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by Skipper Vance
October 4, 2011
by Ben the Grate
July 23, 2004
The architecture at the Edgewater is unique, and immediately behind the hotel is the island's only patch of rainforest, Joe's River rainforest. The hotel has an extensive set of balconies and terraces that extend many levels into the rainforest. It's a lovely place to relax in the afternoon or evening, lulled to sleep by the sound of the waterfalls deep in the canyon below. The rooms are basic and spartan, but typical of budget Caribbean accommodations. DO NOT EXPECT resort-style rooms! There is no a/c in most rooms, just fans and windows. Don't expect hot water, though sometimes you'll be pleasantly surprised. What you should expect is family-friendly accommodations, to be welcomed and cared for LIKE family from the locals, to have great food and drinks in the restaurant, to have great views from your room (ask for #218, with one of the best views in the Caribbean!), and to be located smack dab in the center of the most picturesque coastline on one of the most beautiful islands in this region. The area is sleepy, with no major development. (Which means no real restaurants except at the Edgewater and a few other hotels in the area, so stock up on food at a grocery store!)
Rates vary from $69 for a double in summer, to $170 for a double in winter. Yes, I know, I don't consider these "budget" rates, either, but for Barbados, they're about the best you can get! The rates for each room vary, because some are nicer than others. 218 is the best, and 212 and 221 are also very nice. Everything else is pretty basic, and consequently cheaper. The resort has a pool, and there is a path down the cliff to the beach, a 5-minute walk.
The Edgewater is the most charming property I've discovered on Barbados. Despite being spartan, it has been voted "Best Small Hotel in the Caribbean" in 2001 and 2002 by Caribbean Travel and Life magazine. It's definitely a place you'll come back to.
Hint: Bathsheba is remote, by Barbados standards. Unless you're JUST coming to sit on the beach for a weekend, you'll want wheels of your own, so rent a car, and get GOOD directions and a good map from your rental agency. It can take an hour to get there from the airport, though it's only about 20 miles.
Editor's Note:The Edgewater Inn came under new management in June 2004, and has been completely refurbished to include air-conditioned rooms and more. It's now called the New Edgewater, and their website has also changed: check it out by clicking here. Photos for this entry do not necessarily reflect its current appearance.
From journal Beaching Southeastern Barbados