Travel Blogs from St. James
... and a shrug! Kath was happy that this was an old colony of Britain, independent now for nearly 50 years and everyone speaks English; she struggled understanding the lilting accent however.
The day was hot when we reached Bridgetown again so we negotiated a good price for a taxi back to the ship and had lunch before returning to the cruise hall ...
... lunch-God forbid) where they have a different type of live music tonight. I'm getting hungry, so I'll end for now and plant myself in the lounge for a "pre" dinner drink!
My goodness, this trip is unmatchable... I don't know why Tony always exposes me to the best... then it's so hard to appreciate anything less! I think only one other place on Earth could compare to this, and that would be Fiji... Fiji- here we come!!!
... Upon arrival to Barbados, an "island country," located deep in the Caribbean near South America, we made it through customs with no problem, found our luggage, and experienced the "non island" side of Barbados during our ride to the hotel. Not one McDonalds could be found, (no wonder the Barbadians are so skinny!), but we did see a fast food joint called "Chefette!" Lol. ...
... that the jaws have the strongest muscles in the body, and mine are no exception. I was able to peel the outer layer and get to the fibrous center. Once there, I bit down and sucked as the cane juice squeezed into my mouth. During our walk, I must have had a couple feet worth of cane juice, which mixed in my veins with the coffee's caffeine, making me unusually alert and talkative.
Upon returning to the ...
... accidentally missed it and rode the ZR (Zed-R) too far, all the way into Oistins.
The guidebook claimed it was only a fifteen minute walk from Oistins, so we set out and got directions along the way. Forty-five minutes later, it finally appeared.
The lobby looked nice and I think it is going to be a good choice.
We had our first class today ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
Historical Traveler Reviews Treasure Beach St. James
Eigentlich nicht so toll
Tut mir Leid, aber ich war nicht so begeistert und die anderen, mit denen ich sprach und die dort zur selben Zeit waren, waren es auch nicht! Vielleicht deswegen, weil ich vorher in so schönen Hotels übernachtet hatte, dass ich Probleme mit diesem Hotel hatte.
Der Strand ist schön, aber die Angestellten sind furchtbar unfreundlich. Einer hat sogar die Hand meines Bruders (7 Jahre alt) unsanft weg geschoben, als sich dieser beim Nachmittagstee ein Sandwich nehmen wollte. Und das Fitnesscenter hat einen total faulen Geruch und die Größe einer großen Toilette. Ich nehme an, dass es ein hübsches Hotel ist, aber NICHTS für Teenager, junge Leute... sehr beliebt bei alten Menschen und jungen Familien mit ein paar Kindern... es ist wirklich nichts los.
Das Essen ist durchschnittlich und sie passen echt nicht auf, eines Abends kam unser Hauptgang vor der Vorspeise und etwas schaumiges Gazpacho. Am Strand hörte man auch die Bauarbeiten... und man wird ständig von Leuten belästigt, die was verkaufen möchten... aber das ist OK...
Understated luxury for those in the know
This was our second visit in two years to Treasure Beach, this time with our 6 month old daughter and, for part of our holiday, my parents. Both my parents and my partner and I had ground floor ocean view suites either side of the pool. The suites are simple, but nicely furnished, comfortable and very clean. We were able to step from our terrace, across the lawn - beneath a magnificent mahogany tree - and straight onto one of the nicest beaches on the island. Absolutely idyllic.
There were quite a few yachts and catamaran tours coming into Payne's Bay each morning but they were generally two or three hundred yards from the beach and never intruded on the general air of peace and quiet. The snorkelling off the beach is excellent, with a small reef filled with a really wide variety of tropical fish.
As this is a small hotel with only 29 suites the atmosphere is one of quiet, laid back gentility. Each morning cool, mentholated towels are handed out on the beach, followed by chilled fruit kebabs. And at 4 o' clock prompt, afternoon tea is served - all terribly civilised and something you get strangely attached to very quickly. Maybe it's an English thing.
Each and every one of the staff and management were wonderful, with so much time for our little family group. Our daughter seemed particularly taken by more that one of the waiters! The bar and restaurant are quiet, but very friendly, and the perfect place to catch up of an evening on stories of inactivity with fellow guests.
The only factor which slightly marred our stay this year was the four days we had to share the hotel with a party of 30 New Yorkers who were there for a wedding. A nice enough bunch, but it would be good if they came with volume controls. They had to be asked by the staff on a couple of occasions to keep the noise down in the early hours. To be fair, not really something you can blame the hotel for.
