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Little Good Harbour 3.5

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Pros

  • Spacious, stylish, cottage-style suites with full kitchens and private terraces
  • Two pools, one by the spa and the other set in a sunken courtyard
  • Charging privileges at the Fish Pot restaurant, a notable island restaurant
  • Intimate spa with treatment rooms and a nail salon
  • Short walk to a serene white-sand beach
  • Private water taxi service to points along the West Coast
  • Pre-arrival grocery stocking
  • In-house surfing instructor, Ken Mayers, arranges private surf lessons and tours
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • On-site parking

Cons

  • The hotel is close to a busy road; noise may be bothersome in some rooms
  • No air-conditioning in the living spaces or bathrooms of some suites
  • Secluded location, requiring a car to access local restaurants and shops
  • The gym is dark and the equipment is outdated
  • The beach is narrow and close to the restaurant
  • Only one restaurant nearby, and it is pricey

Bottom Line

Set on the secluded northwest coast of Barbados, Little Good Harbour is a 21-room, casually posh, upper-middle-range boutique hotel with a residential vibe and colonial Caribbean style. The suites are designed for self-catering with full kitchens, separate living and dining areas, and airy private terraces. The impeccably tended grounds, which encompass two pools and a small spa, are navigated via meandering moss stone paths shaded by palms and flamboyant trees, and bordered by flowering jasmine. The Fish Pot restaurant, one of the best on the island, and a small stretch of white-sand beach, are just outside the hotel’s gates, but they require crossing a busy road. Travelers seeking direct beach access and a quieter atmosphere might enjoy the Atlantis.

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A low-key, informally chic boutique hotel with large rooms, two pools, a small spa, and a relaxed residential feel

Little Good Harbour is far removed from the nightlife, tourist traffic, and resort culture of popular hotels found to the south along the west coast of Barbados, a distinction that serves as one of its greatest assets. Guests choose the hotel for its low-key, out-of-the way vibe, trading traditional hotel services and smaller rooms for large suites designed for self-catering. 

With just 21 suites set in muted two-story Creole style buildings arranged among two acres, the petite Little Good Harbour feels like a stylish vacation home retreat. Quaint cottages and spacious residences are tucked into a curve of lush greenery, crisscrossed with mossy stone paths, neat rows of white jasmine hedges, and a relaxed tree canopy adorned with lanterns. The property has two pools and a small spa where guests can pamper themselves with pedicures and massage treatments. The shady, courtyard pool is close to the lobby and serves as a cozy spot to take a leisurely dip while the larger spa pool offers cushioned lounge chairs for guests to lounge in the warmth of the sun. Antique doors, stone statues, weathered metal lamps, and carved Balinese style screens can be found throughout the property, integrated with the garden. 

Outside the front gate and across the road is a stretch of narrow beach where guests can secure lounge chairs and umbrellas. The calm water is ideal for swimming and snorkeling but the beach is within earshot of the road and close to the Fish Pot restaurant. A long floating pier serves as the takeoff point for the hotel's private taxi service, which takes guests (for a fee) to destinations along the west coast.

While many guests spend their days out exploring the island in their rental cars, the generous suites let them feel at home when they return. The large terraces off the living spaces and master bedrooms are popular spots for lingering over morning coffee or an evening cocktail. Those who prefer more resort services might enjoy the pricier Cobbler's Cove or Bougainvillea Beach Resort.

Location

In the tiny town of Clinketts, along Sherman's Hall Moon Fort, a road that hugs the narrow shoreline on the northwest part of the island, about a 45-minute drive to the international airport    

Set on two acres, fronting the busy road that separates the hotel from the Fish Pot restaurant and a narrow stretch of beach, Little Good Harbour is isolated from the posh resorts and bustling tourist spots located farther to the south.

