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... We continued our way down the southern coast stopping at a beach to take some photos and have a smoothie from a smoothie truck. We traveled to the southern most tip which is popular with surfers and watched a man kite surf in what looked to be dangerous waves. It's pretty amazing to see the change in the ocean from the west coast( I wouldn't go in it on a bet!) , the southern coast, (I might go in waist deep if there ...
It's Sunday and Ruth and Malcolm are beginning to settle in.
Because it's the last day of the season we are compelled to head down to Surfside to watch the match and have some breakfast. As always we wonder down to the bus stop and on the way we exchange hellos with the neighbours.
Speaking of neighbours we have some new neighbours too - a couple of goats. They're very cute but Henry keeps wondering up and saying "curry" just to frighten ...
... coral deposited on the sea bed before the island rose from the sea.
By now it was time to get back to Harrisons Cave, we were perfectly timed for our tour, they were calling our group as we walked in. They take you into a small theatre to start with and watch a short film about how the island and the caves were formed. Following that it’s an electric open tram that takes you down into the depths of the cave. Claire ...
... but the Sunderland fans went off to lunch very happy with that final score. :-)
We spent the rest of the day pottering around the ship, watching the birds and flying fish, and enjoying some cold beer and cocktails. Tonight was the Captain's Gala Party and was a formal evening, so we had to be ready at 5.30pm which is a bit on the early side to be attired in formal wear, but that's the way it goes.
I went along ...
... just to slow the boat down as she surfed down some quite big breaking seas. Top speed was 13.3 kts down one rather large wave.
Our watch system was 2 hours on and 6 off so it was a realitively easy run having four of us on board. We were in daily contact with some 30 odd boats around us, both ahead and behind, each giving their positions and weather. One boat behind us lost their rudder and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Little Arches Boutique Hotel Christ Church
We have just enjoyed a remarkable stay at Little Arches. We booked the accomodation purely on the reviews set out on this website and are so glad that we believed them! On arrival, we were treated to complimentary Cheese & Wine on the rooftop of the hotel at sunset - it was here that we first enjoyed the most outstanding service - intimate and attentive, yet in no way overbearing. This theme was to continue for the next week. 'Moo', the canadian chef is a star. Incredibly pleasant and humourous and quick to treat you to one of his infamous 'Moolicious' cocktails. The food at the restaurant (Cafe Luna) was outstanding - We can highly recommend the sushi on Thursdays. The room was excellent. Looking extremely fresh and colourful and situated right on the edge of the pool. Vere, the hotel manager, could not be more helpful and accomodating. We also enjoyed a complimentary luxury sail on the catamaran 'Silver Moon'. An excellent day (helped by the fact that the boat only takes a max of 12 passengers). The hotel is situated 2minutes walk from 'Miami beach'. This is a small and beautiful beach with white sands and a gently shelving incline into the azure water. A small but very nice touch is that the hotel provides beach chairs for you to use on your day out. The hotel is situated on the edge of Oistins (famous for its Friday night fish-fry (do not miss it - great food, great atmosphere)) however, we recommend you hire a car, this is the best way to get to the other 'must-see's' on the island (Crane beach, Sandy Lane beach, Bathsheba etc.). We have never contributed to a review site before, however we have had such an amazing stay at Little Arches that we felt compelled to tell you about it.Part of us is saying 'no, don't tell the world, keep it to yourself'. However, we benefited from this site, so here is us, giving back. GO THERE, it is truly EXCEPTIONAL! Sophia and Ian
My wife and I just got back from five nights at Little Arches. When we first arrived, we were a little disappointed with the location -- very residential and directly under the landing flight path to the airport.However, when we left, we didn't want to go. The Hotel is very charming, the food is spectacular and the beach was the best that we had found on the island. We made a trip to Holetown to check out the resorts and concluded that Little Arches was the best overall experience provided you don't need to go anywhere or you have your own transportation. Public transportation (taxis and buses) was frustrating and/or expensive. Our bus up to Holetown blew a radiator and we ended up walking for a while and then taking another bus -- the driver felt compelled to blast hip hop to the point that we had to get off again.
Taxi fare to and from The Gap is pricey. Little Arches is located within walking distance to Oistins which doesn't offer anything in the way of food except on Friday night (do not miss the fish fry). If you can afford Cafe Luna for all meals, do it! The food is great and breakfast and lunch is actually reasonable. Dinner can get pricey.We took Cool Runnings for a boat trip up the west coast but I can't say that I would recommend it. The don't stay long enough in each spot for snorkeling and they get kind of touchy about going out on your own. I think I would go with the boat provided by Little Arches -- fewer people on the boat and probably more relaxed.In a nutshell, Little Arches is great. Have your own transportation or plan on staying put (Most excursions -- 4x4 trip, catamaran trip, etc arrange transportation for you as part of the package). Don't miss the Fish Fry on Friday night. Bring your own snorkeling gear -- the hotel doesn't have any, completely skip Bridgetown -- nothing to see, Eat the food at Cafe Luna and watch the planes come in. Other good restaurants -- Pisces in The Gap, Cocomos at Holetown was ok, Olives in Holetown was tremendous, Cafe Sol in The Gap was less than average.
