When we first arrived at the hotel we were immediately greeted by Ansley. He offered us a drink and explained the resort and gave us a tour. We were a little hungry from our trip to Barbados and asked if there any snacks, he went above our expectations and asked if we wanted hamburger and fries. He called the kitchen to make us a couple of burgers and fries and we began the tour of the hotel. When our food was ready, we ate and then continued the tour.
We highly recommend a deluxe room on the 4th floor, great views and the noise from the nearby bars is not bad.
As other reviews have mentioned there is a dress code for dinner. Guys, just bring a pair of pants and a shirt! If you don't, you eat in what we and some other visitors dubbed the 'banished area'. It as a table on the boardwalk under a fluorescent light, like a spot light, and brings even more attention to your table.
For an all-inclusive the food was decent, although there were not many Caribbean food options as it seemed they cater to visitors from the UK, for example, one day they had liver as a dinner option and sheppards pie for lunch (was just meat sauce surrounded with mashed potatoes). They even have a tea time and dessert always had the option of cheese and crackers. But if you know what you want, you can plan ahead and the kitchen will cook it for you. For example, I requested jerk chicken and a chicken roti on separate occasions for dinner (both very good). For those with larger appetites, I did not have a problem ordering two meals or having extras on the side. I often ordered the fish fillet on the side. The meats and fish were sometimes overcooked, but everything came with a sauce so it was still an OK meal. Breakfast was good with someone cooking eggs the way you like it, bacon, sausage, waffles etc.
Our best meal was at the fish fry on Friday night in Oisten and a must when in Barbados. Pat's place is the best place to eat and the only place at the fish fry with a constant line-up. Also get the macaroni pie. There are also a lot of vendors to shop at. Great atmosphere.
The front end staff were amazing, Ansley and Erika were by far the best and they were ‘trainees’. They have a passion for the island and always willing to help. The guys at the bar were also exceptional and creative when I asked for something different. It would have been nice if the guys had mint to make mojitos. If you are a big drinker, bring a travel insulated mug since the drinks are given in a small plastic cup. The staff during the meals were hit and miss, sometimes the service was great, and other times we waited long periods to get our dessert. On the last day we were there, it took 30 minutes to get our lunch and we were left scrambling to check out.
The beach was great, small beach but we never had a problem getting a spot on the beach after breakfast. If the resort is full, then make sure you get your spot in the morning. The last couple of days we were there, the beach was washed out so there were no loungers on the beach. There were some locals who often stayed in the beach area or often came by to try to sell you things. When we first came we were not sure if they worked at the resort. Remember nothing is free if someone comes to offer a coconut or bracelet.
The entertainment was OK, a couple of nights were disappointing with a DJ playing ‘elevator’ music or music for an older crowd and a guy playing a piano in the restaurant. This is a quieter resort and we did not expect too much. By 11 pm the bar area was empty and the bar closed early. If you like going to bars, Sunday night seemed like the best night to go to the bars outside the resort.
It is easy getting around by bus and it only cost $1 USD. Just be aware that the buses get pretty packed at rush hour and on Friday nights going to Oisten for the fish fry. Bajans were very friendly and always willing to help to give directions. We always felt safe travelling within Barbados. We took a tour from the hotel to the Harrison's Cave and wildlife reserve, both very good and our private tour guide, Cleston, was amazing!
They also have a great duty free system throughout Barbados. Certain stores will give you a duty free price and send alcohol to the airport for your departure. All you need is your passport and departure flight number.
Overall, we had a great stay in Barbados. Even if the weather is not good or if the beach is washed out, there is lots to do (Holetown, Bridgetown, other attractions).
Get a deluxe room on 4th floor, better view and less noise.
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