If you don't have the luxury of staying in the 5 star properties on the west coast, then Coconut Court Beach hotel is the perfect way to experience Barbados.
The setting in itself is glorious, and all you need is a hotel that compliments this setting by being clean, friendly, safe and good value. Coconut Court is run by the Blades family and this is where coconut court has the edge over other larger hotels. Every Monday they host a cocktail party, with a speech by the family and the chance to have a chat with them all. I had the pleasure of meeting Linda Blades, who was charming and it was nice to feel valued in return for the money we were spending with them.
Speaking of the family, Ted Blades runs one of the islands most prolific tours, 'Teds Tours'. He is based on the south west coast but picks up from several hotels, not just Coconut Court. I can honestly say that this charming, knowledgable man helped to make our holiday what it was. The tour takes you up the west coast, cuts off across the tip and back down the east coast. This gives you a chance to see the whole island, with about 8 stop off points, including free rum lunches and a lovely lunch at the plantation house. Ted narrates as he drives you about, with interesting anecdotes, historical references and his cheeky humour. He has the natural ability to bring everyone together and it was a joy to spend a day with him and the other guests from other hotels...by the end of the day we were all friends! For only BBD 150 it's an absolute bargain and without a doubt the best thing we did in our two weeks there. You can book the tour from Vaida who runs the activities desk, who, incidentally, is Teds wife (but she showed no signs of favouritism...there is no aggressive sales push at Coconut Court)
The rooms are spacious, with the most comfortable beds I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. They aren't luxurious, in fact, none of the hotel is luxurious, but it's clean, pretty and set on Palm beach which is a brilliant place to swim and snorkel. In my mind, just being on this island is a luxurious experience. The cove is very calm in the morning, giving you a chance to swim with the tropical fish, but gets choppier in the afternoon, when it's better for bouncing around in the waves on a lilo or jet ski.
The reception staff and housekeeping staff are all very friendly types, who can't do enough for you. Jonelle on reception even remembered us from our visit the previous year - what fantastic customer service, to be greeted by her immediate recollection of us!
The Deck restaurant has a decent menu, with some delicious salads and my personal favourite, the club sandwich. The Beach Bar has happy hour twice daily, which is run by two lovely chaps. One of these chaps, Antonio, is one of the most charismatic and happy people you will ever have the pleasure to meet. The atmosphere around the beach bar is always buzzing.
The pool and jacuzzi area is very well maintained, and a great way to spend your day if you want a break from having sand everywhere. You can take your drinks and food to these areas, and one of my favourite things to do was to sit in the jacuzzi whilst drinking a rum punch. Delightful.
During peak seasons, the hotel has live entertainment every night. This is somethig I appreciated, if not always took part in it. I often would enjoy the music from the balcony, after being out for the evening for dinner at one of the local restaurants.
Speaking of which, Coconut Court own the Blue Bar and Grill opposite the hotel, which serves a menu similar to the Deck, but with some other more adventurous options. Their cocktails are cheap and to die for - I was a big fan of their margaritas. This is a sports bar, so if you want to watch sport or just go for a drink, you can sit inside, whilst the restaurant portion is situated outside. (Although you can eat inside too if you wish, it's just a little louder!)
For the best views, specify a room on the top floor in one of the middle blocks. This will give you a view directly overlooking the pool and the sea. If you want it to be a little quieter, perhaps choose one of the outer blocks, as they are further from the central area which means less noise from the entertainment.
If you are coming to Barbados wanting the ultimate in luxurious living, and to not really leave the hotel all that much, then you'll need to choose a larger hotel with more amenities (coconut court doesn't have a spa, for example), and to do that you'll need to fork out an extra £1000 or so pp. In my mind, Barbados is a historical, beautiful island that needs exploring, so use Coconut Court as your base and split your time equally between exploring the island, and having days on site to just chill. Coconut Court is on the south west coast, which is the best area to stay on the island because it's close to a lot of amenities, including the airport, the iconic St Lawrence Gap (a strip of bars and restaurants), the historical garrison and of course, the Caribbean sea (the east coast is the Atlantic side, which is choppy and harder to swim in....good for surfing though!) The west coast also has the Caribbean but is much more pricey with restaurants much further spaced out, incurring more in terms of transport costs. The South West coast also features what locals call 'kamikaze' buses, which are people carries that transport you anywhere on that half of the island for 2 dollars. Don't be scared by the name...the drivers do drive pretty fast and loose but it's the best way to get around. Avoid the government buses at all costs because you'll be left waiting in the blistering heat for hours...they are rare and don't stick to the timetable!
Thank you Coconut Court for a second brilliant visit. Keep up the good work.
Stayed between 21st April - 1st May, in room 20
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coconut Court Beach Hotel is a family affair. Owned and operated by the Blades family for over four decades, Coconut Court is unpretentious and full of local character and charm. Situated directly on a beautiful beach, adjacent to the South Coast boardwalk in the World Heritage UNESCO district within easy walking distance to historic sites, shops and restaurants. Enjoy happy service and outstanding value with free added value for all guests including roundtrip airport transfers, a bottle of Pirate Punch on arrival, shopping shuttle service from the hotel to Bridgetown and free WIFI. Recently renovated, with 112 spacious hotel rooms that face the ocean, Coconut Court offers great value and a gorgeous beachfront location! All hotel rooms are comfortably furnished with air conditioning, partial kitchenette facilities, cable TV and private balcony. Full self-catering apartments also available for families and long stay visitors in the Annex. (Located off-site). The beautiful beach is shaded with coconut trees with plenty of room for sunbathing. The large protected lagoon is safe for swimming and snorkelling for all ages. The pool deck features a freshwater pool and outdoor Jacuzzi as well as a separate children’s paddling pool. There are 2 restaurants and a beach bar serving lazy lunches and tasty home cooked meals. Weekly entertainment includes live music, Managers Rum Punch Party, Beach BBQ’s and moonlight movies on the beach. Guests can also enjoy daily cocktail specials and happy hours. Book directly with the hotel and Free breakfast buffet is included too! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coconut Court Beach Hastings
- Coconut Court Beach Hotel Barbados/Hastings