We are a young couple who were booking 7 days in Barbados for the first time. We looked through a number of hotels and researched them thoroughly including tripadvisor reviews. We stumbled across a reasonably priced all-inclusive offer at Sugar Cane Club and with rave reviews on tripadvisor we went ahead and booked. We set out with high expectations and yet I would say they were probably exceeded. Sugar Cane Club justifies the somewhat lengthy review that is to follow. The information is accurate for all-inclusive guests but not all will apply to non all-inclusive guests.
The hotel is nestled in decent sized grounds that are beautiful and feel secluded and relaxing. As mentioned in many other reviews this does not, however, mean you are far from the beach. At a decent pace you are about a 10-15 minute walk from the nearest beach. Being on the west coast of Barbados the sea nearby is calm, warm and beautifully clear. If you do not want to walk then there is an air-conditioned shuttle service that will take you to and from the nearby Almond Beach Club for free. The Almond Beach club is a reasonably large hotel right on the beach that Sugar Cane Club guests can use the beach chairs/sun lougers of and also we were told all inclusive guests could get drinks and food there too but we never tried.
The shuttle service also provides a drop-off in the nearest town, Speightstown, as well as at the Speightstown bus depot where you can easily take a bus all the way down to Bridgetown. It is convenient and usually runs to time. Occcasionally we waited an extra 10-15 minutes.
When we arrived at SCC we were welcomed by very friendly, professional staff and a lovely rum punch. We were shown to our room, a Garden view room, which I highly recommend. The room itself is more than just a room - it is more like a suite. There is a decent sized balcony backing onto the gully behind the hotel and equipped with table, chairs and two sun loungers. When you first walk into the 'room' there is a living room type area with a sofa and tv with a few international news channels, sports channels and a couple of local channels. There is a fully equipped kitchen. The bedroom had a large, VERY comfortable bed with fully functional AC in the room. There was a large wardrobe including ironing board and safe for valuables plus an adjoining decent sized bathroom complete with hand towels, bath towels, beach towels plus hairdryer, shampoo, conditioner, body wash. We were absolutely amazed!! Even better - all of this was spotlessly clean.
The hotel is not as small as you might think from other reviews and photos however, it is always very calm. It was occupied mostly by couples aged 40+ and yet as a younger couple we could not recommend it highly enough. The place seems to attract friendly, sociable guests who politely say good morning, have a little chat, but generally leave you to your own devices. Particularly if you are a very busy young couple who want to go somewhere to relax (as we are) then this is the perfect place for you.
Service in the hotel is as every other review points out - excellent. Staff are polite and friendly, attentive but not intrusive. Absolutely ideal. The place is clearly very well run and yet I noticed the manager would often be helping out on the "shop floor"... carving meat, topping up your glass of water - all part of the service.
Speaking of food and drink - at sugar cane club the F&D is exceptional. It seems a well known fact along the west coast that SCC serves wonderful food and we would whole-heartedly agree. The main restaurant "La Salsa" has a varied a la carte menu several days a week both for lunch and then a seperate one for dinner. For breakfast there was an extensive hot food buffet, cereal, yoghurts, fruit, omelette bar and pastries. On other days dinner moves to around the beautiful, large swimming pool for live Caribbean music and a very tasty buffet (far better than your usual all-inclusive buffet fare). The gem for us though, was the wonderfully secluded Chattel Restaurant which serves a more limited selection of lovely local food in an almost tropical rainforest type setting. It's open less frequently so book a table at least the day before so you're not disappointed. Cocktails were available from 10am til late and were lovely. Neil, the wonderful, friendly bartender at the poolside bar whipped up some great cocktails. I would echo one or two other reviews however, in saying that the beer and soft drinks were sometimes a little warm and/or flat - generally NOT though.
The pool is large and warm with just enough sun loungers around it for the number of guests.
We used the Spa once and it was fantastic. We had a free head, neck and back massage in the "couples" room which was professional and highly relaxing. The team then organised for us to have our lunch in the quiet little retreat garden out the back which is usually empty, has a cute little pool to cool down in and a large wooden gazebo to retreat under to eat. All beautiful, quiet and relaxing. The gym facilities looked good but we didn't use them. There was a little shop with nice souvenirs and a range of snacks..plus you can pick up sun tan lotion, other medicine etc.
Just a few final words on excursions. All inclusive customers get a couple of extra trips free of charge that you can book. One is the gully walk where you take a walk through a valley-like, lush, green area behind the hotel etched out by water. The member of staff whose name i'm sorry I have forgotten takes you on an interesting, entertaining walk punctuated by hilarious tales from his childhood before leading you to a coconut tree where he retrieves a few for you to try the fresh coconut water. We also went on the glass bottom boat, which is exactly as it says - a boat with a glass bottom where you can see right down to the bottom of the clear sea. The ultimate prize at the end of the boat trip is stopping where turtles are swimming around - you can jump in and swim with them for a good 20 minutes or so. Bring a goggles/mask and optionally, a snorkel, if you want to get the most out of it. They are not provided.
A quick word on value for money - We spoke to a traveller who spent a LOT more for a hotel right on the beach and it sounds like it was inferior in every way - food, service, cleanliness not to mention no spa! I think the value for money you get at SCC must be amongst the best on the island.
Sorry for the excessively lengthy review but since every review is overwhelmingly positive I hope it is helpful for people to get a detailed sense of why this place is so special. We will be coming back again for sure and I have recommended to friends and family.
Thanks SCC. See you again in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa is graciously located on the North West Coast & Caribbean side of the Island Barbados. This 4 star deluxe Boutique Hotel is set upon a hilltop and has a charming Mediterranean architecture amongst tranquil and tropical ambiance. The Hotel & Spa is known for its warm hospitality, delivery of outstanding staff, service, and facilities in a casual setting. The 45 all-suite Hotel boasts one of the islands leading spa’s, two restaurants and bars, two swimming pools, a guest lounge, gym, art gallery, souvenir shop, squash court, and complimentary shuttle service amongst many more. Sugar Cane Club only accepts teenagers from ages 14 years and up, and no children ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sugar Cane Club Hotel Saint Peter
- Sugar Cane Club Hotel And Spa
- Sugar Cane Hotel
- Sugar Cane Saint Peter
- Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa Barbados/Saint Peter Parish