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Reviewed April 7, 2018

412 is a 2 double bed apartment on the fourth floor of the Glitter Bay complex (there is a lift). Although you can't see the sea directly, this is not a problem as its large balcony overlooks the well-maintained gardens and the pool.

Overview of apartment - 1 double bedroom with ensuite bathroom (shower, bath, 2 basins), 1 double bedroom with separate bathroom (large shower). Tastefully decorated, air conditioned throughout. Lovely and clean. Gorgeous and delightful! Open plan kitchen/living with large fridge/freezer, all necessary utensils and cutlery etc. Balcony large enough to have plant beds, 1 x table for 4, extra table for 2, plus sofas and coffee table! The best place to eat!

Ceiling fans throughout plus relatively quiet and effective A/C. Masses of wardrobe space. We found we didn't need the AC overnight, just the fans as the ambient temperature is so good. TV comes with UK Sky package so you get BBC channels, plus Movies/Sport etc. There is a DVD player too. The extra bonus is that the apartment is serviced by the cleaner Gail who was great - makes the bed, washes, tidies, mops etc, like a hotel!

There's free WiFi which is very good in the apartment, plus it's round the pool and you can receive it on the beach too!

Amenities - Glitter Bay is managed and has a concierge who can organise taxis, hire cars, trips etc. The swimming pool is a good size and warm, plus it has a separate children's pool area with a few climbing frames. There's also a bar on site. The very best part is the sun lounger system by the beach. When you arrive you are allotted sun loungers by the man who runs the beach lounger system for Glitter Bay. You keep these loungers for the length of your stay. This is brilliant - no fighting over loungers, or getting up early! Fantastic. Made all the difference. The loungers are extremely comfortable with thick mattresses. Pool towels are also provided.

There is a small gym for those who are interested. It's open 24/7 and comprises 1 x Life Fitness treadmill, 1 x LifeFitness recumbant bike and 1 x Life Fitness cross-trainer. It has a selection of free weights, plus a few weights machines (pull-downs and the like), mats, a few steps and swiss balls. Absolutely adequate for maintaining fitness and which we used.

The atmosphere is relaxed, unpretentious, civilised and extremely welcoming.

Shops - Glitter Bay is 1 mile from Holetown. We walked there every day along the beach (all beaches are open to the public in Barbados and it was good to have a walk in between all the sunbathing!!) to get to the supermarket for food (popped some clothes on to go to buy stuff!). There's a large Massey Stores which has everything, including stocking Waitrose Essentials products (from the UK). Be warned, food is extremely expensive in Barbados, although there is a good selection. You can also visit Cartier, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Hugo Boss etc if you wish, plus some local shops etc!

Beach activities and watersports are in abundance and extremely easy to partake in. We went on jet skis which you just do from the beach (owners ride up and down the coast looking for custom). We used Fabio near the Coral Reef hotel twice - he was great. You can take them out on your own for 30 minutes and it's not too expensive.

We did visit a sugar mill and plantation and went to Bridgetown when we hired a car for the day (they drive on the left like the UK).

The weather in March was fantastic. It's hard to describe but even when it's cloudy in Barbados, you still lie out on the lounger as it's so warm - and not in a sticky, humid way. There's always a lovely warm breeze. Sunsets are magical and the rain, if it comes, is warm - and fleeting!

Overall, 412 Glitter Bay is a totally marvellous apartment. We had the most relaxing, wonderful time and were made to feel extremely welcome. The staff are great (loved William the security guard on the gate). Wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

Room tip: We stayed in apartment 412 - glorious!
Date of stay: March 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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5  Thank QueenMintola
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loveBarbadostoo, Glitter Bay Suites/Barbados Villa Services at Glitter Bay Suites, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2018

Thank you so much for your great review of Glitter Bay and your stay - we think it is pretty special too and the beach is the best!

There are several management companies that look after various apartments at the property and great to hear that you enjoyed Glitter Bay 412, we know the owners and they are delightful and have owned at Glitter Bay for many years. Just for clarity, GB412 is not part of our portfolio of apartments known as Glitter Bay Suites - our apartments comprise of 101, 103, 105/106, 109, 113, 204, 206, 211, 213, 302, 303, 307, 312, 313 plus several others that do not rent.

We do hope that you return sometime soon!

Sunny regards,
Joe & Marilil Troulan
Glitter Bay Suites
Barbados Villa Services

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Reviewed February 12, 2018

Just returned from a wonderful short break with my wife and some friends at Glitter Bay in Barbados.
The apartment we stayed in, 312, is stunning having been recently completely refurbished. Its tastefully decorated in a way that another reviewer described as 'beach-chic'. I cannot better that description. We particularly enjoyed the power showers in the bathrooms.

