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Just a short entry to say that we arrived in Barbados yesterday morning (9th December) after approx 24 days crossing the Atlantic. Weather was a bit of a mix with some good winds mid trip and also for the last couple of days with some very light winds and even calms at times. Not much marine life sighted on the way over. The usual Dolphins ...
... of us were given a personal tour which included a close up view of the Concorde from the outside, a video presentation which was projected on to the side of the aircraft, some original exhibits and best of all a chance to board the plane, sit in the seats and look into the cockpit. We had timed our visit perfectly, we went on just the three of us where as the next group was about 12 strong.
The tour guide Alison was ...
... Washington accompanied his half-brother here for the healthy airs of Barbados. But the island was not healthy for Washington who contacted small pox on the island and was left with pox marks. The canes fields were productive and Barbados lined it fortunes with the Sugar industry in the 18th and 19th Century. Its importance to the British was attributed to by the 26 forts built on the perimeter of the island. In 1966, Barbados became ...
... is somewhat odd. There was fixed seating arranged in a shallow horse-shoe shape around the lounge, along with moveable chairs and small fixed tables. You could get a brilliant seat with an unimpeded view at the front or sides, but further back and your view will either be blocked by someone's head or one of the pillars around the room. So it was not without amusement that we watched the mad scramble for seats each night. Queues at the ...
... site, the famous Barbados Mount Gay Rum, tour. It didn't look that far to walk from the Capital so to save money on a taxi, we did just that. Man that was a long hot walk. Once finally getting there, we went to get tickets to the next tour. I had decided earlier on to wear my Mount Gay t-shirt and my Antigua Sail Week Mount Gay Red Hat to see if I got a discount or better pour or anything. The British couple a head of us paid, then I asked, how much ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Blue Horizon Christ Church
This place was terrible! The first room they put us in at US$206 a night overlooked an ugly, ugly garage. When asked to be moved we were moved closer to the pool in a room that sort of overlooked the pool but was again ugly as sin and smelled terribly. The only reason we stayed there was because our flight had been cancelled but had we had to stay another night in Barbados we would have stayed anywhere else, even at a higher price then in this place. Oh, the "free" continental breakfast consisted of Tang instant orange juice, coffee, and either cereal or plain white bread toast! What a treat! I cannot over emphasis how bad this place is. It was supposedly renovated in 2000 and it looks like they got a bargin on left over 1960's decorations.
Beautiful, Friendly and Romantic....
My girlfriend and i stayed at the Blue Horizon Hotel from the 26 December 2004 until the 2 January 2005. The hotel is clean and rather pretty, the staff are really friendly and the pool is beautiful. Rockley beach is stunning and just across the road, perfect for morning walks and swimming during the day. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the hotel and the staff went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. The menu is comprehensive and the food was excellent.
Catch a local taxi to bridgetown and walk towards the malibu visitor center to tour the distillery and party on the beach!
Barbados was amazing and i cant wait to go again, i would def stay at the Blue Horizon again.
Bit dubious prior to trip having read some of the previous reviews...stayed for a week in May 04, pleasantly surprised! Hotel room and grounds very clean and well kept, staff polite.... very close to Accra beach and The Gap.
Hotel was very quiet so don't expect too much in the way of onsite entertainment.
Only downside - couldn't get in to hotel grounds when returning late one sunday night and had to scale the fence!
Other than that no complaints - really nice place to base your stay in the lovely Barbados!
Not what I expected
Not what I expected at all. Cons: There was hair in the bathroom, food from the Modified American Plan( breakfast & dinner) was terrible and of very limited choice ( would have been better to order from the menu). The MAP is also not explained to you on arrival. No one informed me about the $35 BDS limit on dinner. I found out when I ordered something and the total exceeded $35 BDS. On one occassion I was unable to get breakfast because the waitress said that someone had locked the storeroom and no one could find the key! Mediocre service - bell boys unfriendly and gruff. The iron in the room overheated when I used it and also had a crack on the handle. The TV only had 4 cable channels although the hotel boasts that it has cable TV! The property is also not a beachfront property. However, photos on the Blue Horizon website may fool you into thinking that it is.
Pros: good fruit punch, comfortable bed, near to fastfood restaurants and mini-malls, wake up calls were on time. Provision of pool towels in your room.
