VINTAGE VIBE MEETS COOL CARIBBEAN AT THE NEWLY RENOVATED LONE STAR HOTEL AND RESTAURANT.

Story by Rachel Ramphal.    Photography by Mike Toy.

Built on the site of a 1940’s petrol station and bus garage, this Boutique Hotel sits on one of the most beautiful beaches on the Platinum coast of Barbados. Proclaimed ‘The Ivy of the Caribbean’ by Michael Winner, the attached Restaurant sits aloft a luxurious deck inches above the sugar crystal sand with the turquoise sea mere footprints away.

Under new management and, with a recent renovation by stellar designers Lynne Pemberton and Jayne Best, the updated look of both the fine dining restaurant and the boutique hotel suites have received rave revues. The recent addition of The Lone Star Beach House next door, offers the discerning luxury traveler privacy in a select choice of sophisticated accommodations.

One Penthouse and two additional suites, bearing the names of legendary classic cars, are spacious and the décor is simple understated luxury. Each suite has their own beach access and private terraces look through shady palm trees to the calm and breathtaking turquoise waters of the hypnotic Caribbean Sea.

The designers achieved the desired quintessential Barbadian aesthetic throughout the suites and restaurant through the use of hardwood floors, white boarding and louvered shutters. In the ‘Cadillac’ penthouse a King size Four-poster bed, separate sitting room and luxurious bathrooms add the ‘wow’ factor while service is key and ‘whatever the guests request is their pleasure.’ The Lone Star likes to refer to the suites as ‘less of a hotel and more like your very own Caribbean respite.’

The Lone Star Beach House next door, previously a private villa on the beach, was purchased by Lone Star owner Mr. Whelan and his daughter Jayne and transformed into another boutique hotel offering additional accommodation with the same luxe interiors and service.  A private Chef can be provided for guests in six en-suite bedrooms over three levels where again, they receive the same personal service so synonymous with the Lone Star name. 

The International A-list clientele who frequent the restaurant consists of well-heeled travelers, who appreciate fine dining in a superb setting. A smart palette of crisp whites and shades of blue set against dark wood floors are accented with vintage lighting and mirrors but by far the most amazing accessory is the location. The view from day to night is a never-ending canvas of water stretching to the horizon in a masterpiece of the sea and sky. Yachts sail by in the day and at night the Moon shines her glittering path across the inky ocean all set to the ambient soundtrack of gently lapping waves.

At the bar a lounge offers comfortable seating where you can chat with friends while enjoying cocktails, wines and champagnes. Here framed pop art pieces add a splash of colour and a playful sign proclaiming ‘Private Property, Nudists Beach’ strikes just the right tongue-in-cheek humour.

The Lone Star welcome is as legendary as its service and you would be forgiven for believing that you were their only customer. Wait staff in their mechanic’s uniforms make for an entertaining backdrop as they whisk effortlessly up and downstairs from the kitchen bearing gastronomic delights.

The daytime atmosphere in the restaurant is laid back and beach friendly, in the evening, smart casual and always hip and trendy. Discerning clientele enjoy an International menu which also features some Italian, as well as local specialties.

Ocean breezes circulate throughout the open space and a new outer boardwalk has been added to accommodate casual beachside lunches or evening cocktails. Enjoy the ‘Lone Star Sunset’ here… in the sky and ‘on the rocks’, a sexy blend of Southern Comfort, Kola Tonic, Cherry Brandy, Orange Juice and Angostura Bitters.

Manager Giorgio Benedetto is keen to emphasise the winning ingredients of the restaurant; the very best vegetable produce is flown into the island from Europe twice weekly. Fresh fish, salmon, oysters, and Loch Fyne mussels from Scotland and American grass fed beef star alongside locally procured items such as mango, banana, local fish and fresh herbs. All food is vacuum-sealed and dated on arrival thus ensuring it retains its superior quality and the new brigade of World class chefs do the minimum of preparation to the food allowing instead their inherent flavours to shine. Giorgio is also extremely proud of the apprenticeship program The Lone Star offers to trainee chefs from the local Hospitality College eager to learn they are showing great potential in the kitchen.

Giorgio specializes in restaurant build and installed a Jade Waldorf kitchen, the very best for high performance commercial kitchens. From the in-house bakery to pizzas from a wood stone pizza oven the kitchen turns out memorable meals from beginning to end efficiently, even the desserts are all made in house, including ice creams made with fresh local ingredients such as mango, basil and coconut. Fresh made pastas also feature on the menu in dishes such as Open Ravioli with Wild Mushroom and Butternut Squash and Little Neck Clam Linguine with White Wine, Garlic and Fresh Herbs.

The lunch menu offers light appetizers, salads, sandwiches and pizzas while the Main course could be Fresh Market Fish with Grilled Vegetables, Bank Beer Battered Cod served with hand cut chips and mushy peas or Fresh Maine Lobster with garlic herb butter and Couscous. In the evening the menu is more extensive and includes a selection of Pastas, Fish & Seafood and Meats with inventively paired accompaniments and a choice of Celestial Sauces such as Green Peppercorn, Béarnaise and Madeira Jus. Accessories (aka ‘Sides’) like Truffle Mac n Cheese, Smoked New Potatoes and Baby Cauliflower Cheese are decadent and a heavenly ‘Little Stars’ menu is available just for kids.

We say that if the best memories are made in flip-flops let them lead you to The Lone Star!

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