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“Brilliant Holiday.” 5 of 5 stars
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Savannah Beach
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Hastings, Hastings, Barbados   |  
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“Brilliant Holiday.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We have just returned home after a 7 day stay at The Savannah, it has an atmosphere all of it's own, very welcoming. All the staff are so friendly, helpful and they all smile !!even on a wet day which there was one or two. It does not pretend to be a five star hotel but the service certainly is and I would go back tomorrow if I could. We were in a pool access room (123 ) perfect for just slipping into the pool to cool off or sit on the patio with a rum punch or another cocktail watching the sun set through the trees; what could be better. So readers do not be put off by some of the negative comments; go with an open mind and just thoroughly enjoy yourselves;

  • Stayed December 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Actually stayed in Apr/May this year and made notes on return but forgot to post a review, so hopefully better late than never.

Impressed with Virgin Holidays collection from the airport, ice cold water on arrival, bags taken from us loaded into van and didn't see them again till we walked into the room and they were there, despite no markings apart from the airport luggage tag. Also love the fact you can check out in the hotel on return and enjoy some last rays of Barbados sun!

Check-in: pretty shambolic really, (not totally unexpected as we've been to the Caribbean before) whole load of us from the Virgin flight with no rooms ready. After 1/2 hour waiting we took the (long) walk to the beach bar and were placated with lashings of Banks icy beer. Problem solved, only went to see if room ready when sun went down.

Room: (126) was ground-floor pool access, which meant we had a little patio area with furniture and you could go and dangle legs/swim in the lazy river type pool which flows through the property. This was really welcome at the end of busy! day sunbathing, sat by the pool with a last drink listening to the whistling frogs. I can't really comment on the room, as long as everything works and it's clean that's fine by me and it was. Only a place to sleep really.

Beach: it is small and at first there were problems with seaweed but mother nature sorted this out herself after a couple of days. You can walk in over 200yards into the sea and it still only reaches you knees, but it is quite rocky. Lots of trees if you need a bit of shade. Plenty of loungers on the beach and I found if I put it parallel to the sea you got the beautiful sunrays till the sun went down. Perfect. The sighting of a whale was breathtaking, was out at sea but there was no mistaking the huge spout of water coming up and the distinctive tail coming out of the water. A majestic beast just cruising up the west coast, fantastic. My wife was actually the first to spot it but thought it was a dolphin! Bless. She managed to spot a monkey near the pool as well but I missed it. Were quite a few vendors, but very friendly even if you're not buying.

Pools: One main pool, quite small but access to beach bar. Only a few loungers but never had problem getting one, though we prefer the beach. The lazy river isn't very deep but was nice to wade through.

Entertainment: Not really my taste mostly jazz/soul would have preferred more Caribbean type music. All took place in Drifters bar area, where main meals were as well. Still was a good place to relax after dinner in the open air just by the beach listening to the Caribbean lapping away. Does it get any better than this...well not for me.

Food: We thought the food was fantastic. Lunch and dinner weren't really different apart from you could have burgers, hotdogs etc as well. The chips/fries were great sprinkled with a sort of seasoning not so different from the ones we've had at the Wingstop chain in the USA. There wasn't a massive choice but what there was, was cooked with thought and creativity. Especially good was the BBQ chicken, which I can honestly say was the best I've ever had. I didn't try Rachels (a la carte) as I prefer buffets as I like to try different things. Having said that breakast was in Rachels, and there are lovely views down the hotel to the sea.

Miscellaneous: It's a lovely old area and is part of the old British Garrison, and I think I read that the reception building was actually the old cookhouse for British troops, might be mistaken though. There are still old cannons pointing out to sea, and others abandoned on the beach further down towards the Hilton. It was a lazy holiday for us, didn't do much as have done Barbados before, but did go to the Garrison Savannah races (just across the road) which was good cheap entertainment. Just down the road from the hotel is the Blue Room bar which had daily happy hours, so not too dear. Went there for a change of scenery at night.

Work was ongoing during our stay, don't know if finished now, when it rains it can get very slippy and with lots of steps around, it's not really suitable for people with walking problems though there is a lift.

