If you like to travel for a healthy dose of isolation, Barbuda Belle might surely please. Barbuda Belle is a boutique hotel located on the most beautiful beach in the Caribbean. Its beauty and remoteness will transform your stay into a peaceful getaway. Located within the Codrington Lagoon Park, this luxury hotel is far off the beaten path in an area that is unspoiled by civilization. Guests seek the beauty and tropical paradise that the region is known for and find a peaceful oasis unlike any other.
The hotel is built in wood and is entirely sustainable preserving as much as possible Barbuda‘s natural beauty and wildlife. The hotel is solar powered combining comfortable luxury and environmental sustainability. The décor is understated in the finest possible ways, allowing the glamour of your surroundings to become the highlight of each stay. Each window and doorway provides clear views of the crystalline sea and the precious rose tinted sands that surround the hotel. While the furnishings and décor are simplistic in nature, they always give comfort and a true sense of luxury.
Barbuda Belle features 6 exclusive bungalows situated on a spectacular and deserted 24 km long beach. Each bungalow is beautifully decorated offering magnificent views of the beach and the surrounding mangroves. The wooden furniture decorating the bungalows gives them a rustic yet plush look. Each bungalow is spacious with a large private balcony overlooking the cerulean waters and ancient trees of the Cordrington Lagoon Park. Natural stones and exotic hardwood is used throughout each bungalow to evoke a further immersion with nature and its supple bounty. Crisp white linens billow in the tropical breezes and the magnificent stars are visible as soon as the warm sun begins to set on each glorious day. There’s Wi-Fi and each room is equipped with a cell phone, pre-loaded to dial the front desk, the upscale French restaurant or simply to order a drink served on the beach.
This family owned hotel takes pride in highlighting the beauty of the Island of Barbuda with its nature friendly concept and with its gourmet seafood restaurant, The Mangrove, with a predominance of local products prepared by their French chef. Guests may choose to have their breakfast or dinner in the Mangrove Restaurant and lunches are catered to whichever location you may desire during the stay. Ravish your taste buds with fresh fish caught locally, while sitting on the Barbuda beach. The hotel’s philosophy and dedication to nature is exemplified in their efforts to promote sustainable cuisine. Each meal is decadent and artfully prepared using only the freshest and locally sourced ingredients on the island. Sip a fine wine while reading a great book or have a toast while watching the sun set over the water.
Daytime activities include kayaking through mangroves, bird-watching and hiking the near-endless beach to name a few. Barbuda is an island that is meant for exploration, relaxation and adventure. No matter what your preference, you can find it effortlessly here. Spend an afternoon in the water, snorkeling, wind surfing or boating. Take a leisurely walk through the mangrove trails to spot the native flora and fauna of the land. Close to its sister island, Antigua, Barbuda provides the same luxury paradise experience with far less traffic. For an interesting look into the history of this British isle, visit the Codrington Village and meet the native residents before returning home to Barbuda Belle.
The hotel is situated on the northern side of the island of Barbuda, just a short minute plane ride from its sister island Antigua and the International Airport. Discovering Barbuda’s unique history and natural beauty or just laying back and enjoying the scenery, Barbuda Belle’s staff will reach beyond expectation to deliver the comfort and privacy worthy of a luxury hotel.
There are five, one-bedroom bungalows and one, two-bedroom bungalow, ideal for families. All of the bungalows are positioned on the beach facing the sea offering spectacular panoramas of the bay on one side and the mangroves on the next. Each bungalow has its own private balcony with an outdoor living space, dining area and shower. The bungalows are comfortably furnished, with wooden flooring and furniture featuring a four-poster king sized bed draped in white voile, air conditioned by Evening Breeze, and an en suite bathroom with L’Occitane bathing and skin care products. All rooms have sliding slatted louvre windows that can be opened to take in the fresh sea breeze to give our guest the opportunity to make the most of their stay. There’s Wi-Fi and each room is equipped with a cell phone, pre-loaded to dial the front desk, the upscale French restaurant or simply to order a drink served on the beach.
The Barbuda Belle doesn’t have a SPA but a professional can come on site to give their clients massages and beauty treatments in the privacy of their bungalow.
On a private patch of sand, two sunbeds, shaded by an umbrella, surely offer the best vantage point to relax and enjoy the warm Caribbean waters.
Transfers to and from Codrington at arrival and departure are included. In Peak Season, transportation to and from Antigua are included.
