Bougainvillea Beach Resort
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Four 30-something Scottish girls take on Barbados, Head First!!
Wake up call at 7am then cabbed to the airport. Check in was on the footpath outside the building, but not very busy and security was also reasonably quick. Caught the Skytrain to Station 4, which is where the international terminal is located, and headed to my gate. My flight didn't leave until 10.30am so I bought some scrambled …
We finally made it to Barbados around 1:00pm CST (Caribbean Standard Time.) We went to check into our hotel, our room wasn't ready, so we were rewarded we free drinks at the pool bar! What a great way to start out the trip... although we were both so tired that when the bartender asked what we wanted, we both agreed to the first thing he said "rum …
This was my second trip to Barbados, I was 12 years old on my first trip with my mother. Things have changed in Barbados. It's much more touristy, better variety of fruits and vegetables in supermarkets and allot more restaurants. We arrived at the airport and quickly found a taxi who was eager to take us to our hotel. Tip - ask the taxi driver …
... years ago flanked by the red arrows when it flew over home as part of the Coventry air show way back possibly in the early 80s.
The seats were all leather and very comfortable to sit it with plenty of leg room. All the passengers were treated as first class, mind you at the price they charged I should think so. The windows were very small but had to be so that if one did get blown out you wouldn’t get sucked out at ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Could recommend this place enough! Staff are lovely, accommodation is clean & spacious, and the beach and pool areas are spotless. The main pool was being refurbished while we were there, and we were advised there would be noise disturbance, which we would receive a 'credit' for. But this really wasn't an issue, as the resort was not busy, there was another pool for cooling off, and also instant access to the beach. Would go back in a heartbeat!
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This is a lovely property right on Maxwell Beach and about a 15-20 minute walk to St Lawrence Gap. I stayed in a deluxe villa which includes a small kitchenette and sitting area plus a big balcony with beautiful views over the pool, restaurant and the Caribbean. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The only negative I found was the food. I ate at both restaurants and it was just average. Overall though very good value for money in a lovely location.
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Just returned from a beautiful week in Barbados. We had booked the Bougainvillea for the week but they overbooked and we had to sepend the first 2 nights at their sister hotel-- Sand Acres. It's right next door. They upgraded our room to a very nice 1 bedroom suite facing the ocean. Unfortunately the front door faced the street and it got a bit noisy at times. When we finally moved to Bougainvillea we had a beautifil deluxe studio on the second floor facing the ocean and pools.
Everything was very clean and the service was excellent. However, practically everyone we talked to had to do a room change. The staff didn't provide a lot of explanation for the changes but were helpful in upgrading people when possible
Great at Bougainvillea
Just returned from Barbados. Stayed in a small 1 bedroom suite at the Bougainvillea. The hotel is lovely, the room was well appointed with a full kitchen. The restaurant was good, had a couple of nice buffets, one was a Barbados night and the other was a barbeque. All food in Barbados is very expensive however. Taxis are expensive also, make sure to get price before leaving, no meters. Visited many different restaurants all good but expensive. The Harlequin in the Gap area was a little more reasonable and very good. People were friendly. The only mistake we made was going to dinner one night on the west coast. the taxi from the south to west cost was 50.00.
We just got back from staying at the Bougainvillea. I would love to go back there again one day. We had the one bedroom suite, and it was big and clean. It was comfortable. We loved the patio and we liked to sit out there at night and listen to the tree frogs. The beach was awesome. It was clean and the sand was white and soft. There were enough lounge chairs for everybody. We had to get down early to find a shady area, but we could have rented a beach umbrella, which we didn't have the need to do. The pools were nice, just the right size. We liked the pool with the waterfall, because it was in the shade. My son loved the kiddie pool and that too was in the shade. The restaurant was good. The food was good, but I have to admit the service was slow at times. We found that most restaurants to be like that. We usually cooked our meals in the room, and Oistens had a supermarket where we got our groceries. There was a few days when there was no beach towels. We didn't have that problem, since we brought our own. There wasn't much entertainment at the hotel, but they have shows on Mondays and Thursdays. The Thursday show is fun, and it brings the hotel guests together. I liked the idea of the hotel being quiet at night. We wouldn't have liked noise at night, especially with a young child. The staff at the hotel were friendly. At times they were businesslike, but they were never rude. There was a doorman that I liked, but I didn't get his name. I found most people in Barbados would give you space, but would warm up if you talked to them. We met a few characters, who we won't forget. In a good way. I would highly recommend two activites to do. First, the Adventureland jeep tour. It was a riot and we got to see the island. We loved Cassius, who is multi talented and a great sense of humour. The second activity is the Bajan Roots and Rythym show. It was incredible and the Plantation Band was great. It is well worth the money. To summarize everything. The hotel was excellon the south coast.
me and my family went to the resort 2 years ago and i still remember it as being the best vaction ever. it was wonderful. the staff made the trip very enjoyable and there were no problems. it was all very clan. the restuarnt was fabulous. i would have to say it was a mini paradise.
