The positive reviews of the hotel are thankfully correct. On our third visit to Barbados we chose the Bougainvillea largely on the strength of the positive reviews. If I had to pick one thing which makes this hotel stand out it is the quality of the service. So often in the Carribean the service can be surly and unsmiling. Not here, we were met with smiles throughout and made to feel welcome on arrival. Here is my comment on the various features of the hotel.
We stayed in a deluxe one bedroom suite. It had a separate bedroom, kitchen and living area. The kitchen was well appointed with a massive fridge freezer. A very minor point is that it would be helpful for the hotel to supply the very basics that are needed such as salt and pepper-we had to buy these and then simply leave them behind. I assume all guests do likewise.
The bedroom had the largest bed I have ever seen and was again perfectly well appointed and looked modern and in no way tired.
The A.C. in the bedroom was a modern wall hanging unit whilst in the lounge it was built into the ceiling. I suspect that this was of some age as it was noisier than in the bedroom, especially when sleeping.
The one slight downside was that our son was sleeping on the sofa bed in the livingroom. This was a large metal sofa bed that needed unpacking each night. My son said it wasn't very comfortable and we did think about trying to get a fold up single bed. My advice would be to try and get a fold up rather than having to unpack a heavy sofa bed each night-but it is a question of taste. However, it was only a minor point and we decided that it didn't impact our holiday so we let it go. However, the cleanliness of the room was impeccable and I can't really fault the room, save for the niggles above. Our balcony afforded a wonderful view of the pools and beyond that the lapping sea. A tip-if you arrive after a long flight and don't wish to eat out, KFC and Paradise Pizza both deliver. It is a quick and cheap way of getting something to eat on the first night. Reception will provide the numbers.
Bar and Restaurant:
There is a pool bar which is partly a swim-up bar and at the moment, one restaurant Lanterns. The pool bar is open very late so you can go there and have a last minute cocktail after eating out. We were on room only basis so didn't have breakfast in the hotel. We eat at Lanterns only one night. It is a lovely restaurant which is right on the beach and if there is entertainment then you get music as well. We had a jazz couple playing in the restaurant on the night we eat there. We enjoyed our food. Our son had a slight drama with his burger in that he wanted it plain without sauce. They took it back and when it came back it still had some blue cheese dressing on it. We sent it back again and then it was perfect and he loved it. All through this service was with a smile and we cannot fault the quality of the service at all. I recall sending back a meal at a hotel in Antigua and it was treated with a grade A frown! My wife and I both enjoyed our mains also. I didn't think it was as expensive as some of the restaurants in the Gap (Pisces etc) so would recommend it.
Here, I do have a slight moan. There are three pools. One is a 3m(9ft) deep swimming pool, great for getting some "proper" swimming in. The other two are free form pools which, though a little small, are perfectly fine for swimming in. My moan relates to pool maintenance. I should add I saw each day the pool getting cleaned but I think the hotel needs to be a little more vigilant throughout the day. The Bougainvillea trees which surround the free form pools were in blossom when we were there (last week) and quite a bit of blossom was blown into the pools. There's not much that can be done about that. However, from swimming in the pool I noticed quite a few very brown dead leaves in the bottom and floating on the top. On top of this I observed that blossom and leaves which fall to the floor were getting blown into the pool. I spoke to a passing employee and said the leaves should be swept up regularly. He thanked me for my comment and said he would let people know. I have no idea whether this was related to my comment, but a few moments later I did see someone sweeping up the leaves. However, I think the hotel needs to be more proactive. I saw one woman swimming whilst holding a bunch of leaves and even twigs presumably collected from the pool which she deposited at the side of the pool. I am setting this out in the hope the hotel just takes notice of this. However, please let me add that this in no way stopped us from enjoying the holiday or the hotel.
Very good in my view. When in the carribean I want to have at least one steel band and they had one in the manager's rum punch night (Mon) and also one in the week. We didn't witness all the entertainment but what we did see was above the usual. One night, they had a trio of girls who were so brilliant I would have paid good money to see them and miss an Alicia Key's concert into the bargain!. They belted out covers and asked for requests-it is a crying shame they aren't superstars. Hope you have them as well.
There is a small convenience store 5 minutes walk away. In my view I would ignore the sea directly outside the hotel and walk to the right about 5 minutes. By the hotel the sea has lots of large rocks which have to be negotiated to get to the smooth bit. Just a short walk further up and the sea bed is flat and not hard on the feet. You can hire boogie boards from the guys at the sea sports shack by the hotel. Accra beach is only an 8 min drive away (I would hire a car-speak to the amenity desk for deals, we used drive-a-matic). Accra is great and there's a Chefette opposite which does fantastic Rotis. If you do hire a car go up to Mullins Beach on the West Coast and Paynes Bay for a swim with the turtles. At Paynes Bay,
we paid a guy with a wooden boat who was brilliant called (Pomapdour?) and he took us to a dive wreck and then to swim with turtles- a fraction of the cost to do it in a swanky catamaran. I should add we wore flotation aids and snorkels. Also, go to Bathsheba for a different side to the island. We went to St Lawrence Gap twice but both times it was completely dead-it is out of season and although all the bars and restaurants were open they were empty.
Anyway, the Bougainvillea is a very nice hotel and we had a great time staying there.
- Also Known As:
- Bougainvillea Beach Hotel Christ Church
- Bougainvillea Barbados
- Hotel Bougainvillea Beach
- Bougainvillea Resort
- Bougainvillea Beach Hotel
- Beach Bougainvillea Resort
- Bougainvillea Hotel Barbados
- Bougainvillea Beach Resort Barbados
- Bougainvillea Beach Resort Barbados/Christ Church Parish
- 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 and conveniences including kitchens, free Wi-Fi, IPAD/IPOD docking stations and flat screen TVs. Junior suites, one and two bedrooms have dining/living areas with sofa bed. 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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