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We were made very welcome by our host and found the apartment to be better than described on the Homeaway site. James is an excellent host, on hand if needed and very knowledgeable about the island. Our cleaner came after the first week and made a splendid job of getting the apartment spick and span again, and she changed the bed linen and towels.
The apartment is very spacious and was clean and well stocked with everything needed for our holiday. Very comfortable beds and we slept well. There is some noise from the road at the back, particularly for the twin room but having the air con on at night does blot it out a bit.
There’s a super little pool in the garden and we were often the only ones using it.
The balcony was in use a good deal, especially as the views of the garden and sea are so lovely. Sadly the beach was inaccessible for much of the time as the tide comes right up to the wall due to the sand having been washed away. It would have been helpful to know this before we booked, as it certainly impacted greatly on our enjoyment of the holiday. We would probably not have booked this apartment. In addition the ingress of seaweed all along this coast rendered it impossible to swim in the sea for much of the time. Not anyone’s fault and we were warned of this by our host, but it added to our disappointment. Sewage....no smell at the apartment but there is still some work needed in the Worthing area.
A fairly well stocked supermarket is directly opposite the apartment block, a big plus. Had we needed it, there was an even larger one 10mins walk away. There were a few restaurants within 10-15 mins walk but they mostly have only pretty much the same food consisting of burgers, chicken, chips (fries) and pasta. Not very inspiring and even the most basic places were expensive. The nearest beach restaurants were either closed or serving only drinks and snacks. We took the ZR minibuses along the coast road in both directions to The Gap or towards Bridgetown to find a bigger choice. Taxis are also plentiful and quite cheap.
If you want to travel around the island, we recommend you book one of the taxis who offer this service. They are lovely guys, know their island well and can tailor a day out to meet your personal requirements and for much, much less than a tour company. The island bus services go everywhere, they are reliable and very cheap too.
A really great apartment but a few negatives about its location.
Enjoyed staying here immensely. The house was clean, open plan, modern with a neutral colour scheme. My husband & I found Golden Palm to be comfortable, spacious & airy.
Golden palms has no air conditioning & no downstairs ceiling or floor fans. However there are a number of windows which let in a lot of light & afforded good views around the property & when the windows are open provide a beautiful through breeze which was cooling & airy. All of the windows throughout the house had mosquito screens fitted. The patio door was not screened but we kept the doors closed when we were existing & entering from the patio & this kept the house bug free. No mosquito bites at while at the house but a couple when we were out & about else where.
The pool was wonderful and the garden beautiful but some water proof cushions for the out door chairs and recliners would have been welcomed. That being said, it didn't detract from the pleasure of relaxing in beautiful Barbados.
I don't want to spend the whole review going over every feature as what's available is mention in the property over view but just to highlight that Peter & Donna have tried to provide for your needs & comfort to make your holiday experience in their home as comfortable & as positive as possible. We only returned a week ago & already are in talks with them again about booking a repeat visit.