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The Club, Barbados Resort & Spa Adults Only - All Inclusive

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed here in February for a relaxing break - there is nothing really wrong with this hotel, but then again there is nothing really right about it either! It is a rather tired all inclusive hotel. Most of the staff are friendly (although the reception staff less so), the all inclusive food and drinks are largely OK, the rooms are large but then the place is a little tired. Probably what was most disappointing was the 'beach' area, which is a terrace behind a low sea wall that is covered in sand, and a huge amount of plastic furniture. The terrace isn't big enough for the size of the hotel so it literally a sea of bodies, almost touching each other (which isn't quite what I had in mind!) however just a 2-3 minutes walk in either direction you can be on a proper beach (one way depends on the tide) and it is FAR nicer! My only other criticism is there is no WIFI in the rooms, although when booking it says it has WIFI which I think is a little deceiving. So you have to sit in the restaurant or reception to use - I think in todays world where a lot of people have to work ate times in their holidays if self employed (like both of us) then this is paramount - I know it would be better if we didn't have to work when away, but sometimes depending on the type of business you run that is necessary. (Instead we paid £5 / day and plugged our phones into our laptop so we could work in our room which isn't so bad). A lot of the guests seemed to be at retirement age so I guess this was less of a concern. Apart from that the west coast of Barbados was amazing, as was all of the island! However if I went back (hope to!) I would hire a villa / apartment.

Want to feel at home, welcomed with every desire attended, The Club Resort & Spa on the island of Barbados has to be your next trip destination. All of the staff are friendly and accommodating. Delicious food and drinks flow continuously. Don’t miss Fridays in Oinstin’s and the Saturday barbecue in the Resort. Come with your lover or a group of friends and you will love the experience. The staff will make sure if it.

We got married at this resort in 2004 when it was almond beach club and we have returned many times since. The staff are so nice and very helpful. The management are very interactive with the guests. Food is varied allways cooked to perfection . The accommodation is very clean and beds comfortable. We will definitely be returning.

It's not often that one visits a resort for a quick 2 day business trip and sees the need to leave a Trip Advisor review but The Club Barbados impressed me enough to do just that. From the moment I arrived I was greeted at the reception desk with big warm smiles which immediately set the tone. Check in was quick and efficient and I was even escorted to my room by one of the managers. Being rather tired from travel it was such a nice surprise that Mary-Ann the waitress was kind enough to read out the dinner menu at the Al A Carte restaurant for me then deliver my order to my room. She even returned to collect my used dishes and brought me dessert! At breakfast I met the lovely Heather at the eggs station who was very friendly, and engaging. Later on I saw she won employee of the year and I can see why. She remembered my name every time we met. I also met the manager Rodcliff who was also very pleasant and wanted to make sure I was having a good time. All my queries at the front desk were handled by Karen who couldn't do enough to help. From booking taxis to special requests. and always with the biggest smile on her face. There were other supervisors and staff I met but I cant remember every name. The entire resort felt like a small family. The food was delicious. I enjoyed some really good King Fish at dinner. I felt like I found a little gem hidden away in Barbados at this resort and told them before I left I would definitely be back with the misses for a longer stay!

