“If you really want to feel at home on holiday, look no further.” After a fantastic stay last year we returned here for 2 weeks in April/May (this time 5 of us). Yet again despite its size and very modern feel we immediately felt at home – definitely a property for living, rather than just staying in. And with so much room & sleeping options (and 3 huge bathrooms with walk in showers) on two floors, and living space in the middle, it is perfect for groups. There are lots of communal areas to share or not as the mood takes you, but also privacy when needed. We love that there are 3 terraces so you can follow the sun round the house (or in my case hide from it). It was pretty warm & sometimes humid, so the plunge pool really came into its own. It’s a great place to nurse a Rum Punch and watch while more energetic friends get the huge BBQ going and load up catch of the day from the local fish market.
It’s also in a very quiet and safe area, but only a short walk away from the beach/nightlife/shops. We loved the early mornings, breakfasting on the terrace and watching monkey patrol & spotting the odd Parrot or Hummingbird from the terrace. We also really appreciated the lounging space outside at the end of the day, returning for a dunk in the plunge pool & a gaze at the stars after our sunset cocktails & supper on the nearby beaches.
The other thing that really makes this great property to stay in is its proximity to everything Holetown has to offer, but without the party noise at night. There is a choice of high-end restaurants (The Tides – wow) or bars with a more local vibe really close by, so no need to drive or grab taxis. Try Zacccios, where Happy Hour while the sun goes down may well become a favourite destination. Also on a Sunday night (but after about 9) try people watching in 1st Street where the TML One Love Bar Karaoke - but not as we know it - turns the entire street into a mini block party, filled with more locals than tourists.
The other thing to mention is the value of staying somewhere owned by people who clearly love the island & know it well. Their Big Black Book was filled with local hints & tips & made sure we didn’t waste a moment. We quickly found the best places to eat, drink, swim & watch the sun go down & every one of their suggestions delivered. Perfect!
While the West coast has glitzy hotels a plenty if you really want to feel at home, look no further. It’s a great alternative to the increasingly fancy but ultimately ubiquitous hotels that ring the Barbados west coast. And while it feels like it would be great to stay on the beach, a few nights walking back amongst the carousers convinced us we were right to choose this property.
“Dr.” This is a well-kept and cosy apartment quite near the beach. It worked very well for us since my granddaughter appears to be part fish and desires the water at all times. The pool outside our front door was also convenient. Alex met us and was very helpful with orientation. The bedrooms, on the second floor, are air conditioned, but the rest of the house is reliant on fans and natural ventilation. This probably works better in the winter months when it's cooler, but I did find myself retreating to the bedroom. Still, the environment was clean and tidy, and the cleaning lady came on the half-week so, all in all, a good choice.