Excellent Large Rooms fully equiped to the highest standard with every possible need catered for.
The excellent staff go over and beyond what would normally be expected. The level of attention is admirable if you are by the pool, or on the beach, the attendants are constantly providing ice cold water and offering bar/restaurant service if you want it. During the hotest part of the day the pool/beach attendants offer to spray your body with cold eucalptus water and hand out ice cold flannels, both of which are very gratefully received by most guests. What struck us was that the staff really seemed to enjoy looking after the guests, they were always happy, smiling and never to busy to stop and have a chat.
You can have as many towels as you wish during the day. There are always enough loungers (most luxurious I have ever come across) and umberellas for guests the boys are always around to help with anything you wish.
My husband collapsed in reception the second day into the holiday, a very nice pilot from a Canadian Airline and numerous hotel staff helped while we waited for the ambulance. Ornan, who is an absolutely lovely man, was fanning him for ages while a constant supply of iced flannels helped to cool him. When the ambulance came I was given bottles of iced water to take to the hospital. While at the hospital one Manager (I think Richard but may have that wrong) rang several times enquiring how David was and offering to have food sent to us. During the early evening I returned to the hotel to pick us some things and let family know what was happening and within minutes of arriving room service brought me some food and more bottled drinks which I took to the hospital. I had trouble calling the UK and the young security man (electrician) came up to my room to help and even tried to use his own mobile when we could not get an international line. Richard caught me as I waited for the taxi to take me back to the hospital checking that I had eaten something and offering any assistance they could. The level of support during the crisis was excellent, I may have been thousands of miles from home but I did not feel alone which was very important. When my husband was released one of the restaurant girls (sorry I am dreadful with names) gave David a big hug and was absolutely over the moon to see him back after the scare we had all had. These lovely people all felt like life long friends rather than strangers we barely knew.
We soon discovered that baby turtles hatch out overnight and often make their way towards the hotel lights rather than the moonlight which would see them safely out to sea. It became our routine to get up at 5.30 am (10.30 UK time) and go on a turtle rescue. They were found in the pool, in the gardens and down a drain on the road beside the hotel. Some were in a poor way while others were full of life and raring to go out to sea, it was a pleasure to see the little heads raise up and look around as they made their way out to sea. Large turtles were also often seen just off shore looking towards the beach, one morning there were clear tracks showing that a female had come out and laid her eggs, they will hatch in 60 days so anyone over there in November could well see her babies.
I must mention Benji the taxi driver, based at the hotel, who took such great care of us, he ferried me too and from the hospital as well as running us about during our stay. Bless him, when we went to Oistins he gave me his spare mobile phone so I could ring him when we were ready to be collected.
If my husbands health allows us to return to Barbados there will be no other Hotel to consider. We have stayed many times on Barbados, mostly at Bougainvillea, Crystal Cove and many years ago Silver Sands. They were all commendable in one way or another BUT Ocean Two is in a league of its own, the accomodation is excellent but it is the staff that are the real strength of this resort.
I apologise to the many staff members who we came into contact with that I have not named. You are ALL a real credit to the hotel and deserve recognition, unfortunately my memory for names is dreadful. I would like to thank every one of you for a very memorable holiday.
We had a excellent meal at Pices, St Lawrence Gap, in my husbands opinion it was the best seafood meal he has ever eaten. I opted for a steak which was cooked to perfection. The price was very reasonable for the high standard of food we paid the equivelent of £84.00 for two courses, the portions were large so we couldn't manage dessert.
One thing I highly recommend at Ocean Two is a cocktail called Dark Thunder, my husband is in training to make one as good as the barmen do. I only discovered this 3 days before we left which is just as well or I would have been drinking it everyday. The mix is Malibu, Baileys, Tia Maria, Ice and Chocolate Sauce dribbled around the glass so very fattening and VERY NICE.
The menu at the hotel is a bit limited in the evenings, that would be my only very minor negative point, but there are many close restaurants to choose from if you wish for a wider choice.
I would opt for a high room if possible but any Ocean View will be good. We were on the second floo...
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