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Salt Ash Apartments
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Toronto
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“Amazing location - best price!”
Reviewed 21 February 2013

If you are looking for a vacation that allows you to explore independently, the Salt Ash apartments are for you. We went at the end of 2010. Keep in mind the price and you'll be shocked at the quality! So beautiful, so relaxing.

The apartment was so bright and clean, not to mention the amazing view of the ocean from our balcony every morning. The balcony was a perfect place to start off with breakfast and coffee. Appliances are out-dated but working, just like the bathroom. The shower temperature is unpredictable, but does the job - the white sand beach and crystal clear blue ocean in the backyard make up for any simple living that you my find in your apartment. The safe is questionable so lock your balcony and keep your valuables with you or at the front desk if you can. Talk to Abdul!!! He will set up great trips and activities for you - the catamaran took us snorkeling with turtles and over the reef with thousands of fish!

Also walked to the Gap every night, 10 minute walk. We always felt safe despite the unfamiliar surroundings and enjoyed lunch from the corner store where they serve a buffet of island delights. All at-home island cooking. Downtown has enough restaurants and bars to keep you entertained any night of the week. Chatting with locals and servers was fun and we learned a lot about the area - Bajans are proud of their country.

It is a great place for travelers who are inexperienced - using basic caution and thoughtfulness of course - or for travelers that want an independent, low-key vacation.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank salty286
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Roseanna489, Public Relations Manager at Salt Ash Apartments, responded to this review, 18 June 2014
Dear Lesley A, We apologise for this very tardy reply. However, we are dlighted that you were very pleased at the location, quality and rate at Salt Ash Apartments. We are located at the quieter end of the Gap, but within an easy stroll to the more active part. Although we have made every effort to secure the in-room safes, as in any other part of the world, it would be unwise to leave your apartment doors unlocked. Bajans are not only proud of their country, but very friendly and helpful. Barbados is a safe holiday destination, however, as you say, use basic caution and thoughtfulness as you would elsewhere. We look forward to your next visit.
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Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

I've been at the Salt Ash in St. Lawrence Gap for 10 nights in the second half of January 2013, staying in one of their studio aprtments in the main building.

The apartment I had was very well furnished with everything I needed (bathroom and kitchen included). The forniture was for sure not the most modern I can have, but it was functional.

Moreover the view from the balcony was really owesone (I was on the 1st floor), directly on the beach (to reach the beach I just had to go down the stairs!).
There is also a good surf school next by the building (they share the same beach), in case you also decide to try this experience!

Also the bar was quite good and in general the staff was available for every kind of information or help I needed!

I really enjoined my stay there, for example having breakfast in the morning using the chairs and table of the balcony, directly in front of the ocean, was very nice and relaxing :-)
If I really have to say one, the only negative thing was the fridge: a little bit noisy, but I could anyway sleep wothout problems!

Considering the location of the apartment I think that the price is quite fair, and I haven't experienced the security problems mentioned in previous (older) reviews.

If I'll go again in St. Lawrence Gap, going again in the Salt Ash would very likely be my solution again!

Room Tip: I had the room on the first floor, which had a very good view. Those on the ground floor are in fron...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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4 Thank Nicola H
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Roseanna489, Public Relations Manager at Salt Ash Apartments, responded to this review, 18 June 2014
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Lieber Nicola H. Wir freuen uns, dass Sie Ihren Aufenthalt im Salt Ash, wo alle Wohnungen sind mit Meerblick und am Strand genossen. Wir aktualisieren ständig Salt Ash und das Innere der Wohnungen. Wir haben den Austausch der Geräte und der Geräte nach Bedarf geplant. Wir bemühen uns um eine sichere und freundliche Atmosphäre im Salt Ash halten. Wir freuen uns darauf, Sie wieder bei uns zu bleiben, wenn Sie sich für den St. Lawrence Gap zurück. Best wishes, Management und Mitarbeiter.

Dear Nicola H. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Salt Ash, where all apartments are ocean view and on the beach. We are constantly updating Salt Ash and the interior of the apartments. We have scheduled the replacement of utensils and of appliances as required. We strive to maintain a safe, secure and friendly atmosphere at Salt Ash. We look forward to having you stay with us again, if you choose to return to St. Lawrence Gap. Best wishes, Management and Staff.
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 16 May 2012

We spent a fabulous month at this hotel and were very pleased. The place is very basic, but who needs fancy when you are on such a gorgeous beach.
The staff were very accomodating and pleasant to deal with.
We have already booked for next year.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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3 Thank blain a
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Roseanna489, Public Relations Manager at Salt Ash Apartments, responded to this review, 20 June 2014
Dear Blain A. Thank you for your complimentary review. We do agree that our properties offer "excellent value for the money." Since your return visit, we have updated most of the rooms and would appreciate your feedback. We always endeavour that our staff maintain a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. Thank you for being a repeat guest. Management & staff.
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2011