The apartment is set in lovely gardens. Very tranquil. The whole complex has a very calm and relaxed feel to it. I'm not sure how many apartments there are in total, maybe 30 or so but the grounds and facilities are spacious so that the place never felt at all crowded. From what we can tell all the apartments are privately owned. It seems that some, such as shells are let out but others are used exclusively by the owners.

There is a good sized pool and the bar does simple, reasonably priced food at lunchtimes which was very convenient. My wife enjoyed the happy hour. There is a gym with a selection of cardio and resistance machines which I made good use of as well as tennis and table tennis. There are no watersports facilities in the complex itself but the hotel next door rents out sailboats, kayaks, paddle boards etc. I had a great hour on a hobie-cat which cost me 75USD.

We really appreciated the way that sun loungers are managed. Each apartment has an allocation of sun loungers - and these are reserved for the exclusive use of that apartment during the stay. - So no fighting for loungers or getting up at 2 am to put towels out (not that we would do that but we hear it happens!) At the start of the holiday we were allocated loungers at the back of the beach (3 rows back) but as the week went by we got upgraded. At the end of the week we were only 1 row back. That said, all the loungers were fine, none is more than a few metres from the sea.

Room tip: apartment 312 was lovely.
Date of stay: February 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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2  Thank trew68
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Reviewed February 5, 2018 via mobile

Stayed here with friends November - December 2017 fab place in a fab location. The standard of the accommodation is superb, spacious bedrooms and bathrooms and the balcony is the most enticing and relaxing place to be.

The beach is one of the best and unlike other parts of the west coast beaches really spacious and has enough sun beds for everyone. Some great little beach bars on this beach we especially liked Santi’s when they had live music. Loved walking along the beach to the Lonestar for dinner too. Easy to get around and explore the west coast and either getting into Holetown or head up the coast to the lobster pot. Had a great day out on Seaduced which picks you up from the beach. We can’t wait to go back

Date of stay: November 2017
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Thank Issy33
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loveBarbadostoo, Director at Glitter Bay Suites, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to submit a review of Glitter Bay 312 Shells, this is appreciated. We agree that this apartment is superb - the owners have made sure to furnish it to a very high standard.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Sunny regards,
Joe & Marilil Troulan
Glitter Bay Suites
Barbados Villa Services

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Reviewed February 3, 2018 via mobile

Another fantastic stay at Glitter Bay, this time with a couple of friends. We all loved the apartment and have booked to return in April with our children. The apartment was spacious, spotless and beautifully furnished. We used to stay in hotels when visiting Barbados but find these serviced villas offer much better value and space especially when travelling with older children. The grounds are beautifully maintained and there is a good bar facility available. One of the best beaches (if not the best!) on the island.

Once again we booked with Barbados Villa Services and received a professional and prompt service. Would not hesitate to use them again.

Cannot wait to return!

Date of stay: January 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank MPA22
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loveBarbadostoo, other at Glitter Bay Suites, responded to this reviewResponded February 4, 2018

How wonderful to hear about your stay at one of our Glitter Bay Suites apartments! We could not agree more about it being the best beach :)
We strive to ensure that our guests receive the best service from the time they make contact to the time they depart and happy to know that we have provided the service that allows you to sit back and relax and we are looking forward to welcoming you back in April with your family!
Sunny regards,
Joe and Marilil Troulan
Glitter Bay Suites
Barbados Villa Services

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Reviewed December 13, 2017 via mobile

I recently travelled here with my girlfriend and her family, and already I can’t wait to go back! We stayed in apartment 312 which was beautifully decorated, recently refurbished the kitchen had everything we needed to prepare and cook our own meals. The bathrooms were well thought out with a luxurious rain fall shower. The balcony area was a great spot to chill out and watch the sun set. Everyone around the complex was extremely friendly and helpful - we particularly liked the fact that our sun beds were allocated to us throughout our trip and set up for us everyday. The apartment is situated in a great location, the beach is beautiful, with amazing restaurants nearby.

I would highly recommend Glitter Bay 312, we thoroughly enjoyed our time there!

Date of stay: November 2017
Trip type: Traveled with family
2  Thank Steven B
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loveBarbadostoo, Barbados Villa Services/Glitter Bay Suites at Glitter Bay Suites, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of Glitter Bay 312. The owners have really ensured that the apartment is comfortable and stylish and guests always comment very positively about the decor and layout.
We are happy to hear you have enjoyed your stay at Glitter Bay and we look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future.
Sunny regards,
Joe & Marilil Troulan
Barbados Villa Services/Glitter Bay Suites

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