Our group of 6 adults and 2 small kids just spent 7 nights in a 3-bedroom Royal Villa at Royal Westmoreland. We all had a fantastic (and very relaxing) vacation and none of us would hesitate to go back again! Each of our party has travelled extensively all over the world and we were thoroughly impressed both with the spacious, tastefully-decorated villa and with all of the facilities at RW. In addition, the staff were all very helpful and universally friendly. Among the many highlights was the outstanding cooking of Malcolm, the chef provided by RW to cook for us on 4 occasions when we requested his services (he isn't cheap, but you end up with a top-restaurant quality meal - for about half what it would cost in a good Holetown restaurant - in your own villa, and don't have to do any cleaning up afterwards!).
Some of the comments on TripAdvisor about RW being isolated or deserted are pretty inaccurate in our opinion. It's actually in a great location up the hill from the West Coast, with stunning views out of over the Caribbean Sea and, while it's hardly isolated, it is a quiet and peaceful place (which we saw as a big advantage, especially with Holetown only a 5-10 min drive away). We rented a car and would strongly recommend that anyone visiting Barbados do so, whether staying at RW or anywhere else; there's so much to see on this beautiful island that remaining confined to a resort for your entire visit would be pretty silly. Also, having a car makes getting around RW and to/from either Holetown or Mullins Beach a lot easier (the only small criticism we would make is that it would be worthwhile to offer golf cart rentals to guests staying in villas, since this would make it a little easier to get around the complex without having to hop in your car; having said that, from Royal Villa #3 it was no more than a 10-min walk to the Clubhouse/Guest Services office, which is the central hub of RW). Finally, a quick word about the beach: despite some of the negative comments on TripAdvisor, we thought Mullins was a very good beach with crystal-clear calm blue water, which is especially good for families with young children (we never had any problem getting loungers for all 6 of us, although that probably had to do with it being late January, when no one is on school vacation/holidays in North America or the UK). The Mullins Beach Cafe is excellent (and decent value by Barbados standards), with drink service straight to your loungers down on the sand. It's a pretty narrow beach, but that seemed to be the case at almost all West Coast beaches which we saw in Barbados. Admittedly, it's a 10 min drive from the main RW property, but we were quite happy to spend a few hours down at the beach most mornings and then retreat to our gorgeous villa up the hill, with our own private pool and terrific views, for the afternoon. At the end of the day, it's a trade-off: if you absolutely want the beach only 200 yards from your room, then maybe you should stay somewhere else (but then you won't get the beauty, tranquility and much better value of RW, with a terrific golf course at your fingertips).
PS: if you love golf, the course at RW is very good, and the golf-inclusive villa packages are great value. But it's also worth trying the outstanding layout at Apes Hills, which is only 5-10 mins further up the hill; it's a pretty expensive course to play, but the scenery at Apes Hills is extraordinary and the course is in fantastic shape (even though the greens were a bit slow).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Royal Westmoreland is an exclusive Barbados estate and country club, a gated community of luxury homes and holiday villas with exceptional facilities, including the world-class Royal Westmoreland championship 18 hole golf course. Spread across 750 acres of lush tropical landscape in the Parish of St James overlooking the Platinum coast, Royal Westmoreland offers the ultimate Caribbean lifestyle, for a holiday or for a lifetime. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Royal Westmoreland Hotel Saint James
- Royal Westmoreland Saint James
- Royal Westmoreland Barbados/Saint James Parish