I would have given five stars which was what our experience deserved but our experience included Salvio's Bar and Restaurant and I have been informed that the hotel wanted to try to run the bar and restaurant themselves and that Salvio's is no longer part of South Gap. Wherever you move to please let us know as we will eat at Salvio's on our return. We stayed at this hotel for three weeks in June, we had the most amazing time and were made to feel very welcome and at home by everybody, especially "Andy" the most amazing chef and owner of Salvio's restaurant, in my opinion this restaurant was the heart of the hotel; also "Gail" who made from scratch (NOT out of a plastic container kept in the fridge as some other places did) the most amazing cocktails, Gail you could open your own cocktail bar and with your skills it could be the busiest little bar on the Gap! Jordan who was so polite and would spend time talking to my husband and I even though we are older than him and little Salvio who has the cutest accent and is the cutest little boy!
The security in this hotel is second to none, Glyn known fondly by us as (Dad) does a brilliant job, we named him Dad because like everybody's Dad he was genuinely concerned about the well being of every visitor staying at this hotel. I must mention the young security guard who worked when Dad had the night off, he was always friendly and had our key ready for us as soon as we walked up the steps.
All of the staff at the hotel greet you when they see you and given that the hotel is in the middle of the Gap you feel very very safe! There are a handful of people who offer you things, yes girls if you want them or drugs but drugs get offered to you in the village high street on a night our near to where I live, maybe not so openly but it happens all the same!!
We saw no prostitutes on the Gap and I'm amazed that somebody wrote that in a review, we were in the hotel at the same time and the person who wrote the review never left the hotel at night once as far as I'm aware, her husband walked across the road to the Karaoke bar and maybe down to convenience store but his wife spent every evening on their balcony. Which brings me onto the point of getting bitten. The rooms were spotless the cleaning staff work very hard in this hotel, the bedding is changed every couple of days as are your towels by very competent staff. The beds have mattress protectors on which I was REALLY happy to see, I have mattress protectors on all of my beds at home and it is certainly not for any sinister reasons but BASIC hygiene. The mattress stays clean and you can wash the protector but you can't wash a mattress! Thank you South Gap that was the first thing I looked for when I saw the bed.
If there was anything sinister in the mattress you would have evidence of that all over the sheets, this was NOT the case.
Getting back to the balcony, mosquitoes they bite at night and they also bite in the day after you have had rain! June is the start of the rainy season and although we only had quick showers sitting on your balcony eating your meal after the rain shower without any repellent on is a sure way of getting bitten, leaving your doors open is a sure way of them getting in, leaving your shutters in the bathroom open after a rain shower or at night is a sure way of them getting in, we kept our doors closed air con on and shutters closed and we didn't get bitten in the room apart from when we first arrived, we reported it to reception they quickly sprayed the room and that was the end of it.
The beaches are beautiful, we went to Dover beach but then decided to try Crystal waters on the recommendation of a wonderful welsh Bajan (well nearly lol) friend we made while staying at the hotel. We didn't get hassled at all and we spent quite a few days at Crystal waters where we met some great people for some great chats in the small bar on the beach where they have the Sunday BBQ.
Evenings and said noise!!! We stayed on the top floor of this hotel, we requested it because the view was stunning, we had read about the noise and were prepared to try it out. Yes it is
very loud at night and at first we thought we would like to change rooms, the hotel were more than happy to move us, they offered us two rooms but we loved being up there at the top of the hotel and decided to stay. The burn's review refers to this noise which is astonishing as they informed us that they couldn't hear a thing from their room and they were only aware of the noise from us. We were more than happy to put up with it thank you and more than happy to go out at night and join in the fun and watch all of the holiday makers getting very very drunk much to the amazement of the Bajan people looking on, not the other way around!
FRANK'S BAR!!!!!! what a lovely warm welcoming bar, a quiet bar small and intimate, we loved it in here not rowdy but a lovely place to talk and find out about life in Barbados and also how to cheat at cards, courtesy of Frank and Paul and at the expense of Lucy who you will quite often find sitting in the window seat watching the world go by. We had some lovely evenings in here chatting to local people who were always so obliging to our curiosity of Barbados life. Hello to Ian who was great company to me as my other half joined in with the cheating card game lol!
We don't know where we will stay on our return next year we haven't decided yet but thank you to maintenance, cleaning, security, reception and a Big thank you to Salvio's!!!!
if you don't want to join in the fun until the small hours ask for a room on the lower floors so...
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