Little Arches Boutique Hotel Barbados – Adults only
What We Love
- That triangular pool will look amazing on your Instagram feed
- Café Luna’s Mediterranean-Asian-Caribbean food is a surprisingly good combination
- Staff will carry sun loungers to the beach for you
What To Know
- The hotel is adults only
- Book for a week or longer and daily breakfast will be included in the rate
- The free bicycles are all tandems
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Mediterranean design meets the Caribbean beach at this romantic and intimate adults-only hideaway on Barbados's southern coast
It’d be easy to while away an afternoon debating whether the pool or the sea is a more beautiful turquoise, but why bother? They’re both sufficiently alluring that you might spend your entire holiday going from one to the other and back again. Little Arches, a small boutique hotel with a Mediterranean feel, is just across the road from the white sands of Enterprise Beach (locals refer to it as “Miami Beach”), one of Barbados’ hidden secrets and blissfully free of tourists. When you’re not sunning yourself by the water, the cool Italian terracotta floors and four-poster beds of the hotel’s ten airy rooms will beckon; if you’re splashing out, consider the Luxury Ocean Suite, which has a private terrace with its own plunge pool. The ambience, with mosaics, archways, and tropical flowers, is intimate and the staff are warm and welcoming. The restaurant is on the roof and makes an excellent spot for a sunset cocktail, and while the mini-spa, tucked away in the garden is tiny, you can get massages or facials in your room, or even—why not?—on the pool deck.
In the Area
Little Arches sits on the southern coast of Barbados at the edge of a fishing village. Oistins has a popular Friday night fish fry that includes live music, stalls selling handicrafts, and heaping plates of swordfish, tuna, and mahi-mahi cooked to order. It’s an easy walk from the hotel. Other nearby activities include yachting, mountain biking and tennis, and the hotel can help arrange boat charters for scuba diving or simply cruising the waters of the Caribbean. The Barbados Golf Club is two miles away, while Bridgetown, the island’s capital, is a seven-mile drive; there you’ll find a wider variety of shops and restaurants as well as some beautiful colonial architecture.
How to Get There
My wife and I traveled to Little Arches in February 2019 to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We typically stay in all inclusive resorts on the islands to just stay and relax but decided to try something new with Little Arches in Barbados. We could not be happier. The hotel is simply beautiful and the people are even better! Terrific service from the moment we arrived - very involved with our stay and knowledgeable about each activity we had planned - spa services, rum tour, submarine tour, catamaran tour. They arranged all of our excursions perfectly. And Sean was great at arranging chairs and and umbrellas for the beach each day. One great part is the breakfast at Cafe Luna (free if you stay 7 or more days) and the dinners. The food was exceptional and the people are just wonderful. I would hate to single anyone out at the risk of missing anyone - they were all that good. So good that we reserved a spot to come back next year already!
A wonderful place to stay in Barbados if you seek comfort, quiet and friendly service. Rooms all differ but are nicely furnished with spacious bathrooms. One caution, not the hotel's fault.. the beautiful beach across the street is subject to seaweed infestation, so not good for beach lovers, but a small cove down the street is clearer.
We found this a difficult hotel to review because there is so much to like about it but a couple of things slightly affected our opinion. We had booked an ocean view room and requested an upper floor room, which the hotel were kind enough to provide so we had the best view of the 10 rooms (room 5). The room was slightly smaller than some of the others but a slight lack of drawer space was made up with plenty of hanging space and was overall comfortable.
Our room was below the restaurant and although this generally was not a problem as the kitchen closed at 9.30, on one night a large party of unruly guests (the hotel's description!) included several young children who were thumping about until after 11. The Cafe Luna restaurant is a separate business from the hotel and, unlike the hotel, is not adults only. This was a one off during our stay and the hotel staff were very apologetic. Unfortunately, our room was also next to the restaurant's kitchen so we were often 'treated' to cooking smells which made the use of our lovely balcony less attractive.
All the rooms are different and our choice turned out to be not quite what we wanted. Knowing now how helpful and knowledgeable the staff are we should have contacted them for a more detailed description to aid our selection.
Apart from this the hotel was wonderful. If you stayed for seven or more days you were given free breakfasts at the Cafe Luna consisting of coffee, fruit juice and one item from the extensive and varied menu that ranged from cereals to the full English with several interesting local dishes as well. Cafe Luna was deservedly very popular with non-residents and was the best restaurant by far in the area. We had three meals there and each was excellent as well as being enhanced by a beautiful setting.
The hotel has a small pool with comfortable surrounds while the hotel is just a couple of minutes walk from the lovely Enterprise Beach. You simply inform the reception desk that you want to go to the beach and they will arrange sunbeds and umbrellas to be taken down and placed in the position of your choosing. The hotel will even provide ice cold beers in a cool bag for a price not much more than you pay in a supermarket. The hotel is also about 10 minutes walk to Oistins, which makes it handy for shopping and buses, although we found that the famous Fish Fry was not really to our taste.
The hotel adds value with several nice touches - welcoming rum and rum cake in your room, a cheese and wine platter and a generous manager's cocktail party.
All reviewers mention Little Arches wonderful staff and we can only agree - without exception they were friendly and helpful but the team on the reception desk were on another level and would grace the best hotels. On two occasions they booked restaurant tables for us and each time we ended up with the best table in the venue - we suspect this was not coincidence!
A lovely little hotel with only ten rooms (no children). Owners and staff couldn't be more friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Welcome gift on arrival set the trend for a very pleasant stay. One night there was a barbecue for all guests and another there was a cocktail night (very generous with the drinks) which gave you chance to get to know the other guests. Easy 5 minutes walk to Oistins where local food can be sampled on an evening. Our room was very spacious and other guests were pleased with theirs too. Restaurant is run separately even though it is on the same premises. Food was excellent and a varied menu. If you fancied a breakfast out of the hotel try The Surfers café (about 10 mins walk away) excellent location and food
We had an excellent start to our honeymoon at Little Arches. All the staff, especially Tara and Sandra, were so welcoming and helpful throughout our stay. We felt like we got good, honest advice from them on what to do, who to go with etc and didn't feel pressured at all. We appreciated the little touches like rum cake in our room, the nightly turn down service and Wednesday cocktails.
The hotel is just over the road from a beautiful white beach and about 5-10 minutes walk from Oistins. There is a small pool and you can eat under the stars at Cafe Luna upstairs.
When we booked, the poolside rooms were gone so we ended up in a garden room, which was spacious and had a great en-suite, though it was a little dark in the daytime. Given the quality of the hotel and the service it was a little disappointing that breakfast is only included for stays of 7+ nights - maybe a simple, continental-style breakfast could be provided?