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“A little oasis.” 5 of 5 stars
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Shades Holiday Apartments
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Laynes Road | Paynes Bay, BB29004, Barbados   |  
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“A little oasis.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

I booked Shades apartments for its location and the five star reviews. It turned out to be well worth it. It started with the lovely Jacqui (the best bit of Shades) answering all my silly emails and enquiries. When we first arrived it was a bit worrying as we turned off the main road and up into to a very local area, which actually had very nice people in it, but when we went through the gates we found the lovely gardens and a great swimming pool. The apartments have all you need and are quiet especially if you are in a one bedroom apartment as they are a little bit away from the others. The owner is a lovely man and If you want anything at all Jacqui is on to it instantly including booking you the best table at The Cliff restaurant!

Room Tip: One bedroomed are a little quieter.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

I stayed at Shades of Barbados from 17-24th November with 2 friends. The minute we got there we felt so welcome. Jackie and Errol are one hell of a top team. Their knowledge of the island, attentiveness, keenness to help us make the holiday the best it could be and friendliness is thre best I have see.

They really do have a unique service style that is hard to beat. And with only being a couple of minutes from the stunning (!!!!) beach and 10 minutes on bus from the busy Holetown.. it really was the ldeal place to stay.

Don't do the over-priced hotels along Paynes Bay - go to Shades!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Worcestershire
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

This was a real find thanks to the wonders of the internet and TripAdvisor!! We wanted good quality not necessarily luxurious self catering accommodation for a family holiday in Barbados and Shades does not disappoint. It thoroughly exceeded all our expectations in every way. We booked apartment 7 the two bedroom penthouse villa and it was totally perfect for us and two teenage children. Plenty of space, excellent bathrooms with large walk in showers, high quality fixtures and fittings throughout and flat screen plasma tv with hundreds or channels, not that it was ever used very much! The bedrooms are airconditioned with good quiet fan units, a real plus is the free wifi, great to look for and book local restaurants on your smartphone or iPad etc.
There is a lovely small pool and gardens and the staff are fantastic. Jacqui our host looked after our every need and booked a car, catamaran trip for us and even stocked us with a few groceries for our arrival tea, milk etc. Nothing was too much trouble and we will definitely return.
The fabulous Paynes Bay beach is only 5 minutes walk away and Holetown is only 5 minutes drive where there is a good supermarket (even selling Essential Waitrose products!) and lots of good restaurants catering for all budgets.
Shades is excellent value for money and perfect for a family holiday, thoroughly recommended, we wouldn't want to stay anywhere else!

Room Tip: Apartment 7, perfect for family of four with two bedrooms and bathrooms.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

Location of this place could not be better, it is off in the middle of a neighborhood within minutes of walking distance to some of the best restaurants and incredible calm beaches. We stayed in Apartment 6 and it was extremely clean and included everything needed. Awesome bathroom, kitchen and bedroom. The bed was extremely comfortable and the whole apartment made us feel right at home. Jacqui was extremely nice and very helpful in finding good deals around the island as well as activities to do. The pool and the workout room as well as the little covered tent make it really nice to relax outside by the pool. They even have a sound system to hook up your Ipod, computer or whatever music player you have. Once again cannot go wrong with this place with such an awesome host like Jaqcui. Definitely will stay here again.

Room Tip: All are good rooms.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012 via mobile

We stayed in one of the 2-bed room apartments (ground floor) with our two children (6 and 8). The whole apartment was spacious and clean. The manager Jaqui was very friendly and helpful. She helped us arrange pick up from the airport and drove us to the grocery store the first day. She gave us great advice on things to do on the island and she helped us with booking a fantasic sail trip where we got to swim with turtles. The Shades offers car rental with very affordable prices. We recommend renting one and explore this fantastic island.

The apartments are located only a few minutes walk from one of the best beaches on Barbados. Our children also loved the swimming pool at The Shades. The bus stop is also just a minute walk away, you can take the quiet "official" bus or one of the many "reagge buses" (it's great fun!).

We found this a perfect place to stay with children.

We had an absolutely fantastic stay at The Shades and if we go back to Barbados we would with out a doubt stay here again!!

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012 via mobile

This is our third stay here. Each time we visit, it feels like we're at home in the sunshine! Perfectly located for visiting the best parts of Barbados. Close to some of the island's top restaurants and a stone throw from Sandy Lane beach. Jackie and Errol are fantastic hosts - great people - whose welcome on each visit ensures your experience of Shades is the best.

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  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

We arrived back from Shades at the end of March following our second brilliant holiday there.We stay in apt 5 which is a lovely ground floor apt with a private terrace,apt 5 is a one bedroom apt with lovely walk in shower room,kitchen with everything you need and lounge area with flat sreen tv and lots of sports and film channels.There is a swimming pool set in beautiful gardens which we had to ourselves most of the time.Jacqui,Errol and Errols dad are the friendliest people and nothing is too much trouble.Jacqui will advise you on trips,transportand restaurants and will even take you to the supermarket when you arrive.You can order your groceries to be delivered by the local supermarket before you arrive which we did,when we arrived Jacqui and Errol had taken them into our apt putting some in fridge including a few bottles of beer.
Barbados is a beautiful island and Shades is a 2 min walk from one of the lovely beaches.
It is quite expensive to eat out in Barbados so we ate out about 6 times whilst we were there, on the other nights we went to Daphnes for happy hour cocktail 5-7 to watch the sunset.One of our favorite places to spend an evening is MR VICS he and Karen will make you very welcome and they serve good food and reasonably priced drinks.Mr VICS is 5 mins from Shades and even though you cannot compare it with CIN CIN or TIDES we spent some of our best nights there.
Our favorite restaurants are CIN CIN,it is amazing with beautiful sea views and good food,TIDES (we cant decide between these 2).We also enjoyed Beachouse and Spagos and we love Vics.
On the nights we stayed in we either cooked food from the supermarket or got a takeaway from the roadside chefs which set up near the main road Thur -Sat (try the shrimp kebabs) and sat on our terrace at Shades.
If you are thinking of trying SHADES i am sure you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: apt 5 lovely private terrace
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Shades Holiday Apartments

Address: Laynes Road | Paynes Bay, BB29004, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Saint James Parish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Shades Holiday Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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Shades Holiday Apartments Hotel Saint James
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