Tropical Escape

Address: Paynes Bay, St. James, Barbados | Hotel
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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.

Dinning in a sauna!!!!!!


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.

The dinning facilities are awful, no air conditioning, the fans are usless, and when you should be enjoying your evening meal, in your glad rags, you look like a rag by the time your finished, because people were soaking wet through with sweat!!. Just like dinning in a sauna!!

Very little choice in food. Not cooked very well, but on the odd occasion they could do something nice, so why couldnt they every day???

The beach is lovely, and plenty of water sports if you want it, shame about the busy road.

Wouldnt go back to the Tropical Escape, and we dont think that it deserves a 3a+ raiting.

Poor mans hotel


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.

The evening entertainment was OK, we had some really good times and all the people(except for the odd 2) were good company. Overall as far as we were concerned a holiday of a lifetime and I hope that we will be able to return to the tropical escape soon.

Better than I expected


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.

Tropical escapade!!


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 Holiday


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.

Whilst we were there my eldest son celebrated his 16th Birthday, a word to one of the restaurant managers about the birthday coming up and on the day the table was decorated with banners and ballons. At the end of the meal a birthday cake with inscription and candles was produced.

Nothing was too much trouble. The food, we thought was fantastic and there was plenty of it (I put on 10 lbs). A good and varied selection each day. Our youngest 2 children were very 'picky' over their food, but the resteraunt staff went out their way to try and make something suitable for them (usually they wanted Chips [French Fries]).

The pool area is good because it runs North/South the west side gets the sun in the morning and the east side in the afternoon. Therefore, you could always find sun or shade. The pool bar was great, the staff happy to try and make any concoction you asked for (providing they had the ingredients). If your taking kids, ask for a banana strawberry milkshake at the pool bar our children loved it.

Night time activities were laid on, a band/duet, limbo or fire eating.

Whilst not first class it was good and got better towards the end of the night LoL!

The beach is across the busy west coast road and through Bombas beach bar. We found the drivers to be considerate to pedestrians and would often stop (in both directions) to let you cross the road. The owners of Bombas must be well used to the guests passing through, they always said hello and never complained.

The guys on the beach were helpful too. You can get soft drinks on the beach from the staff looking after the sports equipment. Very nice after a sail or snorkel. If you go visit the reef to the right it is excellent for snorkelling. We even saw a turtle there on our last morning.

The only thing that put a bit of a cloud on our holiday was that a lot of the equipment was not in a good state of maintenance. There were 2 catamarans but one could not be used because of the state of repair.

There were a couple of padaddloes and a pico sailing boat that again were broken. The wind surfer was also in a similar state which dissapointed the 2 older children because they wanted to use it. I had a word with the manager who managed to get the pico into a usable condition, but apart from the small catamaran and that nothing else was usable for our stay.

I hope the manager now that he is aware will see that the rest of the equipment is re instated to good working order. The excuses were that parts took time to be imported and were expensive. I pointed out that there was both FedEx and UPS offices in bridge town that would guarantee delivery within a day or two. Whilst a part for the equipment might be expensive, our holiday was not exactly cheap and part of our selection process was the availabilty of the water sports. The manager agreed and as I say did his utmost to get some of the water sports kit back in operation.

We still made the best use of what was available and had a really good time. The sea is clear blue and the sand a coral white. The beach selers were very good too, if you say no thank you they leave you alone and don't constantly pester you as they do in some other parts of the world.

All in all we would thouroughly recommend the Tropical Escape hotel.

Barbados's biggest asset is its people, you'll enjoy the friendliness of the Bajun people and their wonderful home that they share with you for your stay.

Pete Fulham

p.s. My wife says I'm to mention that Beach Towels are provided and can be changed whenever you require, so you don't need to add that weight in your cases.



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.

Great Holiday


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.

Bedroom was spacious and the only complaint was that the bath looked a bit well worn. Not a major problem though... it was clean and everything in working order. Entertainment very low-key, local entertainers each evening and no sense of rush about anyone... but this is what you should expect from Barbados... a nice, relaxing, laid back holiday. The bar area was pleasant, although the seating was slightly uncomfortable (iron chairs and thin cushions) but after a couple of cocktails who cares ! Food was lovely and were always seated quickly.

Pool area is small but tidy with an array of chairs and umbrellas so find it hard to believe the other review of 1 brolly for 26 people !!

Beautiful beach across the road from the hotel (a 2 minute walk) and the hotel provide loungers free-of-charge on the beach which was handy.

Loved Barbados... Do the Jeep Safari trip if you go... beautiful sights around the island and a good days worth of entertainment.

TripAdvisor Reviews Tropical Escape St. James

4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

Travel Blogs from St. James

Ah land!

A travel blog entry by lottespace on Dec 18, 2013

3 photos

Today we stopped in Barbados, land... We haven't seen that for a few days and with the rough seas many were willing to kiss the ground when we got off the ship. We opted to go sailing... Hum, we leave a boat to get on a boat? Well actually it was very special, only 12 passengers on a 48 foot catamaran . We sailed ...

Segwaying and the Boatyard in Barbados

A travel blog entry by blakes on May 19, 2013

14 photos

... Boatyard. It is a bar and restaurant recommended to us by several of the cruise ship crew. There we meet up with a couple of our friends and spend the afternoon eating burgers and drinking the local beer. The Boatyard charges $20 to get in but anything you eat and drink is applied toward the $20. So, basically, one hamburger and 3 beers and you've broke even. We recognize several ...

First Time in Barbados

A travel blog entry by tlvice on Jan 01, 2013

3 comments, 37 photos

... the briefing, they took Leslie and the kids to our muster station. I stopped at the shore excursion desk to buy tickets for the behind the scenes tour of the ship scheduled for our sea day. I skipped the muster station tour because there were only 16 tickets available for the tour. I wanted to make sure we got ours.

We went to the aft of deck 10, one deck above the lido deck. We stood there waiting to see the ship pull away ...

Alvan and the chickmunks

A travel blog entry by steve-claire on Feb 18, 2012

4 comments, 54 photos

... a bar and the Police brass band ready to start entertaining the crowd. We sat sipping cocktails on the beach listening to the band as the sun set over the sea, it was just perfect. Frozen margaritas – very nice!! Have a look at the picture of the four, should I say more senior, people in their deckchairs on the beach – they were brilliant.  Just sat there taking in the atmosphere........all quiet until the point they all shouted ...

Parasailing experience!

A travel blog entry by tonyandtonya on Jul 06, 2011

2 comments, 3 photos

... 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. ...