In terms of Barbados, this is a budget Hotel BUT it certainly punches above its weight.
My partner and myself along with our 19yr old daughter paid under £4K for a two-week stay and it is unlikely you will find better value on the island.
The food and drink are excellent but it is the Staff who take it the extra mile and with their hard-work, friendliness and service ensure that it seemingly has so many returning guests, the majority of which are Brits.
Special mention to Richard the bartender at Rachels and Tony the eggman at breakfast, along with others they are Sandy Lane veterans and Savannah/We are lucky to have their expertise and professionalism.
One is given the impression, however, that the aim to please from staff is partly born of management's knowledge that the venue has inherent disadvantages.
Chief of which is the lack of a suitable beach.
For us, one of the joys of a relaxing break in Barbados is the Beach and it is our previous experience of daily walks along the powdery sand and playing in the sea.
This is not possible here. The Beach area with loungers is small, shingle and painfully rocky.
Reviewers who have suggested wearing footwear to swim here are either being foolish or mischievous.The sea is in my opinion impossible to safely access in front of the Hotel. Although the water is shallow enough to wade in to, even with suitable footwear you risk serious broken bones if you try to access this part of the sea. And I did not see a single Guest do so during our two-week stay.
True, you can turn right towards the Hilton, and we did so three or four times only, as the long walk along the shingle beach is steep and difficult. When you reach the Hilton the sea area is small but you can finally take a dip. Remember though, you now have no facility.
The Hilton will offer you a lounger with a towell ($20 US each).
Savannah do however offer transport and tickets for two-free drinks to nearby Coco beach (loungers provided free) twice a week (departing at 10am and returning at 1pm and 3pm). This is a beautiful beach with bars, facilities, boat hires and a party atmosphere. We enjoyed it very much.
The previous caveats about the many steps and stairs in the Hotel are correct. They are unsuitable for the elderly and infirm, and after two-weeks they became tiresome for me too.
There are two lifts but they are both at the higher-end of the complex and the remaining many steps to the lower beach side still need to be negotiated and they are very very slippy when wet. Please ensure you wear footwear at all times as bare feet are likely to be punished by slips and skids especially around the bridging area near the main pool and Drifters bar.
Glad to say the Hotel is better than first impressions when after a tiring flight you are met by an underwhelming, small & dim lobby/reception area. But we were very quickly into our rooms (room 367) and it was of a good standard with excellent AC and the usual facilities for the Island's Hotels. The Pillows however were hard and unusually we all had disturbed sleep as a result.
The small "swim up" water is the main pool and was always used as the kids' pool whilst we were there. Generally you can always find a sun longer around this pool, perhaps because it seems some of the parents were able to supervise their children while having a drink in the nearby bar at Drifters (ouch!)
The bonus Free Wifi is variable in the Rooms ,We could get a limited signal on our balcony but of course the best signal is in the public areas.
There is a well equipped Gym, it is surprisingly large and I used it often, never seeing another Guest there.
Other points of interest are that it is $40 Bajan each way by taxi to Oistens (20 mins) or you could get the bus for $2. Just 10 mins to Bridgetown same to The Gap, and 5 mins walk to the racecourse at garrison. Walk out the Hotel, turn right and its 100 mtrs to local shop and a Chemist (crisps, chocolate, shampoo, water etc) Tip = for bottles of water for $2 try the vending machine by the gym and stick a few of them in your 'fridge.
So then all in a very good hotel at a fair price. As one Guest said, if it had a beach it would be ££s more expensive.
Question = Would we join the bargain hunters returning? Answer = that is up to you. You decide what you want and then it is right for you.
- 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