Located on the north west coast of Barbados just outside a small fishing village called Six Men and surprisingly close to Nikki Beach is Little Good Harbour. I say surprisingly close because there is nothing Nikki Beach about Little Good Harbour.
This stylish, boutique hotel has tastefully decorated villas, a great little beach with some of the best snorkelling we did on the island, a beautiful pool that never has more than a handful of people near it and a wonderful restaurant that we ate at least one meal a day in _ all delicious.
Perfect for those looking to escape the tourists (and the Americans, sorry to any reading).
Firstly the good bits.
The rooms are spacious and well designed with both a fan and aircon. We loved the bedrooms which were upmarket and romantic at the same time with four poster beds. My only negative is the beds felt small compared to super kings found in many hotels these days but were very comfy. We also liked the stylish travertine bathrooms, there is no bath but when it’s 30 degrees outside who cares! We could see the sea from our top balcony and the bottom porch was a decent size to sit outside for breakfast. The kitchen had basic cooking equipment, perfect for simple meals and a large fridge.
The hotel has two pools with plenty of loungers and shade. We especially liked the top pool by the spa which had an oriental feel to the design and was very peaceful. There were only ever a handful of guests by the pool even when the hotel was full which is one of the things that sets it apart from big chain hotels. There is also a little spa and gym on site and the paths between cottages are beautifully landscaped making it feel very tropical with lots of flowers.
Just across the road from the hotel is the restaurant and beach. All beaches in Barbados are public beaches that anyone can access but because the hotel is a little out the way and not connected to other beaches, it had very few people not at the hotel staying on it. It was a lovely sandy beach with sun loungers, there isn’t much natural shade but you can always retreat to the restaurant for this. Whilstyou can’t swim directly into the sea from the beach due to some rocks, the hotel have put a jetty in place. The advantage of this is that you avoid the waves and are straight in the calm sea with great snorkelling, and there are floating platforms to rest on. This for us was on of the highlights as the hotel have a reef at the end of the jetty in a safe swimming area and lend you free snorkelling masks. We saw rainbow, puffa, xxx and xxxxxx fish here to name just a few. They also have a two person kayak you can borrow for free and we were lucky enough to see a turtle a shirt way from the hotel.
The Fish Pot is was one of our favourite restaurants. We liked it because the food was verging on high dining but with a more relaxed atmosphere and the prices reasonable for the quality. If was around £20_25 for a main which was more than some of the more budget restaurants but less than other restaurants with a similar quality and complexity of food. We loved the lobster tea spaghetti at lunch and tried pretty much every fish dish in the evening – all delicious. We also loved the rum cocktails, we just have liked to have been able to order them from a lounger!
Whilst not the hotel so to speak I couldn’t write a review without mentioning the other guests. Mainly English and a real range of ages – a few couples in their 30s, a few young family’s and a few recently retired or kids left home. Maybe we were just lucky but we found all the guests chatty (but not too much), wanting to share recommendations and must sees. Perhaps it was because it felt more like self catered apartments than a hotel but it felt like a little community with fellows guests. We didn’t open a guide book once as we had so many wonderful recommend from people.
So what’s the catch? Whilst the catch of the day in the restaurant was always delicious there are some areas Little Good Harbour fell down.
The location of the hotel is a really tricky one, as it was one of its biggest positives and negatives at the same time. We loved that we could properly switch off as away from the tourist hustle and bustle, which was the perfect antidote to London but it also meant that many of the other good restaurants on the island and evening entertainment were a decent drive away and very few in walking distance. We also loved having the beach to ourselves and if you looked straight out to sea or to the south the beautiful clear blue waters were stunning but to the north you could see the main cement plant which was a bit of a eye sore. We also liked that Speightstown, the closest town felt more rustic and authentically Carribean than Holetown. We really liked this in the day time as it had lovely beaches, great restaurant shacks and a laid back vibe, but we found it a bit dead in the evenings and lacking in nice shops – for these we drove to Holetown about 20 mins away.
The Little Good Harbour hotel and spa is listed on Mr and Mrs Smith and markets itself as a boutique hotel. We felt it was more like self catered suites with a lovely pool, restaurant and spa attached to it. Whilst the staff individually are very nice (especially Graham at reception) and will help with enquiries, don’t expect help carrying your bags from your room, towels laid out by the pool, service for drinks on a lounger or trips arranged for you. It didn’t feel like the staff went above and beyond, or rather there just were enough staff to provide that service. As our booking didn’t include breakfast either, it felt very much like self catered apartments with good facilities rather than a hotel. We had to keep reminding ourselves that Barbados is very expensive and how much the nicely designed hotels in Holetown cost, because compared to similar priced hotels we stayed in 8n the UK or Europe, the service was definitely lacking.
Whilst Little Good Harbour looks like a sleepy little inlet, the road between the hotel and the restaurant is surprisingly loud _ especially at 7am. Hurtling lorry’s and motorbikes past our bedroom was not quite the paradise wake up call we had expected! The Reggae yellow bus has an engine like a tractor and the white vans beep continuously when passing to see if anyone wants to get on board. The hotel could definitely invest in double glazing rather than wooden shutters.
To sum up
If your looking for a less touristy part of the West coast, stylish self catered apartments, with a great beach, pool and restaurant, and are a heavy sleeper, then you’ll love it here.
We felt very sad to leave. Whilst we thought its expensive, it is important to compare prices to other Barbados hotels, not what you’d pay at home, after all, it’s called the Platinum coast did a reason!