We had a recently refurbished twin room with cooking equipment, which was one of about 10 appartments forming Palm Tree Guest House. Booking was done over the phone with the owner Cerene, which is a bit less convenient that booking over the internet.
We arrived by ferry and Cerene arranged for a taxi to meet us. Our appartment was at the front and had a nice area to sit out in the evenings. Room was spacious with a new double bed and huge cooker (also brand new). Efficient aircon and cable TV also in the room. Unfortunately there was only one key (which we kept) so appartment couldn't be cleaned whilst we were out. However we left out bed linen and towels when dirty, which were promptly cleaned and returned.
Appartment is on the outskirts of Codrington 'the Village', just south of the airport - however no issues with noise as usually only one flight a day!. It takes 10 minutes to walk in to the Village and less than this if you hire bikes (which we did).
Limited places to eat out locally, but for breakfast would recommend making a trip to the excellent bakery (also run by Cerene) from where you can buy freshly made filled rolls for breakfast (She can also arrange to deliver breakfast to the appartment if required). We usually took a packed lunch and plently to drink to one of the many deserted white or pink sand beaches. In the evening we either used the cooker or got a takeaway curry or roti from Grace (who can usually be found during the day selling snacks outside the school on the way to the lagoon).
Barbuda is not geared up for tourism (unless you are prepared to pay thousands of dollars in one of the two luxury resorts). Stores are rarely marked as such and fresh fruit and vegetables are only available a couple of times a week, but Barbuda is a very small friendly community where you will be made welcome if you treat the locals with the politeness and respect they deserve.
Don't be too dismayed by groups of wild donkeys and other animals who wander everywhere around the island including what might be described elsewhere as the capital's High Street!
Would also recommend that one day is spent on the lagoon to see the frigate bird nests and swim on the pink sand beach the far side of the lagoon (not totally for the exclusive use of guests of the Lighthouse Hotel!). Recommend using the boatman 'Goldilocks' who can often be found in the bakery for breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfortable living in beautiful Codrington, Barbuda. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Palm Tree Guest House Barbuda/Codrington