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Looking at the tropical blue water from the 757 on approach into Barbados. I was looking for great dive spots. Yeehaaa! I saw a ship docked in the port and wondered if it might be The Mariner. Then, poking my head outside the plane and descending the portable stairs onto the ramp, the heat and humidity hits. Ahhhhhhh!
Just a short entry to say that we arrived in Barbados yesterday morning (9th December) after approx 24 days crossing the Atlantic. Weather was a bit of a mix with some good winds mid trip and also for the last couple of days with some very light winds and even calms at times. Not much marine life sighted on the way over. The usual Dolphins ...
... a chickpea curry wrap thing. Called a double because it is wrapped in two small shells.
Inside: chickpeas, curry, pepper sauce, mango sauce, unknown green sauce, angels.
Outside: soft semi-sweet corn meal esque tortilla kinda things.
EFF, EFF, EFF if this is the only thing I ever eat again I'm ok with that. (oh and they are a buck) SO freaking delicious. Extra awesome occurs when washing one down with a super strong dark and stormy ...
... walking along the beach with his little fella out, peeing as he walked, talking to trees. When Ian asked him if he was alight, he proceed to demonstrate how to make an "Aussie pillow" out of sand and promptly fell to sleep on it.
The next day, Adam felt guilty for leaving us 3 to sail, so said he'd come along but Ruby still refused, it was just the 4 of us. It was light winds, so that wasn't too bad, but we only had a very ...
... Our secondary motive here was to see the old stomping grounds of our dear friend and benefactor of this here honeymoon, CW. We wandered around the area where his place was for a good hour, a quiet residential neighborhood with many very nice and very huge houses which reminded me very much of Ranchos Palos Verdes in LA. Back and forth and up and up and down we wandered, past the lighthouse, and back again. But we couldn't find the place.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Savannah Beach Hastings
Wonderfully ROMANTIC and GREAT Service
My husband and I chose the Savannah in Barbados for our honeymoon! We
were NOT disappointed one bit! The staff were VERY friendly and helpful
in EVERYTHING. Being off season it was abnornomally quiet, but it was
perfect for the two of us as we were honeymooning! The pools were great
and though the beach is small and a little rocky it was wonderful! It
was like your own private beach! We ended up spending a LOT of time
there instead of the larger beaches with tons of people about.
The views of the pool and the ocean were breath taking from the
restaurant. We REALLY appreciated the beautiful rooms, the friendly
staff (especially the front desk staff who helped to co-ordinate our
off-site adventures!) and the peacefulness and beauty of their beach.
And though their restaurant - Boucan - had tasty food we did venture
out to MANY other restaurants. There are SO many to try in Barbaods.
Our number one favourite - CARAMBOLA on the West Coast. It's a 25
minute drive (we went by cab) but DEFINITELY worth it! The views were
breathtaking and you can watch them feed the sting rays right from your
Definitely two thumbs up for this resort!
**Oh - and another MUST TRY - the Island Adventure tours! What a great way to see the REST of the island. The rugged beauty of the East side as well as the unique blow holes of the North. Definitely well worth the $$!
Worst Service Ever Pathetic
The hotel was beautiful the service was pathetic. It took 4 times for us to get a working room key we had to hike of 4 flights of steps 4 times to get it. You basically had to beg for someone to service you at the bar. At breakfast there it took 40 minutes to get someone to even acknowledge you and the place was not crowded. We finally left and called room service where they told us that they were busy and to call back. We had asked for the airconditioner to work but no dice. Then the final straw is when I had to clean the room myself and go get new towels for us. Terrible service.
