Thursday, 28 May 2015 20:41 | London
We stayed at the Maxwell Apartments from 27 April till 10 May 2015.
Was a really relaxing experience. Reggae buses at the door if we wanted to go out, Butterfly Hotel next door if we wanted a local evening, and Oistins a ten minutes walk away if we wanted a more lively evening.
Peter and Sheena were helpful and welcoming. We even got a lift to the cricket! We went to the races, sea fishing and visited the Observatory. Plenty of interest if chilling on sandy beaches gets a bit too much!
Donald & Margot
Sunday, 15 March 2015 16:34 | New Brunswick Canada
We visited Feb. 22 to Mar.1 2015 and had a great time. Peter arranged for our pick up at the Airport and Leroy deposited us to this little piece of heaven. We had the 1st floor studio and it filled all our needs. What a pleasure leaving the doors wide open and drifting off to sleep with the sound of the surf on the beach. Especially after getting away from our snowburried home!!
Everything was within convenient walking distance. Loved the fish fry in Oistin's.
Peter went out of his way to make our stay memorable. We definitely want to come back
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 20:52 | Deutsch Griffen
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Rita + Ralf Pfaff, Deutschland
Monday, 24 February 2014 18:02
We just returned from Barbados and were staying at Maxwell Beach Apartment twice, had a god time and slept there just wonderful. First time we stayed in a apartment on ground floor. Second time, after a 14 days- cruise we had the apartment on first floor. Both Apartments had a full equiped kitchen and a nice balcony with a table and 2 chairs. We really enjoyed sitting there, especially on the first floor balcony, as we could sea the ocean sidewards.
In the garden ofcourse we could enjoy the sunbeds with a direct view to the ocean. Very nice!
To the supermarket, Surfers Cafe and Oistins fish market and fry we had to walk about 10-15 minutes.
Peter was a fantastic host. Helpful with any question we had. On the day of our flight back to Germany Peter gave us the possibility to stay longer, so we could have a shower and get ready for our flight . Thanks again for that Peter!
We would defenitly go back to the place and can recommend it 100%.
Ralf and Rita Pfaff, Bad Nauheim (Frankfurt), Germany
Susan and David
Sunday, 14 April 2013 00:55 | Vancouver, Canada
We have recently returned home from two wonderful weeks at Maxwell Beach Apartments, in fact our trip was so great we have already booked to return next year!
We arrived in sunny Barbados and were met at the airport by our taxi driver Lisa for the quick 15 minute (20 $ US) ride to the apartment. Along the way, Lisa answered questions about the island, identified landmarks and gave suggestions for places to visit and things to do.
We spent the first 6 days in the ground floor apartment which was simply furnished, comfortable and extremely clean. The average temperature while we were there was about 28C with high humidity, and it doesn’t really cool off all that much at night, so we were very happy to have AC each night which ensured the room was cool enough to get a good night sleep. We had been advised by our travel Doctor in Vancouver not to drink the water in Barbados due to risk of water-borne illnesses, but after checking with Peter we decided not to worry, and drank water from the tap from day one with absolutely no problems.
We used the apartment kitchen (mostly to store cool beers!) and had several excellent meals at the local Surfers Café in Oistins, about a 10 minute walk away. We tried the margaritas at Café Sol in St Lawrence Gap but the best by far were at our very local Surfers Café. Across the street from the café is a large grocery store that more than catered to whatever we might need for simple meals at home. The grocery store also sells alcohol and had a great selection of imported wines at reasonable prices as well as a wide variety of Barbados Rum.
For the last 7 nights of our holiday, we moved upstairs to the totally gorgeous sea front apartment with its breathtaking view of the ocean. We spent hours each day sitting on the porch reading, sipping drinks and watching sea turtles dip their heads in and out of the ocean, almost close enough to touch.
Towards the end of our trip we decided we wanted to explore more of the island so Peter helped arrange a car hire for two and a half days. If you decide to drive around the island, be sure to take your sense of humor and adventure with you; we got lost more times than I can count as many roads are not signposted and we spent several hours driving on back roads to a destination that we reached within 15 minutes the following day because we had missed one single turn at a roundabout. On our second day of driving we pulled over at an intersection, unsure which direction to go and this adorable young Bajan boy with a huge smile noticed we looked lost and gave us directions to find our way home again.
We also utilised the rental car to check out the only drive in theatre on the island- a quick 15 minute trip from the apartment. The screen is huge and the snacks including beef or chicken roti served piping hot are delicious!
