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Savannah Beach
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Hastings, Hastings, Barbados   |  
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Hastings
Leicester, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Loved it, loved it and then some!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Yes, we loved every minute of our two-week stay. The fabulous staff, super comfy beds and furnishings, gorgeous beaches (yes you have two to choose from in the package - don't knock it!), the abundance and choice of good, tasty food, and the beautiful location, not to mention the wild monkeys and turtles! Go and enjoy!

If you only do one trip, make it a catamaran - we went with Cool Runnings and it was a magic five hours for only £60 each; well worth it!

Thanks to all the staff at the Savannah, Copacabana and Cool Runnings. We can't wait to see you again!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The first thing that hits you about this hotel is how clean it it, and the staff are so friendly, which is not alway the case in Barbados. The room we were given on arrival was in the old part of the hotel and it is as described, historic and with character, and again very clean, would have been great for a one night stay but as it did not have a balcony and windows looked out onto the road to one side and the police station on the other it was not ideal for a 10 day holiday so we upgraded to a pool access room which was much cheaper to do with the hotel direct than with Virgin at the time of booking, so my advice would be 'see what you get given and upgrade once you get there.

Food was good, never a night when we could not find something that we liked, service at the bar and restaurants was very good and always with a smile.

While we were there the management had some guys working for 4 days solid removing stones from the beach and shoreline which made the access into the sea a lot less painful

On the hole a great little hotel especially if you can get a deal!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leicestershire,UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

We're just back from a week here (Oct 20th-27th) and echo most of the reviews we read before we went. Having been taken over a year or so ago, It's still a work in progress and given that is reflected in the price, we had a great time. Eventually it will be an even better experience but at a higher cost! The strength of this place is the staff. Friendly and efficient from the welcome rum punch on arrival, to putting sun beds out on the beach through to drinks service on the beach (thanks Dexter) & good bar/dinner waitresses everyone is a credit to the hotel. There are areas for improvement though. For example, although the food in the a la carte restaurant (Rachels) was excellent we had a very leisurely service. We're used to holidaying in the Caribbean and enjoy a leisurely evening meal, however it was so leisurely you started to look around at who had been served in case they'd forgotten your course (one night they did!). Against this the water & wine top ups while waiting were very efficient so it really just needs a good restaurant manager to keep an eye on things and intervene before people get frustrated. The other, buffet style restaurant (Drifters) also has a good choice of food, and efficient drinks service so with a few tweaks the overall dining experience would be very good. The rooms are also fine. It's a small hotel so nowhere is too far. As previous reviews have said they could be improved (for example the bathrooms were unusually dark) but nothing major to make these very good as well. Onto the beach. Having read the reviews I was surprised how good it was. The area on the right of the hotel offered beds in the sun all day while there was plenty of shade to the left. Yes, the sea is rocky but I believe the hotel are looking to address this (& the beaches either side of the hotel are picture perfect) Do get out and explore, you can walk miles (especially left out of the hotel along the great new boardwalk where we got to release baby turtles into the sea) Finally, the drinks were good but could be improved by having the fab Mount Gay rum available on the all inclusive package. All small things but together would turn this from good to great. Go & enjoy :)

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wisbech St Mary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

We stayed at the Savannah for 10 nights. It's my second time to Barbados but my partners and daughters first.
Hotel was spotless , and the food was tasty but that depends on what type of food your into I enjoyed it partner not so much. We stayed in room 328 sea view absolutely huge for just 3 people, and spotlessly clean everyday . Staff were wonderful especially Dexter who brings drinks out to you on the beach, but all staff very helpfull . Our daughter met a little friend while we were out there called Lilly and it was fascinating to watch them looking for the sea turtles in early afternoon .
Beach is quite sweet really and the shade certainly a must it was so hot.
This goes out to anyone who does just go out for a holiday please try and get out and sea the island it just has so much to offer and Oistins on a Friday is absolutely heaving Saturday's not so much.
What ever happens chill and enjoy. We stayed from the 18th of Oct to the 28th of Oct.
We shall return one day.

