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“Our second time to Shades and we'll be going again!”

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Shades Holiday Apartments
Reviewed March 31, 2010

We stayed at Shades in September 2007 in the first building then again in March 15-29 2009 in the new building.

It had been finished to an excellent standard and exceeded our expectations. The setting of the apartment is beautiful, set amidst the lush tropical garden facing the direction of the setting sun.

If self-catering is your thing then I honestly can't recommend Shades enough! It's paradise in the perfect location!

Even though we were a bit of a nightmare for Jacqui with our constant requests and queries the service provided was fantastic. Jacqui was only ever a phone call away and she went out of her way to sort out any problems quickly or to help us arrange daytrips, meals out, BBQs etc; nothing was too much trouble and we weren't made to feel like a nuisance at all. The level of service provided really sets Shades apart from other self-catering apartments that we've stayed at in Barbados.

I would absolutely recommend Shades to friends.

Jacqui arranged a catamaran trip for us with the Cool Runnings catamaran team which was an excellent day out, perhaps slightly expensive considering neither of us are big drinkers so probably didn't get our money's worth of the free-flowing booze. Also, the trip takes you to swim with the turtles....right back to the beach opposite Shades, which is a bit annoying because then you end up trying to see the turtles among all of the scrabbling of the other day-trippers when you could've just trotted down to the beach (2 minutes from the apartment) in your own time and swam out to see the turtles on your own. But still. laying on the catamaran and cruising along in the sun was loads of fun and they also took us to a great ship wreck and beautiful secluded beach that we'd never found before.

Good and inexpensive restaurants nearby:
Surfside - Holetown, behind the police station. Right on the beach and excellent local food, reasonably priced. Good for dinner or lunch. The steel band on a Sunday night is a must!!! (listen out for ABBA's Dancing Queen! random!) lunch for 2 was about BD$70 and dinner with drinks was about double.

DeVine cafe - Holetown, in the middle of the chattel village gift shops. GREAT for breakfast! They provide the uk newspapers printed from the web and do various excellent breakfasts; American, English, bajan, continental. Breakfast for 2 was about BD$65.

For a smart and more expensive meal out for a special occasion forget the Cliff and head for Calabaza. Be sure to book ahead of time and request a waterfront table. We had three courses and a cocktail each but no wine with dinner and paid about BD$350.”

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 30, 2010

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 30, 2010

After 3 fantastic visits to Shades we came back for our 50th and had a two week birthday party! Plus we celebrated Christmas for the first time in the sunshine. We meet some incredible Shades guests during this trip who helped to make the holiday so special. Once again the staff at Shades made our holiday complete. No request is too much trouble. Long live Shades. the apts are well maintained, clean, tidy (Thanks Barbara & Sabrina) and the grounds are amazing...like being in a floral retreat. This trip we went on the Jammin' Catamaran, it was the best, in fact it was...JAMMIN'. Great crew, good food, crazy Jammin' Punch (not for the faint of heart) and a wonderful atmosphere. I wanna do it again. Thanks 2 Jacqui for this recommendation. I brought extended family members (70+, teenagers, over 25s and the in-betweens), with me who had never been to Barbados and I think they may well be booking right now to come back real soon. St Lawrence Gap was a real favourite for the younger group whilst the oldies enjoyed the Fisherman's Pub in Speightstown on Wednesday evenings. There really is something for everyone in Barbados. We do not hire cars as we just want to relax so we hire taxis, get to know a couple of the drivers and it makes life so easy. Call them up whenever you need to go out and they are so accommodating, especially when you have teens as they were well looked after which took the pressure of us as we didn't feel obliged to accompany them and sit in a noisy club! On our last day we went to Miami Beach in Oistins and found our favourite beach! Calm for non-swimmers like me. :-) Cannot wait for my next visit.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 29, 2010

Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 26, 2010

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: April 2016, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 27, 2016
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Room Tip: Solo hay 12 habitaciones. Casas de dos plantas.
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  • Stayed: March 2016, traveled as a couple
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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 #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Saint James Parish
Price Range: $194 - $298 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Shades Holiday Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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