Hotel Almond Beach Club and Spa Hotel 4 star
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Highway 1, Vauxhall, St James, Barbados Sunset Crest, Barbados
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Another Almond all inclusive property (the others are Casuarina Beach and Beach Village), Almond Beach Club and Spa is the only one that caters exclusively to adults. It enjoys a handy proximity to Holetown and Sunset Crest, and offers similar facilities to those of its sister properties. Lovers of intimate boutique properties steer clear; this Almond is big and proud.

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    • Hotel Almond Beach Club and Spa

      Almond Beach Club and Spa   -   © R. DUBUS / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel Almond Beach Club and Spa

      Almond Beach Club and Spa   -   © R. DUBUS / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 9.66 /10

    Right opposite the shops in Sunset Crest on the island's west coast, Almond Beach Club and Spa is found in the parish of St James. Driving time to Bridgetown is about 25 minutes, while the Grantley Adams International Airport is reached after 45 minutes.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    There are 161 rooms at the resort: categories range from standard and deluxe (pool/garden view), through to superior deluxe and 1 bedroom suites with sea views. Rooms are quite spacious and well-lit but the mahogany furnishings throughout lend a sombre, 'heavy' feel. Rooms are simply decorated with each having a furnished terrace or balcony (although some of these are French balconies). Be aware that there are no elevators so guests staying on the third and fourth floors should be prepared for some light exercise!

    Overview 6.95 /10

    The resort is set amongst tropical gardens, on grounds sprawling several acres. It is a simple hotel with a friendly, down to earth feel. Overall, facilities at Almond Beach Club and Spa are well-maintained, but the resort is probably due for a few nips and tucks here and there (it was last renovated in 2008).

    The buzz of activity centres on the resort's three pools and outdoor Jacuzzi. Most guests tend to gather here and grab a sun lounger on the adjacent lawns. The lovely gardens are bursting with coconut palm, flamboyant and pandanus trees, as well as colourful ginger lilies and the national flower, the Pride of Barbados.

    Almond resorts are famous for providing a wealth of leisure activities to their guests and the Beach Club and Spa is no different. Active holidaymakers can try their hand at tennis, West Indian dance, yoga, ping pong, aerobics or volleyball. There is also a large, well-equipped gym (although some of the equipment itself is looking a bit worn out), and next to it, a steam room. For more laidback pursuits, head to a Bajan cooking class or take a shopping tour to the island's capital Bridgetown; the resort runs a free twice weekly shuttle bus. The highlight of the hotel however, is the spa, offering a range of treatments in a beautiful, tranquil setting decorated with local artwork and sculpture.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The Sunset Bar and Restaurant are nestled between the pool and the beachfront, the latter a casual, open-air dining space with rattan furnishings, sea views and even a grand piano. There is also a central dance floor and large stage for the entertainment that takes over in the evenings. All meals are served here and vary between buffet and à la carte services depending on the day. In general, dinner is à la carte five nights a week. Afternoon tea is served in the adjacent lounge area daily.

    Enid's is the place to go for Bajan specialties and to try your hand at the local game of 'warri.' Next door is Tommy's Rum Shop, a fun bar open in the evenings with colourful furnishings in shades of lilac, pink, blue, red, yellow and green. There is also a piano bar open between 11:00pm and 2:00am, for that late night "speakeasy" vibe. Live jazz (there's a grand piano on a small, raised stage), deep red bar stools and cushy armchairs, combined with a long wooden bar and photos of jazz great create a very cool ambiance. There is a fourth bar on the beach.

    Beach 7.45 /10

    The beach at Almond Beach Club and Spa is somewhat disappointing. One, because of the unnatural rock wall feature and two, because of the limited space - the plastic sun loungers are practically on top of each other. There is no beach attendant service but there is a beach bar. The mahogany and almond trees create plenty of shade and water sports such as waterskiing, surfing, sailing, snorkelling, kayaking, reef fishing and banana boat rides are complimentary.

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    To know

    All Almond resorts operate on an all inclusive food and beverage plan.
    A free shuttle bus between the Almond properties allows guests to visit the Almond Beach Village and Almond Casuarina Beach, with the opportunity to use their dining facilities and other amenities.
    Almond Beach Club and Spa is open to adults only.

    Equipment

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

      keep fit, hammam, beauty salon, sauna, spa, massage, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      dance, fitness, gym, aerobics, sports, tennis, volleyball, kayak, sailing, surfing, water skiing, golf, beach volley, water-polo

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • A range of leisure facilities and activities
    • Easy distance to Holetown's nightlife
    • The spa

    disadvantages

    • Crowded beachfront
    • Difficult to access rooms on the upper floors (no elevators)
    • Rooms' décor somewhat uninspiring

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score nc/10