Review by The Telegraph UK
By on 12 Oct, 2015
The Atlantis hotel, Barbados: review
Tent Bay, St Joseph, Barbados.Show on map
The Atlantis, in the Caribbean, is a Barbados hotel offering colonial-chic decor, friendly service and renowned Bajan buffet lunches.
Fred Mawer lives with his family in Bath. His travels take him to the Caribbean every year, and he has been writing about the islands for the Daily Telegraph and other publications for more than 15 years.
Dating from the 19th century, this historic seaside property on the undeveloped and beautiful east coast reopened a few years ago after being rebuilt and revamped with a stylish neo-colonial look.
The hotel lies in the seaside hamlet of Tent Bay. Locals tend to fishing boats in various states of repair in the boatyard yards away. A seaside path takes you to the striking, sandy, surfers' beach at Bathsheba in the next bay in ten minutes. Bear in mind that it's very quiet out on the east coast, especially in the evenings.
Think colonial chic, with white shutters, darkly polished pine floorboards, photos of Barbados of yesteryear, and yachting prints. Outside, there's a decent sized, kidney-shaped swimming pool. Both the restaurant and rooms are popular weekend boltholes with locals.
Very willing. The hotel is owned and run in hands-on fashion by Andrew Warden, a friendly Aussie who also has the well-regarded Little Good Harbour and Fish Pot restaurant on the west coast.
Ten in all - elegant, understated, comfy, some with four-poster beds. Several bedrooms look directly out to the ocean through French windows, with the bed aligned with the view, but note that as there are no curtains on the windows, in these rooms you are likely to wake up very early. While rooms in the main building are without a terrace or balcony, two large apartments in a next-door building have their own outdoor spaces, with rocking chairs.
Food & drink
The Atlantis has long been famous for its Bajan buffet lunches - and it's keeping the tradition going on Wednesdays and Sundays. Otherwise, there's a mix of appealing international and local dishes on offer, and prices are reasonable for Barbados. Lunchtimes attract day-trippers, and are generally much busier than evenings.
Value for money
Double rooms from £120, including breakfast. Accommodation this stylish would cost much more elsewhere on the island. Stay for five nights, and the fifth night is free. Free Wi-Fi is available.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes - though beaches on the island's other coasts are a lot more appealing to children.