We checked in early evening into a very laid back reception area with the sound of the ocean echoing through the open plan design. This took less than 5 minutes before we were into our upgraded ocean view room. The trip to our room was through the bar area which was fairly full of happy hour guests.
Our room was big enough, with 2 queen sized beds, a flat screen tv, a kitchen area and a patio next to both ocean and bar. The room was always clean and the maid service was around 1 pm each day. Everything worked great, with the exception of the hot water in the shower. This was warm enough to shower only after it had been running for 5+ minutes only, sometimes longer. We asked maintenance to have a look at it, he did and told us nicely that we were impatient, the hot water had to come from the roof.
There was a complementray bottle of Mount Gay Rum in the room and a couple of cokes, he suggested we had a drink whilst the water warmed up. Obviously this became our daily routine at shower time.
The afternoon tea is a nice touch and Happy Hour was a pleasant way to enjoy the sunset each evening. The beach is awesome, - large and empty with more than enough sunbeds. The comparison with the beach of the Escape Hotel next door was clear, they appeared to have many times more guests in much less space and the sunbeds were next to each other in uniform rows. At the Southern Palms, you just drag your sunbed to the exact spot on the beach you want (or you can ask one of the staff to drag it for you!).
The hotel is situated on a one way road with not much traffic on it. A five minute walk either way will take you past several bars and restaurants. If you take room only, you have considerable choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner just across the road.
The area feels very safe and extremely friendly, 90% of the locals greet you as you wander around each day.
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- Also Known As:
- Southern Palms Hotel St Lawrence Gap
- Southern Palms Christ Church
- Southern Palms Barbados/St. Lawrence Gap