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“The Palms Resort, Holetown.”
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Halcyon Palm
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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“The Palms Resort, Holetown.”
Reviewed October 19, 2010

The Halcyon Palm and Travellers Palm make up the Palms Resort but are about 5 mins walk apart. We stayed recently at the Halcyon Palm after booking through Virgin and were generally pleased with the accommodation considering the price we paid, approx £24 prpn.
Points to be aware off however are that the room safe is chargeable $2 (USD) per day as is the air conditioning in the bedroom $10 (USD) per day, expensive ! The kitchen area has a ceiling fan (no charge!). The general condition of the apartments is very tired although they are currently carrying out some refurb. but we heard for timeshare ? The town of Holetown, some very nice beaches and a chinese restaurant with a take a way, are a short walk away. If you are on a tight budget you can get very good meals from several 'vans' which park up each day. There was one at the back of the main supermarket car park in holetown which was very good and we paid approx $12 (USD) for 2 meals. The Travellers Palm has a restaurant but it is very limited and we didn't speak to anybody who had used it. Would recommend a car to see the Island but be prepared to get lost ! Any single bus journey was only $1.50 (BBD) and the reggae buses are a must experience.
You can pay almost everywhere with $USD and you will get change in $BBD. We exchanged $USD to $BBD at the Hotel reception where you get a rate of 2 $BBD to the $USD. The WIFI was also chargeable. We paid approx $4 USD for 1 hour.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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West Bromwich
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Reviewed September 19, 2010

First holiday together without the kids for 20 years! First time to the Caribbean too and what an amazing experience! Not into the all inclusive prisons as we like to be able to explore, meet the locals, taste the local food and live life without a watch for a few weeks. The Halcyon is located perfectly for relaxation yet just 5 mins from the nearest beach and shops on foot and 10 min walk into Holetown (15mins if you're suffering from heat exhaustion!) The local food vans MUST be tried, white vans in the carparks at certain times of the day - we had several Bajun lunches after a hard morning on the beach from these vans and took them back to Halycon to eat before lazing around the pool for the afternoon. Rooms are fully equipped if you want to cook, they even have an ironing board and iron, very clean too and cleaned almost daily. Really can't find anything negative to say at all - perfect! Already checking out the web as we'll be bringing the kids (19, 18 & 16) next year - they'll love the 1st & 2nd street nightlife in Holetown!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 4, 2010

We stayed 5 days at the Halcyon Palm which is the sister site of Travellers' Palm (5 min walk).

Taxi to/from the airport was US$30 + US$5 tip. For taxi fares, theytell you how much it is depending where you're going, so there is no hassle.

You have to check in at the Travellers Palm and they will drive you with your luggage to Halcyon which is 2 blocks away. The apartments are small but spacious enough for us 2. It has a living room with TV (2 channels: Starz and local channel); small kitchen with refrigerator, stove, sink, pans, cuttlery, etc.; the bathroom is ok, and the bedroom is decent size with a radio and good closet space. The two twin beds are put together to look like a king size bed, but that's ok with me.

The A/C was only in the bedroom and I didn't have to pay for it although there was a note on the door that said usage was US$7 per 10hrs and that it operated with the use of tokens. But in our room (#13) that wasn't the case. We used the A/C only at nights when we slept thinking we'd be charged when checking out but they didn't. I don't know if they forgot or they just don't charge for A/C anymore.

We kept the bedroom door closed during the day and it stayed fairly cool; however the rest of the apartment was really hot.

Internet access is US$5 per half-hour or US$7.50 for one hour. I think it's US$10 for 24 hours of access. The timer stops when you log off. So you can make it last longer if all you need is to check email.

The neighborhood is very nice and quiet, I got a very safe feeling and as far as I know, St. James is a good part of Barbados.

The only thing I hated was that at night there are a considerable amount of frogs/toads along the street, especially at night so watch your step!, and you can see the roadkill every day. I have a small phobia of toads, so it might not be a big deal to others.

