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“Nice resort, shame about the beach!”
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Explore Mullins Beach & The Indulgence Spa
The Villa:           Visa, MasterCard & PayPal accepted
The Pool, complete with sun loungers & chairs
The Four Poster (US) Queen (UK) King Size Bed
Fine Dining in your own private lounge
Swim with the turtles
Take a walk along Mulins Beach
Mullins Beach, a small yacht in the distance
Waiting for the Catamaran
Fish off the pier
Tropical garden, complete with deck & mango trees
Village and the Sea
The fully equipped open plan kitchen
Relax on Mullins Beach
The private terrace - Dine outside
Villa Bedroom with doors to outside garden
The Shower Room
The Lounge
The Pool with Bar
There are many beaches to explore & enjoy
The marina @ Port St Charles
Fine outside dining
Swim with the Turtles - near the Lonestar
A typical Barbados 'Chattel' house
Speightstown pier - a nice walk - stop for a beer
Mullins Beach - hire a boat to see the turtles
Small hut and boat by the new Marina
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Mullins, Saint Peter Parish, Barbados

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Alberta
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“Nice resort, shame about the beach!”
Reviewed 5 August 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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My husband and I stayed at this rental for 2 weeks in April for our 20th anniversary. It was our first time booking through Home Away and we were not sure how the process would go. It turned out to be very smooth and hassle free. We called Anita, the agent on the island who looks after the property for Ian Abbott, the owner in England, when we arrived at the airport. She met us at the resort with the keys and answered all of our questions. Checking out could not have been easier, we just left the key in the lock box outside the front door, and caught a cab to the airport.

To begin with, the resort is very clean, I can't overstate that. The grounds are very pretty and well kept. They obviously take great pride in the property and it shows. The pool is also exceptionally clean as well as a good size for swimming. It is lit at night with lights that change colours. You can swim late into the evening as long as you are reasonably quiet. We had the pool to ourselves most of the time. This villa is an end unit which is right beside the pool, very handy. It is a very quiet property with few vacation rentals and many permanent residents. Among the permanent residents are little bullfinches that came to visit us every day. Of course, we fed them. They would come right into the living room or in through the kitchen window if we didn't get their food out on the patio table early enough. We loved them. One other thing we loved was the little teddy bear who came with the villa. We called him Temporary Ted and enjoyed his company thoroughly. The staff were all very friendly and helpful.

Our unit was # 16. It was a 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit with a kitchen and a living room. It was rather small. Part of the problem was that it was not designed to house the amount of furniture that was in it. We appreciated the computer in the unit but found that it was very awkwardly located. The same can be said for the TV, very awkwardly located between the kitchen and living room. The channels on the TV were far from what was advertised. We got about 2/3 of what the literature provided by the owner said we would get. I should say that we did not watch a lot of TV but would have enjoyed some English Premier League football as we had been watching it all season. The furniture seems to be due for an update as it was quite uncomfortable and some of it smelled, ooo! The kitchen was reasonably well equipped and everything worked well including the washing machine which we appreciated. The bed was comfortable and the bedroom was mercifully air-conditioned. The air-conditioner in the living room could not cool the space significantly enough to be worth it so we left it off. We were OK with that as we preferred to have the front doors open most of the time we were up. The front patio was great and that is where we spent most of our time when we were in the villa. The bathroom is a very small room, definitely a 1 person space. There were plenty of towels but very few wash cloths. In a climate as hot and humid as Barbados, a few more wash cloths would have been so much better. The one thing that really irritated us was that at our mid stay cleaning, nothing was replenished. Since we stayed for 2 full weeks, we were entitled to a cleaning at the end of the first week. The cleaner came, but replenished nothing! When we asked about it, she said we were not entitled to any new supplies like a bar of soap for the bathroom or toilet paper. I could see from the website though which this stay was booked that they have many stays much shorter than 2 weeks and all the supplies would necessarily need to be restocked as well as the entire place cleaned between stays. A bar of soap and some toilet paper did not seem too much to ask.

