Settlers Beach Villa Hotel
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... 21 dad! All around the world!"
None of us could handle the rum punch. We fairly quickly switched to wine and beer. We sat around a table and talked with each other for quite a while. After some time, the kids got up and mingled with some of the other guests. Tyler ended up playing pool with a young man from Finland. A little while later both kids were talking at the bar with a young man from Great Britain. When the kids returned ...
... dried fruit and yogurt (I guess milk can be used too, but this version used yogurt, which is very European, according to Tony).
We were all loaded up with calories, ready to hit the beach. This hotel has swimming pool rafts that you use on the sea water. I was in H-E-A-V-E-N!! Tony snorkeled a bit, but all you could see was coral and sand- absolutely no fish that close to the shore, and I liked it that way! I relaxed ...
... it was time for a late lunch, so we plopped ourselves under a beach umbrella and shared a delicious steak sandwich, steak fries, a salad, and to die for crab cakes! The little birds risked their lives to land on our table for a nibble of steak fry out of Tony's hand... so cool!!
We strolled back to our hotel and bought another $18 drink, watched the caribbean sunset, and BAM! Out came the crabs!!!!! ...
... boat drill it was nearly time for dinner. We freshened up a bit (our luggage still hadn't arrived so we couldn't get changed) then went to the Palms Café for a buffet-style dinner. Normally we would be allocated Table 35 in the Grampian Restaurant but this was closed tonight for some reason. Not to worry though, by this time we were feeling pretty tired; as well as being up from 3.00am GMT we also had the four-hour time difference ...
... Tip Top brand Hokey Pokey ice cream!!! Imported all the way from New Zealand!! Of course we had to get some. It mostly survived the trip home in the heat.
Now we are watching Dances with Wolves on AMC having made up (self-imported) spaghetti and (made from our groceries) meat sauce, and completed the meal with some of that Hokey Pokey. I can feel the stress just releasing... it's very good.
For a low-key day, I sure had a lot to report. :o)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Settlers Beach Villa Hotel St. James
After much waiting, we finally arrived in Barbados airport (which is currently being refurbished) and were whisked off on a minbus to our villa. Not having visited any part of the caribbean previously, I was amazed at the natural beauty of the Island. The Villa complex itself was absolutely beautiful, well kept, the villas are huge and ours was spotless. Unfortunately, a group of people on a Company incentive programme arrived the same day as us (luckly, they were only staying 5 nights) who attempted to ruin everyones holiday by their noise throughout the nights, and rude attitude during the day (you know who you are). The Manager assured us, and the other paying guests at the complex, that the matter had been dealt with via the team leaders in the group, and that she would not allow another group booking from that company (a failing furniture chainstore). The Complex Manager was very responsive to the situation and dealt with it immediately. As soon as they left we cracked open the champagne, and once again the complex was an enjoyable, peaceful, beautiful oasis. I would not hesitate to return. Many thanks to Dawn (waitress) and her boyfriend (The Chef) for their warm welcome and excellent food & service - they are a credit to their Country and the Complex/Restaurant. There are two things everyone must do when visiting the Island - 1) go on TEDS TOURS - Ted is a Bajan with the biggest personality who takes you on a tour of the island - the East Coast is beautiful, 2) go on a Tiami catamaran cruse and swim with the huge turtles! Bon Voyage.
Just returned from a 10 day stay with my wife and 2 1/2 year old son and we have all had a fantastic time. Each apartment / "villa" is self contained with large living area (not air conditioned) and large bedroom (with air con).
We just got back from a week at Settler's Beach Hotel and we loved it! We are a family with 3 children. This hotel was perfect for us. We were looking for a quiet, friendly place with a calm beach and pool. It was everything we wanted and more!
