Just returned from 16 days in Barbados. We rented the Hummingbird Villa in St. Philip (www.bottombay villa.com). The villa was lovely - one of the best 'equipped' villa's we have rented! The Property managers John and Jan are fantastic, very warm and friendly. The villa is a little remote - a car is highly recommended if you want to see other areas of the island. If you are content to just beach it, Bottom Bay is a 2 minute walk from the villa and is lovely but has strong undercurrents so swimming may not be the best. However there are numerous beaches within just a few minutes drive that are lovely. Likely you will have the beach to yourself whereever you go - unless you go to the tourist beaches (Enterprise/Mullins etc). All of Bajan people were extremely friendly and helpful during our stay. Be sure to go to Oistin's for the Friday night fish fry - prepare to stay for a few hours to really enjoy all of the fun! Souvenirs are more expensive than on other islands - Earthworx pottery is a nice take home souvenir. The one significant drawback was the cost of groceries/restaurants. There are local restaurants where the menu is a little less but the restaurants in the attraction areas are costly (by comparison to CDN/US restaurants). Groceries are also very costly - it may take a few trips to different stores to get all the items you may require...just depends on what deliveries are made to the island. Chicken seems typically very available - pork from time to time and beef was pricey. Rum is inexpensive, Banks beer (local) is also inexpensive. If you are a Wine drinker, you may want to switch to something else while on the island as wine is costly. There is no BBQ with the villa however, you can arrange to rent one from the Property manager at $40US (per week) Grocery stores recommended to us were Emerald City, Trimart and PriceSmart (in Warrens). Restaurants highly recommend: The Cliff and Tides in Bridgetown, L'Azure (at the Crane resort and close to the villa) in St. Philip. Local 'ground food' (tomatoes, cucumbers, beans etc) are readily available at decent prices close to the villa along the roadside. We packed some dry food and took it with us (pasta, rice etc) You may wish to bring some favourite spices as the villa has the basic salt and pepper - and now some of what we left there!! The villa has a washer/dryer that is most handy - bring some laundry pucks and save alot of money buying detergent on the island! Overall a great vacation and a really lovely island just be aware that the cost of food/groceries may be a surprise you hadn't planned on...Lastly a word on driving - the island drives on the left hand side and it can be a little trecherous in the evening as pedestrians walk with traffic (vs. against) on the narrow roads and are difficult to see. Barbados drivers tend to drive very fast on the narrow roads - be careful of the curvy roads (and watch for bikes/pedestrians) Our favourite city ended up being Holetown (vs. Bridgetown or Speightstown) > Be sure to visit St. Lawrence Gap for a fun evening - loads of restaurants and clubs.
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint Philip Parish
Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Saint Philip Parish
Number of rooms: 3
- Also Known As:
- Hummingbird House Barbados/Saint Philip Parish