Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
A comfortable resort that appeals to families and wedding groups
The Bougainvillea has enough amenities to qualify as a big resort, but it never feels too crowded or overbearing. The circular entrance is located off a side street and leads up to the Mediterranean-style lobby, where guests are greeted by the staff and given a welcome drink card. Bellboys whisk away the luggage leaving guests free to walk down the stone path toward the small but lively bar near the pool for a rum punch. The pool area continues toward the beach where steel drum music is often playing.
The property is easy to navigate, and there are plenty of photo ops, especially on the lawn where weddings often take place. Overall, this is a friendly and clean mid-range resort that appeals to all ages.
A south-coast resort close to the St. Lawrence Gap and the town of Oistins
Bougainvillea takes up a quarter-mile expanse of beach on the south coast, and is easy driving distance to St. Lawrence Gap or “The Gap” -- a one-mile-long area of restaurants, shops, and nightlife. Oistins Fish Fry, a popular Friday night experience, is a short drive in the other direction. The resort is also walking distance to a few restaurants and a convenience store -- though for the full grocery store (to stock the kitchens) you'll have to take a car.
Well-maintained options include studios, and one- and two-bedroom suites
Rooms come with patios or balconies that overlook the garden, pool, or ocean. Each room is equipped with a kitchen or kitchenette, and vibrant beach-y decor includes a combination of yellow, green, red, and blue accents. Fresh flowers (bougainvillea, of course) are placed around rooms.
A beautiful beach, three pools, and free use of boogie boards and snorkeling gear
Two waterfront restaurants and a lively poolside bar
Kitchens or kitchenettes are provided in each room, but guests have access to two great restaurants: Lanterns by The Sea, the signature restaurant, serving Caribbean cuisine with international flair, and The Water’s Edge, an Italian restaurant for a la carte and family-style dining (though hours and opening times vary depending on demand). The poolside bar is a popular place to grab a drink and chat with other guests. For a more intimate experience, guests can arrange to have a chef prepare a meal in the privacy of their own suite (for a fee, of course).
This 138-room Mediterranean-style resort gets its name from the local flower, which is ceremoniously placed in rooms upon arrival. The atmosphere is unpretentious, and reasonable prices make it a good value on the south coast -- it's especially popular with families and wedding groups. All rooms have kitchens or kitchenettes, or guests can dine at two restaurants along the water. This resort prides itself on being eco-friendly, and amenities include a spa, fitness center, kids' club, and water sports.