Very nice location and lovely people running the bar, but security is none existant. On our second day someone climbed over the roof, broke in through the patio door and stole the safe. The safe was not secured at all, it was only held in place by half inch screws. We were very dissapointed by the hotel managements response. For the rest of our stay, they didn't offer to move us to another room, they didn't repair the damaged patio door, they didn't even clean off the black fingerprint powder that they police used in their investigation. They offered no help or compensation. If you stay here keep your money and passport on you at all times!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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5 Thank sid1964
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SaltAsh-4Aces, Guest Relations Manager at Salt Ash Apartments, responded to this review, 28 June 2014
Dear Sid1964,
We are sorry that you and your party had experienced a breach of security during your stay. Senior management were not made aware of this incident until after your departure. Steps have been taken to ensure that any such incidents will be reported to senior management immediately and all possible steps taken to mitigate such incidents. Although you claim that “security is none existent”, this is incorrect. Several staff were and are on duty daily and at least one security guard was and continues to be on site overnight. We believe that lock pins were accessible to further secure the patio door and we presume that they were not attached, making it easier for the primary lock to be pried open. Further enhancements to securing the patio doors have been made. You mentioned that “The safe was not secured at all” but you contradict that statement with “it was only held in place (secured) by half inch screws”. In fact, it was secured by four half inch screws. You did not indicate whether you asked for another room and we would be very surprised that such a request would have been denied if any other of the nine rooms was available. We understand that you and/or members of your party had met and befriended an individual (known to locals as a career thief) at Scotty’s, an off-site bar. We also understand that he had visited your apartment previously. Regardless, we are deeply troubled by this turn of events and we would like to have an opportunity to serve you better should you decide to return. We would be pleased to discuss with you what arrangements would be satisfactory to both parties. Best regards. Management and staff.
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Banwell
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2011

Went to Barbados May 9th to the 23rd stayed at the Salt Ash apts, as previous reviews stated this is right on beach with fabulous surf and the lads at the surf shack very nice. Abdul, Kimberley, Margaret and Denise at the bar lovely people along with Tyrone who cooks a free sunday lunch for all of us. BUT although the apts are very basic and reasonably clean the air con is not good and there is scant security. After last years storm the razor wire was removed and the security lights had been disconnected and because of this and the fact that the night security guard was not doing his job we were broken into from the back of the apartments through our patio doors (we presume they came in over the roof and then forced the door open). We had a large amount of money stolen along with an ipod touch and accessories from the tin box behind a locked cupboard door (this was their idea of a safe). Several people in our party after our experience then tried opening their cupboard doors with unrelated keys and they managed to open them!! The security guard was very unhelpful and his manner left much to be desired and he was forced by the management to apologise to us and the rest of the party for his attitude the next day. The police were not much better and employed delaying tatics in our receiving a report from themselves hoping I think that we would give up and go home without it. After contacting the British Consulate in Bridgetown (who were extremely helpful and even phoned us when back in England to check we were ok) the police released the report to the hotel manager who had to collect it from the Police Station in Oistins and made it back to us 10 minutes before we caught our bus back to the airport. Advice, if you want to go to these apartments expect very, very basic accommodation and do not take cash, from our experience it has to be travellers cheques, yes you have to take your passport to the bank but you have to do this when changing cash as well. We were told that the apartments are now up for sale and this is the reason that there is a lack of expenditure on security measures. The majority of people there are extremely nice but unfortunately there is an underlying element which is bad. This was our 7th visit to Barbados and never before have we been so angry, upset and disappointed by not only our experience but the way we were treated afterwards.

