We booked the Travelers Palm directly, although it is a Virgin Holidays destination. We wanted a really basic cheap base as we were not in a position to splash out and this appeared to fit the bill. The staff seemed helpful and friendly on the phone and we were advised to stay at the more recently refurbished Travelers Palm rather than the sister resort of the Halcyon Palm, just around the corner. On arrival we were surprised to find that we had been booked into the Halcyon, but that was immediately changed and we were able to go up to our apartment and settle in. Nothing is provided - no welcome pack of food - so you do need to go straight to the supermarket if you need a cup of tea after the journey. We got directions and headed off on the 10 minute walk into Holetown, it's not difficult.
The apartment itself was a good size, was clean enough and had really comfy beds. Only the bedrooms are air conditioned, but this is no longer 'pay as you go' so you can leave it on overnight if you have trouble sleeping in the heat. The pool is great and 'right there' as there are only 16 apartments all just by the pool. The poolside bar area provides a basic menu and everything gets cooked to order (so don't expect it instantly) by the lovely Rita. She also whips up a delicious Pina Colada.
You really can survive here without a car as the 10 minute walk to Holetown is not hard and there is so much there. Good quality restaurants such as Tides, and the Beach House provide fine dining options, Second Street houses a variety of bars and restaurants (we recommend the fabulous Lexy's for good inexpensive Sushi, music and a good atmosphere, and more rough and ready options can also be found on the main road, such as Just Grillin' and even KFC. Bean n' Bagel in the shopping centre will cook you up a major breakfast if you can't be bothered making it in the apartment. You can also access the beach at Holetown which is better than the one nearest the apartment. Buses run along the main road into Bridgetown, Oistins and Speightstown, although some bravery may be required if you are going to get a yellow bus. If you are not deaf when you get on you will be by the time you get off, so the official blue buses may be a better bet. They are driven rather more sedately too!
That said - hire a car! Your best bet all around as it gives you complete freedom to come and go as you please. You can then do a big shop at the supermarket (you wouldn't want to carry a big shop back in the heat, so have to do lots of little visits if walking) and you can also really explore this wonderful island. there are so many sites to head to, Sunbury House, Harrisons Cave, St Nicholas Abbey, Cranes Beach etc etc. You can also eat at different places along the way - try a gorgeous flying fish sandwich at Cutters Deli (say high to the Goddards who own it for us) and a rum punch if you're brave enough or head to just south of Bridgetown for fresh Lobster at Lobster Alive. If you really aren't adventurous the traditional English afternoon tea on the balancy at an old colonial house can be found at Chatters Tea Room - (best scones ever) is a genteel treat from a bygone era. You will get lost, but that's part of the fun. The island is so small that you don't get lost for long and there is always someone willing to point you in the right direction.
Back at Travelers, Wendy is so helpful and everyone is really friendly (true for the whole island) that you can't help but find yourself drifting into the bajan way of being chilled about everything. Even a party of 12 year old schoolboys on a cricket tour turning up to fill the rest of the apartments didn't spoil our stay.
If you just want a great base located close to the best resort with easy access to everywhere, you'd be hard pressed to find better value than you get at Travelers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Travellers Palm is an intimate collection of 16 One Bedroom Apartments located in the heart of the West Coast of Barbados. A refurbishment of the property was completed in early 2013 with new room furnishings, bathrooms and upgraded kitchens, externally a new pool deck, landscaping and building exterior works have been completed. We offer an affordable option for those wanting to experience the famous Platinum coast of the island. Apartments include full kitchens, living/dining areas, air-conditioned bedrooms and balconies overlooking the pool and gardens. Travellers Palm can accomodate families with 2 children or up to 4 adults or provides a erfect getaway for couples. A small restaurant offers casual cuisine and meal options ara available. The resort offers great value for money, an excellent location and an unforgettable holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Travellers Palm Hotel Sunset Crest
- Travellers Palm Saint James
- Travellers Palm Barbados/Sunset Crest