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“Beautiful, Great Location, Lovely Staff”

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5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Barbados

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JPPerspec...
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful, Great Location, Lovely Staff”
Reviewed 5 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016
1
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Villa Melissa is fantastic, spacious with beautiful decor. The pool is a good size and our young children just loved playing in it. The location is perfect...an easy walk into Holetown along the beach or to the bus stop...so no need for a car. The staff were great...Patricia's food was just delicious, Grace ensured that our laundry was washed everyday, which was a real treat...and Rico was so helpful and courteous.
There are just 2 reasons why I have not given this 5 stars...firstly it is a little further from the beach than I had thought based on the information...although it is still just a short walk. Secondly, which is more to do with the management company than the villa itself....we arrived to a full construction site on the property next door...which meant that we had CONSTANT drilling and noise from 7am until 9pm EVERY day/night - it was relentless...hardly the peaceful and tranquil holiday that we had planned...it really did affect our holiday. I think that the management company should have forewarned us of this disturbance. We were also overlooked by the workman for our entire stay. I understand that this work will soon be complete but it should have been brought to our attention before our travel.

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Liked best: The villa itself
Liked least: The wardrobes...which were a nightmare to open/close and the construction site
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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julie d
Chester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fabulous Villa”
Reviewed 16 November 2015 for a stay in November 2015

Just returned to the UK after a wonderful stay at Melissa. We were made to feel welcome as soon as we entered the front door - nothing was too much trouble for the staff.
Patricia was busy in the kitchen preparing our dinner - who by the way, makes the most delicious Baileys cheesecake. The best I have tasted and you must try. The butler and the housekeeper showing us around and settling us in.

The villa has 5 bedrooms, 3 in the main house and 2 in the cottage which is just across the garden area, we where asked which room we wanted to use and opted for the main house - where we made good use of the brand new and very cool, media room, relaxing on the comfy sofas watching the big screen. .

Even though the villa has a super pool and bar area we had to explore the beach which is just minutes walk away and just a short car ride took us into Holetown where we explored the shops and nightlife.

A great place to stay - it has everything you could need - space, comfort, staff, garden for the children to play in - close to the beach, shops and Holetown.

Will definitely return to Melissa and are already looking at dates for 2016.

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Liked best: Pool/Bar/Media Room/location
Liked least: coning home
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Lang M
Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Luxurious comfort”
Reviewed 6 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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This was our first ever trip to Barbados and although we've stayed in many villas throughout Europe, we had not stayed in a staffed house before Villa Melissa. I can only say that we had the most relaxing and comfortable stay imaginable.

We were a group of 3 extended families travelling from Australia, Canada and the UK to meet in Barbados. We had 4 young children in our party so the air-conditioned 5 bed/bath house and cottage combination provided an extremely comfortable space for our stay. The combination of the media room, outdoor dining area, several sitting areas, lawn, pool, bar and cottage meant there was ample space to find a quiet corner to relax in peace or come together as a group for food, fun and games. The pool and bar combination was enjoyed for many long hours each day the pristine beach is a 5 minute walk from the front door down a quiet walkway. So easy in fact that barefoot 4 year old in wet swimmers would happily do it 3 times a day.

The villa staff were kind and considerate and really went out of their way to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. While always discreet, they each took great care of every family member in our party. Patricia planned wonderful menus from locally sourced produced for fining eating throughout the week. She was flexible and helpful in catering for fussy young eaters and even babies. Ricardo was a very considerate and efficient butler, handling all of our many needs around the house, pool, bar and even the beach. He never once faulted on a cocktail request and he makes the best rum punch we had on the island. Nadine did a sterling job keeping the living quarters clean and comfortable for our entire stay. She was considerate of the babies routines and quietly and efficiently handled the massive washing requirement generated by 3 families on extended travels.

I don't often leave reviews but felt compelled to do so on this occasion. While reluctantly driving back to the airport after our stay, my Wife asked me what rating I would (hypothetically) leave on trip advisor. After careful but brief deliberation I had to respond with "5 stars" simply because there is nothing more we could Hve wanted from our stay.

Travelling group: Extended Family
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Dawn P
Palm City, Florida
1 review
“Amazing Place with Life Long Memories!”
Reviewed 6 October 2015 for a stay in September 2015

This year I turned 40 and so did a few of my greatest girl friends I've known for years! We wanted to do something really special to celebrate. It doesn't get any better than this! I've been on some high end, amazing vacations but this tops them all! The home is absolutely beautiful and the staff is incredible. They tend to your every need!

We woke up to French pressed coffee and watching monkeys run along the wall of the pool. The outdoor area and pool are beautiful (I live in Florida so I'm used to nice pools, but this was really special). There are several outdoor seating areas and a beautiful bar.

