My husband and I stayed end of Feb-March on our Honeymoon and it was really the most fantastic time ever.
We had a super room, clean, spacious and we had a great view of the sea. Our room had a balcony where we were served breakfast every day. On that note its worth mentioning breakfasts, lunch and evening dinners can be eaten wherever you like….ie your Room, by the pool or in the main restaurant area…. One very small complaint….they ran out of the hot pepper sauce that my husband became addicted to. We stayed 9 nights and had evening dinner just once at the hotel, the rest of the time we were out and about exploring…
A really lovely touch was if you were by the pool, early afternoon the staff would come round with damp chilled towels…. So refreshing. There is also a water machine and ice available by the pool and a good selection of suntan lotions. Our room was close to the pool and we bought a bottle of coconut rum from the local supermarket and a big bottle of coke that we kept in our fridge and were quite happy having the odd drink to pass a few hours in the sun away….
The beach was a lovely beach and the road is not exactly busy and I never saw any “boy racers” at all. In fact we found the locals to be some of the most conscientious drivers we have ever seen. The hotel had bicycles that you can take out if you like. I am not exactly a confident person on a bike but we found cars would happily stay tucked in behind until it was really safe to pass, on a number of occasions cars even stopped to allow us to proceed….. Yes horns are beeped but it’s merely to let you know they are there or just to wave hello….. If you decide to eat from the beach mobile bus (Mr. Delicious) OMG I recommend you try the beef and potato roti… so yummy and very, very filling, so filling in fact one evening we were still quite full so decided to have our complimentary wine and cheese rather that a big meal.
Yes a tanker was out at sea on a few days.... but we were never bothered by it at all. it was a fair distance, no noise, no light and certainly no pollution from it at all so why the fuss?
A little further afield(a few mins down the road) is the local town of Oistens. We can agree it is not exactly a huge tourist area, however there were a handful of little fish cafes open in the evenings…. We also found the surfer café a little further down the road where the food was just fantastic and cheaper than the main hotel, we ate here a few times and we were not disappointed at all. Highly recommend the mahi mahi and the steak was so succulent. Friday night in Oistins is a must; the famous Ositens fish fry is such fun. Try to stay a bit later and head for the far side a bit away from the booming main stage area. On the far side is a yellow bar, outside is an area where dozens of locals get together and "line dance" the waltz. It’s fascinating…. If you’re a bit shy to join in this but still fancy a boogie head for the bar and see if you can shake your hips as well as the locals…. Brilliant fun and we were made so welcome.
If you want the more touristy area you need to head for The Gap. During the dy we went on the bikes but in the evening you can taxi, I think that was about 25BD or you can take a spice bus. For 2 BD you can hop on the bus and hop off wherever you like…. Super! Good selection of pubs, clubs, restaurants etc… and a lot more tourists as well.
We did a lot of excursions ATV, sedgeway, scuba, spa, sunset cruise and we hired a car for the day. The only one that was a bit of a letdown was the ATVs. This was run by a man from Wales and whilst driving them was fun the location and the guide we had was a bit of letdown to be honest. If you want a really fun time highly recommend you give the sedgeways ago, the guide we had was one in a million and the area you go to was just breathtaking. Being the most north eastern point on the island where the Atlantic crashes into the amazing rouged coastline. The east and west coastlines are as different as they could be. On the day we hired the car we found a great beach on the east side, we were the only ones on it but the sea was so violent there was no way we were going to ignore the no swimming signs along the coast at that a part. Still it was so beautiful.
I can’t end this review without mentioning the staff, all the staff are fantastic – the very lovely ladies on reception, the staff that brought our breakfast every morning, the cleaners and turn down lady with the chocolate, Andy who sorted out our bikes and took our deck chairs to the beach for us and I must also say thank you to Bodie the best cocktail maker in the south…. (Bodie we hope your wedding was wonderful and you and your new wife have a happy life together)x
All in all Little Arches provided us with the perfect base and was exactly what we wanted for our honeymoon. We do the large hotels/touristy areas with the kids so this was in a nutshell beautiful, personal, luxurious yet simple all rolled into one…. Thank you LA for so many great memories, we hope to see you again in the future x
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A charming, Conde Nast recommended, adult-only, boutique hotel. Hidden from the hustle and bustle districts, Little Arches overlooks the pristine sands of Enterprise (Miami) Beach on the South Coast. Ten unique rooms and suites feature Italian fabrics, terrazzo flooring and king-size four-poster beds. Handcrafted pottery features throughout. Enjoy elevated views of the Caribbean from the rooftop pool deck and the acclaimed al fresco restaurant Café Luna. Perfect for those seeking discreet luxury, intimacy and romance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Little Arches
- Little Arches Christ Church
- Little Arches Boutique Hotel Barbados/Christ Church Parish