Let me start by saying what a fantastic vacation we had on Saba. Our experience exceeded my expectations. This was the perfect island getaway!
Eddie our cab driver and tour guide picked us up at the airport and brought us to the resort. We arrived and were greeted by the Hotel Managers Claire and Hidde who offered up refreshing cool towels and a glass of fresh island juice. After some orientation and pleasantries they then lead us to our unit.
Our hotel room, actually a suite, was fantastic. Stunning views across the valley out to the ocean and wonderful island and Bali style furnishings. The suite was larger than our home in Key West. A large sitting room held a couch facing sliding glass doors. We opened these on our arrival and did not close them til we left. This will tell you two things. First there is no air conditioning in the unit, and none was needed. The breeze was welcoming and the humidity low. A ceiling fan provided all the cooling needed while we comfortably slept. The second thing is no bugs! Saba is blessed with constant breezes so no mosquitoes or biting insects.
Adjacent to the living room is a large office desk. There Is Wi-Fi on the property for the mandatory checks back to the real world. The suite had a flat screen television which I can’t say worked or not because duing our 5 day stay we never turned it on once! Leading up from the living room was a ships ladder that revealed an upper room with a day bed and lots of light for reading.
Next to the sitting room, overlooking the valley was perhaps my favorite feature of the suite, a Jacuzzi hot tub. I made use the this every night and even my wife who isn’t a fan of hot tubs enjoyed a soak after our hike to the top of Mt Scenery. There is something magical about floating in water, glass of wine and enjoying great company and an awesome view.
Our bedroom was inspiring. Our king, 4 post bed was comfortable and spacious. The tile floor was cool in the morning. We were celebrating our 15th anniversary and I had asked to have some tropical flowers waiting for us inside. Claire had let me know in advance that there was no florist on the island but could have some shipped in from St Maarten. I said not to worry, if there were some local flowers great , if not, we were fine. Claire went out that morning and cut a beautiful arrangement of ginger, Birds of Paradise and local orchids. They looked great and greeted us every morning with color and tropical scents. They also gathered up red bougainvillea petals and laid a path across the floor up onto the bed. (nice touch).
The bathroom was functional and the shower had a multi-head spray that took a little figuring out. The grounds are well manicured as befitting a resort named the Queen’s Garden. The pool was refreshing and provided relief from the sun while we tried to tan.
The employees at the resort are first rate. We have traveled a bit and rarely have we found a top to bottom staff as friendly or as welcoming as the crew at the Queen’s Garden. Hidde and Claire, the managers, anticipate your needs and are true hospitality professionals. We felt like guests in their home not customers at a resort. Bastian the restaurant manager goes out of his way to create a romantic feel in the restaurant. The dining room had a Holiday decorated Douglas fir that smelled wonderful and reminded us of the Holidays back in New England. Dining is available both inside and out and we took advantage of both. Our two diners at the resort were creative and delicious. Our final night we had a romantic six course meal outside under their garden arbor. Breakfasts we ordered and enjoyed in our room , taking in the view. Room service was always prompt. While we laid out by the pool we were offered cool towels, frequent cocktail service and one afternoon complimentary homemade ice cream! Lunch was also served pool side.
This was the perfect island getaway. The hotel is a bit out of the way but that is part of the charm. Total cost for the 5 days of cab rides was 200 including tips. The same price for renting a car without any of the hassles. The cabs were always pleasant and punctuial. I whole heartedly recommend this resort!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Queen's Gardens Resort is a luxurious Hampshire Classics Hotel located on the island Saba, which is part of the Netherlands Antilles. The resort is built on one of mount scenery's hills, Troy Hill, and is nestled among tropical forests and its lush gardens overlooking the Caribbean Sea. This panoramic view on the Caribbean Sea makes the resort such a special intimate place to spend a relaxing holiday. The altitude of 1200 feet and the fresh trade winds guarantee an extremely pleasant climate year around. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Queen`s Gardens Resort - Hampshire Classic Hotel Saba
- Queens Gardens Hotel
- Queens Garden Resort
- Queen's Gardens Resort - Hampshire Classic Saba/The Bottom