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Hotel Reviews: Barbados
Almond Beach Village 11/15/00
Reviewers Rating: Great
My husband and I were married at the Almond Beach Village on November 6 with 22 guests. I would like to start by saying that I was a bit worried about going to the Village after some of the not-too-great things listed about it on other message boards. But, after arriving at the resort I was pleasantly surprised. A little bit of paint was probably needed here and there, but overall, it was a wonderful resort. Everyone was very nice, the rooms were comfortable (and comfortably air conditioned) and they had so much to do.

I really have to applaud the wedding coordinator, Sharron. If you are even slightly thinking of getting married there, I would definitely recommend her. She was so helpful and really took care of everything.

Since we had 22 people join us, we ran into a few complaints (I guess you never can please everyone). These were the major ones:

1. The food is a bit fancy. Although it was fine with me, a few of my pickier friends had a hard time finding things they wanted to eat every night. By the end of the trip, though, we had figured out that those pickier people can eat at the Kid's Dinner with pizza, chicken nuggets, hot dogs and hamburgers right before dinner and then just try bits and pieces of the main dinners. As a side note, my favorite restaurants were Enid's (fried chicken was amazing and even the picky people liked it) and the Reef for great seafood.

2. There isn't a pool bar open in the evening. Once 6pm hits, you're stuck going into the restaurant bars. Part of the fun at a resort is having an evening tiki bar. Unfortunately, they don't have any.

3. No evening snacks. The place where you can get the pizza and other kids food is only open from about noon to 8 pm. It would have been better if this finger-food place was open until 1 am or maybe even later. Once dinner is over, you can't get any food in the resort - kind of bad if you eat dinner early and are out dancing late.

Other than that, the trip was great. I can't think of any other complaints. My hints - make sure you drink a lot of water during the day, put a hat on, go on the banana boat at least once and make sure you bounce up and down, pay to go on the turtle trip, and order your dacquiris with Malibu Rum (they add a lot of rum to every drink, so substituting with Malibu rum helps make the rum blend with the drink more).

One more bit of advise - if given the choice, pick the Village over the Club. We originally wanted to go to the Club because it's adults only, but unless you are in the section set aside for families, you will barely see any kids. Our whole group was put in the "adult" section with a pool for no one under 16 and we barely saw anyone younger than that. The Club has a lot less amenities, only 1-2 restaurants and pools, isn't as nicely decorated and the beach at the Village is far better. Do go to the Club to do some off-site shopping, though (a lot of little shops right outside the grounds). Oh, and our shopping trip into Bridgetown was a complete waste of time. I wished we had just gone to the shops outside the Club instead of wasting half a day in town.

If you have any questions about the resort or weddings, please feel free to post them or e-mail me directly. I'm more than happy to answer any questions.

Sandi

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