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Reviewed December 26, 2011

I so recommend Barbuda cottages to any one that is looking to enjoy the sun, sand and culture without the tourism, tourists and huge financial burden.

Service,

Kelcina and Oliver (owners), are absolutely gracious and hospitable hosts. From booking, to picking you up at the airport, supplying groceries and liquor upon request, making sure that you feel completely taken care of, while being out of site to enjoy and relax. They were always a phone call away to help and on site when you needed something. They were focused on making sure your stay was top priority.

Value,

Unbelievably reasonably priced for having ocean front property. The other resorts on the island were over $1000 a night for a room, while the 3 bedroom Barbuda Cottage was around $1500 a week. For the sun, sand, ocean sounds and a cottages that has all the amenities you need exceptional value.

Sleep Quality,

Clean and new king and queen sized beds, all with ocean views, 50 ft from the ocean. The last sound I heard when I fell asleep were the waves and the crickets. The first sound I heard when I woke up was the sound of the waves on the beach. Extremely relaxing and restful.

Cleanliness,

The cottage was built two years ago and is in great shape. It is elevated on posts so it rests about 15 off the ground so that keeps a lot of ground stuff out of the cottage. The cottage itself was very clean and tidy. I found that with opening the front doors (leaving screen closed) and the back windows I got a great breeze right through the cottage that helped keep cool. The cottage has everything that you need, full kitchen with micro wave, full fridge, Propane stove/oven as well as laundry washer, two full bathrooms, ceiling fans in every room including the two on the front porch and a Propane BBQ. They also have an outdoor shower for rinsing off the beach or to shower completely. Kelcina has been busy planting around the cottage with banana trees, pomegranate bushes a variety of flowering plants that kept the butterflies and humming birds coming by. Everything is solar powered and there was no shortage of power for us day or night. If you wanted to keep in touch with the world outside they have wireless internet, fast enough that I could watch some online video with the occasional wait here and there but for being so isolated I was amazed at the reception.

Location,

About 15 min drive out of the town of Codrington, with its own isolated beach, it is quiet and relaxing. From the front porch with my morning tea, I could gaze across the turquoise Caribbean Sea and see Antigua, Montserrat, Nevis and St. Kits. I have visited a number of Caribbean Islands and this is the first time I felt that I was truly part of the Caribbean Islands. Barbuda Cottages is located on the west side of the island and you get great sunsets. Be advised that if the wind is low there was the mosquito "witching hour" around sunset, luckily we had great breezes the pretty much the whole trip so they were not to bad. Understand that it is the islands and bugs are always going to be there.

The Island Barbuda,

This is a true Caribbean island has not been tainted by the tourist industry. Because most of the accommodations on the island are very expensive there are very few tourists. In the week we were there we pretty much had every beach that we went on to ourselves and the sand is as soft as flour. The water was around 23 Celcius and has that beautiful caribbean colour. Seeing the island does not take much time as it is pretty small, from the beautiful beaches on the west side to the volcanic rock caves and cliffs on the east side. One of my most favorite experiences was climbing through a small cave system to the top of the cliffs. I sat there for hours with the ocean wind on my face, sitting and watching the frigate birds, pelicans, ospreys and various seabirds ride the wind and up drafts off the cliffs with a great view of the Ocean.

What to do:

If you like lobster and conch there was plenty of this to eat as this is a main industry for the island. The Frigate bird sanctuary was interesting and a short boat ride away. We arranged a day of diving with Speedy, a local wonder of fixing boats (well pretty much anything), fishing and grilling lobster and pork chops on the grill. If you like spice talk to his wife, Rosalind who grows 12 of the worlds hottest peppers in her garden and makes her own hot sauces and peppered vodka. Wow

The island had a number of coral reefs and boat wrecks with plenty of fish and turtles that we saw. If you prefer snorkeling there are coral outcrops as close as 10 ft from the beach shore right in front of Barbuda cottages. Lots of little fish to see and plenty of quiet beaches to explore both in and out of the water.

The town of Codrington is small yet fun to visit. There is now a small bar and store at the main intersection great for meeting locals and mingling. We were there right before Christmas so they closed down the intersection to cars to have a social night for the locals of food, drinks and the local high school's steel drum band played with a DJ and karaoke. We only saw one other tourist that whole night a true feel of island culture.

Review,

If you are looking to beautiful beaches, sun, sand and a quiet relaxing getaway there is no better place then Barbuda Cottages. The island is small and untainted with tourism. The perfect Caribbean place to recharge your batteries.

I will return

Room Tip: Every room was good
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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8  Thank Kynastontraveler
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

This cottage on the beach was obviously built with relaxation in mind. Completed in late 2009, this building is of newer construction and tastefully furnished. There is a great deck out front with hammock and plenty of shade which is a bonus to anyone who wants to hear/see the ocean without dealing with sand. If sand on the beach is your thing, then just walk 50 feet down to the beach and your own private cabana.

You'll find that mornings and evenings will essentially leave you the entire beach to yourselves. Around lunch or dinner there may be a few diners at Uncle Roddy's restaurant next door (about 50 meters away). Overall, at the cottage and on Barbuda, it is easy to find oneself forgetting that there are other people on the island.

The cottage has a refrigerator for groceries, stove, oven as well as microwave. Just be sure to close food tightly so that the small beach ants don't get into them. Stove and oven run on gas but everything else relies on the solar power that runs the rest of the cottage. Other amenities include ceiling fans, TV and internet (should you want them) but sadly no air conditioning.

Take note of the season you are traveling in and the current conditions on the island. In the warmer times of the year, the average daily temperature will be very close to the average nightly temperature. This year the early rains brought sandflies with them. Therefore we had to mind the windows and doors to avoid them getting inside. It was a shame to miss out on the ocean breeze. Fortunately, we had the warm sunny days where we could relax on the deck unbothered by those little pests.

Some last things. The beach right out front is amazingly beautiful but don't forget to visit the other beaches on the island. They each have their own magic. Get some good food and good company from Uncle Roddy and say hi to Richie (the sweet dog). Rosalind is a saint should she be helping Kelcina out. Rosalind and her husband, Speedy, should have their restaurant open again soon. Be sure to go and ask for a "Rosalind pour" for your drinks. Also, Speedy gives a great boat tour to see the frigate birds and/or other hard-to-reach spots on the island. Enjoy some fishing and lobstering with great company and entertainment.

Barbuda was surely an island like few others and Barbuda Cottages was probably the best place to experience it without spending your life's savings. The people were lovely, the beaches amazing, and the trip was something we will be sure never to forget.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank aparkerw
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Reviewed April 22, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: March 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 2, 2017
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  • Stayed: January 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: January 2017, traveled as a couple
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