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“Glitter Bay #109 & Barbados Villa Services”
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“Glitter Bay #109 & Barbados Villa Services”
Reviewed 8 July 2013

Oh my gosh! We just returned from an 8 day stay at Glitter Bay #109. The whole place is just amazing. We had two couples that stayed at #109. We all 4 have cruised to Barbados a few times and fell in love with the island on our first visit. On our 1st cruise we took a jeep safari with "Island Safari". Our drivers name was Ralph White and he made our experience so much fun. We kept in touch with Ralph over the years and when we have been back we have looked him up. He told us we should come back sometime and stay for longer than a day, that his sister had a place where we could stay. So this year the 4 of us decided we had time off this June and that we were going to make it happen. We contacted Marilil (Ralph's sister) she is also with Barbados Villa Services. She was terrific and helped us make it happen. Boy are we glad we did!!!! This was one of the most relaxing vacations we have had. The apartment was very nice and had everything we needed. Our maid Charmain took great care of us. The grounds are beautiful. Duncan and his staff keep the grounds looking so nice. We enjoyed chatting with all the staff. Duncan, Brian & Rocky were always so nice and very helpful. Everyone was so pleasant. The time we were there was what they consider slow time. For us the slow time was just what we needed. We loved the pool. The beach was wonderful. They even had beach chairs and umbrellas for us. They were ready for us every day. We walked the beach at least 2 or 3 times a day. We enjoyed the monkeys. They were right there in our backyard!! We all have a new appreciation for the sea turtle. We were privileged to get to watch at least 7 to 8 Momma turtles come up on the beach to nest. We enjoyed visiting with the people from the Sea Turtle Project when they were on the beach. We even got to see baby turtles that hatched out right there on the Glitter Bay beach. WOW!!! This experience was new for all of us and one we will not soon forget. Do we want to go back? We are counting the days till hopefully we could make it all happen again.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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soluckytolivehere, Manager at Glitter Bay Suites, responded to this review, 24 July 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to tell others of your experience at Glitter Bay 109 and our service at Barbados Villa Services! This is much appreciated.

Believe it or not the turtles are still coming in to lay their eggs and we have had several hatchings and this is always an amazing sight to watch these little turtles heading into the sea!

We look forward to your next visit to Barbados and of course to Glitter Bay!

Marilil & Joe Troulan
Barbados Villa Services
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Durango, Colorado
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

We recently returned from a week stay at Glitter Bay, and it was an absolute joy. Working with Barbados Villa Services was an easy and pleasant experience--they handeld everything so seemingly effortlessly. Thanks Marilil! And the on-the-grounds staff were warm, pleasant and very accomodating. Thanks to Duncan and his crew. I don't think the location of Glitter Bay can be beat. It's situated on a mile-long stretch of a beautifully wide and peaceful beach. It's adjacent to the Fairmont and the Lone Star but aside from that the beach, at least in the summer months, is quiet and all to yourself! The water is gin-clear and great for relaxing or snorkeling. When facing the sea, snorkel both to the left of the vills and to the right of the villas (at the piers by the Fairmont). The sea is the perfect tempeturate and just the right amount of calm waves. You can easily swim out to the sea turtles in front of the Lone Star, whereas others from different parts of the island need to boat to get there. Juju's, Lone Star and Ramshackles are all a 400-500 meter serene walk along the beach, and I recommend trying all three out. Don't overlook the beach bar at Glitter Bay, though, and try the gelato! I travelled with my wife and two kids (ages 7 and 11). They all loved it, too. The pool (depth is 4 ft) was perfect, and there is a nice sized wading pool for younger kinds (depth is 29 inches) In the evening, we'd walk the Giltter Bay grounds (probably 5-7 acres!) looking for crabs and frogs (bring a flashlight/headlamp for your kids!) In the morning and early evening you can see monkeys strolling the grounds as well. The unit was perfect for our needs as well. Two spacious bedrooms and nice bathrooms to go along with them. The signature piece of the unit is the wonderfully-sized patio. We spent most of our waking hours that we were in the apartment out on the patio. We received excellent daily maid service through Barbados Villa Services and that was much appreciated. Coming from the States, it was great to see a mixture of British and Canadian travellers, too. We liked the cultural diversity afforded through visiting Barbados and Glitter Bay. We're already thinking about our return trip to Glitter Bay, and we'd certainly use Barbados Villa Services again.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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soluckytolivehere, Manager at Glitter Bay Suites, responded to this review, 24 July 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to tell others of your experience at Glitter Bay and our service at Barbados Villa Services! This is much appreciated. BVS has been managing apartments at Glitter Bay since 2001 and we now have 18 apartments in our portfolio.

We agree that the beach is one of the best and everything at your doorstep. The food at JuJu's is always so good - we go there almost every weekend! The turtles are now coming in to lay eggs and there have been several hatchings with the little turtles making their way back to the ocean. Female turtles always come back to the spot where they were hatched to lay their eggs!

We look forward to your next visit to Barbados and of course to Glitter Bay!

