by Lissa Poirot
Providing families with private villas that feel like home, as well as amenities like water sports, kids’ programs and waterfront dining, Port Ferdinand is a hidden treasure on the island of Barbados. One- to three-bedroom vacation rentals are available. Choose from harbor-side residences with one or two bedrooms starting at 2,000 square feet, or go as large as a more than 4,000 square foot deluxe ocean view villa with three bedrooms. All villas offer fully equipped kitchens, living rooms and outdoor terraces. Amenities include a private beach on a calm bay with watersports such as kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and snorkeling; and kids’ clubs, play areas and programming. The Buccaneer Hideout is an outdoor kids’ park, while The Pirates Den is an indoor kids’ club for ages 3 to 17. Nanny and babysitting service is also available. Onsite dining is available at the poolside Quarterdeck Bar & Pizzeria for breakfast and lunch, and fine dinner dining at 13/59. The resort’s sister resort, Saint Peter’s Bay, is accessible via water taxi and offers more kids’ programs and dining.
Our Editor Loves
- Private villas with up to three bedrooms
- Fully equipped kitchens
- Children's programs and babysitting
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Onsite Dining
Accommodation is the BEST... beautifully furnished and very spacious. We booked a one bed apt.. we had 2 bathrooms, very large kitchen and dining room, utility and huge balcony. The furnishings were extremely nice and the whole place was immaculate. Our balcony overlooked the marina.
Although when we stayed there, the resort was very quiet this suited us. The poolside bar was great, good quality food and the on site restaurant 13.59 was amazing... the chef there at the moment has a huge following in Barbados and consequently you probably need to book a table.
My only criticism were the reception / concierge girls... could have been friendlier and more helpful but I think that is the Bajan way... like to pretend they are busy whilst surfing the internet!! My opining is that they were particularly lazy and wanted to do the absolute minimum for the guests. It was almost like a challenge to get them to do something.
Anyway, we would definately return because the positives out weigh the negative
by Michael J
Very well appointed apartments , well furnished but with very little Caribbean about them. The buildings themselves overlook a nearly empty marina and are more Palm Beach than anything else. Half of this development has been built already some 2-3+ years but seemingly little has sold to date as prices are much too high. In the meantime the resort is renting out the apartments on short term lets to help with the cash flow. In many respects the resort offers a good alternative to Sandy Lane except for its location and the lack of a sandy beach just for residents - the only option being Nikki Beach which is not too far but if you are looking for a quiet day by the beach then this is not a good alternative. Speightstown while up and coming is some way removed from the platinum coast so a car rental is a must to move around the island. The only times we visited the resort was dead and there is very little to do immediately on site although there is a spa , yacht and motor boat rentals which are open to the general public. The whole concept appears to be geared to American and / or Canadian guests but Barbados is essentially a British island which means that sales of the apartments will not be easy unless prices drop quite dramatically. There is a good restaurant on site Dockside 1359 and also a snack bar for lunch and drinks run by Gilbert a friendly and efficient local.!! If you are visiting Barbados for a few days then Port Ferdinand is a good option but it is very quiet and there are a number of significant disadvantages compared to resorts along the west coast between there and Holetown and further south on the island.