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Reviewed April 20, 2008

My husband and I spent Spring break at the Sea-U Guest House in Barbados and had many interesting experiences!

We booked the room directly through the Sea-U website and arranged a taxi ride from the airport through Uschi (the owner of the Guest house) who met us at the B&B even though our flight arrived very late. She carefully explained the ins and outs of the B&B and had prepared sandwiches for us upon our arrival. There is a hospitality bar (where you can get soft drinks, water and rum of course, along with snacks like Pringles), and you just sign out what you take and it is added to your bill at the end of your stay. There are sarongs in the room for you to lounge around in instead of bathrobes (a nice touch!).

We didn't realise just how beautiful the grounds were until morning (we arrived at night) and the views are truly breathtaking - the most gorgeous tropical garden overlooking the Atlantic - stunning. If you look carefully, late afternoon, you may just spot some Green Monkeys jumping through the trees - take a good zoom lense if you wish to photograph them. We spent a couple of days just lazing in the hammocks and reading...it's very relaxing and peaceful! There are some real pros and some cons of staying in Bathsheba and I'll outline what we observed:

Pros:

*Gardens are beautiful - view amazing

*Uschi (owner) is friendly and helpful and has office staff to book excursions for you (we went on the Atlantis Submarine and a Catamaran trip to snorkle over shipwrecks and swim with turtles)

*Rooms are clean and simple, with great views and room 1 has it's own hammock on the porch (so does room 4)

*Bathsheba is beautiful - you can walk for miles and miles on the beach - easy walk to beach

*There are not many tourists in Bathsheba so you can observe the locals and soak in the culture

*The guests are international and the places is vibrant with different languages and accents - French, German, English, Canadian and a few Americans and it is great to exchange stories of the day with your neighbours and get ideas for trips

*The breakfast area is very pleasant - views to Atlantic

*Green Monkeys can be seen in the gardens and trying to break in the houses in Bathsheba!!!!

*Easy (uphill) walk to nearby Andromeda Botanical Gardens

Cons:

*There is no glass in the windows (which is a plus to let the air flow and the sea breeze enter at night..lovely to hear the sound of the waves...but....)...when it rains (and it did a lot at night!)..it's very noisy..also, if neighbours are on the porch talking and you want to sleep..it's also noisy...plus room one is close to the breakfast area and you can hear the noise of the place settings being set for breakfast! You can also hear noise from upstairs. Minor cons unless you are a light sleeper!

*There are very few dinner choices in Bathsheba...especially on a Sunday when most of the town is closed! Dinner is offered at the B&B for $25 per person..but the day we wanted to eat, the dinner got cancelled as it was only the two of us...a shame as the setting is very romantic.

*Bit of an uphill hike to get to the local supermarket to get supplies and the cost of food is VERY expensive for Americans - we were surprised at how much eating out was costing us and hadn't budgeted accordingly!!!!!

*The kitchen is not very well equipped....there is a much needed fridge, and sink..but there is no hot plate or microwave (and there is plently of space for both)..so no way to russle up a quick meal to save some money..there is only a kettle.

*You are quite isolated (GREAT!!!) unless you have a car..it is possible to get around by bus ....our neighbours did and had a great time..we did that last year in St Lucia so decided to hire a car this year.....watch out for the roads...they are TERRIBLE....so many pot holes..we got a flat tyre..if you do hire a car, then I would strongly suggest a jeep if you plan to do lots of travelling! We didn't stay out too late at night as it was such a long drive back to Bathsheba, the roads and road signs are bad and we were lost countless times..all part of the fun...but even after a week it was still very difficult!!! You'll see!!!!

