Submitted: February 27, 2013
Stayed: February 2013
My family and I have just returned from a wonderful 10 days staying in Harpers Villa. The villa really is as lovely as it looks from the pictures, with lots of space so we didn't feel on top of each other. The rooms are large and it is pretty well equipped, with good internet access. The pictures don't show the garden area which was lovely to sit in during the morning before the sun comes round to the patio area by the pool. We spent some sunny afternoons with cocktails by the pool, and some some lovely evenings eating outside and watching the sunsets over the sea.
We hired a car, which I would say is essential, as although you can walk to the beach, and a couple of small shops, really, to get to the main shops in Holetown, the beach with facilities at Mullins Bay, or generally around the island and to the restaurants, you either need a car or taxis. The villa neighbours the Sugar Hill estate and a few local houses, which was nice as it didn't feel too remote, but was lovely and quiet.
We were most impressed with the cleanliness of the pool, it was cleaned 3 times during our stay. The housekeeper came in once during our stay, and also did a great job. We hired the cook (Heather) to come in and cook for us one evening - she did us a delicious meal of Bajan food, with really good quality ingredients, made sure there was enough for lunch the following day and some for the freezer for later in the week too! We'd definitely recommend doing this if you enjoy good food.
Lee and Audrey Harper were very helpful during the booking process and gave us a call during our stay to check we were OK. The management company were also very helpful in the lead up to our stay, organising airport transfer and shopping prior to arrival - although I would suggest only ordering basics and doing your own shopping when you get there as some of the things we got were a little weird (but provided entertainment!). We used the SuperCentre in Holetown, and also local fish stalls, such as the one at Paynes Bay where we got some amazing swordfish to cook on the BBQ.
If you're interested in fine dining, we enjoyed meals at Tides and Cin Cin - both very good in different ways. We also had fish and chips in Groots Bar, which was cheap and cheerful, with the added bonus of encouraging guests to sign the walls along with some of the rock stars through the ages!
All in all we would thoroughly recommend Harpers Villa as a lovely place to stay in Barbados.
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