Hotel Treasure Beach Hotel 4 star
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Paynes Bay, St James, Barbados Paynes Bay, Barbados -
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"X marks the spot," and this time we found the treasure! Treasure Beach, easily one of our favourite properties in Barbados, is a charming hotel with a quiet, unassuming elegance. Opening its doors in 1977, it has since become a favourite destination for romantic holidaymakers, gathering a loyal band of repeat visitors along the way. With few on-site leisure facilities, Treasure Beach is best suited to those looking for nothing more than pure relaxation in a tranquil Barbadian setting...

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    Location 9.06 /10

    Overlooking Paynes Bay on Barbados's "Platinum Coast" (west coast), Treasure Beach is about 15 miles from the Grantley Adams International Airport. It is a short drive to Holetown (famous for its nightlife) and about 20 minutes by car to Bridgetown.

    Accommodation 9.45 /10

    Accommodation is divided into garden view suites, pool view suites and ocean view suites. There are also three "VIP Suites" known as Hummingbird, Hibiscus and Hemingway which are found on the upper floors. The only let down is that there are three storeys of guest rooms and no elevator so less mobile guests would be better off requesting rooms on the ground floor.

    The ocean view suites were our favourites; tastefully decorated, they are the epitome of Caribbean elegance. They are also very spacious, with a separate bedroom and living room and ensuite bathroom. Immaculate and flooded with natural light, they are discreetly luxurious with coral stone walls and comfortable furnishings. The living area opens on to a large, furnished balcony whose railings have succumbed to lovely climbing vines. We loved the little touches such as the subtle scent of mint, the fresh orchids scattered throughout the room, the local pottery lamp bases, or even the little book exchange in the salon.

    In the bedroom, the large bed was draped in comfortable cream linens and littered with pillows and cushions in quaint pineapple and palm tree prints. The nearby armchair is upholstered in matching fabric, while the cream drapes and wooden furnishings keep the tone of the room light, yet smart, understated and distinctly Caribbean at the same time. All suites boast a Sony flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a mini fridge with complimentary water.

    The ensuite bathroom meanwhile, is spacious like the rest of the suite, with a separate bathtub and shower and a large, wooden vanity with his and hers sinks. We appreciated the fluffy bathrobes and the indulgent Molton Brown toiletries.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    Treasure Beach is a four star property of only 34 rooms, set out over 2 acres of prime beachfront. The biggest surprise was discovering a beautiful, hidden gem; guests might not get this impression straight away upon entering the small, nondescript lobby via the hotel car park. But this is what makes what is beyond the hotel entrance all the more sweet! Richard, the gentleman behind the bar which is named after him (see Food and Drink) said "Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to find our treasure!" And he has a point.

    The hotel itself is arranged in a horseshoe shape around a central pool and lush tropical gardens. An enormous, shady mahogany tree marks the frontier between the hotel and the beach. This is a hotel made for holidaymakers who delight in the art of doing nothing; which is why most guests are couples, and even older couples. Also, the leisure facilities are few and far between; forget scheduled group activities or sporty pursuits, there is but a small gym tucked away at the side of the hotel and a cosy, air conditioned lounge with massive television, DVD player and library.

    The medium-sized freshwater swimming pool, like a lagoon at the heart of the hotel, is lined with a few sun loungers, forest green parasols and outdoor settings. From here it's only a few steps to the beach. In the evenings, several fire torches are placed around the pool to create a warm ambiance. We also loved the climbing plants adorning the hotel exterior and the lush, well-maintained gardens - obviously a source of pride for the hotel.

    Food and drink 9.20 /10

    Alfresco, the restaurant at Treasure Beach, is a delightful place for a meal but especially so at dinner. By night, it is an ambient, intimate dining choice and is helped further by not only the excellent food but the professional and efficient service from the wait staff. The fine cuisine, combined with the glow of candlelight and nearby fire torches create an elegant, romantic atmosphere.

    The international menu features a variety of dishes (at least six options for each course), with the menu (main dishes) changing every day. We loved the starters such as pan seared foie gras with mache, orange and brioche (BBD$64, £19.75), or the coconut crusted Caribbean shrimp with spicy mango dipping sauce (BBD$36, £11.10). The mains were just as tantalising; Atlantic scallops marinated in Bajan spices, sautéed and served in creamed organic leeks with fresh asparagus and Parisian potatoes (BBD$70, £21.60), or the lime marinated pork chop with a tamarind and ginger glaze, sweet potato purée, curried plantain and pineapple salsa (BBD$56, £17.25).

    The breakfast buffet was a standard affair of continental and cooked selections, so somehow the magic of Alfresco was lost from the night before... Complimentary afternoon tea is served everyday between 4:00pm and 5:00pm where guests can savour scones with jam and cream delicate finger sandwiches and choose from a large selection of tea and infusions. The management cocktail and BBQ party is held on the pool deck once a week.

    For that pre-dinner cocktail, guests should head to Richard's Bar, where head bartender Richard has been mixing his concoctions for over 30 years. All the bartenders are kitted out in smart black and white and snazzy bow ties, setting the dress standards for everybody else.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    We loved Treasure Beach but unfortunately we found the beach its most disappointing aspect. Despite the refreshing Caribbean waters, the sea bottom directly in front of the hotel is covered in large expanses of rocks which can cause some pain unless equipped with special reef footwear. Admittedly, there are less rocky parts on either side. In the heart of Paynes Bay, Treasure Beach's stretch of sand is probably not as beautiful as those found on the island's south side; however the sea is generally calmer on the west coast. Beach chairs, parasols and showers are also available, as is service from the beach attendants who distribute refreshments. Water sports are not available on-site.

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    To know

    Children are welcomed at the hotel during Christmas, Easter and summer holidays only.
    WIFI connection is complimentary throughout the hotel. The hotel computer with Internet access may also be used free of charge.
    The hotel closes its doors every September.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      keep fit, massage, spa, beauty salon, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness, gym, sports, golf, beach volley, water-polo, tennis

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The beautiful suites
    • Alfresco, the on-site restaurant
    • Small, intimate property

    disadvantages

    • Few leisure facilities
    • The beach
    • No dedicated children's facilities

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score nc/10