What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
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 seven 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.
In the Area
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.
How to Get There
I think it will take all my writing skills to describe how much we enjoyed the Barbuda Belle without writing page after page, but I will try. We were scheduled come last year about this time when the hurricane devastated the entire island. We had already made a sizable deposit so naturally were concerned. The Belle offered to honor our deposit and give us a sizable discount if we would return at a later date. So we did.
Presently the only way to get to Barbuda is from Antiqua (unless you charter a private plane). The island has a small but adequate landing strip and our flight took about 15-20 minutes using a small aircraft with a maximum capacity of 8 persons.
Upon landing we were greeted by the properly manager, Claudette, upon arrival, got in a pick up with luggage in back and driven through town still showing many effects of the hurricane, and five minutes later we arrived at a boat dock. We had no idea we were going to boat to our destination. After a ride of 15 minutes we arrived at the Barbuda Belle and greeted warmly by the small staff.
Our stilted college offered a large outdoor breezy porch, a four poster mosquito proof netted bed and bathroom with a wonderful shower with large fluffy towels.
But the most amazing thing, besides the view of the ocean, was the food. We can only gush at how wonderful the chef was. Three meals a day were a culinary delight. If you are a foodie this is the place for you. I humbly suggest that it is worth coming here for the food if nothing else.
The place is completely environmentally sufficient with solar panels supplying electricity and water desalination treatment. The lodge is beautiful with a fully equipped bar. There are big plans for the island’s future with a possible golf course and expanded international airport.
We went to Barbuda belle for a day and had lunch there. The hotel was completely rebuilt after Irma and is looking absolutely stunning! Food was delicious and fresh, and prices were fine (1 drink + generous starter + main at $50)! The staff spoiled us and were really lovely. Barbuda Belle's pink sand beach is a must-see on the island and most likely you'll have an 11 miles beach to yourself. If you are looking for the perfect sea-view lunch, this place is for you!
Barbuda Belle is one of the most beautiful hotels in the world! Very private, with only 7 luxe bungalows. Views that will melt your heart. And a dedicated staff that will provide the highest level of service possible. From Jean Louis, your french chef, to Afiya, your excellent masseuse, the dining room staff of Gina and Ann Marie, the excursion and water craft of Muriah and Scott, everyone is focused on making your stay wonderful. At all times Claudette is managing your experience, making certain that her staff delivers.
Most relaxing and reinvigorating vacation we can imagine. We'll be back!!