We stayed for 2 weeks recently and although we wanted the Travellers Palm we were allocated Halcyon Palm which on reflection was better as the Travellers had a group of teenagers on a sports trip. The apartments are clean, fairly spacious and located in a quiet area of Sunset Crest. The staff were all extremely friendly and professional.
We are a family of 3 including a 14 year old.
We have tried to include information that we would have found helpful before arriving in Barbados :)
Plus points: clean, not expensive, fairly large apartment and within a 10 minute walk of the bars, shops & restaurants. Down sides: the pool area is small, the third bed is a camp bed in the living area which is fine but there are no curtains...just thick nets so at night the room is very light and only basic pots & pans which made self- catering a challenge but not impossible.
We spent a lot of time down at the Beach House pool as you can get a card from the reception at Travellers Palm for $50 (refundable). The pool, bar & restaurant are great down there and it is right on the beach front. The beach at the side is good with easy, sandy access to the sea.
We ate at The Beach House which we recommend (3 x 2 course meals with drinks before and wine was £200) , The Mews - again no hesitation in recommending (£250) and Zacchios - don't bother it was relatively expensive for bland, cold food (£175).
The new Limegrove centre in Holetown has some posh shops and cafes plus it is nice for a walk around.
We had lunch at Flindt in Holetown and the cafe next to Cave Shepherd in Sunset Crest which were both good and cost approx £50 for three burger type meals and soft drinks.
The SuperCentre supermarket is expensive compared to the UK for most things. Cornflakes £10 per box, pasta sauce in a jar £4, mushrooms £3.50 for a small punnet but other items were reasonable. It was obvious which were the imported goods.
If you buy beer in glass bottles or soft drinks in PET bottles you can recycle them in the cabin in the supermarket carpark. The guy gives a receipt and then when you buy more drinks in the supermarket you get money off.
We felt safe all the time in Barbados except for when at the Fish Fry in Oistins. Everyone had raved about how great this is but we found it to be busy, hot and with a threatening undercurrent later on. The food was also expensive with a very basic outdoor meal for 3, served on plastic plates under a gazebo, with 2 beers and a soft drink £50.
We went on the Island Safari and had a great time whilst seeing the North & East of the island which is very pretty and reminded us of Cornwall.
We didn't have any problems with crime but at Halcyon someone left a bag on the balcony and is was gone the next morning and another neighbour had a bag stolen whilst they were lying next to it on the beach.
Overall we had a brilliant holiday but wish we had more money available so we could have eaten out more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Halcyon Palms is an intimate collection of 25 One Bedroom units located in the heart of the West Coast. We offer an affordable option for those wanting to experience the famous platinum coast at an affordable rate.Sister hotel to Travellers Palm we can accomodate families, groups or private getaway for couples. Short stroll away from Travellers Palm. Beautiful poolside view from all rooms. An excellent locstion for that deserved restful unforgettable holiday at this charming intimate resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Halcyon Palm Hotel Sunset Crest
- Halcyon Palm Barbados/Sunset Crest