hotel based on the smaller number of rooms and lack of children, we were not disappointed, the grounds are attractive, and the view accross the lawns through the ancient mahogany tree to the sea beyond is probably the best on this patch of coast. The swimming is designated, safe and not rocky ,unlike other areas on this coast. You can swim to where the turtles are fed by fee paying excursions just off the beach, and the 'beach tradesmen' are not too troublesome, although can not be avoided in this part of the world. The rooms are a good size with the addition of a sitting room and balcony even in a standard room, the food was excellent, with a change of menu every day, more staff than you can shake a stick at, and prices that are reasonable for the neighbourhood. Bathrooms were ok, although tall people will have to duck to get under the shower, but Jason, the new manager is renovating the rooms at high speed at present, so any small niggles are likely to be ironed out shortly. Overall I thought it was a little bit pricey, but you do feel a little more upmarket than some of the larger establishments, and the Hotel seems to attract a lot of envious glances from beach walkers. Other guests are mainly of an older age group, with a lot of return guests (so must be good), but overall a very friendly and cultured atmosphere that would suit couples from 35 upwards. In this part of the world there is no such thing as a cheap holiday, and in comparison to a previous experience with the cheaper all inclusive deal at Cristal Cove, I would be happy to go back to Treasure Beach, it feels more like a gentlemans club than a large, brash, noisy or flashy resort, and you will enjoy a genuinely restful holiday

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2011

This was our second visit to Treasure Beach having thoroughly enjoyed our first stay in January 2010 - so much so that this time we stayed for a full 2 weeks...a real luxury. What is it we like so much about Treasure Beach? The breakfasts are an excellent start to the day - there is a good selection of fresh sliced fruit, cereals, pastries,choice of cooked food and as much tea, coffee, toast as you like. We would have stayed for hours if the sea was not so inviting. On a calm day, the sea in front of Treasure Beach is like a mill-pond. You dont even need to go out of your depth to snorkel and see the most amazing fish....and turtles a bit further out if you are feeling more adventurous. Our room had a view across the gardens out to the sea. We spent hours on the balcony drinking rum punch watching the sun go down. Staff were friendly and Jason, the new manager, made a real effort to ensure guests were happy. Any issue we raised was dealt with promptly. Many of the staff have been working at Treasure Beach for over a decade and have real investment in the success of the hotel. All in all, a very happy and enjoyable return.

  • Stayed January 2011, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2011

From the moment we arrived in the tradewind-cooled reception area (greeted by our choice of cocktail), we knew we'd found something special.

Treasure Beach is located on the Barbados west coast, along a string of beach coves. Its beach is one of the best -- guests from other hotels hike over to swim from it. Better yet, the sea turtles people come to swim with are only about 100 yards from the property. While others jam onto catamarans traveling from Bridgetown to spot and swim with them, TB guests can take an easy snorkel run from their beach chairs.

The hotel has been freshened by Jason Patterson, the new General Manager. The rooms are immaculate, freshly painted and meticulously tiled. There is a fine eye to detail. The entire wall of the rooms' sitting areas open onto private balconies or directly onto the garden, perfect for gazing into the sea as the tradewinds pass through. Wifi is excellent and included; the weight room is servicable (good barbell set, treadmill, stepper, Swiss Ball) -- the challenge is in using it when the beach calls you for another walk and the ocean for another swim. Be sure and catch the Friday evening GM cocktail party. It's a great way to meet the other guests, really interesting, well-traveled people.

The hotel's food is excellent. Chef Kirk (13th-generation Bajan) combines local cuisine with a Texas (!) flair. We tried a number of restaurants on the island and nothing came close to the quality and value that was being offered right outside of our room! Take advantage of the candlelit tables overlooking the beach. There's a reason why Kirk's the chef the Barbados Advocate selected to write its weekly food column.

The staff is very, very warm and professional. From the open-air bar (be sure and try the "Treasure Beach Special") to the beach, there are attentive people focused on caring for you. They're open and articulate, genuine, proud of their island, and happy to assist in every way. It's in amazing contrast to service levels found in similar hotels in Mexico and Hawaii. Treasure Beach people -- and the Bajans in general, are just really nice people.