“Winner for Best Romance Hotel 2016” – awarded by Jetsetter Best of Best Awards
“Winner 2016” – awarded by World Luxury Hotel Awards
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The wonder of Antigua and especially its astonishingly undeveloped sister island, Barbuda, is that you can still play Robinson Crusoe here. Travel brochures trumpet the 365 sensuous beaches, “one for every day of the year,” as locals love saying, though when the island was first developed for tourism, the unofficial count was 52 (“one for every weekend”). Either way, even longtime residents haven’t combed every stretch of sand. The high season runs from mid-December through April; A fair number of the restaurants and properties close most of the time between August and October, especially around English Harbour. In January and February, the coolest months, the daily high temperature averages 27° C, while the nightly low temperature averages 22° C . In July and August, the hottest months, the high averages 30° C and the low 25° C. The wettest months are September to November, when measurable precipitation occurs, on average, eight days each month. February to April is the driest period, with an average of three rainy days each month. Antigua hosts a couple of major annual events. Antigua Sailing Week in April is the largest regatta in the Caribbean, while Antigua’s 10-day Carnival culminates in a parade on the first Tuesday in August.
The restaurant is situated on the first floor of the Clubhouse where breakfast and dinner will be served, lunch is catered on the beach or wherever you desire. Dining at Barbuda Belle is a transformative experience, thanks in part to the supreme talents of their master French chef. Ravish your taste buds with fresh fish caught locally, while sitting on the Barbuda beach. The hotel’s philosophy and dedication to nature is exemplified in their efforts to promote sustainable cuisine. Each meal is decadent and artfully prepared using only the freshest and locally sourced ingredients on the island.
The home of a convivial bar and a French seafood restaurant. This place, light of touch with its footprint and powered by solar energy, is designed for wealthy castaways, who prefer their wilderness to come with high design, quality furnishings, and gourmet food.
The island of Barbuda is nestled in the Eastern Caribbean, secluded from its sister island Antigua. About 1800 people inhabit this ancient British colony; most of them are living in the only town, Codrington named after the family who leased the island for 185 years. The hotel is a 15-minute speedboat ride from the dock at Codrington, Barbuda’s only town (population 1.000), where visitors can connect by air (20 minutes) or sea (90 minutes) to its sister nation, Antigua, 61 km to the south. The main draw of Barbuda, a lump of coral limestone, dressed with mangroves and rainforest, partly drowned in a lagoon, is its fringe of white and pink sand beaches and glassy waters. But there are a few other attractions to balance with idling beneath the sun, and tours can be arranged by the Barbuda Belle on request.
Visit the Highland House – The ruins of Codrington House, known locally as “Willy Bob” or Highland House, are situated on the highest part of the island, about three miles north of Codrington Village. The view from the house is the best way to see most of the coastline of Barbuda. The floors and lower walls and a large cistern are all that remain of the family settlement of the slave owners, the Codrington family from Gloucester in the UK. Although the village is named after them there are no Codringtons currently living in Barbuda.
Enjoy 17 mile Beach – Those who stroll Barbuda’s 17 Mile Beach, will probably never see a more ravishing stretch of sand, nor another footprint. Lapped by pale aqua seas, this stunning stretch of pink-tinged sand separates the Barbuda lagoon from the Caribbean sea, and pleases even the most hardened beach connoisseurs. Facilities are few, if non-existent so visitors should bring their own supplies.
Explore the Frigate Bird Sanctuary – Barbuda’s Frigate Bird Sanctuary is a haven for birders. Accessible only by boat, the bird sanctuary lies in Barbuda’s northwest lagoon and is home to one of the Caribbean’s largest nesting colonies of frigate birds. These large sea birds are known for their bright red gullets and one-and-a-half meter wingspan. The reserve also attracts about 150 other species of birds such as herons, cormorants, and pelicans.
Discover Martello Tower – On the beach at River, a few km south of the village, Martello Tower (River Fort), was built by the British in the early 19th century on the site of a previous fort that was probably constructed by the Spanish. Today the thick stone walls and gun platform of this small defensive fort are mostly intact, and the ruins are attached to the remains of the previous fort. The tower is the highest building in Barbuda and an important landmark on the island.
