My girlfriend and I stayed in #5 in mid November and had a fantastic vacation. We generally go on two beach vacations a year (lucky us) and more often than not stay in 5 star all inclusive resorts. We are in our mid 30's and stay active, but also like to relax on vacation. Emerald Beach was the best of both worlds.
The Villa itself is very luxurious. All the rooms are well decorated, and modern and really well maintained. It's a house, but feels like a small boutique hotel.
The Villa has a cook and maid, Udele and Saileen, who were both very welcoming and accomodating. They both seemed to be having a great laugh every day. We went out for dinner at one of the better restaurants in Barbados one night, and Udele's cooking and presentation was as good or better. There is tons of fresh seafood in Barbados, but we weren't sure about going to the fish market, so Udele picked it up for us and it was always very good and quite reasonable. Her flourless chocolate cake is one of the best desserts I have ever had. She also makes a very good rum punch! Overall, all of the meals we had were top notch.
The beach was one of the nicest we've been on. We spent tons of time in the ocean. The beach itself is nice and sandy, great for swimming and relatively calm. To the left of the Villa there is a small reef, with a surprising variety of fish. Every day we seemed to see something new. A bit down the beach there was a small break and we went boogie boarding a couple of times which was fun as well. They had masks and snorkles and boogie boards for us which was nice. We brought our own masks and snorkles just in case.
One day we took a catamaran/snorkling cruise along the West coast and swam with turtles, and saw a couple of wrecks. The tour company picked us up and dropped us off, which made for an easy and excellent day trip. Otherwise we were pretty happy to hang out around the villa.
Overall, it was a great trip. We generally like to try new places, but we would go back to Emerald Beach in a second.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our home is a three bedroom, 3.5 Bathroom beachfront home,set on Gibbes Bay one of Barbados' best beaches, NO HOTELS. The house has 3 air conditioned bedrooms as well as ceiling fans throughout.There is both indoor and outdoor dining and living areas. We always eat al fresco! The house comes with staff, both a cook and housekeeper.Eudelle our chef will cook you 3 meals a day,Saileen our housekeeper keeps the home spotless , makes the beds, changes towels and does all your laundry.They both have Sundays off. You choose the menu she will do the rest.Try her flying fish delicious.The best flour-less chocolate cake you've ever had. The amenities include wireless internet, cable tv, full stereo with i-pod dock, beach towels daily, chaises, shared saltwater pool,all you need to do is relax. Holetown only 4km away, has a supermarket, gourmet shops,niteclubs,top restaurants as well as the upscale duty free Lime Grove Mall.We can provide airport pickup and drop off. We recommend the following restaurants The Cliff The tides The Lone Star ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Emerald Beach Barbados/Saint James Parish