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Shades Holiday Apartments
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“Our best ever vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2012

Location wise, you don't get much better. We met many people at the beach who travelled every day to get to the beach we were at. Paynes Bay can be very expensive, but shades is set back, just slightly (5 minute slow walk) from the beach so you get good value for money. The apartments are spacious and tastefully decorated.

We can honestly say that we received the best customer service that we have ever received on any holiday. Jacqui was beyond helpful. We loved our chats with Hilbert, Errol's dad. The warm hospitality we received at Shades really made our holiday.

Perfect holiday and perfect hosts... Thank you Shades...

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2012

This is a truly lovely place to spend your time in Barbados! Our flight was delayed and we didn't arrive until after midnight, yet Jacqui was calm, welcoming and not bothered by the late hour. The location is ideal - close to the beach, close to the grocery store, and right off a main road but still in a quiet and relaxing neighborhood. Shades is great value! The apartments are spacious yet cozy. The pool is clean and in good working order and one night we even used the grill and made BBQ (not even possible at a hotel). Jacqui took care of the arrangements for our rental car so it was there, on property, when we arrived and we drove it the airport upon departure. She is a great resource and so pleasant and helpful! Thanks for a great stay!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2012

Following a recent two week stay at Shades we have promptly booked to return again in October 2012.

The location of Shades apartments was fantastic - beautiful Paynes Beach, bus stop to / from Bridgeton and Holeton a two min stroll down the road. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend friends to stay there. The apartments are spotless and extremely well run by Jacqui Lee who was extremely helpful and looked after us well.

Roll on October .....

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2012

A wonderful appartment with a nice pool. Exactly what you need if you want to avoid the big hotels. The design is such that you can sit on your patio without anyone overlooking you, and it is fitted out with modern equipment.
On arrival Jacqui met us and after unpacking drove us to the supermarket - what a good service!
The bus service is great for only a couple of dollars and because of this we didn't need to get any taxis.
We will definitely stay there again!

Room Tip: All the rooms seem to be similar, so not sure if there is a better one.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2011

First let me describe the nervous start, then the fantastic holiday! (And it was fantastic, truly)

Several emails, a few phone calls, a couple of credit card transactions and we thought we were (finally!) all set to enjoy a relaxing holiday in this highly-rated, highly-reviewed place... but when we turned up at the airport we found there was no car to pick us up despite an email confirmation that there would be. We called the phone numbers only to go straight through to voicemail. As you can imagine, we were now thinking the worst: we'd paid a 100% in advance, based entirely on internet research and a couple of phone calls. And now that we'd landed in Barbados, neither the promised airport transfer, nor the ever-helpful Jacqui could be traced!

A thirty minute ride later, we arrived at this quiet property, only to be greeted by an elderly gent who asked us to wait for Jacqui since he couldn't let us in without her. (No kidding!!)

Anyway, on to the fantastic part - once Jacqui did get there, apologies and all, we were looked after just as if we were family! Every single detail was looked after - including a trip to the supermarket for us to stock up on essentials, arranging a rental car, giving us recommendations for local attractions, putting us in touch with the guy who 'manages' things on the beach... deck chairs, food, beers, everything! But perhaps the best part of their hospitality is how real it feels, and how attentive they are to their guests - Jacqui noticed that I had brought my own cafetiere and within half an hour, a coffee machine had been delivered to the room! I had a couple of sick days (what two week vacation is complete without a summer cold!) and Errol rolled out a whole rack of DVDs to keep us entertained in our time in. And that's just two little examples I can remember now.

It was an absolutely perfect holiday, so yes - despite our initial misgivings about full payment up front and missing pick ups - we will definitely stay at Shades when we return to Barbados, and can unhesitatingly recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2011

We had an absolutely lovely stay at Shades. The accommodation was excellent, and Jacqui Lee, the manager, was friendly and helpful. All in all, we had a most relaxing vacation -- Shades was like a home away from home. We will definitely stay there again, when we are next in Barbados.

Anita and Madhav

Room Tip: We stayed in a ground floor apartment -- it was spacious and comfortable.
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2011

A Wonderful holiday to Barbados made even better by the hospitalilty and service of Shades, comfort and tranquility are only some of the words I can use for these Apartments definetely going back without a doubt.

Dee
London

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Shades Holiday Apartments
Address: Laynes Road | Paynes Bay, BB29004, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Saint James Parish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Shades Holiday Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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