We spent 2 nights at Bigsand Hotel in September 2007. The hotel sits directly on the beach and the accommodations are apartment style with a patio in front. The rooms are just a few steps from the beach. The beach at Bigsand looks very nice in the pictures. Unfortunately, there is a lot of glass on the beach so you really need some water shoes. The front desk has water shoes available that you can borrow. They do try to clean the glass from the beach, but it's a bit of a losing battle as the glass gets washed up on their beach from the public beach next door. The beach also has some seagrass in front. It's a real shame because they are in a beautiful location.
We were in a Superior room category, which is pretty spacious, with its own living room. The decor is a little confused. It's kind of a mish-mash of modern and Caribbean, which doesn't really blend well together. For example, there are dark leather sofas in the living room, Ikea-style cabinets, and a more traditional style small dining table and chairs. Why anyone would want leather sofas in a hot climate, in a beach-type of accommodation is a puzzle.
The bedroom is probably average in size, but it was difficult to tell as it was so overcrowded with furnishings. For some reason there is a full-sized bed, and a twin-sized bed, plus a huge armoire. Again, the decor is not cohesive. The big bed was wrought iron in style, the twin bed has a green painted metal frame, the armoire is wood, the bedside table is metal and glass, the reading lamp is Ikea-style, the standing lamp is some weird-looking lamp, and there is a light fixture on the ceiling that has a woven-basket type of shade which, by the way, overhangs onto the big bed's canopy frame. The bed linens were past their prime. We are not the picky type of travelers and don't need the 400 threadcount sheets, but these sheets were rough because they had pills in them. They needed to be shaved!
The bathroom was good-sized but for some strange reason the shower that was built is super-teeny-tiny. Tiny, as in if I bent my arms in front of me and raised them sideways, they would hit the sides of the shower stall (and I have short limbs!). Besides the size of the shower stall, the shower head really leaves a lot to be desired. It really needs to be replaced. A simple shower head would suffice. The other thing is the shower stall needs a good deep-cleaning...
Bigsand has a restaurant onsite which serves caribbean/continental cuisine. The food is ok, the dinner prices were a bit high for the quality that you get. Dinner entrees ranged from $12 for a simple spaghetti dish to $35+, with the average entree around the $25-30 range. The prices are all in $US. Their breakfast is $20US but it's all you can eat, I believe, cooked to order. Their lunch menu is relatively reasonable. We loved the style of their open-air restaurant.
The best thing about Bigsand is the staff. The ladies who worked the front desk and the restaurant were all wonderful. The really do try their best to take care of their guests.
The hotel has a lot of potential, but it needs A LOT of work. We noticed that their website is now touting Bigsand as a "luxury boutique hotel" with prices to match that description. I think with that comes big expectations from guests. And Bigsand falls short. There is a certain appearance that the hotel has to live up to if they bill themselves as a boutique hotel, let alone a luxury one. In our minds, a boutique hotel ought to have at the very least a cohesive decor and matching furniture. The linens and towels need to be on the nicer side.
We hear that the hotel is under new ownership, so hopefully they'll undergo a renovation for the better.
- Also Known As:
- Bigsand Hotel Union Island
- Bigsand Hotel St. Vincent And The Grenadines/Union Island