We stayed here for two weeks in May 2014. We had been to St Lucia before and stayed in a hotel where you couldn't really venture out unless by car/taxi so were looking forward to somewhere where we could walk out and about to different restaurants etc.
Great in that it is only a 10 mins transfer from the airport. Hotel modern but very well decorated and maintained. View from lobby directly out to the pool and beyond to the beach so lovely setting. We checked in and were shown to a ground floor room (102). I objected as had specifically asked for a room higher up. They said they were full but might be able to change us in a few days. The room itself was lovely though - spacious one bedroom apartment with a very well stocked (equipment wise) kitchenette. Cot was set up in the bedroom. The balcony was larger than the upstairs rooms and led directly down a short flight for steps to the pool. They had obviously anticipated our arrival as they had a grey plastic (ugly) barrier across the steps (we had a just under 2 year old and a 3 year old). The plastic barrier held up for all of 5 mins before our 2 year old was sliding down the steps on his forehead - not ideal. We complained to reception again and they were very prompt in reinforcing the barrier (screwing it into wooden supports) - great although it meant that we had to climb over it - an actual opening gate would be better. After a day, we actually opted to stay in the ground floor room. We had thought it would be noisy - and to be fair, you can hear music in the lobby in the kitchenette/lounge area but not in the bedroom - the bedroom is amazing in that it is totally dark and you cannot hear a thing. The upstairs rooms are probably a bit lighter but the balcony has horizontal slats which can be climbed so they are not much safer unless perspex screens are put over the horizontal slats which they had done in some rooms. The pool was lovely - not big but perfectly adequate and there were always toys and balls around for the kids. The sea was rough in this area but not so rough I couldn't put the 3 year old on a boogie board and take her for a 'surf'. Beautiful sandy beach and they had a box of beach toys for the kids which they loved. There were plenty of sunbeds around the pool and on the beach with umbrellas - we never had a problem not being able to get one. Because of the location, (south of the island), there was a lovely breeze which makes the temperature perfect- if you walk 10 minutes inland, you really notice the difference when the breeze is not so noticeable.
Surroundings - There is a supermarket directly over the road from the hotel (2 min walk) which kept us going for 2 weeks (has most things - fruit, veg, milk, cheese, meat, plantain chips (which we loved) a deli, cereal, sun cream, nappies and loads of other things) - we never needed to go to a bigger supermarket. From the hotel, it is a 5 minute walk into St Lawrence Gap with lots of restaurants, bars and gift shops. It is quite difficult walking with a buggy along the road as there are cars parked all over the pavement but never really caused us a problem. We really enjoyed eating out at the cafes and restaurants (we really liked Papa Dons, Harlequin, Sharkeys) - beautiful local fish - mahi mahi and flying fish.
During the day, there are hawkers who will pester you (and some of them very cunning with it) but they will leave you alone if you ignore them or politely say no. In the evening, there is a change with prostitutes and drugs being offered (mainly to men walking on their own) - again, just a polite no or ignoring is fine. Never felt threatened at night.
Evenings - if you had kids like us and you have to put them to bed at 7.30 (we put them to bed in our room - one in the cot, one in the bed - there was easily enough room for 3 in the bed so we just crept in and slept either side of our 3 year old - we didn't bother with the sofa bed although it looked fine) - room service was hit or miss. If there was event going on in the dining room in the evening, they did not do room service (happened about 4 times in our 2 weeks). There is no room service menu - it is just what is available in the restaurant. This is OK but would have liked to have been able to rely on room service as, after a day out with the kids, we were often exhausted and just wanted good food brought to us. When we did get room service, it was great though. One evening when the buffet was on in the dining room (and therefore room service wasn't happening), we did sneak out one after the other to the dining room and they let us load up our plates and bring them back to our rooms which was lovely - great food.
We had a fantastic rep (Nikki) from St James' (we booked through Prestwood Worldwide Travel) - she organised trips for us which were great - catamaran trip (wouldn't do that again with a 2 year old - just too restless), gardens, Harrison Caves (would highly recommend). We did go to the 'wildlife park' but it was terrible. It hadn't rained in Barbados for a month so there were no pools of drinking water for the animals - a deer had obviously jumped a fence and got into the wrong enclosure. There was no drinking water or food in the enclosure it had got into (which was deserted) and it was trying to sip filthy water from plant pots. I asked a staff member if they could at least just give it water but got brushed off. The macaws were in tiny cages. The massive python had no water. There was clearly a cayman (like an alligator) that was dead - glassy eyes, mud undisturbed around it which they hadn't spotted - I raised that with our driver and he alerted staff - they did check and admitted it was dead (goodness knows how long it had been dead for). Therefore, would not recommend going to the 'wildlife park'.
Overall, it was a lovely holiday in a great hotel. For me, I prefer a colonial style hotel and would opt for that next time. Also would aim for a hotel with a kids club for us next time - was lovely spending time with the kids but in 2 weeks, would be nice to have just 1-2 days to chill out just us. I believe that babysitters are available though if you wanted to try them (expensive rates though).
However, Ocean Two staff were a credit to the hotel - the phone was always picked up promptly and they always tried their best to help. The safe and coffee machine were broken in our room and they were very prompt in trying to sort things out. Romel especially was great.
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- Ocean Two Resort & Residences is a brand new, four diamond, beachfront property located at the far end of St.Lawrence Gap with a wide array of amenities and facilities. It is the ideal location for romantic retreats, family holidays, girlfriend getaway, family reunions/group travel as well as meetings and incentive groups! With its spacious accommodations including Hotel Rooms, One Bedroom & Two Bedroom Suites with genuine, Bajan hospitality, Ocean Two is THE place to stay on the South Coast of Barbados! ... more less
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