Barbados' Bougainvillea Beach Resort,owned by Gordon and Maria-Nancy Seale and Chris McHale, was named after Maria-Nancy's favourite flower. The bougainvillea cascades in multi-coloured blossoms from the balconies and gardens throughout the property. (Please click photo above for instant reservations!)
Activities - Our deluxe one-bedroom suite was spacious, bright, and spotless. The bedroom was furnished with a comfortable king-sized bed, sturdy end tables, a double dresser, plenty of closet space, and French doors that opened out to the garden below. The bathroom was larger than my last office and equipped with liquid soaps, shampoos and conditioners provided in dispensers on the wall.
The fully-equipped kitchen, dining area and living room were decorated in soothing peach, green and cream tones. The hotel's namesake - bougainvillea - bloomed profusely each day, and from the balcony were views of the sea, the pools, gardens and waterfalls.
My husband and I are not big fans of air conditioning, so we opted for open doors. Warm wind circulated the fragrant night air; the sound of surf washing against the shore, mingling with the gentle "tweet" of tiny tree frogs sent us into a deep and restful sleep each night
Ground Floor Suite -
If you're lucky, you can get one of the five ground floor suites that have private miniature pools that flow into the waterfalls and down into the pools at no additional charge. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. "If we have honeymooners or someone celebrating a special occasion, we will try to put them in one of these 'special rooms'." says Hugh-White.
Ensuite Chefs -
"Another great service offered at the Bougainvillea is, you can hire a cook to prepare authentic "Bajan" meals in the comfort of your room. For as little as US$20.00 per couple they will arrange for a chef to prepare a shopping list (based on the guests requirements), do the shopping, cook, and serve the meal, and best of all - do the washing up. "It's our attention to detail; every small detail is a part of the whole service that we instill in those who work for us. If we pay attention to the small details, the big ones take cares of themselves," adds Hugh-White.
Zilma's Fish Cakes -
And last, but not least, I want to add that in my continuous quest for fishcakes, I have to declare that Zilma, who heads up the cart at "Time Out At the Gap," serves soft, golden, spicy fishcakes that are, without a doubt, the very best on the island. If you are in need of a fishcake fix, stop by and see Zilma. Tell her I sent you!
Feature and Photos By: Kris King, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Correspondent.