We stayed 23rd Jan to 31st Jan, 2013 for our 25th. We were made to feel very welcome from the first moment to our departure and rather enjoyed the rum punch on arrival. The manageress went out of her way to welcome us as on the first day and throughout our stay. We would definitely return.
We had an upgraded room as it was our 25th, with a bottle of fizz and a lovely message of congratulations, which was a really nice touch. The suite room overlooking the pool is a decent size, well maintained with good relaxing facilities. We never once turned on the state of the art sony tv.
The food is very good, particularly the wonderful breakfast, but a slightly higher quality was enjoyed at Mullins Bay, Daphne's & Tides. To be able to enjoy lunch & dinner at the hotel on the decking by the beach is special - the shrimp tempur that we tried over lunch on our last day was to die for.
Drinks are not cheap (B$7.50 for a small bottle of Bank's is a bit excessive), but happy hour (4-6pm) makes the cocktails reasonable value. CARE - we were led to believe that all drinks were part of happy hour, but that is not the case.
The hotel sits in a lovely bay, where there are platoons to swim out to. We enjoyed this a lot. A downside is that there is a bit of a scramble for sunbeds in the morning, as the thin strip of beach restricts the number that you can have out, so everyone sits on top of each other. We tried the poolside (beautifully kept), but there is hardly any breeze there, so it was too hot. We must say that the sunbeds around the pool, as well as the very well kept vegetation, make it quite special.
The watersports are good to enjoy - take the red, two man kayak as that really motors. A disappointment was turning up one day when only one person was on duty - he was rude when we interrupted him eating and asked us to come back later. We did not bother.
The beach is lovely and there is a very nice 2 mile walk that you can make turning right out of the hotel as you reach the beach - it passes a beachside cafe that we used regularly. We also found it very handy to walk into Holetown - 10/15 minutes.
We used the reggae bus a lot (B$2 each for a trip) to get around - the hotel's trip to Oistins was sold out, so we used the bus for B$2 all the way. A real experience, but it took 1hr 20 minutes! The taxi back was B$85, shared with another couple, took 30 mins.
In summary, a real treat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "An exclusive retreat with elegance and colonial charm." A magnificently restored former gentlemen's club, where old world charm meets new world standards of quality and comfort, the 96-room Colony Club is the Elegant Hotels Group's flagship property in Barbados. Ideal for couples and honeymooners seeking an exclusive retreat with impeccable service in a stunning location, Colony Club tempts guests back year after year. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Colony Club Hotel Porters
- Colony Hotel Saint James
- Colony Club Barbados/Saint James Parish