My sister and I have just returned from a relaxing week's break at the Colony Club. This was our third stay at the hotel, and although over the years I have stayed at other properties in Barbados, the Colony Club is by far the best. It really does tick all the boxes, from the rum punch on arrival, the high quality spacious accommodation, the beautiful gardens with its lagoon pools and the excellent beach. The hotel is approximately 15 minutes' walk from Holetown with its shops, bars and restaurants, alternatively there is the reggae bus which is just $2BDS and great fun! As we were only there for a week we did not participate in any of the watersports - particularly as the sea was quite rough some days, but will definitely do so next time. We enjoyed the Friday morning garden tour and would highly recommend this, it was really interesting even if you are not into gardening. We ate out most evenings, apart from our arrival evening (too tired to venture out) and the last night - Manager's Cocktail Party and Beach barbecue/buffet which was really excellent and would highly recommend, even if you are not staying in the hotel, it is worth making a reservation. We were upgraded to a junior suite, room 308, which being on a high floor had lovely views and a large balcony with 2 sun loungers and a table/4 chairs which we used every day. Quite a lot of stairs so definitely not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties. Plenty of sun loungers on the beach and by the pools and the offerings of sorbets, ice creams and iced grapes were very welcome. Also the jugs of iced water (complete with lemon slices) by our pool were very welcome on a hot day. Another strong point was the availability of beach towels at different points around the hotel, no searching high and low to find a hut 100 yards along a beach etc.... We dined at Spago, Cariba, the Sandpiper, Lonestar and Daphnes. Daphnes was by far the best, followed by the Lonestar (which has greatly upped its game since our last visit 4 years ago when the service, food quality and general attitude were very disappointing). The Sunday evening buffet at the Sandpiper was a huge disappointment, the same price as the Colony Club buffet but not nearly as good, poor value for money. The hotel also offers a free trip to St. Nicholas Abbey and Huntes Gardens every Wednesday. We would have loved to have taken this trip but unfortunately we arrived/departed on a Wednesday so it was not possible. Finally, we appreciated the availability of taxis at the hotel, we never had to wait more than 5 minutes, this was a real bonus. I would also like to thank Carl the driver who looked after us most evenings and drove us to the airport on Wednesday, he was fantastic and I would highly recommend him and suggest that you look out for him. To summarise: the Colony Club is a beautiful hotel with lovely gardens on a fantastic beach. All rooms are well located and face the sea or the gardens. The service is excellent and wi fi is now available and free throughout the hotel. We definitely plan to return.
All of the rooms face the sea or the pools/gardens so if you are on a budget it is not worth upgradi...
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