First, let me say that the staff at The Club Barbados is excellent. They are very accommodating and try their best to provide excellent service to those staying at the resort. The biggest problem is that they are so under-staffed that it may take a while to get anything done. Marcia (waitress for the bars) and Sylvester (bartender) are extremely helpful. The bedding in the rooms is adequate, but the shower area had an exposed light bulb directly over the shower which would never stand up to OSHA standards. Electrocution could definitely be a problem. With that being said, I have some real problems relating to this resort and how it is run. I thought long and hard about how to describe this resort so that others would not be fooled into thinking that I am just a disgruntled customer. Before we booked this resort, I read several reviews and thought to myself, “Well, it can't be that bad.” But, it was THAT bad. This resort is the main reason that I will not go back to this island. As one of the former reviewers of this resort stated, “I AM NOT DEAD YET!!!!” So my review is a parody of Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a Redneck if..." I am calling it ‘You might not want to stay at this resort if...’ * If you believe that all food, drink, etc. should be included in an All-Inclusive Resort - You might not want to stay at this resort. (This resort gives you two bottles of water upon check-in. After that, if you want bottled water, you must pay for it. Also, the dinner menu never includes steak of any kind. If you want steak, surf and turf, or a variety of other options, you pay for them as if you are in a five star restaurant, which this resort is NOT! You would be better served to go to The Cliff [a local 5 star restaurant]. At least there, you might get a decent meal.) * If you like coming to lunch right from the beach or pool - You might not want to stay at this resort. (Men are required to wear shirts with sleeves, and all swimsuits must be covered and completely dry.) * If you would like to eat dinner in a relaxed atmosphere - You might not want to stay at this resort. (All dinners require reservations. Women are supposed to wear long pants or skirts, but men are allowed to wear nice shorts (Why the double standard here?) and a collared shirt to the Sunset Restaurant. If you decide to try Enid's the second restaurant on site, men must wear long pants. The menu is equally bad and no different from what you might get in the other dining area.) * If you like to sit on your balcony, enjoy the ocean front view and drink your coffee - You might not want to stay at this resort. (Ocean front rooms have an outdoor room, more like a covered porch, with limited view due to the extended roof-line. Coffee makers are 1980’s vintage, and the sugar, creamer packets have to be kept under glass to prevent the birds from spreading granules all over the floor.) * If you like music playing around the pool, daytime activities, and good company - You might not want to stay at this resort. (They have no speakers in the pool area, so any music is limited to what is near the Sunset Lounge Bar. Daytime activities are only listed on a chalkboard, which we did not even see until the third day, and are very sedentary unless you want to take a walk - on the street - in the morning.) * If you are a beach person and want the opportunity to lie out near the water on the sand - You might not want to stay at this resort. (There is no beach at this resort. They have brought in sand and placed it on the hardened surface to make it seem like beach, but you cannot go play in the water or walk on the beach. They have a seawall, and a set of steps that take you to the one point where you might be able to enter the sea if the tide is low.) *If you are under 85 years old and still have a pulse - You might not want to stay at this resort. (This resort caters to geriatric clientele. They do not want any noise around the pool, restaurants, bars, beach, etc. At one point a lady asked me if I was using the lounger next to me. I told her "No, you are welcome to it". She told me that she and her friends were rearranging the patio, and that they would be quiet in just one moment. Seriously? We are at an all-inclusive resort that is supposed to be fun. I want excitement and fun, not QUIET!!!). *If you enjoy night time entertainment - You might not want to stay at this resort. (Night time entertainment consists of local groups playing and singing songs from the 40’s, 50's and 60's. Each night a different group performs, but the play list is the same. Occasionally, the group of the night might throw in a rendition of “Dancing Queen” [a 1970's song, but still 40+ years old]. All of the performers were trying their best to entertain the crowd, but honestly, my 90 year old mother would be bored to tears with this music/entertainment.) * If you like to sit up after 10 PM and have a drink at one of the three bars located near the main area - You might not want to stay at this resort. (The beach bar closed daily before 10:30 PM. One day it was closed at 6 PM. Sunset Lounge Bar closes at 11 PM when the entertainment stops. The Rum Shop Bar is only open during dinner hours 6:30 - 9:00 and is closed on Saturdays. There is a piano bar located at the front of the resort that stays open from 11 PM - 2 AM, but most people just gave up and went to bed.) * If you want to stay at a resort that is solidly into the 21st century – You may not want to stay at this resort. (This resort is tired and worn. Lighting in the rooms consists of 40 watt bulbs. Considering they are targeting older adults, lighting should be much brighter to account for weakening eyesight. Signs on the trees throughout the resort show a vintage 1990’s cell phone in the universal NO circle with a line through it stating “Shh! Please Vacations at Work.” Perhaps changing the vintage sign for something more current would be more appropriate.) All in all, I would only recommend this resort to older adults who want peace and quiet. Although my husband and I are nearing seventy, we are extremely active. Give us a resort that has some pizzazz, not the retirement village that is The Club Barbados.

We arrived at the hotel in the evening for a two week stay and immediately went into the restaurant for dinner and was very impressed by the standard and quality of the food and the very pleasant and efficient waitresses and bar staff. Our accommodation was a one bedroom guest suite which was very clean and spacious - very comfy bed with good pillows and bed linen. The en-suite always had plenty of hot water and powerful shower and bath too. Our room was traditionally furnished with a very good sized balcony with views over the gardens and swimming pools. Exactly as shown on their website photos! Our first impression was that this hotel is one of Barbados older traditional resorts but from our first day we realised how the place has a unique ambiance created by the professional friendly welcoming staff. You can see from the way they work quietly and efficiently in maintaining, updating and upgrading the hotel that they are passionate and proud of their hotel and committed to making their clients stay as relaxed and welcoming as possible - The main restaurant Is located overlooking the sea with an indoor/outdoor setting and the staff serve in an efficient happy and friendly way - nothing is too much trouble. The food was of a high standard with varied menus and choices throughout our two week stay offering both buffet style and seated dining services. The evening music entertainment was very good with live bands and singers and an excellent Caribbean band on Sunday Lunchtime. Every day there is an activities programme varied to suit all ages if one wishes to join in. The water sports, fitness and activities staff are professionally trained, very helpful, organised and fun! The gym is equipped with a good range of machines and weights and located within the Spa where I had a Swedish massage which was excellent! The hotel Is well located very near Holetown St James within easy walking distance to various shops and bars. Finally we feel the hotel website and photos are a true representation and we would highly recommend this resort and certainly visit again! Small criticism - the Internet connection (daily or weekly charge) can be slow but their technical staff were very helpful and upgrading the system whilst we were there and it did improve although we feel there should be free connection as is becoming the norm when staying at most hotels now.

