The Adrian Loveridge Column – Veteran Hotelier Shares His Incredible Story

As our days as active hands–on hoteliers come to a conclusion it maybe time to reflect on our 30 year journey in order to acknowledge and personally thank some of the many people who have helped make our seemingly impossible dream reality.

By the time we completed the purchase of the then derelict Arawak Inn, from initial contractual agreement to completion, the value of sterling had fallen by over 25% against the US/Bds$, virtually eliminating the funds we had put aside for renovations and refurbishment.

At that time all the monies to complete the Sale had to be brought in from overseas carrying an additional ten per cent government tax for the ‘privilege’. So a derelict hotel and no funds to upgrade……. What do you do?

The Banks were extremely reluctant to provide overdraft facilities and the vast majority of distributors and suppliers declined any form of credit accounts.

Number one on the ‘Thank You’ list is Richard Carter of Carter and Company Ltd who believed in us from that first order of greenheart lumber.

Second would be Peter Marshall, formerly of Mount Gay, for supporting our various culinary promotions.

We desperately needed a 21 foot high ladder but could not afford one. We proposed a trade-off with Scott Oran, who willingly supplied it based on restaurant trade-offs at a later stage. Win, win situation.

Whilst our cherished guests, with their personal reviews, had vaulted us towards the heady heights of Trip Advisor # 1 hotel on Barbados, in the background, all at Axses Web Communications, but especially Kathy-Lynn Ward, was monitoring and guiding our social web presence to a level far beyond invoice value charged.

Of course it was never all down to money.

The late Sir Harold St John visited us often two or three times a week. Even when I was painting a door or a wall he would kick off his shoes, relax, and we would talk for hours on a subject we both loved – tourism! Quite remarkable when you think he represented a constituency that we could not vote in and was a rival hotelier at that time, just half a mile away…

Later Dr Colin Hudson gave us the confidence and expertise to operate our` walking tours of Barbados, which became the second best selling destination of the worlds largest specialty walking tour operator (with New Zealand being the first.)

It would be silly to portray there have not been bumps along the road. A classic example was during one week, when we had exhausted our bank balance and had no in-house guests, and the only life line was our popular Sunday BBQ, which required the necessary ingredients. Some may remember the green trading stamps given by a leading Supermarket. My wife spent the night sticking in these stamps and the following morning redeemed sufficient provisions to serve 50 BBQ offerings. That revenue sustained us until the next guest arrivals and we moved on.

Not for a second am I heralding this as a sensible ‘business plan’ and any bankers reading this column will probably twinge with horror. But in all honesty, this is often the everyday reality of operating a small business!

Should our experiences put you off acquiring a small hotel?

Peach and Quiet has introduced us to some of the most incredible people on earth, many who remain friends and have become life time devotees to Barbados.

Together, with our small staff, we are immensely proud of our contribution to tourism and sincerely thank all those people along the way that helped make it possible.

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  • Only in barbados are hotel managers called hoteliers.

    Thankfully, seems not the case in this instance.

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  • PoorPeacefulandPolite

    Hats off, Adrian !! The lesson is well demonstrated by your story that INTERDEPENDENCE is the natural direction in which to evolve rather than getting stuck-up with our adolescent “independence” . Thank you, and Best Wishes for whatever lies ahead.

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  • Is there a good reason why successive governments have not tapped in to the hands-on experience this man brings to the industry?

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  • Well done, Adrian. Good luck and good health for the future.

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  • Adrian – I visited Peach and Quiet WAY back in the mid 90’s and was never so impressed with a vacation spot and with the hosts. It was the just lovely. Best wishes for your future.

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  • Could you tell me based of your intimate knowledge of the Arline Industry why should travel from the developed countries to less developed Caribbean countries cost more than travel from the Carbbean to the Uk and North America.

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  • Can you tell me based on your intimate knowledge of the Airline Industry why the cost of travel from the developed countries to the lesser developed Caribbean countries cost less than travel from the Caribbean to the UK and North America

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  • Adrian Loveridge

    Charles, simple, largely taxes and inefficiency. But there are ways round it in some cases.

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  • Has Peach and Quiet now been sold? I think it was closed for a few years.
    All the best in future, and thanks for your contributions.

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  • Nice.Good luck in your next endeavour or where ever life leads u

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    Mr. Loveridge.

    You know my biases and I am unapologetic about them

    But I commend you for this story of resilience even in the face of the myth that it is all a bed of roses for people in the castle of your skin

    I wish you a happy and healthy retirement since, given this brief story that you shared, one can understand it was no bed of roses.

    Interestingly I can now understand why, in the middle of all the madness, you kept your peace, because the bullseye target on your back was a big one over those 30 years

    The story doesn’t give me enough to grant accord you honorary black status but it would appear that you are an Honourable White

    He who feels it, and has lived it, knows it.

    Enjoy your retirement but stay watchful of those who will seek to stray in minutes what you have taken years to accumulate

    And that is both the street thugs and the political thugs, the latter ones are more deadly.

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  • Hi Adrian:

    I hope that you will build on your experience with P&Q and try something else. There is no ‘riding off into the sunset’ for persons who genuinely care.

    Best regards,
    Grenville

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  • But if taxes are the consideration
    I still do not see why the disparity in fare structure should be so wide
    You pointed me to Thompson once and the fare was affordable even though I went to Manchester and took the train to London but even them are exorbitant now
    If You can show me a way
    Then email me at
    buddycal2@gmail.com

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  • Charles, Try GOOGLE Flights for best scheduled options.

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  • Do you have any confidence in Opoda

    They were advertiing affordable flights to London from Barbados with the cost slightly higher than what is offered from London to here but at the point of booking the system was not accepting the credit card
    In one case it indicated booking was in procees but a day later information popped up indicating systems error

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