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Married in Barbados...
My wife and I had an absolutely wonderful time at Peach and Quiet. As other writers have said, Ms. Margaret (the lady in charge of the hotel) was very helpful and accomodating during our stay. We thoroughly enjoyed the simplicity of our room (no tv or phone), the close proximity to public transportation (a 5 minute walk), and the corner store which is also close by. The meals that are offered are very very good.
Be aware -- this hotel is called Peach and Quiet because of the peace and quiet that surrounds it. The loudest noise heard is the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks. This hotel is not within walking distance of clubs and a lot of restaurants -- there are other hotels which are closer. However, for $.75 US per person, a relatively short trip to the "city" via public transportation is close by. We enjoyed being far enough away from the "night life" that it didn't interfere with our relaxing and restful vacation.
Our one regret is that we didn't have a refrigerator in our room. Since we both enjoy cooking, we would've bought some local food and cooked it ourselves (which saves money). But, as I said before, the taste and quantity of the food served at the hotel left nothing to be desired.
Ms. Margaret was kind enough to assist my wife and I in finalizing our plans to be married in Barbados. She made sure that we had everything we needed -- including reservations, transportation, and flowers. We had a wonderful time!
A little to Remote and Rustic for me
My Wife and I read all of the excellent reviews on Peach and Quiet and decided it would be a perfect place for us to stay in Barbados. As soon as we got there, I knew we had made a big mistake! The property is beautiful, it is right on the Ocean side of the island. The seas were very rough, and most of the coast line in the area was coral and rocks. The "beach" that was in walking distance was about a ten minute walk through a residential neighborhood that was a little sketchy. The Beach as nothing more than a deserted strip of sand with plants and litter and very rough seas - not at all what you think of when you imagine a island beach. The room could be described as rustic, but I think I would describe it as dumpy. There is a bed, with two light bulbs over the headboard. There is a home-made plywood closet with a safe, and a nice little private patio. The bathroom was very rough - almost prison like. The lack of Air Conditioning was also a major issue - we had one noisy fan and basically sweat in bed all night. Once the sun came up - forget about sleeping. We were also told that this property was close to St. Lawrence Gap, but close is not how I would describe it. We once again had to walk through a residential neighborhood and wait for the "bus", which is really just a van with about 30 people stuffed inside. The 30 minute ride was hell, so when we came back we decided to take a Taxi which was MUCH more expensive. We moved to a hotel in the Gap after one night, and were very happy we did. Peach and Quiet is great if you are looking for a beautiful property that is quiet and far removed from the "tourist" area of the island, and you do not mind a room that is more like a camp cabin. If you are looking for a more traditional Caribbean resort, stay somewhere else.
Like coming home.....
I felt compelled to write about my experience at Peach and Quiet after a lovely 5 day stay in Barbados. We choose property's where you feel like it is your own private resort and that is exactly what you get while visiting Margaret and Adrian at Peach and Quiet. First you arrive at this gorgeous island with beaches that go for miles. It takes about 10 minutes from the airport and is in a residential area. It doesn't look like much when you drive up but once you get inside it is quaint and comfortable.
I have never experinced such beautiful powder white sand beaches and the colors of turquoise in the waters are endless here in Barbados. The Peach and Quiet is on the southend on the island and away from all the hustle and bustle of the Gap. You will fall asleep to tree frogs singing and the crashing of waves outside your window. There are no screens on the windows so make sure to bring bug spray to wear in the evenings. This is one thing they should do is put mosquito netting around each bed as it would help the bugs at night in yoru room.
The food is excellent and like most other reviews have stated you won't want to go elsewhere for dinner because the atmosphere is wonderfully romantic with lanterns and candles lit everywhere and I dated a chef for 5 years and I can tell you the food here is top-notch!
