Travel Blogs from St. James
If you were to close your eyes while enjoying a "high tea in Trafalgar Square," you would swear you were in London - if it weren't for the warm breezes and emerald green waters enveloping you. Nicknamed "Little England" by some, Barbados is home to many museums that chronicle the island's rich past and over 100 shipwrecks along its reefs that are a playground for divers from around the world.
... We then drove to the Barbados Wildlife Reserve where we saw turtles, monkeys, snakes, iguanas, and many other animals. We went back to port via the west side of the island where the rich and famous own property. Participants agreed that being in a 4x4 was a nice change from the usual air-conditioned buses, and were the perfect vehicles in which to experience the island of ...
... smaller version of a Suzuki Samarai. These Barbadians drive like MANIACS!!!!! Part of it is because the roads are so narrow, but the problem lies in the fact that NO ONE slows down for the near head on collisions! I just close my eyes. LOL
We safely arrived in Bridgetown (Phew) and were ready to sail through the air, above the ocean this time! There were two other women from DC who joined us on the boat who were very nice. ...
... When we walked onto "The House" property, it was just like we saw on line... STUNNING! I immediately was tuned in to the beautiful sound of the ocean, LOUD tree frogs and crickets, and the humidity- quite a change from the desert! But, it took my breath away... literally!
Tony and I settled into our suite. By settling in, I mean, Tony plugged in his lap top to ...
The six hour flight seemed to take no time from Dallas to Barbados. We found Moira and her husband, Bill, at the airport, as soon as we cleared customs. Renting the car was simple, however, driving is another matter. Luckily, the first leg was just a short drive (following Bill) to the Fly Over Bar and Grill, across from the airport. Kim and I shared a plate of fabulous ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Tropical Escape St. James
Friendly nicely presented
The rooms although sparsly furnished were clean and presentable. All the staff bar one Felix the barman were friendly and courtious. the only downfall is that you have to cross the road to get to the beach.
but then if you have the morning after feeling you can always stay by the pool.
We found the Tropical Escape to be very basic. Rooms were fine, clean, towels and sheets changed every day.Most of the furniture needs replacing. Most of the staff were very nice, and some of the entertainment quite good, tho it felt as you were in a basement room.
Visited Barbados and the Tropical Escape,Paynes Bay late November for one week.We where very dissapoited with the size of the hotel and facillities generally on offer. Food was bland and not at all expansive with regards to variety,hotel grounds pretty shabby as was the rooms,staff all but a couple seemed to think that we where there for their benefit,and subsequently looked and acted grumpy and bossy.Entertainment of no quality or forethought,pool table,kayaks,sunfish sailing apparatus in small quantity and in a bad state of repair. Two bars but not both open at the same time,lucky to find a barman at all,in conclusion if we had paid the brochure price would of been even more dissapoited,Barbados pretty low on entertainment out of any complex,towns small and lacking variety and volume of clubs,bars etc. Having visited several other West Indian countries will not be returning to this one and would recommend another hotel if anyone was to visit.
Peace perfect peace
my family and i totaly enjoyed every minute that we spent at this hotel.staff friendly,rooms spotlessly clean,food excellent.we hope to return soon.
We spent 2 weeks here in May 2003From the moment we arrived we knew that we were in heaven. It was a holiday of a life time. The hotel was across the road from the beach, but as we had no children( it was stated as no good for children) this was OK for us, the guys on the beach were terrific and there was allways plenty of cold drinks available, all the sea equipment was in perfect working order and you could use it as much as you wanted to. The hotel was very clean and our room was excellent even though it over looked a very busy road. The room was cleaned thoroughly daily,one of the high spots for us was the fact that we could have clean beach towels every day.(terrific). The food was excellent, well cooked and very well presented. The hotel staff were all very pleasent and nothing was too much trouble for them.
Hotel small and friendly. Little isolated from Bridgetown but taxis reasonably cheap and local buses run approx every half hour. Staff very friendly and restaurant will cater to your needs if their menu is unsuitable. I'm a vegetarian who is allergic to peppers so I was happy to find that the chef will do an alternative whenever necessary. The hotel will change your towels daily and they provide beach towels daily also. Entertainment is provided nightly except for Sundays. There are different excursions available but they can work out quite expensive - some of them you are better off arranging by yourself rather than through the tour rep - it works out cheaper! Barbados is a great place to visit especially if you like to sunbathe but it hasn't much to offer if you like to shop. The hotel is a decent place to stay and as a family we were happy with the standard it offered.
what a fantastic place paynes bay is, with its wonderful beach and friendly locals!such a shame that a certain number of staff at tropical escape were so miserable, in fact rude!i wa prepared to accept they are only human doing a job and the fact i was sharing mealtimes with black birds, but when i was confronted with a £4000 bill for an 18 hour phone call to england i drew the line!i protested my innocence to be told i was lying!eventually the situation was resolved but with no apology.i will be returning to paynes bay but not tropical escape!
What a great little Hotel. My wife and four children (10,12,14,16) stayed here the last 2 weeks in July. The accomodation is comfortable but basic. There was plenty of space in the rooms (even though we were sharing 3 to a room). There's a TV in each room that the children watched occasionally. All the staff get to know you within a few days.
Excellent 3 star rated hotel. Food and drink was good and the service was excellent. Room(114) was clean and everything worked i.e air con tv hot water shower etc.overall good 3 star value.St James is fantastic and the Hotel beach at Paynes bay is also excellent.
Got a last minute deal to the TROPICAL ESCAPE for 1 week and had a lovely time. Have only read one other review on this hotel which was really negative and i have to disagree. OK, the hotel is small, but the accomodation and friendliness of the staff could not be faulted.