Colony Club by Elegant Hotels

Barbados, Caribbean

The hotel

Located on the platinum west coast of Barbados, the Colony Club is known for its relaxed atmosphere, timeless sophistication and appeals to those who enjoy excellent food in a charming setting, with its tall palm trees and beautifully tended gardens. The recent renovation of all hotel rooms and the introduction of new menus incorporating fresh, local produce are a fantastic addition to the resort's health and wellness approach and will enhance the stay of previous guests and new guests alike. Colony Club by Elegant Hotels offers complimentary motorised water sports for fun on the water, with a beach ambassador service, a meandering pool that winds through the middle of the resort with private corners for some alone time, spa with range of treatments, Organic Garden, seasonal kids programme, tennis and themed dining to make the most of your stay.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Wheelchair access
  • Water Skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Wedding
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym

Where is it

On an excellent beach on the west coast. 20-minutes from Bridgetown. Transfer time from airport: 40 minutes.

Hotel information

96 rooms on up to 3 floors in 5 buildings with no lifts. All with balcony/terrace, air-conditioning, complimentary WiFi access, satellite TV, mini-fridge (unstocked), Espresso coffee machine, safe and hairdryer. Pool Garden View Rooms are newly refurbished and have 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Half Board/Full Board options: dinner or lunch and dinner. Meals are taken in the Laguna Restaurant only.

Luxury Poolside Rooms are newly refurbished with private access from the balcony or patio to the lagoon pool, just steps away, with 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Luxury Swim-Up Poolside Room with direct lagoon pool access, with 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Ocean View Rooms are newly refurbished with custom wood furniture and french doors with lovely ocean views, 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Junior Suite Pool/Garden View Rooms have a sitting area with sofa bed and marble bathroom with sunken bath, with 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children. Wheelchair accessible Garden View Junior Suite with roll-in shower — limited space next to the toilet.

Luxury Ocean View Rooms are newly refurbished and located steps away from the beach, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults. Luxury Ocean View Rooms include fruit bowl in-room on arrival.

1-Bedroom Ocean View Suites with a living area, pull-out sofa bed and 4-poster bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. 1-Bedroom Suites include Champagne, fruit bowl and canapes in the room upon arrival and fruit bowl and petit fours on turn-down service.

  • Kids Stay Free: 1st child (2-12 years) stays free when sharing a room with two adults, for travel completed between 5–31 Jan '18 and 1 Mar–4 Jan '19 or all kids stay free when sharing a room with two adults for completed stays between 1 Jun–22 Oct '18. Offers based on Breakfast Included board basis, meal supplements will apply.  

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Kids Stay Free:  All children, (0-12 years), stay free when sharing a room with one or two adults for completed stays between 5—31 Jan '20 & 1 Mar '20—4 Jan '21. Offers based on Breakfast Included board basis (meal supplements will apply).

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

  • Free Weddings: conditions apply.

  • Booking bonus: book by 4 Jan '20 and save up to 15% off the accommodation cost for travel between 3 Dec '19-4 Jan '20, black out dates and minimum stays apply.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

  • Booking bonus: book by 31 Jan '20 and save up to 35% off the accommodation cost for travel between 5 Jan '20-2 Jan '21, black out dates and minimum stays apply.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

Laguna Restaurant, open-air seating with all meals carefully created by the Executive Chef, and where possible incorporating seasonal produce, the freshest ingredients, complimented by herbs from its own organic gardens. Menus are tailored to incorporate local cuisine, with fresh produce from the farmers market and feature healthy dining options for all meals throughout the day and evening. Sunset Bar & Deck — a swim-up and poolside bar serving tropical cocktails and light fare with a happy hour from 4:00pm-6:00pm. Enjoy all-day outdoor dining at the signature restaurant, which specialises in seafood and continental cuisine. Weekly theme nights provide fun for the whole family, visit the Seaside Grill and International Buffet on Tuesdays, Steak Night on Wednesdays and enjoy Lobster and Jazz on a Thursday, all featuring live entertainment. Taste of Elegance Dine Around Programme* at select sister properties (drink and meal supplements apply). All restaurants are non-smoking. New Rum Vault*, first of its kind in Barbados and home to over 150 rums. Guests can enjoy rum pairings, mixology classes as well as private dining experiences*.

