What is so special about Saint Peter’s Bay Luxury Resort & Residences and Port Ferdinand Yacht & Beach Club Residences? What makes a stay at one of these properties different, special, yet ever so authentic to its Bajan setting and roots?If you were to ask a visitor, you might hear the following: “For couples, families, groups, or singles, Saint Peter’s Bay and Port Ferdinand really are something so special. The accommodations are some of the best I have experienced worldwide! The level of detail, furniture, quality, and offering was such a treat.” (Trip Advisor, 2018.) If you were to ask Joseph Violi, Group General Manager, he would tell you, “Luxury with soul is our brand promise; our people are passionate and committed to what they do.”Curious, I head out on a beautiful Thursday evening and visit the properties myself. Let’s just say, I am sold. My first point of entry to the properties, both of which are located in St Peter, near historic Speightstown, was Saint Peter’s Bay Resort in Road View. For those who place a high premium on the quality of their accommodations, the three- and five- bedroom beachfront homes at Saint Peter’s Bay Resort exude an upscale Mediterranean- Caribbean vibe with the highest quality in furnishings and appliances.The penthouse homes enjoy rooftop decks with spectacular views that were incredibly breathtaking when I visited them in the late evening just after the sun had gone down. To envision myself here with a glass of wine, overlooking the tropical panorama of this unspoiled coastline is nothing short of a fantasy.
Both properties pride themselves on being able to cater to different generations and ages. Extensive activities and amenities, such as a kids’ centre, spa (at Port Ferdinand) and meticulously selected and trained staff who are encouraged to do what Bajans do best, which is to exude their natural warmth and share what they love so much about the island, make this a luxury experience with a warm local flavour. The beach also enjoys the natural advantage of being a nesting ground for sea turtles which is an added attraction for all ages and has certainly been a lure for many repeat guests.Guests have the opportunity to enjoy both properties, and can be transported from one location to the other via car or water taxi. Amenities are shared and guests can dine on both properties or have an in-house chef visit their rooms to prepare meals.
“Part of the vision for the homes was that they would cater to multi-generational families. We are now seeing many home owners and rental guests return with their families to enjoy the seaside villas and amenities with at least two visits per year,’’ Joseph Violi said. “This is a big deal for us. To us, that speaks volumes.” Port Ferdinand Yacht and Beach Club is the chic destination in Six Men’s Bay. It has more of a South Beach kind of vibe, which is evident in the décor of the three, four & five-bedroom homes, which are edgier and have a more contemporary feel, each with its own 60 foot or greater yacht berth.
On my arrival, the property had just re-opened its fine-dining restaurant, Dockside at 13° 59° (the latitude and longitude of Barbados) and I had the opportunity to meet some of the staff, who were clearly committed to making a wonderful impression on the very first patrons, who were enjoying their meals in the air- conditioned indoor dining area and on the outdoor marina-deck. This new stylish bistro run by Chef Larry Rogers and his wife Michelle, caters to the most discerning palate, with an emphasis on unique dishes with a subtle Caribbean influence.In addition to Dockside at 13˚/59˚, Port Ferdinand Luxury Resort and Residences also offers the Quarterdeck Bar, Resturant and Pizzeria, a great place for light lunches, snacks and cocktails on the pool island in the centre of the marina, while Nikki Beach Club opened on Port Ferdinand beach in 2018.As was perfectly articulated by Joseph Violi, “Our properties deliver an activity and amenity-rich Bajan experience – we provide authentic moments that target memories. Whether it’s having a massage outdoors in the beautiful gully at The Sandbox Tree Spa, going on a custom-tailored rum tour or indulging in our endless range of watersports and ocean experiences – you’ll find the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure at our properties. This is why our guests keep coming back.”For those interested in owning this little piece of paradise, the advantages of investing in a home located on a beautiful Bajan beach, with 5 Star Resort caliber amenities and service added to the mix, are limitless. For those considering a purchase at either property as a permanent residence, vacation getaway or on an investment basis, now is the time.