Colony Club Barbados Review

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The last time I went to Barbados, I stayed in a new hotel called Waves Hotel & Spa on the gorgeous island’s Platinum Coast. This time on the island, I stayed in one of its sister hotels, Colony Club, which is also part of the Elegant Hotels Group – the largest hotel owner in Barbados.

While I had a good time at the all-inclusive Waves property, I enjoyed staying at the Colony Club, too.

Checking Into the Colony Club

For starters, Colony Club sits just down the beach from Waves, and one the same beautiful stretch of beach on the island’s Platinum Coast. With that in mind, I was happy with the proximity from the airport (about 35 minutes) as well as the hotels’ location directly along the shores of the Caribbean Sea.

I got to the hotel late – real late – but was able to check into my room right away. While the hotel itself is rather updated, they still use big bulky keys that become cumbersome when you’re trying to leave the room with just a wallet. Still, I was happy to check in and to get to my room, which featured a long and roomy bathroom, a large king bed, plenty of room for storage, and a large balcony that overlooked the pool.

What I Liked About the Hotel

Speaking of the pool, Colony Club actually has several large pools that wind throughout the property. They also offer some swim-up suites that looked amazing, although I only booked a regular room.

The pool winds around the property offering several nooks and small private areas, ultimately making its way down to the beach. I like the fact the beach had beach service and guys stationed to help you find a chair and umbrella. If there wasn’t a spare chair and umbrella, they were also more than willing to set one up for you.

The beach at the hotel was also gorgeous and extremely deep, offering plenty of space for people to spread out. Of course, the water was perfect in every way as one would expect on the west coast of Barbados.

The food at the hotel – and especially the included breakfast – was also good. The breakfast buffet featured an omelet station and everything else you would expect – toast and bagel stations, fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, meat and cheese. The coffee was also superb, and I loved the fact I could practically dine right on the beach near the pool.

What I Didn’t Like About the Hotel

My only real complaints about the hotel were the giant key fob and the fact it’s not all-inclusive. I like free breakfast for sure, but I don’t like beach vacations where I feel nickeled and dime the whole time. Of course, that’s probably personal preference because there are tons of people who don’t like all-inclusive hotels. Some would probably even say that Barbados is the LAST place you want to go all-inclusive since it is known as a culinary destination and there are so many amazing dining options nearby.

Final Thoughts

If you’re angling for a stay in Barbados, definitely consider the Colony Club Hotel. It’s a luxury hotel so it’s not cheap, but rates with free breakfast still start at around $380 per night. You’re also on one of the Caribbean’s most gorgeous beaches and close to everything else this amazing island has to offer.

Have you ever been to Barbados? Why or why not?

Holly Johnson is a financial expert and award-winning writer whose obsession with frugality, budgeting, and travel plays a central role in her work. In addition to serving as Contributing Editor for The Simple Dollar, Holly writes for inspiring…
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