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
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.
How to Get There
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!
Stayed in February for 3 nights. Everything about this hotel is high class. The rooms are beautifully designed to blend with the nature, and with the ocean view on one side and mangroves on the other the veranda is really something special. Staff are very accommodating, they arranged a wonderful romantic picnic on the deserted beach for us and were very pleasant without being intrusive. It was my birthday during the stay and in the evening they arranged the most beautiful table on the beach for us , surrounded by tiki torches , under the stars. Chef went into the sea in the dark to find two lobsters and cooked them immediately. That's what I call fresh.
Food is really something special at this hotel. You order breakfast and then some extras arrive like freshly made pancakes or churros with chocolate sauce, on the top of what you ordered! It was always a pleasure to anticipate a meal time: breakfast, lunch or dinner. We always knew it will be something special.
The hotel location is hard to beat. It is far away from all the day trippers from Antigua, so you feel like you are staying on uninhabited island instead of just a hotel.
We did get bitten by sand flies a bit, but that's just the way it is on the islands. The restaurant has a special anti-bug spray built into the roof of it's verandah, which was very effective.
In fact, I would go back again and again , that's how good this hotel is. I hope it stays exactly the same at least for a few years..
We travel a lot and work in the top end of the service industry. Barbuda Belle is exceptional in its tranquility due to the unsurpassed location. It is understated elegance with very good and friendly Service. Great Food and Drinks too...