Silver Sands Resort

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My wedding reception at Silver Sands Resort

by A TripAdvisor Member

My husband and I recently wed October 30th on the beautiful island of Barbados .Our reception was held at Silver Sands Resort .We chose it because of the exclusive location , beautiful grounds and the seaside view .The evening went exceptionally well .The food was plentiful and extremely sumptious ,the staff was attentive and polite and the setting was ideal ...I would highly recommend Silver Sands resort for your future wedding reception .

Not my idea of great

by dbeatty about Silver Sands Resort

The night before our flight home we stayed here because it was close to the airport.
This place is a "tourist class" hotel. I found it a bit crowded and noisy. The service was bad. The decor in the rooms like a Holiday Inn. I wouldn't go back.

Barbados has a number of...

by Flaul

Barbados has a number of sites of historical, architectural and natural interest and it is these that make Barbados special and unique! Most people know of the Seven Wonders of the World..... here is your chance to discover the 'Seven Wonders of Barbados'!
Explore The Seven Wonders of Barbados:

'Harrison's Cave'
'The Baobab Tree'
'Historic Jacobean Mansions'
'Morgan Lewis Mill'
'Famous Jewish Synagogue'
'Cannon Galore'
'Grapefruit Tree' (Citrus Paradise)

One of the Barbaos Tourism Encyclopedia's 'Seven Wonders of Barbados' is this spectacular cave which is one of our island's most famous attractions.

History of Harrison's Cave
Although historical references were made to Harrison's Cave from as early as the eighteenth century, no serious exploration of the cave was done until 1970, when speleologist, Ole Sorensen, was commissioned by the Barbados National Trust to make a survey and map the cave. Sorensen immediately recognised the potential of the cave and recommended that it be landscaped and developed. Four years later, work on the cave began, drawing on scientific, artistic, technological and geological resources. The work involved digging tunnels, improving lighting and diverting of underground streams.

Harrison's Cave Today
A unique phenomenon of nature, Harrison's Cave is an amazing gallery of stalactites hanging from the roof of the cave, and stalagmites that emerge from the ground, with streams of crystal-clear running water that drop from breathtaking waterfalls to form deep emerald pools. The stalactites and stalagmites were formed over thousands of years and in some places the stalactites have reached down to the stalagmites and a spectacular pillar has been formed.

Visitors are driven in electrically operated trams down through the extensive system of caves and at the lowest level point in the cave, visitors are invited to leave the tram and walk alongside a spectaular waterfall which plunges into a deep pool below .... this is truly an 'awesome wonder!'

Excellent tour guides give all the historical information on this cave along the way.

The attractive Visitor's Centre, which was designed to fit in with the natural limestone bedrock, provides a refreshment area and handicraft shops, along with an exhibit of Amerindian artifacts that have been excavated from various sites around the island.

Harrison's Cave is open every day of the week. The first tour starts at 9:00 am and the last tour is at 4:00 pm.
Most tour operators offer tours that include a stop at Harrison's Cave, one of the most popular attractions in Barbados.

Take a tour to discover Harrison's Cave and other beautiful locations in Barbados.
Or get married in Harrison's Cave!

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Coral Caves and Underground Lakes of Barbados
Barbados is a fabric of soils and flora, on top of sandstone rock and coral pushed out of the sea by ancient volcanic action. The land is hilly and rocky with a vast underground system of rivers, caves and lakes that supply clear, delicious drinking water.

The coral rocks that contain the underground water systems, are covered with a thin film of top soil measuring less than a foot on average and hardly more than a few feet at the deepest point. It is a delicate and critical balance that has supported the great sugar plantations of the past and continues to sustain a diversifying base of agricultural production.

'The Baobab Tree'
'Out of little seeds, great trees can grow!'

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It was said that the baobab tree (Adansonia digitata) was brought to Barbados around 1738 from Guinea in Africa. It is also known as the 'Monkey-bread tree'.

Two magnificent trees with possibly the widest tree-trunks to be found in the Caribbean, grow in Barbados! The largest can be seen in our Queen's Park in Bridgetown. To give an example of the size of this tree of great distinction, it takes 15 adults joining with outstretched arms to cover its circumference.

In July 1997, on a wildlife programme on BBC2, it was said, that there have been seven different types of Boabab trees discovered growing in Madagascar.