Little Arches Hotel offers an experience in attention to detail. From its excellent location, wonderful staff and relaxing atmosphere to its rooftop restaurant of amazing cuisine the effect is magical and lasting. I recommend it highly!
Loved Little Arches Hotel
Wonderful ambience, staff could not do enough for quests, food excellent, rooms way above average, will definitely visit again, Emer & Michael O'Connell, London
Worth the Stay
A wondrous little find. My girlfriend and I went for an after the bar exam holiday and this was just the place. The hotel is located on Miami Beach on the south shore and is the only hotel on that beach. It only has 10 well appointed rooms and a wondrous staff making your stay all the better. Moo, part owner and chef, is a delightful host. We could not have asked for a better place. If you want intimate, this is the place to be. BTW, try Mr. Delicious' snack bar on the beach for a flying fish sandwich and a coconut punch.
A very special place
I had the most lovely time at Little Arches recently. Just wanted to let anyone wanting a really special place that it is the place to go.
I have noticed in recent years (I go to Barbados at least once a year) that the larger hotels offer nothing but the same old thing, they have gotten quite complacent in terms of offering mediocre food and service.
However Little Arches was like a breath of fresh air. The staff were friendly and helpful, rooms were wonderful; each room different from the next and the restaurant was great. We loved it and recommend it thoroughly.
We can't recommend this hotel enough. Everyone was amazingly helpful and friendly and did everything they could to make it a memorable stay.
The peaceful location was superb, the staff were brilliant- Moo was incredibly accommodating and will cook anything to order. We loved the daily happy hours from 4-6pm to indulge in the fantastic cocktails- still making the Blarney Stones now we're back. The decor was beautiful and individual. The fact that this chic little hotel has only 10 rooms is a definite bonus- it never feels overcrowded and we found it often feels like you've got a fantastic villa all to yourself with staff attending to your every need. What could be better?
It was the perfect honeymoon- a great place to unwind! We can't wait to go back! Amalia and Rick
Just thought I'd write a short review to any of you out there who prefer to stay at small, friendly places rather than the big resorts.
Little Arches was such a pleasant surprise. We'd been to Barbados several times and usually stay on the West coast. This time we came across the Little Arches web site and are delighted that we chose it.
It really is hidden away from the busy, touristy areas and that is exactly what we wanted; beach was glorious! Hotel was beautiful and staff were friendly and very helpful. We loved the pool (a bit small but it's on a rooftop, so the view is wonderful) and the rooms were very comfortable and very nicely decorated. The resaturant was great, once again it was on the rooftop, open air with great views. Food was to die for. The hotel also has a yacht and we were taken on a complimentary cruise all day on the last day of our visit! Cocktails on the yacht at sunset; what an ending to a great holiday! I would recommend Little Arches to anyone wanting a more personal place to stay, it would really not suit a family with kids, in fact I believe that they don't accept kids under 16. It really is quite a romantic place as it is so small and cosy. It is also just a short taxi/ bus ride to all the south coast bars and restaurants. Nice place, we'll be back! Jack Malcolm
We just got back from a perfect 10 day stay at Little Arches Hotel.
What a lovely spot, I can't recommend it highly enough! If you want personal attention in a small, friendly and very private location, then this is the spot. We drove to several of our other hotel choices and were so glad we picked little Arches; there really is nothing else similar. It's located overlooking the ocean on a quiet cul-de-sac which dead ends at the beach. There is no other hotel on that beach, so you almost have it to yourself! There are very few tourists about, just some really freindly locals who really dont bother you at all (no vendors there) The water is great for swimming, and a nice breeze that you don't find on the West Coast blows most days. White, white sand makes it the picture perfect Caribbean beach, we never ventured too far away as we felt this was our own secret beach! The hotel itself is very small and villa-like. It's absolutely beautiful. Lots of little touches like pottery sinks (my wife was crazy for those!) and pottery murals make it interesting and very comfortable. Rooms were immaculate and the housekeeping staff were wonderful. Lovely king-size 4 poster beds were super comfy. The owners were usually around and were very friendly and accommodating. They even had a "meet the owners" complimentary cocktail evening every Wednesday. We loved that! Food was excellent. Menu changed every night. We asked about lobster and the chef/ owner "Moo" put together a special the following night for us. We really did feel well taken care of and special, as did the other guests we got to know, the staff went out of their way to make sure we were having a good vacation. Hope this review helps. If you want a large resort with several bars, gift shops etc. then don't pick Little Arches! However for a holiday where you can relax in privacy and chill out in an informal but elegant setting then I'd recommend booking now, we have booked next year already. They have only been open since October last year and I believe that once word gets out you won't be able to get in!
(they only have 10 rooms) Dan and Julie Waters
We have just returned after two weeks at "Little Arches", a brand new 10 room chic retreat Boutique hotel. The owners, chef, reception right down to the two lovely maids were all fantastic. Food provided by Mark is outstanding, the whole experience is exellent. They are even re touching paint in the rooms as soon as people check out. If they keep this standard up I am sure they will be fully booked all the time!! If you like peace and quiet, style and very lovely people then this is the place for you. If you visit Barbados then visit "Little Arches" this is the best Boutique hotel on the Island!! Michelle and Mark!!