In all a fantastic holiday, minor problems but not enough to stop my 5 star rating.

Room Tip: Ground floor pool access 126: shaded patio, by pool, close to bar area
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

First of all I want to say we were very disappointed by the deceit of our Virgin travel agent. Whom we very clearly asked if there was a beach, and her fully knowing we were referring to the hotel said yes. Upon our arrival we were charmed by the small local hotel as my partner and I are not big on touristic areas. We like to experience and enjoy the local culture as much as possible without sacrificing the "common luxuries" of the modern world as it is an ac...and this brings me to my review.

Upon our arrival we were received by the Johnson's travel driver who was to take us to our hotel. Although courteous, I couldn't help but feel rushed as if it were a fire somewhere and we needed to leave the airport a.s.a.p. The staff failed to realized most people on vacation are in relax mode, and more so do not know where they are so rushing them makes the experience a bit stressful.

Once at the hotel, our room was not ready. We had to wait about an hour. We were received by a courteous hostess who informed us we will be treated to a rum punch. Our room became available and still we were waiting for the rum punch. It did eventually arrive and to us was not a significant negative since we were only interested in getting to our rooms and taking our winter clothes off.

The room was terribly hot even thought the ac was on. As the days went by, the room got cooler but it never got to a comfortabel temperature. We chose the plantation room and I accredited this lack of ac "power" to the older construction etc. We rushed to change our clothes and run to the beach only to find out there is no beach !!! Yes, you read right. Even though the Savannah BEACH hotel is advertised as a beach resort, there is no beach. Well, there is a beach if you don't mind walking and swimming in two feet deep water full of corals.

The food was not to my partner's taste. In fact I was surprised to see that the lunch buffet was an array of old looking hot dogs and burgers. For a Caribbean hotel I was expecting more of a tropical and fresh variety of foods. The flavors were what I am assuming local seasoning, which quickly became old as the days went by and the menu was always the same for bfast and lunch, with the exception of the daily lunch special.

The only positive thing about the place was its "charming" old style, and the waiting staff which was extremely friendly. Especially the staff working during meal times. All else well, the food was hard to enjoy, the menu was the same day in and out, the sushi place advertised was never opened, there was no beach, we bought all inclusive and were stuck drinking daiquiris which tasted like kids drinks...

All in all we had a good time because we figured how to walk to the closest public beach and the fish fry that happens every Friday was a fantastic experience. We visited Harrison's caves which were very impressive and we also went for a submarine ride which helped make our holiday an enjoyable time, even without a beach at the hotel.

If you are looking to get away from the cold and relax by the beach with a good drink in your hand...well, this is not the right hotel for you.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SavannahManagement, Manager at Savannah Beach, responded to this review, December 9, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback about your vacation. We value your comments as it gives us first hand knowledge of our guest experiences and, allows us when necessary, to take steps that may improve their satisfaction. We apologize that some aspects of your holiday were dissatisfying and below your expectations. Our management team will most definitely look into these service areas as it is our main goal to ensure all our guests have an enjoyable experience with us. It is disappointing to know that your travel agent did not clearly describe the layout of our beach at the time of booking or inform you of the alternatives that we offer. Several of our guests often take 3 minute leisure walks on either side of our beach to swim or they take advantage of the 7 minute shuttle ride we provide to Copacabana beach on select days of the week.
We certainly hope that this does not deter you from visiting with us in the future, as we are continually evolving and enhancing our operation to ensure variety in our entertainment and dining options. We look forward to you giving us another opportunity to fulfil your expectations.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Booked Virgin package ten days in pool room .Not ready first day but had a very nice room and comp bottle of wine and second day moved to #169 which was two steps from the pool and very well appointed with tester double bed and coffee making facilities ,safe,fridge and good air-con.There is a good elevator from reception to beach.

Bathroom large but shower a bit antiquated .Food at breakfast was good but little fresh fruit and all self service.

Lunch in beach side buffet had good choice and was very pleasant arranged by the beach.

