We recently stayed at Juliana’s Hotel on Saba. Our primary reason for going was to scuba dive. Juliana’s hotel has a package that includes diving with Sea Saba. This arrangement proved to be very convenient. Juliana’s has standard rooms and cottages. We stayed in one of the cottages called Lily Pond cottage. It was wonderful. The cottage is best described as understated elegance. There is a large central room that is partitioned into a bedroom area and living room space. There is a kitchen and dining area as well. On one side of the bedroom is a room that contains a sink, toilet and closest space and on the other side of the bedroom is another room with a sink and walk in shower. The cottage is very comfortable and a very good value.
Each morning after breakfast (included in our package) a cab picked us up and drove us to the harbor where the dive boats were docked. Transport to and from the harbor was a 15 minute drive and it was also part of our package. The ride was analogous to driving in Switzerland. Our cab driver was Garvis who was born on the island and has lived there all his life. This made for fascinating conversations.
Both the reefs and off shore pinnacles are characterized by large groupings of sponges, soft corals and hard corals. Lettuce leaf nudibranchs were present on almost every dive. We also saw a frogfish and a seahorse. Turtles were a common occurrence and we always saw schools of fish.
Saba is a small but very vertical island. Juliana’s hotel is in the town of Windward, 1200 feet above sea level. In addition to the diving the island also affords great hiking with excellent vistas.
Saba is a wonderful island with a very relaxed approach to life and Juliana’s hotel embodies the island’s ambience.
- Also Known As:
- Juliana's Hotel Saba/Windwardside
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Reflecting the true spirit of the island of Saba, Juliana's Hotel is a small and intimate retreat from the hectic pace of modern living. Juliana's offers a variety of accommodation suited to each individual's preference; for the budget minded traveler a comfortable garden view room and for those who seek more luxurious accommodation a fully equipped private Saban cottage. ... more less