Thank you Savannah Thank you Barbados

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lincolnshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Booked thro Virgin Holidays brochure. Stayed October 2012. Just on the end of the rainy season. Hot and humid but lots of sun. The hotel is quite small 94 rooms. Some in the old collonial part of the building directly next to a bust road. The rest built around a narrow courtyard and pool. We had a delux courtyard view room. It was big and roomy with a king size bed, air con and ceiling fan. A good size bathroom and a large balcony overlooking the courtyard and pool with a view down to the beach.
The hotel has two bars (not 4 as shown in the brochure) Rachaels bar and restaurant in the old part of the building, and Drifters bar and buffet down on the beach. Breakfast is a buffet served in Rachaels. Lots of choice from healthy to full on . Lunch is a buffet served in Drifters , again a good choice. Dinner is either Table D ote or a la carte in Rachaels or buffet agin in Drifters. This however is not available Sunday and Wednesday. Entertainement 5 nights a week which was of a generaly very high quality.
The pool looks pretty but isnt very practical consists of a U shaped channel giving direct access from some of the courtyard rooms, and a seperate round pool with a swim up bar to Drifters. The pool is all 3ft 6inches deep so watch the younger children. The u shape channel isnt much more than a plunge pool being too narrow to swim in some places. The only area for sun beds is around the circular pool with room for approx 20 beds and is usually taken by those with youg children.
The beach is very pretty soft white coral sand with trees almost to the waterline. Plenty of beds which are well managed by the beach staff. Umberellas are available but in shorter supply, however the presence of trees on the beach gives an alternative. There is a beach club area to the left looking out to sea for an extra charge. its a decking boarded area with posh wooden beds and a higher level of service. this wasnt actualy mentioned by our rep though it is in the brochure. I didnt think it wirththe money as it has a constant flow of people walking through it and has no direct access to the beach and sea. To the right is a wooded area down to the sea and local parking area which is used by locals at the weekend.
The sea is very shallow and the bottom is mainly coral boulders making it difficult to swim it can also get a bit choppy in the afternoon (popular with local surfers further down). The hotel owners are trying to address this by removing the boulders and have plans to build a protective harbour wall.
The place is kept very clean and food hygene appears very good with staff regularly checking the temp of food trays etc. the head chef is often seen eating in the restuarant itself and its also popular with locals as a restaurant and conference centre.
The staff were very helpful and friendly.
There are beach sellers as it is a public beach but these are contolled by a fierce lady beach warden.
The hotel is located in the Garrison area with lots of local history, and the islands horse racing track is over the road
Not many negatives other than the system of issuing beach towels which has been addressed to the hotel. Also they used to have filter coffee machines in the room which arent now available being replaced with a kettle and sachets. We didnt try the tea but the coffee was dire.
Overall very good I would go again and recommend it.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Stayed from the 21st Oct to the the 27th.
Having not had the benefit of visiting Barbados previously, this was certainly a lovely introduction to the island. This is a small intimate hotel based around a beautiful old plantation style building.

We had a very relaxed check in with complimentary and very welcome rum punch. Then it was off to check out our room whilst we waited for our luggage to arrive. We stayed in 324 which had deluxe pool access, we never used this as to do so, you had to leave the patio door unlocked. Otherwise we found the room lovely, as per other reviews, bed large and comfy, flat screen tv, air con, our bathroom was also lovely, yes a bit of the grouting was discoloured around the bath, but otherwise we couldn't fault it.

Food was lovely, breakfast had all the usual, lovely fruit, the best bacon and scrambled eggs I've had abroad. The birds at breakfast are a little off putting especially when you are aware that they walk all over a newly set table! But after a while you get used to them.
Lunch had plenty of healthy choices as well as the usual burgers and chips.
Dinner, I preferred the buffet style nights in both Rachel's and Drifters. The al a carte in Rachel's was good for one or two visits, but sometimes service was a little slow even on quiet nights which we didn't mind but prefer the more informal buffet. At all times our water glass was topped up and service always friendly. Downside as with all allinclusives, the drinks are served in small glasses, even in the restaurant sometimes in plastic ones.

The beach is beautiful soft white sand, well tended and clean, plenty of sun beds and shade provided by the palms or on request with umbrellas dug into the sand beside your sunbed. Yes it is rocky but that does not stop people bathing and playing in the sea.