If you want a real authentic Bajan restaurant experience be sure to go to Brown Sugar. We had a fabulous and very reasonably priced meal there. I had some of the best crusted snapper I’ve ever tasted, the portions were huge and the service was friendly and attentive.
Aside from the breathtaking scenery and the pure joy of being on a Caribbean holiday, meeting Peter and Sheena was the highlight of our trip. They are truly excellent hosts who take pride in their apartments and take great care of their guests. They are unobtrusive yet friendly and were readily available to provide recommendations for great places to eat, hiring rental vehicles and attractions to visit on the island.
My husband and I have been lucky enough to travel a fair amount and what means the most to us wherever we go is the opportunity to meet decent kind hearted people. We loved our time at Maxwell Beach apartments and can’t wait to see Peter and Sheena again in 11 months!
Ron & Cheryl
Tuesday, 09 April 2013 15:48 | Ontario Canada
Great Place - Great People!
We really enjoyed our stay at Maxwell Beach Apartments. Our hosts Peter and Sheena were ever helpful and Peter's parents were a delight to meet and chat with as well! (We'll go for tea with clotted cream next time, eh?!) The upstairs studio apartment is as described and perfectly suited for two. The kitchen was adequately equipped, a gas BBQ was available and dining el fresco at each meal was a real treat. The apartment is perfectly situated close to a major grocery store, Oistin's, the Gap, and Surfer's Cafe (for delicious Cafe Mochas). The bus stop is right outside the main gate and for a $2 BDS fare, you can go anywhere on the island...which is exactly what we did! The beach was spectacular with snorkeling opportunities right out front, (including sea turtles on occasion) and soothing ocean sounds that lulled me to sleep each night. We recommend this venue to all who want a great apartment, at a reasonable price, in a prime location. We hope to return to Barbados some day...it was so beautiful and the people were ***!
Sarah & Richard
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 16:27 | UK
A great base for a beach bum or island explorer.
We enjoyed some December Winter sun at the Maxwell Beach apartments in Barbados and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
The location is great; a short walk to Oistens with its supermarket, bank and various food opportunities and on a main route for the various buses if you want to visit the rest of the island or dine in the Gap. If you can’t drag yourself away from the beach and the cupboard is bare, there’s a hotel just a couple of doors down with a seafront restaurant and useful and plentiful gift shop. If you decide to hire a car, like we did, there’s plenty of parking and Peter and Sheena can help you with the arrangements.
The apartments are well-appointed and reasonably priced; both the one and two bedroom flats are comfortable and spacious but go for the two bedroom if you can afford the best, if just for the extra space and gorgeous view. We stayed in a ground floor apartment for several days before moving up to the two bedroom. Both the kitchenette in the one bedroom and the kitchen in the two bedroom had every utensil that we needed during our stay and the beds were large and comfy. With the curlicue iron shutters securely locked, you can leave the doors and windows open to enjoy the sound of the waves and warm breezes but if it’s a little too warm for you, the air-conditioning units cool the bedrooms nicely.
…but it’s the outdoor space that is hard to beat. As others have said, you could not be closer to the beach unless you pitched a tent by the shoreline. Whether you step out of the gate and onto the beach or stay in the sandy garden, there’s plenty of space to lounge on the sun beds or hammock chairs, a shower to wash off the sand and a lanai to shelter from the sun or quickly-p***ng rainfall. Each apartment has its own patio or veranda with table and chairs where you can relax in some privacy while watching the waves or local flora and fauna. The two bedroom veranda has the best view, straight out onto the sea, which you’ll find hard to leave but we also enjoyed many a morning cuppa or sundown Banks beer on the ground floor patio looking out on the garden or sat under the lanai watching the waves.
Last but certainly not least, it would be hard to find better hosts than the Musgrave family. Peter and Sheena are on site and happy to help with any queries or organise any trips you have in mind during your stay and we had a great time on the catamaran trip to swim with turtles and the Segway tour of St Lucy’s parish that they arranged for us.
Lovely apartments in a terrific location.
Susan & James Lumsden
Saturday, 23 February 2013 16:33 | Edinburgh
James and I have been coming to the Barbados for the last 12 years and have stayed on many different parts of the island but we must say that we found Maxwell Beach Apartments to be the best location and very central for everyones needs - we will be returning again for our third year to these stunning apartments. Peter & Sheena are excellent hosts who look after all your needs and make sure you have the best holiday one can wish for. You are a 15 minute walk into St Lawrence Gap one-way or 10 minutes or less to Oistins where you can sample some of their famous fish dishes. There are bus stops located just outside the apartments to take you anywhere you wish on the island.
