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Iamblossom Wed 02-Jan-19 18:46:13

Hi, we are looking to go away next Christmas to Barbados for 2 weeks. Our preference would be to buy our own flights, find a guest house or b&b, hire a car, do our own thing, but tallying it up it seems exorbitant to do it that way. If we went AI it seems cheaper even if we then hire a car and do our own exploring, find some fishing, etc. Had anyone done this?


bbcessex Sun 14-Jul-19 11:31:51

Hi all - thought I would bump this thread as looking at Sandals for next Jan.

I see there's mixed opinions; anyone got any more specific views?
We are looking at all inclusive, can get away for one week only, it's a rare holiday without teenagers for us so we want to get it as right as we can.

eastmidswarwicknightnanny Mon 28-Jan-19 16:03:23

We went nearly 2yrs ago at Easter with our two who were 2.5yrs and 6.5yrs and stayed at Savannah beach hotel we booked a duplex and club class it was lovely its rated 3-4stars but we went for better room as wanted separate sleeping areas.

user1466518624 Tue 22-Jan-19 21:44:02

Air bnb a house or apartment on Sugar Hill or an apartment on Glitter Bay, hire a car if you wish but the buses are good fun. Superb restaurants and no need to go AI.

Spanglylycra Tue 08-Jan-19 17:47:24

Those that have been to Crystal Cove - is the pool big enough and how was the food?

Jaffacakebeast Mon 07-Jan-19 23:39:32

I went bed and breakfast, flights with virgin. I took my ds and didn’t bother with a hire car, the reggae reggae buses made the holiday for us, my ds absolutely loved them. We went all over. Stayed near oistins

MakeAHouseAHome Mon 07-Jan-19 23:03:49

I don't reccommend Sandals at all. Be wary if you are considering them for AI.

Ilovewhippets Mon 07-Jan-19 23:02:55

Have fun op - it’s a lovely island and I also recommend Huntes garden. Unlike any botanical garden I’ve ever visited.

laramara Mon 07-Jan-19 22:57:55

AI is not really big in Barbados compared to other Caribbean islands; Sandals has only been there for a few years;many visitors prefer the freedom of being able to choose where to eat; it really is only as expensive as you want it to be; Beach View on the west coast is an awesome place to stay and prices there very reasonable.

MakeAHouseAHome Mon 07-Jan-19 22:42:27

Hardly a sweeping statement. It isn't based one one holiday - 6 in Barbados and 4 in the DR. Why post if you weren't looking for opinions?

KittyMcKitty Mon 07-Jan-19 22:38:02

Sorry not clear I found Barbados the most welcoming.

KittyMcKitty Mon 07-Jan-19 22:36:58

MakeAHouseAHome ah but if everyone liked the same thing wouldn’t the world be a dull place smile

The perfect holiday is a very personal thing so I tend to shy away from sweeping statements like that!

I’ve not been to the DR so have no opinion but out of the 5 Caribbean islands I have been to found it the most friendly and welcoming.

Damning a whole country as dated is quite sweeping! Dated is also very subjective. Different people look for different things in a holiday.

MakeAHouseAHome Mon 07-Jan-19 22:17:55

On the point about the DR, I have been to 5* resorts in Barbados and 5* resorts in the DR. The DR blows it out the water (look at Excellence hotels)

Whywonttheyletmeusemyusername Mon 07-Jan-19 22:08:52

Thanks Kitty thats really helpful. Dominican was/is diabolical for seaweed also. Not something I want a repeat of tbh

MakeAHouseAHome Mon 07-Jan-19 21:52:46

AI would be cheaper. Why are you set on Barbados though? I find it the most dated of the carribean.

KittyMcKitty Mon 07-Jan-19 21:45:31

Oh and we had turtles laying eggs on the beach (and eggs hatching) which was pretty special!

KittyMcKitty Mon 07-Jan-19 21:39:37

Whywonttheyletmeusemyusername we all loved Crystal Cove but resorts are a personal thing - have a look on Trip Advisor.

There were the standard water sports - SAP, Kayaks, Hobie Cats included. Nice bit of beach with some reasonable snorkelling. Food was nice. They do afternoon tea which dd loved! On the right side to watch the sunset! The rooms weren’t as fancy as in some other resorts we’d been to but clean and more then adequate. Staff were lovely.

It’s part of Elegant Hotels who own 4 or 5 resorts and there is a free water taxi between them and a reciprocal arrangement re use of facilities. (We didn’t visit any other resorts). No seaweed (this is a big thing in Barbados at the moment).

The resort runs excursions but equally there are many boats around which will take you turtle spotting etc.

We hired a car - driving v easy.

Resort well situated for sightseeing.

We went in August- arrived in the middle of a thunderstorm which lasted a good few hours but weather otherwise great.

We always go to the Caribbean in August and have always had great weather but we appreciate it’s the wrong time of the year and that our luck will run out one day. August is generally quieter as it’s the off season.

Spanglylycra Mon 07-Jan-19 21:06:01

Anytime Oct -jun.

July/aug/sept can still be good but officially is hurricane/rainy season.

Oct still slightly wet but quick down pours so over quick and a lot cheaper.

Xmas/jan/Easter most expensive times.

Whywonttheyletmeusemyusername Mon 07-Jan-19 20:44:42

So Crystal Cove is looking like a good place?? What is the best time of year to go? Initially I was looking at Xmas, but now not so sure

KittyMcKitty Mon 07-Jan-19 20:10:08

Would be worth checking what TripAdvisor is saying about seaweed in the Dover Beach area - I know some southern resorts were badly affected last summer.

Spanglylycra Mon 07-Jan-19 19:52:12

Used to go regularly haven't been for 5 years. Desperate to go to Crystal Cove. Used to go regularly to Dover Beach but my parents went last year and thought it had gone downhill somewhat. Avoid Time Out at the gap or whatever it is called these days. Southern Palms is nicest in that area but not AI but great spot. Turtle Beach used to be good but has quite mixed reviews these days.

CrispsForBreakfast Sun 06-Jan-19 04:17:03

Kitty. Yes! We danced around the house for months after singing hands on your hips and shake that body/botty for months after.
So much fun

KittyMcKitty Sat 05-Jan-19 00:03:46

Wasn’t it great! It was pricey but so worth it - dd still talks about how it is one of her best holiday experiences.

CrispsForBreakfast Sat 05-Jan-19 00:00:39

Kitty. Yes!!! The highlight of our holiday was the catamaran with Cool Runnings. Best trip ever.

CrispsForBreakfast Fri 04-Jan-19 23:56:28

We went as a family of 4 a couple of years ago. We found AL was the best price for us and once there we did our own thing.

I booked trips that were recommend by people on Trip Advisor and other trips we booked when we were at the beach.

Eating out was as cheap or as expensive as you wanted it to be.

We enjoyed the AL on the days we stayed in the hotel.
Have a great time smile

KittyMcKitty Fri 04-Jan-19 23:44:25

Sorry forgot to add you basically need to stay on the Platinum coast part - seaweed currently big problem elsewhere. Also go to Huntes Gardens - most magical place.

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