Barbados’ SeaU Guesthouse: Get Away from it All (for Real)


Getting away—really getting away—is harder than it’s ever been. That’s why it’s so important to seek out those places that embody being a new place, that exemplify both their locale and that unique mental relaxing-letting go that makes a vacation so very special. The SeaU Guesthouse in Bathsheba, Barbados fulfills all those authentic getaway desires.

The hammocks that overlook the ocean below at SeaU Guesthouse in the Bahamas.

Run by a former travel writer, the Guesthouse is located at the top of a giant hill overlooking the sleepy town of Bathsheba (that happens to be an international serious surfing destination; apparently Kelly Slater is a fan of the perfect waves at the Soup Bowl and filmed a piece of a surf movie for Billabong there a couple years back). In town, you can find real (delicious!) Bajan food and plenty of (naturally!) rum.


I was in Barbados to really relax; though I travel often, it is usually not ‘time off’ but doing-seeing as much as possible so that I can write about it for magazines and websites. Not this time. At SeaU I napped, stared at the ocean, went for meandering walks, and spent bountiful amounts of time hammocking on my porch at SeaU or on the hammocks in the common areas.

A view of the (palm-forest-covered) town of Bathsheba below the Guesthouse.

SeaU was incredibly quiet, so much so that I was surprised to see other guests (from England and Brazil) when my boyfriend and I showed up at breakfast in the mornings. And let me just gush about that (complimentary!) breakfast for a minute: Off-the-tree fruit so ripe it practically melted in my mouth, fresh local eggs cooked up by the capable cooks, homemade sweet breads (so delicious!) and of course, tea and coffee.

I was so happy relaxing in our deck hammock!

The east coast of Barbados is tropical relaxing at its best; not overdeveloped, not touristy, and definitely off-the-beaten-path, which makes it ideal for a real getaway (more on Barbados here). While SeaU had free WiFi and I definitely checked my email when needed (and even watched a movie with my boyfriend from the Internet), I felt a zillion miles away from home. Which is exactly what I needed.

Our cozy-comfy four-poster bed (the mosquito netting at night was more romantic than necessary).

SeaU Guesthouse, Bathsheba, Barbados

We stayed in the Superior Rooms in the Cottage:

The two Superior rooms occupy the top floor of the smaller building next to the Sea-U Main House which is built in a sloping hill. Both have each a King Size Beds, kitchenette and a bathroom with shower. The two studios share the same spacious patio offering hammocks and comfortable deck chairs. Traditional louvered doors and windows combined with ceiling fans keep the Atlantic breezes steady in this vacation rental. The Bathsheba cottage rooms are also air-conditioned.

These two studios in the Barbados cottage may be reserved together or separately making it a wonderful beach vacation home.

And YES! This guesthouse is eco-friendly and easy on the local ecosystem, including natural cleaners, local food in the dining area, local materials used to construct new building, CFL lightbulbs and other energy-saving measures, and a minimal environmental footprint.

The locally-made pottery was a green and lovely touch.

It seemed like the private, covered porch always beckoned.

A delicious breakfast (local fruit, coffee, tea, juice, and rotating hot selections, freshly cooked, as well as eggs whichever way you like them) is complimentary at SeaU.

My boyfriend, Simon, enjoys his breakfast and I enjoyed the view to the ocean behind him (as well as his smiling face!)

The main building at SeaU features slightly more affordable rooms.

SeaU featured an old-school Caribbean honor bar.

The private entrance to our accommodations.

Plenty of local songbirds serenaded us all day long as we relaxed on the porch.

The view from my room at SeaU Guesthouse. Palms in the wind, and ocean waves behind.Perfect.

I hope I make it back to Barbados, and this porch, one day!

All Photos by Starre Vartan except top image, courtesy SeaU Guesthouse.

One comment

  1. Jill Schneiderman · October 17, 2012

    Loved your piece on Barbados. I know this area well for I lived there for a year a few years back. As a geology major (I’m a geo professor) I’m sure you must have appreaciated the greeat geology as well.
    Warm wishes,