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“Lovely people, average accommodation” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Ocean Two Resort & Residences
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Lancashire UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Lovely people, average accommodation”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

I know this hotel has a high rating on trip advisor. I can only give true and honest feedback from our own experience.

Visited with family last 2 weeks in July 2012 and booked 2 x ocean view suites side by side.

So, the good...:

The staff are fantastic. Paul and his team are very frirendly and very helpful.

The beach is beautiful and the hotel is right on the beach. Views from the room out to sea are lovely.

The sunbeds are great both around the pool and on the beach.

Wifi was free and worked fine, even on the beach.

The pool is quite funky, but not one you can really swim in. It's more a decent sized plunge pool really, but a welcome break from the heat.

The location is quite close to St Lawrence Gap, so plenty of places to go out to eat.


The Not So Good...:

First off I would suggest that this hotel is not really for families. You have to go out in search of things to do and whilst my 2 teenagers did lots of watersports etc away from the hotel, there was very little for them to do at the hotel itself. There is nothing to do at night at the hotel, except for the odd jazz band evening. Even then the hotel is totally dead most nights.

There is only one small restaurant at the hotel. We never cook on holiday and booked the half board option and my advice would be to save your money and not to book this option. The food selection was pretty limited and we only ate there in the evening 2 or 3 times over 2 weeks.

My wife and I are pretty light sleepers. We were originally placed on floor 6 and on the first night could hear a terrible deep vibrating noise and didn't sleep at all. We are not sure what it was - we suspected in was something to do with the roof plunge pool, so we asked to be moved.

We were then moved onto the ground floor very close to reception. We too found this to be way to noisy, particularly with the cleaners banging around at 5.30 each morning!!!

We moved for a final time to the 3rd floor. This was ok.

The beds are ok. The pillows are not feather but were adequate.

There are only 2 elavators in the hotel but during the whole of our stay one of them was broken down. This meant that, even though the hotel is quite small, this one small elavator was used by everyone, including staff and was very busy. It usually had staff in it with filled bin bags, mops and buckets etc. Also, the floor tiles in this lift were breaking up quite badly.

Beakfast was ok but limited and repetetive. It was the same foods most days. It is a buffet style but the biggest dissappointment for us was the lack of fruit! We expected fruit galore in Barbados, however the only selection is sliced melon or pineapple from a small covered tray!!

The hotel seememd to run out of something on most days, mainly things for drinks or cocktails. For example, it was uaually things like no ice cream, no coca cola, no lime, no strawberries, no mint.... etc.

As I said earlier, the hotel is on the beach, but if you walk out of the hotel away from the beach, the area isn't great. If you are expectiong luxury villas etc around, you will be mistaken, it isn't an afluent area of the island and much of the local area is badly run down.

On a number of occasions, on the 10 minute walk to St Lawrence Gap, we were approached and offered various drugs - remember I was with my wife and 2 teenagers!! There does seem to be a decent police presence in the area, but this, along with over zelous taxi drivers, various street beggars and intimidating young men sat around the streets meant the experience wasn't quite what we expected.

If, like my wife, you like to dress up of an evening, this isn't really the place and there are no 'high end' local restaurants or establishments that warrant such effort! The dress code is pretty casual everywhere really. She was quite dissappointed with this and felt 'overdressed' most nights.


Things to do...

Well the catermaran / swimming with turtles experience was fantastic. We went with Cool Runnings out of Bridgetown and it was great fun.

Oistins on a Friday night is jumpin' and an interesting experience. They call it the fish fry and there are dozens of small stalls selling food, mainly fish and beans. There is also usually a DJ and some local guys breakdancing.

Sandy Lane! Wow, what a lovely place. Went for a day out and a meal - it was lovely.

Our visit coincided with the crop over, which is their festival season. Lots going on around bridgetown and the market there was very busy.


Would we return to Ocean Two? Well the staff are great, the sea views from the room balcony are stunning and the rooms were quite nice but the other things mentioned above mean if we returned to Barbados, it would be to a different location I'm afraid.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2012 via mobile

Brilliant hotel lovely location right next to a surf school and the waves are good. No noise from the airport. lovely location next to some brilliant restaurants with in walking distance, and a nice Dover market convenience store. overall amazing stay FIVE STAR !!

  • Stayed August 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2012

Really enjoyed my stay,very helpful staff well run couldn't stay anywhere better.Feel Very safe to live never mind stay for a week or two like home,beach view & hotel rooms are beautiful clean and kept clean by workers on the site also very friendly and talkative helpful when asked for help. I would always try my hardest to return to this hotel as the money that it cost was worth every penny!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2012

We went to Barbados for the first time for our Honeymoon (in May) and we had an excellent experience at this hotel! Before we arrived we told them it was our honeymoon and they said they might be able to upgrade our room but when we arrived they didn't have anything available. "Ocean view" for our room meant that we could SEE part of the ocean from out balcony but was definitely not a frontal view of the ocean (our room was on the right side of the building). With that being said, the room we were in was pretty amazing: super comfortable bed that filled up most of the room, A/C + fan for the muggy days, and a beautiful bathroom with a waterfall shower head. The room was cleaned every day spotlessly!

