Bathsheba and the Atlantic Ocean
At Bathsheba we drove down directly to the beach.
I went over to the bar where we had called the day before with the photo tour. The price for rum punch had mysteriously increased to over $5 a cup.
The birds were once again on the beach.
Bathsheba is still one of my favourite places on the whole island.
Once back on the coach we headed away from the beach and turned left away from the usual route out of Bathsheba. This led us to the Atlantis Hotel for our lunch.
The coach had parked on the road outside the hotel and we walked down through the car park to the hotel.
The Atlantis Historic Inn is located in Tent Bay, St. Joseph and was one of the first hotels to exist on the East Coast of Barbados. This was made possible by the new railway line that was constructed in 1883 which lead to the East Coast (Belleplaine area). Prior to the completion of the Barbados railway, travelling across this beautiful tropical island was very difficult as the only mode of transport back then was by horse and cart.
The Atlantis Historic Inn was first owned and operated by Emmeline McConney, and has, over the years, changed hands several times. The late Mrs. Enid Maxwell was the longest standing owner, who operated the hotel for over 40 years. Then, the Haynes family (Sir Richard Haynes), a prominent Barbadian, was the last owner and in 2008 sold the property to the new owners, the Kirby/Warden families. The Kirby/Warden families completed a full refurbishment of the property in 2009 which should see it through the next 100 years!
The Atlantis Historic Inn is an elegant historic property dating back to the 1800s. This boutique Barbados hotel is located in the quaint fishing village of Tent Bay, St. Joseph overlooking the spectacular Atlantic Ocean.
Enjoy nature walks along the old, railway track, hike through the clay hills, surf the world class break at Soup Bowl or explore the nearby botanical gardens.
Lunch on the Veranda
We ate on the Veranda sharing a table with fellow passengers. I ordered a local beer that I have never tried before called 10 Saints for my free bar along with a blue cheese burger. They were both excellent.
We watched the confusion as parties of passengers arrived late and had to sit on separate tables. One couple even refused to share a table but eventually relented as another coach party arrived and the Veranda began to fill up even more.
The hotel’s interesting history was celebrated in the on the rooms inside. I particularly liked this sign recommending stopping using plastic straws.
The Veranda overlooked the Atlantic Ocean.
The houses along the road past the hotel were being worked upon.