Bougainvillea Beach Resort
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Bougainvillea Beach Resort in Maxwell (Parish of Christ Church), you’ll be minutes from Maxwell Beach and close to Dover Beach. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of St. Lawrence Bay and Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary.
Make yourself at home in one of the 100 air-conditioned rooms featuring microwaves and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private furnished balconies or patios. Cable programming and iPod docking stations are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 3 outdoor swimming pools, an outdoor tennis court, and a sauna. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). If you’d like to spend the day shopping, you can hop on the shuttle (surcharge).
Food & Drink
Grab a bite at one of the resort’s 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Meet other guests and eat at a complimentary reception. Relax with a refreshing drink from a swim-up bar or one of the 2 bars/lounges. Buffet breakfasts are available daily from 7 AM to 10:30 AM for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Planning an event in Maxwell? This resort has 814 square feet (76 square meters) of space consisting of conference space and a meeting room. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
The only negative for this hotel was that in June the seaweed issue meant that we couldn't swim in the sea and even walking through the surf resulted in feet and legs covered in it. Hotel offered complimentary transport to unaffected beaches but not the same as walking from your room...apparently a problem for last few years in spring and summer so beware.
End of negative!
We stayed on the west coast at Colony club in week 2, the room standard at Bougainvillea was far superior, much better appointed and bed was fantastic, perhaps lower starred hotels try harder to please? Bougainvillea was half the price too!!
Staff were all great, friendly and helpful. Ate at Siam restaurant which was lovely. First night room service dinner was brilliant!! Great to have a mini kitchen for breakfasts and lunches. Z busses find you at end of the street and 2bbd will take you to a multitude of restaurants and supermarket. We paid our birthday before checkout and handed beach towels and bags back at same time without issue.Shame about the seaweed but a lovely hotel nonetheless.
Nice hotel with friendly and attentive staff. Our room was spacious, very clean, nicely tiled and decorated. Grounds were kept very clean and nicely landscaped.
Very quite and relaxing atmosphere. They have a nice, adults only, swim up bar and a separate children's pool. Happy hour from 3:30-4:30 unfortunately consists only of local beer and rum punch drinks that are nicely prepared by the friendly bartenders - Jose, Kevan, Nicholas and Gregory deserve a shout-out!
Nice open air restaurant with friendly staff and nice breakfast selections for buffet or Al-a-carte. (try the pancakes!)
Plenty of lounge chairs by the pool area and beach to accommodate guests. Only drawback, and no fault of the hotel, was the Sargassum seaweed which made the ocean unsightly and un-swimmable. I would check with the hotel prior to booking on seaweed situation otherwise you will be disappointed. You can take a cab to the other side of the Island where the seaweed has not affected the water but it will cost you cab fair and you will have to pay for chair and towel rental.
Take a cab ride to St.Lawrence Gap for a selection of nice restaurants and don't miss the Friday Night Fish Fry at Oistins - lots of fun !
All in all we had a great time and would definitely return.
My family of four stayed at the Bougainvillea for five nights in early July 2018. We had a Junior Suite for the four of us. The king-size bed my husband and I shared was excellent! We slept beautifully every night. The sofa bed our teenage daughters shared was uncomfortable. So we put the mattress on the floor and they slept just fine. The suite had both ceiling fans and air conditioning which made for ideal climate control. The rooms were always clean, the bathroom was fully stocked with fresh towels daily. Every room at this hotel faces the ocean/pool area; the views are excellent. The main restaurant onsite had an excellent (but costly) breakfast buffet. The selection was good and the buffet was refilled often. The lunch menu was also excellent and fairly priced. The wait staff were attentive, constantly filling our water glasses. The only negative thing about our time there (which is totally beyond the hotel's control) was the ocean. The water was brown due to a problem that the south and east coasts of the island are having with sargassum seaweed. Because the seaweed was finely ground up, it was impossible to skim/clean from the water. Sadly, this made the otherwise beautiful beach un-swimmable. (Several islands in the Caribbean are having this problem.) This meant that we spent most of our time poolside, which wasn't bad because the hotel's pool area is great. It also meant that we cabbed it 15 minutes north to beach areas that were crystal-clear and beautiful.