The pool areas are really nice and the big chairs are really comfortable (and you can use as many towels as you want!). The pools themselves aren't huge but they weren't crowded (it might have been because we went in May as the season of tourists was just ending). The one thing we ordered EVERY DAY poolside were the french fries. They were super hot and crispy! The perfect pool snack. They also had happy hour between 4-5 and you could get 2 drinks for the price of 1. The beach isn't huge but plenty of chairs were available and besides some large rocks in the water, it was a very pleasant temperature for lounging in the water.

Ocean Two resort is set away from the busy areas of the island so it does require some walking to get to other restaurants and nightclubs but a very short walk. It did rain on several of the days we were there but it clears up really fast and if it happens to rain during the day, the sun comes right back out! The food on the island is pretty good - a lot of fish and very similar seasoning on almost everything. After the first few days, I couldn't eat anymore fish (though my husband had fish literally EVERY DAY and loved it).

I definitely recommend others to stay at this hotel if they are visiting Barbados!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2012

It was my first time in Barbados and it was amazing, I loved it and I would go back and to OCEANS 2. Everything about the hotel was lovely, the rooms/apartments where massive and had everything. Great views from the balcony looking down on to the beach. The food and drinks were good and tasty. And they did 2 happy hours throughout the day, buy one get one cocktail free which was awesome!! They had a mangers cocktail party on a wednesday night on the rooftop by the pool which was fun with music. The pool was big and different sections to go in with one having a pool bar. And the beach where I spent most my time was the best!! The staff were amazing. Especially the pool/beach attendant EARRIE, he was always there to get me water, drinks, spray misting spray when your hot and there to have a friendly chat, really easy to get on with, made my day seeing him when i spent the day down at the beach. And then there was ANDRE who also bought me water/drinks without even asking, perfect service and always came up for a chat! There both great and made my stay even better. I recommend anyone visting Barbados to stay at OCEANS 2!! It's easy access to nightlife too and the hotel help you out with transport of you'd like to go on trips!! Loads to do...AMAZING!!!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012

It's a perfect hotel. Not to big not to small, has it's own little private beach. Really close to Saint Lawrence Gap and an amazing staff.

After the first day we realized we wanted a car. We spoke with the staff and they arranged everything. They said the car would be waiting on us in a few hours and it was. We signed some papers, made a deposit and we were off (30 min total registration time). We didn't even have to leave the hotel. I asked what to do to return the car and they said, "Simply leave the keys at the front desk." Ridiculously easy.

Fresh free infused ice water everyday waiting at the bar (a very nice thing if you like to enjoy the rum as much as I did.) 4:30 happy hour.

They have free boogie boards, snorkels, goggles, fins and there is a surf school right next door, as in walk out of the beautiful lobby onto the beach turn right walk 50 yards and surf school is right there, feet never have to leave the flowery soft sand.

Another treat was Barbaod's water was amazingly good, because all of it gets naturally purified through their land which was built on coral. Unlike Mexico, you can drink the water, and I highly recommend it, honestly I'm surprised someone hasn't tried to bottle it and sell it yet.

The rooms are everything everyone is saying, just perfect and amazing and respectively for what you get a great price!

Rooftop pool with stunning ocean views.

If you stay here you will love every minute.

One small note, all of Barbados beaches have rocks under the water because the island arrived from coral not volcano. It's not a big deal and definitely has nothing to do with the hotel, it's simply nice to know they are there and when you are walking through the crystal blue water with a big rum drink in your hand you can see them and walk around them. :)

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Ben C
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

From entering the lobby on our first day to leaving the hotel, this hotel was first class.
The staff, all were friendly, (cannot remember them all but especially Oneill and Earrie - who even remembered our names!) were second to none. The rooms were beautifully decorated, with a washing machine and tumble dryer, which took the stress out of coming home to all that washing! The views were amazing, our room overlooked the ocean and the balcony contained a dining table and 2 recliners.
Locally, there were plenty of places to eat all within walking distance*, namely Pisces,Harlequin and Cafe Sol to name but three. The one time we ate in the hotel (too tired to go out after a day on the ocean) we ordered room service which was good.
* surprised with previous comments on being hassled by drug dealers. We never experienced this, only being greeted by a friendly 'Hello' from people on the street every morning.

The pool area was excellent, we were never short of a lounger - whatever time of day you went. Iced water was always readily on hand along with a cold water spray from the excellent team of pool and beach attendants.
Well done to the Manager and team of O2, who made our trip to the island such a memorable stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Ocean Two Resort & Residences
Address: Dover Road, St. Lawrence Gap BB15026, Barbados
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Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish > St. Lawrence Gap
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in St. Lawrence Gap
#1 Family Hotel in St. Lawrence Gap
#2 On the Beach Hotel in St. Lawrence Gap
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ocean Two Resort & Residences 4*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ocean Two Resort & Residences is a brand new, four diamond, beachfront property located at the far end of St.Lawrence Gap with a wide array of amenities and facilities. It is the ideal location for romantic retreats, family holidays, girlfriend getaway, family reunions/group travel as well as meetings and incentive groups! With its spacious accommodations including Hotel Rooms, One Bedroom & Two Bedroom Suites with genuine, Bajan hospitality, Ocean Two is THE place to stay on the South Coast of Barbados! ... more   less 
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