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“Maybe it would have been fun . . .”
Review of Cockspur Beach Club - CLOSED

Cockspur Beach Club
Reviewed July 9, 2009

I can only give this attraction a "Terrible" score because I never actually got to see it. Let me explain . . .

My boyfriend and I called up Malibu on a Tuesday to make a reservation for Wednesday to take the tour, eat lunch, and lay out on their beach. No one answered the phone at 10am (their hours are advertised from 9am - 5pm), so we left a message with our name, hotel name, hotel phone number, and hotel room number so they could call us back. A couple of hours later (we hadn't heard back from them yet), we left the hotel and went into Bridgetown. Since we were so close to Malibu at that point, we decided to stop by and make a reservation IN PERSON. We found Malibu relatively easily (they were well-marked unlike other attractions in Barbados). When we walked into the gift shop, there was no one to be found. We kept looking and found about 4 or 5 people crowded into an office in the corner. We approached the office (no one really made an attempt to approach us) and asked to make a reservation (we explained that we had called earlier but they didn't act like they had heard our message). When we asked if we could make the reservation for the following day, they said no. They didn't give an explanation, but we have found that you need to press Bajans for more information, so we eventually found out that they don't book reservations on days that cruise ships come in. So we agreed to a reservation a few days later. We gave our names, hotel name, and hotel room number. They said that a shuttle would come by the morning of our reservation at 10am.

This morning was supposed to be our Malibu tour. We made every effort to get to the parking lot of our hotel by 9:55am, where we waited for about 10 minutes. Then, we went back up to our room, where we still had a perfect view of the hotel parking lot. Additionally, we called Malibu to find out if anyone was coming to get us. Even though it was during their open hours, no one answered the phone. And since we had no reason to believe that anyone had listened to our last message from several days ago, we didn't leave a message.

I don't think it is likely that we missed the shuttle. We had met a shuttle the previous day to go on another excursion and that worked out perfectly. Also, our hotel has security right at the entrance to the parking lot, so if the Malibu shuttle driver needed to call our room to look for us, the security guard could have helped out. There are so many reasons that we believe that we were stood up.

From what I have read, it seems like other people have dealt with the disinterested, rude employees at Malibu. I'm so glad that we didn't end up spending $85 USD (for 2 people) on this attraction, and I hope you will consider what we went through when you are planning your activities on the island.

3  Thank jennielou1983
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Reviewed June 3, 2009

The Malibu tour was really underwhelming, but it was interesting to learn that they produce Cockspur Rum, gin (I don't recall the brand), and Malibu consists of 65% of their exports around the world. France is their biggest customer - who knew???

The tour is $15 US and involves a quick trip around the plant led by a humorless and seemingly bored guide who was not at all interested in giving the tour. The price also includes one free Malibu cocktail, a tasting of the Cockspur rum (tastes like kerosene), the aged Cockspur rum (much better) and Malibu (which you NEED at that point to take the bitterness out of the first tasting of rum).

The gift shop is pretty unremarkable except that surprisingly, they do not sell the banana and passion fruit Malibu rums - only the coconut. You would think that that would be THE PLACE to find all types of the Malibu, but no!

The bar staff was very fun and friendly. We liked them a lot. And the beach there is really gorgeous. No waves and just clear blue sea to play in, some nice shade and comfortable lounge chairs which are included in the tour price. It was just us and another couple on the beach, who we ended up befriending and hanging out with later in the week on the Cool Runnings catamaran cruise, which was AWESOME!

1  Thank tldolphin
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Reviewed April 3, 2009

We were a group of seven. Various ages.
Entry was $30.00, this included a complimentary drink, and a sunbed on the beach.
There were four other people there and now we realise why.
We recieved our sun beds from a very pleasent attendant.
No towels, you have to go to reception to purchase these.
We were advised the tour would commence in 1 hour and 45 mins, so be purchased lunch.
Bar attendant was great. The waiteress was sitting on a chair uninterested but then took out order .
Food was not great but ok.
When we wre called for the tour, to our suprise it was the waitress, she really did not want to do her job, no personality and most definetly unhelpful.
Tour was 15 mins and not what expected. Shop staff were as unhelpful as this.
Belive that Wed is the day the cruise ships come in. Maybe these days are better.
The only good thing was $8.00 for a bottle of Malibu.

2  Thank siberianpack
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Reviewed March 17, 2009

We were on an RCI cruise, Feb. 7-14, 2009 and had a few spare hours to see the beach after we had been on an excursion of the island and Harrisons Cave.

While on the tour, we noticed that the weather on the Atlantic side of the island was brutally different than the weather at Malibu Beach and our ship's pier. The Atlantic side was very rough, windy, and rainy that day, while Malibu Beach was clear, calm and hot, hot, hot!

We grabbed a cab from the pier and paid out of pocket to get to the beach. We couldn't have paid more than $15 USD more than a planned excursion by doing it ourselves and we were able to avoid the hassles of being part of an excursion group.

The sun sand and surf at this beach was awesome! It wasn't surrounded with beautiful natural landscape features like other beaches we visited during our cruise, but I think I liked the quality of this beach better than Runaway and Orient.

We did not bother taking the distillery tour that was right there at the visitors' centre. Don't worry, the area is not built up or high-tech "touristy" either, it is very laid back and relaxing. There were no pushy locals trying to get you to buy something and there was even a waiter tending drinks right on the beach.

A perfect place to go with or without your kids, just a few blocks from the ship.

2  Thank SWONTraveller
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Reviewed December 30, 2008

It was a toss up for us between this and the Mount Gay tour. We opted for Malibu in the end since there was also a beach club so figured we could make an afternoon of it there. It was $20BDS to get in; for that you get a (very) short tour of the factory - also home to the Cockspur brand - a tasting session, a malibu cocktail and use of the beach club facilities all day. There's a BBQ/cafe area and bar on site, plus a small shop (though it mostly sold t-shirts and not many nick-nack-type souvenirs, a little bit of a let down for me). For the equivalent of a fiver, I thought it was a bargain and would definitely recommend a visit.

3  Thank Catfordkiz
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