Splendid at the Savannah
The Savannah Hotel is a splendid, romantic, "old classic" type of a place that catered to our every need with a smile. I proposed to my fiance'on the beach there and the staff made the moment extra special with their willingness to go the extra mile. Debbie was just fantastic! We hope to get back there for the honeymoon! J&K
Hated my stay in the old section of the hotel
We were booked at the hotel for a 3 day conference and as it was our first time in Barbados wanted to stay longer than that time. We were booked for 8 nights, 5 of which we had to stay in the old section which had no CD player, VCR or 27"TV or balcony or patio , and one robe. The website says all rooms have those amenities. We asked to have our room changed as soon as we saw the room we were allocated but to no avail until we had spent our first 5 nights. There were single people at the conference who were booked in the new section with king size beds and all the amenities. We thought we should have received consideration as we were there for a longer time period. We could have a bath and shower at the same time as the tub did not drain properly. I totally hated the room. The day we were allowed to change rooms, the front desk did not notify me when I picked the key up. I only found out when the maid came to the room which had not been made up. The new section is beautiful, the difference between the two sections like night and day. Make sure you are booked in that section. That old room really ruined my first 5 days in Barbados.
Hotel Was great, the island was Dirty
This being my first trip outside the united states i was somewhat dissapointed. The hotel it self is beautiful and i would recommed it to anybody wanting a nice place to stay, beautifull rooms and a super friendly staff makes this a real gem on barbados.We arriverd on a saturday night and like others our luggage did not arrive until tuesday(American did give me $150 to go and buy clothes for myself and my kids) i had packed our bathing suits in our carry on so we just swam alot!.The food at the hotel is REAL PRICEY be prepared to spend more on food than anything else, i reccomend eating at some of the local establisments, Even the KFC is pricey we spent $28 american dollars for 3 people there and you dont get half of what you get in the states, but you are on a island so expect to pay alot for everything, the island adventure tour is the best deal going, a lunch buffet and great scenery make that a bargain. the submarine ride is nice but pricey i recommend going at night you see lots more fish.the beach at the hotel is lacking but you can get a free ride to the beach, I strongly recommend that you use lots of sunscreen i was out for 2 hours and i got burnt, the sunscreen didnt seem to help in that sun. the 50+ spf is really needed here.There is lots of poverty on this island, streets are extremly narrow and are not in the best shape, they were putting in sidewalks when we were there i dont recommend walking at night trafic can be very hazerdous,the police station is next door to the hotel if you need directions they are always glad to help,All i will say is BE prepared to spend alot of money, you can save some by ordering out for pizza ($14.00 american) for a large 1 toppingand it was good or you can go to a grocery store and buy some food
Best Vacation Ever!
We stayed at the Savannah June 28 through July 5, 2003. The hotel was fantastic! The pools were unique and wind throughout the open part of the hotel. Each room has a private veranda. Great to relax on before and after dinner. Spent alot of time on the beach. Yes, their beach is small and rocky, but just a very short walk south, there is an excellent place for swimming. The pool bar is close to the beach and we enjoyed many Banks beers while lazing the day away on the lounge chairs.
Room decor is very tasteful. Lot's of mahogany furniture, a slow moving fan hangs down from the ceiling... Savannah is also great for those married to their laptops and need high speed internet access.
The hotel host's a happy hour and BBQ tuesday nights. Don't miss this!
There's good food and entertainment (stilt walkers, limbo etc.)
The hotel's restaurant (Boucan) is good but pricey for dinner. We had dinner there one night only and I thought the food was good, but we had better at some of the other nearby restaurants. Champers and Brown Sugar are absolute musts! The food and views at Champers are incredible, although be prepared for slow service at peak times. Brown Sugar was more intimate, like dining in a tropical rain forest. Food was also great, good attentive wait staff too.
Another find is a pub just down the street from the Savannah called Red Rooster. Food and drinks were awesome. Be sure to go there on friday night for extended happy hour (2 for 1 drinks) and a great food deal, choose any appetizer, main dish and desert for one price. We had lobster of course. We were disappointed that 39 Steps was closed for construction while we were there. We'd heard some great things about that restaurant and it is basically next door to the Savannah.
