Colony Club Hotel, Bridgetown
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**Absolute Paradise!**from idlewild
Grantley Adams airport baggage handlers are apparently all on island time. Either that or they only have a single handler walking 2 bags at a time from plane to carousel! After waiting for what seemed longer than a child's Christmas Eve for our bags, we made our way through customs and into the back of a cab. The ride to the hotel was - in a word - a sauna. (Our cab didn't have air conditioning, the island is very humid). After a 45 minute "sweating", we finally pulled into heaven. On arrival, we were immediately whisked away and given moist wash clothes to freshen up with and a very welcomed rum cocktail. It was the perfect prelude to a magnificent vacation! We had arrived at The Colony Club, Barbados.
* Traveler Ages: 20's/30's
* # Travelers: 2
* Travelers Travel Experience: Moderate to Extensive
* Length of stay: 7 nights
* Room: Luxury Pool (upgraded per great suggestion on TA!)
* Weather: Upper 80's / Lower 90's F . It rained 1 day during early evening hours for 1.5 hours, but only occasional "sunshine" sprinkles/mist otherwise.
Our experience at the Colony Club was simply magical. On arrival, you notice the little things: the well-manicured lawn, the smile on each staff member's face, and the sounds of a tropical paradise.
Hotel Grounds and Beach: The Colony Club is nestled in a prime location on the Caribbean (west) side of Barbados. This area tends to be more British than the American south - especially with the new Hilton opening down there - which is very welcome. Every morning we saw multiple landscapers grooming the gardens, trimming the hedges and cleaning the 4 freshwater lagoons that meander through the 96-room resort. These pools feature a swim-up bar, two waterfalls, and a jacuzzi. The beach itself is not terribly deep (resort to ocean) but it is fairly wide and pitched slightly for easy access to the wonderful 6-inch cushioned lounge chairs that line the beach. Trees also dot the beach but don't overshadow it. Unfortunately getting into/out of the water is slight complicated by the 3-5 yards of coral/stones that have washed ashore, but beyond it the ocean floor is complete sand. About 40 yards out in the swimming area, there are two anchored rafts. To the left of the swimming area is where the boats dock and just left of that is another swimming area. **This one is a snorkler's paradise!** We used the complimentary snorkeling gear at least daily and took in the wide variety of sea life literally just yards off shore. The water is deep enough so the coral wall are well-formed. We saw a countless variety of a fish including flounder, puffer, parrot, balyhoo and several others. I actually once glided along with a sea turtle about 35 yards off shore!
Rooms: The rooms at the CC are all very nice. I believe there are three types: Pool and Garden View, Luxury Pool, and Ocean View (and maybe a suite or two). We had originally booked the Pool and Garden rooms, but on a fellow TA's suggestion, we upgraded to the Luxury Pool and I'm glad we did. This type of room had a patio boasting two loungers, palapa with 2 chairs and a bench, and a private entrance to the lagoon (see pictures). The bathrooms were very nice featuring his and her sinks and English-style glass shower, but could have used better ventilation. The bed was heavenly and we had a remote controlled air conditioner. All of there other standard amenities were there: television, phone, iron, safe, etc. and there was an unstocked refrigerator (see Food below). The Pool and Garden rooms were also nice, but didn't have the stone walls we had and were somewhat set back. The Ocean View rooms were a bit bigger, but I would highly recommend the Luxury Pool rooms for the value.
Other Amenities: The hotel featured a nicely air conditioned fitness center (mainly for cardio), tennis courts, and spa, but it was slight pricey. Another very nice feature of this hotel is the watersports that are complimentary including: kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing, and water skiing. There's also a dive shop, Hightide, that offers a $90 USD resort dive (----) and water aerobics.
Hotel Food: We ate just once at Laguna (our first night) and ordered lunch via room service once. Both times I was pleased with the quality of food and service. It's nothing spectacular, but with all the great dining Barbados has to offer, you probably won't want to eat there much anyway. The included breakfast buffet (offered 7:30 - 9:30 AM daily) is *very* nice. The food provided is the typical fresh fruits and cereals, but also available are eggs benedict and made-to-order omlettes with fresh juice, coffee, and tea.
Other Food: We hung out at the beach most of the time during the day, so what we welcomed was the Super Centre grocery store nearby (a 5-10 minute's walk) or order online at ---- for free delivery and stock your refrigerator in room! A great suggestion from another fellow TAer. As far as restaurants, we ate at Calabazza, the Fish Pot, Daphne's, Olives, the Mews, and Cocomos. I highly recommend Calabazza and the Fish Pot for both setting and food. The Fish Pot is very intimate and tucked away in a cove north of Speightstown whereas the others are all just south of the hotel in Holetown.