Ken and Lynne
Saturday, 09 February 2013 19:40 | Penticton, BC Canada
Sorry to leave February 2013
We are a well-traveled couple in our early 60's and this is our third trip to Barbados. Our preference has always been for small properties and this one we fell in love with online and were not disappointed in any way once we got to it. We were travelling with good friends and the 2 bedroom apartment was ideal for 2 couples. Each spacious bedroom has its own en-suite bath. The bedroom air conditioner ran quietly and cooled very nicely at night and we only set it at 26 or 27. During the day, the ceiling fans and breeze through all the open windows kept it very pleasant. The open beam ceilings make the apartment seem even larger and it's already is an excellent size. The apartment is well-furnished and very clean and we felt comfortable from the moment we stepped in the door. The kitchen has all the basic tools required if you have a desire to cook or even if all you want to do is coffee and breakfast. We loved eating and imbibing outside on the balcony. Excellent BBQ available. Beach access is beyond great ... just down the steps and through the gate and you're in an *** sandy ocean, with a warm shower to rinse off , just inside the gate.
On-site hosts Sheena and Peter were gracious and very accommodating and at all times made us feel welcome. Airport pick-up and drop off, as well as a rental car were arranged by them. Their freely given helpful local advice made for a much better holiday.
No traffic noise, even though on the main road. Easy to catch any type of bus you want or even flag down a taxi, from just in front of the apartment. Easy walk to Oistens for groceries at the Supercentre. Surfer’s Cafe just across the street from the Supercentre has really great coffee and the best shrimp wrap ever. We had wonderful marlin fish fillets from the fish market in Oistens, that we brought back and BBQ’d . Mini-mart just a 1/2 block the other way is handy too.
We found the accommodation to be excellent price value for our money. When our travels take us back to Barbados, we will definitely choose to stay there again (if we can get a booking .... we really didn't want to tell anyone about this lovely place, but didn't seem fair to keep it a secret). Martin ... thanks for all your help during the booking process.
Saturday, 19 January 2013 10:49 | London, UK
Good accommodation, excellent people!
There are a lot of places out there that promise to be next to the beach. Once you're there, you realise that 'next to' has the same meaning as Mercury is 'next to' the Sun. At Maxwell Beach Apartments however, they're as good as their word. Whatever apartment you find yourself in, you walk a matter of metres into the sandy garden area, there's a wooden fence with a gate - and then you're actually on the beach. And what a beach! The archetypical Caribbean picture postcard.
The apartments themselves are bright, clean and airy. I had the ground floor Apartment 2 - you walked in through your kitchenette with gas cooker and oven, microwave, large fridge/freezer (with ice already stocked, a real bonus in this heat), toaster and coffee maker. All utensils and pots/pans are supplied. Do get either Peter or Sheena to show you how to work the oven - it wasn't what I was used to!
The main room had lots of space. A nice big bed with the TV and dresser in front of it and some storage cupboards in the corner. An aircon unit is supplied and can be operated by remote. However I found it more pleasant to keep the doors to the apartment open with the lockable gates closed so air is allowed to breeze through. Lock up at night though to avoid the bugs!
The bathroom has a large shower - cold ones are the best here I found. There is also a wardrobe for extra storage.
There's a patio with table and chairs leading out towards the garden area and that wonderful beach. Say (a very quiet) hello to the many Red Moon Crabs which make their home underneath the paving stones. Plenty of parking available and there are also bus stops right outside (all bus rides are BD$2, regardless of distance). You can get to Oistins and Bridgetown easily, especially if you're prepared to experience the rough and ready "ZR" minivans with their musical horns; there are less frequent services to Speightstown as well.
Eating out? Head to Oistins on a Friday night to experience the wonderful Fish Fry they have there. There are more restaurants and bars in St Lawrence Gap and Worthing up the road in the opposite direction (towards Bridgetown). You might also consider the adjacent Butterfly Beach Hotel which does lovely buffet dinners and breakfasts on its own covered beachside patio - you don't need to be a guest of the hotel either. However, avoid the nearby chinese restaurant - it's just awful! If you're bringing in food to cook, there's a "Super Centre" supermarket just before you reach Oistins.
Finally, rest assured that you're in very good hands with Peter and Sheena. A most pleasant and helpful couple who will give you all the advice and tips you need for a great time in Barbados. Thanks for everything!