  • Stayed May 2011
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7 Thank Barry J
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SaltAsh-4Aces, Guest Relations Manager at Salt Ash Apartments, responded to this review, 1 July 2014
Dear Fox063
Thank you for your complimentary opening comments regarding the location of Salt Ash and our pleasant and friendly staff. We are also delighted that the individuals who work for Barry’s Surf Barbados and Tyrone’s Bar were just as pleasant and friendly.
I am surprised that any complaint that you may have lodged with staff regarding the air conditioning was not addressed and corrected. Regarding your “reasonably clean” statement in reference to your apartment, we provide daily maid service and any concerns should be brought to management’s attention immediately. We had not previously received concerns regarding any problem with the air conditioning and I can assure you that they are functioning well in all the apartments. We always have at least one security guard on duty overnight for the two buildings and two cottages. Please be aware that security lights are not now and have never been “disconnected.” It was raining the evening in question and somewhat heavy at times which may have impacted one of the lamps. We are sorry that your apartment was broken into and we regret any loss. Thankfully, your passports were in your possession. We believe that lock pins were accessible to further secure the patio door and we presume that they were not attached, making it easier for the primary lock to be pried open. Subsequently, further enhancements to securing the patio doors have been made. Upon arrival of the security guard and the police, the metal lock box where your valuables were placed was observed to be unlocked. The police requested that you check the locking mechanism of the metal lock box and we believe that it functioned normally. We have tried to duplicate opening the cupboard door with “unrelated” keys within which the metal lock box is located, but we were unsuccessful. Nevertheless, we are deeply disturbed that you felt mistreated and staff have been redressed as a subsequence. We have no say in the way the police conduct their investigations. They alone can address your concerns regarding their tardy report. Although, the property had been listed for sale, it has no bearing whatsoever on expenditures on security measures or other items. Since your visit, the exterior of Salt Ash and the interior of its apartments as well as the interior of the King, the Queen and Four Aces apartments and its furnishings etc. are constantly being updated. We would like to have an opportunity to serve you better should you decide to return. Best regards. Management and staff.
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Forestville, California
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Reviewed 12 May 2011

I see one reviewer had a problem with Salt Ash, I don't know what Salt Ash Apts he went to, because what he describes in not the Salt Ash Apts I went too.. The Salt Ash Apts is one of the very few reasonably priced lodgings in Barbados. Not only is Salt Ash located right on a fun surfing beach it is also out of the (loud) music zone but still very close to Saint Lawrence Gap. Amenities such as 2 markets and shopping are within easy walking distance. This is not a 5 star hotel, sometimes the air conditioning doesn't cool as much as you would like, wi-fi doesn't work on the 3rd floor (most of the time) no swimming pool, however you are only steps from the warm, the tourquois waters of Caribbean sea. Each unit has mini kitchens (great for cooking your own meals) and balconies, Salt Ash also has the only beach bar with in walking distance.
Kimberley, the inn keeper is a real sweetheart, very nice person. Margret, who cleans the rooms is fun and always cheerful. If you hang out by the bar you will probably meet Abdul, who can put together any tour you want. There is an on site surf shop (bring your own wax) where you can rent boards or take lessons.
If you are on a budget, Salt Ash Apts is by far, the best "bang" for your tourist dollar.

Room Tip: Maybe 2nd level--all rooms are nice.
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank rubicon
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SaltAsh-4Aces, Guest Relations Manager at Salt Ash Apartments, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Dear Rubicon. Thank you for your overall positive review. We agree with your assessment that Salt Ash is not Five Stars. We consider our apartments and cottages to be more in keeping with a 3 to 31/2 Star rating, which is reflective of our rates. We do not pretend to be otherwise. As you know, Salt Ash is located right on the beach and each of the nine apartments is ocean view, mere steps away from the sea. On the property are two cottages (The King and The Queen) and Four Aces, another apartment building adjacent to Salt Ash. Tyrone’s beach bar and Barry’s Surf Barbados are also on site. The properties are constantly being upgraded and the air conditioning and wi-fi are now working well. More details and pricing can be found on our website. Please check it out. We look forward to your return. Best regards. Management and Staff.
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Reviewed 23 March 2011

Forget your 5 star, expensive bar, shirt and tie and la di da. Salt Ash is basic but brilliant. Location is perfect. Perfect beach, bar within reach and all the best restaurants just down the street. Fancy a surf, then Barrys the man with the plan.Jonno and Barbie are the best surf coaches I'd say, they guarantee you'll be standing before each day. Barry is a gent so mellow and sweet and he always has a smile and a handshake to greet. Dont book a posh pad or a resort thats all in! Stay in Salt Ash and you will leave with a Grin.
Mini mart at main road sells amazing lunches in a foam box. My last day I had Grilled Marlin, Garlic Potatoes and steamed veggies for about $10!! Dont be afraid to eat with the locals...they are great craic and boy can they sing......oh and drink too.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank MANANANMEAETH
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SaltAsh-4Aces, Guest Relations Manager at Salt Ash Apartments, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Dear Manananmeaeth. We are delighted at your poetic complimentary review of Salt Ash. I think that you would agree that Salt Ash is more in keeping with a 3 to 31/2 Star rating which is reflective of our rates. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Salt Ash and Barbados. We’d love to be your hosts again. Check us out on the web. Best regards. Management and Staff.
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Property: Salt Ash Apartments
Address: Dover Beach, St. Lawrence Gap BB18075, Barbados
Region: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish > St. Lawrence Gap
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #4 of 12 Speciality Lodging in St. Lawrence Gap
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Salt Ash Apartments 2*
Number of rooms: 9
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Salt Ash is located directly on the beach. It consist of nine air conditioned rooms with fully equipped kitchenettes. Ideal for a person on a budget. ... more   less 
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