For us, Panthera Terra was an almost perfect vacation rental spot on the West Coast.
Upon arrival, our apartment was immaculate and Anthony Ifill, the Owner/Manager went over the orientation thoroughly and then walked us to the beach to familiarize us.
The building itself is new and apartments have been personally designed by Tony with the vacationer’s comfort in mind. All the furnishings, bed, mattresses, furniture, utensils and cutlery, in fact everything, was of high quality. Tony spent some time living in Europe and has incorporated the best ideas in his dream project - sufficient lighting, ample water pressure and excellent wifi. The additional touches were exquisite. For instance, there were two large lantern flashlights in the unit in case of a power failure. As seniors, we loved the thought that had gone in providing a list of phone numbers for police, ambulance and local medical centre etc. all prominently posted on the kitchen cabinet.
We ended up staying in the one bedroom and also the three bedroom units and all had large bathrooms with dispensers for soap, shampoo, conditioners, a welcome luxury after a day at the Alleyne’s Bay beach, which is one of the best on the island. We loved that the beach was just a 2 minutes’ walk, so we usually returned to the apartment for a healthy lunch and went right back to beach for the afternoon snooze. Best of all, Tony provided large luxury beach towels and also chairs at the beach.
On the secure property grounds, we could relax on the hammock, lounge chairs, picnic benches or take a dip in outdoor Jacuzzi tub, while using the gas BBQ to make supper.
Tony gives lessons in water sports and my wife and I, who are not swimmers, were able to snorkel in 20 feet of sea…it only happened because he is an excellent instructor, having spent most of his life in the waters in the vicinity of the Panthera house.
The neighbourhood is safe and quiet– quite a few of the residents are in fact members of the extended Ifill family and very friendly.
It is hard not to use superlatives about the Panthera Terra as our own stay was awesome. Tony is an exceptional host; nothing was too difficult for him to do for his guests. We had booked for a week and then extended for an extra 10 days. As a matter of fact, we have booked ourselves at Panthera for 6 weeks next year.
One word of advice - this is a very well-maintained property and Tony puts his heart into keeping it that way. We think, as his guests, we should also respect it.
Stayed here for two weeks as part of a party of 11.
Superbly finished accommodation with fantastic amenities. Situated a stones throw from the best beach on the island. Good transport links to local town and restaurants.
The owner Tony will cater for all of your needs. From getting you a hire car to giving you water skiing lessons he's your man.
Nothing was to much trouble.
I met Tony the owner through my daughter, Nykita, who made the booking to use the three bedroom apartment for her wedding day and the wedding night.
Tony made our stay there wonderful. He is honest, reliable and was willing to help in whatever way he could.
The place itself it welcoming, warm and very inviting. The finishes are high end and the whole experience with her and Tony caused me to book the upstairs area for her wedding shower.
This too was a wonderful experience, the true test of a person's character at times is when they are inconvenienced. Tony chipped into to help the girls get the place ready for the shower as we were all running later than we arranged with him. He sought to make the day as special as it turned out to be. We had the bridal shower on Sunday February 26th and used the property the following weekend for the wedding preparations.
If you are looking for a wonderful experience in a beautiful and peaceful location try Panthera. Tony is a wonderful and accommodating owner.
I just returned from a week’s stay at Panthera Terra Apartments. I can’t say enough good things about our host Tony and his wonderful apartments. He truly made our trip exceptional. He was there to greet us when we arrived and he took us to the grocery store on our first day. He helped us get our bearings, showing us where everything was that we would need during our stay. When Tony says he is going to pick you up at a certain time, he is there, on time, to the minute. He is so reliable.
The apartment is newly constructed and has high end touches and is impeccably clean, modern and spacious. We stayed in the 3 bedroom apartment. It has a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and 2 other bedrooms that share another full bathroom. None of the bedrooms share a common wall, there is a bathroom between each bedroom, thus ensuring privacy.
The living space is ample to share with 3 couples and the kitchen is large and has all the modern amenities you would need if you decide to cook your own meals. You have access to a BBQ which we put to use to cook tuna that the men had caught on a fishing expedition. If you take the 2 bedroom apartment on the second floor (our friends rented that one) you have a huge patio with and L-shaped patio sofa to sit on and relax and enjoy the view of the ocean, feel the gentle breeze and watch the sunset. If you are on the first floor you will still have a view of the ocean from your balcony.
Tony was available and on site each day to help us plan our day. He took us on a private 6 hour tour of the island where we got to see sights that I never would have been able to find on my own, no matter how good a GPS I may have had. He took us to the north of the island where we were able to see the rugged, stunning coast. He had to cut through a field of grazing cows to get to the stunning vistas that will be forever imprinted in my memory. Then he took us to the east coast to see the stunning beaches of Bathsheba. As he took us on the tour he was so knowledgeable about the history and geography of the island that he made the tour that much more enjoyable.
Tony drove us out to Harrison’s Caves on another day, a tour that was worth taking. He was able to tell us about the night life in the area, we had a lot of fun at karaoke festival in Holetown. It was like a giant street festival with people singing karaoke in the streets, and we danced the night away at Harbour Lights, a night club on the beach.
Tony’s aim is to make your stay as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. If you just want him to point you in the right direction and answer your questions he will do that. If you want more of a presence he will facilitate tours and excursions, it’s up to you how much help you want. Just ask and he will provide what you need, and always with a wonderful smile.
The apartment is a short walk to the beach and he provides you with beach chairs and luxurious beach towels. The walk to the beach is shorter than I have had when I have stayed at some all inclusives that are on the beach.
The people of Barbados are so warm and friendly and the town he is in is safe to walk about and explore. I can’t wait to return. I fell in love with Barbados. I will most definitely go back!
The 3 bedroom condo that we stayed in was big bright and clean. The beds and pillows were very comfortable. The communal space was spacious with a great breeze. The kitchen came with everything that was needed and then some. There is air conditioning in every bedroom and each room has lots of storage space.
The location is right across the street from the beach where you can also find the exclusive Lone Star restaurant and 2 beachbars. Comfortable beach chairs and towels are provided by the host. You can snorkel out and feed the turtles and the host provides an informative boat ride tour. For an extra fee he is also able to provide you with a variety of water sports. You are also 5 minutes from Holetown and the host was happy to take us to the Supermarket more than opnce.
Tony, the host was exceptional always going above and beyond to ensure we were comfortable. He was always available to answer any questions. All of his recommendations were on point and he went out of his way on more than one occasion to ensure that his guests were happy and had what they needed.
I was very sad to leave this paradise & I will definitely be returning to Panthera Terra