Barbados: Yellow Bird Hotel

I’m a stickler for reviews, Trip Adviser etc…and was really impressed with the overwhelming positive feedback on this hotel.

Furthermore, it’s very reasonably priced in comparison to the big east/west coast, all-inclusive resorts.

If you’re on a tight budget, or want to claw back more money for spending, you could easily spend your entire holiday using this (or similar) hotel as your base.

Alternatively, mix it up to get a taste different parts of the island.

Whether you can afford it or not, all inclusive deals do not always give you best value for money. If you’re in an area with plenty of local places to eat, why not put more of your money in the hands of local businesses and sample more of the culture, cuisine and community of the country you are visiting?

This was my first time ‘not’ staying in a big ‘all inclusive’ style hotel and, well, sometimes less really is more!

St Lawrence Gap isn’t short of restaurants and street food vendors every evening so – if you’re planning to self-cater/cook I’d avoid the main mini market in the Gap (pretty overpriced)  – there are bigger and better priced supermarkets a bus ride away toward Bridgetown.

Anyway, back to the Yellow Bird.

My top things about this hotel

  1. Location, location, location!!  Right at the start of St Lawrence Gap
  2. A short bus ride into Bridgetown
  3. A short drive from Oistins
  4. Great for people watching!
  5. Beautiful balcony views, and stunning sunsets
  6. Small and family run (a nice contrast from being in a giant hotel with hundreds of people)
  7. Fully equipped kitchen and clean modern decor
  8. Relatively more affordable than the bigger hotels on the west coast

Tip: if you’re planning on self catering – head up to one of the bigger supermarkets (rather than the small one’s in St Lawrence Gap, the bigger supermarkets will give you more for your money!

The staff here were all very helpful and friendly – though I must point out the lovely ‘Sonia’ who maintained our rooms with smiles and helpful advice along the way, never too busy to stop and say hello  – even when she was tired and working beyond her normal hours in order to support the business and guests during an unexpected ‘water cut’ – carrying large heavy containers of water up to guests rooms…..that’s another story, anyway – a huge and heartfelt thank you Sonia.

Any downsides – not really 😊

Rooms are on three  upper floors but there are no lifts – the hotel staff were strong enough to carry my baggage up the stairs, but I still felt bad because my cases normally feel like they’re full of bricks!

I would highly recommend Yellow Bird and would certainly stay there again.

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Delicious breakfasts, flying fish is always on the menu!

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We booked on to all our excursions from the very friendly reception desk staff – they’re also really good at recommending things to do, as they’ve sampled most it themselves! The staff were very honest  – e.g. about new excursions that they hadn’t tried yet – rather than just trying in vain to get you to book – much appreciated.

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Early in the morning seemed like the best time to go for a swim here, as the tide is out and you can wade quite far out in the shallow waters.
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10 days straight and I never once grew tired of the view from my room and the sunsets are priceless.

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