These two Baobab trees hold a well deserved place in the BTE's 'Seven Wonders of Barbados'

The other grand specimen can be found on the Warren's Road in St.Michael, where the inscription on the wooden plaque reads:

'Boabab Tree (Adansonia digitata)
One of the two mature trees in Barbados. This remarkable
tree of girth 44.5 ft (13.6m) is believed to have
been brought from Guinea, Africa around 1738
making it over 250 years old. Its jug-shaped
trunk is ideally suited for storing water,
an ideal adaption in the dry savannah
regions of its native Africa.

Another larger Baobab tree of girth 51.5 ft (18.5m)
is located in Queen's Park, Bridgetown.

The Barbados National Trust

Sign donated as a community service by
Paul Foster Travel'

Barbados is the home of two of the three remaining 'Jacobean Mansions' left in the Western hemisphere

St.Nicholas Abbey

St.Nicholas Abbey, located in the parish of St.Peter, was built in 1660 and is one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere. Barbados is home to two of these mansions ... St.Nicholas Abbey and Drax Hall.

Distinguishing features of this magnificent, well-preserved mansion are: curved Dutch gables, chimney stacks and coral stone finials, a Chinese Chippendale staircase and fine antiques and china. A rare 1930s film of sugar plantation life can also be viewed.

St.Nicholas Abbey is not without its tale of tragedy! The house appears to have been built by Colonel Benjamin Berringer. His neighbour, friend and business partner was John (later Sir John) Yeamans. When Yeamans began to pay attention to Mrs. Berringer, a feud erupted between Yeamans and Colonel Berringer, culminating in a duel in which Berringer was killed. Soon afterwards, Sir John married Mrs. Berringer and claimed the Abbey. A court ruling later returned the property to Berringer's children and the property was named after Berringer's grand-daughter who married George Nicholas.
Meanwhile, Sir John and Berringer's widow left Barbados in 1669 and helped found the colony that is South Carolina, USA, with Sir John eventually becoming Governor of that settlement in 1672. When he died two years later, his widow married again ... for the third time!

Drax Hall

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No one knows for sure, but it is generally believed that Drax Hall was built by the brothers William and James Drax in the 1650's. The brothers built Drax Hall as one of the earliest and biggest sugar properties in Barbados. They were a wealthy and well connected family that had a special love for Barbados. There were others like them, for Barbados prospered with sugar and its plantation owners held considerable influence at home and abroad.

It is classic Jacobean architecture, with steep gable roofs, corner finials, casement gable windows and a Jacobean staircase with its carved hall archway of mastic wood.

St. Nicholas Abbey in St. Peter and Drax Hall in St. George, two of the oldest buildings in Barbados, both built in the 1650's, stand as proud examples of the Jacobean tradition. Drax Hall is the oldest surviving Jacobean mansion in the Western Hemisphere. Only three of these mansions exit in the Western World, and it is Barbados' good fortune to have two of these treasures. The only other remaining structure being Bacon's castle in Virginia, U.S.A.

'Morgan Lewis Mill'
This is our only intact sugar mill in Barbados and
is the fourth of BTE's 'Seven Wonders of Barbados'!

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Location: St.Andrew

History:
Morgan Lewis is one of the only two intact and restored sugar mills in the Caribbean. The other is at Betty's Hope Estate on one of our sister islands, Antigua.

Maintained by the Barbados National Trust, the mill includes an exhibit of the equipment used to produce sugar at the time when the industry was run by windpower generated from mills such as this one.

Architectural Features:
Although the old plantation house has seen better days it is still worth a visit! The rubble walls are comprised of boulders held together with a mixture of egg-white and coral dust (there was no cement when this plantation house was built!).

'Famous Jewish Synagogue'
One of the Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia's 'Seven Wonders Of Barbados'


There is currently one synagogue situated in Bridgetown. Built in the 17th century (1654) it was destroyed by hurricane in 1831, was rebuilt, fell into disrepair and was sold in 1929.

In 1983, it was bought back by the Jewish community and was restored to its present state with its beautiful Gothic arches, and is now a Barbados National Trust protected building and an active synagogue.

About 300 Jewish people of Recife, Brazil, persecuted by the Dutch, settled in Barbados in the 1660's. Skilled in the sugar industry, they quickly introduced the crop and passed on their skills in cultivation and production to the Barbados land owners.

