The multi-storey, beachfront resort has 88 rooms and suites and operates as both a hotel and condo residence. Do not miss breadfruit night for a taste of local cuisine.
When I first arrive at this 88 room and suite resort, part of Ocean Hotels Group, it is night time and the facade is lit up to exaggerate its shining golden hues. Kind offerings of cooling towels and drinks are made at once by staff. Eventually, in my bedroom, I fall asleep to the cadence of the ocean.
Oistins Bay is undoubtedly the star here and sight lines all focus in that direction: from the partial open air lobby, from the adults-only rooftop patio, and from room balconies.
THE STAFF & GUESTS
As the property operates as a condo hotel there are families, small groups from neighbouring islands and couples.
Between Dover and Maxwell beaches, there is a sliver of white sand here, but the currents and waves are too large to facilitate swimming. Instead a meandering pool keeps water babies happy.
Barefoot on the beach, a small tent is set up for breadfruit night, one of the culinary highlights of my trip. Mirroring the local resurgence of breadfruit roasted over coals and then stuffed with all manner of traditional Caribbean fillings — smoked herring, buljol (shredded and seasoned salt cod), curry chicken, lamb stew, seafood — it is utterly delicious.
Taste Restaurant offers a good breakfast, grab-and-go bites like wraps and rotis and local and international fare. The weekly manager’s cocktail party is a great way to sample the kitchen’s creations.
MAKE IT EVEN BETTER
The resort is busy at all times of day and night and upgrading the elevator would better assist guest flow.
There is nothing like a fully equipped kitchen to make me feel at home. Add an ocean view and it feels like the ultimate fusion of home and holiday.
Ocean Two Resort & Residences by Ocean Hotels
Number of Rooms: 88
Number of Restaurants: 1
Dover Road St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church, Barbados; +1 246-418-1800; oceantwobarbados.com
This original hotel article first appeared in the Winter 2019/2020 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.