Trips wise, we tried the triple delight, Harrison's Cave, Mount Gay Rum tour and a sunset catamaran trip, the catamaran wins hands down! Harrison's cave although educational, it felt too 'interfered with' and a bit Disney like. We also went to Oistins, which seemly is a 'must do' on a Friday night. We paid $25 each for what is basically fish and chips served in takeout containers on smelly oil cloth covered tables. The entertainment is a stage with all the 'top' tunes booming out and kids up dancing. As its all out doors there was plenty of smoking so we were stood in the midst of a very pungent smoky haze.....
We bought both trips from Damien the rep, nice guy, definitely not a 15 min meeting as described in the welcome invitation, but your sat at the pool bar in the sun with a drink, so no complaints there!

Overall we had a lovely holiday, we would recommend this hotel and will return to Barbados.

Just an observation re Virgin's 'twilight check' in and 'check in chill out service', both great resources but I suspect because they are getting your luggage early it goes on the plane first and off last! Each time our luggage was nearly the last to come through!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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manchester
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

It was our first vist to Barbados in September and the weather was excellent very hot, we were in 327 Sea View Duplex apartment with lounge and mini kitchen below.The apartment was excellent thoroughly clean, air con great as you do need it and a great big bed!
Food at both restaurants was fantastic and lots of choice and the cocktails were to die for.
The Staff could not do enough for you and all were fantastic and we can't thank them enough for making our holiday so very perfect.
Beach was fine nowhere near as bad as some say yes it is a bit rocky were some shoes or go either way a few minutes walk to it being a better beach and there is a shuttle bus everyday to copacabana beach free we did go there once and it is lovely but we didn't feel anything was wrong with Savannah's, sunbeds are put out ever morning and put away at night and the beach is cleaned staff come down to the beach and take your orders for drinks and bring them out to you on the beach which we thought was really nice of them.
We saw lots of little turtles that had just hatched one night and another night saw a turtle laying her eggs this happened about 9-10pm it was incredible also the green monkey come into the hotel one day we saw a green monkey with her baby on her back it was amazing.
Damien the virgin rep is fantastic and the trips we booked like the sunset cruise, jeep safari, catamaran day cruise, harbour lights and mount gay tour were brill loved them all.
Oistins is not to be missed on a friday night, we tryed to get a reggie bus but ended up getting a taxi as we set off to late we think you need to set off about 5pm as everybody heading there, there was a place there called Pat's Place we couldn't get into because of how late we had left it and were told a few days later that its busy there because she has the best and freshest fish and the biggest portions so go and give it a go.
we loved every bit of our holiday it was amazing Big Thanks again to all staff you were all amazing,The Bajan people are kind and friendly and one day soon we hope to return, we loved it forever in our thoughts.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Hastings, Hastings, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish > Hastings
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Hastings
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Savannah Beach 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated near the historic Garrison Savannah on the pristine coastline of Barbados, Savannah Beach Hotel is a beachfront four-star resort that easily ranks as one of the most idyllic destinations on the island. It is a Caribbean paradise that simply must be experienced! Forget everything you’ve ever known or experienced about all-inclusive hotels… Savannah is distinctly different. It is an all-inclusive hotel with style! Dive in… Savannah is an excellent choice for a relaxed Caribbean holiday. You are just steps from the beach, ensuring a blissful holiday in the Caribbean sun. Spoilt for choice, there are 2 swimming pools, 1 that meanders through the garden courtyard and has a 4-storey waterfall, the other is located down by the beach. When it comes to family holidays, children and teens are extremely well catered for at this hotel, there is an extensive family entertainment centre (opening Easter ’12) to keep even the most energetic children entertained! For those romantic moments, why not go down to the beach for a moonlight romantic stroll before heading to the late night bar. Live entertainment 5 nights per week, including themed nights and floor shows. Weekly manager’s barbecue party. Three restaurants; the main restaurant has a twist on Caribbean gourmet dining, open for buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner 7 days a week. The Beach restaurant and bar is open 7 days a week for lunch and 5 days a week for dinner serving a wide range of barbecue, pastas, grilled fish and burgers for lunch and in the evening a themed dinner including Mexican, Indian, Chinese as well as Caribbean cuisine. There is also an Asian fusion* restaurant open 5 nights a week for dinner (16 years and over only, a supplement of $25 BDS per person will apply). 4 bars including a late night bar that opens from 11.00pm – 1.00am. Afternoon tea is served daily. ... more   less 
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