Little Arches is a very good small and personal hotel that is let down by a restaurant that is only average.
The hotel itself is set in a quiet location near to the area of Oistins which is only a ten minute walk along the beach from the hotel. Across the road (which is a minor one and has very little traffic) from the hotel is a very pleasant beach with a gentle slope into the sea, white sand and trees to provide shade. If you wish to spend some time on the beach then a member of the hotel staff will take sun beds down to the beach for you and bring them back to the hotel when you have finished.
There are only ten rooms at Little Arches and each one has its own character and outlook. Some are based round the pool area, which is on an upper\ level, and have excellent sea views whilst others are in the beautifully kept gardens and have no sea view but do have their own plunge or Jacuzzi pool.
Apart from having enough sun beds for everyone, the pool deck also has a large shaded pagoda area which contains a number of sofas and occasional tables. Fresh iced water is always available on the pool deck along with free sun protection cream of several different strengths. Should you require any refreshments there is a bell to summon someone from the restaurant/bar to take your order. Whilst accepting that the hotel does not accept children, which minimises the potential for accidents round the pool, I was surprised to see that there is no restriction on taking glasses to the pool side.
The manager, Sandra, and her team are extremely friendly and offer an excellent personal touch to meet your every need. There is a bed turn down service every evening with chocolates left on your pillow and a daily maid and linen service ensures the rooms are kept in a clean and welcoming condition.
There is also a complimentary cocktail evening which provides an excellent opportunity to meet the owner, the management team, and the other guests. Remembering everyone’s names the following day can be a problem due to the strength of the cocktails.
Excursions from the hotel are easily arranged down to smallest detail by Sandra and her team and transport can be provided using either the hotel’s own hire car, or one of several very reliable private hire taxis used by the hotel.
The restaurant however leaves much to be desired. Although it is run as a separate business, 50% owned by the hotel and 50% by the Chef, the standard is well below that of the hotel which is a pity considering it’s ideal roof top location overlooking the sea. When the chef/owner Mark “Moo” is on duty the quality of the food and its presentation is good, However when he is off duty the quality and presentation drop considerably. Another weakness is the menu, although there appears to be a choice of either Pasta, Bajan, or A La carte menus, in practice several of the A la Carte dishes appeared to be only variations of the Pasta or Bajan menus. At no time during the eight days that we stayed at the hotel was there a ‘Dish of the Day’ or any variation in the menus. On one evening we were told that there was no Butterfly Pasta after we had ordered the dish, and on another occasion I was told there was no coconut ice cream, again after I had ordered it. Yet both of these items are part of the fixed daily menu. The waiters also need further training, as I consider it inappropriate to have my empty plate removed whilst my wife is still eating.
In summary, a very nice hotel with excellent staff and service, let down by a mediocre restaurant which probably thinks it doesn’t need to try to please due to the lack of alternatives within walking distance.
Room 5 has the best sea view and its own balcony. The garden rooms offer more privacy
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