We went mid May, gorgeous weather, 29 degrees, occasional showers in the evening but glorious during the day.
We loved our 8 days in Barbados, staying at this beautiful house in Mullins on the West Coast. We arrived around 5pm and were given the keys by the security guard as the house is inside a gated community. Its a street of similar properties, that all have access to the club house with pool, small gym, bar and really helpful staff.
We hired a car for the duration which we picked up directly outside the arrivals area of the airport and drove ourselves to the property, about an hour in rush-hour traffic (less on the return journey). Nice and easy as they drive on the same side of the road as us Brits! We'd recommend getting a car as it was easy to get to the house and enabled us to explore more of the island.
The house itself is beautiful, so nicely done, modern, clean, with spacious room, massive sofas, dining tables (inside and outside on the patio), plenty of cupboards for storing everything. The bedrooms are impressive with a massive super-king sized bed in the master bedroom with huge ensuite. Aircon in all bedrooms made sleeping at night a breeze (bedding and plenty of towels provided). The kitchen was pretty big with everything you need to cook like you're at home, including a Roast dinner!
Having a washing machine was also really handy as we just brought hand luggage, which meant getting through airports either end was a lot quicker.
The garden has a patio area immediately outside the double doors with huge table, more lounge chairs, and then a grass area with sun-loungers that we used most days. A great addition is the plunge pool/Jacuzzi that we went in every morning and evening - so cooling and relaxing.
We used the swimming pool up at the club-house and pretty much had it to ourselves most days. They do a mean rum punch there, but don't plan to drive afterwards, not entirely sure they were measuring the rum...
We actually only went to Mullins Beach (5 mins walk) a couple of times as we explored the island on the other days. We did eat at Bombas, the local restaurant, that has steps to the shore, totally recommend the "Black & Blue Chicken", nice place to watch the sunset at the end of the day.
We had a superb meal and experience at Juma's restaurant, just a 20 minute walk into Speightstown - or 2 minutes by bus (seem to go past every few mins).
The luxury moment of the whole trip was a day trip on a 62 ft catamaran with 5 hours of sailing, snorkelling with turtles and over a ship wreck, gorgeous food and free drink all day! ("Cat and the Fiddle, Barbados"). They even picked us up directly from Battaleys Mews and dropped us off again.
This was a fabulous first trip to the Caribbean, and certainly won't be our last trip to Battaleys Mews.