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Shades Holiday Apartments
Wigan, United Kingdom
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“Second time at Shades and will definately return”
Reviewed April 24, 2012

We arrived back from Shades at the end of March following our second brilliant holiday there.We stay in apt 5 which is a lovely ground floor apt with a private terrace,apt 5 is a one bedroom apt with lovely walk in shower room,kitchen with everything you need and lounge area with flat sreen tv and lots of sports and film channels.There is a swimming pool set in beautiful gardens which we had to ourselves most of the time.Jacqui,Errol and Errols dad are the friendliest people and nothing is too much trouble.Jacqui will advise you on trips,transportand restaurants and will even take you to the supermarket when you arrive.You can order your groceries to be delivered by the local supermarket before you arrive which we did,when we arrived Jacqui and Errol had taken them into our apt putting some in fridge including a few bottles of beer.
Barbados is a beautiful island and Shades is a 2 min walk from one of the lovely beaches.
It is quite expensive to eat out in Barbados so we ate out about 6 times whilst we were there, on the other nights we went to Daphnes for happy hour cocktail 5-7 to watch the sunset.One of our favorite places to spend an evening is MR VICS he and Karen will make you very welcome and they serve good food and reasonably priced drinks.Mr VICS is 5 mins from Shades and even though you cannot compare it with CIN CIN or TIDES we spent some of our best nights there.
Our favorite restaurants are CIN CIN,it is amazing with beautiful sea views and good food,TIDES (we cant decide between these 2).We also enjoyed Beachouse and Spagos and we love Vics.
On the nights we stayed in we either cooked food from the supermarket or got a takeaway from the roadside chefs which set up near the main road Thur -Sat (try the shrimp kebabs) and sat on our terrace at Shades.
If you are thinking of trying SHADES i am sure you will not be disappointed.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 21, 2012

I visited Shades on a friends recommendation and boy what a recommendation. I travelled there with my parents and from the moment we arrived nothing was too much trouble. Shades is a real jewell in the Paynes Bay crown, it is in a very unique position and while it doesn't sit 'on the beach' it doesn't need to, it literally is spitting distance if you want sand and sea :)
Jacqui is a complete diamond, nothing is too much trouble and she is a complete pleasure to be around - a very genuine lady. We only met Errol briefly but the pleasure was all ours and a future appointment perhaps on the golf course Errol will have to be considered lol
The pleasure of Barbados is that you can be as active or as inactive as you choose but Shades location and setting compliments this completely - the apartments are spotless and the pool area is superb, the tropical gardens are truly beautiful but what really shines through is the hospitality of all the Shades team - my only concern about writing this review is that more people will find out about Shades and we won't be able to get back due to them being fully booked :)

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

Everything was taken care of, from the moment we landed and being collected from the airport, to having a bed waiting for us at the beach every day. All of this and half the cost of all the hotels in and around the area. We stayed in the penthouse and it was much better than pictures show.
Jacqui took care of all the little details from taking us to the supermarket when we arrived, to sorting restaurants, car hire and ensuring we were looked after. Hotel concierge do not provide service that good. The location was a short stroll from the beach and from our terrace we could see the sea. For lunch it was a short walk along the beach to sandy lane. If you called and booked you could walk straight in and have lunch at a really reasonable cost for Barbados. You are staying on one of the best beaches on the west coast, have access to some of the best restaurants and can live the dream. Unfortunately for us it was only for 10 days. We can't wait to go back to Barbados and will be staying at shades again. I just hope with all the positive reviews, it can still be kept a small enough secret for availability when we next return.

Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

This was our first visit to Barbados for my partner and I and from the moment we stepped inside Shades beautiful tropical gardens we had smiles on both of our faces from ear to ear, because it was exactly what we had dreamed it to be. Jacqui and Errol couldn't have made us feel any more welcome and when we thought things couldn't get any better they did exactly that, when we was shown to our absolutely delightful accommodation. The location is superb you feel that you have truly experienced Barbados. Being in the tourist industry ourselves we find that we tend to be a bit more critical when staying anywhere, but we can honestly say that everything was just perfect for our stay at Shades.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

I travelled here with my aunt which was my first trip to the island, I was kept well informed before my arrival with jacque which was great as she organised the airport pick up for us. I was very pleased with the overall modern appearance of the hotel grounds and well kept gardens. The rooms are spacious and has a relaxed clean feel, the beach is just a 5 mins walk down the road which is perfect as well as the bus stop which takes you straight into Bridgetown and the party scene in Oistins which is a must see! All in all I would stay here again!

  • Stayed February 2012
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Blackmore, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

If you are tired of the 'all inclusive' bubble Shades is for you. The accomodation is excellent and the location perfect. The walk to the beach in the morning was a pleasure with all the neighbours saying hello. Without doubt the experience is made by Jacqui's enthusiasm and willingness to help ensure that the guests get what they want from their stay at Shades, I can understand why guests return year after year and I certainly will be back. If anybody can find better food than that served by 'Connies' at the roadside on thursday, friday and saturday evenings please post it in your review. If you dont try it you will have missed out. Finally when you meet Jerry and Marvellous on the beach to sort out your sun beds brolly 66 is mine !

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 1, 2012

From organising our pick up from the Airport to advising us on where the best places to eat, visit and shop you would be hard-pressed to find two better hosts anywhere. On arrival, when Errol offered us a nice cool banks lager, we knew we had found the right place for our 10 day stay!
Our first floor apartment looking directly over the gardens and pool was well presented and very nicely decorated and furnished. It was airy and spacious. The verandah was a great place to sit - regardless of the time of day. The pool is lovely - a nice size with good seating around it.
Shades is in a great location - close to the beach but if you want to be more adventurous its a minute walk from the busstop which can take you to Bridgetown, Speights or Holetown.
Last word has to go Jacqui and Errol - tireless in answering questions, making recommendations (if you wanted them) - and giving their guests a first class experience. Moreover we broke something in our apartment - to our horror - and could not have been met with a more understanding response.
We will be back!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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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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