About The Atlantis
One of the few escapist getaways on Barbados, The Atlantis lies on the beautiful, undeveloped, Atlantic east coast, right by the shore in the tiny fishing hamlet of Tent Bay. Locals repair their boats in the boatyard just along from the hotel, and the touristy areas of the island seem a million miles away.
Built in 1883, and once served by a railway from Bridgetown, the property has a long and fascinating history. A few years ago, Andrew Warden bought this slightly faded gem of a hotel, gave it a complete overhaul, and reopened with a delightful colonial-chic look. White shutters, dark polished floorboards, absorbing black-and-white photographs of old Barbados and striking prints of racing yachts set the stylish tone. Downstairs, there’s a large and popular breeze-cooled restaurant. It’s famous for its Bajan buffet lunches and it also serves lots of genuine local dishes such as flying fish, curried goat and pepperpot stew. Upstairs are seven very spacious and elegant bedrooms, some with four-posters which look directly out to sea. In a separate building there are two large two-bedroom apartments that each have a kitchen and a terrace from where to marvel at the ocean view.
The dramatic rolling waves make swimming almost impossible here but the hotel has a lovely pool, and a seaside path leads to Bathsheba, a stunning beach whose waters are dotted with giant, mushroom-like boulders and offer world-class, challenging surfing. A more gentle diversion is the Andromeda Botanic Gardens, ten minutes’ walk up the hill from the hotel – beautifully laid out with fascinating exhibits – and a cool lemonade in its little cafe to finish your visit.
Life is very quiet indeed out here on the east coast, particularly in the evenings. The ever-changing scenes of the waves and the daily spectacle of marvelling at how the fishermen get their boats out from and back to the beach, make for mesmerising watching. While that is just what some guests want for their whole holiday, others choose to stay at The Atlantis for a few nights rather than a whole week. We can easily arrange two-centre holidays, splitting time between The Atlantis and Little Good Harbour, its lovely sister hotel on the west coast.