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Andrea and Mike Bishop

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Sapphire Beach - Luxury beach side split level self catering apartment

32 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Overview

Saint Lawrence Gap Condo Rental Photos and Description

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, sleeps 6 on the outskirts of St Lawrence Gap, Barbados

One of only 58 residences in the newly built Sapphire Beach complex, Amikka is a duplex apartment of 1630 sq ft, situated right on Dover Beach on Barbados’ South West coast. Downstairs the apartment comprises a double bedroom with king sized bed, en-suite shower room, washer drier and plentiful storage space. Sliding doors open onto your own patio and onto one of Sapphire Beach’s two private fresh water swimming pools with gated access directly onto Dover Beach. Upstairs there is a further double bedroom with king sized bed (rear facing) and en-suite bathroom, plentiful storage, fully fitted and well equipped kitchen, spacious living area leading onto a large covered balcony. Balcony has a six seat table for al fresco dining, whilst the double arch windows give you the opportunity to dine in privacy. The balcony is south facing and from here you will see fantastic sunsets over the Caribbean Sea. The apartment comes with TV, iPod dock, air-con in both bedrooms & lounge. Sapphire Beach has a private gym.

The local beach: our family has been lucky enough to be holidaying in Barbados for a good number of years. So we knew that one of the critical factors for us when we decided to purchase a property on island was the quality of the beach and the safety of the water. We know from experience that there are many beautiful properties on island but the beaches and sea around them can be difficult for young or inexperienced or unsteady swimmers and we wanted to ensure that our whole family, every generation, could enjoy their time together all day. Dover Beach is beautiful but also gently shelving and with much calmer water than even the immediately adjacent beach which we have struggled to swim from. It is the choice of local families at weekends for good reason!

The island: At just 21 miles long and 14 miles wide, Barbados rivals destinations several times its size. Surrounded by over 70 miles of white sand beaches distinguished as some of the finest in the Caribbean, the island has long attracted visitors to its shores. With a beautiful landscape dotted by pristine golf courses, polo fields and elegant estates, world-class restaurants, vibrant night life and an exciting social calendar of cultural, music and sporting events, Barbados is truly an island paradise.

The climate: Just outside the main hurricane belt, the island enjoys year-round sunshine, cooling north-east trade winds and just enough rainfall to maintain its lush tropical gardens, gullies and rolling green fields of sugar cane, reminiscent of its history as an agricultural colony in the British Empire.

The people: Perhaps the island’s greatest asset is the warmth of its people. Barbadians are proud of their home and welcome visitors with open arms, making them feel as if they have lived next door all their life. We welcome you to experience the island’s unique culture and get a feel of what it truly means to be ‘Bajan’.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Andrea and Mike Bishop (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Reviews

5
based on 32 traveler reviews

Sapphire Beach - Luxury beach side split level self catering apartment
average rating of 4.96875 based on 32 reviews
5

Sapphire Beach is a GEM. Holiday of a lifetime!

  • 5 of 5

Arriving into Dover Beach, Barbados, we couldn't have been happier with our first impressions! We were greeted at our stunning apartment, given a tour of the complex and blown away by the surroundings, view and spectacular setup. The pool and beach couldn't have been any closer!

The property is incredibly well maintained with everything you could need for your stay. We particularly loved enjoying the balcony in the evening watching the sun go down, whilst playing the board games provided.

The rooms are incredibly spacious, light and airy, and the beds are dreamy - so comfortable and BIG!

The apartment is located in a lovely, unspoilt area of the island with plenty of delicious restaurants to choose from - I'd recommend Dover Beach and the Sapphire Beach apartments in a heartbeat to friends and family alike.

A stunning property, in an even more stunning setting. I would love to return one day!

Thank you so much for the most wonderful week - a holiday to remember and memories to last forever!

With best wishes,

Hannah and Simon

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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5

Exceptional .....

  • 5 of 5

This is a very very high quality apartment. The location is fabulous. The view from the balcony is amazing. The patio doors in the main bedroom open out onto a large pool. The wonderful beach and the warm waters of the Caribbean are just steps away. What's not to like?

The apartment is beautiful finished to a high standard. The furnishings are high quality. Everything has been thought of. Plenty of towels. Good quality bed linen. Very comfortable beds. The maid comes in twice a week to clean, change the towels and bed linen.