Can't recommend this place.....
This was not what we expected at all. It was dirty...with hair in the bathroom. Stains on the wall. The beach was across the street and one of the pools was under construction. The bathroom in the restaurant would have the restaurant shut down if this were in the states. Very very disappointed with our accomodations.
Rockley beach area is the best
We stayed here Jan. 2002. It's a beautiful hotel, not a luxury hotel by any means, but a truly nice hotel that is priced accordingly. It's across the street from arguably the best beach in Barbados, Rockley Beach. We went around the whole country and were so glad we stayed at this location. It's quiet, fun and beautiful - stay away from super trendy Lawrence Gap. Not worth it... it's too touristy. Go to Oistins - for the best fish of your life. The Blue Horizon, with its elegant pastels and beautiful pool will make you glad you came.
Great value- reasonable price, security & cleanliness tops
Love this place, have stayed many times & it just gets better each year...voice mail on room phones, quiet, adjustable A/C, comfortable beds, TV, in-room safe, round-the-clock security, excellent comp. continental breakfast, proximity to Rockley Beach. Hotel staff are extremely competant, hospitable & helpful. I do not use the hotel pool, but it appears clean and well cared for, as does the attractive landscaping throughout. Beach walks at low tide can take you quite a distance! No hawkers, beach stalls offer great food, fish cakes, burgers & dogs, chicken & the best rum punch and Banks beer ....very friendly atmosphere. Many restaurants & shops close by.
Blue Horizon - November 2003
Stayed at the Blue Horizon for 4 days/3 nights.
Low key, quiet and the staff were great! Polite and very helpful. Room was nice - everything worked as it should and I had a great view of Rockley Beach across the street.
Restaurant was decent and the swimming pool/deck chair facilities were decent.
Loved the Blue Horizon Hotel. I traveled by myself and it was the perfect vacation. The staff is great and makes you feel at home. The hotel is clean, newly renovated. The food is excellent! Since I was on my own and did not feel comfortable to go out at night I had most of my dinners at the hotel restaurant. Reasonable and fantastic food. The complimentary breakfast is your typical continental breakfast, nothing to fancy, but for no charge! Rockley Beach is not a large Beach, so if you want to go for long strolls on the beach it is not the place to be.
During the week the beach was quite, on the weekends it gets a little busier since Rockley Beach is a public beach. The water is great and perfect for swimming. Staying at the Blue Horizon you are close to the Gap and the party live or can just take a bus to Bridgetown to go sight seeing. Also you have plenty of restaurants and grocery stores in walking distance. I fell in love with Barbados, the people the food!!!
Would go back anytime!
Oistin's Fish Fry
We were in Barbados in May, stayed at the Blue Horizon Hotel, of which we had absolutely no complaints-great view, great air conditioning, and, although breakfast service was a little slow-the tea service in our room made up for it, as did the juice and fruit already laid out in the restaurant. The surrrondings there at the restaurant were lovely, and the 'laid back' service gave us ample time to plan our day, and map things out, espeically after we had rented our 'moke'-another story entirely (but a good one-complete with 'road kill' mangoes-which beat the heck our of the $3.00 each for ones in the markets. One of the many highlights of our visit was the Oistin's Friday night Fish Fry-which we were alerted to by one of the locals on our second night there. It's incredibly good food-most of the fish was bar-b-qued, not fried, and it was there, that I had The Best Bajan Fish Cake of my stay. Don't miss 'Olnida's Fabulous Fish Cakes" or the hot sauce-definitly 'Zen in the art of Fishcakes' As the evening progresses, the Dj's tune up, playing a get-your- groove on mix of reggae, old-school rap, and WAY old school disco-ladies, don't worry if your man won't join you in the cutting the asphalt, the local men & boys are more than willing to show you a few new steps!! Later on, the steel drum bands get going-so if that's your interest, don't go until 9:30 or 10 pm. This is a local flavor you won't find anywhere-espeically not in those over-priced, yuppiefied, smoke filled joints in "The Gap." Oh yea, and to get there-don't be afraid of the "Zone Taxis"-they are crowded, and every time someone else gets on, another seat magically appears from underneath the others-the driver turns up the music, and off you go!! Knock on the roof for when you want to get off-or just tell one of the "co-pilots"-the people ARE THE FREINDLIEST!!!