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Bougainvillea Beach Resort
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, MA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Such a nice time!”
Reviewed 8 May 2008

We had a great stay at this resort in Barbados. We were staying for 8 days so we opted for a one bdrm with kitchenette and it was well worth it. Unless you go all inclusive you're going to dish out a fair amount for meals throughout the day. We decided to book the room with a kitchenette so we could handle breakfast and lunch and plan for big dinners out and about Barbados. It worked out well and gave us flexibility to go big for dinner which is nice if you’re on somewhat of a budget. If you’re the adventurous type and want to get out and about to really see the island and take in the culture I highly recommend renting a mini-moke. They are like golf carts with roll bars and 3 cylinder engines and the only fun way to get around Barbados.

The Bajan culture is truly welcoming and that goes for the resort staff. They want folks to have fun and relax and that’s exactly what we did. The resort itself is beautiful and the beach is very clean and quiet. It’s definitely not one of those places where you’re bombarded by a dozen people trying to sell you watersports or handmade jewelry. Granted there are some so don’t be surprised if you run into a few but it’s usually the same peddlers each day and when you say no once they remember you the next day.

If you do get to Barbados I highly recommend seeing the Bajan Rhythm and Roots show. It’s a blast and truly a show for all ages. The Mount Gay rum tour is great too! If Calvin is still tending bar there make sure tell him you’re REALLY interested in tasting all the available flavors of Mount Gay rum drinks. You may wake up with a headache the next day but well worth the pain.

  • Liked — Location and views
  • Disliked — It was in the middle of a construction zone at the time.
  • Stayed February 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 May 2008

We attended my sister in law's wedding at the Bougainvillea Resort on Barbados. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience there. The staff is excellent. Very friendly, took EXCELLENT care of many little details, etc. There were a few minor quibbles with the wedding coordinator. She could use some help in a few areas, but overall she did a fairly good job. We will definitely return to this resort when we return to Barbados someday soon. The food in the Lanterns restaurant was good. The food and the service at the other restaurant associated with the resort (sorry can't remember its name) were both excellent. The beach as beautiful, very very nice pool areas, live entertainment days & nights.

  • Liked — Personnel at the hotel were great
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 April 2008

We were not impressed on our first night at this hotel. We arrived 3.45pm and our room was not ready until 4.15pm. Extraordinarily late I feel. Seems to me that over the years access to hotel rooms has got later and later but this seems ridiculous.
There was a BBQ the night we arrived so we thought we'd stay for it. Unfortunately we found the food very poor and the atmosphere in the 'Lanterns by the sea' noisy and down market. Not a good start and infact I wondered whether I could stand it for a full week. However things improved greatly after a night's sleep and we ended up having a wonderful holiday though that wasn't entirely due to the hotel.

Let me explain . I liked the following aspects...

*the well equipped rooms.We had a deluxe suite which had a well equipped kitchen living area, separate bedroom and large
balcony and plenty of storage space.

* the beach was lovely and there were more than enough sunbeds for everyone anytime of day. You could ask for sun umbrellas if you failed to get the shaded positions, at no extra cost.

* the pools were not too crowded except about 4 o'clock in the afternoon.

*the stroll every morning into the St Lawrence gap area along the beach was just the right length - not too taxing ,but we always got a taxi at night.

*the fact that we could make our own breakfast and lunch if we were so inclined. We enjoyed a few take- aways with wine on the balcony lunch time because we ate out every evening in the Gap.

We were a little put out by the list of rules in the room information book. Maybe they 've had bad experiences but I really don't need to be told not to do the things they listed.

I thought the food in the hotel was of a poor standard. Hardly anyone ate in and the re was not atmosphere at night that would tempt you to stay. Don't have a meal plan at this hotel.There are fanastic eating places in the Gap. We tried

Josef's --first class food but little atmosphere and a disappointing setting. Expensive. Probably wouldn't go again.

Pisces--excellent food and atmosphere; lovely setting. Worth the money. Definitely worth another visit

Bellini's -excellent food, setting and atmosphere. Well worth a visit

39 Steps Lovely meal but a bit far from base to go to often

Cafe luna- one of the best meals I've ever had..... but pricey. Still I would return to this restaurant many times.

At the end of our stay we had to agree that we had had an amazing holiday, eating food cooked to the highest standard.....but not in the hotel.

We would however still return to the Bougainvillea using it as a base as the accommodation itself was spacious and well equipped

  • Liked — well equipped rooms
  • Disliked — food
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Essex
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Reviewed 21 April 2008

We have just returned from the Bougainvillea Beach Resort in Barbados where we spent 2 weeks with friends and family. we got married in the beautiful gardens overlooking the beach and we couldnt have asked for more. Our wedding coordinator Veronica was fabulous. The beach is one of the best on the Island .An ideal spot to stay as St Lawrence gap is near by with some of the best restaurants I have eaten in the world. Our accomodation was OK but the bathroom could have done with a make over. Saying that all the other rooms that our friends had were lovely. The pool area was very nice and just a step to the beach. The pool bar would be better with more staff with a fun personality except for Roxy who was lovely and always happy to see you.The bell boys were great and always happy. Most of the girls on reception were very nice maybe one or two could smile a bit more. The restaurant Lanterns by the sea could have been better. It was a bit hit and miss. Overall we had a fabulous holiday and would definitely visit the Bougainvillea again in the near future. Stephanie from UK

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — The bathroom in our room
  • Stayed February 2008
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Hyde Heath, Buckinghamshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2008

This is a wonderful resort that we thoroughly recommend in line with other reviewers. Good things: wonderful beach, high quality rooms with spacious balconies, beautifully landscaped grounds with flowers, waterfalls and pools, excellent service. All is clean and immaculately looked after. Please take the following quibbles in the light of this - we would happily stay there again.

