Entertainment includes outdoor movies, limbo dancing, steelpan music, and DJ nights
Private chef available for in-room meals, for a fee
All-inclusive rates available
Quiet at night (a pro for some)
One of the two restaurants only open seasonally
No elevators, so guests with mobility issues should request a ground-floor room
Air-conditioning units can be a little loud
This 100-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. Those looking to be within closer walking distance of restaurants, bars, and entertainment may prefer Southern Palms Beach Club, on the St. Lawrence Gap.
A comfortable mid-range resort that appeals to all ages
The friendly, mid-range 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 to the open-air, Mediterranean-style lobby (marble floors, white columns, stone walls with arched windows), where those checking in 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 through gardens -- little placards identify many of the flowers and trees -- toward the small but lively pool bar for a rum punch (redeemable with drink card). Past the pool area is the pristine beach, where jade-blue waves lap white sand and 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 an immensely likeable resort that appeals to families and wedding groups.
A south-coast resort close to the St. Lawrence Gap and the town of Oistins
Bougainvillea takes up a quarter-mile expanse of beautiful beach -- great for weddings -- 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 need a car.
Four-minute drive or 17-minute walk to “The Gap”
Five-minute drive to Oistins Fish Fry
15-minute drive to Grantley Adams International Airport
17-minute drive to Bridgetown
26-minute drive to Holetown
27-minute drive to Flower Forest Botanical Gardens
Well-maintained and brightly colored studios and suites
Accommodation options here include studios and one- and two-bedroom suites; all feature vibrant beachy decor (bright green and yellow walls, turquoise couches, wicker chairs, white-painted furniture, and blue throw rugs over beige tile floors). Suites feature living rooms with pullout sofas and full kitchens with stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, and utensils (studios come with kitchenettes). All rooms feature patios or balconies that overlook the garden, pool, or ocean. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combos with rainfall showerheads and wall-mounted dispensers for shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Every unit has both air-conditioning and a ceiling fan, plus free Wi-Fi (though it can be intermittent). Note that there are no elevators here.
A beautiful beach, three pools, and free use of boogie boards and snorkeling gear
Bougainvillea sits on Maxwell Beach -- a beautiful, remarkably clean stretch of white sand. Here are loungers, palapas, boogie boards, snorkeling equipment, and kayaks, all free to use (other water sports are available for rent). The teal water is generally calm (Maxwell Beach is sheltered by two breakwaters), and the resort uses a flag system to indicate changing sea conditions. If the water is too choppy for swimming, there are three pools (and one poolside bar) that should distract quite nicely: an adult-only pool with a swim-up bar, a lap pool, and a lagoon-style pool with waterfalls. There are also a decent-sized fitness center, an outdoor tennis court, and a game room with pool table, air-hockey, and table tennis. An indoor kids' club (dubbed Adventureland) and a playground with a trampoline and swings provide further amusement for children.
The on-site spa offers manicures/pedicures, beauty treatments, salon services, and a variety of massage treatments (including in-room couples’ massages). A boutique in the lobby sells clothing, swimsuits, souvenirs, beach reads, and straw hats. The nearby Barbados Gold Club is an 18-hole course with preferential tee times and partner discounts. Free-to-use computers (free Wi-Fi is available throughout, but the signal can be weak) and token-operated laundry machines are available for guest use.
Two waterfront restaurants and a lively poolside bar
Kitchens or kitchenettes are provided in each room, but guests have access to two great restaurants: Calabash Café, the signature restaurant, serving Caribbean cuisine with international flair, and Siam Bar & Restaurant. Note that hours 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). All-inclusives rates are available: these include buffet breakfasts, lunch, three-course dinners at Calabash Café and two-course dinners at Siam Bar & Restaurant, plus alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
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