Nightly entertainment (seasonal).

4 lagoon-style swimming pools, complimentary motorised and non-motorised water sports including water-skiing, sailing, boogie boarding, paddle boarding, snorkelling, kayaking and aqua aerobics. Complimentary wellness activities including yoga, zumba and pilates. Organic Garden. Complimentary bespoke tours and excursions. 2 floodlit tennis courts and equipment. Fitness centre. Colony Club's seasonal Kids' Korner (during key school holidays) is available for ages 3-12 (children must be potty trained).

Room service*. Daytime water taxi to select sister hotels on west coast (subject to availability and weather conditions). Boutique jewellery store. Complimentary WiFi Internet access is available throughout the resort and in rooms.

Please note: a room levy of $17.50 per bedroom, per night applies (payable locally, subject to change).

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

1 night between 5 Jan-31 Jan, 1 Mar-31 Oct '19 and 1 Mar-21 Dec '20.

5 nights between 1-28 Feb.

7 nights between 22 Dec-2 Jan.

* Denotes local charge.

Dress code: in the restaurant, it is elegantly casual after 6:00pm.

Please note: children under 12 years are not permitted to stay at the property between 1–28 Feb.

Please note: if you pre-purchased meal plans over Christmas and New Year, the gala meals are not included in your board basis but you will receive a dinner credit of US$90 per adult and US$45 per child and a surcharge will apply, payable locally.

Please note: rooms and restaurants are non-smoking.

Please note: the Dine Around Programme is only available at select properties and may be subject to an additional cost dependant on the board basis booked. A complimentary water taxi to select west coast Elegant properties is available during daytime only and subject to availability and weather conditions.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Mixed - could improve in a lot of areas

Dec 10, 2019 0kirstyh London, United Kingdom

Staying at this hotel in Dec 2019 - just as news came out that it’s being taken over by Marriott and let me tell you that should be seen as a welcome thing (as long as it does not change to all inclusive). We booked through Virgin Holidays on recommendation - but that said people who recommended hadn’t been here for a few years. Check in was… Read more
Staying at this hotel in Dec 2019 - just as news came out that it’s being taken over by Marriott and let me tell you that should be seen as a welcome thing (as long as it does not change to all inclusive). We booked through Virgin Holidays on recommendation - but that said people who recommended hadn’t been here for a few years. Check in was fine - albeit we asked for a ground floor room as we have a small child that requires a pushchair but were given a first floor room which meant taking child and pushchair up/down two flights of stairs a couple of times a day whilst also 6 months pregnant but I understand the hotel is fully booked. Room was clean but dated - I’m talking cracked tiles and stained grout, paint peeling from sunken bathtub a bit. Needs a bit of attention but the housekeeping staff do a good job to make the best. Service - not the best compared to other places we have stayed, even in Barbados. Particularly when it comes to the food. Nothing opens on time - breakfast opened late every day, pool bar late every day, even the food at lunchtime you could be waiting an hour if not more after ordering. They’re not particularly apologetic about it either. A lot of people say they don’t expect the same standard in the Caribbean but why not given the price of this place. Sometimes trying to order room service would be a pain to even get someone to answer the phone. To be fair there are a handful of really friendly and attentive staff but more of the opposite. Beach ambassadors kinda aren’t a thing - you’re lucky to catch someone to order food or drink if you’re on the beach to be honest, and if you do you’ll be waiting a long time for whatever you’ve ordered and even longer for the bill. I think there are two of them who are friendly enough but clearly too busy to do a great job for everyone. Water is served on the beach which is a nice touch. Canapés are few and far between - some days you’ll be offered 3-4 different things throughout the day such as fruit, ice cream, cold towels etc. Other days nothing whatsoever! Very inconsistent. Food - average. Always lukewarm. One lunch we were served a portion of chips that we’d seen birds have a go at before they were bought over - yet they still bought them to us. We just left them. They have a place to order boiled or poached eggs at breakfast but can’t seem to get this right - perhaps they need an egg timer - as I ended up leaving them on multiple occasions after being served basically raw eggs! Birds are a real problem here as there are loads that poo everywhere and swarm over any food around. Particularly bad at breakfast. I’ve not known this type of bird problem in other Barbados hotels. Sun beds - always reserved! Beach beds are nicer than the pool but many are taken by 7.30am. Luckily we have a small child who wakes early so would be on the beach early but the staff don’t remove items like they say. It’s mainly the older generation that are the problem with this. Sun beds by the pool are covered in bird poo - you need the towels to cover that up. Comfortable but some are very low so difficult to get on and off. Also because of the gardens there are ants all around the pool - in some areas the floor is virtually moving! Beach is very clean and well kept. The guys rake up all the tree debris daily and there is a lot. Swim up pontoons a nice touch and water sports thrown in, which my husband enjoyed. Our kid enjoyed feeding the fish in reception and it was always easy to get a taxi - although I think you pay a premium for this based on the hotel as I don’t remember it being so pricey further south in the island. So yes all in all it’s a mixed bag here. We like the location and the surrounding restaurants - but the aesthetic and the service really does need some attention. We’d wait to see what Marriott does before deciding whether or not to return. Read less
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Dec 6, 2019 wora01 Ennis, Ireland