Recommend:

*Hire a jeep
*Drive up North and walk the deserted beaches for miles
*Visit Wildlife Reserve - go for 2pm to see the Green Monkeys being fed
*Animal Flower Cave - not many anenomies - but coastal views are spectacular and the cave is quite interesting - it won't take you long!
*Welchman Hall Gully - fabulous tropical forest, hidden in the middle of Barbados - we went around 3pm and saw loads and loads of monkeys playing!
*Harrison's Cave - a cave with a difference as you go around on a little train! It is quite pretty though! There is no place to eat so we asked the lady selling tickets and she sent us up the hill to a locals joint - a green and pink shack that sells food to locals and us! Brilliant - the best and cheapest meal we had - a true cultural experience.
*Atlantis Submarine trip in Bridgetown - interesting if you have not done this before...I was expecting it to be more colouful though!
*Catamaran trip - 5 hours, snorkle over shipwrecks and swim with turtles - the bar is free flowing on the boat and the lunch is great!
*Bottom Bay - get there early - the most BEAUTIFUL beach - go on a sunny day to see just how turquoise the water is....swaying palms and a guy who will climb a coconut tree and bring you your own coconut - barter for the price!
*Paynes beach - very touristy, but beautiful swimming beach - if you have your won snorkle gear..follow the boats and snorkle with the turtles for free..we did this too..when the boats leave you are there alone with the turtles..very cool!
*Worthing beach...crowded but has some good shade under swaying palms.
*Oistins Fish Fry
*St Lawrence Gap - good choice of restaurants
*Round House restaurant in Bathsheba - gorgeous views
*Crane Beach hotel for lunch - good deal, spectacular views

That'll about do it!!! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I'm sure your saty at Sea-U will be wonderful - it's certainly unique and way, way better than your average beach hotel! Enjoy.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank selbel
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Reviewed April 10, 2008

We plan to return again and again! If you are looking for lodging that has the comfort of one's home, service of a fine hotel and camaraderie of meeting guests from all over the world Sea U... is for U.

Lovely rooms, exceedingly helpful staff and exceptional meals!

Example of the care you are provided: our son unfortunately was sunburned on the back of his legs from surfing, I asked if the local grocer would have aloe vera and was told by staff (Stacia) that she would get some for me. Minutes later she returned with a long fresh cut leaf from an aloe vera plant....kept it in the mini fridge, applied regularly and my son was good to go the very next day! :)

This area of the island has some of the most ruggedly beautiful scenery you will not be disappointed. Sitting on my room's front porch provided a gorgeous vista to enjoy! You will not be disappointed .....

Stayed: March 2008
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Reviewed April 1, 2008

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Sea-U for a few nights as part of our first trip to Barbados. The Sea-U is nestled on top of a hill in Bathsheba and the front lawn is all palm trees with hammocks -- definitely rent a car if staying here! The staff were extremely responsive and helpful and the homecooked dinners very yummy. Rooms are clean and fresh. The walk to the beach is about 10 minutes, but the beach up in Bathsheba is very rocky and swimming is dangerous. However, the Sea--U is a great home base for day trips, which are an easy 30 minute drive to safe beach. We are absolutely going to return to the Sea-U!

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank kkshea
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Reviewed March 21, 2008

Our third visit to Sea-U and it is still as good and one of our favorite places to stay. The rooms are pleasant with a small kitchen. The views from the garden are lovely, Atlantic waves breaking on the shore. There are at least six hammocks between the palm trees in the garden where we relaxed. We enjoyed breakfast and interesting dinners in the open air dining room. Uschi and her staff are very friendly and helpful. We can recomend the taxi (minibus) tours that she arranged for us.
Bathsheba is a beautiful area, well away from the "tourist areas" of the South and West coasts. We choose Bathsheba because we enjoy walking and lack of noise.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled with friends
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Thank SnapperLincolnshire
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Reviewed February 29, 2008

We have just returned from a very relaxing and wonderful week at Sea U Guesthouse. Thanks to so many wonderful reviews on this site, we were happy to find that Sea U was truly a unique place to stay. Uschi, the owner, and her staff made many good suggestions, starting with using a local taxi service to "find" our way to Sea U from the airport. We rented a mini moke (glorified golf cart, but lots of fun!) for the week which was delivered to the guesthouse on the morning following our arrival. We were grateful that we didn't need to navigate the island, driving on the left with stick shift on our first day! We found a wonderful group of fellow guests from the U.K., Belgium and Canada, all eager to share tips on where to go and what to do. Dinners and breakfasts at Sea U were wonderful and tasty. Our room (#3) was clean and practical with small refridgerator, sink and some dishes for preparing simple snacks. The large front porch a favorite hang-out to read or chat with fellow guests.
We hope to return in the near future. Keep up the great work, Uschi and staff!!

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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