FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Barbados is a beautiful, generally upscale and friendly island. Twenty eight miles long and 14 miles wide, tourist do not have to worry about traveling anywhere on island during the day or night.  However, it is always wise to use proper judgement.

The Bajan people are friendly and approachable. The west side of the island, referred to as the Platinum West Coast is where La Maison Michelle is located. This is one of the most upscale sections of Barbados where some of the best beaches in the world are located (off the Caribbean Sea). The beaches are available to all (not private) and very few have vendors. The eastern part of the island, off the Atlantic Ocean, does not have swimming on the beaches but is a must see via a tour for its cliffs, rock formations and sheer beauty. The weather is a consistent 85 degrees year round. Add the steady breeze found at our villa and you’re in good shape. When it rains, it’s usually only for 10-15 minutes, if not just a quick sun shower. Our many sliding glass doors remain open through the day and evening.

As far as lifestyle, Barbados can be expensive as most products are imported. This will be best noted in two areas, food and transportation. For our guests, we provide an inclusive dining option that provides great value. For transportation, we recommend group trips to amortize the car service which is similar to the prices found in NYC.

Enjoy La Maison Michelle and Barbados

About Barbados

  • Are all credit cards taken in Barbados?  MasterCard and Visa are fine. American Express is accepted by only a few retail stores.
  • What is the currency exchange for the US dollar? It is 1 US dollar to 2 dollars Barbados.
  • Can I use US dollars? Yes anywhere.
  • Are travelers checks recommended? No, as ATM machines are easily found and accept all debit cards.
  • Does the ATM machines supply US dollars? No, they provide Bajan dollars (BDS). So, for example, if I took out $200 BDS it would be worth approx. $100 US dollars.
  • What do I do with my BDS Dollars when leaving the island? There is a currency exchange booth at the airport. It is limited to $500 BDS dollars ($250 US). You should also be able to exchange these dollars at your local bank at home.
  • How far is the villa from the airport and the cost?  La Maison Michelle is a 40 minute drive from the airport. The cost varies between $60 US and $80 US each way for a car service or van. This price is for the entire car or van, not an individual price.
  • How about traveling around the island? It’s fun to take the bus. The best deal in town. It is only $2.00 BDS (coins only) and gets you around the island. For a private car service, our staff can easily arrange.
  • How does one get from the villa to the beach, supermarket, retail shopping and other businesses?  La Maison Michelle is only a mile from the beach and also Holetown, a quaint upscale town on the West Coast.  In Holetown, there are restaurants, the supermarket (which also sells liquor), a dine-in movie theater (a lot of fun), great shopping, night life, cigar bar, etc… It’s an easy cab ride of $15 US. Our staff can help with these short runs also.
  • Do you recommend renting a car? For American’s as the steering wheel is located on the right side and the roads have many roundabouts.  Bajan roads are also quite dark and narrow so unless you have had this type of driving experience, we would not suggest a car rental. Also, being chauffeured is part of the La Maison Michelle experience.

