Sea-U Guest House Barbados - Bed and Breakfast
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Hidden behind thick green lush forests, the Sea-U Guest House Hotel in Bathsheba, St. Joseph in Barbados, can be your vacation home, located on a hilltop surrounded by a lush garden. Hammocks strung lazily between coconut palms. Marvel at the panoramic views. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Barbados Surf you can watch the waves breaking on tremendous limestone rocks. Take sneak peaks at our green Monkeys, hummingbirds and wildlife. The breezes keep reminding you that you are in Bathsheba far removed from the hustle and bustle of the real world.
Sea-U Guest House is built in traditional Bajan style out of hard wood and creates a mansion-like atmosphere. The 9 rooms of the Bathsheba hotel are tastefully furnished in an easy-going Caribbean island style.
Experience Bathsheba and the natural side, the east coast of Barbados, unspoiled beaches, tidal pools and Barbados surfing for an unforgettable Caribbean Island Beach Vacation at Sea-U Guest House Hotel. Newly built in traditional Bajan style, Sea-U Guest House's spacious private rooms provide you with all the best of a hidden island hotel and beach vacation rental and with all that Bajan hospitality offers.
Former German travel writer Uschi Wetzels created and is managing this charming Caribbean guest house. For hotel guests who are looking for a decidedly significant change of pace from a busy life, the 9 rooms of the hotel are tastefully furnished and decorated in an easy-going Caribbean island style. The architecture and interior of the Sea-U made from hardwood and dark wooden floors create a mansion-like atmosphere. Louver windows and doors invite the ocean breeze to cool the rooms.
Awards & Accolades
Sunday Times Travel Magazine, London "Barbados" (Feb. 2012)
"It's this that makes the village of Bathsheba so special. Its limestone rocks remind you that, at heart, Barbados is all about natural beauty. Here, Sea-U is at the heart of a cool surf scene, and Soup Bowl ... is just a walk away. Not that we're talking typical surf shack, you understand: this place is seriously sophisticated, delivering Champagne and hatah yoga in style." Jane Anderson
Telegraph, London "Barbados Travel Guide, Sea-U Guest House hotel review" (October 2011)
Why to go? Peeking at the ocean through thick tropical foliage, this great value little hotel - guest house somewhat undersells the set-up - is a magical and tranquil place out on the unspoiled east coast. If your Caribbean fantasy is to while away the hours in a hammock strung out between palm trees, this could be it. Fred Mawer.
The Independent, London "Honeymoons: What is the real cost of true romance?" (April 30, 2011)
Head for the wild, romantic east coast of Barbados, with crashing Atlantic breakers and chilled guesthouses that you won't find in any tour operator brochures. Sea-U Guest House at Bathsheba is a sophisticated B&B where simple white wood rooms give a nod to boutique living. Rugs have coral motifs, full use is made of wide verandahs and hammocks are strung between the palms. Jane Anderson.
Frommer's Caribbean 2011
Inexpensive Sea-U Guest House Far from the south coast, this guesthouse is a retreat from the world. It's the lazy life here. Your biggest challenge will be to lie in a hammock strung between palms, taking in the view of the nearby waves or monkeys scampering about.
Budget Travel Magazine, "The Best New Caribbean Deals for 2011" (Dec 2010/January 2011)
Crash pad for Caribbean surfers. The rugged, wave-tossed Atlantic Coast of Barbados has spawned one of the coolest little surf scenes in all the Caribbean. And the Sea-U Guest House, in the village of Bathsheba, steps away from the water, sits right at its heart. Hammocks are strung up across the property, and sweet small touches like an honor bar out back preserve the vibe. German expat owner Uschi Wetzels serves a complimentary full breakfast and she's more than happy to connect guests with local surf instructors: David Swanson
Simply the best in Barbados - I stay here for complete and total relaxation . Andrea and Seacat in the office made sure I have everything I need ! Fresh coconut water and healthy meals are a must for me, dinners and soups were just delicious. My room was immaculate, and everyone is helpful and friendly. Josephina, Boca Raton, Florida (April 2012)
Slice of paradise - We loved staying at Sea U. A slice of paradise, Sea U is a destination in itself. The atmosphere was very relaxing, the staff friendly and helpful, and the locale and the grounds were gorgeous. Jae, Los Angeles, California (April 2012)
When you arrive at the Sea U you can instantly relax - the beautiful setting and view, the welcoming and friendly staff, the amazing scenery in the area...It was wonderful to meet people from all over at dinner and share experiences and tips. For us, with no pressing destinations we could simply enjoy the hammocks or read a good book (they have a library in case you forgot) on the porch visited by friendly finches. As vegans they tried their best to accommodate us, which is not always easy - having fresh coconut water one evening was a treat and sampling island cuisine. Having experienced the bustle of Hastings, it was nice to "get away from it all". Highly recommended.
