Just returned from first trip to Barbados. Prior to going, I spent a great deal of time reading this forum. I’m writing this to “pay it forward” in appreciation for everyone else’s help to me. We decided to stay at Bougainvillea Beach which is a wonderful resort. It’s not too big, it’s immaculate, friendly staff and comfortable accommodations. We had a studio with a fabulous view – room 3211. We preferred the smaller beach area although no complaints about either. We ate breakfast at the resort and dinner the first night at Waters Edge – not impressed with menu or service there although food was tasty. Breakfast was buffet only with made to order omelets – not an especially inspired buffet but it got the job done.
We rented a car through Stoutes – it had just arrived on the island the week before. One day we drove up the west coast, stopped at the Fish Pot for a great lunch and went to the flower caves and walked along the northern most tip of the island. Another day, we drove to the east coast, lunched at the Atlantis (owned by the same people as Fish Pot) – again a great restaurant. I was surprised at the traffic jams we encountered when trying to get back to the hotel in the late afternoon or head to the Gap area in the morning or anywhere near Bridgetown. We’ve been to many other islands and I honestly don’t remember ever encountering as much traffic and backups.
We did the Harrison Caves – I was not prepared for the feeling of claustrophobia as we rode the tram down into the earth. Husband and friends loved it – had I known what it was like would never have gone although it was magnificent to see.
Husband and friends did a trip on Jammin’ which they loved while I relaxed on the beach. They snorkeled and swam with the turtles and drank from 9:30 am throughout the day. Said it was a great trip – very well done.
Through Trip advisor, we ate at wonderful restaurants – not a bad meal the entire week! Second night we ate at Just Grillin – food was really good but no atmosphere to speak of – it’s in the parking area in front of a plaza – at least it was open air. Our criteria for the rest of the week was outdoors and preferably by the water.
Tapas was a beautiful setting and the food was excellent. Husband had flying fish and I had rack of lamb – both perfectly prepared. Had reserved prior to departure and sat upstairs at railing – fabulous location.
Then, Café Luna – rooftop at Little Arches hotel – a really beautiful setting. Food was excellent. Husband had the chicken – he said the best he ever had. The filet was cooked just right. This was our most expensive meal at $150 US – 3 drinks, shared appetizer, entrees, 1 dessert and coffee.
Next and best was Champers – again reserved a month ago – the atmosphere is fabulous, service excellent, presentation beautiful. I had the crab crepe as entrée rather than starter and was disappointed in the spiciness of it. We shared Caesar salad starter and husband had Barracuda which he said was great. The coconut pie for dessert was the best I’ve ever had – served warm – I was ready to go back just to have that again. With chocolate ice cream, coffee and 2 drinks, the bill was only $116 US.
Pisces was also good location, beautiful setting, excellent food. We both had a fabulous red snapper – perfectly cooked, shared starter of mozzarella and tomato which was excellent, 3 drinks.
Last night was Josef’s – again right next to the waves coming up against the rocks below. We shared an outstanding smoked chicken in puff pastry starter, I had teriyaki glazed salmon and husband had seafood penne pasta – both just perfect. 2 glasses of wine, coffee and ice cream - $117 US.
One day we went to Flying Fish for breakfast – which was excellent (the banana pancakes especially) and about ½ the price of Bougainvillea breakfast buffet, but too much traffic made it take too long and not worth going to every day – would rather pay more for food and have the time on the beach.
The weather was beautiful the whole week – it did rain every day – usually before 7:00 am but also sometimes in late afternoon (I saw rainbow 3 days on the beach when it was sunny but showering). The rain did not deter being on the beach or in the hammock or outside – it just happens for several minutes to maybe 15 minutes.
We loved the earthworks pottery – but we got there just as they were closing the door. They let us in for 5 minutes but it felt very pressured (although they were lovely to do that and we did buy several pieces). When they say closes at 5:00, they mean it!
All in all, a fabulous island – one where I would definitely return.