We have recently returned from a holiday in Saba from March 13th to 19th. This was our first visit to the island. With so many wonderful places to visit in the world, it should be telling to say that we will return to Saba and the Queen's Garden Resort as the island is unique in a variety of ways and the people who live there are extremely friendly, kind and considerate. The island is an incredible oasis and the resort is wonderful and well suited to our interests and vacation style.
The Queen's Garden Resort is located on Troy Hill overlooking The Bottom, which is a small village that hosts a well established medical school, and is the municipal centre of Saba, located in the southwest corner of the island. The vistas from the Queen's are spectacular with the Caribbean Sea beckoning in the distance and lush foliage below. The airport is located on the northeast edge. “The Road” that connects Troy Hill and the airport is 16 km/9 miles long and is the only road. It winds through Zion Hill/Hells Gate, Windwardside, St. Johns and The Bottom. There are a variety of smaller side streets which exist to facilitate access to homes or small businesses in the villages. More about “The Road” later.
Claire and Hidde manage the property and are in my estimation the best of what a management team can be. They work very hard, putting in long hours carrying out a variety of tasks from front desk to food production and service. In addition they provide incredible personal service, looking after the booking of daily activities and arranging for taxis as needed. The real difference is not found in that things were efficiently attended to, but the manner in which they were accomplished, which was thoughtful, always friendly and made to seem effortless. They have put together a staff of hard working delightful people some of whom are local, others who hail from Europe and The United States. Each staff member is worthy of mention, but in particular Bas, Lotte, Linda and Aghir made our stay particularly special.
The strengths we experienced were most evident in two key areas; attention to detail and personal service. Greeting guests as they arrive from the airport after what for most is a long journey. There was an abundance of genuine smiles, engagement in meaningful conversation, sharing of stories and always, always looking for ways in which they can make your stay enjoyable. This is the meaning of hospitality; it does not get any better.
Keith-Executive Chef and Kevin-Sous Chef come from the United States. I believe that both of these young men are professionally trained chefs and the quality of food at the restaurant is excellent as a result. We had three dinners at the hotel as well as 3 or 4 lunches and breakfast each morning. The yellow fin tuna entree was exceptional. Each meal was of good quality and very consistent. In particular we enjoyed a special menu on our last evening. The effort was apparent and represented some of the best food found anywhere, period. The selection of both old and new world wines provides enough variety to satisfy a developed palate.
The suites of which there are 12 are exceedingly spacious and well appointed. The open-air design is unique and functional, providing a connection to the outdoors while also providing interior comforts. The island does not have any mosquitoes or no see ums so the opportunity for open windows and doors without screens is most welcome.The property has many stairs because of its placement on the side of Troy Hill. The stairs were very manageable for us but could be a challenge for some people. The common sitting areas and particularly the lounge by the bar is well designed, well placed and very comfortable. The overall layout of the property provides all guests with ample room and good access to all amenities.
As previously noted The Queen's is located on Troy Hill at the furthest point from the airport. This provides wonderful seclusion, but on Saba everything is beautifully tranquil. It also provides excellent access to some of the islands best hiking trails. The location does add a cost to the holiday in taxi fares. However the rates are quite reasonable ($8.00 per person plus tip one way to Windwardside) and the drivers like Eddy and George are characters who you will want to meet and come to know. They are Ambassadors... the best of Saba and the kind of wonderful people who call it their home. I understand that car rentals are available, but my personal view is that taxis are a better and safer option.
Finally, “The Road” a 9-mile stretch of concrete is an engineering feat. Much of the road is built on the steep slopes of the mountain which provides spectacular ocean views, but means that driving should be left to those who are not made queasy by hairpin corners, steep inclines and cliff like drop offs. The road has a low curb, which provides some comfort and protection. The hotel is located a short drive from Windwardside which is the small commercial centre where you will find the shops and restaurants of the island.
If you're reading this, and are considering going to Saba and staying at the Queen's we highly recommend both choices.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Queen's Gardens Resort & Spa is a luxurious all suite hotel located on the island of Saba, which is part of the Caribbean Netherlands. The resort is built on one of mount scenery's hills, Troy Hill, and is nestled among tropical forests and its lush gardens overlooking the Caribbean Sea. This panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea makes the resort a special intimate place to spend a relaxing holiday. The altitude of 1200 feet and the fresh trade winds guarantee an extremely pleasant climate year around. The hotel features a full service on site restaurant and full service spa equipped with Finnish Sauna, Turkish Steam Room, Herbal Facial Aroma Pots, etc. Offering full body massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Queen`s Gardens Resort - Hampshire Classic Hotel Saba
- Queens Gardens Hotel
- Queens Garden Resort
- Queen's Gardens Resort & Spa Saba/The Bottom