My wife and I had planned to have a relaxing holiday in Barbados. We knew the island somewhat from a previous visit so we knew we wanted somewhere peaceful, quiet and slightly away from any of the main tourist areas or roads - both of which can be quite noisy. When we found Bayfield House online, we were very excited as the pictures and comments seemed to fit our plans. I can honestly say that in my opinion the pictures and wonderful comments do not do this place justice. Bayfield House is one of the most beautiful, laid back places I have ever been. When we got there, we were kindly greeted by Trevor, who offered to help us with our bags, showed us to our room, and then he made us a rum punch (the finest rum punch we had the opportunity to try) and let us relax by the pool in their wonderfully kept, quiet backyard. This set the tone for the rest of the trip. The grounds and rooms were cleaned and cleared daily by the staff, who were friendly and courteous, especially if you smile, say hello and make eye contact. The place was almost fully booked for 12 out of the 14 days we were there, however there were no noise issues, no feelings of being too close to fellow guests and no feeling of being rushed or hurried. The house is about 250m away from Mullins beach which is an excellent place to go and relax if you want to go out to the beach, although we found the back yard was way better than the beach. There is also a bus stop at the beach for those wishing to try the public transit. One thing mentioned on a number of reviews is the lack of hot water at times. I did notice that sometimes it did take a LONG time for the hot water to warm up, but it did. We had no problems as long as we were patient.
Breakfast was consistent each day as per other reviews, however we felt that there were more than enough options to keep us from getting bored (different egg styles, great pancakes, bacon/sausage, fruits, cereals, juices). Trevor is a superb chef. He makes a great breakfast, but his 3 course dinners on Thursday and Sunday are where he really gets to shine! We had dinner 3 times and each time it was fabulous. The best part is... he loves doing it! In our opinion, you cant beat something made with love - no matter how fancy the restaurant is. They will also let you bring take out back to the meal area at the house for dinners or lunch and if you let them know, they will get place settings ready for you, which was handy on days when we didn't want to get dressed up. One note of interest - portion sizes in Barbados are NOT the same size as in North America. This is good, given the North American propensity to have larger meals. We were full after all of our breakfasts though, which was important for any of our adventuring we did!
During our stay, there was at least one of the family members on the grounds from when we got up to when we went to bed. Trevor, Pam, their daughter (who's name unfortunately escapes me) and their son, Jason were very helpful and willing to chat whenever there were questions or concerns. They were all willing to give information on the island, history or tourist attractions. Trevor was particularly helpful as he seems to have a good knowledge of the island. We found his knowledge extremely helpful a number of times. The family really did help us to enjoy the island and its attractions. As with anywhere, if you have questions, don't expect them to be answered unless you ask!
Our trip to Barbados was amazing, thanks in large part to our stay at Bayfield House. This truly was an awesome place to relax and slow down. There MAY be fancier or prettier places to stay on the island, but we will not be looking anywhere else as long as Bayfield House exists. It was obvious to me that the Ramsay's are very proud of their establishment and they enjoy operating it and try to ensure a wonderful visit for all who stay there. We are looking forward to going back... hopefully sooner rather than later.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities include a restaurant, bar, fresh water pool and complimentary WiFi connection. The wide and breezy wrap-around verandas on both ground and first floors have clusters of comfortable chairs making an ideal location to relax, read or just soak up the tranquility of the surrounding tropical gardens. Our colourful landscaped gardens with seasonal flowering trees also include mangoes, bananas, plaintains, fig bananas, limes, avacado and grapefruit. These attract a variety of wildlife including the Barbados green monkey. Arrangements have been made for our guests to use the Spa and Beauty Treatment facility "Indulgence" operated by Royal Westmoreland which is just a four minute walk away. On Mullins beach there are chaises and umbrellas for rent and a variety of water sports. Mullins Beach Bar & Restaurant is an ideal spot for lunch, dinner or maybe a sunset cocktail. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bayfield House Hotel Mullins
- Bayfield House Barbados/Mullins