Barbuda is not overtly glamorous, which is exactly why some people favor this mostly barren, 64-square-mile island north of Antigua in the Caribbean. Opened last year on a 90-acre parcel of pristine Barbuda coastline, the Beach House hotel (888.776.0333, www.thebeachhousebarbuda.com) reflects the island’s unassuming spirit, welcoming those who want to disconnect from their always-wired lives in a simple, intimate environment free of marble bathrooms and other five-star amenities. The property’s wooden-shuttered Club House serves as a restaurant, bar, gathering spot, pool house, and library, where guests play backgammon, chess, and cards while trading stories about their day’s explorations of local reefs and caves.
The laid-back atmosphere at the Beach House does not preclude attentive service. A concierge will do everything from taking your room service order to organizing a tour or a fishing or snorkeling excursion. This year, the resort is adding a fractional-ownership vacation club and a limited number of cottages that will be available for purchase or rent.