This was our first trip to Barbados and having visited the Maldives last year I was worried we might be disapointed. We weren't! It's a lovely island and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
What a place! Despite, storms, flash floods and a burst water main outside the Hotel leaving us without running water for approximately 30 hours, we couldn't have had a better holiday. Our villa was brilliant, in beautiful surroundings and couldn't have been situated better. Nearby were shops, supermarket, duty free shopping, post office, chemists, restaurants and bars.We originally booked a hotel which was then closed for refurbishment and so we chose Settlers Beach instead. Are we glad we did. In adverse conditions, the staff, from management to maids etc went out of their way to help and did more than was necessary to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. Everything was as described in the brochure - maybe even better, and each Villa is furnished differently making them very individual. Maria the Virgin Rep was also brilliant as were Virgin Airways. We will certainly go back to Settlers Beach, probably to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary next year if we cannot make it earlier. I certainly wouln't hesitate to take my grandchildren there either. I am frightened to praise it too highly in case we are unable to get booked ourselves when we want to go again!!
My husband and I visited Settlers Beach in early December. You can imagine our disappointment when we arrived to be told that there had been a mix up with our booking and our villa wouldn't be available for 2 days (we were only there for five). The alternative suggested was the Discovery Beach Hotel which I knew was inferior and I made clear was an unacceptable alternative. To cut a long story short we were eventually put up in the Sandpiper next door which was truly excellent.
We stayed here for 8 days in total during November, and found this resort quiet, relaxing with very friendly staff.
The beach is only yards away from any villa, and the grounds are beautifully maintained. There is a very well stocked supermarket 10 mins away, and various restaurants within walking distance.
We had a lovely time at settlers, and would definately reccommend it.
What an amazing holiday. The resort is in a great location, overlooking the beach which was clean, clear and the sea warm. It was also within walking distance of the local amenities and the bus to Bridgetown stops outside the resort (1 dollar 50 ). The resort is great for families with children, looking for a self catering holiday however we were two couples and found the resort quiet, very well maintained with beautiful surroundings. There is a restaurant attached to the resort, it is expensive but eating in Barbados generally is (apart from Oistins on a Friday night - a must). We have already provisionally booked to go back to Settlers and will definataly recommend. Virgin who we travelled with were brilliant and the rep very helpful.
Fantastic, great location and right on the beach.
I have stayed here twice and will return. The complex of about 15 villas lets you enjoy the benefits of having your own villa with the advantage of a reception and restaurant. Great location in the heart of Holetown, 5minute stroll to the centre and perfect for a short taxi ride to all the best restaurants, The Cliff, Carembola etc. It is also on an idyllic part of the beach where you sit under palm trees with never more than about a half dozen people sharing the area. I had a coffee every morning sat on the beach. Perfect.
Settlers Beach is a truly beautiful place to go for your holiday - be it as a couple, with friends or with family (I first went with friends then my boyfriend who is now my husband, then with a 4 month baby and again with a 3 year old and 1 year old). The setting epitomises Caribbean beauty as the colonial style villas are clustered around lush tropical gardens with a palm fringed pool and wide lawns. Privacy is ensured by the clever plantings of shrubs around the frontage of each villa. The gardens stretch down to the West Coast of St James where the calm waters of the Caribean lap up the beach. The restaurant and bar also look over the sea which is particularly lovely at night.The villas are well equipped with modern kitchens, microwave, washer and dryer, good oven, US style fridge but are not boring, "seen one seen 'em all" style like many hotels - they are charming and recall times gone by with their pitched, white washed ceilings and colourful soft furnishings and local prints. The bedrooms are air conditioned and the bungalow villas have a lovely internal terrace which is great for keeping small children contained!The staff at Settlers are unfailingly helpful and polite. The maids will cook for you if you want and also offer babysitting services (fantastic!). The hotel can also arrange for you to employ a local nanny while you are there should you want it.The local shops at Holetown get better each year and we love the freedom of being able to cook our own meals when we want them - especiallly for the kids - and also going out to sample the deligths of the fabulous West Coast restaurants.You must go!!