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Pros

  • Great price considering the prime beach location and extensive amenities
  • Three pools: a waterfall pool, a lap pool, and a swim-up-bar pool 
  • Two restaurants and a poolside bar
  • Rooms have balconies/patios, flat-screen TVs, and iPod/iPad docks
  • Lovely spa with varied treatments, and beauty/nail salon
  • Free activities include kids' club, game room, fitness center, tennis court, and water sports
  • 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

Cons

  • 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

Bottom Line

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. Those looking to be within closer walking distance of restaurants, bars, and entertainment may prefer Southern Palms Beach Club, on the St. Lawrence Gap.

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A comfortable mid-range resort that appeals to all ages

This comfortable mid-range resort sits on lovely garden grounds and attracts 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.

Location

A south-coast resort close to the St. Lawrence Gap and the town of Oistins

Map of Bougainvillea Beach Resort

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
  • 28-minute drive to Harrison’s Cave
  • 30-minute drive to Royal Westmoreland Golf Course
  • 33-minute drive to Soup Bowl surfing area
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Rooms

Well-maintained and brightly colored studios and suites

The well-maintained Junior Suite incorporates a bright, beachy aesthetic

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.

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Features

A beautiful beach, three pools, and free use of boogie boards and snorkeling gear

The beautiful white sand beach is generally calm enough for swimming, but guests should check the flags accordingly

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. 

Food

Two waterfront restaurants and a lively poolside bar

The Water’s Edge serves a global-inspired a la carte menu in a waterfront space

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 Water’s Edge, a global-inspired a la carte 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 Lanterns and two-course dinners at Water's Edge, plus alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. 

Amenities

Key Features
Pool
Fitness Center
Spa
Internet
Cribs
Kids Club
Hotel Services
Concierge
Dry Cleaning
Laundry
Rental Car Service Desk Onsite
Room Service
Family Services
Babysitting Services
Cribs
Kids Allowed
Kids Club
Supervised Kids Activities
Things to Do
Beauty Salon
Business Center
Fitness Center
Gameroom / Arcade
Located on the Beach
Pool
Spa
Tennis Court
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Balcony
Television
Full Kitchen
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Internet
Address
Maxwell Coast Road, Caribbean
Phone (246) 418-0990
Room Types
  • Deluxe One Bedroom Suite
  • Deluxe Studio
  • Deluxe Two Bedroom Suite
  • Honeymoon Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • One Bedroom Penthouse
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Superior Studio
  • Two Bedroom Beachfront Luxury Suite

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