Spend a few days in hotel. Staff very helpful. Room was spacious. Very clean. Housekeeping was wonderful. Beautiful ocean view from balcony. Nice, but small pool(s). Swim up bar nice. Drinks a little pricey. Food expensive (but to be expected on an island). Kitchen spacious. Recomend going to a store and buying food and cooking yourself to save a few bucks. Beds comfortable. Take hotel bus instead of taxis. Or for exercise, walk the island. People seem to be friendly and mind their own business. Staff made us feel welcome and at home. Expect to spend a little money if you want to be pampered in the hotel (ie: manacure, pedicure, facial, massage, etc). Party downtown for music an a few drinks. Shows on the beach are nice, too. Go to Olsten to hear live music and grab a bite. ( A little less expensive on the drinks, too.) Be prepared to walk up stairs. (no elevator). However, the staff will be glad to help with luggage. Really enjoyed ourselves. Would return again. Very nice place.(hope this information helps) We visited : 3-18-22-2002.
A really enjoyable holiday
We have just returned from a really relaxing holiday at the Bouganvillea Resort. The romms were of a good stanard and were cleaned immaculately every day .The restuarants on the beach were very nice with good simple food (except on BBQ night)There has been a lot of thought put into the planning of the pools and grounds and the staff were helpful and smilingOnly one critisism. the microwave provided only had instructions in Spanish. no one could translate and any requests for same were ignored... shame We would however consider going back again
We just returned from a 9 day holiday at Bougainvillea. We read all the reviews --- some great and some less than glowing. Our rating...the Bougainvillea was pretty good. The rooms were spacious and fairly well equiped. The little things (like cork screw and salt and pepper, dish towels etc were missing). The appointments were worn (sofa coushions tattered). But the location, beach and grounds were outstanding. We traveled with 2 children during school vacation week. There were lots of families but those without children were almost hostile to families, constantly complaining. The unfriendliness came from the guests, not the staff (execpt for the occaisonal bartender who was having a bad day). The adult food at Waters Edge was excellent, the children's food was horrid. We had read that the food at Lanterns was over priced and of low quality -- however we found the food at Lanterns fine and priced fairly by Carribbean standards. The water sports were awesome and the beach staff friendly, helpful and fun. The welcome brochure left much to be desired. There were so many rules. It left us wanting to leave before we unpacked. They charge you a $25 deposit for beach towels (I am not sure who would want to steal beach towels). Once your bill reaches $1000 you have to proceed directly to the front desk and clear your account. (It doesn't take long to reach $1000 -- at $300+/night plus food charges.) There are 2 pools. They are small and one is always closed for cleaning. The good news is that the pools are clean. To summarize: Beach and grounds are beautful. Rooms are spacious. Little ammenities that make you feel at home or special were missing. Restraunts are good. Food quality good, price fair. Something is missing. Can't really explain what it is. Staff is friendly enough. Nothing is offered, you must ask for and about everything. If you don't probe, they do not offer information or assistance.If your expectations are set properly. It is awesome. If you expect services you will be disappointed.
More Than We Expected
We just spent a week at the Bougainvillea Beach Resort in Barbados. First time to the island, and we can't wait to go back! The hotel was beautiful--far surpassing the pictures seen on the internet. Staff was invariably friendly and helpful (as we found all the people in Barbados to be). Lanterns by the Sea Restaurant could be improved somewhat (food choices, prices, etc.), but Water's Edge at next-door Sand Acres was incredible (expensive, though). Several "manager's parties" during the week with free rum drinks, etc., and entertainment. We'd recommend this hotel to anyone. We'll definitely go back.
I just spent 6 nights at the Bougainvillea, I have to say that after doing a site inspection of many hotels in Barbados, I find that this hotel has the nicest room/appartment available from what I saw. The studio is big enough to accomodate a family of 4 if you don't mind being in the same area. If you do go for the 1 bedroom, it has a full kitchen, living room, big bathroom and big bedroom. You could be 2 adults and 3 children in one of those rooms. The food was good but expensive. The restaurant served for dinner the best shrimps and a very good steak, which is rare for the islands. Nice but small pool. Great service all over. The beach is large enough, the waves are great. To be recommended. Compare to an all inclusive it will cost you about the same by the time your finish paying for drinks, meal and nightly entertainement, that is out in a bar/disco/dancing place.
Great Place/Good Relaxation
This was our fourth stay at Sand Acres, we find the hotel staff and facilities very nice. Sand Acres and the adjacent Bougainvillea are both operated by the same group and you have full use of facilities at both hotels. Sand Acres is smaller and quieter. Great beach, beautiful water, friendly people. It is conveniently located within walking distance to St. Lawrence Gap and also Ostins where the fish fry every Friday night is held.