Owner of Sunset Point and Catch 22 restaurant Terrance Haynes said he likes to be hands on and often helps out in the restaurant. (Picture by Christoff Griffith.)
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Sunset Point, St Lucy has to be one of Barbados’ best kept secrets. The views are breathtaking, the staff is friendly and the food, ambiance and vibes are amazing.
The idea to have a local and tourist attraction at that point in the island overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea in the north, was a joint one between owner Terrance Haynes and his dad Trevor Haynes.
And it’s definitely a family affair at the location which houses apartments for staycations, a restaurant which is available for any occasion and a pool for swimming lessons for all ages.
“It was a joint effort between my dad and I. We wanted to serve local seafood since we are both fishermen. We wanted something that had a semblance to the sea which is how we came up with the name Catch 22 for the restaurant. Sunset Point, my parents came up with that name because the sun sets straight out on the sea so it’s a real nice place to watch the sunset during the summer,” Terrance explained.
And as for the swimming lessons, he said it was a family idea as well.
“Growing up, my sister and I swam for Barbados. We trained at the Aquatic Centre so when we had practice we would have to get up a bit earlier than everyone else that live in Christ Church because we were coming from St James. Recently my dad said it would be nice to have somewhere where people can learn to swim in the north without having to drive to the Aquatic centre,” he said.
Terrance told EASY magazine, his father acquired the land eight years ago and started to develop it.
“It was just land and bush so the place was developed over the last eight years. It was always a vision to have stuff here like weddings and different events and so on. The view is very nice, so we decided to add it on the list of tourist attractions in the island,” he explained.
The restaurant has been open just over a year and the apartments about six months and the pool, four months ago.
Terrance said it has been going well so far and couldn’t complain about anything.
“Like anything in Barbados it’s definitely seasonal. September into November are the slower months, but December into April are very busy. Trying to get more events done to help with the slow months,” he explained.
He said he has been hearing a buzz about his location and likes what he is hearing.
“It’s really intimate down here and we like it that way. It makes me feel good about the reaction so far to the property. But I can’t take all the credit. My dad Trevor and my entire family is behind it. My dad had the vision and I facilitated it,” he said.
While taking a break from assisting overseas visitors during a busy afternoon at the restaurant, Terrance said he was also pleased to know that the locals were starting to love it as well.
“Most people are blown away by the location. They say when they come down here it doesn’t feel like Barbados. There is a different feel. Many who have stayed here said it’s very peaceful and serene and once they leave they feel refreshed. We have a small orchard where people go and pick their own fruits as well,” he said.
He noted though, that the success of the restaurant and property wouldn’t be possible without the staff.
“The staff here are incredible. Because I’m always busy and doing things, I really appreciate the staff here, without them there is no business. Having a good team makes life a lot easier for me,” he said.
The engineer by profession said the focus right now was to continue increasing the occupancy at the apartments.
“We have staycation packages here for the locals because it’s a really nice place to come and relax. We want Barbadians to come and experience it,” he said.
And just as he has embarked on this venture with his family, Terrance said he would love to pass it on to his children when he has some.
“After seeing what my parents have done, it’s about being able to pass on a legacy for my kids when I do have them, that’s something that we Bajans need to focus on some more,” he added. (DB)