With their help Barbados went on to become one of the world's major sugar producers

Barbados : 'Cannon Galore'
One of the Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia's 'Seven Wonders Of Barbados'

© Michael Whittaker
General Manager, Silver Sands Resort

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The Caribbean is still full of secrets. One recently revealed is that Barbados has the world's rarest collection of 17th century English iron cannon.

Not too long ago it was decided to create a National Ordnance Collection of all the old guns on the island and to date more than 400 have been unearthed.

'The island is littered with old cannon', said Major Michael Hartland, who is the driving force behind this collection's acquisition. 'We have found them in gardens, cellars, on beaches, embedded in the sides of buildings and buried under fortifications', he informed me as I sat in his roomy office which is located in the historic Main Guard House which sits in the Garrison Savannah. It's an elegant Georgian building (Circa 1802) with a graceful clocktower and is now the headquarters of the Garrison Committee of which Hartland is the secretary.
He went on to tell me that the reason there were so many guns on the island was that during the 17th & 18th centuries Barbados was an important military base which the British used to protect their interests in the southern Caribbean.

When a nucleus of cannon had been collected, Charles Trollope, an English apple farmer (who also happens to be a world authority on ordnance), was invited to come to Barbados and catalogue the collection. He arrived armed with copies of the Royal Armory archives now stored in the Tower of London. The British, like the Spanish with their bullion, kept meticulous records of all cannon shipped to and from the West Indies. To everyone's surprise, a treasure trove of ordnance was revealed. More than half the cannon were cast in the 17th century. The oldest cannon found was cast in 1620 and the youngest, dated 1870 is one of the rarest: called the Victoria Gun (in photo) is the first rifled muzzle loader made in England. Not all the cannon found were English, with Dutch, Spanish and Swedish cannon coming to light.

'Let me show you the gem of the collection', said Hartland leading me out onto the broad verandah which surrounds the Guard House. Here covered with a green tarpaulin was yet another gun. As I helped him unwrap it he told me it was the rarest cannon of its kind ... a Commonwealth Cannon. Only one other is known to exist and it can be found in the Tower of London. What makes it so rare? Following the death of Oliver Cromwell, King Charles II instructed that all cannon with Cromwell's Coat of Arms embellished on them be struck off so that all official traces of Cromwell's rule (he had executed Charles II's father) would be removed. It is a cannon of extreme historical importance.

Twenty-six of the most important pieces in the collection are mounted in front of the Main Guard House and make a fine photographic display. For further information on the National Ordnance Collection of Barbados, contact:

Major Michael Hartland,
The Main Guard House,
The Garrison,
St. Michael., Barbados.

Tel : (246) 426-8982
Fax : (246) 429-6663

'Grapefruit Tree'
(Citrus Paradise)

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There is an old Barbadian legend telling us that the 'Grapefruit' was first developed in Barbados, in the beautiful Welchman Hall Gully and was first recorded in the eighteenth century. It's parents were Shaddock and Sweet Orange, immigrants from across the Asian Sea. A natural cross-pollination was produced between Shaddock and Sweet Orange. As a result, the 'Forbidden Fruit' (as it was named many moons ago) was born for the first time! The name was changed to 'Grapefruit' because it grows in large 'grape-like clusters'. This original Barbadian fruit has now become a world wide favourite. The BTE is proud to have the 'grapefruit' as one of the Seven Wonders of Barbados!

It is delicious when cut in half, segmented and sprinkled with Angostura Bitters, (made in a neighbouring island, Trinidad).

Unexpected stay

by TripAdvisor Member mikeee

We recently had an enforcd stay at the Silver Sands Resort, due to overbooking on all the airlines returning from Barbados. The resort is quite difficult to find if you are driving yourself, especially after dark. Having let our room go at the Casaurina Beach Club and faced witha two day wait to get off the Island we would have accepted almost anything. We were very pleasently surprised when we arrived at what a nice place the Silver Sands was. Over the next two days that first impression was born out. The staff are very freindly and helpful and the entire resort seems very well run. We found the food in the Restaurants to good quality and reasonably priced,bearing in mind that this is Barbados were hotel food tends to be quite pricey. The only downside :- The pool area could do with a few more sun shades and some of the rooms are getting a bit tired we will certainly visit next time we are on the Island. As an extra we would recommend Stoutes car hire to anyone- a very good outfit that puts most of the other car hire companies in Barbados that we have tried over the years in the shade.

