Post # 1
Anyone been to Barbados? We are thinking about going to the west side of the island for the 2nd leg of our honeymoon for some beach and snorkling time. We did look into the south area as well (near St. Lawrence) which we aren’t against.
All the places look the same, and all the reviews seem the same. I don’t know which one to pick. We are going at the end of september (I know it’s hurricane season, but whatever we don’t care) and looking to spend in the 350 (non-inclusive) – 550 (all-inclusive) a night for something with a sea view.
Suggestions? Help! I’m totally overwhelmed right now.
Post # 3
We haven’t gone yet, but we’ll be staying at a little boutique hotel in that general area called the Little Arches – http://www.littlearches.com.
Post # 4
Thanks, when do you go? what about that resort made you pick it?
Post # 5
We’re going a couple days after our wedding, May 30-June 3 (after that we’re going to Sandals in St. Lucia). I picked it because I was looking for a fairly reasonable place to stay. Our original plan was just to go to St. Lucia, but there were no flights availble on JetBlue going out on the day we wanted. And all the other airlines had crazy long 18 or 24 hour flight times.
So I started looking into where else to go and realized we could go to Barbados first for a few days. I think I was probably looking at Trip Advisor, and the place has great reviews. It’s really reasonably priced – our room has its own hot tub and it’s only $260/night. It is across the street from the beach, but I figured that since we’re going to Sandals too, that was ok. It has a nice pool with view of the ocean, and a great restaurant that also has ocean views.
They do have other rooms that are right off the pool, and ones that have an ocean view and their own plunge pools. Since we’re spending a TON on Sandals, we decided the hot tub room would be perfect. It’s nice and private (I didn’t want to be next to the pool but apparently some people love it), Fiance and I LOVE hot tubs, and again the price was right.
The downsides are that it’s a little bit out of the way (although that can be a plus, too). It’s not like a big resort or a hotel in a city where we’ll have tons of restaurants right outside our door and shopping and everything. It’s supposedly a 10 minute walk to the village of Oistins, where there are restaurants and things. And like I mentioned, it’s across the street from the beach. But the beach is supposed to be great. And Fiance and I can only spend a couple hours at the beach without getting bored.
We plan to go on a snorkeling cruise one day, where you can swim with the sea turtles – silvermoonbarbados.com. They do free hotel transfers, so we won’t have to worry about transportation. For two of the days we’re renting a car right through the hotel, and we’re going to check out a ton of stuff around the island.
Post # 6
I have SOOOOOOOOO always wanted to go there! Sandy Lane was where I really wanted to stay. It looks like an AMAAAAAZING property. I considered it for our honeymoon; however, it was ridiculously expensive — like $10K for just four nights, and that was three years ago!
I would definitely be interested in hearing what other bees are recommending to you in terms of wonderful resorts in Barbados and what your experience is if you end up going there.
Post # 7
@Future MrsB: thank you so much! i was using trip advisor too, i missed this place. not sure that it is what we are looking for, but I REALLY appreciate the tip on silvemoonbarbados!!!! one of the deciding factors for us is being able to do something like this, so if the hotel doesn’t offer it for free it’s good to know we have this as an option. the price is good and it’s nice they do hotel transfers. we weren’t planning on getting a car. maybe we should though.
anyway thank you again!!!
Post # 8
@jls517: Glad I can help! I’ll try to remember to review things after we go, too. Or feel free to PM me for info. I can understand that it may not be 100% what you’re looking for. If that was the only place we were going, we might not have chosen it.
As for the car, I started to wonder what we were going to do and how we were going to get around, because I know that Fiance and I can only spend so much time at the beach and pool before going stir crazy.
Post # 9
@Future MrsB: there a lt of ZR’s (little buses) that a lot of tourists hop on to get around the island. Other wise, i simply see a lot of tourists walkign as Barbados is not that big and most of the hotels in St Lawerence Gap and around are in walking distance to beach etc.
My ex if from barbados and I had made two trips down there…it is a lovely island abd I stayed two places but none with the view of the sea you wanted. I will browse tripadvisor as I found their reviews accurate and you can always check expedia for great packages. It is a wonderful island and you will hve fun! (not as nice as Jamaica tho- had to ge tthat in! lol)
Post # 10
I studied abroad twice in college during our winter terms (3 week mini-mester in January). Once I went to Barbados. It was amazing. The island is beautiful. Check out Oistins on a Friday or Saturday night. It’s a local fish fry – you’ll get some amazing food and experience some great culture/music! (www.barbados.org/oistins.htm)
On the topic of food, try some macaroni pie – delicious. We didn’t stay in an all-inclusive place, but the folks are generally very nice, just watch out for pickpockets (trust me, it’s not fun!).
There are some great beaches – I went cliff jumping at Crane Beach, St. Philip and watched surfers along the south coast (South Point). If you get a chance, the catamaran cruises are awesome (here’s one we went on: www.coolrunningsbarbados.com).
Hope that helps!
Post # 11
Not sure if it’s too late but I live in Barbados and would be glad to give suggestions.