Transport: Getting around Barbados is a breeze. Taxi's aren't metered so make sure you negotiate a fair price beforehand. I also recommended hoping one the many yellow buses - they'll honk and stop if they see you within 20 meters of the stop! - and hitting a local rum shack. Because the Colony Club is part of the Elegant Hotels group, the water taxi is nice mode of transportation to take you to the other hotels in the group. Sadly, it doesn't run too late so you'll need to take a cab or drive to Daphne's (located at CC's sister hotel, Tamarind Cove). I would also highly recommend getting a moke (mini jeep, uber golf cart) and checking out the East Coast and other sites. Stoutes (----) and Driva-A-Matic (----) are two great rentals and will drop off and pick up the car from Colony Club.
Activities: Aside from lounging (hey, isn't that what many of us want anyways?) Barbados offers a plethora of activities including golf at the nearby Sandy Lane course, great diving, and interesting sites. We didn't visit, but I heard good things about both Harrison's Caves and Mount Gay Distillery. We also didn't go down to Bridgetown and we heard we didn't miss much so I wouldn't recommend that. The nature reserve was interesting with many caged animals, but the you're not always guaranteed to see the green monkeys. Lucky for you, the Colony Club has its own tribe that routinely visits the grounds (see photos) and we actually saw them twice while only seeing a single monkey from a distance at the reserve!
Overall: I have travelled extensively and been to Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. The Colony Club offers it all. I would also like to mention that we visited in June when the hotel was *at most* 75 percent full. The weather was perfect and we got a great deal (Expedia) so I would suggest going during the "off season" of April - July, if possible.
Important note: I believe the Colony Club will be closed for upgrades (I hear some of the other rooms need it slightly) in a month or two for a couple months. Plan your travel carefully!
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What can I say !!!from A TripAdvisor Member
Arrived at the Colony Club to be greeted with rum punch and cool towels,
check-in was relaxed and the staff were very attentive.
Room was cool, clean, and welcoming.
I have travelled quite extensively, and I can honestly say I have never been treated so well ! , all the staff without exception were friendly and only too willing to please, and those extra little touches mean so much, fresh fruit, ice water, cool towels, all delivered (free of charge) to your sunbed with a smile.
And the turndown service with free bottles of iced mineral water beside your bed each night, so lovely.
The dining was excellent, freshly prepared, and cooked precisley to your order, if you wanted to chop and change things, nooo problem!
The rest of the hotel fascilities were also outstanding.
The Bajans have to be the friendliest people I have met, anywhere we went on the island, they all said hello and had a smile on their faces, we could learn a lot from them !
I could bore you to death about how much we enjoyed our stay but anyway...
Beautiful Settingfrom scbelle
First: you turn off of the main road at a Coral Limestone Gate onto a tree lined avenue.... and then towards the end you come to the entrance of the Colony Club, which is breathtaking--a white painted courtyard around a koi filled pond with palm trees coming out! They lead you around the pond to a comfy seat in the lounge and bring you a drink, and suddnely, here's your key, a bit of paper work, and you're registered! Soooo easy.
NExt: you enter the gardens to find your room. They meander throught the property following a string of lagoon style pools. The frangipani trees are gorgeous and fragrant, and then above you see coconuts nestled in their trees... Mahogany trees, pride of India... all beautiful... Immaculately kept. The pools are lined with coral, so they appear to be part of the natural landscape as well. There is a stirring in the bushes and you see a green monkey pop out to climb a tree.
Now, the rooms: we are 23 and 25 year old friends from college, and weren't out for a luxury romance vacation so we took the cheap room! Definitely go for a pool front room if you're WITH someone... But, the room itself was lovely. Just as pictured on Expedia.com's virtual tour--except ours didn't have the option of adjoining rooms, and they have little white cotton rag rugs to wipe the sand off before you get in bed. Definitely shoot for a ground floor room if you get this type of room because you get two loungers and this cute little table underneath an umbrella thingy... very nice for 5:00 (or, it's 5:00 somewhere....) Cocktails... Fride, electric kettle, and various glasses and mugs tucked away in a mirrored cabinet... Also, can't hear other guests... Mattress was comfy, pillows were nice, and sheets were surprisingly soft. Maid service twice daily. Plenty of towels. Turn down at night and a fresh bottle of water.
