We stayed here in May 2013, my first time in Barbados, and I highly recommend the hotel.
It is on the platinum coast of Barbados, about 2 miles south of Holetown and 5 miles north of Bridgetown.
The beach is lovely, the views from our apartment were incredible. We were on the 2nd floor in the middle at the front.
The rooms are air conned with a fan and very cool if you need them to be which is a great comfort from when you've been sun bathing all day! There are free beds at the front of the hotel which you can use daily. Only for hotel guests.
The staff are perfect. It's a small hotel so you will get to know them.
Jennifer runs the hotel and was so kind to us. She could not have done any more. Thank you. taking us to the nearest store in her car to show us where it is. We got married @ Sandy Lane beach which is say 1/4 mile up the beach and wanted to play our wedding photos. Jennifer so kindly telephoned around to find internet cafes for us to be able to play the photos on a DVD. When nowhere could be found that evening she even let us borrow a DVD player. And she arranged a bottle of bubbly to be delivered to our room - thank you!
The two maids/cleaners Annette and Jaddine are friendliness personified - thank you so much for your warm welcome and happiness everyday.
Thank you also Matthew (gardener) and Carson (security).
In terms of what's nearby, the beach is long and has a beach bar at one end and watersports (jetski, water ski) are next door to the hotel. And the turtles are close by and snorkling is easy from the beach.
An ex-Sandy Lane chef runs a takeaway across the road two days a week with meats and the fish catches of the day - very tasty.
There is a garage 3 mins walk away, with basic groceries etc and beers/wine. There is a fridge, cooker, freezer, toaster, etc, everything you need in the apartment kitchen. Even our washing up was done daily for us thank you!!
Nearby there is Daphnes restaurant (5 mins walking distance) which is very nice. There is a Roti bar for snacks next to the garage too and an ice cream parlour. A very friendly english lady called Karen (Hi Karen!) runs a roadside restaurant opposite with good food and drinks/rum/cocktails etc. Sandy Lane beach is walkable too, say 5 mins on foot along the beach or road.
We ate at Tides too where we met Cliff Richard. That's a nice restaurant. Main courses in the top restaurants are say £15-£50. Several other top restaurants are nearby eg the cliff, but these are all cab rides or bus rides, not really walking distance. A cab to each is say £7.
The nearest town is Holetown, with everything you could need and two streets (called 1st and second st) with nightlife and a number of restaurants eg thai, indian, italian which are all fairly good value. It's the 'fine dining' restaurants which are more expensive. There is a shopping mall in Holetown too with lots of designer stuff, watches, cartier, louis v, etc. Plus a garage with groceries.
The buses are regular say every 5 mins and the bus stop is right outside the hotel and buses take say 5 mins to holetown. There is also a chemist by the bus stop.
The blue buses are government run and similar to english busses. The yellow busses are privately run and play loud music and the conducters drink beer! Not the drivers though thankfully! Either is 2bbd per trip anywhere (60p).
This hotel is really good value, with sensational views and sunsets. I read all thee reviews below before I booked and was impressed hence we booked here. We were not dissappointed. This hotel was rated No 1 in Paynes Bay. Then one lady below wrote a negative review saying it was loud etc. Heaven knows what she was talking about. It's great place - so ignore her review and book up! Happy to answer any Qs you have - email@example.com
Once again thank you to all the staff. We will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The St James is positioned right at the centre of Paynes Bay, and looks directly out across golden sands and the azure Caribbean Sea. The St James is literally right on the beach and our guests have a wide stretch of beach on which to relax on their sun loungers under sunshades.A huge attraction for the St James is the presence of a large family of friendly turtles who have made their home in the waters in front of the hotel. The opportunity to swim with the turtles each morning has become a unique experience for our guests.The St James consists of 11 different apartments and studios and we can accommodate a party of any size.We do not have a bar or restaurant as our guests love experiencing the world renowned bars and restaurants in the local area, or preparing their own meals with delicious fresh Caribbean foods from the supermarket just down the road. Each apartment has a fully equipped Italian open plan kitchen, and we can also provide a cook upon request. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The St James Barbados/Paynes Bay