The hotel is one which champions simplicity without sacrificing elegance, in a building that dates from 1884. A small Reception opens on to a large, airy lounge area with comfy couches scattered with plump cushions in sunny shades of turquoise and orange. Beautiful sea shells, a tall ship model and black and white images of Barbadian life add homey touches to this already cosy room.
To one side, dominating the room is a long, wooden bar decorated with old-fashioned light fittings that get that rustic-chic feel just right. The "when I grow weary I go to the sea" sign dangling overhead draws our eyes to the adjacent deck; from here guests enjoy alfresco dining with never ending views of a sometimes choppy Atlantic Ocean.
While there might not be a beach safe for swimming in these parts, the hotel has itself a kidney-shaped swimming pool with waterfall feature, seemingly perched on the edge of the cliff. Several sun loungers, green parasols and driftwood daybeds are positioned on varying levels of pool deck, all with ocean views.
Back inside, a sunken dining area with the same contemporary seaside-chic attributes is at the heart of the hotel. The white shutters when open allow for lashings of natural light and brilliant views of the Atlantic.
As lovely as the hotel is, it is best used as a base for exploring the island, or for pure and simple relaxation; for apart from the swimming pool, there are no leisure facilities on site. Those who need to be constantly entertained, or those with children who need to be kept busy, might have a hard time here...