Colony Club to Unveil New Enhanced, Relaxed Look with Modern Updates When it Reopens in October

Elegant Hotels Group’s (www.eleganthotels.com) west coast Barbados resort The Colony Club Hotel (www.colonyclubhotel.com) will unveil its new look on Oct. 1, 2013. Already one of the Platinum Coast’s finest traditional properties, the Colonial-style resort will enhance its tasteful look and feel with modern updates while maintaining its Bajan plantation home feel.

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The Elegant Hotels Group owns and operates five of the finest hotels and resorts on the Caribbean island of Barbados. Set on the most desirable of the island’s legendary beaches on the west and south coasts, each hotel features unique attributes and a distinctive personality. Together, they offer styles to suit every taste, from classic to contemporary, family-friendly to adults-only and traditional to all-inclusive. Elegant Hotels include The House, Colony Club Hotel and Tamarind, as well as the all-inclusive Crystal Cove Hotel and Turtle Beach Resort. The group also includes the acclaimed Daphne’s restaurant on Barbados’ west coast – sister to Daphne’s restaurant in London.

A timeless retreat restored from a former Colonial Club, The Colony Club Hotel (Barbados) is a AAA Four Diamond hotel on the platinum west coast of Barbados. Featuring 96 guest rooms and suites each with its own patio or balcony, our family-friendly          resort is also an ideal Barbados destination for couples,     reunions and retreats. While the legendary history of the hotel has been carefully preserved through architecture, décor and landscape, guests will enjoy every modern convenience: Take a dip in one of the four lagoon-style freshwater swimming pools, indulge with a pampering service at our beauty salon, take a stroll through our lush gardens or try your hand at a variety of complimentary water sports. With the hotel shops and two on-site restaurants and bars, you’ll never have to leave the hotel–though it’s just twenty minutes to Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados.

The new concept focuses on relaxation, restoring mind and body, healthy eating, togetherness and minimizing impact on the local environment. Muted decor, soft lighting, natural wood and earthy tones convey the old-world feel, accentuated by vivid color.

Sunil Chatrani, CEO of Elegant Hotels Group, commented, “We have put a lot of thought into what added extras we can offer Colony Club guests without stripping away the essence of what makes it such a special place – it’s set to be stunning.”

You will experience some of the best dining in Barbados, all just steps from your room at the Colony Club. The on-site beachfront and open-air dining choices as well as the Taste of Elegance Dine Around Program offer a variety of venues and cuisine types from which to choose. Enjoy a romantic, private dinner for two right on the beach, or attend one of the exciting themed-cuisine nights such as Lobster and Jazz or Bajan Fish Grill at The Sunset Deck. The intimate cocktail lounge and poolside Sunset Bar provide two chic spots to enjoy evening drinks, and you can experience a quintessential Barbados meal at The Laguna Restaurant and Bar, the property’s signature space where seafood and continental fare are dished up daily. For something more refined, visit Daphne’s Restaurant at our sister property, Tamarind, where you can enjoy Italian fine dining with ideal ocean views.

The Laguna Restaurant and Bar.  (PRNewsFoto/Elegant Hotels Group)

The Laguna Restaurant and Bar. (PRNewsFoto/Elegant Hotels Group)

The Laguna Restaurant & Bar

Dine on seafood and continental fare in this covered and open-air restaurant, which features tropical garden views that extend to the lagoon pool, the ocean and beyond. Creating more space for socializing, the Laguna Restaurant features a new modern design continuing the original plantation home feel. At the al fresco environment, guests enjoy garden, pool and sea views. Laguna Restaurant uses the freshest local ingredients, some sourced from the new Organic Garden, and offers healthy dining choices. The Laguna Bar serves organic teas and freshly-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices by day, and traditional rum punches and house speciality cocktails by night. This non-smoking restaurant serves a breakfast buffet daily, at which shorts and sport clothing is acceptable but swimwear cover-ups and footwear is required.

The Sunset Bar & Deck

This swim-up and poolside bar serves tropical cocktails and light fare. Enjoy all-day outdoor dining at our signature restaurant, which specializes in seafood and continental cuisine. Weekly theme nights provide fun for the whole family; visit the seaside grill and international buffet on Tuesdays, the Bajan fish grill on Wednesdays and enjoy Lobster and Jazz on Thursdays.

