A Penthouse stay at 4* Ocean Two Resort & Residences, Barbados
A luxury family-friendly oceanfront hotel in Barbados
In April I had the pleasure of jetting off to the Caribbean with Visit Barbados for the Year of culinary experiences . During our trip, we had a four-night stay at Ocean Two Resort & Residences. It is a luxury 4* family-friendly oceanfront hotel located on Dover beach in the Maxwell coast area and is only a short 6.7 miles from Grantley Adams Int'l Airport.
We flew direct with Virgin Atlantic from Manchester to Barbados, it took around 8 hours, so we were in the Caribbean sunshine in no time. Virgin has two flights a week leaving from Manchester airport, however, they fly daily from London Gatwick and return economy fares start from £453pp. Our flight was at 2:10 pm, so during the flight, we enjoyed dinner and a sandwich snack box before our arrival. The inflight entertainment and cabin crew service was faultless, I’ve flown with Virgin Atlantic a few times and the staff have always been so friendly, helpful and chatty.
The UK is five hours ahead of Barbados, so it was 6:05 pm when we arrived on the beautiful eastern Caribbean island. As Barbados is near the equator it goes dark around 6.18pm so we watched the sunset from the sky as we descended, although it goes dark early they do have sun all year round, 3,000 hours of it to be exact!
The ocean front view & pool area
As soon as we touched down in Barbados, we went straight to Ocean Two Resort & Residences to check in. We were greeted with warm lemon scented towels to freshen up and chilled fruit juice in a coconut shell. As you enter the hotel you can spot the ocean, so we excitedly skipped past the reception desk, bar and lounge area and walked across the mini swimming pool bridge to get to the powder white sand to take in the stunning oceanfront views under the stars, that’s when realisation kicked in, I’m in the Caribbean!
Ocean Two has a beautiful quiet beach and a secluded bay ideal for swimming and relaxing, but if relaxing isn’t your thing then the hotel offers exciting water sport activities including snorkelling and diving. The family-friendly hotel has a winding 150-foot pool, featuring a convenient swim-up bar to order canapes or a rum cocktail or two. Plus, there’s plenty of cosy memory foam loungers around to soak up that Barbados sunshine, but be sure to listen out for the sound of the Conch Shell which rings in Happy hour three times a day!
Although sadly we never got time to check it out the Ocean Two does have an adult only panorama rooftop deck on the 8th floor with a plunge pool and spectacular views overlooking the ocean. Also, if you’re a fitness fanatic and need to justify eating all that delicious Caribbean cuisine, your holiday can be guilt free by visiting the hotel's fully equipped 24-hour gym.
THE PENTHOUSE BALCONY VIEW
After a quick tour, the concierge took our luggage and we headed up to the 7th floor, to find out we were staying in the penthouse! As you can imagine myself and fellow blogger Lucy were pretty damn happy at the thought of sharing a huge 1,664-square-foot 2-bedroom Oceanfront penthouse for four nights!
Firstly, lets discuss that huge balcony overlooking the ocean, obviously this was my favourite part of the penthouse as it was so lovely to just sit on the padded lounges and escape for half an hour to just listen to the crashing waves and the birds singing, before getting ready for a packed itinerary of Barbados adventures. On the first morning, I was up at 5:30 am and headed straight to the balcony in my robe to just take in that spectacular view, it was a wonderful way to start my first full day in Barbados.
The resort also comes with fast complimentary WiFi, I was able to access it from the balcony and outside by the pool but it was understandably slower once I was on the sand. But who needs WiFi when you’ve got the beach anyway!
The penthouse en-suite bedroom
The Penthouse comes with two spacious private bedrooms with their own en-suite bathrooms. Despite sharing an open plan living room and kitchen with Lucy, it was like having our own separate apartments, so the penthouse is perfect for families or a couple holiday as you’ve got your own private rooms to escape too but you also have the option to cook, dine, relax and watch TV together in the open living space.
Bedrooms are spacious and come with comfortable double beds with crisp white sheets, an ironing board, iron, flat screen TV, Ipod docking station, safe, telephone, air conditioning, ceiling fan and plenty of wardrobe space. Whereas the oversized bathrooms have his and hers sinks and mirrors, two cosy white waffle robes, a large walk-in rain shower with seating, a hairdryer, luxurious toiletries, plenty of storage space and soft white towels.
All rooms were spotless, and the cleaners were lovely, I lost my sun cream on day 2 so a very kind lady looked everywhere in the penthouse to find it for me. Overall, the penthouse was amazing, the only small thing I can think of to pick on is that the bedrooms and bathroom have no natural light (although the living room certainly makes up for this!) and the plug sockets in the bedroom were too far away, so I couldn’t charge my phone while using it in bed. However, this is something they will be addressing soon when the hotel gets a modern refurbishment.
The penthouse living & dining area
The first thing you see as you enter the penthouse is the ocean, as you walk down the hallway past the bedrooms and living space you're greeted with floor to ceiling views of the balcony and it's ocean view which floods the living space with natural light making it a lovely place to relax.
There is a fully equipped kitchen, so again it’s perfect for families who are interested in a self-catering holiday especially as there are shopping facilities a few minutes’ walk away as well as restaurants (the Sand Dollar Café around the corner, is an affordable place I highly recommend, especially the salads and cocktails). The kitchen also has a large American style fridge with an ice and water dispenser, unlike some holiday destinations Barbados has perfectly safe drinking water so it was great not having to stock up on bottles of water for a change.
Next to the kitchen, there is a large dining table with plenty of seating, I can imagine it’s great cooking up a feast and sitting on the balcony with all the family watching the sunset. There’s also cosy sofas and a large screen TV in the open plan living room.
The buffet breakfast
For breakfast Ocean two provides a continental style buffet with a variety of fresh fruit, sweet and savoury bread, meat, eggs, baked beans, juices and my favourite waffles! I always have a sweet tooth in the morning, so I didn’t really try anything except for the deliciously soft and fluffy waffles, drizzled with chocolate syrup and sprinkled with berries and frosting. The breakfast dining area is in the undercover outdoor Taste restaurant, you have the option to sit in the shade or out in the open to get a proper beach view with your breakfast.
the Saturday beach bbq
Every Saturday 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm the hotel hosts a beach BBQ for $99 BDS, so you can enjoy dining under the stars in a romantic setting with pretty lights, and a meaty buffet including chicken, steak and fish alongside live entertainment. Sadly, we never had time to experience it as we went on a rum shop tour on Saturday, but it looked amazing.
Overall my stay at Ocean Two Resort and Residences was fantastic, I highly recommend it, I’ll certainly never forget my first penthouse stay experience. The hotel comes with a mid-range price tag, that’s certainly justifiable considering its oceanfront location and range of amenities and on-site dining and bar options.
Alternatively, the hotel group have two other incredible ocean front hotels to choose from. South Beach is a 4* newly renovated boutique hotel offering affordable stylish & contemporary self-catering suites and the Sea Breeze Beach Resort offers modern luxurious accommodation and an all-inclusive experience with food created by award winning chef Michael Harrison.
Stay tuned for my upcoming posts, I’ll be sharing the best places to eat and top places to visit in Barbados!
Disclaimer: Press trip. As a guest of Visit Barbados, my stay at Ocean Two was complimentary. All photos and words are my own.