Although it's got superb beach exposure, Treasure Beach isn't very big. But its size (around 30 rooms) allows you to develop relations with the staff and other guests in a way that the bigger hotels can't. We visited a number of other hotels on the west coast, but none said "home" the way Treasure Beach did. The tough part for us on departure wasn't just leaving the hotel. It was saying goodbye to the people we'd met... who were still enjoying their stay. Many guests have returned to Treasure Beach for years -- and it's easy to see why. Go there. You'll come back

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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Ascot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2011

This was our third trip to the island, previously we have stayed all inclusive, and staying at the Treasure Beach was a real treat. We were delighted to find that the two rooms allocated had views of the sea, which we were not expecting. Each room had good air conditioning and en-suite facilities were excellent. We had no problem with water/temperature which have previously been mentioned. Lovely touches - to have milk and bottled water in the fridges on arrival, and the iced fruit kebabs served each day. Service was good, attentive but not overly intrusive, staff quickly got to know our names and were friendly. Breakfasts were excellent, good choice and could be served in room at no extra cost, lunch menu was also good although the portion sizes were too generous, however you could ask to share, which we did and the food was served on separate plates which we felt was great attention to detail. There was an excellent manager's barbecue on the Tuesday night and the food from the fantastic barbecue was most enjoyable. We ate in the restaurant three evenings, and the food was good, compares well with all the so called up-market venues on the west coast. We were not impressed by Daphnes or Il Tempio, but enjoyed Lone Star and The Cliff. A little gem of a find was Cariba, not far from the hotel.
If you have time and your visit coincides with the Polo season go watch a match, its great fun and less stuffy than the UK - Holders is within walking distance of the hotel. We also hired a car for the day, which the hotel organised for us, and we enjoyed touring this beautiful island.
The hotel is in need of slight updating, and this is being tackled by the new manager, Jason, who made sure that he greeted everyone in person on their first day. He was always around and appeared to be quite handy with the paintbrush!
All in all we had a really superb time, it was fairly quiet and intimate, a good place to escape - even our 20 year old son enjoyed the tranquility. Free wifi all round the hotel which was a bonus and it was speedy and reliable.
I suppose the answer to would we return - is we didn't want to leave!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 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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London, United Kingdom
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225 reviews 225 reviews
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Reviews in 75 cities Reviews in 75 cities
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2011

I enjoyed this comfortable hotel with its great views over the sea. Walked along the beach for miles and back without having to cross busy roads. The food is excellent, the staff so helpful and charming and the rooms comfortable with new fixtures and fittings. We had a suite and enjoyed the fact that the TV is in the bedroom and the main room encouraged us to sit on the balcony and watch the comings and goings on the beach. Bathroom was clear, huge and had Molten Brown toiletries. When we travelled, most of the guests were over 60, so the atmosphere was somewhat sedate. That will suit some travellers down to the ground. The gym is small but functional. Internet access is free in an airconditioned room which is great. Would return - and am told most guests are repeats.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Epsom, UK
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2011

This is a small, intimate hotel right on the quieter end of Paynes Bay beach. We stayed during the second week of January when the hotel was about half full, which made it feel even smaller and more intimate. We found all the staff to be extremely friendly, helpful and (with one exception on one occasion) efficient. The meals are all excellent - the inclusive breakfast offers both hot and cold options, the lunch menu is varied and (by Barbados standards) reasonably priced and dinner is excellent with an impressive winelist. We ate in 4 nights and out 3 nights and the fare at Kathy's (the new name for the hotel restaurant previously known as "Al Fresco" bears comparison in terms of quality and particularly value with the better restaurants on the west coast. We found the only downside of eating in was the lack of atmosphere down to so few people dining and it's a pity the restaurant doesn't seem to promote itself to non-residents as hard as it might. The barbeque after the Tuesday evening managers cocktail party was particularly impressive, with Kirk, the locally born and raised but foreign trained chef, taking great pride in cooking his meat in and on a barbeque/smoker which looks like a replica of Stephenson's Rocket!

We were delighted with the room, spacious and clean, with plenty of hot water. Indeed we had booked a garden room but after one night were upgraded to an ocean view room which was spectacular. The new hotel manager, Jason Patterson is friendly, hard working and attentive and clearly set on achieving the highest standards.

If you are looking for somewhere friendly, quiet and relaxing in a great location, Treasure Beach is highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Treasure Beach

Address: Paynes Bay, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Saint James Parish
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Saint James Parish
#5 Luxury Hotel in Saint James Parish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Treasure Beach 4*
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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