A typical beachside hotel, quite extensive, but nothing out of the ordinary. Our room was comfortable without being anything special. The room had a small kitchenette which was useful for guests wishing to prepare simple meals and eat in. Unfortunately in the room next to us was a family who had very early breakfasts and made a noise doing so. This is something to ask about on check-in if you don't want your sleep distrubed.
Our bathroom was modern with a good shower but there were maintenance issues like a pop-up plug on our basin being broken. There was a small balcony with table and chairs.
WiFi was okay but dropped out a few times and was not very fast.
The restaurant was reasonable. We had dinner and breakfast but neither was particularly memorable. Our main course was served before our drinks arrived!
The pool is free-form but smallish with a bar. There are some sunbeds. There is a bigger pool in an adjacent wing of the hotel which was relatively unoccupied when we were there. Maybe guests were unaware of its existence.
The beach is small, lying adjacent to Sandals, but the sea was clogged with Sargassum weed turning it a dark chocolate colour. Weed was also being washed up onto the seashore. This precluded any swimming. Barbados is not the only Caribbean island affected by this weed and it is important to choose your hotel very carefully to avoid this if you plan to swim in the sea. Beaches further up the West coast of Barbados do not have this problem.
There is a lot of irritating bureaucracy attached to the hotel which sees a lot of package deal traffic. For example, you cannot put breakfast or drinks on your bill on the morning of check-out. It is written somewhere in the hotel information that no one bothers to read. Instead you have to pay separately by cash or card. Maybe this rule is the result of some guests doing a runner without paying their bills but for the vast majority of honest guests, it seems an unnecessary hassle which does the image of the hotel no good at all. We came with no cash or credit cards to breakfast but argued the toss with management but it took 10 mins to get them to put our breakfasts on the bill. Another guest with a hip problem wasn't so lucky and had to return (painfully) to his room for his credit cards. We saw him at reception complaining about it.
We also had a bill through our door the day before check-out for our beach towels and a beach bag the hotel provided which presumably served as a warning that we would be charged for both if we didn’t hand them in before departure. In fact the whole idea is that you settle your hotel bill the night before departure which of course leaves you with no beach towels if you wish to swim on the morning of your departure. In order to return the beach towels you need to go to a booth by the beach to swop them for cards which you then hand into reception on paying the bill. This is another own goal by the hotel.
Service was mixed. The front desk staff were good and helpful. We found some of the restaurant staff less agreeably and at times a bit surly.
All in all, not a great experience. There are better hotels of equivalent standard to stay in in Barbados. And, by the way, it costs far more to get a taxi from the hotel to the airport than it costs from the airport to the hotel. In most places it's the other way around.
Overall had a good time at Bougainvillea. The grounds were very nice and picturesque. Staff was pleasant and the units were renovated quite tastefully. I didn't find the seaweed to be a big issue. It's an issue all over the West Indies and it's unfair to blame the hotel for that. They also try to clear it daily and IMO there wasn't that much of it on the beach. It was in the water though but I still saw people out there enjoying the water. The bar is good. Great drinks (rum punch was excellent). There was a manager's party which consisted of everyone hanging out on the grounds and having a bit of a party with free drinks for the hour. There was some live entertainment and BBQ on the beach. There weren't too many kids around but there were a few. Its a kid friendly hotel (there's a kid pool) but I mostly saw couples and singles aged 25+. there are 3 pools I believe.
The hotel is a bit off the beaten path so there isn't much as far as entertainment, shopping, restaurants in the immediate area, but The St Lawrence Gap is about a 15 minute walk along the beach. You'll get a good amount of food and entertainment. Oistins isn't that long of a cab ride either. There is a restaurant down the road (was closed my whole stay though) and a mini mart/bar a few minutes away.
My only issues were with the Wifi which was spotty at best. I don't know if it was because of my room or not, but my connection dropped every 5 minutes. This happened throughout my stay.
Food at Lanterns was hit or miss. The breakfast was good. Could order from the menu or take part in the buffet. Good variety.
I had 2 different flying fish meals and they were both below average. One was the flying fish sandwich. The fish was way too salty. Like extremely salty. I gave it another shot and ordered the flying fish wrap. Same issue. Overly salty fish and the wrap was full of mayo. It was leaking through the bread. I didn't finish it. The staff was pleasant though.
Lastly, there was a strong odor coming from the bathroom. It was a sewer-like smell which made me wonder if the toilet was flushing completely or if it stemmed from Barbados' sewage problem which I thought had been dealt with.