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Colony Club

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Barbados, Caribbean
St James

This splendid family refuge enjoys a prime location on the popular platinum west coast, one of the best places of Barbados, with its beautiful beaches, exciting nightlife and excellent shopping and dining venues. Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, is only a 20-minute drive away. This air-conditioned hotel is a timeless retreat, set in the restored building of a former Colonial Club. It is ideal for couples seeking tranquillity and relaxation, honeymooners looking for romance and families wanting to spend quality time together. The tastefully appointed guest rooms and suites offer a fresh and charming atmosphere with luxurious furnishings and state-of-the-art amenities such as marble bathrooms, Nespresso machines and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The hotel offers a diverse selection of exquisite dining options from over the world as well as a wide range of activities and entertainment options, including four lagoon-style swimming pools, two tennis courts, different excursions, water sports and much more.

Due to the surrounding area and the number of steps around the hotel, it may not be suitable for those with mobility difficulties.

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  • Wired Internet
  • Wi-fi
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  • Laundry service
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Absolutgely awful!!!!

Review by jessicafI6255XH London, United Kingdom

We just come back from a week away at the Colony Club for a long looked forward to and welcome break. First the positives, the hotel itself is lovely, the setting is great, the food is excellent but OMG the staff. They are surly, unwilling to help, ignore the simplest request for service, slam dishes, do not engage verbally with anyone, turn away from you when you ask them for a simple request so you are not sure whether they have heard you or are simply ignoring you, and whether you got what you asked for was hit and miss...

Even the reception staff (mostly the women I have to say) and unhelpful and give you the shorter and curt reply they can get away with. There is no helpfulness whatsoever, they just exude resentment of having to help us. I have to say I have been to the Caribbean a number of times and have never encountered this before. I am so upset as it cost me a lot of money to come here and I wish now I had stayed at home.

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15 nights en route to the USA

Review by AntonyMM Glasgow, UK

My wife & I spent 15 nights at the Colony Club 27th Sept - 12th Oct before flying on to the USA to visit family we had not seen for two years. We had lost patience that the UK - US air corridor had not opened up and decided that this would be a wonderful if somewhat risky alternative. Our round trip from Glasgow was risky indeed, involving several flights & four lots of testing but fortunately, after careful planning & sensible Covid precautions, our 22 day 'adventure' went as clockwork. It was wonderful to once again be reunited with our family ! I have read Rab Tra63's Colony Club review most of which I agree however I thought I would add a few other comments which I hope may be useful for other readers. We chose the Colony Club as it was NOT an all inclusive resort and it had been recommended by friends who had stayed there...

Guests from other resorts in the Elegant Hotels Group which were all inclusive had commented that the overindulgence in free alcohol at these resorts created a different vibe to the Colony Club which they much preferred. Also we did not want to feel tied to eating every meal at the hotel. The pandemic has severely affected Barbados tourist income with many hotels & restaurants permanently closed however under the circumstances we could not really fault the Colony Club except that some areas were in need of some TLC & service in the dining room could be a little slow & at times disorganised. We are both in our 60's , well travelled and would normally prefer a holiday with much more to do by way of shopping etc ...so in all honesty Barbados was not our ideal holiday destination. In saying that we found ourselves enjoying the 'enforced rest' and were very fortunate indeed to be able to enjoy the Colony Club en route to the US. We knew that eating out in Barbados would be very expensive which it was. Dinner at Tides was enjoyable as was Nishi where we ate twice. Except for a very enjoyable lunchtime catamaran trip with Calabaza we spent very little else other than on meal and food costs. If Barbados is for you then the Colony Club is a comfortable boutique beachfront resort with 96 rooms of various styles , lovely pool areas & friendly staff. Would we rush back ? .... probably not ...... although for some people we can well understand the appeal of a winter destination with emerald blue sea and a guaranteed 85-90 degrees !

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Customer service…what service?!

Review by Peony23 London, United Kingdom

We are only on day 2 of our 14 day trip here and we have to echo the comments of others recently that the staff here are, on the whole, awful. This is not the cleaning or grounds keeping staff but the waiting staff and bar staff are unbelieveable. You feel you are constantly inconveniencing them when you make a request and they clearly do not want to be working or want to help...

There is no chit chat and we were actually told by one waitress ‘we commmunicate just enough to get through the day’.

Towel gate on the beach and by the pool is also ridiculous. People get up at 7am and put their towels on the beach and then leave for hours. Hotel staff do nothing to resolve this.

Pool/beach ambassadors are non-existent and all just hang about by the bar.

We have taken to eating out now and spending our days away from the hotel.

We stayed before in Mango Bay which, whilst not as pretty a hotel, has the most fantastic staff. We have saved all year for this holiday as a celebration and we truly feel conned in staying here.


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Very nice hotel, excellent team for water sports.

Review by Maria C New York City, New York

The hotel is very nice, beautiful gardens and atmosphere. Location is good, walking distance to Holetown or a short ride by taxi. But the highlight for our trip was by far the water sports, specially the water ski, the team is excellent, very professional and super friendly...

They know what they are doing, teaching and always taking care of everyone. Thanks a lot! We hope to go back soon.

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Review by LONGJOHNSILVERSS Ballantrae, United Kingdom

The Colony Club is right next to The Coral Reef Club, but has a much nicer beach and wonderful waterspouts facilities for free. Very comfortable suites and gorgeous gardens. Mega-helpful staff...

Food and wine is ridiculously expensive, forcing guests to eat out in range of good nearby restaurants.

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