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
- 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