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“I want to keep this a secret” 5 of 5 stars
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“I want to keep this a secret”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

Recently returned from a 10 day trip to lovely Barbados, was lucky enough to have found this place to stay. Where do I begin.....

Island

Barbados itself was such a great place to visit, we felt safe at all times regardless of where we were or what time we were there! Many people would offer friendly unsolicited help when we were out and about, without any hitch. The groceries available on the island were first rate, very similar to what is available in Canada, and at about 1/2 the cost. There were many supermarkets on the island, Emerald City and IGA were the best ones. The local rum and beer were delicious and very cheap, however, all other alcohol was expensive. Financial transactions weren't a problem, as ATM's were everywhere and major credit cards are readily accepted. I wasn't able to use my debit card there however, even though it was in the "plus" system. My credit card worked fine at ATM's so that solved that.

Organizing trip

The owner, Maurice, was very helpful during the planning phase of our trip, and was readily available via the internet and telephone for any questions we had. There was a very minor mixup upon our arrival, and it was quickly looked after by the couple who maintain the property, thanks for the presents!

Location

We loved that it was in a quiet area of the island, we used the bus system to get around, but i think we'd get a jeep next time. We did have one for a day and found Barbados a bit confusing to get around, but no real dangerous driving conditions. The beaches near Hummingbird are so private and breathtaking, fun for swimming if you're brave, but careful of the undertow. There are many different types of beaches on the island that cater to all different types of people. All in all every beach we visited was amazing. The grocery store Emerald City was only a 5 minute drive away. We always felt safe in the area near Hummingbird house, seemed like a quiet residential area.

VILLA

Wow. It looked nice on the internet, but was even better in person. The villa was clean and modern. The computer with internet was a nice touch. Bedrooms were air conditioned which proved to be very nice and the beds were comfortable. The kitchen was complete with modern appliances and cookware/utensils, which was excellent because we ate at home mostly. The deck and pool area was the best, we could have lazed around out there for the entire trip!

Overall this place was fantastic, I was hesitant to write a review because I don't want it to be fully booked for the next time I want to go there!

  • Stayed March 2010, 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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2010

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.

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Additional Information about Hummingbird House

Address: Bottom Bay, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint Philip Parish
Amenities:
Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Saint Philip Parish
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Hummingbird House Barbados/Saint Philip Parish

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