Within walking distance there are a two or three nice - and quite reasonably priced - restaurants and bars, although we would advise avoiding the over-hyped 'Daphne's' like the proverbial plague! A short taxi ride takes you to many excellent restaurants in and around Holetown or, if your budget can take it, to The Cliff - a truly outstanding restaurant only half a mile from the hotel. And if you need a late night beer, nip over the road to Croc's and say 'Hi' to Steve and Verbeena.
As a small hotel on an excellent stretch of coast, first impressions may be that it is a little old fashioned or staid. But it's the kind of place which appeals to a certain person - not for the average Treasure Beach guest the sweeping staircases, twinkling candelabras and general opulence of Sandy Lane et al - this is a quiet, very 'English' hotel that within 24 hours you will slowly and irrevocably warm to.
Treasure Beach is closed now for renovation and expansion (6 extra suites, I think). We're just hoping that it's just as great when it re-opens in November.
Shame about the Cruise Ships
We stayed here in the middle of March this year... I am very keen on good food and swimming , so is my husband.. We had stayed at another small hotel about a mile away from Treasure beach two weeks before as we were having a 3 centre holiday. The middle week we spent an a tiny island in the Grenadines... Treasure beach had lovely staff and very sweet bedrooms although the beds we had were dreadful. The beach was perfect until about 11.30 in the morning then sometimes 15 - 25 boats with loads of cruise liner guest arrived near our beach front to see the turtles. These turtles are fed on bread to bring them in for the tourist. So unhealthy. So from a quielt lovely beach you have hundreds of holiday makers splashing around as they snorkle looking for these reptiles. I dive so I know how wonderful to see a turtle in its natural surroundings. However these are fat and sad and so were most of the people looking for them. I would not go back to any part of that beach. Sorry. We thought we could walk down the road and find a reasonably priced restaurant in the evening to have local fish and a bottle of mid priced wine... Nothing lijke that is possible. All the restaurants are about the same price as the hotels. Very expensive.. Lovely place if you have lots of money and love tourists.....No photos as my camera was stolen. Not from the hotel I must add.
My husband and I recently spent 2 weeks at the Treasure Beach Hotel in Barbados (Feb. 2005)....We had read a couple of reviews that indicated the resort was "clique-y" and unfriendly....Nothing could be further from the truth! We were welcomed warmly and treated superbly...Our flight had been delayed and we arrived quite late, but were greeted by Enid who led us to a lovely room and had sandwiches and champagne for us...as it was too late for dinner. This reception set the tone for our entire stay. Although we were nearly the only Americans at Treasure beach during our stay, we met lots of warm, friendly people and had a GREAT time. The catamaran cruise was so much fun....we had sailed on the same boat several times before on trips to Barbados, but it was fun to be on the cruise with several couples from Treasure Beach. The dining room staff is excellent and the food wonderful. The beach is lovely....white sand, comfy chairs and beach service if you want. We would recommend Treasure Beach for anyone....it was a fabulous vacation!
Ssshhh don't give it away!!!!
What a fabulous Hotel! We stayed there July, 04 and had a wonderful time. We had an Ocean front room (#25) and it could not have been more perfect. We looked at several hotels in Barbados and wound up taking a chance because at the time we could not find any reviews. The staff from Archie the driver to the security guard catered to our every need. The owner and his family happened to be in from England and we even felt as if they doted on us.
The main chef was out sick but the backup chef did a great job and the food was excellent. Breakfast, lunch, and Supper! My mouth still waters when I think about the "Flying Fish" sandwiches not to mention the "Treasure Beach Specials" from the bar.
We hired Archie one day to tour the Island and we did just that. Archie took us off the beaten path to places that you wouldn't get to see on a commercial tour and this was great.
We took the "Cool Running" Catamaran out for a day sail, lunch, and snorkeling. Very nice although we motored out, we sailed back, great.
Our only complaint was that we took a sunset horseback ride that was not enjoyable at all but this was not the hotel's fault. We do not recommend this and feel that the guy operating this was very arrogant and could give a care less about his horses nor his customers.
All and all I hate to recommend Treasure Beach to anyone for fear of it being booked when we go there again this year and not be able to get a room. The bottom line is if you are use to very ritzy hotels this is not for you but if you want a nice small romantic getaway Treasure Beach is Five Stars!
OK But Not The Treasure That It Could Be
It's just over a month since I stayed at this place and I am still as undecided about it as I was getting in the taxi to leave for the airplane home!
