From the very first moment that we arrived at the Bougainvillea Beach Resort, we knew that we had made the right choice. The hotel is extremely smart and very well maintained with an upmarket feel about it. The attractive open plan lobby looks down over a pool and beach and after 15 hours of travelling we couldn’t wait to dump our cases and get in to the beautiful warm turquoise ocean.
Our room was absolutely delightful. Large, clean, attractively furnished, with and big balcony looking out over one of the pools and the beach . It had every convenience you could ever want in a hotel room; Satellite TV, air conditioning, radio, safe, hairdryer and a well equipped kitchen with large fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, hotplate and more.
The hotel has two beautiful restaurants, which are both on the beach, with lovely views. One has a small cocktail bar area. The other hotel bar is in the centre of the main swimming pool, which you can walk in to or swim up to.
The beach is superb, one of the best on the island. It is spotlessly clean, South facing so you get some small waves with crystal clear water. The hotel supplies just about anything you could ever need on a beach free of charge. Sun-loungers, towels, sun-shades, even body boards and snorkel gear. The only thing that we had to pay for during our stay was the jet ski, which was a very reasonable £25 per 30 minute session.
Food and drink in the hotel is reasonably inexpensive; A Banks local beer about £1.50 per bottle, rum punch about £1.50, a bottle of wine £10 - £12, full English breakfast £6, dinner main courses about £12. There’s a great little van that pulls up outside the hotel every day at 12.30 p.m. selling local inexpensive Bajan specialities for lunch. There is also a little local shop that sells beer, rum, bread and groceries 200 yards away.
There is entertainment in the hotel, three nights per week. A cocktail party, a beachside barbeque with a steel band and a Bajan buffet with limbo dancers and music. There are four small local bars and restaurants within 10 minutes walking distance of the hotel but not much else. We actually liked the seclusion it gave the whole area a very safe feeling. If you want more lively entertainment, The island’s main resort, St Lawrence Gap is ten minutes away by taxi which costs about £3.50 or it’s easy to hop on one of the frequent busses which costs about 40p each way. About a mile to the East of the hotel is the famous Oistins fish market and fish fry which is must do on Friday nights when all of the locals turn out.
We had a terrific time and it is one of the few places that we want to return to and soon. The staff at the Bougainvillea deserve a special mention, particularly Kim and Rod, they are truly fantastic and helped make our holiday really special. In fact the Barbadian people in general are wonderful and extremely friendly.
A few observations; The Bouganvillea is best suited to couples. If you are young, single and looking for a lively club scene this is probably not the hotel for you. In fact Barbados probably isn’t the Island for you. My only criticism of the hotel, is that it could really do with another indoor bar for the evenings, especially when it rains.
A couple of earlier reports said that there was building work next to the hotel. I can categorically confirm that it is completed and does not effect the hotel at all. Someone was also very critical of XL Airways. Yes the seats are small and uncomfortable but apart from that, the service was good. Both flights took off bang on time and we were well fed and watered, although you do have to pay for alcoholic drinks. Frankly for £275 return to Barbados inc. taxes in was great value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bougainvillea is the one that offers it all. Edged by two beautiful beaches, the resort, well known for its personal-touch and service, has 138 spacious suites which are just footsteps from the sand. Mediterranean style architecture surrounded by tropical gardens and the namesake Bougainvillea flowers create a tranquil setting, yet the location is merely minutes from south coast hotspots, making it an ideal base for exploring Barbados. Recommended for couples or families, the roomy suites all have ocean-facing balconies with breathtaking views. As a full service leisure resort, Bougainvillea has three swimming pools, a swim-up bar with daily happy hour, two beachfront restaurants, well-equipped fitness centre, luxurious Spa services, watersports, tennis court, Kids Club, Teen games room and outdoor play park. Entertainment is also offered several nights per week. Bougainvillea is a green hotel and has been awarded the Travelife GOLD award and the EarthCheck PLATINUM award for its commitment to the environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bougainvillea Beach Hotel Christ Church
- Bougainvillea Barbados
- Hotel Bougainvillea Beach
- Bougainvillea Resort
- Beach Bougainvillea Resort
- Bougainvillea Hotel Barbados
- Bougainvillea Beach Resort Barbados/Christ Church Parish