Moreen, Toronto, Canada (January 2010).
Sea-U Guest House's intimate Restaurant and Bar is located in the gazebo next to the main building. Open to the breeze but covered by a roof of wooden shingles, our hotel restaurant allows you to enjoy the ocean view while being protected from the elements. Full bar amenities are available.
Included in your room rate and served in buffet style:
- Homemade banana
- Coconut breads
- Toast (bran and whole wheat)
- Cream cheese
- Fresh fruits
- Daily breakfast special
We are not serving lunch but we will be happy to recommend bars and restaurants in the neighborhood which are serving local cuisine.
An affordable 3-course-dinner is offered daily (US$ 27.50 plus tax). We host you with the finest Bajan Chef combining European and Caribbean cuisine to a tasty mix. A vegetarian option is available.
Amenities at Sea-U Guest House
- Ocean view
- Tropical garden with sunbeds & hammocks
- In-room safe
- In-room Kitchenette
- Free Wi-Fi
- Telephone on property/free local calls
- Unspoiled beaches
- Natural dipping pools nearby
- Non-smoking & green certified property
- Hiking and fishing
- Soup Bowl in walking distance for excellent surfing
- Horseback riding nearby
- Sightseeing spots & attractions nearby
Services at Sea-U Guest House
- Restaurant & Bar on Site (breakfast and dinner)
- Breakfast included
- In-room Swedish Massage (US$ 65 for 60 minutes)
- Private Yoga (US$ 40 per person)
- Night guard
- Airport transfers available
- Daily maid service
- Car rentals
- Surf board rentals
- Catamaran cruise booking
- Tour booking - you name it, we book it
- Public transport close by
Barbados is the most easterly island of the Lesser Antilles. The coral island, pushed out of sea by volcanic activity millions of years ago, is circled by coral reefs with its stunning underwater world which fall in a series of "terraces" in the west and go into an incline in the east. The north shore of the island is lined with jagged coral cliffs which collide with the relentless breakers. Within the Barbados coral core there are many caves and underground lakes which provide an excellent supply of drinking water.
An island tour brought host and owner, Uschi Wetzels, a German travel writer, to the village of Bathsheba Barbados. Immediately, Uschi fell in love with the hilly area and its lush vegetation.
Bathsheba at the east coastis a community of a few thousand souls. There are Chattel Houses, small wooden homes, spread out over palm tree decorated slopes; not a single three-story-building in the area. Sea-U's beach hotel is located on the southern end of Bathsheba, in Tent Bay, with colorful fishing boats rocking in the azure blue ocean.
Visitors can cool down in one of the natural dipping pools at Bathsheba Beach or watch Barbados' best surfing. Surfers can catch the waves at the world famous Soup Bowl just a brief walk away from us. And you can tour the Andromeda Botanical Gardens with their large collection of tropical plants from the Caribbean and every continent of the world just a few hundred meters away from Sea-U Guest House.
Spending your holiday at Sea-U hotel gives you the opportunity to mingle with locals in our small community, to dance to local Reggae music at night, and enjoy fine Bajan dining right here with us!
Public transportation is very efficient in Barbados. Buses stop close to Sea-U.
Attractions in Barbados
The Atlantic East coast "not only has Bathsheba Beach going for it, but some of the most visited attractions on the island, including Andromeda Botanical Garden, Farley Hill National Park, Barbados Wildlife Reserve, and Harrison's Cave." Frommer's Caribbean 2003.
