Don't just take our word for it... Blue Sky Luxury Guests have their say!
The Buchiya Party - 03/12/2016
Great service! No headaches.Thanks again!
The Wright Party - 09/03/2015
We have just got back from the best holiday EVER, staying at 311 - a stunning three-bed apartment at Sapphire Beach Condominiums, just 50 meters from the beautiful Caribbean Sea. We booked through the efficient and helpful Blue Sky Luxury who describe this place on their website as 'beachfront bliss'. Got it in one!
We are three couples in our 60s, good friends for many years and we all appreciate the fine things of life. 311 did not disappoint.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: You rarely hear "Oh wow" or "Fabulous" from seasoned travelers as they walk through the door for the first time, particularly after a 9-hour flight from London Gatwick - but those were the sounds that came out. The owners have obviously invested in a great interiors specialist as the decor, fittings and furniture in the spacious lounge are pitch perfect. Classy, understated, chic - and comfortable.
PRIVATE TERRACE: ...and then we walked out out onto the private terrace which overlooks two swimming pools, the garden area and secure gated walls - with Dover Beach and the Caribbean on the other side. The crashing of the surf and the sunshine were a delight to these six weary travelers and both surf and sun stayed with us throughout our 8 days.
ACCOMMODATION: 311 has three good-sized bedrooms, two of them en suite, all with walk-in changing rooms and comfy beds. Nick and Janet, who were celebrating their wedding anniversary, mysteriously got allocated the huge master bedroom which overlooks the beach and sea. "Did you find the continuous crashing of the surf disturbed you in the night?" we asked the next morning and were answered with wide grins. All three bedrooms are private from one another although with six people who are all comfortable with walking around somewhat deshabillé that did not seem to matter much. Wi-Fi access is available throughout the apartment. The large lounge has an integral modern kitchen fitted with oven, microwave, American fridge, toaster - oh, just name it, it's got it. To the side is a laundry room with a combined washing machine and tumble drier.
POSITION: This is where 311 really scores. It is more or less central between both swimming pools and two security gates that look on to the beach (you are given a code for access) but more importantly it is directly opposite a beautiful big tree on the far side of the swimming pools. During the day, our eyes were popping out of our heads at the fantastic jet black humming bird - no larger than a dragon fly - hoovering up the insects around the branches of the tree, its wings a blur. 311 is at the centre of the bat run, too - at dusk, every evening for just an hour, we were treated to the spectacular flying feats of these lovely creatures as they flitted just meters from the terrace, changing direction in a millisecond to scoop up supper. Finally, as the spectacular Caribbean dusk dissolved into night, fireflies were dancing in that tree - leaning on that terrace rail, Irish whiskey in hand, enclosed by the velvety Bajan night, tiny lanterns illuminating the pool area and even tinier lanterns flickering between the darkened boughs of our friendly tree I thought I had died and gone to heaven.
STILL ON POSITION: Outside the door, after a chat with Michele, surely the cutest security guard in the Caribbean, you have a choice of easily accessible destinations. Need some groceries? Dover Market, a typical Bajan supermarket is less than five minutes walk to your right - it's not Tescos or Wal-Mart but who needs that? Here you can buy fruit, vegetables, all the basic needs for the home and kitchen - oh, and ice in bags and good bottled beer. To the left, the pleasures of the St Lawrence Gap (your local district) await. The road runs parallel to the beach with funky, low-priced beach bars offering Bajan delicacies such as flying fish sandwiches and catch of the day specials, just two minutes walk. It's a 10-minute walk to Sharkeys on the other side of the road (breakfast there is an absolute must) and further up wonderful, classy restaurants all serving top-class food. You can eat in a different restaurant every evening, each with the nighttime surf crashing in just yards away. My personal favourite is Aspara which offers both Indian and Thai cuisine to a standard you will not see bettered in London, Paris or New York.