1) We choose this resort as it had a kids club but this only runs if enough children sign up and this doesn't always happen. This makes it hard to plan trips and activities as you never know if you will have your children with you or not until the morning. This is an advertised service and they ought to offer it regardless.

2) The food at the Lanterns restaurant is really not good - such a shame as everything else is of such a high standard and the restaurant setting is perfect.

3) Check in is not until 4 o'clock and most flights get guests there for around two o'clock and are asked to just sit around for two hours - this is totally unacceptable given how exhausted you feel after a trans-atlantic flight - and very hard on small children. Make sure you insist your room is ready for you on arrival.

These things didn't ruin a wonderful holiday though so don't let us put you off!

  • Liked — Standard of rooms and beautiful beach
  • Disliked — Poor quality restaurant and late check in times
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with family
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2008

The Bougainvillea is a stunning hotel set in beautiful grounds on the South Coast of Barbados. My partner and I usually stay in 4 star hotels and this was marked a 3 star on a few websites…However this is definitely a 4 star !

From the minute we arrived we were greeted with bajan humour from the staff and given a rum punch and then shown to our room. We booked a deluxe studio and were more than happy with our room. The room was very clean and spacious and the balcony had a stunning view of the ocean. We stayed for 10 nights and had a ball! We were looking for a beach holiday but with activities if we fancied it. The beach is stunning and there is plenty of room to sunbathe without been cramped. Sometimes the ocean is rough as the hotel is located on the Atlantic side but it didn’t bother us….as there are nice pools to swim in at the hotel.

The staff are so friendly especially ROXY at the pool bar. All the staff take time to speak to you and are always eager to help.
There are two restaurants at the hotel. Lanterns which serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner & Water’s Edge which just serves Dinner. Lanterns was great for a buffet breakfast & lunch but we felt it lacked atmosphere at night. However they do a (take out) option and as our balcony was so big and had a lovely view we decided to eat in a few nights . We didn’t try Water’s Edge but it did look pricey. Pretty much every night we would get a cab to St Lawrence’s Gap (5-10 mins) which was a bay with restaurants on the water’s edge. We tried the majority of the restaurants there and loved them all. Pisces, Café Sol, Bellini’s & Harlequin were fantastic. The only negative with the hotel is there is a lack of bar area in the evenings. But as we would be in St Lawrence’s gap the majority of the time it really didn’t bother us.

Whilst we were there we did a Catamaran ride to swim with the turtles. This was on the Cool Running’s boat it was a fantastic day out and the staff were excellent. Bridgetown the capital is worth a visit too.

We don’t usually do write up’s on places we have stayed as the majority of people that write these moan about the springs in the beds. But please LISTEN to this review as we have visited many countries and were so pleased with our stay at the Bougainvillea Resort. We are already thinking about going next year.

One more thing enjoy the rum punch it’s delicious!!

London 25

Stayed March 2008
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Merseyside
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2008

Had 12 days at the end of January 2008. First time we had had a family holiday for 10 years, so had superior suite on 4th floor. As our kids are 27 and 23, the double pullout bed was supplemented by a single cot which was brought to our room within 5 minutes of suggesting same.

Room was well looked after, throughly cleaned each day and stocked with the welcome pack we ordered a week before arriving.

Bell boys were great and verfy helpfull. They took an interest
( maybe it was our 23 year old daughter? ) without being too matey.
The gilrs in reception and the waitresses were , without exception, efficient, friendly and professional.

The quality of the gym, sports room, beach sports equipment was very good. The one day trip we went on organised by the hotel ( swimming with turtles, snorkelling the wrecks off Bridgetown ) lasted from 8 til 12-30 and was far better than the similar mass groups sailing from Bridgetown. There were just 4 of us plus the captain.

Had 1 trip to Barbados golf club, 5 minutes by car. Excellent facilities, well worth it .

Car hire was fine, they came to the hotel, thje car was brand new BUT, beware. Road signs away from the main highway are almost non-existent. We drove to the East CoaST and it took us 2 hours to get to BATHSHEBA but only 35 minutes back.

All the locals were VERY friendly, stopping to ask if you had had a good holiday, stopping to let you cross the road even away from Crossings. Brilliant!! We walked back to the hotel a couple of nights arounfd midnight along the beach. There were 4 of us, and my 27 year old son is a weight-lifter but we were not in the slightest bit concerned.

The Gap has a great selection of restaurants. david's place took pride of place for us. Harlequin is run by a Reading FC fan and he added $1000 to our bill as I had a Bolton Wanderers Golf shirt on ... but didnt insist we pay the exess!!! Brilliant They had the best vegetarian choice.

Apart from flying Economy ( which coming back was awful for 2 six footers who cant sleep on planes) the whole experience was wonderful. You can see most of the island's highlights over 4 or 5 days by car which leaves a good week to relax , swim, etc. We visited a couple of really good hotels but , none had the super atmosphere Bougainvillea did and I'd certainly stay there again if we ever go back.

  • Liked — The Beach, the sea, the sky, the service.
  • Disliked — I only had 12 days
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Bougainvillea Beach Resort
Address: Maxwell Coast Road, Barbados
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Region: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Christ Church Parish
#6 Spa Hotel in Christ Church Parish
#8 Luxury Hotel in Christ Church Parish
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Christ Church Parish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Bougainvillea Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 138
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. 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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