Take Five is a beautiful villa set in a small, quiet development of individual houses located on the South East coast right by the shores of the Atlantic. The breezes that blow off the Atlantic ensure that even on the hottest days the temperature is more comfortable. A short 2 minute walk from the front door leads to the hand carved steps that take you down to the coconut palm trees and white coral sandy beach of Bottom Bay - one of the most beautiful and relatively undiscovered beaches on the island. There are plenty of breath taking walks along the cliff tops and several other deserted beaches nearby.
The villa is built to a high standard and is luxuriously furnished and is fully equipped with everything you need for a truly memorable holiday. Wi-Fi is available, and we even provide a mobile phone for guests to use, as well as a telephone in the living room.
The gardens have been exotically landscaped with tropical plants and palm trees, creating a totally private Caribbean idyll. The living area in Take Five is airy and spacious and leads onto a covered terrace with a separate lounge and dining area overlooking the pool and garden. Just off the terrace is a utility room and a separate toilet - to save walking through the house with those wet feet! The large pool is 30 feet long and there are several sun beds around it for relaxing on.
Barbados is a relatively safe and crime free island, but for extra peace of mind we have installed bars at all doors and windows and provided a safe. There is also mosquito netting fitted on all the windows.
Take Five is conveniently situated for Grantley Adams airport - just 20 minutes drive away. Oistins and all the night life of St Laurence Gap and the capital city of Bridgetown are equally accessible, as is the surfers paradise of Bathsheba on the east coast.
The villa was named after the classical jazz piece "Take Five", but of course has the double meaning of taking time out - which is exactly what you do at Take Five
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Grantley Adams International 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The master bedroom, with its super-king size bed, has a walk in wardrobe and an en suite, with 'his and hers' washbasins. In each of the other 2 bedrooms we have provided 2 single beds, and to enable versatile sleeping arrangements each pair can be conjoined to produce a king size bed. All bedrooms are fully air-conditioned, and there are ceiling fans in all rooms. A large bathroom is located between the 2 bedrooms, ensuring that all the bedrooms are separated from each other.
The lounge is equipped with a super large high definition TV with a DVD player that plays both US and UK DVDs. We have provided a good range of CDs (not just Jazz!!!) to play on the Music Centre, which also has an IPOD connection. In each of the rooms there are electrical sockets for the US and UK type plugs. There is also a telephone with free calls to anywhere in the island, and there is also internet connectivity. For convenience we have also provided a mobile telephone so you can carry it with you on your trips round the island.
The kitchen has a lovely granite work surface and is fully equipped with a whole range of gadgets and labour saving devices, to ensure that you have the least amount of hassle during your stay. We have included a dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker and American style fridge with ice maker, as well as the usual kitchen appliances. There is a washing machine in a separate room off the terrace to keep the machinery noise away from the interior, with a washing line on the lawn.
The temperature is constant all year round in Barbados and the spacious outdoor terrace is a wonderful place to relax in the fresh air but out of the sun. Here is the dining table and chairs for al fresco dining, and also a comfortable lounge area for just sitting and chilling - or for drinking that G & T!
|Further details outdoors|
The swimming pool is unusually large - a good 30 feet in length - and loungers are provided to enable you to enjoy, chill and relax as much as possible. Due to the constant, year round high temperatures, the pool is unheated and the water is wonderfully cool and refreshing. The patio area around the pool is made from a non-slip material for added safety.
There is a WC just off the terrace so that, should the need take you, it is not necessary to traipse through the house in a dripping swim suit! There is also a poolside shower provided to wash off any sand if you are returning from a beach visit.
The gardens all round the house are fully landscaped with indigenous plants such as frangipani, oleander, bougainvillea and palms, and are completely private. At the front is a driveway with sufficient room for 2 cars to park. There is also the opportunity to hire a barbeque for cooking by the pool.
Our manager will meet and greet you at the villa to help you settle in and find your feet. She will explain that a maid service is provided and once a week the house will be thoroughly cleaned and fresh towels and bedding will be provided. If you require additional cleaning, barbeque, high chair, babysitting service - or even a chef to visit you to cook a Bajan meal and serve it to you on the terrace - she can arrange this for you for an extra charge.
Water from the tap is perfectly fine to drink. We have fitted filters to the incoming water supply to minimise the lime content.
We have installed security bars at the doors and windows. This is just a safeguard, crime is not prevalent on Barbados, but it is better to err on the side of caution.
Additionally, we have fitted mosquito netting at all the windows which does help to keep the nippers at bay.
Think of Barbados and what do you come up with - images of blue seas, frangipani, rum, sugar cane, calypso, gospel songs, palm trees and coconuts - the list is endless. The climate is warm all year with temperatures rarely dropping below the mid-70's. There is a good road infrastructure so getting around by car is easy - and its great to explore. There are numerous bus services around the island for those not wishing to drive.
Barbados is divided into a number of parishes - the largest of which is St Philip, which is situated on the south-east coast and where Take Five is located. The famous Crane Hotel is just a short drive away with its numerous restaurants, entertainment and much photographed beach.
There are a number of walks that you can take from the villa with breathtaking views over the Atlantic and to various isolated beaches along the coast - not least is Bottom Bay, the most beautiful beach on the whole island and only 2 minutes walk away. There are no snakes or poisonous insects on the island, so walking is enjoyable (for those of you with various aversions!).
Wherever you go in Barbados you will see impromptu games of cricket being played - whether on a bit of scrub land or one of the many well tended cricket fields. Scattered around everywhere are the ubiquitous rum shacks which are great fun and a must to experience.
Night life and great restaurants abound, but worthy of a mention all on its own is the Oistins Fish Fry (best night is Friday) where you can eat a freshly cooked fish meal by moonlight, on a golden sandy beach by the Caribbean Sea, and then dance the night away under the stars.
Bottom Bay is so beautiful - with its coral sandy beach, coconut trees and blue Atlantic waves - and only 2 minutes walk away from Take Five. It is relatively undiscovered, so the chances are that you will have most of the beach to yourself. There are plenty of other beaches, equally attractive, within walking distance, if you want a change.
The location is quiet and is well placed for visiting many of the island's main attractions. There is a small local shop and bar at Wellhouse, which is about 1km away, as well as several other local rum shacks. Five minutes drive away is the Emerald City Shopping Mall at Six Roads with a large supermarket, bank, stores and a couple of restaurants.
On a few evenings a week there is a local fish fry on the road to Six Hills where you can buy wonderful, freshly cooked food. For a taste of local cuisine try the Watering Hole restaurant - a short walk from the villa.
Before you go it is advisable to plan your trip by investing in a good travel guide. Some of the festivals (such as Crop Over) and annual events are worth planning your visit around.