Barbados Trip Report by Lois

Dec 13th, 2002, 11:51 AM
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Hi Dana,

The grounds at Royal Pavillion are gorgeous - we've heard the accommodations are wonderful as well (although we have not stayed there).

Definitely book a romantic dinner (table 50) at the Cliff, and possibly Carambola (tell them in advance you are on your honeymoon).

Also, a private catamaran cruise at sunset would be very romantic -- something with champagne and hor d'oeuvres. Tiami cruises might be able to accommodate that. You can find them on the Barbados tourism board website which is: www.barbados.org
In the "search" type in "Tiami" and then you can click on the link when it comes up. There are other catamarans also that may be able to tailor something special for you.

Be sure to go to Bottom Bay on the East Coast -- if you get there early enough in the day you might have some privacy on the beautiful beach. The surf is a little rough in that area, but it's spectacular.

I'm sure if you are creative you'll think of some memorable things -- research the website for ideas and I'd be glad to give you feedback on anything I'm familiar with. Lois
 
Dec 15th, 2002, 12:52 PM
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do you know anything about the accra beach resort or the southern palms reosrt? i am looking to go during march break and i want a good quality hotel with a stunning beach. is bougainvillea that much nicer than the other two resorts?
 
Dec 16th, 2002, 11:51 AM
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Hi Jen,

Accra is an older property near St. Lawrence Gap (probably walking distance). If you are on "spring break" and want some nightlife, that area is good. The beach there is very similar to what you will find at Bougainvillea Beach.

Bougainvillea is a newer property with lots of variety in types of accommodations -- all gorgeous. Beachwise, tho, very similar.

Accra is newer also, but located at Rockley/Accra beach -- lots more locals -- don't know if I like it for the fact it's much more crowded. It's farther to get back to the Gap area in case you want nightlife there. Also in The Gap there are lots of moderately priced restaurants.

It's a hard call. We love Bougainvillea, but don't care much to get into the Gap, that's why walking distance isn't an issue.

I think generally Bougainvillea's rooms are the nicest. Hope this helps some.
 
Dec 17th, 2002, 06:26 AM
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My husband and I stayed at Bougainvillea in March of this year and really liked it. We were upgraded to a 1-bedroom suite, which was really like an apartment. It had a fully-equipped kitchen and full-size fridge, so we were able to eat breakfast and lunch in the room, as well as keep both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on hand. I'm not one to cook on vacation, but I find it more convenient not to have to dress and go out for those meals. We did dine out every night for dinner (in St. Lawrence Gap), and felt that we could splurge because we had saved the rest of the day. I would highly recommend the following restaurants: David's Place, Bellini's Trattoria, Pisces, and Josef's. Cafe Sol was mediocre. It was just a bit too far to walk from Bougainvillea (and not a direct path--part way on the beach, then cut through hotels to get to the street). Cabs were readily available--I think it cost about $6 US each way. I wouldn't hesitate to stay at Bougainvillea again. Check out their website, or even call the hotel to ask them to send a copy of their videotape showcasing the hotel and Barbados.
 
Dec 17th, 2002, 11:46 AM
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Jen - I just re-read my message of yesterday to you & I meant initially to say Southern Palms (not Accra in the first sentence) - is an older property....etc.
 
Dec 18th, 2002, 12:44 PM
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Lois,
Thanks for all your input. Much appreciated. Just one last question, could you tell me what coast the Fairmont is on? I'm curious about the beaches.
Thanks,
Dana
 
Dec 18th, 2002, 02:53 PM
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Dana -

The Fairmont - Royal Pavillion and Glitter Bay are next door to each other on the West Coast (also called the "Platinum Coast"). Very calm waters -- really prime.
 
Jan 15th, 2003, 11:11 AM
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Lois,
What do you think about the northwest coast? We are considering a villa that's a bit north of Speightstown...nice beaches? safe? thanks
 
Jan 15th, 2003, 02:08 PM
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Hi John,

You might be talking about Little Good Harbour -- it's great, nice small beach and wonderful restaurant (The Fish Pot). However, it depends on the time of the year. Late October is not good there as they told me sometimes they lose their beach at that time of the year. You can e-mail them and they are quite upfront about conditions.

Yes - it's safe there.

What Villa is it (if not Little Good Harbour?)
 
Jan 15th, 2003, 04:33 PM
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Thinking about Sea Symphony or Seacrest villas...you're amazing!
 
Jan 16th, 2003, 09:44 AM
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You'd be pretty far up the West Coast (almost to the North). There is a cement plant very close to the villa you are looking at (just slightly north of there). You might investigate villas farther south on the West Coast for better beaches and location.

If you'd be eating all your meals at the villa you will be ok, but it's quite a drive from the villa down to all of the fabulous West Coast restaurants you have read about.

In fact,Little Good Harbour that I mentioned is almost farther north than I would care to be, and your place is quite a bit north of there.

If you want a large villa in a great location, check with Paul at Islandhideaways (you can find him at:
islandhideaways.com
They have pictures on their website of various villas & Paul has traveled in Barbados a lot.

Also another good local source is Bajan Services - they rent high-end villas.

Let me know if you need more info.

Lois
 
Jan 19th, 2003, 02:43 PM
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Lois, You have by far provided the most comprehensive information I've seen on Barbados! Thank you!!! My husband and I are going to be staying at the South Beach Resort. We got a one bedroom suite for a little under $1700 thru RCI - do you think that's reasonable? I know it's pretty new and is across from the beach. Will that be a disadavantage. Again, Thank you so much for all the info! It sounds like you are attached to Barbados like we've become attached to Cabo San Lucas. eb
 
Jan 19th, 2003, 02:54 PM
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oops - forgot to mention that the stay at the South Beach Resort is for 7 nights. (we did our airfare thru some travel vouchers we had).
 

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