Feeling as if you’re staying on your own private island, what with miles of untouched beaches and tropical forests
Admiring the Caribbean Sea from your bungalow’s air-conditioned four-poster bed
Kayaking through the nearby mangroves while watching rare seabirds fly by
What To Know
Getting here typically involves at least two flights and a speedboat ride
Bungalows are scattered along a quiet shoreline, meaning it’s possible to never cross paths with other guests
Reliable WiFi throughout the property
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A secluded beachfront hotel on the untouched Caribbean island of Barbuda that embodies the true meaning of barefoot luxury
One of the defining elements of this eco-conscious luxury property is its location: a deserted and seemingly endless beach in mostly undiscovered Barbuda. The wildlife sanctuary of Codrington Lagoon Park, a mangrove forest that’s home to the largest frigate bird population in the western hemisphere, is just minutes away. Lush nature is all around, and Barbuda Belle bows to its rugged surroundings by creating an atmosphere that’s elegant yet thoroughly rustic, with a series of pitched-roof structures featuring a straightforward combination of hardwood, bamboo, and glass. The entire property, which includes a clubhouse and restaurant, is solar-powered — a sustainable practice befitting this little slice of paradise.
Barbuda Belle’s six standalone bungalows, built on stilts, display an island-chic combination of wicker armchairs, ivory linens, sculptural floor lamps, and ample windows overlooking pink-tinged sands and turquoise waters. Spacious alfresco balconies are furnished with pillowed sofas and dining tables. Although the bungalows aren’t fully air-conditioned, a novel cooling system was installed above each four-poster bed, creating a netted microclimate conducive to comfortable sleep.
French-born chef Luc Izard heads the kitchen at The Mangrove, where guests have breakfast and dinner (lunch is delivered to your perch on the beach or anywhere else on the property). Dishes are influenced by Gallic cuisine but prepared using fresh local ingredients like just-off-the-boat spiny lobster and red snapper.
Barbuda is a 20-minute flight or 90-minute ferry ride away from big sister Antigua. Upon arrival, guests are whisked away on a speedboat—cocktails in hand—to reach the hotel on the northern end of this barely populated 62-square-mile island.