Andromeda Botanical Gardens
If you walk 5 min. up the hill from Sea-U Hotel you will find Andromeda Botanical Gardens, one of the richest Botanical Gardens of the Caribbean. Nestled among streams, ponds and rocky outcroppings overlooking the sea, lies the lush garden with plants from all over the world, created by late Iris Bannochie.
Bathsheba Beach used to be the summer resort of the Barbadian upper crust who would take their afternoon drink in the rock pools. Later it became a famous spot of the surfer and hippy jet set. Mick Jagger liked the place because it was so laid back that nobody made a fuss. Kelly Slater replaced the old Rolling Stone and is known to hop over from anywhere in the world when the swell is swell at Soup Bowl.
From Sea-U Guest House Hotel the brave can walk the 5 km trail to Bath Beach following the course of the old train track along the wild coast line. Bath has the shape of a half moon and is well protected by a coral reef from the breakers of the Atlantic. If you are lucky, it will be only you on that 1 km of palm tree shaded beach. Perfect place for a little picnic.
St. Nicholas Abbey
Built in the mid 17th century, and set in about 200 acres of cane, this is not a religious abbey but one of only 3 surviving Jacobean-style houses in the Western Hemisphere.
This treasure has been bought by architect Larry Warren, who has lovingly restored the house and from whom we expect a superb restoration of its factory, where he plans to bottle rum and other sugar cane products. With its antique furnishings, paintings china, and a rare, 1930s documentary film on view, you'll get real insight into plantation life.
Hunte's Gardens, centrally located in the heart of the parish of St. Joseph offer to garden and nature lovers one of the finest experiences one can find on any East Caribbean island. Created by a legendary horticulturist with an unusual flair, Anthony Hunte, these extraordinary gardens will please even the most keen gardeners and enthusiasts. With plants densely growing on many levels - from sunny and open spaces, down to a mysterious, dark heart of real Caribbean jungle.
Welchman Hall Gully
Gullies are sunken riverbeds, which carry the original tropical vegetation of Barbados. In Welchman Hall Gully human hands helped a little to create the most beautiful tropical park leading through the valley.
Even if caves are not your thing, Harrison's Cave is impressive. Its stalagmites and stalactites formed decorative columns which evoke the majesty of a gothic cathedral. Some of them look like a midget family holding a solemn ritual. A little train passes the fantastic formations and stops for you to take a closer gaze.
In the middle of sugar cane fields Orchid World appears surprisingly around the corner. Overlooking St George the garden displays an extraordinary wide array of orchids, a must for the hobby horticulturalist.
The old estate of Farley Hill used to have a reputation: It housed the ever first pool table on the island and other extravagances of the 1900 century nouveau riche. After it had served in the film Island in the Sun and was embroidered with lavish wooden decorations it burned down. The ruin still carries some decadent flair and the spacious park is graced with one of the most spectacular views onto the East Coast.
Wild Life Reserve
Everywhere in Barbados you might see green monkeys jumping from tree to tree. If you keep missing them you can visit them in the Barbados Wild Life Reserve. Birds vary from colorful parrots, flamingos and peacocks to brown pelicans. Reptile lovers will appreciate the collection of snakes (these are in cages!), iguanas, turtles and tortoises.
Sea-U Guest House is close to world class surfing. The hotel is perfect for Surfers and offers Ocean View Studios, Apartments, Cottage accommodation and restaurant overlooking Tent Bay at Bathsheba for a great Barbados surf trip. Surfing at Soup Bowl is only a short walk away. All Barbados surf spots can be reached within 40 minutes. Surf, relax, mingle with locals and other guests.
The New York Times about Bathsheba surfing (don't miss the slide show) March '09: “'I’ve been going for over 20 years, and I’d put Soup Bowl as one of the top three waves in the world,' said Kelly Slater, the Tiger Woods of surfing, who recently won his ninth world championship. 'It’s got a really good curve and allows all sorts of maneuvers and airs.'”