Treasure Beach by Elegant Hotels – Adults Only
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- On a lovely stretch of white sand beach with loads of water sports available
- Friendly, unpretentious atmosphere
- A restaurant frequented by locals
- Cold fruit skewers and frozen washcloths delivered to sunbathers
What To Know
- A 10 percent hotel service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Refurbished in 2012
- Best for those looking for a quiet, reserved stay
- Ground-floor suites are less private; third-floor suites have high, pitched ceilings
- 40-foot catamarans anchor 200 feet offshore for snorkeling
- The hotel is closed August 31 – October 17, 2014
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Along Paynes Bay, one of the best beaches on Barbados, sits Treasure Beach, a classic Caribbean retreat. Turtles amble up the beach, windsurfers glide on impossibly clear water, and couples sunbathe under palms. Staff members here are lifers, which might explain the relaxed, unfussy atmosphere. After the hotel’s 1977 opening, the Concorde started Saturday morning service, hurling rock stars and royals from London to Bridgetown in time for lunch. In its heyday Treasure Beach attracted loads of celebrities, who frolicked in the warm waters — it’s rumored that even Dame Judi Dench made an appearance. The hotel recently underwent a refurbishment, which included the addition of a new Spa Suite.
Bed and Bath
Each of the 35 suites has been spruced up with Bajan accents such as coral stone walls, creamy terra-cotta floors and white bamboo furnishings, plus a private patio or balcony. Plasma TVs are in bedrooms as opposed to living areas — a small touch, but one that encourages an unplugged vibe (all rooms do have air conditioning), and three of the Deluxe Suites also include private plunge pools.
At the restaurant, tables spill out poolside, acting like a gentle stop sign to bathing suits and bare feet. In the kitchen, Kirk Kirton, a local chef with a following, keeps things interesting with daily menus featuring such dishes as poached shrimp with pickled breadfruit tian or seared yellowfin with green peppercorn and brandy cream. Richard’s Bar is named after its grandfatherly bartender, who has been crushing ice for piña coladas (apparently to smooth perfection) since the hotel opened.
How to Get There
We have stayed at this hotel on a number of occasions prior to its recent take over by Elegant Hotels. It remains a small select child free hotel that has had a bit of a makeover since our last visit. Only a few of the original staff remain.
Our room was very good with housekeeping doing an excellent job.The breakfasts and bar snacks remain very good with a greater choice.The service was however spasmodic.
The friendliness and general demeanour of the staff was questionable at times with almost a reluctance to deal with problems in an efficient and courteous manner. Baxter, Rasheed and Trivone however provided an excellent service throughout our stay.
This hotel is expensive in a lovely beach front location close to fantastic restaurants but our customer experience did not match previous stays. Elegant Hotels need to up their game at Treasure Beach otherwise regular customers will drift away.
We stayed at the hotel for a week for a much needed rest . The room was lovely with a separate lounge with lovely views over the pool and sea, very clean and well appointed.
The beach is beautiful and great for walking, and the hotel is well positioned between Holetown and Bridgetown for shopping.
But the best thing about the hotel is the food and staff.The staff were so attentive and when things were busy the manager and general manager helped to make sure all things went smoothly in the restaurant.There are too many good staff to name them all but Ian and Jabarry are two of many that made trip memorable
I might be picky, but for US$ 550 a night my expectations are high.
Small cozy hotel with around 35 rooms and no under the age of 18 allowed.
Welcoming staff that overflows you with information.
Rooms are spacious with a separate bedroom and a big bathroom with a tub as well as a separate shower. Bed is very comfy. Housekeeping is outstanding.
Living room spacious enough to fit a small desk so you don't have to have your laptop in your lap while working.
Breakfast is served in the Tapestry Restaurant on the premises and has a la carte menu. The buffet is quite small with the full English in chafing dishes. Other hot items are ordered from the a la carte like pancakes or Eggs Benedictine.
Some fruit, one plain yoghurt, some cereals, some ham and cubed cheese.
Big downside, and I think it's a big one and easily fixed, is the selection of bread and cold cuts is very poor. If there is bread at all! Which happens one morning and I guess the staff ran to the services across the road and bought some toast bread... Only white and whole weet toast bread is normally available. No rolls or anything. A few pastries and croissants a side from that. No tomatoes or cucumber.
The breakfast has the same inconsistency as the dinner. Soft boiled eggs served raw or hard like a bullet. One day good, the other a disaster. One day you can place your order and the next no one cares even when you remind them you want to order.
Coffee is mostly week and you hardly see a smile on the staff. They just looks like they hate thier jobs. I would say place is a shamble but they picked themselves up a bit. Still a lot of confusion and a lot of inconsistencies.
Poolside service by the excellent Carl Baxter. Refilles your water through out the day. Serving a skewer with grapes and a tub of ice cream daily in the afternoon at you sunbed. A cold face towel also brought to you during the day. He also takes your orders for poolside drinks and food. But is immediately clear when Carl has his days off work!
6 days a week the hotel offers Sundowner drinks by the beach to watch the sunset and mingle with the other guests. The 7th evening is the managers cocktail party.
For dinner see review of Tapasrty restaurant.
With Elegant hotels taken over there is also a new non-smoking policy in place. Meaning that you can't smoke on your own patio or balcony. Ridiculous!
Housekeeping, Ian and Carl seems to be the only working parts, besides front desk, in this expensive and so called luxury hotel. Step up is all I can say when you pay around US$500 a night.
Grounds and pool area well kept except for the big flowerbed circling the big mahogany tree. This needs an urgent update.
Late check-out: They gracefully gave me 1 hour extra.
So check-out 1 pm instead of noon. Flight at 5 pm. I just can't belive they need two hours to get the room ready for the next guest! It takes a maximum of 30 minutes.
Stayed 3 nights post cruise a great place nice pool area rooms good layout and a couple of steps down to the beach and swimming in the sea, happy hour at the bar 4-5 p.m. then cocktails 5-6 p.m.to watch the sunset.
Breakfast good selection and pool bar serving drinks and snacks small swimming pool and plenty of sun beds.
Staff pleasant and very helpful.
Adults only so nice and peaceful
Hope to return next year.
This is certainly a very special place. The hotel, the location and the other guests are quiet and refined. The beach is one of the most outstanding swimming beaches anywhere. We highly recommend the plunge pool suites.
Exceptional staff members were Jermaine and Jabarry (restaurant), Jonathan and Carl (beach), the housekeeping and maintenance staff, and Sabrina and others at the front desk who facilitated dinners and other arrangements for us each day which made for a relaxing vacation. Lisa, the General Manager, ensured that all the guest’s needs were met with her constant presence.
Breakfast was a wonderful way to start our day and there are many dining options at the hotel and nearby that will satisfy everyone.
Treasure beach is a treasure.