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
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!!
I cannot express enough how wonderful this vacation was for my wife and me! Like many of the hotel's other guests, we have stayed at many very high-end resorts as well as boutique hotels and our complete experience at Barbuda Belle tops the list. Certainly, the fact that we were the only people there for several days and, even when there was another couple at the hotel it still felt like it was our own private island paradise, helped make it such a special and unique experience. But, the confluence of quality rooms, an amazing beach and ocean, friendly and attentive (but not overly so) staff, INCREDIBLE food, and complete serenity are really what made this such a special vacation for us.
While everyone we encountered were friendly and professional, we interacted with some of the staff more than others and would like to express our appreciation for their efforts. Claudette was incredibly professional and made us feel welcomed and special while remaining very unobtrusive (something we were concerned about when booking a trip to a destination with so few rooms and guests). Chef Jean-Louis, well, what can be said about having your own personal, world-class chef not only preparing his recommended meals for your delight but also catching them that morning! Another concern we had prior to booking was that we might get bored with the food on an 8 night stay, that concern was quickly dismissed when non-other than an Iron Chef, who was also a guest at the hotel, assured us that first night that we are about to embark on a wonderful culinary experience! Boy was he right. The food was beyond compare.
Jermaine and Janice were both very attentive and did an outstanding job making sure we were well serviced and our thirsts were quenched. Ann Marie was exceptional, she is as professional and detail focused as just about any waitress in any top restaurant. And the housekeeping was phenomenal, Collette did an outstanding job of keeping our room in top shape. The guys we interacted with were great too, Relly, Norman, and Straight are very strong at what they do at the hotel.
We miss Barbuda Belle terribly! Our morning runs on the breathtaking beach, bathing in the amazing waters, the welcoming people of Barbuda, and, of course, the amazing food. We very much look forward to finding the opportunity to return soon to our new, favorite place on earth!
We spent a wonderful night at Barbuda Belle. Relton picked us up at the airport, took us on a great tour of the Frigate Sanctuary, and delivered us to Barbuda Belle. We were greeted by Claudette and Janice, who took wonderful care of us for the next 24 hours. We had a delicious lunch followed by a swim on the stunning beach. Then Relton took us on a kayak tour of the mangroves, which was also great. The food was amazing, as were our room, the staff and the setting! Thank you all Barbuda Belle staff!
Our family of 4 (with two grown up daughters) stayed at Barbuda Belle for one week at the end of March-beginning of April 2017-
Our stay there has been absolutely fantastic. We enjoyed every moment of it!
First of all we would like to say that the bungalows are by far the best in all the island (we have seen the others during our excursions) : they are beautiful, comfortable and really integrated in the environment. All power is solar (so no generator hum at all)
The food prepared by the cook Jean Louis was extremely good; he always checked with us what we wanted an prepared it for us. He also prepared a fantastic birthday cake for my wife which all the staff brought to her! . And we are sure he liked to be able to talk French with us (we understand a bit of French ...)
The staff lead by Claudette has always be kind with us, and we particularly appreciated the genuine willingness to make us happy which was much more important to us than any minor imperfection in the service.
in terms of activities we went to the pink beach by Golf Cart , to princess Diana beach (by boat and then by car) to Fish Creek for snorkelling, and to the Bird Sanctuary, both the latter by boat.
It has been for us a truly unforgettable holiday, in a fantastic environment and with the most exquisite hospitality: we will definitely recommend Barbuda Belle to anybody and, should we come back to Barbuda, we will definitely stay at Barbuda Belle!