Pt 2 of Kerry's review... "To start, let me first and foremost state that in no way was Karen’s rental “below Airbnb standards” as the last reviewer had stated. This unit is charming, simplistic, romantic, and has that “Caribbean feel”. Quite simply the best “bang for your buck” that my wife and I have had the experience to stay in over a vacation. There were no “ripped screens” and a tiny amount of rust can be seen on the security bars over the windows. If you live by the ocean, you will get rust, nothing at all what the previous renter had stated. And by “security bars” I mean your standard bars that cover many windows on many ground/first floor units in any city in America. Honestly to complain about that is simply ridiculous!!! The place was clean, and there were no “kitchen in disarray” issues for us. Karen had let us know plenty ahead of time that her top cabinets were being delayed by a contractor schedule problem. No biggie at all – if you tell me you’ve never had a contractor delay a project and not finish on time, then I will say you are lying! We had more than enough room to store what we needed, and then some!
There were no bugs, repeat no bugs. My wife and I are mosquito magnets and we weren’t bitten once AND we never even used the mosquito net over the bed, not one time! We did see a few Geckos, on the patio at times, but who doesn’t like geckos? They’re the coolest, you expect this when visiting the Caribbean and we loved it! The ceiling fans in the bedroom and living room, and how Karen has the place “shaded” perfectly were more than adequate in cooling the place off, even in the middle of the hot day! In fact, we laughed because we were actually chilly a few night and had to turn the ceiling fan off. The breeze flowing through this part of the island is perfect and Karen’s unit captures all of it!
From the double French doors at the entry, that we swung open each and every morning to take in that amazing ocean view. Once again to retort the previous review … yes -make no mistake, you can see the ocean from your front porch, and if you are standing in the kitchen or living room, you can certainly see it as well. The water itself is a merely a 50 yard (or under) walk straight from your front patio. My wife and I would carry the lounge chairs (which Karen has provided) from the bedroom patio and walk down to the water’s edge at night, with a bottle of wine and imply listen to the ocean and look at the starts shining brightly above. You are literally 50 steps from Surfers Bay Bar, an amazing almost “tree house”esque spot right on the water with hammocks, lunge chairs, music, great drinks and fabulous food and even better people (locals and tourist alike). The best were the sunsets there, incredible way to end the day, sipping a drink and watching the sun retire for the evening. We will miss Surfers Bay very much, and having a place like that so close is a huge advantage of this rental.
You are literally less than a 5 minute walk to rescue beach to the North, less than 10 minutes to Silver Sands beach to the South, and about 1.5 miles from the amazing Enterprise (Miami) beach. Some folks may need a car, we felt it not necessary as we are avid walkers. We used our daily walk to Miami beach, we used as our daily exercise, and the walk down the Sea View Drive to get there was so cool to check out the amazing water front properties! Now abut eh water being rough and the previous renter needing to be rescued by a German tourist who supposedly rescued 5 people that same week …. my wife and I noticed maybe 5 to 10 people tops, swimming at both beaches (Silver Sands & Rescue Beach) the entire length of our stay, so I think that may be a “bit exaggerated” to say the least. The water is fine for a swim, I’ve dealt with stronger currents in Ocean City, Maryland and as well as at the Jersey shore. You are on a tropical island, in the middle of the ocean, if you are not a strong swimmer, than maybe don’t jump in the ocean? The water at Enterprise / Miami Beach is literally like a big, warm salt water bath tub, so once again we are perplexed with the previous renters review. We honestly think that the woman was simply looking for a free handout, there is no other reason to write such a disparaging review of Karen’s unit.
If you are looking for a simple, laid back, as busy or secluded as you want to be, romantic “get-away from it all spot”, then this place is for you! This is not a 5 star “all-inclusive” type spot, where folks wait on you hand and foot. If you want that, go somewhere else. I explained to Karen before booking, what we were looking for on vacation, and we are so very glad we took Karen’s advice and booked this unit. We miss it so much already and are planning out dates to return again next year! Please don’t hesitate to book if you are considering, and also feel free to reach out with questions, etc.
Oh, and how did I almost forget? Julian (Karen’s property manger) and his brother Dale. Two of the nicest people you will ever meet. The Bajan people are extremely friendly by nature, but these two take the cake! What an asset to have, they did everything to make you feel at home, and would literally help, or drive with you anywhere on the island. We were able to see and feel much more like “locals” versus tourists because of these two great people. I can’t thank them enough and again, what an added advantage of the rental! My wife and I talk to Dale over the “What’s App” video call feature, and he shows us the Barbados sun that we so miss, and I show him my view form my office window of Center City Philadelphia … there is no comparison, we truly miss it!"
Thank you Kerry and Shannon! We are happy you had such a pleasant stay at our apartment and we look forward to hosting you again! Karen & Paul Brown