Having had 4 electricity cuts , meaning no air conditioning we also discovered our rooms air con was broken. We were moved to room next door. All ok. Except to say that there is a swamp behind these room and we were eaten alive by mosquitoes. Hygiene at the eating areas was disgusting. No cleaning of tables that have been covered with bird crap… Read more
Having had 4 electricity cuts , meaning no air conditioning we also discovered our rooms air con was broken. We were moved to room next door. All ok. Except to say that there is a swamp behind these room and we were eaten alive by mosquitoes. Hygiene at the eating areas was disgusting. No cleaning of tables that have been covered with bird crap or ants. Seriously don’t go here. I could say more. But I’ve had enough. Read less
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Dec 6, 2019 Alastair R Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This was our 4th trip to the Colony Club and it was just over 4 years since we were last there. Once again, we opted for a Luxury Ocean View Room with king-sized bed, bathroom with shower over bath and twin sinks. The hotel looks and feels a little tired and is beginning to need an upgrade in both the rooms and the public areas. Even some of… Read more
This was our 4th trip to the Colony Club and it was just over 4 years since we were last there. Once again, we opted for a Luxury Ocean View Room with king-sized bed, bathroom with shower over bath and twin sinks. The hotel looks and feels a little tired and is beginning to need an upgrade in both the rooms and the public areas. Even some of the staff who have been there for years seemed to have lost a bit of sparkle. At the weekly managers cocktail party, much of the conversation centred on Marriott's acquisition of Elegant Hotels and the fear that the Colony Club would become all-inclusive. Many guests love the location of the hotel and enjoy eating at the excellent restaurants nearby. The early morning scramble for beach beds is tedious but has always been a feature of the hotel. That said, the beach staff are attentive, courteous and customer focussed. While we would really like to return to the Colony Club, assuming it gets a refurb, our decision to go back will depend Marriott's strategy for the hotel going forward. If it becomes exclusively all-inclusive we would certainly not return. Read less
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Dec 5, 2019 AnnePyrford Woking, United Kingdom

Joanna Roterberg (General Manager), in particular, and her fabulous staff, know how to make holiday dreams come true. With excellent service and a wonderful setting it’s not difficult to understand why we come back year after year. Thank you Joanna - you are a class act and a great asset to Elegant Hotels. From room 203 (happy wife, happy life!)
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Dec 4, 2019 StephanieG4249

I originally reviewed as we had a bit of a bumpy start at colony club however after being here for almost a week we have really grown to love the hotel and the employees are very caring and really make your holiday experience. Our baby son is also loving interacting with the staff and guests at the hotel as it is a friendly place. We are looking… Read more
I originally reviewed as we had a bit of a bumpy start at colony club however after being here for almost a week we have really grown to love the hotel and the employees are very caring and really make your holiday experience. Our baby son is also loving interacting with the staff and guests at the hotel as it is a friendly place. We are looking forward to enjoying the last week of our holiday here & celebrating my birthday in addition. Thanks to all at colony club. Read less