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Having been to Barbados on several occasions I wasn’t a stranger to the island. So when I was booking my accommodation I was looking for somewhere which was accessible to transport links, friends, beach and local grocery stores. I was also looking for a home away from home. Which offered space, clean environment that was bright and airy. Plus that would have the creature comforts that I needed. This one bedroom accommodation offered all of the above. I wasn’t disappointed. The only down side was on one of my days staying in the accommodation was having to listen to the dog bark for ages. This interrupted the peace and tranquility I had grown accustomed to. But I soon got over it. The other downside was that although there was a tv you could only watch DVD’s. Luckily I had my iPad which provided my entertainment. But. These were minors. I thoroughly enjoyed my surroundings. The host was fantastic. She was always on hand if I needed assistance. I would stay here again.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Mistle Cove and were impressed by John's communication and efficiency. The apartment is spacious, tastefully decorated and well-equipped with comfy beds and great air-conditioning in the bedrooms if the heat gets too much! It is secure, the grounds are well-tended and everything was really clean. The people at Rex Realty who welcome you and deal with any issues were professional and helpful. There were turtles laying almost every night on the little beach, and hatchlings on one night. We were delighted to see that the restaurant next door showed a real concern for their welfare.The apartment is in the middle of St Lawrence Gap and really convenient, and we found it hard to believe that there was all the nightlife on one side of the apartment and turtles on the beach on the other. It is really easy to travel up and down the West coast by bus/ minibus, as the service is very frequent and cheap, if a little hair-raising at times.
This was important as the South-West coast was badly affected by seaweed while we there and Dover Beach was virtually deserted. We did swim off the Mistle Cove Beach where there was somehow less seaweed, but the waves were sometimes quite big. All the locals say the seaweed is seasonal and it did appear to be clearing when we left. Worthing Beach was also closed due to a sewage problem, but it is 10 minutes in a minivan to Carlisle Bay where the water and the snorkeling were fantastic.
Hand soap and toilet paper was provided in the apartment when we arrived, but nothing else. Basic supplies like a bit of washing liquid or a few dishwasher tablets would be very welcome: we took our own teabags from home. There is a convenience store next door, but be prepared for some eye-watering prices! The best supermarket is Massy Stores at Worthing, where you can amazingly buy a full range of Waitrose products (at a price). Great pool towels were provided in the apartment but if towels are important to you, take a couple, as the bath towels were on the small side. Make sure you take heavy duty mosquito repellent if you want to sit outside in the evenings: there were some anti-mosquito devices in the flat but we couldn't get them to work.
We thoroughly recommend a stay at Mistle Cove: we had a great holiday and it makes a fantastic base for exploring the island. Thank you John!