About La Maison Michelle

  • What is the general design of the villa? Open air design with many large windows and sliding glass doors.
  • Please describe the suites: Each of our seven suites has a unique design. All have excellent sea views (except the Ocean suite, courtyard view). Most have private balconies and all have air conditioners.
  • TV’s: Large screen TV in the media room (Blue ray) and gym with additional TV’s in the Ocean, Cosmo and Platinum suites.
  • Music: Savant music system fills the villa with sounds in all directions. Bring your own music (on CD’s, lap tops and all types of phones) or enjoy ours.
  • Security: there is a security system for the villa and cameras focused on the outer perimeter. LaMM supplies a security guard for our guests for their comfort in the evenings and to also close the villa down at night and provide any other general assistance. Hours are 9PM to 3 AM.
  • The other common areas: Full dine-in kitchen, maid’s quarters, gym and spa plus media room, great room and entertainment/bar area support the five suite main villa. The complementary two-suite guesthouse has its own kitchen, living room and sun decks.
  • Party on our entertainment decks. The main villa has 2,000 plus square feet of terrace area that provide spacious dining, entertaining and reception areas. Additional decks support the Guesthouse also.
  • Our Gardens: A flowered courtyard and spa garden are in the center of the main villa. Spacious lawns surround the infinity pool.
  • Tell me more about the inclusive meal plan: If you choose this plan, it includes your daily hot breakfast (brunch on Saturday and Sundays) and most lunch and dinners. It also includes a variety of local fruits and beverages along with a starter bar for our guests. LaMM’S dining menus are posted on our web site and our chef would be happy to adjust meals to fit your specifications.
  • Inclusive Starter bar: Cocktail tastes are unique to each guest. We start festivities with a gallon of rum punch, Banks Beer, Mt Gay rum and a possible surprise or two. Imported liquor can be expensive. Pick up your favorite spirit at the duty free shop in the baggage claim area when you arrive at the airport in Barbados. One litre per guest.

Transportation and Tours

  • Price to and from LaMM to airport: Up to 4 people $60.00 for group / Up to 6 people $80.00 for group / each way
  • Price to and from LaMM to Holetown: Up to 3 people $15.00 for group / Up to 4 people $20.00 / Up to 6 people $30.00 / each way / add $10.00 to these prices after 11:00 PM

Tours

Private Custom Tour: Package A
Scenic Tour (includes transportation, driver / guide, bottled water and rum punch) $65.00 US dollars per person. (4 hours)

  • La Maison Michelle
  • Animal Flower Cave
  • Cherry Tree Hill
  • Bathsheba
  • La Maison Michelle

Package B
Scenic Tour with lunch (includes transportation, driver / guide, bottled water and rum punch) $85.00 US dollars per person. (5 hours)

  • La Maison Michelle
  • Animal Flower Cave
  • Cherry Tree Hill
  • Bathsheba
  • Sunbury Plantation (lunch and tour of the house)

Popular Activities

  • Every Monday & Wednesday: Harbour Lights Dinner Show: http://www.harbourlightsbarbados.com
  • Price to and from LaMM to Holetown: Up to 3 people $15.00 for group / Up to 4 people $20.00 / Up to 6 people $30.00 / each way / add $10.00 to these prices after 11:00 PM
  • Every Tuesday: The Taste of Barbados Dinner Show: See link: http://www.funbarbados.com/activities/taste_of_barbados_dinneshow.cfm/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SS5Ap0pn6A
  • Every Thursday Afternoon: Martin’s Bay Fish Fry, picnic out on the East Coast of island (Atlantic Ocean) —near the spectacular Bathsheba, a sightseeing must.
  • Every Friday Evening: Oistin’s Fish Fry, vendor booths for food and shopping / YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F4kl9bI8wo
  • Every Saturday Afternoon: “Liming at Rum Shops” changes weekly

AND

  • On-site Spa and Beauty Treatment at LaMM: Our staff will make arrangements
  • Catamaran lunch or evening cruise: Our staff will make arrangements: https://silvermoonbarbados.com/
  • Safari Off Road Tours: See Link: http://www.islandsafari.bb/
  • Mount Gay Tour: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mUvtD0wLMg
  • World Class Golf: Three championship courses on island that range from $185 to $285 per round, depending on the season, a 18 hole course for $75 US to $125 US and a nine hole course for $75. Clubs can be rented at all courses. Call for further details
  • Tennis (with instructions): Our staff will make arrangements
  • Mullins Beach: Popular West Coast hangout with umbrellas, beach chairs and an on-site casual  restaurant
  • LimeGrove: for luxury shopping, cigar bar, luxury dining in movie theater, popular bar scene, events, restaurants. See link: http://www.limegrove.com/
  • Wind Surfing and deep Sea Fishing: Our staff will make arrangements
  • And much more!

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