We have just come back from a one week stay at Bird Rock. This is a fairly basic hotel, it isn't luxury by any means - but then it doesn't set itself out to be a resort type hotel. (if you want that, go to the Marriott at Frigate's Bay) The staff are friendly and helpful. It is, clean, tidy, and comfortable wtih well maintained gardens, and a very good dive outfit on site. The rooms are a bit sad looking - a bit dated - but don't let that put you off - we'd go back.
Our only gripe was that the bed was very squeaky - but staff tried to sort that out for us promptly. They managed to reduce the squeak level, but not illiminate it - in fact we were told that most beds on the island sqeak - wooden beds and the climate apparently.
I prefer this family run type of hotel than a resort style hotel, any day. In fact, you get breakfast here with the owner every day - he's keen to "sell" his island, make recommendations for where to go to eat, attractions to visit etc, and is undertandably proud of his hotel.
It would be an awkward place to stay if you aren't good mobility wise - there are a lot of steps. The pool is clean, but nothing fancy but the swim up bar is not in use. When we stayed it was very quiet - not at full capacity by any means.
A car is also, in my view, essential - the hotel is out on a limb with no supermarkets/ eating places etc. nearby. However, the island is very easy to navigate (they drive on the left) and within 10 minutes easy drive there are a whole host of good places to eat, from fancy cuisine to pretty rustic beach shacks. (nb - check in advance they take credit cards if you want to pay by that method - not all do!). Cars are apparently limited on the island, however, Liz on reception organised us one in advance with a few emailed exchanges. Cars can't be delivered to the hotel, but as the main car hire offices are only about 2 miles away, they will come and collect and return you from the hotel to the offices to get your car.
The food was good at Bird Rock, but a little "samey" - eating out is a preferable option.
Dive St Kitts, which runs from the hotel is fantastic. Captain Crabby (the skipper) runs a tight ship. Their diving kit looked top notch (although we took our own). He's called Crabby - because he is a bit crabby, but I think that he has a reputation to maintain in that regard - he, like the rest of the crew are sound blokes, who are good at what they do.
The beach bar, Rockies, has good food for lunch, and shade as well as sunshine. if you go, read the signs nailed up - a source of endless entertainment!
All told - a good holiday, in a great place, which we would be happy to go back to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a secluded cove overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Bird Rock Beach Hotel captivates you with its tranquil setting and its warm hospitality. Guests have access to a wide variety of water based activities including swimming, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving. There are three restaurants including Rocky’s Beach Bar & Grill. The hotel’s 46 air-conditioned rooms are tastefully furnished and include a king-size bed or two queen-size beds, full bathrooms, cable TV, and private balconies with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. Kids 11 and under say free when sharing with adults. Dive St Kitts, the island’s premier dive operation, is located at the base of the hotel. The private harbor shelters the 32' twin 200HP monohull and is perfectly located on one of the best, easy access, shore dives on the Caribbean side of St Kitts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bird Rock Beach Resort
- Bird Rock Beach Basseterre
- Bird Rock Beach Hotel St. Kitts/Basseterre