Our family of four just spent one week at The Inchcape Villas in Christ Church located on the southern most point of Barbados. We rented "Sunset Downstairs" and our friends and their family rented "Court yard". Inchcape is a unique property, cosy and lush with cobble stones and palms and a feeling of intimacy. The property is even nicer than it looks on line. Each individual unit offers something unique. Our unit had a breath taking ocean view, while our friends in the court yard had a place with a more luxurious decor with a feel of the West Indies. Our unit looked right out to the ocean, which in the morning with coffee, or at night with wine was a lovely way to spent time with our family and friends. Our children could travel between units and visit each other, making us all feel connected and comfortable. I have long ago given up on hotels, finding the rooms too cramped for family vacations and the option of only coffee (usually made in your bathroom) unappealing! If staying in a villa or rental unit is more your speed, this is a great place. Now, heres the the thing you should know. You will need a car. We have two teenage boys who are strong ocean swimmers, but the Inchape beach is not ideal for swimming. Our family did go into the ocean there, but found the sloppy rough waters too frustrating. The tides are very rough, and the current is strong. This however, should not deter you from staying here. The nicest family beaches are 20 minutes away by car. We enjoyed Accra, where renting chairs and getting food of all kinds is a breeze. Surfing beaches are also within 15 minutes away if that is your interest. The strong winds surrounding Inchcape keep bugs away and keep you cool for sleeping which is lovely. the crashing waves are loud, but you really feel like you are in a heavenly place. The atmosphere at Inchcape is so magical that not being on a swimming beach is not enough of a reason to give up the beauty the property boasts. Great restaurants abound (i.e. Tapas) as well as BBQ joints for tradition island eats. I loved having inchcape as my home base. After a week there we got to know some of the other guests, making the stay feel more intimate than a large hotel. Norma and the housekeeping staff change your towels every three days, but you do need to supply your own bathroom soap and Beach Towels. If you staying out of a hotel compound, you must be looking for a more unique vacation experience. Wolgang can set up an airport pick up for around $20 and a car will be delivered to the property. Great find.
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We have previously stayed at St Lawrence Gap and Bathsheba but on our 3rd stay we found Inchcape Villas at Silver Sands. There were only two of us and none of the smaller units were available so we were offered The Courtyard, a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment with kitchen, large dining room, good sized lounge area and balcony. This unit is huge and could easily accommodate 5 people comfortably.
The Surfer's Bar, a five minute walk away serves good food from a limited menu and has a good atmosphere. There was live music on Sunday which was excellent.. Also within a 10 minute walk is "Chicken Rita's" which we enjoyed immensely on our first visit but the food was not as good on our second visit. It's such good fun and reasonably priced that we would recommend a visit.
The staff are all very pleasant and helpful and we have no complaints at all and would stay again.
Whilst the complex is effectively on a lovely but narrow beach it is small and during our visit the sea was quite rough and we felt not safe to swim in, only because there are unseen, but not unfelt, lumps of coral obscured by the foaming sea. This was not a problem for us but might be for families with young children. There are plenty of alternative beaches easily accessed by car or local bus.
Oistins is within a 10 minute car journey, the Gap is 20 minutes and Bridgetown 30 minutes away.
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Very nice beach, excellent service, amazing place to relax and surf.
The units are all very clean and comfortable.
We surely will book again.
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