We paid about $90/night for our room and it was well worth it. The beds are very comfortable and clean. This is not the Hilton so if you want fancy 5 star...go elsewhere. I can still taste the homeade bread rolls in the morning with honey on them..yum yum! Margaret prepares the most amazing black bellied lamb with mint sauce!
I would have to say make reservations for dinner at Zen for one of your meals. It is at the Crane Resort and was fabulous and the view of the world famous Crane Beach is outstanding. Spectacular food so please make sure to go there once for the sushi!
Also the Peach and Quiet does not have a beach and it is rocky but you can take a 5 min stroll and arrive at a gorgeous sandy beach that is not crowded at all. Allow yourself ample money for taxi's going to and from the Gap where the night life is. ( around $20 each way) We went on the Silver Moon II catamaran tour and they bring you to a place where you swim with turtles..probably the best part of my vacation. Also we went scuba diving with The Dive Shop and Haroon and David are excellent guides. Go dive Carlisle Bay with the shipwrecks...it is the best dive I have ever done...calm waters and we saw seahorses, octopus, lobster, sea cucumbers, angel fish, needlefish and lots more!
One thing to keep in mind as well you will need $15 cash at the airport when you leave at customs.
Can't wait to go back again and visit the beautiful island and the wonderful new friends at Peach and Quiet! They truly go out of their way to make you feel like a family friend.
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I would for sure go back to the Peach and Quiet if you want to feel like a guest at someones house instead of just another "body" at a larger resort.
Pluses and Minuses of P&Q
I have never seen a more beautiful property than Peach and Quiet. The view is unbelieveable. It is a relaxing, quiet place with only 22 rooms. There are no children allowed, so your "peace and quiet" will not be broken by kids running around screaming or splashing around in the pool all day. I have only two reservations about recommending this hotel: the lack of air conditioning and the mosquitoes. Perhaps it depends where your room is, but I was upstairs, not on the ocean, and unless I was laying on the bed under the ceiling fan, the room was stifling and I mean it! Also, I was eaten alive by mosquitoes. Other than those two problems, I loved this beautiful hotel, the peaceful surroundings, the spectacular views, good food. The only thing I could hear was the ocean in the distance and the birds and tree frogs.
Do keep in mind though, that you are on the opposite side of Bridgetown. I am a scuba diver, misjudged the distance, and had almost half an hour trip going to my dives, which originated on the other side of the island, and then back, every day. You're pretty isolated. But my gosh, what an incredible bargain! The room is a generous size and I had a huge balcony upstairs. The bathroom is small and a bit stark. I must truly say the lack of A/C is nothing to shrug off. No screens on the sliding glass doors, either. Hence the mosquito bites! You'll have to make up your own mind, there are very good pluses to this property, as well as a couple serious minuses.
Even with the great prices and lovely views, for the drawbacks, I do not think I would return.
No place else I'd rather be
I've stayed at the Peach and Quiet twice and I've never written a review because I couldn't seem to find the words to explain how much I love this place. Apparent from my ignorant rambling I still haven't. The atmosphere, the seclusion, the food, the service! If you truly want to get away from it all and get a "real" feel for Caribbean life, I recommend no other place.
Yes, we were eaten alive by mosquitos the first time I visited with a friend and sweltered in the room with no air conditioning. But the second time I visited with my sister, I brought Citronella candles and placed them around the room -which did the trick- and Margaret is more than happy to fetch an oscillating fan or two for those rooms without a ceiling fan. I think it's worth the sacrifice for the exclusivity. Plus it's an incentive to get out and make the most of your vacation.
I understand not everyone has the same mindset or feel like they need to make exceptions to comfort but even with the uncomfortable bathroom -I like to have circulating air in the bathroom- I wouldn't change a thing about the Peach and Quiet.
I'm going back
We (a family of five) stayed at Peach and Quiet over Christmas week. What a treat! It is exactly as described- quiet, spare and clean, with delicious food, gracious service, helpful hosts, and it's only a five minute drive to the best beach on the island.