For excursions, we did the Tiami Catamaran cruise one day. This is one of the bigger catamaran cruises, so if you want something more intimate, there are many other smaller ones to choose from. The Tiami cruise stops in two places for snorkeling and then one more stop for lunch, swimming and jet skiing if so inclined. The crew was friendly and kept the drinks flowing! BE SURE TO BATHE IN SUNSCREEN! I'm fair, so I burned quite badly that day!
You should go to Bridgetown at least part of one day. There's good duty free shopping and don't miss the Pelican Crafts Center for handmade pottery and other island crafts.
We also took the Adventureland 4x4 Safari Tour our last day on the island. This tour was so much fun! Various stops along the way, one at a rainforest gully, another at a pottery making facility, lunch at Bathsheba on the east coast (breathtaking scenery...) One of the tour guides, Cassius, is just hilarious. Be sure to get in his truck if possible. Also, if susceptible to motion sickness do not sit near the rear of the truck! Some of the off-road parts are insane, such as the Camelback and Atlantic Crossing.
Well, was very sad to leave the island. I definitely give Barbados and The Savannah Hotel two thumbs up. Can't wait to go back...
I was taken back a little by the dirtyness at first but after a few days I saw so much beauty.
I was taken back a little by the dirtyness at first but after a few days I saw so much beauty. I first arrived with no luggage. Our bags never made the flight. That was a really bad start. Then we catch a taxi and started driving to our hotel (The Savannah). On the way from the Airport we passed so many scary looking hotels. The streets were really dirty and the poverty was very prominent. I was getting a little nervous that the Island was a bad choice. All I can say is that if you choose to stay in the Gap or South Coast area, stay at the Savannah. It is the Best Hotel there. It is so beautiful and the service was superb. I didn't see alot of reviews on line for it so I was hesitant. I was afraid it didn't look kid friendly but much to my surprise it worked out perfectly for my 5 year old. The pool is great because it isn't deep and all the rooms lead right out to the pool. And the rooms are beautiful! The next day we had to go into Bridgetown to find some bathing suits and essentials, since we had no luggage. In all my years traveling that has never happened to me. So one word of advise my mother(a travel agent) gave me and I learned the hard way. "Always pack a change of clothes and a bathing suit in your carry-on"! We took the bus into Bridgetown...by the way "NO American coins are excepted on the Island" Only bills! Remember that. And for the big bus you must have exact change. The #11 bus is really interesting. It is like a mini van and they pull up along side of you...the door flies open and they yell "get in". They pack so many people in the bus that you cannot help but laugh. The Bridgetown experience was okay. I wouldn't go again though. Once was enough. Very dirty and the taxi cab drivers are always harassing you. After being there nine days though...I can honestly say that I loved the island. The few parts that were bad, were livable. If I went back again this is what I recommend. We went on a Catamaran sail up the West Coast. We used Supercats and chose the smaller one that only hold 10-12 people. It was more private. Ask for Sean ....he was great. Good drinks! He took us to where you snorkel with the sea turtles. It was unbelievable. You could touch them while they swim around you. Then they take you to a sunken wreck and the schools of fish were one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. All and all it was such an amazing day! Do not do the Mount Gay Rum Tour! It is a waste of time. You stand in a room and watch a movie. There is no tour. It is just a speaker showing you pictures while you stay in the same spot. The other thing I did that I loved, was Horse back riding down the mountain to the beach. This was one of my favorite things I have ever done in my life. The scenery was incredible. We used Jaworks. It was the best price and the best location. They will pick you up at your Hotel and bring you back. They do not advertise so ask your hotel for the number. But call yourself the hotel charges a higher price. We found that out when we got there. I called direct and a honeymoon couple went through the hotel and it was $100 more for them. I felt bad. You learn the ins and outs after a while. Especially with the taxis. You tell them what you want to pay. Most of the time no matter were you go locally the say $15.00 Barbados. So after