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Built in 2009, this relatively modernized resort offers 36 spacious self-catering condos on the west coast of Barbados. Family managed with service to match, each of the one-, two- or three-bedroom units comes equipped with a full kitchen and washer/dryer. A large pool contains separate adult and children’s areas, and there is a beach across the street -- though it's quite a busy street to cross. A small on-site cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and Monday night barbecues, and there's weekly cocktail parties hosted in the manager’s own home. Beach View is a nice option for travelers and families who want a more relaxed, at-home style of vacation.
Relaxed and spacious setting -- ideal for families and large groups
The modern property appears small in size upon arrival to the narrow road across from Paynes Bay, but it is deceiving to the eye. The length of the complex, viewed in full after entering the security gate, is surprising, and reveals how large the individual 36 units really are. Guests will likely be welcomed by one of the employees working in the reception building to the left of the parking lot. The managing family, including Robyn and his daughter Carrie, are often on-premise providing family-style service and insider knowledge of Barbados.
Although all units contain their own patios and kitchens, many guests take advantage of the beautiful pool, cafe, and garden walkways winding the property. The Beach View rarely feels crowded, with the exception of the popular Monday night barbecues serving rum punch -- a great way to meet other guests and be party of the "family," if you so choose.
On the west coast highway between Holetown and Bridgetown
Beach View overlooks the main road that winds its way through St. James on the ritzy west coast of Barbados, giving guests easy advantage of nearby sites in the area -- including walking distance to the beach, a convenience store, and some restaurants. A car is recommended, but the bus does run along this route. Take a right on Highway 1, and in within a five-minute drive find the spot where Brits discovered Barbados in the 17th century.
Holetown today is hub of gourmet restaurants and shopping, including the new Limegrove complex, which features a Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton. The capital city and port of Bridgetown are within 10 minutes.
30-minute drive to Grantley Adams International Airport
3-minute drive to Sandy Lane “Old Nine” Golf Course
4-minute drive to Sandy Lane Country Club
5-minute drive to Holetown
8-minute drive to Royal Westmoreland Golf Course
10-minute drive to Bridgetown
15-minute drive to Harrison’s Cave
16-minute drive to Flower Forest Botanical Gardens
Choose from one-, two-, or three-bedroom bright and spacious suites
For those in need of space for a family or group, the Beach View can accommodate. Although units are individually decorated (all in understated coastal decor) depending on the owner, all come equipped with a large kitchen, living/dining room, and washer/dryer. Units face west for beautiful sunsets, and the top floor will have the best views of Paynes Bay.
The Hut serves breakfast and lunch, and holds Monday night barbeques
Though all units contain full kitchens, the The Hut cafe serves a selection of pastries, homemade granola, cereals, yogurts, and fruit. For lunch, the menu features a simple selection of salads, paninis, wraps, and daily specials. There is also beer and wine, and other beverages, throughout the day.
The outdoor tables are situated in a lovely setting -- adjacent to the pool and surrounded by lush greenery. On Monday evenings The Hut lights up for a popular barbecue with unlimited rum punch giving guests a chance to socialize with each other. For wedding parties of 40 people and under, The Hut can provide on-site catering.
There is a Sunset Bar open in the evenings, with gorgeous sunset views over the water and drinks available.