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
First off, I work for a Forbes Five Star luxury rated hotel, so I understand first hand what good service, accommodation, and overall experience should be.... and this resort literally surpassed my expectations! We couldn't have asked for more friendly helpful staff, with a special mention to Akeisha and Francois, the GM, and all the housekeeping and restaurant staff.The rooms are newly renovated, extremely well maintained, clean, comfortable, and spacious. We had a 'pool view' room which doubled as a nice ocean view room too from the balcony. If you don't mind a few small flights of stairs, the upper rooms are totally worth it for some beautiful views. The food from the restaurant was absolutely delicious, and from other hotel guest's comments it was miles better than other hotel's restaurants that they'd been to. The location seriously couldn't be any better if you want to come to Barbados for any of the following: calm warm waters, soft sand beaches, views upon views, turquoise waters, snorkelling, relaxing and quiet, great food, and somewhere central to pretty much anywhere on the island. We spent 5 out of 7 days snorkelling in the waters right off the hotel, and the coral and variety of fish, including seeing 4 beautiful turtles, were incredible every single time. We visited all of the other Elegant Hotel properties with the complimentary water taxi service (which was a super nice addition to have to our stay) and after visiting them all, I would still choose Treasure Beach because of the boutique personalized feel and experience. At Treasure Beach we weren't just 'another guest', all the staff came to know you by name and knew who you were. Tips I would pass on for future visitors: don't bother with the 'turtle snorkel tours' because you can easily see the turtles yourself if you just get the snorkel gear from the hotel (which is included in your stay anyways at all Elegant Hotels) and venture out yourself, other hotel guests said their 'turtle snorkel tour' wasn't relaxing and was a very hectic experience because everyone was jumping in the water frantically trying to get to the turtle and there were just way too many people on the boat to make it relaxing. Try some of the incredible restaurants along the west coast including Tides and Lonestar! If you want a true local experience, get on one of the Reggae buses (yellow bus with a goofy horn you can hear blocks away), this was such a fun time! And the last tip, is stay at Treasure Beach! I'm still not sure were the name Treasure Beach comes from, but the hotel was seriously a treasure to stay at!!
This was our first time in Barbados. We didn’t know what to expect but it was amazing!!! The hotel is lovely and the food is just amazing with a brilliant chef!!! The drinks were very nice too and the happy hour is great!!! All staff are superb especially the waiter Raymond. He is so attentive and helpful. Also, receptionist Francis was very helpful and nothing was a problem for him when we asked. Shakilia the rep was also lovely and helpful and answered all our questions for shops and restaurants. We had a lovely jet ski and turtle snorkelling with a guy called Rod. Just look out for him he wears a big straw hat on a jet ski. He was excellent! We are hoping to return next year!!
We stayed at Treasure Beach for two weeks at the beginning of May. We had a wonderful holiday. The accommodation was refurbished and first class and the staff couldn’t do enough to make your holiday perfect. The food was also good with first rate breakfasts, much better than some of the other west coast hotels.
Any slight problems were handled quickly and professionally, you can’t ask for more than that. A big thank you to Lisa the Manager and Akeisha who remained cheerful despite distressing family circumstances. Friends for life, we shall certainly return!! Thank you all
Been here for nearly two weeks. Enjoyed great weather, great food and first class friendly staff. Suites are top notch and we are already planning a return visit. Special thanks to Akeisha and the wonderful Sabrina for always being there for all the guests.
Gail and Terry Kelly from UK.
An "Angel" guided us to the Treasure Beach where we stayed at the bar with ocean view for a drink and for lunch. Wow! What a wonderful place. Thanks to Anthony, the bar tender, for his friendly service and delicious drinks - that are also artistic. We were blessed.
Carole & Alain from Montreal, Canada
Celebrating our 30th anniversary