We spent the first two weeks of February 2013 at the hotel and we are just preparing to leave as I write this. We really enjoyed our holiday, the food, staff and atmosphere were generally excellent, there were only one or two niggly points that lowered the standard.
A typical day at Savannah Beach is to be woken early by the birds chirping. We were in room 123 on the ground floor of the Emerald block so sometimes got woken even earlier by service trolleys rumbling along the corridor. The room was excellent; two large comfortable beds, large patio area with cushioned furniture and direct access to the pool only a couple of steps away. We had a problem with the safe (free to use) which was fixed within minutes by the maintenance guy.
It’s up to Rachel’s for breakfast. Rachel’s is on the 5th floor and there were 78 steps between our room and the restaurant; great for keeping fit (there are elevators if you’re not so mobile). Breakfast is more or less the same each day, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and beans – unfortunately nearly always cold! There’s also cereal, pastries, fruit etc. We had a couple of bad experiences; being served sour milk and finding the supposedly clean juice glasses still filthy from their previous use (petty maybe but these things shouldn’t happen), worse was the 2 inch piece of metal from a scouring pad which we discovered in our scrambled egg. We got an immediate apology but this could have been very dangerous and I wonder how the egg can have become contaminated with washing up materials.
Next it’s back to the room to slap on the sun block and down to the beach which is all of a minute’s walk away. Martin is always there to set up your sun bed. There are ample beds and plenty of space so no-one rushes down to reserve them. The beach is a little scruffy but only because of natural things like tree roots and leaves, any manmade litter is cleared away before the morning rush. While away a few hours listening to the birds, watch the sea eagle fishing and watch out for the turtles bobbing their heads in an out of the sea, they come in quite closely when the tide is in.
Jackie will be round to take your drink order several times a day. She is missed on her day off because none of the other staff bother to come around. It’s not a problem however since the bar is only a few steps away.
Lunch is at Drifters. There was a good choice of salad, meat, fish, pasta, make-your-own sandwiches, etc as well a burger and chips if that’s your preference. Sweet is always ice cream, a mousse dessert, tinned fruit or cake.
Back to the beach for a snooze, watch the surfers just along the beach and have an afternoon swim. There is quite a change in the sea conditions depending on the tide, the waves go from small ripples to several feet high. Time to Skype home – the free wi-fi was available from our room right down to the beach.
Just in case you are still hungry, tea and sandwiches are ready at 4pm. This is a good time to meet new friends and to watch for the monkeys.
Then back to the room for a shower and a rest before dinner. Dinner is either at Drifters or Rachel’s. Rachel's always seemed to be over-booked for the middle-sitting; you know if there is going to be a long delay when the bar man asks if you want some crisps! Rachel’s is the only restaurant on Wednesday and Sunday evenings; you have to book to say which sitting you want. The evening meals at Drifters were excellent during the first week, succulent meats and plenty of vegetables. Sadly there were a couple of bad days during our second week when the food all looked and tasted like warmed up left-overs from the day before – it was dry, unpleasant and there was very little choice. Fortunately it is now back to it's former excellence.
There was usually some pleasant entertainment at Drifters in the evening. Time for bed and to be lulled to sleep by the chirping of the tree frogs.
There have obviously been a lot of improvements since the current management took over the hotel in December 2011, there’s only a little more to be done to make this a truly great hotel. Despite the minor disappointment with Rachel’s, we had a wonderfully relaxing holiday, we would certainly return to Savannah Beach again and we would recommend the hotel to our friends.
Bring deet because there are quite a few mosquitoes
Bring reef shoes
Leave your diet at home
Book early before everyone else realises what a gem this hotel is.
- 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