St Lawrence Gap is a pleasant 10 minute stroll away with excellent restaurants and great places for a drink. We highly recommend Primo and Harlequin. Sharkey's gives everyone a warm welcome and is an excellent place for a beer or a cocktail. They make a good breakfast as well.

Staying at this apartment has all of the advantages of being in a great hotel, but with privacy. The owners are very helpful and everything was easy. You'll be greeted on arrival by the agent. No fuss, no stress.

It was our second visit. It won't be our last!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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5

The Best Place on the Island!

  • 5 of 5

We have just come back from the most superb week in Barbados...where do I even start! Mike & Andrea looked after our every need from our initial enquiry right through to answering our final questions in the days before we flew. The guide to Amikka has been thoughtfully put together and contains everything you might ever need to know. The property itself is even better than the pictures, it's clean, modern, well-equipped and the location couldn't be better! We've never stayed somewhere so close to such an idyllic beach and with the pool just outside the door, it was the perfect place to cool off after a day in the Caribbean sun.

We particularly enjoyed hiring a jeep for a few days and touring the island where we met the friendly locals and experienced the Bajan culture. St Lawrence Gap is a short ten minute walk away and is filled with delicious restaurants of different cuisines; we also absolutely loved a Friday night at Oistens, where we listened to live music and ate fantastic, fresh, grilled fish. A catamaran cruise around the island topped everything off, swimming with the turtles was an unforgettable experience and is a must do when in Barbados.

We felt really looked after throughout our whole stay, Keisha was always just a phone call away and Primrose ensured the place was spotless! We couldn't recommend this place more... perfect weather, accommodation and culture, thank you Mike & Andrea for a superb holiday, we hope to be back very soon!

Max & Lizzie

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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5

The Best Place on the Island!

  • 5 of 5

We have just come back from the most superb week in Barbados...where do I even start! Mike & Andrea looked after our every need from our first initial enquiry right through to answering our final questions in the days before we flew. The guide to Amikka has been thoughtfully put together and contains everything you might ever need to know. The property itself is even better than the pictures, it's clean, modern, well-equipped and the location couldn't be better! We've never stayed somewhere so close to such an idyllic beach and with the pool just outside the door, it was the perfect place to cool off after a day in the Caribbean sun.

We particularly enjoyed hiring a jeep for a few days and touring the island where we met the friendly locals and experienced the Bajan culture. St Lawrence Gap is a short ten minute walk away and is filled with delicious restaurants of different cuisines; we also absolutely loved a Friday night at Oistens, where we listened to live music and ate fantastic, fresh, grilled fish. A catamaran cruise around the island topped everything off, swimming with the turtles was an unforgettable experience and is a must do when in Barbados.

We felt really looked after throughout our whole stay, Keisha was always just a phone call away and Primrose ensured the place was spotless! We couldn't recommend this place more... perfect weather, accommodation and culture, thank you Mike & Andrea for a superb holiday, we hope to be back very soon!

Max & Lizzie

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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5

Excellent!

  • 5 of 5

The property was just lovely. Having a pool outside our door, along with the gorgeous beach only steps further made for the perfect experience for our week. The grocery store was a bit further than we had read, but using the public transportation added to our experience. Surfing was our main interest in the week and although the week started out rather flat, by the end of the week, we were busy enjoying every wave that came our way! The balcony was the perfect spot for morning coffee,mid-day reading, and evening cocktails. The view was gorgeous. Thank you sharing your condo!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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4

Great place to stay... if you didn't have kids...

  • 4 of 5

I would like to personally thank Andrea and Mike for the welcoming us into their (vacation) home. It was absolutely perfect for our family of 5. The house was nicely furnished, comfortable and clean. The property was well maintained. However, the pictures of the property were probably from the early beginnings but not in a bad way. There is more lush greenery than pictured. Again, everything was perfect.

