Divi Southwinds Beach Resort
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I've come to the realization that my posts about this trip are not that exciting. Relaxing and sunning is really something best described once and then only really enjoyed by the person doing it. But that's what this trip has been about. I never relax and I never get to take time to myself to truly do it. I am happy that I have and have loved being …
I've started to get a routine down here which is a clear sign that I've officially relaxed. I wake to Lunch crowing around 7, have a laugh because, yes, it still cracks me up and lay around for a bit. I get ready for the beach, pick up my towel, some water and almonds for breakfast (because I can't take the bunk offering they call a buffet) and …
There's not much to say about today except that the sun was so strong that, for the first time in my life, I had to use SPF 30. Unfortunately, for me, the kind I bought was bunk and I say this with conviction before the day before, I was on a boat and slathered on the 15 and got not a bump or a burn except for the parts on my back and tush that I …
I am midway through my trip and watching Lunch crow on a hill in solitude. I came back to my hotel a bit earlier than usual due to the intensity of the sun on my poor skin. Heat rash central. He's been at it for the last few hours but this is by far my favorite of watching him--there he is, on this small hill alone and waiting for some tlc but …
I came to the realization during a trip to the Bahamas over the Christmas break that doing nothing is tiring and I believe this to still hold true. But if feels sooooooo good. I woke up this morning a bit groggy from the night before because I woke up at 3 a.m. like a bat out of hell. I need to get over my stubbornness and turn the darn AC on at …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Divi Southwinds Beach Resort Christ Church
After reading the reviews posted by others, I went to Divi Southwinds expecting good things. At check in I asked for our room to be away from the noisy nightclub and was told that it wouldn't be a problem from where our room was. WRONG! Thursday night the club was blaring distorted reggae music until 1 or 2 am. Not only that but we awoke to hammers pounding on the other side of the wall. Apparently, we were given a room bordering a room that was being renovated. I asked managment to please change my room, but was told that it would be "ticklish" considering they were booked up (mind you, it never seemed more than a quarter occupied during the entire stay). I was told to check back later and when I did, they said the maintenance staff had been told to stop the hammering. From Friday afternoon until Sunday night there was almost no noise, no club, no hammers. At this point I should mention the staff, some of whom were quite courteous, including the beach bar staff and Bajan Breeze cafe bartenders, and some were downright surly. The front desk staff acted as if they were doing you a favor by even talking with you. UNACCEPTABLE! Monday morning came and at 8am I was once again awoken by hammers on the wall in the room next to ours. I went down to the staff and was told that all they could offer was an apology for someone misinforming me on friday morning regarding the maintenance.
We arrived at Divi really at midnight and really tired after a long flight. Howeve, the check in was quick and simple. We were a little bit disappointed at first with the room for its odor of uncirculated air.
Loved it everything about it!!!!
We took our daughter, grandson & daughter's friend as last years Christmas gift to Barbados for 10 days. We had perfect weather. We had a penthouse at Divi South Winds. I've stayed there before & like the accomendations & location. We went on a catamarand, went to the show the hotel put on, went to Oristin's both Friday nights, walked to Joy's World, Whispering Frog, took a tour of the island, went to the Boatyard, enjoyed the hotel's private beach & swimming pool & went in to Cave Shephard in Bridgetown, also went in a cave one day, flower forest & so many places. Only complaint is the time went to fast. We have been all over Europe, Central & South America but Barbados has always been my favorite place & highly recommend it for family, couples or just friends.
Had a wonderful time. We got a fantastic rate. Our room was the penthouse duplex. The all glass front allows you to lay in bed and look out at the ocean. The beachfront is not very deep, with the rooms very close to the ocean. Renovations were being done in another section while we were there, but should be finished now. Highly recommend
We have been going to Southwinds for 20 years and although it is getting older it is excellent. The staff are all friendly and helpful - especially if treated properly! Our Children, noe grown up, think of Southwinds as their second home and have made a large number of friends there, as we have. The rooms, although aging need a ittle refurbishment which is being tackled. The food is excellent and the quantities ideal for a HEALTHY diet (not gluttony as some would want - I have watched many people and food!). It is worth remembering that Barbados is in the tropics and as such has occasional infestations of various insects etc. Taking everything into account Southwinds is better than a large number of places to stay not only in Barbados but other places as well. I will be returning again in 2004 and doubtless will enjoy my stay yet again.