Benidorm of Barbados

by TripAdvisor Member kez33

We had the unfortunate pleasure to be moved to Silver Sands Resort, after our orginal choice of hotel on the West Coast was flooded.

Our initial room was small, cramped and very dirty. After spending just one night there our air conditioning unit leaked, so we asked to be moved. Out 2nd room toilet leaked after just 10 mins of being in room, they then moved us again to a similar room and again air conditioning unit was leaking. Eventually after I demanded we be moved to a better standard room we finally decamped in a beach front self catering room. Lot bigger and cleaner but there was mouse droppings on the bathroom floor. We decided just to stay where we were and pray we never saw the little critter.

Location, in the middle of nowhere car hire definately recomended if you want to get out and eat elsewhere!!

Pool area and beach where lovely. Although you do get alot of hastle from people on the beach trying to sell you everything from dvd's to women!! Sea was very rough as this is where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean sea! Do not even think about venturing in unless you are a very strong swimmer.

Restaurant. If you love fried food and chips with everything then you will be at home. Food was ok but i dont come on holiday to eat burger and chips every day.

Bar. Great bar staff, very friendly and a nice location close to the pool and beach and fantastic cocktails try the Silver Sands special!

Staff where very friendly and helpful. Security is excellent as they have guards patrolling the grounds 24hrs a day.

Overall, I would have to say that we will NOT be returning to this hotel, ever, ever again! If you want to stay somewhere equivelant to Benidorm then this is the place for you.

Paradise found!

by A TripAdvisor Member

We got back from Silver Sands last week (16th May, 2004) - this was our 3rd stay at the resort and it is as beautiful and as peaceful as ever. The accomodation we used are the beachfront studios - these are highly recommendable!

Nice Hotel/Location- Food is the only issue

by A TripAdvisor Member

I stayed at silver sands May 2004. Had a really good time and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The rooms are nice and my balcony had a lovely sea front view. The only thing I would say about silver sands is that the food is quite pricey and doesn't cater for those who would like to eat traditional dishes. The location is off a nice beach but the better beaches and restaurants are in the west coast and so cabs are costly. My advice! stay at silver sands, rent a car, eat out and defiantly go on the catamaran cruise - they are excellent !!

Good, if you don't mind mice

by A TripAdvisor Member

A friend and I travelled to Silver Sands July 4-July 11 and were very pleased with our main floor kitchen unit. The view was beautiful, we were far away from the pool and bar, which was perfect for us, and had a lovely patio to sit on at night, enjoy our drinkies, and take in the sights.

The only problem was the mice that had come to visit. This was a big problem for my friend and she contacted the front desk who came the next day to set glue traps. Staff were unable to repair the weather strip at the bottom of our door and we were left with a towel we had to replace as we left each day. This was a pretty crucial piece of hardware since the gardens are lush and right at the door, which is how the vermin were making their way in.

When we found a little creature stuck in a glue trap the next night, a security guard came to remove him. (The security guards are excellent and patrol the grounds 24 hours!!)

The staff were all helpful and friendly.

The food was not good, but we had planned on cooking in our unit so were prepared. We also rented a car for three days since there is nothing near the resort and it can get quite boring by mid-week. We preferred to sit on the beach rather than by the pool, ambling onto the beach around 10, and never had a problem getting a lounge chair there, although the chairs by the pool seemed to get snatched up pretty quickly. (The Brits seem to have a HUGE preference for pool chairs---not sure how early they had to rise to snag them, though.)

All in all, nice for the money ($550CDN for the week) but would have preferred to be closer to other restaurants and hotels. Barbados is a friendly island but not sure I would travel the distance again.

Superb..........

by TripAdvisor Member DaveRuss

Loved the place. This was our first trip to the area and would definately return to this hotel again. We upgraded to a deluxe suite which was fantastic, would recommend an upgrade. It was very clean and very new. Food from the pool side restaurant was good although we tried breakfast one morning and it was painfully slow. the beauty with this hotel is that it is room only, which means you can eat out. Oistins, the fishing capital was a delight as was the food as was Bridgetown. All within a cheap taxi ride away. Beaches were clean as was the pool area.