awhile I when they would ask me where I was going I would tell them and say $10.00 or $12.00 Barbados before they had a chance. Most of the time they would take it. And don't tip them on top of that especially if they charge you the $15.00. Taxis can run you some money after awhile. Restaurants are very pricey! I will recommend some of my favorites...If you like Mexican try Cafe Sol in the Gap! Very good food ...great Margaritas and not expensive. It was the closest priced to Chili's in the US. An average 2 meal with 4 drinks, one appetizer ran us about $58 us dollars. I was ecstatic when we got that bill. Most of the others were outrageous! I also would also highly recommend Harlequin restaurant in the gap area. The food was so delicious! We ate there two nights in a row because it was that good! The owner Keith is absolutely adorable. He is Hugh Grant's twin...not his looks but when you meet him you will understand! It is a little romantic Cafe setting and you can sit inside or outside. And the prices were very good. It was a elegant meal without the high price. Try it , you will not be disapointed. I think it is one of Barbados best kept secrets. Tell Keith Tyler sent you...he will laugh. The other restaurants that were very good was Opa's (greek). A little pricey but excellent, Bellini's (Italian) very good (moderate-pricey). Luigi's (reasonable) also Italian....good food. They also own Mama Mia's deli down the street from the Savannah Hotel (about two blocks). Go there for lunches. The food is great. And it is alot cheaper that paying $20.00 for a hamburger at the Hotel pool. It doesn't look like anything from the outside but as soon as you open the door you feel like you stepped into a little Italian Cafe. Very cute. The eggplant parm is delicious! If you want to splurge for one night go to "The Cliff". It will run you about $200 for dinner but you will be in heaven! The beaches and water are the best. Rockley Beach was also nice. There is a little hut there that the guy makes the best hamburgers and fish cakes ever! And it was $2.50 American for the burgers! It was great! And the other thing is the Banks Beer! Wow! There is a very high alcohol level in those. They go down smooth but they creep up on you! I like them because the tropical drinks start to get too pricey after awhile. Banks is about $2.50 - $2.75 American versus a tropical drink at $9.00 each. Stick to Banks!! Overall it was a great trip! The West Coast area is as pretty close to Kauai as I have seen. I would probably stay there if I go again. Don't let the first impression fool you....the Island has alot to offer!
Savannah Hotel was wonderful
Savannah was a top notch hotel. Everything was great. I was surprised by the prices for food and drinks in Barbados, as they were similar to those in a big city like Chicago, i.e. 8-10 us dollars for a mixed drink, 5 us dollars for a bottle of beer. 15 us dollars for breakfast buffet.The only thing lacking was a good cheeseburger and pizza. They only seem to have premade burgers and white cheese which are not very appetizing. But if your going to a sea island, you should expect to eat native fare, right.
Loved It! (MAy 22-26 2003)
Savannah was terrific! The views of the pool and the ocean were breath taking. They don't have much of a beach. They do have a shuttle to Accra Beach that is swimmer-friendly. Be prepared to spend a lot of money on food. Try to dine-out to get the full experience. MUST VISIT - Champers Restaurant. Oh... the food.. Melts in your mouth. Did I mention the view, looks out right on the ocean? Another good restaurant (my 2nd choice) is Brown Sugar. They are both located within 5 minutes of the hotel. Ask the receptionist to call you a cab it's worth it! If you want to see the island, try taking the Island Safari with Adventure Tours. Overall, we had a great time. The rooms were well maintained and very clean. If you are coming from the U.S., just remember that in Barbados everything moves very S..L..O..W!
Savannah Hotel was idyllic
I was looking for a quiet upscale hotel on the beach where I could get away from the hectic buzz of work and vacationers. The Savannah was perfect for this. When I arrived I was almost disappointed because it's right off a main street and the reception was small and simple. However, once I settled in that first day I was able to appreciate the beautiful rooms, the friendly staff and the peacefulness and beauty that was hidden from view upon entry. The water was fairly shallow but this area has surfing as well as coral breakers so many options to choose from for swimming. The food was average.I would go there again, but would eat out more often.