Now for the location. This used to be our favorite place to stay on the island, Road View. Unfortunately, the beach erosion problem on the West Coast of Barbados is terrible and shocking. The last time we were there in 2006, you could walk on the beach from the old Kings Beach Hotel right down to Mullins. That is no longer possible as the beach has virtually disappeared. Mullins itself, which used to be a very lovely large beach, is dramatically smaller. It is almost not possible to put a towel down anywhere out of the surf. The people on chairs had the surf under them most of the time. Mullins is listed on a website as one of the top 10 beaches in the world to see before it disappears. Needless to say, beach erosion is a terrible problem. It does seem like a serious disconnect that an island that relies so heavily on its beaches to attract tourists, its economic driver, is so neglectful in its environmental stewardship. On that same subject, it is quite dirty in areas. There is a lot of litter, even on the beaches in some places.
As far as restaurants and activities we found some great ones. First of all, we went on the Cool Runnings catamaran tours twice. One was the day snorkeling tour and the other was the sunset tour. They were both really nice and we had a good time. The only caveat is the way they try to get everybody up and dancing on the way back into port as an advertisement of the catamaran. That seemed very disingenuous to us.
If you are looking for genuine, then Pat and Marie at Island Plates are it. This is a restaurant in Speightstown. They are recessed back from the main road, Queen Street and across the street from Jordan's Supermarket. You can see them on the Google map of Speightstown. The food was always fresh, tasted terrific and the service was great. We ate there often and were never disappointed. We can't say that about the Fisherman's Pub or Bombas. Though the food was pretty tasty at both, the experience was unpleasant. At Fisherman's Pub, even though the prices were posted on a sign at the front door, he still overcharged us and was upset when we corrected him. Bombas, well that was an experience. Let's just say, never again! Staff were rude and they seemed to just make prices up as they went. It was a ridiculously small amount of food for a ridiculously large amount of money. Also, he sets his own exchange rate for the conversion of US$ to BDS$. Needles to say, we think it is likely illegal. We have nothing good to say about this place. Stay away! There are no shortage of places to eat along this stretch of road. Now if you want lots of good food for little money and a fairly authentic experience, Tim's in Bridgetown is the place. It is right on Broad Street, upstairs roughly across the street from Cave Shepherd. It was great. The food was good and the service was exceptional. We always eat at Pugs rum shop across from the airport. Once we have checked our bags, we run across and get some chicken and macaroni pie.
As for groceries, this resort is close to two good ones. Jordan's in Speightstown is walking distance and Supercentre in Holetown is just a short drive away.

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Liked best: It was quiet and convenient.
Liked least: Size of the unit, small.
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IanKayak
Buckie, United Kingdom
1 review
“An excellent villa, made our holiday outstanding.”
Reviewed 14 February 2013 for a stay in January 2013

Top tips, stop and pick up some essential supplies enroute from the airport. Make sure u get a good handover on tv, aircon, and other electrics.
We enjoyed 3weeks on the island. The villa and complex were excellent, local agent most helpful.
Beach easy to reach or use buses to go further.
We will be returning soon.
The village manager and staff (Martin, Julie, Rashida and Susanna) made us very welcome and our holiday special, as did everyone we met in cafe's,shops bars and restaurants.
The pool is excellent and kept very clean, beware some long stay guests (Canadian) regularly towelled the pool loungers, then left them empty for hours, very selfish! Perhaps the village manager could add this to village guests rules.

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Liked best: Villa size, great bed, good location, lovely pool and great little bar.
Liked least: Lounge furniture, tv system awkward to use.
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 December 2012 for a stay in December 2012

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Liked best: The villa and the island were wonderful.
Liked least: Leaving!
Travelling group: Solo
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LisaGSome...
Somerville, MA
1 review
“Beautiful, clean villa”
Reviewed 26 October 2012 for a stay in June 2012

I stayed here in June 2012 with a friend from work and we couldn't have been happier. The property manager who met us at the villa was very helpful and friendly and made sure we were comfortable. Inside is very clean and comfortable and the grounds are beautiful. It's within walking distance to the beaches and there are buses right at the corner to take you into Holetown (about 10 minutes), Speightstown, and Bridgetown. Also, the Abbotts (Ian and Nadine, the owners) were super friendly and quick to respond through email when we inquired and then ultimately booked their place. I'll come back with my boyfriend and have no hesitation staying here.

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Reviewed 14 October 2012 for a stay in October 2012

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