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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Savannah Beach Hotel Hastings
- Savannah Christ Church
- Savannah Hotel Christ Church
- Savannah Hotel Barbados
- Savannah Barbados
- Savannah Beach Hotel Barbados/Hastings