SERVICE: 311 benefits from a friendly and efficient domestic staff who call in every few days to change the sheets, clean the apartment and do the laundry (if you want them to).
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND 311 TO YOUR FRIENDS/COLLEAGUES? Are you kidding?!?! Those who read my reviews know that I have no problem in criticising hotels/staff/service etc where it is warranted. I've tried really hard but the only thing I can think of is that occasionally, with six of us in the apartment, the ice maker ran out of ice. So one of us had to walk down to Dover Market to pick up a bag of ice. It's such a nice walk we used to fight for the privilege of fetching the ice.
There are probably better places to stay in the world than 311 but I can't think of any. If you want to holiday in paradise in an apartment where you can feel the cares of the world slipping away from you then save your nickels and pennies and head for Sapphire Beach.
This was our first time coming to Barbados. We've all had the best holiday ever. The villa was everything we could of asked for. We had a great time on the beach and enjoying the water sports. We all fell in love with Judy. The holiday was made extra special with this happy, helpful, bubbly person. The cooking was fantastic and nothing ever to much trouble. We will miss Judy very much! This will not be our last visit here! Keep smiling Judy xxx.
The Thornton Family - 07/14/2015
Great trip Cheryl and Jessica made us feel at home. Try The Cliff and Lone Star restaurants. Worth every penny.
Tiffany & Friends - 04/09/2015
Time of my LIFE! You all are wonderful xoxo.
The Adams Party - 03/14/2015
We have loved, loved, loved your beautiful home which is the epitome of relaxation and elegance and is truly a little bit of paradise! We have loved, loved, loved the marvelously delightful staff - each of whom is the epitome of caring, kindness, helpfulness, graciousness and professionalism. Pearson provided us with the most beautiful and amazing meal of delicious food served with such style and elegance. Keith managed everything with a continuous smile as he took care of every need and question. Filine and Kimberly took such good care of us and our home away from home while Katrina and Valmour kept all spotless. We had a perfectly wonderful vacation with many many wonderful memories.
God bless you all!
The Turner Party - 12/13/2014
Everyone was very cordial. We loved Andrea, her cooking was excellent. Beautiful location and island.
The Cracknell Family! - 04/20/2014
Our perfect holiday villa. The location of the villa is superb and the layout suited our family really well - the staff and the Blue Sky rep were the most attentive we have experienced and we will be emailing shortly to reserve for next year!
Thanks for taking such good care of the Cracknell family!
The Kamer Party - 03/14/2014
David and I would like to thank you and your staff for the wonderful stay at Greensleeves. It was a pleasure to meet everyone. You have made our time here most memorable
The Sim Family - 04/23/2013
The property is great for a family. The ladies on staff made the experience. Thank you, thank you. The cooking was delicious, they went above and beyond. We will request them again when we return to Barbados.
Mr. & Mrs. Bibby - 11/05/2012
We would be happy to return to Fathom’s End. Our Property Manager Sophia has been lovely and helpful. The Housekeeper is the biggest asset you could have. We all love her, she has been kind and caring to the children. The meals have been fabulous every time. We enjoyed every meal she cooked, I cannot praise her enough. I really hope we will be able to come back one day.
Mr. Peake - 05/23/2012
We met and stayed at Schooner Bay 205, for seven of which were the most enjoyable days. However, for the record the reason for this correspondence is to let Blue Sky Luxury know the highlight of our stay, was the level of service from the our housekeeper. Who made our stay most memorable, she is a credit to your company.
The Currie & Galloway Family - 04/16/2012
Shonnell Springer and Tracia from BSL were great! All the island people that we have had the privilege of meeting have been so friendly and helpful. Thanks for a great vacation.
Doug Rockett - 11/14/2011
Our stay was great! The location is excellent! The pool was inviting! Our Property Manager Ann-Marie was courteous, friendly, accommodating and professional a great ambassador for the property. The grounds, food and service made our stay one to remember.