I returned this morning from 8 days at the resort. I guess I would break it down into 3 section...I think the previous reviews have generally been very accurate.
The management support is great, very switched on, speak to you remembering your name when you have questions. The food is pretty good on the whole but limited in variety and always seemed to be lukewarm when a la carte.
Dinner on the beach at the Sunset restaurant is great, relaxing and charming with a lovely view. The staff generally are lovely possibly with the exception of some of the reception staff.
The grounds are well kept and enjoyable; colourful and very clean. The pool is clean and inviting.
The beaches to either side of the hotel are lovely and the snorkelling was great in front of the hotel. Do take water shoes though as there are a lot of sea urchins.
The spa is fab, great Swedish massage and pedicure and very reasonable.
The best bit is no children under 16!
The first room we were allocated was shocking, small, dark, old, mouldy and with a broken shutter in the bathroom allowing a great deal of traffic noise in. The one we were moved to was adequate but dated and the bathroom was very basic and the shower without hot water on occasions. At times it feels like you need to escalate any requests to get things actioned but once you do, it gets sorted.
The entertainment is pretty dull but adequate, would be nice if it was more Caribbean in nature.
The jet skiers touting their boats!!! They are down right dangerous and show little regard for the people swimming and snorkelling. Please sort this out before there is a tragedy. I know all beaches are public but a roped off swimming area is a MUST such as the one at Sandy Lane.
The sewage outlet just next to the water-sport office (even they advise not to swim near it)
Having said all that I was there with my son and we had 8 fabulous days. The island of Barbados and it's people is pure magic. We explored the island, top to bottom and east to west. It is just stunning and The Club was a good base, I would return but with a B&B option as it us such a waste not to go out exploring. Hire a car, grab a map and go! It is safe, fun and stunning.
We went on a catamaran day to the turtles with Seacluded, they were amazing and it was a special day indeed. Lunch at The Fish Pot is a must too.
A bit of TLC at The Club would make a huge difference. I would give the hotel a 3* rating but Barbados a 5*
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Club, Barbados! The Club is the only Adults Only All-Inclusive resort in Barbados (all guests must be 16 years of age or older). The Club is located at St. James Beach, on the highly sought after West Coast of Barbados. We offer a terrific variety of guest rooms and suites, a luxurious Spa & Salon, two restaurants, bars, freshwater swimming pools, fitness centre, and much more. Enjoy amazing ocean views, evening entertainment, and a cheerful, friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy a cocktail with your fellow guests and explore the best of Barbados. Perfect for couples, honeymoons, friends, girlfriend getaways, spa retreats, and anyone seeking the fun, sun, and relaxation Barbados is famous for. ... more less
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