12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
The room had a double bed, dining table ...
"The room had a double bed, dining table and small kitchen area which include a large fridge and freezer along with a sink, bins all crockery and cutlery and a toaster. The bathroom had a large shower, but no bath. There was a TV with basic channels and an alarm clock radio for setting your own wake-up call. We had a balcony room with a sea view. The hotel has a small pool and plenty of sun loungers and chairs. The hotel is on the beach and there were free loungers and umbrellas for hotel residents. There is a small restaurant on site which you can grab food and drinks at and keep on a tab against your room. The hotel is linked to another hotel the Orchid, both hotels are small and family run. There is an activities desk in the Orchid's reception, run by Reggie who finds out what you like and then suggests trips, totally recommend the sunset and day yacht cruises, with snorkelling and sea turtles. Leaving the hotel you can walk to St Lawrence the gap and dotted along the way are several smaller restaurants, which include a fab Chinese which was really reasonable and the food was awesome. We didn't get hassled and found the locals either didn't pay attention to you or were really friendly! September is off season but it's still hot and most places were open. Barbados runs on its own time, slow, and places open and close when they feel like it rather than when they are supposed to! Bridgetown was busy, a bit dirty and I didn't like it there. There are lots of shops though but parking is dodgy and odd characters hung around the car park, begging or trying to sell you a car wash and the like. The island is easy to get around by bus and hiring a car is quite cheap to do. There is so many places to eat and shop, whether you want a quite meal or a bit of a crazy night out. There are lots of supermarkets dotted around where you can buy water, the local yummy and dirt-cheap rum (about Â£4 for 75cl!) and fresh, packet or frozen food. The duty free at the airport isn't like anywhere else I've ever been - lots of small shops selling fags, booze etc that are competing against each other, so do go in them all. Smirnoff was 30 dollars in one but only 17.99 in another, it's crazy! Be prepared for a long wait at passport control on the way in, it took over an hour before we got to the front of the queue to be processed. Remember to pack high factor sunscreen as it is windy and you burn so quickly without realising. I enjoyed the holiday, probably won't ever go back, but glad I went, crystal-blue water, sun, sand and lots of food and drink. If you like to relax by swimming, sleeping, reading, eating, drinking, and the odd boat trip Barbados is the place for you :)"
- Travel date: 6th January 2008
This place is a fabulous. Right on the ...
"This place is a fabulous. Right on the beach. Walking distance to St Lawrence Gap. One of the best restaurants on the island, "Champers", virtually next door. Our ground floor studio was just right, not OTT, but clean, light, airy and brightly decorated. The beach was yards away, pop out of the door and you're on there in seconds. The staff where lovely. Didn't eat there. Bus stop outside to Garisson Savannah and Bridge Town, 10 mins away. Lovely, lovely place."
- Travel date: 23rd August 2007
Blue Orchid Heaven
"We renewed our wedding vows in Barbados and stayed at the Blue Orchids (C block) was absolutly heaven!!! The view from our rooms was the best I have ever had in the Carribean...the hotel was well kept and every one was very friendly....We had no street noise that other reviews had mentioned...The sound of the ocean was the best..The restaurant although at Island pace had great food and was worth waiting for!! We were in our own little heaven with the sunrise on the left and sunset on the west!!! Security was 24 hrs. I can't wait to go back. Pools were kept very clean and the grounds tended to every day! I will forever be comparing any place we stay at in the future to this beautiful place...Nothing can top the Blue Orchids. An enlargement of the photo I am submitting is framed and on the wall so I can always remember our stay"
- Travel date: 23rd March 2006
"A lovely location - couldn't be better - absolutely beautiful. Staff friendly and helpful. Beautiful rooms but ceiling could have had a lick of paint and hairdryer not working. However, I would definitely return just for the views."
- Travel date: 23rd March 2006
"Recently spent eight days at the Blue Orchid Beach Hotel in Barbados. This spot to attached by a breezeway to its sister hotel the Coral Mist. Both are owned by the same people. My wife and I thought throughly enjoyed our stay. The hotel is right on the beach and has its own pool and gardens. This is the third time to Barbados and the first time here but would stay here again on our next visit. Rooms are cleaned daily and in a great spot within easy walking distance to the Gap or the shops at Rockley Beach. The bus stop is right out front so easy way to get around. We had no issues with the room and the staff were very friendly."
