We've just returned from a fantastic two weeks holiday staying in Barbados at the Beach View apartments.
First off let's make one thing clear. To those who just choose a place to stay on TripAdvisor because of the rating, make sure you know what you are booking first. Most of the tiny amount of bad reviews on here are from people who haven't done that and have booked what they think iis a hotel, with full service, bar etc. This isn't that. It's self catering apartments, and it's a far better experience! If you want an all-inclusive, book somewhere else.
The owners: Robin and Carrie, as many of the reviews below will testify, are amazing. Friendly, knowledgeable and can't wait to help you out with whatever request you may have. They are also warm, and very friendly, so much so that they welcome you into their home. I don't know many places that do that, and I've been to a lot of countries and hotels.
The rooms: Huge, spacious apartments that are so much better than there pictures. There were only the two of us but we had our very own home from home with a huge lounge, TV, kitchen facilities and an enormous bed (very comfortable).
The place: Great friendly place with nice pool and a small pool bar that is open in the mornings and for a light bite for lunch. Very tasty and reasonable. The pool is nice and big, it could do with touching up a little as it has worn slightly since new, but nothing that should put you off. Plenty of places to sunbathe
The area: We went in rainy season (July) which is not a problem. Loads of sun, a few showers now and again and perfect beaches. It is a little quiet on night life, so don't go in July expecting a huge party. Save that for the main season. You can still find places though, just ask Robin and Carrie, and you'll be fine. Holetown is a 5 min bus ride away. There are several very good value restaurants and a couple of high end ones within walking distance.
The beach: The beach over the road is small, but if you walk a few hundred metres round the corner you'll hit Payne's beach and Treasure beach which are the best beaches in the island. Perfect sand and the ability to snorkel out and swim with Turtles which we did every time we were on the beach.
Places of interest
- Take a car for a couple of days and get around the island. Just explore and have fun. It's a small island so you won't get lost. R&C will sort a car out for you for very cheap.
- Harrisons cave - very good fun and well organised.
- St Nicholas Abbey - you must go there and see the film from the 1930's of old Barbados - very interesting
- Oystin's Fish Fry - excellent fish market (catch the Oystins bus or go on the organised one that Carrie will set up for you. Make sure you don't sit on the edge of the market but go in the middle as the food is better and cheaper
- Bridgetown - Not much to see. Worth a morning but nothing more.
- Diving - EcoDives do a good dive. I don't myself, but my wife does and she loved the experience and it was very good value. Several small wrecks but loads of sea life including a huge lobster and seahorses and turtles! R&C will organise for you.
Restaurants & Nightlife
- We had an excellent time at Lexy Piano bar in Holetown. Leila and Andrew (the pianist) are very friendly and will entertain you for hours! The owner is an ex broadway singer and likes to get on the mic after a few too many rums :) It became a staple after hours place for us.
- Carizma. Amazing little tapas place in the chattel village . Book on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the Tapas evenings with a great little band playing. It's always full and excellent value for money.It's a 2-3 stop trip on the Reggae buses from Beach View
- Fish Pot. Nice view, good food but not the best on the island and quite a way up north.
- Laurence Gap. Fine if you are in your 20's. We found it a bit too commercial for our tastes(British and Irish pubs etc) but if you like that, it's fine.
- Beach House - Probably our best restaurant on the Island. Great value and very tasty local fish and good quality meat.
- Mr Vics - Very good simple food. He's a very friendly guy too. Highly reccomended for a quick simple dinner.
- The local Fish shop. Just down the road is the fish shop. Go there and buy the best fish on the island (they will fillet it for you) for nothing 16 BDS for two huge Kingfish steaks and go back the 100m to your room and shallow fry it for lunch.
- Coconutz. Walk up Paynes beach to the top and meet JJ in his DJ box at Coconutz bar and experience the best Pinacolada's you can buy and the best fish and chips for 20 BDS. It's the best place to hang out on the beach.
What a trip! You should definitely go and stay with the warmest and most lovely hosts at Beach View. Enjoy the freedom it brings and make sure you go to Robin's Thursday night cocktails at his house.Don't take Taxis, get on the buses. 2BDS to go anywhere and they're a real experience! Epic food, lovely hospitality and warm beautiful beaches. Not much more to ask for really.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beach View is a small self-catering condo hotel, located on Barbados's beautiful West Coast. All suites feature full kitchens and open plan living and dining areas offering fantastic ocean or garden views. A large communal pool area with separate adult and children's pools, bistro style cafe, rooftop bar, in room grocery stocking, airport transfers and a range of other convenient services combine to provide all the ingredients for a totally hassle free holiday. Winner of Certificate of Excellence 4 years running and Traveler's Choice award for 'Best Service' 2 years running! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beach View Saint James
- Beach View Hotel Saint James
- Beach View Barbados/Saint James Parish