- Maid service was every 2 or 3 days and it was ok.
- The beach, clinic, bank, and supermarket are only a 10 minute walk away.
- There is a pool at the Halcyon and one at the Travellers. Open 7am - 7pm
- The small "restaurant" is located next to the pool at the Travellers. Service is good, food is ok.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Stockton on Tees
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Reviewed March 18, 2010

Why spend thousands when you can spend hundreds?!. What a pleasent suprise we got when arriving at the Halcyon Palms Resort. We have travelled to Barbados several times before and stayed at The Gap, but never again after this perfect experience. The apartments are basic but have everything you need for the time you will spend in them. Cleaned daily by cheerfull and friendly ladies. Reception always helpful and open and really enjoyed weekly cocktail night with free food and drinks. A lovely neighbour hood with friendly residence (if you are lucky they share coconut milk with you as you walk past. All amenities ie restaurants, bars and beaches only 10 min walk. Excellent value for money would recommend to anybody and everybody.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed May 26, 2009

Halcyon Palm is located in the heart of st James. There is no main reception. You have to walk around to the main hotel, which is 5 minutes down the road. The apartment were very spacious, but i didnt like the fact that you had to pay for AC especially with the weather being so hot. The pool was located right in the centre. There were a large group of netball players staying there, so they were constantly in the pool, it was better when they left. There are a few restaurant located near by, but wasnt a fan of the fish and chips and that was all they served. The beach is near by, but will need to get on the bus, although you can walk it. Locals are very friendly especially the men (went with a group of females). There is a local bank which is 5 minutes down the road.

  • Stayed May 2006, traveled with family
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Winchester, UK
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Reviewed July 12, 2007

We have just returned from staying at the Halcyon Palm apartments in Holetown.
Before we left we read all the reviews and agree with most of the comments. They are clean well equipped self catering apartments ideal for 2 people. The staff and people in Holetown are very friendly. You can eat in or out to suit your budget.
In the apartment you need the air con which only keeps the bedroom cool, tokens are 12 bajan dollars each and last 10 hours, we used 8 for 14 nights.

The point anyone or tour operators fails to mention is that the apartments are still used by UK schools on sports tours. After 3 very peacefull days, a UK, girls boarding school, hockey team arrived which ended any chance of quiet evenings having a beer outside the apartment. On the last evening a UK boys cricket team arrived, resulting in 20 of the 24 apartments being filled with approx 40+ noisy 15 - 18 year old teenagers.

We were glad we were leaving the next day otherwise we would have insisted on being moved.

Not the quiet peacefull apartments that Virgin Holidays advertised to us.

But we still love the Island and will be returning but not to Halcyon Palms unless they stop taking school tours.

The schools have been using these apartments for years so Companies should be warning people.

  • Liked — Fiar value
  • Disliked — Used by school tours
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Lancashire, UK
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 25, 2007

The Halcyon Palm is located 5 - 10 mins from everywhere. It's 5 mins to the shop, 5 mins to the beach, 5 mins to the bus stop etc. The beach near the halcyon is excellent and the resort of Holetown, whilst very small, is charming.

We took a bus ($1.50 each no matter how far you go) to Ostins, St Lawrence Gap and Bridgetown - all worthy of a visit.

The accomdation itself was quite basic but had everything you need - and let's be honest, you're in Barbados - why on earth would you want to be in your room!!! The maids were lovely and the cleanliness was excellent. The only down sides to staying here (and there aren't many) are: Air Con only in bedroom so living area can get a little warm, Swimming Pool at the Halycon (there are 2 others available on site) could do with a clean and the only other down side is that Holetown is a small resort and not very busy - for the lively bars head into St lawrence Gap.

  • Liked — Quiet Location
  • Disliked — Air con only in bedroom
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Halcyon Palm
Address: Sunset Crest, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish > Sunset Crest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Sunset Crest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Halcyon Palm 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Halcyon Palms is an intimate collection of 25 One Bedroom units located in the heart of the West Coast. We offer an affordable option for those wanting to experience the famous platinum coast at an affordable rate.Sister hotel to Travellers Palm we can accomodate families, groups or private getaway for couples. Short stroll away from Travellers Palm. Beautiful poolside view from all rooms. An excellent locstion for that deserved restful unforgettable holiday at this charming intimate resort. ... more   less 
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