This was my first beach/non city break type of holiday so was unsure of what to expect as I enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life. Anyway on with the review....
First Impressions - a very warm welcome from both the receptionist and the hotel owner, who was a very pleasant chap and a courtesy drink while we were checking in and our bags being taken to our room.
We had a garden view room, more of a suite really, which had our own little patio seating area with French doors which led to the sitting room/ kitchen. The bedroom was very big and air conditioned and quite pleasant, nothing too stunning to be honest, but not too shabby either - verging between o.k. and nice. The bathroom had a power shower/bath combo and a separate power shower also, which was a bonus as my wife lives in the shower!! The bathroom could have done with a bit modernisation or a lick of paint though.
There was no safe in the room which was a major minus point, we were told that they were being refitted and that we could use the hotel safe, but when we came to use this, we found that we couldn't and had to use the document safe, which meant there were some valuable items which we had to keep with us throughout our stay as there was nowhere secure to put them.
We did not receive our welcome/hotel information pack until the third day of our stay! This would have been invaluable when we arrived as there was quite a bit of information in it which we had to keep asking for (for instance I had to ask housekeeping for an iron and board so that we could tidy our clothes up, but found out from the welcome pack that there should have been one in the room anyway - another minus point, a small one, but they were beginning to add up).
The restaurant is outdoors and does serve some good food but there are better restaurants around (two which I can highly recommend is The Fish Pot in St Peter and our personal favourite Tides in Holetown, which is not too far away and is one of the best restaurants I have eaten at, a little pricey but worth every penny, trust me on this one!)
I have seen some reviews which identify the place as being very cliquey, and it's sad to say that this is very true. There is a group of regulars who do everything together and do swan around like they own the place. Which brings me to another point, if you are younger than 50, then you are going to be looking like a spring chicken, the place is definitely the hangout of the older generation!
One thing about the regulars that did get on my nerves was that they would reserve their sun loungers early in the morning by leaving their books/sunglasses/towels on the seats and then clear off for the day only to return late afternoon to use the loungers, very, very selfish.
The beachfront location is great and it is situation right in front of the 'safe' buoyed off area of the sea.
To sum up, I really wanted to like Treasure Beach Hotel, which is why I took so long to write this review but unfortunately I think it was Barbados itself which I liked and the hotel could have been a lot better. There are some great things to try on the island such as the Atlantis Submarine (don't try this though if you suffer from even mild motion sickness - you will be ill), the Catamaran cruise makes a great day out also. The Adventureland 4x4 tour is great and cross your fingers that your driver for the day is Cassius, what a great bloke, he's a bit of a celebrity on the island and everything he says is true (trust me, you'll know what I mean if you meet him! Loving it!!!).
I probably won't return to Barbados now I've been there, done that but if I was I think I would look for another hotel for my stay. While the staff were really great, there were just too many niggles preventing me from really enjoying the place.
we stayed at treasure beach for 2 weeks. the room was very good, very clean. the staff seemed to be over the top with the service - always coming into the room to check up on something, which after a while got kinda annoying. but the beach is nice, and the pool is good - although a little small. you do feel a little bit of an "outsider" because everyone there knows everyone as they return to treasure beach every year, some have been there for 20 years. the food was very expensive and not worth the money though.
I generally enjoyed staying at this so-called boutique hotel but do have my reservations unlike, it seems, most of the other reviewers.
The staff are generally friendly and the food very good but pricey. Its size though can be somewhat overwhelmingly small and one feels that any anonymity is an impossibility.
Most of the guests have been coming here for years and this creates a clubbish atmosphere that's a bit overwhelming if you want to keep yourself to yourself.
I have no complaints about the room, except that room service was abominably slow.
All in all, a good, very expensive hotel that would certainly suit those for whom grinning at the other guests a seemingly compulsory and pleasurable pastime.
Escape to the Carribean
Treasure Beach is all that you could hope for. A real haven of tranquility. The staff are friendly and unintrusive, and the food is superb. We will certainly be back.
Intimate and comfortable
Treasure Beach hotel is an small hotel, only about 30 rooms, situated on Paynes Bay in the St. James Parish. It is quiet and comfortable compared to many of the larger establishments in the area. The staff is friendly and helpful. You are a step away from a private beach. It has its own gourmet restaurant and a bar facing the hotel's beautiful gardens. The decor of the rooms are a bit dated, but they are clean and comforatble. Plus free amenities -- including snorkeling gear, tea at 4pm everyday, and internet service. Five minutes to Holetown and 30 minutes to the Airport. A great deal during the off season.