- Travel date: 14th March 2006
Loved the Blue Mist Hotel
"Got back from Blue Mist on 13 February 2006. The hotel was fantastic! Staff couldn't do enough for you, any trip you wanted booking they did it, if you wanted a taxi they booked it for you. The facilities were very clean and well maintained. The hotel is well located within easy walking distance of St Lawrence Gap and lovely beaches. There are some good watering holes on the main road and two good supermarkets very close by. The restaurant at the hotel is small but the food is excellent and the cocktail party and beach barbeque on Wednesday evenings are good value for money! Try the Rum punch! It certainly packs a punch! I would recommend this hotel and resort for anyone wanting a total "chill out" holiday. There are night clubs in the area but if you don't want them you are not bothered by them. A special thanks to Reggie who was a star!"
- Travel date: 8th March 2006
Blue Orchids equals Blue Water
"We spent 5 nights at the Blue Orchids in room C204. This was a corner room with an awesome ocean view. We really enjoyed the property. It gets four stars because of its close proximity to stores, shopping, and most importantly the beatiful beach. The room itself consisted of a kitchen, living area, bedroom and bathroom. We felt that overall the unit was a little "small" but it was very clean and we felt very comfortable there. Blue Orchids has a sister property called Coral Mist. Both units share the same beach and facilities. This was quite nice because we had a choice of two pools. Coral Mist also had an on-site restaurant called Aqua Mist. (We never did eat there but it seemed fairly busy) Overall we recommend the Blue Orchids. You can see more pictures of the property along with numerous Barbados pictures on our sunnytripreports web site."
- Travel date: 26th February 2006
"We just returned from our fourth visit to Barbados and stayed at the lovely quaint Blue Orchids Beach Hotel. It is situated in the most convenient location in all of the south coast. There is an internet location right across the street, 2 groceries stores within a 5 minute walk, dozens of fabulous restaurants, all within walking distance. It is really nice to be able to have a kitchen in your suite for the times when you don't wish to eat out. Staff are very helpful and friendly. It is very clean although rooms in block C are not as nice as in the other buildings. The maids clean very well, however, they never seem to bring all the required towels, always short of face clothes or handtowels. The sheets could use replacing as they are thinning, and definately more beach towels as they don't replace them daily without you turning in your used ones and even then they don't always have clean ones. The lounge chairs would be nice if they had some type of cushioning as they are hard on the back. All in all a very nice place to stay, you can't beat the breathtaking views of the beaches and sunsets. Highly recommend staying here."
- Travel date: 17th February 2006
Very enjoyable stay
"Blue Orchids and Coral Mist are owned by the same family and share facilities, beach and some staff. Located right on the ocean with a beautiful white sand beach. Very friendly staff, with special mention for Reggie and Vidhuttama, both located in the Coral Mist. We highly recommend these hotels and feel they priced very competitively. Feel free to contact us personally for more information."
- Travel date: 9th February 2006
Great little hotel
"Have just returned from ten days at the Blue Orchids and had a wonderful time. The hotel is clean and modern and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The only downside was the traffic noise (and this was only minor) but if you open the patio doors the sound of the surf drowns this out, the traffic cannot be heard from the beach and probably not from the building nearest the beach. The beach itself is superb and certainly the best we visited. When we stayed the waves were sometimes quite strong - great if you are in to boogie boarding - hotel supplies boards, flippers, snorkels and masks at no charge as well as sunbeds and umbrellas. If you get the chance to go - do! We were going to stay at the Almond Beach Village - went to have a look one afternoon - very disappointing and beach not a patch on one at Blue Orchids / Coral Mist."
