My husband and I were fortunate to find this lovely guesthouse. Jacqui, the manager, arranged for us to be picked up at the airport and she was there at "the shades" to greet us upon our arrival. She gave us a tour of the beautiful grounds and apartment 5, a one-bedroom, ground floor apartment. Everything was there for self-catering, including our groceries, which we had ordered online and had been put away for us. The shower was a luxury, a lovely patio, surrounded by well maintained tropical gardens, just as you see in the photos on their website. There is a very clean swimming pool and outdoor patio area with a barbecue, laundry facilities for use during certain hours and a small gym. The apartments are situated in such a way as to give ample privacy to each patio, equipped with table and chairs. Jacqui was very helpful and always available to make arrangements for us such as: taxis, introducing us to Jerry and Marvellous, who set up loungers and an umbrella in a prime spot on the beach each day, and answering our questions.
The location is great. It's a little ways up a hill off the main beach road in a quiet residential neighbourhood. the walk to the beach, was approx. 5 to 10 minutes. It's a pleasant walk down the hill; however, the main beach road doesn't have consistent sidewalks and some deep ditches, so as you would anywhere else, be cautious and watch where you're going, especially if you're not used to left side driving. Payne's Bay Beach and the sea are glorious. You can swim out (if you're a good swimmer) to where you see the excursion boats and snorkel to see the turtles. Friday was the busiest day with passengers from the cruise ships arriving, but it was fun to people watch, and we always had our loungers waiting for us. It never felt crowded. My husband did paddle boarding every day. I had a fantastic foot massage by Charlie (Happy Feet) and i bought 3 pieces of jewellery from a beach vendor. One day we had a fantastic meal on the beach, arranged by the jetski guy...lol. We waited almost an hour after paying, but a young man finally arrived with take out food, not even sure where it came from, but the fish and rice were delicious. We walked both ways on the beach ~ a lovely walk to Sandy Lane Beach.
We ate out at 3 restaurants: Daphne's, (walking distance), The Fish Pot, and Pisces, the latter 2 we took a taxi. They were all wonderful, but expensive for every night dining out. Daphne's made the best mojito. Thanks to another member who mentioned on "the shades" review, about a streetside grill, called "Connie's" ~ I remember reading about it and on our way back from Pisces, on our 2nd last night, we saw it. It only operates on Thurs., Fri., and Sat. nights, a very short walk from the apartment and the food, which was takeaway, was super delicious and very inexpensive, in fact, the portions we were told were so big, that we shared an order. We had this on our last night, dining on the patio. We wish we had been aware of it for the Thurs. night as well, could have saved some money and as i said, the food is delicious.
On our last day, we checked out at 10 a.m. and since our flight wasn't until later that afternoon, we hired our regular taxi driver (recommended by Jacqui) to take us on a tour of the east coast. The views were stunning. We had lunch at a restaurant called "the round house" (i think) which overlooked the Atlantic Ocean and we could see "the soup bowl" which is a famous surfing spot. Our driver was great, very knowledgeable about the island. We would have loved to stay longer. The Shades was the perfect place for us. Thank you Jacqui and your staff for a wonderful vacation. We will return.
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