Daphne’s Restaurant

Experience fine dining and gourmet Italian fare at this oceanfront Zagat-rated restaurant – made famous by its London counterpart, and sister restaurant, Le Caprice in New York’s Upper East Side – located next door to Tamarind.

Organic Garden

The new Organic Garden hosts a variety of fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables and flowers, and its own tilapia farm pond, all used on menus and floral displays in the Laguna Restaurant. Starting late November 2013, Colony Club chefs will host complimentary tours at the Organic Garden, and harvest seasonal produce for a cooking demonstration in the Laguna Restaurant.

Four poster beds are included in most room categories.  (PRNewsFoto/Elegant Hotels Group)

Four poster beds are included in most room categories. (PRNewsFoto/Elegant Hotels Group)

Bedrooms and suites

All of the 46 Oceanview, Luxury Oceanview and Luxury Poolside rooms have been upgraded with a focus on preserving the residential plantation feel. The elegant two-tone design blends with the Bajan-style coral stone walls and whitewashed wood ceilings, and is complemented by custom made warm-wooded furniture. This includes four poster beds in most room categories, French doors opening onto private balconies or patios, and views of the ocean or lush gardens and tranquil pools.

The rooms also feature new modern amenities including flat screen TVs, iPod docking stations and free WiFi for all guests. All rooms have natural skincare, bath and body products, and in-room fitness amenities, including personal yoga mats and in-room fitness channel.

Luxury Oceanview rooms or One Bedroom Suites feature Nespresso machines and a range of local organic teas, as well as locally-created aromatherapy scents combining tones of ylang ylang and lemongrass.

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Activity Schedule

The new activity schedule offers something for everyone and every interest. This includes watersports; choice of a daily session of complimentary yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi; fishing trips, historical walking tour of Holetown, custom island tour and rum tour, and seasonal tennis clinics.

The Colony Club Family Focus

From family-friendly guestrooms and restaurants to educational marine programmes and golf lessons, there are plenty of ways to have fun on family vacations in Barbados. On their first evening at the resort, children up to age 9 receive a turtle soft toy, and enjoy mini-robes and plate of cookies. Activities including watersports/land-based activities are enjoyable/educational. All children receive the “Fun Facts About Turtles” worksheet and “Did You Know Barbados?” fact-finding game. They can attend Aqua School to learn how to snorkel or windsurf, play a family tennis match or embark on an off-site adventure such as swimming with the turtles. Parents can also take advantage of services and amenities designed especially for family holidays including:

  • Seasonal Kids Korner: Trained, professional staff lead children between the ages of three and 12 in a wide range of fun-filled activities from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.
  • Family-friendly restaurants with kid-friendly menus
  • Off-property excursions for parents and kids such as swimming with the turtles or golf and tennis lessons at sister hotels
  • Aqua School with complimentary water sports and other beach activities
  • Family-friendly accommodations     suitable for up to two adults and two children
  • Trained, interactive nannies and babysitters available

The Colony Club Hotel provides families with children under age 2 with a custom baby pack, including natural baby bath and skin products, comfortable full crib and musical mobile on request.

Romance is in the Air…

Enjoy a romantic escape with gourmet candlelit dining, personalised tours and exotic cocktails at sunset. Relax with a couples massage and celebrate an engagement, a wedding or the renewing of vows before returning to your luxurious room or suite, where you can awaken to Champagne breakfast on your private patio. Take in sparkling entertainment under the sun and stars or arrange a private beachfront meal just for the two of you – whatever your wish, our creative and innovative staff are here to make it happen. Plan your romantic getaway today and enjoy these features and amenities:

  • Personalized menus
  • Plush king-sized beds
  • Spacious accommodations
  • In-room dining
  • Couples spa treatments
  • Private sunset catamaran cruises and other activities perfect for couples
  • Personalized romantic tours

Sustainability

Already using solar power for water and recycling glass/cooking oils, Colony Club uses new measures to minimize energy consumption, recycle and protect the environment, including the Organic Garden and more natural products in the rooms. The Colony Club supports the vision of the Barbados Sea Turtle Project through educational talks, beach cleanup days and charity donations. It has also adopted “The Learning Center” school for young Barbadians with learning disabilities.

The Colony Club Hotel (www.colonyclubhotel.com) accommodation lead-in rates start from $282 per room per night inclusive of tax, service charges, breakfast and other usual inclusions. For more information on any Elegant Hotels properties/to book, visit www.eleganthotels.com