Great location! Villa Melissa is less than a 5 minute walk to the most beautiful beach where the water is warm and clear.

I highly recommend Villa Melissa! I plan to go back with my hubby and kids!

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emacgeach...
Evanston, Illinois
1 review
“Amazing Villa Melissa!!!!”
Reviewed 6 October 2015 for a stay in September 2015

I recently returned from a birthday celebration with seven friends at Villa Melissa, and we had an incredible time! The Villa is absolutely lovely, and has been recently upgraded with a larger pool, pool bar, teak deck furniture, and numerous upgrades to the living spaces. Being that Barbados is not the usual American choice for a Caribbean Holiday, it was so fun to have my friends enjoy all that Barbados has to offer.
The staff at Villa Melissa were wonderful. Ricardo, the butler, took care of all of our needs…including amazing rum punches! Patricia cooked our delicious meals, and Nadine was a lovely house keeper.
You may lounge by the pool, or take a short walk out the door to the beautiful West Coast beach. The Villa's proximity to the beach, fabulous restaurants, and shopping make it a must for anyone contemplating a trip to the Island.
Villa Melissa is very family friendly, as the whole Villa sleeps 10 people. We were 8, and very comfortable. The bedrooms are air-conditioned, and there is plenty of common space for everyone to relax and enjoy themselves.
I highly recommend a stay at Villa Melissa…you will not regret it!!!

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Liked best: The people, and staff at Villa Melissa
Travelling group: Friends
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edward B
1 review
“Holiday of a lifetime !!”
Reviewed 9 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015

We have recently returned from a 10 day trip to Villa Mellissa in Barbados .. The accommodation comfortably slept and catered for us all.. The villa is exceptional, and the cottage is a dream !! The villa has recently undergone a number of upgrades..including a new pool / pool bar and alfresco dining area. We really made the most of them, I personally never wanted to leave the pool bar, where Raymond would serve us up his famous Rum punch on tap ! .. The swimming pool is very kid friendly too, and has been done to a very high standard. The postion of villa Mellissa is second to none ...litterly a 2 minute stroll takes you onto the breathtaking beaches of the west coast. We enjoyed a stroll before breakfast everyday and loved watching the sunset most evenings whilst the kids played on the beach. The Staff at the villa were all lovely and very professional.. Desmond the butler was great fun , and Patricia the chef was awesome ..and let's not forget the laundry maid Nadine who was also fantastic ..
We are already looking at booking this next year.. Highly recommend to families or couples .

Ed

Ed

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BAM61
New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Paradise at Villa Melissa, Barbados”
Reviewed 24 July 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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person found this review helpful

This was our 3rd trip to Barbados. We had to stay at a new villa due to our large party this time. We took a chance on Villa Melissa and we were extremely pleased. Let me start by saying that the staff is what completes this villa. Victor the butler is a gem. He's there to please your needs but it's his amazing spirit that lures you in. We loved how he took the time to fix the table to perfection, flowers & fancy shapes out of the napkins and candles illuminated the area every night. He also sets up your chairs & umbrellas at the beach every day. Patricia the cook whips up anything you desire and she does it with a warm smile. She's an excellent cook. Michele the housekeeper keeps the place spotless and provides you with fresh linens and does your laundry every day! There are two houses on the property. One is the main house with 3 bedrooms/3 baths, living area and kitchen. The other is the cottage with 2 bedrooms (one has a huge sitting area)/2baths and a kitchen.. Both houses have outdoor sitting areas and the main house has a large table outside where we dined every day. The pool is not very large but definitely accommodated us. We loved the monkeys that were all around. They came right up to us when we gave them bananas! They don't come near you if you don't feed them so they are never a problem. The beach is a short walk and is absolutely beautiful. Any type of watersport is available. Ask around for Rodney for waverunners, he's always willing to give you a good deal. We also took a catamaran trip on "Elegance" with Cally the Captain. We highly recommend this trip. We swam with the turtles, snorkeled and relaxed on this private boat for 5 glorious hours (lunch/alcohol included in the price of $100 person - definitely worth it!) Another fun day trip is to the cliffs on the northeast coast where you can take a tour in the caves called Animal Flower Cave. The scenery is breathtaking watching all the waves crashing around....truly beautiful. As far as dining, the staff has off 1 day during the week and we dined at Indigo for lunch and the The Beach House for dinner. Both very good and modestly priced. In conclusion, we highly recommend this villa and cannot say enough great things about it. It was truly paradise! For additional information contact owner Stephen Grant, Worldwide Dream Villas.

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Liked best: the amazing staff
Liked least: Shower water pressure
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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