Dinner a choice of buffet at beach or waiter service in main restaurant, service in all parts of hotel was very good an courteous.Also sushi bar we did not try.

Ouside entertainment every night usually until 10.45pm can be a bit loud if you have room on beach end of hotel which we had but its a holiday!

Beach was sandy and quite wide but be warned very rocky need beach shoes to enter water.

Provision of another beach which hotel provides comp shuttle too four times a week.

Room Tip: Higher floors are less noisy back from beach. This time of year need something for mosquitos
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

We have just spent a wonderful week at the Savannah Beach hotel, and enjoyed everything about it. It isn't an overly big hotel so it has the intimate feel of a family run hotel rather than a corporate chain. I enjoyed it much more than Sandals in Jamaica where we went last year. The multi-level grounds are beautifully landscaped with trees and palms, encouraging birdlife, look out for the little Yellow Breast birds. There's a free form pool with swim up bar and a river-like pool that snakes round the grounds with little bridges to walk over (pool towels are provided in the room).

Our spacious room had a huge king sized bed, plenty of drawers and hanging space for your clothes, aircon and ceiling fan (it was less fierce to just have the fan on and turn the aircon off at night) wall mounted flat screen tv and large bathroom. I always wonder what is and isn't provided for packing purposes so here goes:- mini hair shampoo and body moisturiser is provided and a body wash dispenser on the wall above the bath. Other extras such as tissues and shower cap were also provided. There was a plug-in hair-drier in the bedroom as well as a fixed wall mounted hair-drier in the bathroom. Our room (351) didn't just have a balcony, it had a huge verandah with cane sofa and footstool.

The beach is just at the end of the garden through a white picket fence. Natural shade is provided from the trees, we actually saw a monkey in the tree canopy one day. The sea at this point does have quite a lot of stones which does make it a little uncomfortable underfoot, but didn't stop us going in to cool off. I agree with a previous reviewer that the hotel could invest in building breakwaters to enable a better area for swimming (unless its not geologically possible) . All the beaches are public on Barbados and either side of the hotel you can walk for miles along near-deserted beaches. You can walk one way for about a mile along a newly built boardwalk. We also walked to the beach on Carlisle Bay which has perfect fine sand and calm waters to swim in.To get there it took us about 20 minutes walk along the beach then a shortcut through the grounds of the Hilton Hotel which is the next hotel along the beach (approx half a mile away). The Savannah Beach offers a free courtesy bus 4 days a week which also takes you to Carlisle Bay, this gives you the use of the Copacabana beach bar with sunbeds, parasols and your all-inclusive drinks! We got the hotel to provide packed lunches (no extra charge) on our days out to Carlisle Bay. This area of Carlisle Bay does get a little busy when the cruise ships are in port. We also walked back to the hotel from the Copacobana which took about 40 minutes but you have to wade in the sea under the Yacht Club Pier, which was fun! Another day we took the public bus to Bridgetown, each way just US$1 or Barbados $2.

Three hotel restaurants to take your pick. Drifters situated almost on the beach provided Bajan style dishes on the buffet. It was like attending an upmarket bbq. There was always an exciting chicken, meat and fish dish as well as assorted salads and huge trifles. (They also do burgers, hotdogs and chips if that's really what you want). The cocktails were excellent here too, and handy to grab a drink for the beach. We ate twice in Rachels (reservation required) where they had waiter service, a great a la carte menu (everything was all inclusive except one item which carried a supplement). The food was beautifully presented. Our last night was spent at Chopstix the contemporary sushi restaurant, serving noodle dishes and katsu chicken as well as sushi. Breakfast is also served at Rachels, a great choice of hot and cold foods and a chef making cook to order omelettes and eggs as you like them. Look out for the naughty blackbirds that fly into the breakfast room and if you're not careful will steal from the milk jug, we found them quite entertaining!

In the evening they had really good quality singers, no crappy animation team at this hotel! The sound carried to the room at night as they're not sound-proofed. We had quite early nights because of the time difference but the music didn't go on too late so we weren't troubled by it.

