Note: On the date of this writing, this is the third day of my 5 day stay. I will follow up at the end of my stay. Now, moving forward, I spent my first week in Barbados in an apartment on the Beach but they did not have capacity to accommodate me for the second week. Now I'm so glad! After reading reviews of several hotels on the south and west coasts, I settled on the Aquatica (formerly the Grand Barbados Beach Resort). It was double the cost than for the apartment but I truly think it was well worth the extra but since a friend was sharing the cost with me, it worked out perfectly. We decided to pay the little bit extra to have breakfast included in the room. This option is VERY WELL WORTH IT! In addition to the continental breakfast bar, which had a very large selection of items, we were also given the opportunity to order from the menu, which also had a very nice selection.
So far, everyone on the staff has been friendly and accommodating. This hotel is not quite as "grand" as the Hilton or the Accra but it is clean, comfortable, and charming. The beach (Pebble Beach, I believe) is great for children and adults and is much calmer than the beach on the south or east coasts. Right beside the Aquatica is a little place where you can pay a daily fee of $25 BDS/$12.50 US and have access to kayaks and snorkeling equipment as well as beach chairs & umbrellas all day! Now you won't need the beach chairs or umbrellas since the Aquatica has them but kayaking in the ocean is just fabulous! If you want to try paddle boarding, you can rent a paddle board from the same location for $40 BDS/$20 US per hour. Never paddled? No worries, Jason will be happy to provide you with a lesson and accompany you for $60 US. If you opt to forego the lesson and he is not teaching someone else, you may rest assured that you will be under his watchful eye :)
I almost forgot! The racetrack is not far from here and, if you rise early enough, you will see the horses brought out in groups of 5 or 6 to be bathed and to go for their daily swim. It is wonderful to watch! I was told they generally begin around 4:30 am but I was outside just before 6 and they continued the process until about 7:30 (This was on a Friday morning) This morning, I've been here since before 6 and have only just now seen one horse brought out so maybe it is different on the weekend or this Easter holiday weekend.
When I return to Barbados, I think I will definitely plan to stay at the Aquatica.
P.S. I secured my stay through hotels.com. Even so, the room had a lovely side view of the beach and bay and port area of Bridgetown. When I stay again, I think I will probably spend a bit more and stay in one of the rooms overlooking the bay. I think they will be well worth it.
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