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“The most relaxing hotel!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Southern Palms

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Southern Palms
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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“The most relaxing hotel!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

Southern Palms has an old colonial feel to it - the rooms are dated and could even be called a little shabby. The bar area looks like it hasn't changed since the '70s. Despite the slightly run down image the hotel has character. It is set on a fantastic beach. the staff are friendly. Every time we've visited (and we have been there 4 or 5 times) we just chill out and relax.
As long as you are not expecting modern luxury you should envoy this place!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

This was my first visit to Barbados and I was very disapointed with this hotel. Fantastic beach but the hotel has no soul. Rooms are dated and in need of a makeover. did not eat in the hotel so cannot comment on food. Bar area dull even with live music. my first and last visit to this hotel

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

We've been visiting Barbados every year for the last 12 years or so and have stayed at the southern palms for the last 8. The rooms are clean and the staff are lovely and we like the little touches, for example afternoon tea and cakes by the pool every day. We usually stay in the ocean view rooms by the crescent pool. It's location right on the beach is perfect for us.

The rooms are always very clean and most of the staff we come across are very friendly. We have a procoscious 3 year old and everyone takes an interest and engages with him. In particular our cleaner (don't know name) and Rodney from watersports, who took our son to feed the fishes and even tried to teach him to surf in our pool...amazing service!! Also the gentleman who mans the towel hut was lovely and played crazy golf with our 'handful'.

Unfortunately we had a car accident on the most recent visit and we were very surprised to see Britta, the hotel's general manager, at the clinic to pick us up. This went above and beyond anything we ever expected.

All in all, we would definitely recommend a stay here.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013

The hotel is not perfect, but it is a very, very good place to stay. Nice clean rooms in which everything works, fantastic situation on a great beach, (turtles coming up to nest each night we were there in May 2013), Britta and staff very friendly, helpful and efficient and it's in a great situation. If you don't want to eat at the hotel or just like a bit of variety, there are several good places within an easy walk, from cheap "beach food" to high-end dining.

Nice gardens to walk in, often decent bands playing in the ocean-front bar and just a nice place to be. We don't know Barbados well, but we looked at quite a few other hotels and Southern Palms stands out above the crowd.

Room Tip: Ocean view fabulous, but the surf gets to a midlander like me after a while. Garden rooms generally...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

I arrived in Barbados on the 23rd of May 2013 from Washington DC...I put this trip together for my sister, my daughter, and two friends. I had never traveled to Barbados before and I did not know what to expect with regard to the lodging I has selected for the group. When the car service pulled up to the hotel, it looked "old"...but I wanted to give it a chance...from the front desk service which was excellent, to my room that introductory service exceeded my expectations. My room had an outside terrace which was spacious with a view of the beach and pool. The room was very clean even though it was small.

Room Tip: request a room with a beach view
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

Southern Palms is situated on one of the best beaches on the island, an uncrowded wide expanse of beach where we didn't get overly pestered by hawkers. Our room was clean, in my opinion the air conditioning could have been more powerful which would have in turn made our stay more comfortable. Only ate in the restaurant once for breakfast and was not overly impressed by the omlettes which we found rubbery.

The restaurant and bar areas need an overhaul , they are in a prime location but are bland to say the least, maybe some decking and plants to make a more convivial atmosphere. We ate and drank out as a consequence of the lack of atmosphere, fortunately the Gap has plenty to offer in that department

All the staff we encountered were friendly, happy and helpful.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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bingley,england
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

We have just returned from what was our eigth visit to Barbados and once again the trip was both fantastic and a total relaxation. We stayed in Southern Palms for the fifth time and it was just as good as when we first stayed there in 1997, in fact some of the staff are still the same and still just as nice and helpful. Southern Palms is situated in a perfect place because if you want to stay away from it all and just have a totally relaxing holiday and not move away from the hotel and fantastic beach (and i mean fantastic) then they have it all on site however if you want to venture out then the lively St Lawrence Gap is a short walk up the road with Bridgetown a $35 barbados dollar taxi ride away. St Lawrence Gap has seen a few changes over the last few years with some being disappointing (The Ship closing) and some for the better (Cafe Sol moving to a better location) however there are some pretty impressive places to eat with Pisces and Harlequin plus Aspara the new curry place being great visits although my favourite once again was the Waterside Resteraunt which was simply the best.

Cooperman & Karen

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Southern Palms

Property: Southern Palms
Address: St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish > St. Lawrence Gap
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in St. Lawrence Gap
#3 Romantic Hotel in St. Lawrence Gap
#3 On the Beach Hotel in St. Lawrence Gap
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Southern Palms 3.5*
Number of rooms: 92
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Southern Palms Hotel St Lawrence Gap
Southern Palms Christ Church
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