If the name “Atlantis” conjures up images of the megaresort in the Bahamas, then think again. The Atlantis Hotel in Barbados -- a historic property from the 1800s with only eight rooms -- is the polar opposite. The boutique hotel re-opened in 2009 and offers freshly decorated nautical-themed rooms with canopy beds, stylish furnishings, and modern amenities. (For families, there are two two-bedroom apartments in a separate building.) Located on the remote and rocky east coast, the beach is more suitable for surfing than swimming, and a car is recommended to get around the island. The Atlantis restaurant is popular with locals, and the varied cuisine comes with outstanding views from both indoor and outdoor tables.
A stylish, yet unpretentious boutique hotel and restaurant
This historic property may not look like much upon entering the parking lot, but catch that first breathtaking view of the ocean and everything makes sense. The main entrance leads to the cheerful yellow lobby, restaurant, and bar area where there are more views from the large front-facing windows. Off the lobby, a charming staircase winds up to the second floor and introduces a nautical feel with photography, white walls, and wood floors. Outside, grounds include two parking lots, an outdoor pool area, and the restaurant’s patio. Walk down to the beach area for photo ops, or simply read a good book on one of the lounge chairs poolside.
For such a small hotel, the ambience remains lively, as the well-known restaurant attracts locals and tourists who are not staying at the hotel.
One of the few hotels on the scenic east coast, where surfers dwell
While most hotels in Barbados are bunched together on the south and west coasts, The Atlantis Hotel has a unique location on the lesser-known east coast overlooking large boulders and huge waves. This surfers' paradise is quite hilly, and a car is needed to get to most island attractions. Area taxis can be arranged through the hotel.
35-minute drive to Grantley Adams International Airport
5-minute drive to Soup Bowl surfing area
5-minute drive to Round House Inn Restaurant and Bar
7-minute drive to Bridgetown
12-minute drive to Flower Forest Botanical Gardens
16-minute drive to Harrison’s Cave
24-minute drive to Sandy Lane Country Club and golf courses
25-minute drive to Holetown
26-minute drive to Royal Westmoreland Golf Course
34-minute drive to Oistins Fish Fry and St. Lawrence Gap
Eight stylish bedrooms in the main property, and two suites near the pool
Rooms in the main building have differing sizes and views, but all contain canopy beds dressed in white linens, colonial furniture, and colorful accents. Options include a one bedroom, a one bedroom with ocean-front view, or a one-bedroom suite with ocean view. In addition, there are two two-bedroom suites in a separate building near the pool that have a master bedroom, double twin room, dining room, and full kitchen. The lower level unit has a private front porch overlooking the spectacular coastline.
Modern bathrooms with large walk-in showers (no tubs)
Little in way of amenities, but some of the best views around
This small hotel lacks typical resort amenities -- its stunning views, lovely outdoor pool, and on-site restaurant round out the property's perks.
The Atlantis restaurant is popular with hotel guests, locals, and tourists staying at other hotels. Stunning coastal views from both inside and outside tables complement the carefully thought-out cuisine, which features fresh local produce, seafood, and meats. A Barbadian buffet is served twice a week -- reservations are strongly recommended.