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Review in The Telegraph UK

06 July 2016 . By Fred Mawer
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Little Good Harbour

Barbados 
 

This small, low-key, relaxed and out of the way property lies on Barbados' sleepy north-west coast. It offers spacious, cottage-like suites equipped with full kitchens, and dining in The Fish Pot, a casual-chic beachfront restaurant that is one of the most appealing places to eat on the island. 

Rooms from£199per night

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Location

8 / 10 0

Up in the north-west corner of Barbados in the little fishing community of Shermans. It flanks either side of the coastal road, which is generally quiet, except when buses come whizzing through. Down the lane, simple local chattel houses lie by the roadside and fishing boats are hauled up. The unkempt sandy beach running along from Little Good Harbour has a certain charm but is by no means perfect: it backs on to the road, can be narrow at high tide, and there are rocks underwater.

You feel a world away from the busy and flashy parts of Barbados. Most guests rent a car for all or some of their stay. The nearest town is lovely, old-fashioned Speightstown, five minutes' drive away; Holetown, focal point of the west coast's tourism, is 20 minutes' drive.
 

 

Style & character

9 / 10 

The property is divided into two areas. On the inland side of the coastal road lies almost all the accommodation, housed in quaint, Creole-style cottagey, clapboard units with louvred shutters, and reached via pathways thick with bamboo, ferns, palms and bougainvillaea and dotted with Asian sculptures.

On the sea side of the road lies The Fish Pot restaurant, a lovely old coral-stone building (originally a mini 17th-century fort) where a casual-chic atmosphere pervades, both in its art-filled dining rooms and the covered open-air dining decks that extend along the back of the beach.

Service & facilities

7 / 10 

Little Good Harbour's hands-on owner is Andrew Warden, a debonair Australian who can be seen most days working his socks off in the restaurant charming guests. Andrew also owns The Atlantis, on Barbados' east coast. The hotel manager is Graham Dear, a chatty and very obliging Bajan.

There are two attractive swimming pools overseen by Balinese sculptures, a homely little spa and a gym. Kayaks are available free of charge, and a water-taxi service operates along the west coast (for a fee).
 

  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

9 / 10 

All the 19 accommodation units are called suites, though given their spaciousness and the fact that they all have proper kitchens, apartments might be a better term. Cheapest options are split-level, cottage-like one- and two-bedroom Garden suites with a downstairs sitting room and kitchen, and upstairs bedroom with four-poster bed draped with mosquito netting.

The six newer three-bedroom Vineyard suites have more individual furnishings, bigger and better-equipped kitchens, plus lovely large terraces perfect for outdoor dining; these are a great option for families or groups of friends. Bathrooms are typically large, marble affairs with big walk-in showers. The best-located accommodation, and the only unit on the sea side of the road, is the rustic two-bedroom Oceanfront Fort Suite; set above The Fish Pot and the beach, it has a lovely big, airy sitting room and terrace.

All suites come equipped with tea/coffee-making facilities and fresh milk. You can pre-order groceries.

 

Food & drink

9 / 10 

The Fish Pot is one of my favourite places to eat on Barbados. It does fantastic salads, excellent, straightforward fish dishes and memorable curries; prices are more reasonable and the atmosphere more casual than at most of the island's other top-end restaurants.

A superior continental breakfast – including warmed croissants, banana bread, and a well-presented fruit platter – is included in the room rate; cooked dishes are available for an additional charge.

Value for money

7 / 10 

One-bedroom Garden suites from £218 (US$310) in low season; rising to £352 (US$500) in high. Not cheap by any means, but you do get a lot of space and amenities in the rooms for your money. Continental breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

No.

Family-friendly?

Lots of families stay at Little Good Harbour, with the larger suites ideal for families. The Fish Pot has a children's menu.

 
 Shermans, St Lucy, BB27190, Barbados.
001 246 439 3000littlegoodharbourbarbados.com
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Guest Reviews

Hello from higher latitudes! A week ago we were on a beach, and now I'm commuting to work in a snow storm. Such is life! Please pass along our warm thanks to your team. From our inviting villa, to the delicious Fish Pot and down to the charming floating dock and Capt. Dwayne. Both you and Andrew offered us what a corporate chain cannot- a stylish home away from home with an added personal touch. From our greeting at the beginning to our warm goodbye at the end, we were well taken care of and that made our Dad's birthday trip a perfect one. Little Good Harbour truly reflects the warmth and charm of Barbados. I look forward to seeing all of you again, Leslie

Leslie - UK

The Best restaurant on the Island! We visit Barbados every year and visit the Fishpot at least 6 times for dinner - it is a MUST! The food is really fabulous, the location is unbeatable and the staff are incredibly nice. The perfect spot for a relaxing evening - you will love it!!

Lynne and Adrian - England

This small, low-key, relaxed and out of the way property lies on Barbados' sleepy north-west coast. It offers spacious, cottage-like suites equipped with full kitchens, and dining in The Fish Pot, a casual-chic beachfront restaurant that is one of the most appealing places to eat on the island.

Fred Mawer - The Telegraph UK - UK

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay at Little Good Harbour. We simply enjoyed everything about our holiday from the moment you greeted us with a welcoming Rum Punch to the last delicicious lunch on the beach in the Fish Pot.You have built a wonderful business with care and attention to detail from the unfailing courtesy and ‘can do’ attitude of your staff to the beautiful local art and furnishings in the villas and gardens. Having never visited Barbados before we were so happy that we experienced you and the north of the island first. We will be back and we will have no hesitation about recommending you to everyone we know!

 

 

Chris & Sharon - United Kingdom

Our Perfect, Little Hideaway

We love coming to Little Good Harbour year after year and it just keeps getting better. Graham and Trevor are really the most welcoming hosts and we will definitely be coming back - next time with the children. Comfortable rooms, excellent staff, perfect level of service - could not ask for more.

Giles - United Kingdom
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