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... We round the bend and there it is - Bombas. It's right on the beach and there's no one there but us. Heaven.
We have a chat with the owner, Wayne, and a farmer who has just delivered the organic vegetables that they use here. That inspires us to check out the menu and we decide to recommend to the others that we rerun here for a meal tonight.
Remember that Ruth and Malcolm are deserting us so that can go to Tides to be all lovey dovey ...
... dock. As I looked down I noticed our dock ropes were tied up with the deck ropes of the cruise ship that was docked behind us. Getting ropes untangled and getting away from the dock took an extra 30 minutes. We were to have departed at 17:00, but we did not actually get underway until about 17:30. Regardless, it was amazing watching the huge cruise ship maneuver away from the dock and out to open waters.
We were all surprised ...
... I was trying to avoid. The floodgates had been opened and I could not help myself from reading review after review, blog after blog, and advisory after advisory. The more I read, the more I wanted to stay at home. I couldn't help but feel as though Eddie, my exchange partner, was receiving a better deal by having come to Barbados (yes I am aware of how that sounds, I'm sorry); then my mind drifted back to the way that I felt when I was getting ready for my trip ...
... At one point they turned off all the lights and we experienced total darkness for a few moments.
We were underground for about an hour, but it went so fast. There were some amazing shapes down there, you might be able to recognise an alter with a man proposing to a woman or the chandelier or maybe even Bob Marley? (The shadow is his face the stalactite his hair.
From the cave we headed north to the parish of St ...
... of sun for the vacation. I gave a final kick to the sand before we got back in the car and drove toward Victoria.
The day ended with an extra long swim in the pool, followed by pasta tossed with fresh tomatoes, basil, and onions, accompanied by homemade bread lathered in butter and garlic. For a last supper, it definitely outrated the usual bread and wine. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Escape at the Gap Christ Church
My husband and I wanted to take our three 'adult' children to Barbados so we could not go back to Club Rockley (too much money). We 5 adults booked ourselves in to Escape at the Gap. Having read some awful reviews before we left we were dreading what we were going to find. We need not have worried. The hotel offers great value for the money and we spent two glorious weeks there and did not want to come home. We had the ocean front penthouse, the lovely Catherine looked after us and kept our room nice and tidy and changed the sheets and swept all the sand off the floor daily!! Sorry Catherine! The food was excellent, plenty of variety to suit everyones tastes. The pirates restuarant made you feel that you had really got dressed up and gone out for a lovely meal. Some of your reviewers have said that they had to queue for their meals. The only queuing we did was for the absolutely delicious omelettes, freshly prepared with your chosen ingredients at breakfast.
I can only agree with all of the reviews below after having returned from Escape yesterday. Where do I start? On the plus side I think my wife and I feel that the hotel offered overall good value for money.
Well what can I say about Escape at the Gap: Our first impressions were: Its clean, the room we had was in the main building, a one bed suite on the ground floor. It was supposed to have a pool view but you could'nt see the pool for a big bush infront of the patio window. There was a kitchen but the fridge was missing and the hob did not look safe to use. There was an unusual smell in our bathroom but we could not change room's as they were all booked up! They did put a bottle of champagne in our room on arrival as it was our honeymoon which was nice!! The Virgin Rep at our Hotel was helpfull and friendly. We never used the Gym so I can't say what that was like, the pool's looked okay but we never used them because there was always a lot of kid's jumping in and generally having a good time. The beach was down some steps from the hotel so we went on the beach everyday which was lovely. The beach was almost white, the sea was turquoise and soooo warm it was lovely.
I stayed at escape at the gap in July 2003 and all i can say is watch out of the locals on the beach!
