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.
- 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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