Settlers Beach Villa Hotel
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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.
Fantastic little hotel / "villa" complex
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).
Each one faces on to a well kept garden and pool area which in turn is virtually on the beach. All areas are kept clean, the pool area is great and the beach is fantastic. Very safe for children with plenty of natural shade provided by the trees.
Bar area is great at lunchtime but with a limited menu in evening (although still very nice). However there are plenty of good local restaurants within walking distance or a short cab ride away. If you want there is a kitchen in each villa, which is very handy for breakfast.
Barbados itself was great. Very safe everywhere, friendly people and lots of classy restaurants. Quite a lot to see (the catamaran cruise is a "must" and the Tiami one we did via Virgin was very safe for young children) and Harrison's cave and the nature reserve was a nice half day trip.
Played golf at the Barbados GC, which doesn't have the prestige of Sandy Lane or Westmoreland but is very affordable and provides a great round of golf. We had a free club hire via Virgin which really helped the cost and packing situation. Well worth playing.
All in all fabulous and we will definitely go back to Barbados and would have no hesitation in re-booking Settlers Beach.
Perfect for families and couples looking for relaxation!
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!
The staff was VERY helpful, the water was calm, and there were beautiful reefs just off shore for snorkeling.
There were lots of families and couples, but the hotel is very cleverly set up so that your villa is very private, with lots of space. They all have a great kitchen, living room, dining room, big bedrooms and ours had 3 bathrooms!!!! The villas open onto a large courtyard filled with beautiful plants and hummingbirds.
We walked up and down the beach and kept remarking how happy we were that we selected Settler's Beach. A lot of the other hotels had large rocks on their beaches or they had rows and rows of beach chairs lined up with no privacy at all!!
It is also located in Holetown with shops, a post office, supermarket and restaurants close by.
We will definitely be going back to Settler's Beach to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
Lovely & Relaxing at Settlers
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.
I had seen Settlers Beach in the Elegant Resorts brochure and we decided to book it once I'd seen the good reviews here.
Like most reviews have said, it is a small, charming resort with a lovely beach frontage and its 22 villas and cottages sit in 4 acres of attractive gardens. Our villa was HUGE and the fully equipped kitchen would certainly suit families. Overall, Settlers has a very relaxed, private feel. Young couples, older couples and Families all seemed to enjoy themselves. I wouldn't hesitate to return.
Sure, I'm sure there are more glamorous resorts within St James, but I'm sure the price is equally as glamorous. Settlers offers spacious and relaxed accommodation in a fantastic location on the West Coast. We thought it was charming and offered great value for money. And you'll need your money if you want to eat out!!
Have to say, we had some of the very best food we've ever eaten whilst on Barbados. For wonderful dining, don't miss La Mer, The Tides or The Fishpot. They will not disapoint, I promise! For more informal dining, The Mews, Olives and Cafe Flint were also excellent.
Make sure you visit the East Coast also. Lunch at the Crane Hotel is good and the views are simply out of this world.
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!!
Wonderful hotel - but check your booking
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 were a little worried about having to leave the indulgence of the Sandpiper but we needn't have been because Settlers was just as good. The website and photos in the brochure do not do the villas justice....they are huge! We had a two storey villa -we looked around our neighbour's bungalow but preferred our own, - which had just about every conceivable amenity and appliance including a fully equipped kitchen complete with microwave etc. The bed was oversized and ultra comfortable. By far the best thing about Settlers is the privacy and tranquility. We could sunbathe in our front garden without seeing a soul, amble 10 yards to the (usually empty) pool or saunter 30 yards to the spectacular beach.
If you are travelling with young children (especially toddlers) Settlers is unbeatable. We have two children aged 12 and 1 and whilst we left them at home this time wouldn't hesitate to take them to Settlers. Whilst the Sandpiper was more luxurious and upmarket, it didn't really cater for young children in the way that Settlers did. The staff are very friendly and accommodating and this is why, given the mix up at the beginning of the holiday I have still given Settlers an 'excellent' rating. E mail to confirm your reservation before you travel.
Aside from the hotel we dined at the Sandpiper (one of the best -don't be put off by the fact that this is a hotel based restaurant); Carambola (excellent with the added bonus of being able to watch the stingrays); The Cliff (my least favourite - the food was no better than anywhere else and it was ultra expensive); Tides (wonderful, wonderful - my favourite) and The Restaurant at Southsea (very good and definitely worth going to if you are staying in St. Lawrence Gap).
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!!
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Travel Blogs from St. James
... of wine, a couple of G&Ts and a more beer. I don't think I'm exaggerating.
Usually a quiet and retiring person, the result was he began talking and didn't stop - as Malcolm will attest to. While the rest of us sloped off to bed poor Malcolm politely feigned interest in Phil's soliloquy about the location of Jupiter, being petrol head and .... sorry he can remember what else as (like ...
... that is the closest land to Africa in the Western Hemisphere. The locals say that if you stand on the eastern most point of Barbados and smell the breeze that is coming from the east, you can smell Africa.
Just after we transferred from the sandy path to the city sidewalk, we passed a local fish market that was busy with people butchering the fish into filets and other cuts that would become the catch of the day to be cooked directly with only the additional preparation step ...
... which bus we needed to catch, so that was our plan for the afternoon.
We went out to catch the bus from the hotel and had just missed it. Having to wait for approx another ½ hour, we (or should I say I) decided it would be easier to take a taxi over to Lisa’s hotel. Not such a wise idea – bus = $2 Barbados Dollars each, taxi = $30 BD.....mmmmmm. Anyway we got there and Lisa needed to get some ...
... 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!!!!! ...