Hotel Settlers' Beach Hotel 3 star
Holetown, St James, Barbados Holetown, Barbados
Amy Adejokun Section editor

An intimate holiday resort, Settlers' Beach oozes tranquillity and relaxation. Its casual Caribbean atmosphere will most likely have guests instantly at ease; probably why the hotel boasts many repeat guests - some have been coming to stay for the last 30 years! This is an ideal holiday resort for those who seek peace and quiet. Meanwhile, limited leisure facilities means the hotel might not be the top choice for families with young children to entertain...

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    • Hotel Settlers' Beach

      Settlers' Beach   -   © Dubus / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel Settlers' Beach

      Settlers' Beach   -   © Dubus / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 8.14 /10

    In the heart of Holetown on Barbados's "platinum coast" (west coast), Settlers' Beach is about a 45 minute drive from the Grantley Adams International Airport.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    Accommodation consists of 22 self-contained villas and one apartment, all measuring around 140m². The villas come in bungalow style (single storey, on the ground floor), or townhouse style (two storey) with the living areas on the ground floor and the bedrooms on the upper floor. All rooms contain large, fully equipped kitchens however televisions are available on request only. Simple rattan furnishings, cool bright colours, high wooden ceilings and white wooden shutters help to cultivate a laidback island-living atmosphere. The majority of rooms have garden views only and only the bedrooms are fitted with air conditioning units. The ground floor bungalows feature large, indoor patios perfect for sultry summer evenings. While there is a certain Caribbean charm to the rooms, they appear somewhat dated and faded. Their décor needs to be refreshed to have them looking new again, and while not a major facelift there is work to be done all the same.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    Built in 1970, Settlers' Beach consists of 23 rooms arranged in a crescent shape, all facing a waterfront bar and restaurant. The hotel rooms are distributed throughout four acres of lush, tropical gardens. Narrow, winding paths snake past beautiful, flowering plants and the low-rise buildings that make up the bungalows and units of Settlers' Beach. Nestled in the gardens, only a few steps from the waterfront restaurant is a large swimming pool, surrounded by wooden sun loungers draped in striped green mattresses. The pool and its spacious deck are shielded by the verdure for privacy, almost hidden away.

    At the water's edge is the hotel restaurant, Spago, sister restaurant to Spago Holetown. An adjacent TV room is darkish but cosy, with a large television and a computer corner. It may eventually be transformed into a small fitness centre but for the moment, the hotel offers a free shuttle service to a nearby gym. While Settlers' Beach may not boast a wide range of leisure facilities, there is something very peaceful and private about it, a feeling of seclusion that keeps guests coming back time and time again.

    Food and drink 8.95 /10

    Food and beverage is available at the on-site restaurant Spago, which serves simple but good Italian cuisine. The restaurant is open-air and perfect for informal seaside dining, with a raised wooden deck under the palm trees taking prime position right by the water. There are two other Spago restaurants on the island, popular with both locals and tourists. Spago Settlers' Beach is open to members of the public for lunch and dinner. It is not, however, open for breakfast, even for guests (self-catering facilities are available in each of the 23 villas). We found the food tasty but the service incredibly slow, even though the restaurant was empty. Expect to pay BBD$30 (£9.20) for a pizza and BBD$40 - BBD$50 (£12.25 - £15.35) for a main meal of fish or meat. The management cocktail party is held every Tuesday evening.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    The hotel's restaurant is perched right on the water's edge, where there is a rock wall to divide it from the beach. The small, sandy portion of the beach is not directly in front of the hotel but is a little further along, accessed after descending a small set of stairs. To reach it, there are a few rocky areas so reef shoes may be needed. There are beach attendants to set up sun loungers and parasols. There are no traditional water sports available however the hotel lends out basic equipment such as snorkels, masks, flippers, beach balls, sand toys and floating beds. The beach's proximity to Holetown means it is not one of the most picturesque stretches of sand on the island.


    To know

    WIFI connection is free throughout the entire hotel.
    The hotel closes every September during low season but in 2011 will close for four months for renovation.


    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      beach volley, fitness

    • Safe


    • Good location
    • Four acres of lush gardens
    • Tranquil atmosphere


    • Accommodation looks worn and dated in some places
    • Few leisure facilities on-site
    • Italian cuisine at the restaurant, therefore no local dishes

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    • Overall Score nc/10