Facilities

Strong Hope Botanical Therapeutic Gardens

The therapeutic gardens have been created by renowned landscape designer Penny Rollitt and have been specifically designed to meet the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of our clients. The gardens contain an unparalleled collection of different plants from many other tropical and sub-tropical locations and the landscaped areas of Strong Hope are comparable to no other in the world of residential treatment. Our landscape designer and advisor on all things horticultural, has been involved in some of Barbados’s most important horticultural installations and is committed to making Strong Hope a natural zero-waste and sustainable facility.

As a member of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, Strong Hope places great importance on our gardens and landscape areas as part of our approach to the therapy of our clients. Spending time outside in nature has been shown to affect positively a person’s emotions and improve their sense of wellbeing. Access to nature balances circadian rhythms, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and increases absorption of Vitamin D. Nature has been shown to be beneficial for our overall health and wellbeing. We are all connected to nature and it is important to maintain this vital connection for our health and wellbeing, which is described in the work “The Biophilia Hypothesis” by Edward O. Wilson.

Once inside Strong Hope’s gates, clients are immediately greeted by a grand 400m driveway lined with tropical palm trees, supplemented with (and unique to the Caribbean) fabulous mussaendas in red, pink and white. The entrance is bathed with eranthemums, acalyphas, crotons and large ginger lilies. Heliconias laden with colourful bracts are interlaced with ferns, grasses and glossy philodendrons creating a warm welcoming explosion of colour and smells without the disadvantages of the hard architectural features of most treatment centres.

After the breath-taking experience of entering the property’s one-of-a-kind driveway, clients are greeted with sweeping views of further landscaped areas supplemented with unique Caribbean limestone coral stone walls, ruby red flamboyant ficus trees and old frangipani with scented flora, intermingled with many types of majestic palms.

The majority of elements in our therapeutic garden are plant related, but it is also important that they attract the natural wildlife – such as hummingbirds, warblers, swifts, caribs and doves.

As clients step further into the residence of Strong Hope, they will stumble upon the courtyard – a beautiful presentation of the lily ponds cascading into the koi pond surrounded by orchids, ferns and peace lilies.

The surprises will continue to occur during a client’s stay at Strong Hope, as the garden experience is exciting, never-ending and ever expanding. The property has taken advantage of the opportunity to develop many tucked away seating areas throughout the 14-acre landscape, each of which providing a one-of-a-kind botanical therapeutic experience and all easily accessible by coral stone walkways.

The Main House

The main house features some of the most luxurious and unique amenities around the world. The beautiful architecture of the Caribbean from the 1800s is perfectly complimented with a modern flair throughout the 15,000 sq. ft. of living space.

The main house is blessed with a complex of wooded gullies. The gullies first developed as underground rivers as a result of water erosion of the coral limestone cap that covers much of Strong Hope. The gullies exhibit a variety of plants and birds and the two viewing patios hidden away into the landscape are truly wondrous spots in which to reflect and practise some of the mindfulness and medication techniques that clients are taught.

The main house also features many freshwater ponds. One large freshwater pond features a waterfall with koi carp and an entertaining “predator” section is planned for 2018. There is a beautiful courtyard with koi and lily ponds and the courtyard is surrounded by seating and a breezeway, which leads to the complementary therapy rooms and a state-of-the-art air-conditioned fitness centre.

The upper communal rest areas are covered by a 17th Century stained glass arch and the communal patio, with refreshment station on the lower level, opens up to a large coral area for the use of external groups.

The main house features a large infinity swimming pool with swim jets on the upper level pool deck and a heated Jacuzzi spa on second upper level pool deck.

Although Strong Hope has a separate commercial kitchen used by Strong Hope’s chefs, a client kitchen area is also provided with Decoran countertops, coffee makers, fridges and other appliances for clients’ ad hoc use.

All bedroom suites are luxurious, spacious and air-conditioned; three of them have private decking overlooking stunning tropical gully vistas.

