O2beach Club

Suzanne Barney on 03 June 2022
This trip should have taken place in 2020 - then in 2021 and finally we got there in 2022 When we initially booked this the hotel as room only and more 'self catering' but in the last 2 years it was refurbished and became a 5* all inclusive It is only a short transfer from the airport about 20-25 minutes and we booked the VIP service which meant we were met by a representative of the hotel at the airport and were fast tracked through security It cost about £50pp but worth it .

The O2 is a boutique hotel with 130 rooms & suites. Located very close to St Lawrence Gap in Barbados. This gives you options to go out in the evening if you don't like just staying on property it is on the south of the island so it is a little windier plus the sea can be choppy .

The hotel has 2 section the old section and new. We stayed in both for 3 night. The older section is where the club rooms are and the 'self catering' style suites - I have to say the club room was a little dark and the view not really very nice over the hotel next door Just as well we moved rooms after 3 nights and stayed in the new wing - a huge difference and worth paying the difference

There wasnt much storage space in both rooms and not many hangers. But there was a good hairdryer, safe , iron & ironing board,coffee maker, fridge with drinks in the room and we also had dressing gowns

The new wing the room was stunning - with amazing ocean views and large bathroom plus 2 large queen beds and much larger than the club rooms

So the big USP of this hotel is the food . There were 3 dining options Elements - is the main restaurant where you take breakfast , lunch & evening meal . The entertainment takes place just in front so a nice place to eat in the evening It is also close to the cocktail bar where you can have a aperitif before and after dinner . Breakfast is buffet with an egg chef . Good quality fruit , fresh fruit and pastries. There was also fresh orange juice and there was a coffee machine which was great Evening meal was lovely there was a selection of seafood, Italian and Asian meals of a high quality

Lunch we ate at Bluefin which was closer to the beach - more casual here with seafood m homemade burgers ,salads and pizzas with a lovely casual ambience i loved the Seafood Qusadilla and the sweet potato fries were to die for . I never had room for desert even thought the portions were not huge

The Posh restaurant 'Oro' which is located on the 9th floor of the new wing we only managed to get in on the last 2 nights as it was fully booked or closed This is fine dining and the ambience is very chic and has wonderful views over the coastline . The food is wonderful and it is air conditioned . This is where we sampled the 'Baileys Coffee Creme Brulee' . The main menu has lobster, steak, lamb ( what ever you have you wont be disappointed) This restaurant is included with the all inclusive

There was also the Tapas bar ( we never got there) with wonderful views over the resort located on the rooftop of the older block and a pool and sunloungers

Plus the Oasis where you could grab a coffee or pastry any time

The hotel was at low occupancy when we were there - so it was very low key . The staff were lovely really friendly . There wasnt a lot of activity going on . The sea was quite rough when we were there and the beach was quite small so if you want a larger beach walk along the gap to dover beach and it seemed not as choppy there . That was the only flaw the beach but it wouldn't stop me from returning

The furnishing at the hotel as very high standard . The sunbeds have thick mattresses and for a small property there are lots of places to hide away The sundeck had 2 jacuzzis where you could hide away on the most comfortable sunbeds and no one else about - biiss It was like they were out a fashion shoot at times

The internet connection was also brilliant! Never had an issue

So if you want to disconnect and chill and eat wonderful wood and lounge on wonderful sunbeds and have huge G&T's then this is the place for you ( book the suites rather than the rooms) If the beach is the most important issue then maybe not best to go west coast

Its location in St Lawrence Gap is perfect for those who would go stir crazy staying in the hotel for 2 weeks .'The gap' has shops ,bar and restaurants where it is totally safe to go out at night with live music and lively bars . The locals are really friendly and it felt totally safe