No, it's not for everyone. If you want T.V. and air-conditioning, go elsewhere. Yes, bug spray is a good idea, as it is almost world-wide.
But, if you're content to feel the warmth of the evening air, relax at a beautiful pool, serve yourself a drink and watch a glorious sunset, then you may meet me on my return trip.
A true gem on the south side of Barbados
Having stayed at the Peach & Quiet 12 years ago, we had determined that it was high time that we returned to this beautiful island and, what better place to stay, than this wonderful hotel. Our memories were well rewarded, in that Margaret and Adrian continue to improve on a theme that needs no improving. Top value, casual elegance, relaxation, and friendly owners who are intimately involved in seeing to it that your stay is truly one to remember. As two couples from upstate NY, we were able to only stay a week, so our days were filled with running around the island (rum & brewery tours), sightseeing, beach time, and lots and lots of dining out. If we'd had slowed down a little, we would have probably stayed on the grounds and enjoyed a few more of their inexpensive, yet elegantly delicious dinners (often including entertainment). I don't know how they do it, actually. You can spend hundreds more (yes, hundreds) dining out, while dinner at the Peach & Quiet is top drawer and a fabulous value. We ate breakfast at the hotel every day and it also was terrific. Our rooms were #5 and #6 downstairs (about $100 US per room, not per person). No phones, TV's, or A/C...but we went here to avoid TV and phones. And the lack of A/C is handled simply by a fan and cool ocean breezes...no problem, mon. An -honor bar- is available 24 hours, at prices like $1.50 US for a Banks beer, the wonderful local brew. You simply can't beat it. I'm reluctant to even tell you about this gem because I want the secret to be kept to only those in the know, but Margaret and Adrian are such nice people that they deserve this praise. If we can make them more successful, well, then they surely must have a little free P.R. ... Kudos to the Peach and Quiet!
An Emerson & Thoreau ideal...Bajan style.
I want to thank Margaret & Adrian for their congeniality. Adrians architectural touches made that beautiful windswept sea coast enchanting. The wind & kite surfers painted their vibrant colours on top of that canvas. The view from the whale watching platform was a photographers paradise. The evening meals were five star, we got spoiled. I enjoyed the sky gazing with the astronomer, jazz & classical guitar music at the candle lite dinners. We had the end room which I was happy for because it is the well ventilated. The only negative, I'm a bit claustrophobic so when I closed the glass door to keep the mosqitoes out that made the studio room seem uncomfortably small. The temperatures in the evening were pleasant and cooled by a wonderful ocean spray. Sunrise & sunsets were great there. Margaret hired a car for me from Courtesy Car Rental, it was great. We meandered on the East and North central area for most of our wondeful visit. This hotel is in a great location to do just that.
My husband and visited the Peach and Quiet one winter week in 2002 and returned in 2006 for our honeymoon: we wished we didn't have to wait so long to return.
Margaret and Adrienne, with the staff of the P & Q, make each and every guest feel special. The food and the accomodations are superb. It is the perfect get away spot.
sweet little gem.
The Peach and Quiet is such a sweet and lovely place to enjoy a getaway. My husband and I were only there for three nights, but it really felt like a full vacation! The owners are just absolutely fantastic: Margaret went way above and beyond the call of duty to help us to get the most out of our short stay. The property is absolutely gorgeous - there is a particular sensitivity in the architecture that is very clean and modern yet embracing - the meals are delicious, and the vibe is calm and sweet. Other than the sweet flowers on the pillows each night, here are no frills in the rooms (no A.C., no phone, TV, bath products, etc., all of which was perfectly fine with us), and it is not the right place to stay if you are looking for a party vacation (also fine with us). It is, rather, a place that is about listening to the ocean, relaxing by the pool, and taking your sense of adventure off the property, which is also very easy to do. I would recommend this to anyone, as long as their vacation motivations aren't going to disturb the quiet calm of this gorgeous hotel!