Colony Club Hotel review, Barbados – part of the Elegant Hotels Group

The Colony Club Hotel is an AAA Four Diamond colonial-style hotel on the West coast of Barbados

Written by Travel Writer Peter Jolly

The Colony Club Hotel has recently undergone renovations to update certain features including accommodation, restaurants and bars. These have further enhanced the attraction of the colonial-style property located in a prime position on the west coast of Barbados.

Famous resort on the West coast of Barbados

When the English first landed on the beaches of St. James Parish in 1625 it might have been hard to imagine that nearly 400 years later the English would still be flocking to the West coast of Barbados to enjoy the delights of the renowned pristine beaches. It is on this superb stretch of beach that you will find Colony Club, one of the island’s most famous resorts. Perhaps a much overworked phrase, but  “timeless elegance” really does reflect what Colony Club has on offer and when you couple this with friendly and relaxed staff you have the vital ingredients for a memorable vacation. The  resort is ideally situated just 20 minutes from Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, while Grantly Adams International Airport is a journey of 45 minutes.

Rooms overlook the sea, gardens and pool at the Colony Club Hotel

Offering 96 rooms and suites, the hotel provides a wide choice of accommodation, rooms overlooking the gardens, poolside and the ocean.  Their 46 premium rooms, ocean view, ocean view luxury and luxury poolside rooms were all refurbished at the end of last year and while retaining much of their traditional charm, every modern facility is on hand, including in some suites, Nespresso machines. If you are not too good at stairs you may want to avoid the second floor rooms. It is probably the setting in seven acres of lush gardens and the renowned West coast beachfront that as much as anything else draws tourists back to the resort time and time again. A  freshwater swimming lagoon with four pools meananders through the property.

Colony Club’s romantic Sunset Bar, themed dinners in the Laguna restaurant, and Lobster and Jazz evening

Enjoying an open-air setting,with views over the gardens, pools and ocean, the new-look Laguna restaurant is now providing a central meeting place for guests at the Laguna Bar. In common with all the refurbishment, new designs have been introduced but again the colonial-style feel has not been lost. Elegant Hotels say they are committed to fine culinary experiences at their properties and the Laguna restaurant certainly does not disappoint especially when it comes to the freshest local ingredients. Cocktails are served at the Sunset Bar on the pool/beach deck while there are themed dinners on the Sunset Deck, such as the weekly Lobster and Jazz evening.

Luxury Barbados hotel with free activities – a range of watersports plus complimentary Pilates, Yoga and Tai Chi

Taking full advantage of it’s beachside location, the resort offers a full array of free watersports, including water skiing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), sailing and snorkelling, while the mind and body is not forgotten with complimentary sessions of pilates, yoga and Zumba. The Colony Club Hotel has two unusual features, one new and one dating back as far as one can remember. There is an organic garden providing fresh produce for the kitchens and flowers for the resort – Chefs take visitors on tours of the garden, collect produce and then give a cookery demonstration which gives an insight into Bajan cuisine. Native sea turtles have always buried their nests on the hotel’s beach and if you are lucky enough to be around during the hatching season you might be asked to assist with the turtle release programme.

Active Caribbean hotel review writer’s final thoughts on the Colony Club Hotel

Even when the Colony Club Hotel is running at full capacity there is a feeling of space because of the layout. The beach itself is on the narrow side but takes two to three rows of loungers and the ocean is but a few steps away. The return business at the resort is very high which tells its own story.

[Reviewed April 2014]

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