This is my retirement dream location, our second visit (first March 2016), to the Club, and once again it met all our expectations, from check in the reception team were excellent, our room (221) was just right closer to the beach and more importantly the entertainment and bar area, great service from the restaurant girls and mention Rhea,Seleta, Marcia who were ambassadors for the standards we take for granted but really appreciate, although the last three days were marred by the rain we still enjoyed the entertainment and services, hopefully we will enjoy future visits.

Only our second all inclusive(first one a couple of weeks before Sandals Royal Barbados) so by comparison this didn,t compare SRB is a brand new RESORT and a lot more expensive. But The Club does have a charm which I think a lot of people will go for.The grounds of The Club are compact and generally in good order the restaurant and bar areas are ok but are in need of refurbishment just a good lick of paint and general tidy up would help. Our Room was sea facing very roomy clean comfortable bed apart from the sound of the sea, nice and quite all very nicely looked after. Restaurant was good ate there all the time, breakfasts normal breakfast fare only room for improvement could be a better selection of juices (I missed grapefruit ) having said that there was fresh grapefruit halves there.Lunchs for me were a great meal freshly grilled fish everyday a glass of wine lovely.Evening meals some good some not so good. Entertainment was ok pianist before and during dinner nice touch and a couple of other act seemed to attract quite a good crowd so in general it was good. Easy to walk into Holetown although didn,t really find the centre or if we did it was,t what we expected Tip when the tides out walk along the shore line pleasant stroll takes about 30 mins.During our stay the sea was unexpectantly rough great to see but curtailed any thought of having a dip in there as the Red flag was flying every day.Catch the reggae bus out side the RESORT to almost any place on the island 2bbd a trip good value but a word of warning the driving standard of the bus drivers is not the best(well the one we had coming back from Bridgetown wasn,t at one point everyone on board was braking for him but hey we survived). Summary The Club Barbados Resort and SPA overall needs freshening up Rooms comfy and spacious food ok (some of the staff need to learn the art of smiling not all just a few)Bars good well stocked if not all ways with top brands staffed by computant friendly persons. Would I stop here again ???? KEEP THAT GRILLED COMING

Stayed here for a week following cruise. On check in we were shocked to have to had over a card for deposit against damages $360Barbados not sure why we weren’t informed by travel agent! We were shown to our room which was large, clean and on the whole lovely. We had an issue with the kettle which kept tripping the electric and the Air Con which dripped water all over the floor. Both were reported and the air con was fixed the same day. The pools were lovely set on different levels. The food was okay, but in my opinion the menu felt limited on options. Each morning you also need to book a table for the evening. There is also a strict dress code you need to be aware of. Men no vest tops even for breakfast although for women swimwear is acceptable! Lastly my husband organised a lovely birthday cake to be presented at our evening meal for my 50th Birthday it was such a shame it came out with the wrong name on it ....staff apologetic and no charge but it was such a shame. Would I stay here again....probably not but it also wasn’t bad by any standard either.

Great choice as adults only hotel and lovely staff. Glad we chose all inclusive as quite expensive to eat out. Amazing food and extensive choice. Free water sports and lots to do. Good location as can walk along the beach either way for quite a way (when the tide is out). Would definitely visit here again!

Vauxhall Holetown St. James

Hotel highlights

  • Free hot/cold buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

The Club, Barbados Resort & Spa Adults Only - All Inclusive places you within a 10-minute stroll of Sandy Lane Beach and Chattel Village. This 4-star resort has 157 guestrooms and offers conveniences like 3 restaurants, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. Holetown Monument and Holetown Beach are also near this Holetown resort.


Dining

Free hot/cold buffet breakfast is served each morning from 7 AM to 9:30 AM. This resort is home to 3 onsite restaurants, perfect for a quick bite to eat. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


Rooms

The Club, Barbados Resort & Spa Adults Only - All Inclusive's 157 air-conditioned rooms provide refrigerators, coffee makers, and free local calls. LCD TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds are dressed in premium bedding. Ceiling fans, safes, and ironing boards are also available.


Property features

The Club, Barbados Resort & Spa Adults Only - All Inclusive features a full-service spa, a nightclub, and an outdoor pool. You can take advantage of free parking, along with limo/town car service. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with dry cleaning/laundry and concierge services. Other amenities at this all-inclusive resort include a fitness center, a spa tub, and a sauna.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

78.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1925 reviews