Just returned from this hotel 29/9/03,we went out to Barbados to get married. Thank god they stopped doing weddings at this hotel. Myself and my husband bought 40 guests with us 20 of them stayed at this hotel when we pulled up outside the hotel it looked very shabby and unkept unlike the photos displayed on the internet and in the brochures,the staff need to definatly do some serious training on customer care,they only spoke when they was spoken to. We were very surprised to read that that the hotel only opened in 2000 it really does need some updated furniture a good paint and a good clean. The food was very good and you didnt starve. After the first 2 days of shock at the state for the amount of money paid we decided to make the most of it we had a 'wicked' time cause there was so many of us, (not thanks to the hotel staff)
Just returened from Escape at the Gap... were impressed by food and friendliness of the staff. We had no problems with our room, which was spacious and cleaned daily to a high standard. There was however a problem with the pool cleanliness whilst we were there,which proved annoying when it affected both pools at the same time. There were other annoyances including (apart from the above), water pipes burstsing on 3 occasions, warm beer, both restaurants running out of plates, breakfast relying on 2 domestic toasters neither of which worked efficiently, (our tip of the day...take your own toaster!), and the continuous onslaught from the beach sellers. Also as a previous reviewer noted, there was to our mind only 1 bar in use all day not 3 as stated in the brochure. We were surprised that Virgin Holidys gave this hotel a "Flagship" rating and we note that in this years brochure, it has lost this "accolade".
Just returned. unlike the Virgin brochure this hotel has 1 bar not 3 and this closes at 2315 and that is often only if you complain to the manager that the staff are trying to leave early!. Unlike the brochure this hotel has 2 restaurants but what it does not mention is that only 1 is open at a time. A review in Jan mentioned the broken gym equipment -still broken in Aug. Oh and what about the barman that followed not 1 but 3 women to the toilets and grabbed at least 1 of them outside ?
stayed in jan 03, accomodation was fantastic, the staff were friendly and helpful. great views from room. food was good and included a fair variety.i would stay at escape at the gap again.
We stayed in November 2001. Having arrived after a long flight and spent what seemed like forever in immigration, we arrived at the hotel tired and very hot. The walk to our room felt like a hike up a mountain, but was well worth it when we got to our room - what a view! We were fortunate enough to have a sea-view room and looked out over the beach and it almost felt like you could jump in the sea from the balcony!The pools were not too big, but with the Carribean that close, who needs the pool? The beach was clean and the sea warm and inviting and having spent a couple of days touring Barbados while there, I think our beach was one of the best, though not a great deal of watersports available for those more active holidaymakers. The snorkelling was good fun though, plenty to see if you are brave enough to venture out a way from the beach.The food was ok, I have had better, I've also had much worse, and for the price that we paid, I think we did rather well - the barbeque night was by far the best!. Pirates restaurant was ok, if not a little too hot and humid for me, and the food was ok, though I felt the portions were too small and that more emphasis was given to the food looking pretty than the size of the meal. The staff were great, firendly and very helpful, and apart from the constant sales pitch from jewellery salesmen and even a guy selling pure aloe vera straight from the plant (and it DOES work on sunburn!), our days on the beach were very peaceful and relaxing. Would we go back?......without doubt. Escape at the Gap is one of the more reasonably priced hotels on Barbados, and is certainly value for money. I would recommend it purely on the beach and sea alone, but the rest was pretty good too.
Stayed at Escape at the Gap, Barbados in January 2003.Was disapointed on first arrival. Put it this way the brochure had a very good photographer! We arrived at 3.30 pm all of us starving hungry. There was nothing to eat. Snacks were available at 4.30, which were quickly eaten up by all the other guests.Our room was huge though smelt musty. The housekeping left a lot to be desired. They usually cleaned the room in the afternoon - very poorly. There is no ventilation in the bathroom/toilet.This slightly shabby hotel is separated onto two sides of the road which is a pain to get to the facilities on either side. The main swimming pool is tiny and can only accommodate a few children at a time.However the food was the plus side. The buffet menus were really good, lots of variety. The dinner in the pirates restaurant was gourmet style (though small portions, in my opinion.)Also The kids club was excellent, the staff looked after the children at convienant times, giving parents quality time for themselves. There was lots of children and my daughter made many friends.The staff were very friendly if you made an effort to talk to them.The hotel is based on a nice enough beach with lots of sun loungers but poor watersport provisions. The sea is not smooth though great for 'riding the waves'.The gym had lots of broken equipment which was fixed part way though my stay.The evening entertainment was poor, however the hotel is situation in the most lively entertainment area, there are lots of nightclubs, bars and restaurants nearby.Though I was not very impressed (bored mostly). My daughter had a great time, so did my husband who spent most of it at the bar. I stayed here for two weeks which was one week too long.