Many accommodation options exist in St. Philip from luxury hotels, guest houses, and plenty of self-catering apartments and houses to rent.
The parish of St. Philip is on the east coast of Barbados, just above the Grantley Adams International Airport.
By choosing to stay in this parish, you have access to many stunning beaches and some great tourist attractions. Here you can enjoy the tranquillity of this parish but still be close enough to the action of the south coast for the occasional night out.
One of the best hotels in this parish is The Crane Resort, which is one of the oldest hotels on the island, which has undergone extensive renovation and expansion.
You stay here as a hotel guest, or you can purchase a unit to use year after year. The resort overlooks the award-winning Crane beach and has a couple of excellent fine dining restaurants.
Many people rank the Crane Beach as one of the top 10 beaches in the world, and in this parish, you will find a few other excellent bays such as Foul Bay, Sam Lord’s, Bottom Bay, and Harrismith to name but a few. Swimming at some of these beaches can be dangerous, as this is the Atlantic Ocean. However, you must always be careful when swimming in the ocean.
This side of the island enjoys cooling winds and is quieter than the neighboring parish of Christ Church. However, there is still plenty to do in this parish to keep you amused.
There are a couple of old plantation houses, one of which, Sunbury Plantation House, is open to the public and has a beautiful collection of antique furniture and gives you an insight into a bygone era of Barbadian living.
Also, in this parish, you will find Oughterson House, which is where Bussa was the head ranger. Bussa led the great slave revolt in Barbados and is now a national Hero with a roundabout and statue dedicated to his memory.
If you do visit Sunbury, then carry on along the same road to Daphne’s Sea Shell Studio, where you can find unique gifts to take home.
Another hotel located in this parish is Sam Lord’s Castle, which was owned by the notorious Sam Lord. The main castle offered accommodation with four-poster beds and antique furniture, with a modern hotel complex that provided over 200 rooms.
Sadly this ran into financial problems and is now closed at the time of writing (June 2020).
Sam Lord’s beach and the beaches here are still beautiful, and although not so easy to access now that the hotel is closed, they are still worth venturing down to visit and taking a picnic.
Other things to do in this parish include motor racing at Bushy Park, and a perfect day out for the entire family can at Kendal Sporting Range.
There are also several guesthouses in St. Philip, which gives you the security of knowing that you have a clean, comfortable room and breakfast included.
If you want to be self-sufficient, then there are many apartments and houses to rent within this parish, and there is an excellent shopping center at Six Roads with a fully stocked supermarket.
For details on properties to rent in this parish, please review the Barbados Real Estate section and contact a Realtor.
By: Brett Callaghan