Beach/Pool: They have wooden loungers with thick comfy pads out at the beach and by the pool. Plenty of large towels, though you must go to the beach to get them. Twice daily "cool off" services: chilled fruit in the mornings and popsicles in the afternoon. Waiters offering drinks. The beach is very nice to layout on, but if you are going to swim the beach right out in front isn't as good as the otherone over to the right if you are looking at the sea--both areas are sectioned off. As for the pools, the front pool, by the bar, is more social/has more kids. The lagoons outside of teh pool front were used only by the people who stayed in those rooms, although anyone "could" have used them. LOVED the back pool. These pool s are nice because their are many nooks and crannies where you can have privacy if you want it--one little cove beneath two frangipanis, one with a bench and jacuzzi jets, one with a pretty coral waterfall.
I only didn't like two things: food on the beach, which I ate because it was convenient, DID NOT IMPRESS.
Also, THE BATHROOM. Granted, i did not see any other room type's bathrooms, but you can't find pictures of them anywhere. Coincidence? I think not. First of all, horrible light fixture: flourescent tubing behind a dirty looking metal grill thing. Aesthetically:ew. Practically: try putting on make up under flourescent lighting. Go on. Try. Also: my cold water didn't work. At all. Nice shower head, but the faucets were improperly installed, so it was hard to regulate temperature. Also, normally, I would give them the benefit of the doubt and say that the tile was just a bad design choice, but it was also very poorly installed. Toilet barely worked. In fact, it was really weird that the bathroom was so bad when everything else was attended to with such care.
That said, it wasn't unlivable. But I may have given this property an excellent rating if it weren't for the bathroom. All in all though, it was a great experience. The staff is EXCELLENT, friendly, and accomodating.
Colony Club true paradisefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Incredibly friendly staff as well- they were so accomodating. We needed an extra towel, and housekeeping was there in less than 5 minutes with 4 new towels, still warm. Turndown service was also a nice touch. They replaced your towels if used, added a pillow and turned down the bed sheets, and left a bottle of water each. Barbados water is so pure- it was delicious!
Also suprising was the wake up call. The front desk staff took the message, and then called you themselves right on time and greeted us with a friendly morning message- a lot nicer than "THIS IS YOUR WAKE UP CALL...THIS IS YOUR WAKE UP CALL"- i never realized how much those little touches could add to a vacation. Colony Club is located near Holetown, a small area, but it is at least 25 minutes to Bridgetown, and about 30-35 to St Lawrence Gap- perfect for couples who want to feel like they are in a private, intimate setting, but close enough to enjoy the fabulous dining throughout the island (I recommend Daphnes!), and families with very young children. I've been to a lot of islands and stayed at some amazing hotels, some 5 star (where the top rating is 5 stars by the agency)- and Colony Club had the most tropical feel- I felt so immersed in paradise- I really didn't want to leave! Definitly one of my favorite resorts I've ever stayed at! BUT- DEFINITLY get the swim up room- all the rooms are nice, but if you are in a deluxe gardenview, or even an oceanview, you will be very jealous of the swim up rooms- they were amazing! You could take a dip first thing in the morning without having to pack up a towel, or even putting on sandals! or another dip at night to soothe your sunburn! I loved it. Amazing
Great Hotel and locationfrom charnwoodfield
Perfect for a young couple!from A TripAdvisor Member
Great holiday at the Colony Club - February 2005from GlasgowCarty
Colony Club is the only hotel that has tee times on Royal Westmoreland - a superb Robert Trent Jones golf course.
I would definitely make colony Club my first choice in Barbados - we also stayed at The House which was very disappointing in comparison.
Beautiful Holiday - apart from the Birds!!from A TripAdvisor Member
Ideal for watersportsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Bridgetown
Turtles You must swim with the turtles, we went twice. When we asked the rest of the family what their favourite day was, the turtles was top.
TAXI ARRANGE FOR A TAXI PICK UP TO AND FROM AIRPORT (PREFERABLY WITH GRANTLEY TAXI'S) AS THE ROADS CAN GET QUITE BUSY AND SITTING IN A COACH TRANSFER CAN BE A BIT HOT A STICKY. ONCE YOU'VE USED GRANTLEY BOOK HIM FOR EVERY TRIP YOU DO, IF HE CAN'T GET TO YOU DUE TO TRAFIC, HE WILL ARRANGE FOR SOMEONE CLOSER TO PICK YOU UP SO YOU DONT MISS YOUR TABLE BOOKING AT A RESTAURANT. DECIDE WHICH RESTAURANTS YOU'D LIKE TO GO TO BEFORE YOU GO AND BOOK THEM OVER THE INTERNET BEFOREHAND - THEY GET VERY FULL AT THE HEIGHT OF THE SEASON.
Good local restaurants Try Spago near the colony club, good italian in great setting.
Other names for Colony Club Hotel
- colony hotel saint james
- colony club barbados
- Address: Porters, St James - Bridgetown - Barbados
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