Reach the Darby Sink Cave – The Darby Sink Cave, caused by dissolution of the limestone, is one of Barbuda’s most intriguing natural features. Although it is often described as a cave, the site is actually a sinkhole more than 100 meters in diameter. In contrast to the dry surrounding brush, the lush vegetation flourishing inside resembles a rainforest with ferns, tall palmetto palms, and thick lianas lacing around the tree trunks. Many birds can be spotted amid the foliage. Dripping water has also created stalagmites under the overhang.
Follow the boundary between the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean 40 kilometres north from St. John’s, Antigua you reach Antigua’s sister island of Barbuda, a flat, green jewel with a population of just 1.000 and no more than a handful of tourists at any given time. After disembarking and enjoying a swim on famed 17-Mile Beach, you’re invited to turn inland across the sand strip, narrow enough to throw a conch shell over to the edge of massive Codrington Lagoon. Barbuda’s Codrington Lagoon National Park, a short boat ride from the longest unbroken beach in the West Indies, is home to one of the world’s largest magnificent frigate bird colonies, a true wildlife spectacle hidden in what seems like an unlikely place. This is not the island you expected.
The frigate bird and vacationers are both drawn to island of Barbuda by the beautiful weather, including the low humidity, steady trade winds, and pleasant temperatures. This beautiful tropical island, known for its pink-sand beaches and sunny days, is haven for beachcombers and the graceful bird known as Fregata magnificens.
Along with time spent exploring the Frigate Bird Sanctuary Barbuda, you can easily enjoy an intimate stay at Barbuda Belle Luxury Beach Hotel. The Barbuda Belle Hotel opened on the 1st of June 2015 and consists of 6 luxurious beachfront bungalows and a clubhouse. This eco luxury escape, heavenly located on a deserted 17 mile pink sand beach, is one of a kind in the Caribbean. The hotel is situated on the northern side of the island of Barbuda, just a short minute plane ride from its sister island Antigua and the International Airport. The Barbuda Belle Hotel is built in wood and is entirely sustainable preserving as much as possible Barbuda’s natural beauty and wildlife. There are 5 one-bedroom bungalows and 1 two-bedroom bungalow ideal for families. All of the bungalows are positioned on the beach facing the sea offering spectacular panoramas of the bay on one side and the mangroves on the next. Each bungalow has its own private balcony with an outdoor living, dining area and shower. The Mangrove restaurant is located on the first floor of the Clubhouse where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. Their French Chef offers a gourmet a la carte menu; ingredients are sourced locally ensuring fabulous fresh fish and seafood. The hotel is solar powered combining comfortable luxury and environmental sustainability.
When you add birdwatching to your Barbuda vacations, you’ll be rewarded for your time and effort. The beautiful and majestic frigate bird is easy to spot, especially on the northwestern lagoons, home to the bird sanctuary on Barbuda. The large birds are hard to miss, with their wide wingspan, jet-black feathers and distinctive red throat on the male. During courtship time in the fall, the male can inflate this ruby throat patch to attract the attention of the ladies. Chicks usually hatch from their nests in the mangrove trees before the first of the year. The frigate bird, which also congregates on on the Galapagos Islands, looks nothing like the little sparrows that appear at your backyard feeders, they’ve been nicknamed the man o’ war bird owing to their resemblance to warships and propensity to steal dinner from other birds.
Even though the Frigate Bird Sanctuary is named after one particular species of bird, it’s actually home to nearly 200 different feathered friends. One of the largest bird sanctuaries anywhere is a fascinating place to explore. Even if birdwatching isn’t one of your favorite activities, the chance to soak in the scenery, warm breezes and amazing slice of nature is worth some time on your vacation. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to see a whole array of feathered friends, including cormorants, egrets, whistling ducks and Barbuda warblers.
Birdwatching and hiking are fast becoming one of the more popular things to do on the island. While a network of trails is just now being established, the bird sanctuary on Barbuda is one of the first places people look for an exhilarating workout or a leisurely stroll. The pink- and white-sand beaches are the best place to walk through the birds’ home base. The best place to look for frigate birds is up in the skies. The combination of their wingspan, light weight and constant winds means that the birds spend most of their time soaring well above the ground. You’ll be in for quite a show at the Frigate Bird Sanctuary Barbuda as the birds dip below the horizon, fly in circles and steal their supper from other birds in flight.
Whether you’re doing some outdoor dining or spending time on the beach, chances are good you’ll spot some of the endangered birds that are thriving on this small Caribbean island. If you’re able, keep your cameras ready; the pictures will look quite amazing once your back home among the sparrows, robins and other familiar birds.