There was one problem that we didn't expect. People who were staying at this property were of course on vacation. And when vacationing, around the months of March and April (which is called Spring Break), there should be a considerable amount of more children. There was a neighbor who couldn't understand why there were so many children. Now when kids play together, sure it can get loud. So of course, parents have to tell their kids to quiet down a little and be considerate of the neighbors. There were a couple of days where this neighbor approached me about other people's children being loud. I asked if she was also referring to my kids. No, not your kids but the other kids, she replied. The next day, she called the security to complain about the noise from the children. In turn, we received a call from not only the security but also the property manager, saying MY kids were loud. Funny thing was my kids weren't there at the pool THAT day. Did they call other families who were staying at the property to complain about their kids? Another day, I took my kids out to surf and when we got back around 4:45, 5 P.M., we were stared at by the neighbor through the door by the pool. Why? My kids are not loud. So why pick on us? What started out as a wonderful vacation turned sour because of them, but we ignored their decrepit sensibilities and enjoyed the villa, beach, surf and Barbados! Sorry Andrea and Mike, but the neighbors took away a star. You can ask Michelle if my kids were rambunctious.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Grantley Adams
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
St Lawrence Gap
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Bridgetown
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Barbados Golf Club; Rockley Golf and Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
St Lawrence Gap
Car: not necessary

Sapphire Beach is located in Dover, Christ Church; an area known for its beautiful white sand beaches and vibrant lifestyle. From our condo you can enjoy a cocktail by the pool, take a dip in the warm Caribbean Sea or enjoy the sunset from your private balcony. Unlike adjacent beaches, the sea here is considered safe for swimming and is frequented by local families. We are just a 7 minute walk into St Lawrence Gap, home to bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a taste of ‘Bajan’ culture. Listen to a live band, dance under the stars or enjoy a delightful cocktail at a range of lounges and clubs frequented by visitors and locals alike. Local buses take you the short distance into the capital Bridgetown, where you will find a wide range of shopping, or continue further up the West Coast to sample some of Barbados' most exclusive hotels. All beaches on the island are public. A 30 minute drive will get you to the stunning East Coast, battered by Atlantic waves and a surfer's paradise.

Other Activities: Various water sports from local beaches

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Rates & Availability

Saint Lawrence Gap Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season
May 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
$329
$2,304
 
 
High Season
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$428
$2,996
 
 
Low Season
May 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$342
$2,396
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rates are INCLUSIVE of all taxes.Owner is Paypal verified, payments via Paypal subject to 4% surcharge to cover owner costs. 25% deposit required on booking, balance 6 weeks prior to arrival. Full payment taken for late bookings within 6 weeks of arrival. Credit card payments accepted via PayPal - we add 4% to the price of the booking to cover additional costs. Prices can be fixed in GBP or USD.

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Amenities

Saint Lawrence Gap Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo (terraced)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1630 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Downstairs bedroom has en-suite shower room. Upstairs bedroom has en-suite bathroom with shower over the bath. Bath and hand towels provided. Beach towels provided. Hair dryer provided in each of the bathrooms. Pull out clothes airer over the bath. 2 free standing towel/clothes airers provided. 2 laundry baskets provided, 1 upstairs and 1 downstairs.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • There is a pull out queen size sofa bed in the living area. There is a safe in the upstairs bedroom which is large enough to store a laptop. There is an additional, smaller, safe in the downstairs bedroom. The patio doors in the downstairs bedroom and the upstairs bedroom window have black out curtains should you prefer to keep out the morning sun. Plenty of clothes storage space in both bedrooms, 6 drawer chest provided in the lounge for storage. Bedside tables and lamps provided in both bedrooms, side tables and lamps also next to the sofa bed in the lounge. Both bedrooms and the lounge have separate air conditioning units and ceiling fans. All bed linen provided.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Patio
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Apartment comes with cable TV, DVD, Bluetooth music system,separate air conditioning to both bedrooms and the lounge. Beach towels, cool bag, ice packs, picnic set provided. Lounge has sofa bed, 2 chairs and 2 bar stools. Upstairs balcony has armchair, 2 seater sofa, cushioned stool, dining table and chairs for 6. Downstairs patio has two 2 seater sofa, 2 chairs and table. Sapphire Beach has private gym. Playing cards, games, reading books, small selection of DVDs and local information books are also provided. Included in the price of the rental is maid service 2 times per week (additional cleaning available on request, payable locally) and a welcome grocery pack. We employ the services of a local property manager who will meet you on arrival at our apartment and will remain available to you throughout your stay.

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