Disappointing

by A TripAdvisor Member

My girlfriend and I stayed at Silver Sands in October 2004. The weather was gorgeous, sunny and hot every day with very little rain. However if we went back we would definately choose a resort on the more popular west coast. We were also not told of the building work that was taking place in the main pool and restaurant when we were there. It also gets annoying every time you want to go down to the beach and locals bombade you with things to buy, including drugs. They also shout at you when you are by the pool or bar. Staying at Silver Sands is fine if you don't mind being in a remote location however we would definately advise hiring a car.

Forum Posts

shops

by lauz2001

hiya all

im going to barbados in september for the first time and am staying at the silver sands resort in christchurch, i was wondering if there are shops that sell things like shampoo etc because i dont normally pack these things when i go away i tend to buy them in the resort, is this a sutible idea or shall i take my own as im unsure of the kind of prices id be expected to pay?

RE: RE: shops

by UKDaisy

I agree with the above post. Better to bring your own supplies from home as it'll probably be cheaper, and you can spend more time enjoying your holiday rather than having to spend the time on picking up your essentials.

RE: shops

by Sunniebgi

I would recommend that you bring small bottles with you if you are picky about what products you use. I would say a bottle of shampoo might cost, in the supermarket, maybe about 5.00usd - 10.00usd depending on the brand. possibly less, but I haven't prices any in a while, so not sure ( I purchase large bottles from a wholesale company and it costs me less - 3 children force me to do that kind of thing).

If you aren't going to bring them, please go to the grocery store and don't purchase them from a shop on property (it will cost you more to do that). SuperCentre grocery stores has a place near Oistens, which isn't too far from where you are staying.

Let me just say that.. More personal items.. I would suggest bringing those with you.. as they can get a little on the expensive side here.

have a great stay

RE: shops

by curiousx

Hi, Silver Sands Resort is in a residential area and there are not really any shops in the area. You should read the reviews at www.tripadvisor.com about this place. They are very mixed. I'm biased - I stayed there once briefly and would NEVER go back. Rooms were musty a nd run down, there was loud music playing everywhere and MANY noisy children running around, worst food I've ever had in the West Indies and a surly inefficient staff. Sorry.

Barbados airport hotel

by dbeatty

We need overnight lodging before our flight out of Barbados. We are looking for someplace close to the airport since it's an early flight. Any suggestions?

RE: Barbados airport hotel

by stiab3

Barbados is quite a small island. There aren't many hotels right close to the airport but then the main hotel areas on the south coast are less than half-hour away.

So I'd say that any south coast hotel would be close enough for an early moring flight.

s3

RE: Barbados airport hotel

by dbeatty

Looks like we've booked the "Silver Sands Resort". Any comments? At least it's only 3 miles away.

RE: RE: Barbados airport hotel

by stiab3

I don't know it personally but I've heard nice things about it. I'm sure it'll be just fine.
I think there are some reviews on Trip Advisor about it.

s3

RE: RE: Barbados airport hotel

by Sunniebgi

As you have already been told there really are no airport hotels. Silver Sands is a nice hotel. I have a friend who has a place, Lindale Apartments. www.barbados.org/apt/lindale depending on the time of year she may have something that will suit you especially if it's an over night. 1 mile from the Airport and 1 mile from the closest beach. Send an e-mail through the reservations page on the site. Tell Harriet, Sarah suggested that you stay there.

Hope this helps.

RE: Barbados airport hotel

by Sunniebgi

dbeatty, where are you heading to from Barbados??

RE: RE: Barbados airport hotel

by dbeatty

Thank you all for your input. We are back from our trip...itinerary: 1) Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula, 2) Barbados, 3)Bequia, 4)Canouan, 5)Grenada. The Silver Sands is a tourist class hotel, think Holiday Inn. I'm spoiled so, I wouldn't go back. The service was slow, however, it was close to the airport.

RE: RE: Barbados airport hotel

by Sunniebgi


Sounds like a great itinerary. I love Bequia, where did you stay?? We have been the last 2 years at Easter time and stayed at a house on Lower Bay.. really great.

Silver Sands is a tourist class hotel you are correct. but it is close to the Airport. Next time you could stay at the new Hilton, but the ride will be slightly longer to get to the Airport.. or next time come and stay longer than just one night.

RE: RE: Barbados airport hotel

by dbeatty

We were booked at the "Stardust Villa" run by Friendship Bay which was a really cool place but there was no air conditioning. They recommended the KingsVille Apartments in Lower Bay which turned out to be a great place to stay right on lower bay.

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