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All Seasons Resort Europa 2.5

Sunset Crest, Saint James Parish, Barbados

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Pros

  • Large rooms with full kitchens, separate living and dining areas
  • Residential-like atmosphere with single story buildings set in a small neighborhood
  • On-site Indian restaurant and poolside bar with a billiards table
  • Small gym and business center
  • On-call van to drive guests to the beach and shops (within 3 kilometers)
  • Discount dining and beach access at nearby Beach House
  • Free on-site parking next to individual rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • The pool is small and can become crowded with active kids
  • The pool is close to the restaurant and lacks sufficient shade and umbrellas
  • The hotel is not located on the beach
  • The rooms are outdated, and some smelled musty
  • Bathrooms need renovation, and show signs of wear
  • Only the bedrooms (not the living areas) are air-conditioned
  • The grounds are unkempt with overgrown grass and cracked concrete paths
  • Wi-Fi in public areas only

Bottom Line

Set in a quiet neighborhood, walking distance to the beach and the shops of Holetown, All Seasons Resort Europa features a collection of 48 one-story cottages set on a somewhat unkempt four-acre property dotted with tall palm trees. Designed for budget-crunching families, the rooms are spacious but dated, with separate living and dining areas, wide terraces, and full kitchens. A small pool, an Indian restaurant, and a bar with a billiards table offer low-key ways to stay occupied, but the hotel is not on the beach and is in need of renovation. Travelers seeking other options in the area should consider the beachfront Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts or the Coral Mist Beach Hotel.

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A low-key budget hotel in a prime west coast location that draws self-catering guests and families

The platinum coast of Barbados is full of high-end resorts known for their plush amenities and high price tags, but the All Seasons Resort bucks the location's trend. It is set in an unglamorous residential neighborhood dotted with tall palm trees and sandy circular drives. The single-story ranch style homes are painted muted Caribbean colors -- sunny yellow, aqua blue, and lime green -- with driveways in the back and terraces in the front.

Guests of the hotel, mostly families and extended families traveling together, choose the resort for its budget prices and its large cottage-style rooms with separate bedrooms, living rooms, dining areas, and kitchens, allowing them to stock their refrigerators and dine in. Close by, accessible by walking or a free shuttle ride, are a variety of shops and restaurants, including the oceanfront Beach House, which offers hotel guests discounts on meals and beach access.

The hub of the resort is its swimming pool, a small oval with a walled off kiddy pool, surrounded by a concrete terrace and a long row of green lounge chairs. Although the pool lacks umbrellas and other means of shady refuge, the shelter of the restaurant, bar, and lobby is just a few steps away. Active kids can be seen splashing about in the water while parents claim the tables (some with umbrellas) near the bar. The buzz of the large TV and the click of billiards entices guests out of the glaring sun into the airy lounge centered by a pool table and finished with sparkly, gold-toned Indian decor.

Location

Along Barbados' Platinum Coast in the community of Sunset Crest off Highway 1, close to the boardwalk and beach and the shops of Holetown, about a 40-minute drive to the international airport

Set in a mostly quiet, low-key residential enclave, All Seasons Resort Europa is close to the many shops of Holetown and walking distance to the sands of the island's "platinum coast." It's a minute's walk from the Beach House, where guests get beach access.

  • Five-minute walk to St. James Parish Church
  • Five-minute walk to Chattal Village shopping
  • Two-minute drive to Folkstone Marine Park
  • 10-minute drive to Mullins Bay
  • 20-minute drive to Barbados Wildlife Reserve
  • 25-minute drive to Rockley Beach
  • 30-minute drive to Animal Flower Cave
  • 30-minute drive to St. Lawrence Gap
  • 30-minute drive to Dover Beach
  • 30-minute drive to Oistin's Fish Fry
  • 40-minute drive to Grantley Adams International Airport
  • 45-minute drive to Bottom Bay

Rooms

Spacious, one-bedroom suites with small kitchens, separate living and dining areas, and outdoor terraces

The 48 suites at All Seasons Resort Europa are set in ranch style, one-story buildings encircling the pool and scattered along the grassy grounds of the four-and-one-half-acre property. The colorful buildings, painted shades of lime green, aqua blue, and yellow are accented with lavender trim and thick balustrade railings. Each cottage houses two one-bedroom units with individual parking spaces in the back and shaded terraces in the front. The rooms all share the same 750-square-foot footprint, decor, and furnishings, differing only in their views. Superior Poolside Suites are located close to the pool while the Superior Garden Suites are set among grassy, quieter, areas away from the pool.

The spacious suites feature terra-cotta tile floors, tall ceilings, ceiling fans in the living spaces, and wall air-conditioning units in the bedrooms. Woven rattan style furniture is cohesive throughout the space with curvy backed sofas and matching chairs in the living area designed to coordinate with four-top dining tables and the stock bedroom furniture, which includes vanity tables, bedside tables, and a long headboards. 

The bedrooms feature either one king or two twin-size beds finished with shiny green motel-quality bedspreads, decorative orange accent pillows, and blue bed skirts. One child under 12 can share a room with parents free, but older children incur an additional fee. Coordinating decor includes still-life paintings of bright orange flowers and drab window treatments with orange and beige stripes. The bedrooms also feature a wall of closets with wood shelving, safes, and iron and ironing boards. The bathrooms are finished in basic white tiles with single corner vanity sinks, and long stall showers with plastic shower curtains. In many of the bathrooms, the tiles showed signs of wear and tear and the grout appeared dirty.

The kitchens are one of the most desirable features for guests of the hotel. Finished from floor to ceiling in white, including white tile floors, cabinetry, and countertops, the compact, square spaces feature four-burner electric stoves, small refrigerators, microwaves, and all of the necessary equipment to prepare meals -- but there are oddly no coffeemakers. The outdoor terraces are large and private, but they lack adequate furnishings needed for a family to relax and lounge. In some cases, the furniture, which includes two chairs and a table, showed visible signs of wear with holes marking the woven material.

Features

An oval-shaped pool, small fitness center, and a Indian restaurant with terrace seating and an adjacent bar and lounge

All of the amenities at the All Seasons Resort Europa are located close to the lobby and pool area. A small fitness center offers a few cardio machines and free weights while the business center offers a computer and a library of paperback books. 

The hotel's restaurant, Asian Spice, serves a variety of authentic Mughlai dishes incorporating spices from India and locally sourced halal meats and vegetables. Dining tables are located beneath an open-air terrace overlooking the pool. The inviting space is finished with colorful glass chandeliers, thick tied-back curtains, and tables set with white tablecloths and small decorative lanterns. Adjacent to the restaurant is a bar and lounge styled with Indian accents and decor.

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Address

Palm Avenue, , Sunset Crest BB24014, Caribbean

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