To put it simply, we only have good things to say about our time at #2 Emerald Beach.
It is located at Gibbs, St Peter on the west coast and blends in nicely with the other properties in the area. The decor is tastefully elegant with a comfortable and relaxed Bajan feel. The grounds are groomed and landscaped in such a way that you have privacy from your neighbours. Colourful flowers and plants seem to greet you no matter where you look.
There is a salt water swimming pool in the centre of the common area which we found quite striking when lit up at night. While we were visiting, there were few others using it so it was almost like having our own private pool.
Access to the beach is through a gate just a few feet beyond the pool. The minute you walk through it, you will understand why this is called Emerald Beach. Unlike some of our experiences in the past, this view actually matched the description in the advertising. In Barbados all beaches are public so we were concerned that we would be pestered by people constantly trying to sell their wares. However this location seems to be a bit off the beaten path because the only contact we had during our swims in the ocean or walks along the beach was saying hello to an occasional fellow vacationer. What a welcome surprise!
Getting groceries for our stay from one of the well stocked grocery stores in Speightstown or Holetown was really quite easy. We drove but we could have taken one of the blue or yellow buses that frequently pass by.
Our cook was Waveney and she seems to be able to cook pretty much anything you like. One day we picked up some local flying fish which she prepared along with fried plantain and macaroni pie for a delicious traditional Bajan meal. Her bread pudding that night was amazing.
Deborah is the house keeper. Her warm smile and obvious professionalism made us feel comfortable right from the start.
Together Waveney and Deborah operated quietly and efficiently in the background. In other words, they were there when you needed them but otherwise you scarcely noticed them.
Overall, our stay at Emerald Beach was a wonderfully relaxing and positive experience. When you leave wishing you could stay one more day, you know you have found something good.