In a quiet, unassuming, waterfront location, near Speightstown, sits the stunning and genteel Cobblers Cove Hotel, and it’s beautiful restaurant, Camelot.
The 1940’s mansion is powder pink, surrounded by lush tropical gardens full of bird song, and was once the beach house getaway of a plantation owner.
We were welcomed to Cobblers Cove in a typically Caribbean manner, huge smiles and a stiff rum punch, before being ushered to a beach view table with pristine white linens sheltered by a candy striped parasol. Sinking into my comfortable chair I gave myself a little pinch, I think this could be as close to paradise as I have ever been.
A platinum beach extends up the coast from Cobblers Cove, and the hotel’s pink fishing boat bobs about just offshore as we peruse the menu. The Camelot Restaurant is well established on the island and has a reputation for some of the best food around. Whilst dining may be rather more formal in the evening, on the waterfront terrace, there is a slightly more casual approach at lunch (although the staff are extremely smart at all times) and we were happy to enjoy lunch by the pool, I had made myself rather comfortable!
The lunch menu was full of fresh fish – all caught by Cobbler’s Cover very own fisherman, Barker, whom we could see merrily pottering away down on the beach, among other local specialities and lighter dishes, plus there are always daily specials. We opted to share the coconut tempura shrimp with guava dip and the yellow fin tuna Niçoise to start. Light and flavoursome, both dishes were delicious although I wish I had tried the salt cod fishcakes too. The main course had to be Barker’s catch of the day and my luck was in, I love the Bajan Flying Fish simply grilled with a crispy fresh salad and sauce vierge. Could you think of anything better to eat for lunch whilst sat looking out at the Caribbean sea? No. Me either.
Of course Cobblers Cover offers accommodation too with the 4o suites located in a U shape around the property. All are beautifully individual with pretty bedrooms and wicker furniture. I was particularly taken with the Camelot Suite, well who wouldn’t be? On the upper floor of the mansion house, enjoying a huge roof top terrace, panoramic sea views and a private plunge pool – understated opulence if thats not too ironic! This hotel is wonderfully luxurious but not in an ostentatious way, I imagine it is somewhat of a secret gem which the (mostly English) clientele would like to keep that way.
Whilst we were happy relaxing by the pool and enjoying the setting, the hotel does offer activities for the more active among us. Water skiing, windsurfing, sunfish sailing and kayaking are all on offer alongside tennis courts and a fully equipped gym. You can even join Barker on his boat but be warned his boat is small & uncovered so best for hardened seafarers only.
To my delight, Hawksbill turtles, native to Barbados, hatch on the hotels beaches and can be found swimming close by too. There really are so many reasons to visit Cobbler’s Cove, the excellent food and drink, the exquisite location and the exceptional service all combine to make this a ‘trip of a lifetime’ type hotel with all the bells and whistles.
Double rooms from £380 in low season; rising to £667 in high. Rates include breakfast, afternoon tea and watersports (including waterskiing). See the hotel’s website for various special offers.
Road View, Speightstown, St Peter, Barbados.
00 1 246 422 2291