Boutique Barbuda Hotel Reopens


In what tourism officials call a major step forward for Barbuda’s tourism renaissance and recovery, its top boutique hotel, The Barbuda Belle Luxury Beach Hotel has reopened it doors.

The Barbuda Belle which sits on Low Bay at Cedar Tree Point in Barbuda, officially reopened on Saturday November, 3, 2018 and is the first resort to re-open on the island following the devastation by hurricane Irma last year.

During the official re-opening ceremony of the 8-bungalow luxury barefoot resort, Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Investment, Senator Mary-Claire Hurst, extended commendations to Dr. Francois and Mrs. Barbra Petit and their team for relentlessly working towards the re-opening of the eco friendly resort.

“Today is an affirmation to the rest of the world, that Barbuda is indeed open for business, and I am certain that this award-winning property will regain its rightful place as the leading eco gem in not only the region but in the world”, Senator Hurst stated.

Senator Hurst pledged that the Government of Antigua and Barbuda will continue to invest in the ferry service and air lift between the two islands as Barbuda continues to rebound and regrow their tourism sector.

Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Tourism and Investment, Mr. Walter Christopher said he is very proud of the achievement of the management and staff for their hard work, resilience and efforts towards making the re-opening of the hotel a reality despite their many obstacles.

Mr. Christopher during his brief remarks asserted that there is a new relationship between the Tourism Committee of the Barbuda Council and the Ministry of Tourism and Investment to promote and highlight Barbuda as an eco-friendly and unique destination.   

It was during Saturday’s opening ceremony that Ms. Asha Frank, Chairperson for Tourism on the Barbuda Council re-iterated profoundly that Barbuda is open for development that supports the island’s complex environment and assists with the protection of their heritage and culture.

Ms. Frank said their focus is eco-friendly and sustainable business opportunities, whilst building back their work force that could be used as a blue print for successful and ethical tourism in the Caribbean.

“Tourism is paramount in reviving Barbuda’s economy and Barbuda Belle, Lil Linc’s Supermarket and The Art Café are just some of the businesses that is leading the way in the sector returning to normalcy”, she concluded.

Barbuda Belle was Barbuda’s signature place to stay since its debut in 2015 and after undergoing major restoration due to damages caused by hurricane Irma last year; they will welcome their first guests in mid-November.

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  1. This is what I gave against Barbudans and their so called love for their island. A simple small investment such as this, eight villas they cannot do for themselves. It takes a foreigner to come and risk his money and yet they have so much to say about not wanting foreign investors. Why do persons like the Walkers and the Franks that are sitting on heaps of money do not take some of it and put it to good use for the advancement of their Island and the people they so love.
    Well Mr. Francois and Barbara. Doc as we all know you. As you have been coming to Barbuda for many years, I am very grateful that you have not given up on your dreams for Barbuda. You really must love this place a lot. I wish you both well and God Blessings

  2. For heaven’s sake what a sour puss. Can’t you just once congratulate without disparaging the Barbudans? This is exactly the size and kind of investment Barbuda needs and it doesn’t require an international airport and jets flying in and out.
    Wholehearted congratulations to you both.

    • I do not think the Doc would agree with you that Barbuda doesn’t need a bigger airport to accommodate jets. Or even a good harbour where yachts of the rich and famous could anchor their ships. His clients are of the upper class who travel first class. A night in the high season at the hotel would run you about US$900.00 exclusive of food or drinks. Every piece of wood there is special. And the rooms have no tv or radio. You go there for the rest. Traveling in comfort is something wealthy people appreciate going to their destination. But what do you know.

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