The staff were fantastic. On arrival I had trouble setting the safe in my room, a security guy appeared within minutes of my call to reception and immediately rectified the problem. All the staff were cheerful and attentive. And the Virgin rep Donna is a lovely lady with a visible presence on most days if you needed her.

We only had one week in Barbados and next time I'd consider getting a hire car to explore more of the island. I've tried to think of everything in this review - you will just have to go there yourself to appreciate it! If you are looking on here because you are considering a hotel on Barbados, unless you have mobility issues (as there are a lot of steps) I think most people would love the Savannah Beach.

Room Tip: The Deluxe Courtyard View Rooms have the large verandahs.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

This was our third visit to the island but our first stay at the Savannah. As usual hereabouts we loved the warm friendly staff above all, and the food in Rachels was well presented and good quality. The beach was quiet and sun beds easy to get. In our view this place is well on its way to becoming a popular resort and is certainly very good value on an expensive island. Donna, the Virgin Holidays rep is really lovely and we rented a car for two days through her. Plenty to see in Barbados so three days would have been better. The bathsheba area on the east coast is a must if you want to see unspoilt Caribbean beauty.

Room Tip: You can't go wrong whichever you choose. But a pool side room will reduce the number of stairs y...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SavannahManagement, Manager at Savannah Beach, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Dear Guest,

Welcome back to the beautiful island of Barbados! We are pleased that you chose our property on this visit. You are correct, there is so much to do on our island. It is always easy to arrange the rental of a car to tour the island. Bathsheba and the east coast were great choices, as it provides you with a view of the island's hilly terrain, unscathed land and natural vegetation. It is very different from the south and west coasts as it is home to stunning rock formations and breath-taking scenic views. The air is fresh and crisp and you may also observe the natural dipping pools at the Bathsheba beach and watch surfers ride those huge crashing waves. For this reason we do not recommend you swim there as they are strong undercurrents that make swimming dangerous. If you are unsure where to locate the dipping pools just ask a friendly local to show you. As you continue on the east coast you will see the difference between the Caribbean coast and the Atlantic coast and embrace parts of the island's history, like chattel houses, historic churches and wildlife.
I'll give a tip to all the guys~ a walk on or visit to this beautiful beach is very romantic and ideal for popping the question!
We hope to see you back soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for ten days in October, booking it at a days notice following the loss of a long planned trip of a lifetime elsewhere that fell through. The staff in this hotel are excellent and so attentive. Nothing is too much trouble for them and they show you what a wonderful safe and frieindly country this is.The bus to the beach is convenient, but it would be even more perfect if they could just make the beach here swimmable, as other hotels along the coast have. We spent three days with a hire car exploring the island, following the staff recomendations and met the real friednly Bajans at Oistins for the fish fry. So many people and so much fun. We spent several days diving with Rogers Dive Shack just along from the hotel. They were great fun and so helpful- best dive experiences for a long time. Again, great staff and nothing too much trouble. In short, Barbados is a great place to visit and the people do their country proud on all counts. Well done Savannah and Rogers and hope to see you all again soon

Room Tip: Noise from the pool bar during the vening but you have such a relaxing time during the day- you dont...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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SavannahManagement, Manager at Savannah Beach, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Dear Guest,

We are very happy that you chose our property on short notice and that we were able to provide you with a memorable and satisfying experience. We recognize that our beach may cause dissatisfaction to some of our guests. As a result we have taken the necessary steps and applied to the relevant government offices for permission to erect a groin. This erection would allow for the beach to be swimmable and more enjoyable. As our beach is home to turtles and other protected species these offices must undertake extensive and detailed research that would ensure this structure causes minimum harm and alteration to our natural coastline and marine life. To this end, we cannot with any certainty say when final approval will be granted.
However, to compensate for this shortfall we offer shuttle service to the nearby Copacabana beach on select days of the week. They are also swimmable areas on either side of the beach that are approximately 3 minutes walk.
Your comments regarding the attentiveness of the staff will most definitely be shared with the team, as we are committed to providing quality and unforgettable service to each and everyone of our guests. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us and we hope to see you soon in the not too distant future.
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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Hastings
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Savannah Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 92
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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