Hope Suite

The Hopesuite is a luxurious 1200 Sq. Ft. (111 Sq. m.) with expansive walk-in closet and marbled bathroom. The suite features hand-carved hickory pine wood flooring and a spacious living room with study area an expansive work desk. The standalone private patio area provides sweeping views of the enhanced tropical landscape as well as a private plunge pool and outdoor private pool shower.

The marble bathroom has panoramic views of the tropical gully enhanced landscape and is equipped with a separate bathtub and marbled shower stall with dual rain showerheads and wall jets. There is a dual marble vanity station for convenience as well as a separate water closet and luxurious bath linens.

The marble walk-in closet, with ultra-spacious closets and ample hanging, is equipped with separate environment control for clothes with special storage requirements.

The room features a luxury king-size bed, Egyptian cotton bedding and a world class mattress, giving all our clients the maximum combination of sleep and support.

The suite has its own wall-mounted 50” 4K LED Smart TV connected to a range of digital channels, wireless Bluetooth speakers and Wi-fi internet access throughout.

Destiny Suite and Harmony Suite

The Destiny and Harmony suites are a luxurious 800 Sq. Ft. (75 Sq. m.) with large freestanding closets with ample hanging and storage space. The suites feature hand-carved hickory pine wood flooring and a spacious living room with study area an expansive work desk. The standalone private patio areas provide sweeping views of the enhanced tropical landscapes.

The marble bathrooms have panoramic views of the tropical gully-enhanced landscape and are equipped with large walk-in rain showers and freestanding bathtubs. Both suites feature luxury king-size beds, Egyptian cotton bedding and world class mattresses, giving all our clients the maximum combination of sleep and support.

The suites have their own wall-mounted 50” 4K LED Smart TV’s connected to a range of digital channels, wireless Bluetooth speakers and Wi-Fi internet access throughout.

Gratitude Suite

The Gratitude Suite is a luxurious 550 Sq. Ft. (50 Sq. m.) with large freestanding closets with ample hanging and storage space. The suites feature hand-carved hickory pine wood flooring and a spacious sitting area with views of the courtyard and lily ponds.

The marble bathroom is equipped with a large walk in rain shower and freestanding bathtub. As with all our suites the bedroom features a luxury king-size bed, Egyptian cotton bedding and world class mattress, giving all our clients the maximum combination of sleep and support.

The suite has its own wall-mounted 50” 4K LED Smart TV’s connected to a range of digital channels, wireless Bluetooth speakers and Wi-Fi internet access throughout.

The Barn

The Barn is a self-contained two-storey, 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom facility located in the grounds of Strong Hope and is fully enclosed with its own gated entrance. The floor area in The Barn is approximately 2,900 square feet and is completely self-contained with its own kitchen, open plan living and formal dining area, which extends to a large sitting area complete with coral stone architecture that partially overlooks the wonderful private pool, deck and spectacular grounds. The pool deck itself overlooks a private tennis court and a wonderful open lawn area. The open plan living and dining area also extends directly out to the pool and internally to ground floor two en-suite bedrooms and a powder room. On the second level, there is the master luxury air-conditioned suite. As with all our suites, the bedroom features a luxury king-size bed, Egyptian cotton bedding and world class mattress, giving all our clients the maximum combination of sleep and support.

The suite has its own wall-mounted 50” 4K LED Smart TV’s connected to a range of digital channels, wireless Bluetooth speakers and Wi-Fi internet access throughout.

Security

Access to The Barn and Strong Hope main house is via a gated biometric control system allowing only authorised personnel on site. To further ensure the privacy of our clients the gatehouse is manned 24 hours a day by dedicated, trained staff who will also patrol at night.

To augment the security there is CCTV throughout and all staff have undergone robust enhanced security checks.

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We treat all enquiries with the utmost confidentiality. If you would like to speak in strictest confidence to a member of our team, please call or e-mail us at the contact details below.

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Chris (UK)

+44 7780704357

Karen (Barbados)

+ 1 (246) 825-9560