  • Two-minute walk to the Fish Pot Restaurant
  • Five-minute drive or 15-minute walk to Heywood's Beach
  • 10-minute drive to Farley Hill Park
  • 12-minute drive to Barbados Wildlife Reserve
  • 12-minute drive to St. Nicholas Abbey
  • 20-minute drive to Holetown
  • 30-minute drive to Hunte's Gardens
  • 30-minute drive to Bridgetown
  • 40-minute drive to George Washington House
  • 40-minute drive to Rockley Beach
  • 42-minute drive to St. Lawrence Gap
  • 45-minute drive to Oistin's Fish Fry
  • 47-minute drive to Grantley Adams International Airport
  • 55-minute drive to Crane Beach

Rooms

A collection of one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites with expansive terraces, full kitchens, and separate living areas, some with direct ocean views and beach access

The hotel's 21 suites are set in two-story Caribbean colonial style buildings with soft-hued clapboard siding, white plantation-style doors and shutters, and green and white fretwork trim and railings. Guests check in to the small lobby, manned by the property's owners, before being escorted to their rooms along grass- and moss-covered stone paths that intersect the property's lavishly landscaped gardens.

Neat rows of blooming jasmine serve as privacy hedges at the entrance to the terraces of the One-Bedroom Garden Suites. The rooms have split-level floor plans with the living area and an open galley style kitchen on the first floor, and the bedroom and bathroom on the second level. The living areas are furnished with moss-green sofas, a pair of rattan chairs with palm-print cushions, small flat-screen TVs, and assortment of paperback books. Wide doors open to the outdoor terrace furnished with sturdy granite-topped tables and two chairs, the ideal spot for morning coffee and bird watching. The small kitchens are furnished with white cabinetry, granite countertops, and all of the equipment necessary to prepare meals. The hotel provides tea and condiments and also offers pre-arrival grocery stocking. The air-conditioned bedroom is a cocoon-like space with vaulted ceilings, yellow walls, and pineapple-print window treatments. The bedrooms are furnished with queen-size, mahogany four-poster beds and outdoor reading balconies.

While the one-bedroom suites are popular with couples, families prefer the larger two and three-bedroom suites, which have either garden or ocean views. The Two-Bedroom Split Level Garden Suites are located at the front of the property, meaning they receive some noise from passing cars. The master bedroom (queen bed) is located on the second floor while the second bedroom (two twin beds), a full kitchen, dining room, a living room, and a solarium type space is located on the first floor. The suite also features a small grassy lawn area with a Adirondack chairs.

Three-bedroom suites are the most private accommodations at Little Good Harbour. Located at the back of the property, the spacious residences feature open plan kitchens with large granite-topped islands and breakfast bars, and huge outdoor terraces with a dining tables and living areas where guests can watch local wildlife, including monkeys. Unlike the one- and two-bedroom suites, which only have air-conditioning in the bedrooms, the three-bedroom suites are air-conditioned throughout. Master bedrooms feature king-size four-poster beds, reading balconies, and private baths with claw-foot tubs. The other bedrooms come equipped with two twin beds and one queen.

The Fort, the building that holds the restaurant, also has a couple of suites: a two-bedroom suite on the upper level with dead-on views of the Caribbean, and a three-bedroom suite on the ground floor with a deck, and a private garden with access to the beach.

Features

A small spa, two pools, and a well-known restaurant set in a historic building on the water's edge

Located just outside the front gate of the hotel, the Fish Pot restaurant is set in a historic 18th-century fort on the water's edge. Owned by the hotel, the restaurant is considered one of the best on the island. It features two dining rooms, a bar, and an open-air terrace that looks directly at the sea. The space is finished with rustic wooden and marble-topped tables with wood and rattan chairs and interesting original artwork hung on the exposed brick walls. The vibe is relaxed yet sophisticated, with waiters moving at a casual pace and guests lingering over glasses of wine, mesmerized by the water views. The menu is focused on the inclusion of local ingredients, fresh seafood, and Barbadian seasonings. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Fish Pot's menu is highlighted by notable items such as flying fish panini and octopus ceviche as well as more substantial offerings such as lobster ravioli, pan-fried Mahi Mahi, and braised lamb shank.

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Shermans, Caribbean

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