- Travel date: 30th January 2006
"Just returned from Barbados - stayed at Blue Orchid and loved it!! We originally had reservations for Coral Mist (adjacent) but they were overbooked so put us into (upgraded) a lovely delux studio with a beautiful ocean view! Everything was excellent, staff friendly and helpful, room beautiful - clean and fresh paint, nice furniture, spacious, balcony, gorgeous colors...just very very nice and would go back there in a minute. It was in the south area with lots to see and do - great restaurants (water a little "wavy" but beautiful...Gounds and lounges, etc in top condition. Ate at Bellini's - delicious, and Bay Bistro - also very good. Many others looked nice also. We were there just 3 days following a cruise but would go back - highly recommend it!!"
- Travel date: 28th January 2006
No Complaints Here
"The Blue Orchids was everything that you could have asked for and the price was right. We booked the "Winter Swizzle" package (4 days, 3 nights) which included airport pick up and drop off, 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner at the AquaMist (restaurant that's part of the property) and a 1 day car rental foe a little over $700 (US dollars). Here are my impressions: Pros Staff: They are EXCELLENT! Very professional, accomodating and kind. The driver who picked us up from the airport was on time and he even stopped off so we could pick up some lunch before we went to the hotel. The front desk staff did whatever they could to make the stay nice and they even accompany you to your room upon check in to make sure that you know how to use everything. Location: Right on the beach (which is beautiful) and easily accessible to St. Lawrence Gap--$7.00 (US Dollars) per trip, $1.50 per person for the bus, or free if you walk (which you can do...it's about a 20 minute walk). You can also take the bus downtown to shop. Cleanliness: It seems that a lot of tropical hotels have a moldy smell and aren't kept very clean. This hotel was exceptionally clean. No mold or mildew to be found, no grime in any crevices, no dut on the lampshades or ceilings, no ants or bugs..nothing! I was truly excited as I am a bit anal retentive re: cleanliness. Room Amenities: Ironing board and iron (which works very well and doesn't damage your clothing), microwave, full sized fridge, stove, sink etc...It would have been nice to have some dishwashing liquid (though the staff does clean up your dirty dishes for you). Truly an ocean view: No cons here...everyone gets a FULL view of the beautiful blue water. Cons Beds and linens: There are no true king sized beds at the property. Instead they use some type of strip to put two twin size beds together. As you can imagine there was a line between the beds so if you like to snuggle someone ends up sleeping in the "dent." The mattresses are a bit hard as well. The AquaMist Restaurant: We never had dinner but did have breakfast. The restaurant was on the property so you can eat and then head to the beach or pool which is fabulous. The food however wasn't so great, though I think it's hard to make a truly terrible breakfast. You get a choice of three things (pancakes, french toast or eggs w/ toast. You also get a choice of bacon or sausage and either a hot or cold beverage). I stayed with the eggs while my husband got the pancakes. The pancakes were small and by his account not very tasty. The eggs were fine (albeit very greasy). We had cold drinks which were fruit juice but not real juice so there was a lot of sugar and probably no nutritional value. If you're a healthy granola crunchy type eater, you won't be pleased and would probably do better to bring some cereal or something from home you...(the grocery store prices are quite high since lots of things are imported) The billing procedure: We made a deposit when we booked, paid part of the costs for the package upon arrival and then the balance at the end of the trip. My credit card company (like most) charge a conversion fee (consumers need to band together to fight this) anyway, you end up being charged 3 times by the credit card company. So you should probably ask to pay for everything at once (you can always dispute the charge if you aren't satisfied). No screens: I enjoyed having the balcony door open but birds and such would fly through the room. It would have been nice to have a screen...if there was a screen you could even sleep with the door open (on the upper levels)...the breeze off the water is divine. My last recommendations have nothing to do with the hotel: Go to PISCES restaurant in St. Lawrence Gap for an excellent meal, great service and fair prices. bring fruits and veggies with you. They are not in abundance on the island and what's there isn't good quality. Visit Oistens on Friday for some great people watching and grilled or fried fish. But beware, the gas from the propane cookers can be a bit suffocating. Try a Chandy (beer and lemonade mix). They are quite refreshing on a hot day."
- Travel date: 16th January 2006
Blue Orchids Beach Hotel is also called
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