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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
A very good stay, but a few issues could be sorted out. The refurbishment has been carried out to a very high standard. Plenty of storage space, 2 huge TVs, tea and coffee facilities (but you have to ask for milk) and there are no plates if you wanted to buy your own light snack lunch, or knives and forks. But just ask for them in the dining room and they will pass them over to you. If you have a problem with the safe not opening after you have set it with your own security number, when the maintenance person comes to open it, you may also need a new battery, which our first repair man failed to realise. The ceiling fans (in room 206) appeared to have a mind of their own. they would start up themselves, turn themselves off, or even go faster or slower. The food was very tasty and beautifully presented. Most of the staff were very cheerful and helpful but some needed more training on customer service, especially in the dining area. Even in here, most were very friendly and cheerful and sorted out any minor issues. Others did not seem to be too interested in their jobs lacking in any enjoyment and their approach to customers. We were not sure if it was due to lack of staff training or they were afraid of talking to people, or even in the wrong area of the hospitality industry.
Very cozy private atmosphere, was very enjoyable. Would definitely go again when ever I could. The restaurant food was very nice as well. Staff was also pleasant and very helpful throughout the hotel.
As fairly frequent visitors to Barbados, we have stayed in various hotels along the west coast over the years. Treasure beach is probably the best in terms of quality accommodation, pool area and food served in restaurant at both breakfast and dinner. Situated on one of the best stretches of beach along the west coast. Management and all staff were excellent, very friendly and efficient in their duties. In summary, if you are looking for a very good hotel in this part of the island, you won't be disappointed with Treasure beach.