Associate editor Cathy Carroll visited Almond Beach Village. Her
ST. PETER, Barbados -- The oceanfront, inclusive Almond Beach
Village resort here deftly straddles the family and couples market,
and a $7 million expansion and renovation project added features
that serve both types of guests.
Almond Beach Village has a family wing and a couples wing. This
enables adults to have time with their families or alone with their
partners, according to Ralph Taylor, chairman and managing director
of Almond Beach Resorts, which also includes the 161-room,
adults-only Almond Beach Club in St. James.
For example, couples who bring their children to the village's
kids club can escape to the adults-only section of the resort,
which has a separate beach and pool area.
Another advantage of having separate adults-only and family
sections is that guests who are getting married but already have
children can bring their families along for the ceremony and still
have time alone.
Improvements have been added to both the adults-only and family
sections of the resort. In the family wing, 42 oceanview junior
suites were added, bringing the 30-acre resort's total number of
rooms to 330.
The Reef restaurant was expanded to include a pizza oven for the
kids club and an extended buffet area to accommodate the increased
number of rooms. More deck space was added to the seafood
restaurant for al fresco beachside dining.
Another addition to the village is a $1 million entertainment
package -- featuring house bands that perform reggae, jazz, steel
pan music, a '70s revival and other evening entertainment -- that
provides quality more consistent than what would result from
contracting with individual bands, Almond Beach officials said.
The resort is on the west coast of Barbados, about 11 miles from
Bridgetown, the capital, and 19 miles from the Grantley Adams
Airport. It has nine swimming pools, gift shops, a disco and two
Water sports offered include water skiing, kayaking, catamaran
sailing, reef fishing, tubing, wind surfing, sunfish sailing and
snorkeling as well as banana boats and aqua bikes. The village also
offers golf, tennis and a fitness center.
The kids program is offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for
children of all ages. The property has a nursery for children under
age 4, and coordinators entertain children ages 2 through 13.
Children can participate in water sports, boat rides, lessons in
Bajan culture, calypso and reggae dance lessons, painting and
tie-dye crafts, computer and video games and pool activities.
Private baby-sitting is available for $7.50 per hour. Rooms are
air conditioned and include a satellite television, a private
balcony or patio, a hair dryer and an in-room safe.
The village's nightly, double occupancy room rates start at $520
through March 31, after which the rate drops to $460. Rates range
up to $1,200 per night for the Presidential Suite through April 1,
after which the rate drops to $1,100.
Almond Beach Village
Phone: (800) 425-6663
Fax: (407) 872-7770
E-mail: [email protected]