"Beautiful, value for money, social if you want it, private if not.…"
We had a lovely, large 3 double/twin bed apartment which for the same money as 2 RO hotel rooms gave us also a large living room/diner, a good kitchen, 2 good bathrooms, laundry room, and tons of storage. Decor fresh (a tad dated if I was being harsh), cleaned daily, tv, dvd. A limited range of DVD's are available in the office.
This gave us loads of space and room for downtime with two girls 19 and 16 and boy of 11. We always need a night in on holiday and the kids were pleased to have a couple of nights of take away pizza and bad dvds/trash US tv/facebook. Which gave us the chance to go out.
The grounds are well kept and lush with a lovely pool and childrens pool. Could get busy, but there is so much to do on the island we weren't there much.
Lead by the hands -on owner Robin the staff were very can-do - nothing was too much trouble, recommended and/or organised surf lessons, good beaches (Mullins for activity, Cranes for body boarding and getting away), a car, afternoon birthday tea at Sandy Lane hotel, Cool Runnings catamaran sail trip, Ostins fish fry. (do not miss this if you like a party). All highly recommended.
The owner has a cocktail party in his amazing home every thursday night for an hour or 2 and there is a bbq with lethal rum punch on monday nights. So plenty of opportunity to meet others, and fun in small doses, but no compulsion if not and we didnt feel claustrophobic.
Barbados is expensive to eat and drink, so good to have breakfast, many lunches and drinks from the supermarket. The Holetown supermarket has everything, and a fair amount from Waitrose which is so expensive you might as well eat out. Would recommend you get the bus (or car if you have one) south to a more local supermarket. Check out the fish market for daily fish.
Beach is opposite, walk along 10mins to a slightly better bit.
Turtles swim 150m off the beach late afternoon - within in easy reach of strong swimmers. They are gentle and you can swim along with them.
The only slight downside is that Beach View is slightly out of Holetown, but the government bus and the more mad reggae bus are every 10mins, til 11ish, a dollar a ride.
There are recommended taxis attached to Beach View (taxis can be hard to get at busy times) but are quite expensive. That said they were great and we trusted our regular guy to take our girls plus another girl they befriended to Harbour nights night club in Bridgetown and he was back waiting for them outside at the appointed 2.30am. We felt they were safe to go out.
There were some excellent restaurants/bars to walk to - Daphnes for sundowners and great upscale restaurant. The Cliffe nearly opposite has the best reputation on the island, but you need a mortgage for it, so we didnt bother. Mr Vics is basic but good and much better value.
Good variety in Holetown, 10mins on the bus.
I would highly recommend - the whole family had a great time
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