Marilil & Joe Troulan
Barbados Villa Services
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

Our Daughter's Wedding was at Glitter Bay Suites. The staff at Glitter Bay Suites were so excited to be hosting their wedding. Before we arrived, Marilil took care of all our requests and provided support with rental cars and taxies. Every staff member, from the groundsmen to the Bartenders were involved in making the preparations perfect. We stayed at Glitter Bay a week before the wedding. Every day our suite was cleaned perfectly. The staff set up assigned chairs on the beach that were our chairs for our complete stay. Security was excellent. We always felt very safe, as no one can enter without the Security Guard allowing them in. Security is 24 hours a day. The beach is unbelievable beautiful (sand & water) in front of Glitter Bay. You can snorkel for San Dollars as much as you like, bask in the sun, walk up and down the beach to have lunch and dinner at other places in your swim suit or at night in something nice. Just carry your sandals and wash your feet when you reach a restaurant. The people of Barbados are very nice and welcoming everywhere you go. We had rented a car but we really didn't need to. We could have taken a cab from the airport. To go shopping in Holetown and Bridgetown, you can do like the locals do and ride on the yellow buses. We did this for the experience and all was great. It's $1 to ride each way or to each destination. You can't beat this price. Eating out in Barbados is expensive and groceries are expensive. The grill at Glitter Bay is reasonable and a little grill a few yards up the beach called Ju Ju's is reasonable. I recommend both for good food. I recommend the Lone Star Restaurant for a nice dinner, which is also walking distance on the beach. It is pricey but very good. For a really out of this world experience, take a cab to The Cliff restaurant. It's the most beautiful place I have ever seen. There is a concierge on site at Glitter Bay that can make reservations for you.

  • Stayed June 2013
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soluckytolivehere, Manager at Glitter Bay Suites, responded to this review, 24 July 2013
Thank you for posting your review! This is always appreciated and we are delighted that you had a wonderful experience at Glitter Bay 109 and with the service we provided at Barbados Villa Services - it was our great pleasure to meet you and that your daughter's wedding day was everything that you expected.

We are looking forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back to Barbados and of course to Glitter Bay.

Marilil & Joe Troulan
Barbados Villa Services
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

My wife and I have just returned from a wonderfully relaxing vacation in Barbados. The accomodations at Glitter Bay are like staying in a condo with service and amenities. The beach is fabulous. Beach chairs and umbrella can be assigned for the duration of your stay so there is no early morning competition for a good spot. A beachside bar opens at lunchtime and stays open until sunset. Tennis courts, a large pool, and air-conditioned gym are among the other available amenities. There are many excellent restaurants just a short drive away where you can dine at a table only metres from the sea.

Marilil and the rest of the Barbados Villa Services team are very keen to ensure a comfortable, stress-free stay. Housekeeping services are provided six days per week. Follow-up service was also excellent.

I would not hesitate to return and would recommend this resort to everyone.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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soluckytolivehere, Manager at Glitter Bay Suites, responded to this review, 23 May 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post your review about The Glitter Bay Suites managed by our company Barbados Villa Services. Our aim is to make sure that from the first point of contact to the time you leave our beautiful island that you are assured of the best service possible. Glitter Bay is a unique property located on one of the finest beaches on the island and we are happy to note that you found the apartment and our service to be all that you expected.
We hope you will visit us again very soon.
Marilil & Joe Troulan
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

My wife and I stayed at Glitter Bay for eleven nights in February. The Glitter Bay complex is a wonderful winter retreat just a few steps from the beach and with a good pool when the sea is too rough for swimming. There are plenty of comfortable sun-loungers on the beach and if you talk to the beach staff you'll get yours allocated to you for the duration of yhour stay - so no need to hurry out of bed in the morning to claim the ones you want.
Glitter Bay has an excellent bar which serves good food for lunch, though it closes at around 7 p.m. in the evening.
There;'s a concierge desk to helkp with tnhings like flight confirmations.
The apartments are extremely well equipped for self-catering. (It's worth bearing in mind that Barbados nowadays is a very expensive place to eat out at the better restaurants but if you're self-catering there's an excellent store called Posh Nosh in Holetown which sells good quality ready meals for a fraction of the cost.)
We booked through Barbados Villa Services (for the second year running). Marilil and Joe could not be more helpful (they're always available if you have any questions) and the same can be said for all the staff at Glitter Bay, not least the housekeepers.
All in all, a perfect place for a quiet (in the best sense) winter holiday.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

Stayed for a week in 206, November 2012. This is the second time we have stayed at Glitter Bay and booked through Marilil at Barbados Villa Services. Both times, we had a wonderful vacation with our two kids. Location was perfect, beautiful beach and staff friendly and helpful. So close to Holetown for groceries, shopping and restaurants. This time we rented a car and explored the island which was fun. We will be back!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

I have visited Barbados for many consecutive Xmas's and always stayed at Glitter Bay when it was a Hotel. It has now been, for quite some years, turned into suites , like an apart-hotel, so there is some service here, namely a lunch place and housekeeping but no room service etc etc.
It looks a little in need of a paint job, and just a general tidy up. The beach seems to be half the depth that it used to be, it was so deep but now the sunchairs all seem to be on top of each other, which made it feel a little cramped, so although i love the beach and looking at the sea, we chose to sit by the pool as it was more spacious.
If you can get a good deal on an apartment, it is probably a good option, but with so many hotels doing deals and all inclusive, with more facilities on offer,you may have to decide whats best for you and your pocket.!

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Glitter Bay Suites
Address: Porters | St James, Porters BB24017, Barbados
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Region: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish > Porters
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Porters
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Glitter Bay Suites operated by Barbados Villa Services comprise of the following apartments 101, 103, 105/106, 109, 113, 204, 206, 211, 213, 302, 307, 310, 312, 313 on the west coast of Barbados. These apartments are all individually furnished, fully self contained, air conditioning throughout and all have internet TV and ADSL wireless connection. The units are spacious and well maintained and we provide hotel style maid service 6 days per week. One of the best beaches on the west coast, 5 minutes away from Holetown. The facilities include two floodlit tennis courts, large fresh water swimming pool, fresh water wading pool, children's playground, bar facility from 11 a.M. To sunset with cable TV, 24/7 security, fitness room with cable TV. ... more   less 
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