Friendly spot in transition
Arriving here in August 2014 we found the Paradise to be in the midst of a big transformation.
A large section along the beach was walled off and most of its long-standing bungalows were being rebuilt. The only bungalows open were the smaller ones along the back row, and these had all been renovated. Following the island-wide trend of bungalows making way for more hotel style accommodation, Paradise had just opened a two-storey building with 10 air-con rooms on our visit. Rooms here are modern looking, though rather sterile, and large, with beachside rooms fetching higher prices. Each room has white tiled floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, double bed, hot-water showers, TV, balcony and mini-fridge. The bungalows that were open all have air-con, twin or double beds and hot water showers, and have been given a decent upgrade with wood panelling and a fresh coat of paint. Until the construction is finished, however, expect plenty of hammering noise and dust, no chance of a sea view, and you'll have to walk around the construction site to reach the beach. So definitely ask for a discount if booking into the bungalows. The restaurant was also closed for renovation, but was expected to be open for high season. High-season rates include breakfast. WiFi is free. Though many changes are underway here, we found the staff to still be the friendliest of all the places on Long Beach.
By Lana Willocks
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.