After reading some of these reviews, I was quite concerned, but we had a great deal on airline tickets and only had to split the timeshare transfer fees with my two nieces for the suite. This was our first trip to the West Indies, so we figured we could stand anything for a week. We were there the second week of June 2003. Boy, are we glad we went. Barbadans are friendly, polite, and helpful, we had no ugly incidents at all. A few "don't see" you on the street, but by far, most welcome tourists. Our trip was really wonderful. The Southwinds is an older property,neglected before changing ownership and development as a timeshare/hotel. I suspect this is the reason it is such a large compound - there is a lot of space around the main buildings, planted gardens of tropical shrubs andmature trees that were suffering from a 5 month drought. Gardeners were very active making new plantings. Don't get me wrong, it does not look old or run down. In fact, it is quite attractive. Apparently the Southwinds was closed until recently for some renovations. These continue, but are not annoying. There are two buildings with rooms, a smaller one on the beach, and a larger one a pleasant 2-minute walk from the beach. There is a large pool between the main hotel and the main restaurant, and another small pool at the beach. Their beach is idyllic, lots of frontage and a wide, flat berm above the high water line. The water is clean, and there is no trash on the beach. Several large palms and thick evergreens provide shade. Thesurf is rougher than the more westerly beaches, very small children would have trouble. Breakers typically hit waist- to chest-high. For adults, it was too rough for swimming only 1 day during our stay. There is a beachfront bar and grill, a great shelter when the rain showers come. Foodwas the big surprise. The main restaurant is poolside next to the larger hotel, and has a good breakfast buffet. Supper there was excellent, especially the fish stew (not what you think). Lunch was also excellent at the beachfront bar - try grilled dolphin-not-Flipper, as they say. Drinks are full strength at both places - mango daiquiris, Tropical Sunset, and the ubiquitous rum punch (wow!). Happy hour at the beach is 4-5, and at thepoolside main restaurant 5-6 - half price for drinks. The hotel staff was also quite good. Tyrone, the activities coordinator, knows the local boats, drivers, etc, and can set you up with a good catamaran cruise or whatever.The restaurant staff is friendly and on top of things, and the housekeepers take good care of the rooms. The front desk people take as good of care of you as any US hotel. Our suite was comfortable for the four of us. The a/cwas adequate, we had ceiling fans in both rooms. All rooms have a balcony. Cooking utensils were basic, but we had a microwave, toaster, coffee maker, 4-burner stove, and refrigerator. No problem, we only cooked breakfast.There is a grocery store within a mile or two, an easy taxi ride or long walk. Security is evident and attentive, probably to keep the hawkers under control. The compound is split by St. Lawrence Gap, a narrow one-way streetthat extends north perhaps 3/4 mile, where it ends in a street intersection at a small bay. There are at least a dozen open air bars and restaurants on the Gap, from average to fairly expensive (from $13-30 US). We found theHarlequin excellent, but the Aquapisces was our favorite (pumpkin soup to die for). The Pisces overlooks the bay, but the food is not as good as the other 2 (or the hotel) -go there for the atmosphere. Warning #1: The sun is really, really intense down there. I mean really intense.Warning #2: the sofa bed was a poor sofa and a poor bed. It helped to put all seat cushions under the mattress for the night. Warning #3: Do not get a room with an odd number. One of the clubs across the street plays at full blast until early morning, 3 days a week. Insist on a room on the ocean side. I do not understand why management cannot force them to turn the volume down. It is a nuisance for everyone within in a quarter mile or more. Would we go back?Yes, in a New York (not a Barbados) minute.
I decided on the spur of the momment that I needed to get away and got a great package to Barbados. I was pleasantly surprised with my suite at Divi Southwinds. Although, the lighting in the suite could have been better and the air conditioner a bit cooler, I have to say that my 6 night stay was just what I needed. The staff was very helpful and courteous. I dined at the restaurant for breakfast and dinner a couple of times and was very satisfied with the buffets that they had for both. The location was excellent with the resort backing up to the popular St. Lawrence Gap area which offers lots of restaurants and dance clubs within walking distance. Not to mention, it is across the street from The Plantation - Bajan Roots restaurant which is the BEST show in Barbados. The beach was just off the back of the property and was lovely. The open-air lobby of the resort was very inviting and Tyrone, the activities coordinator was fabulous at keeping me busy with activities when I wanted to do something. Overall, I would say that this resort is charming. It's not the Ritz but, it's affordable and in a good location and I found the staff and services to be just fine.
I just got back form barbados a few days ago. My boyfriend and I wanted to go away on a fun, inexpensive vacation where when could hangout on the beach. This place let us do just that. It is located pretty much on the beach an is nicely seculded with a beach bar right there. The rooms weren't too bad the needed a little bit of a paint job and the A/C could have been i little bit cooler but over all it was good. The room we had was a suite which was great, and the were pretty big. The people working there were very nice, the rooms were alway immaculate after housekeeping came and the breakfast was awesome. If you want a five star resort this is not it, but if your more intrested in a nice,clean place that is right in the center of town, near all the resturants and bars give it a shot. We had an awesome time and didn't want to leave.
I stayed at the Divi Southwinds in November 2002 on a special promotion "The Best of Barbados" and I will say that it is true, you get what you pay for. The Divi Southwinds should close down untill all the rooms have been completely overhaulled. The resort has a beautiful beach (you have to cross a road to get to it) and the location is great as it is in the St Lawrence Gap area and you have access to public transportation and many restaurants. There is a small pool and the gardens look as though they have not had any attention in a long time. The resort is old and run down. Our room was clean, however, the lighting was so poor, I was unable to read my book at night. My lamp was broken in the living portion (which they never fixed) and we had to have the staff to replace the light bulb in the bathroom and I swear he replaced it with a 10 watt bulb. They never fixed the light over the bed and the air conditioner in the bedroom never cooled the room even after the setting was placed on high for days. At first glance, I thought the sink in the bathroom was extremely dirty but we later found that it was discolored. We had a king sized bed which was very uncomfortable because you felt the springs in your back from the mattress. The wash cloths and towels were so thin, we had to go to a store to purchase towels and wash cloths in order to take a shower.Of course we complained to the Front Desk Manager who was very nice and actually seemed embarassed about the condition of the rooms and she was able to move us on the 3rd day. The next room was much better and the bellman told us that this was one of the newly remodeled rooms. Both rooms had a refridgerator, stove, dishes etc.....but the new room had a fresh coat of paint and better furniture. We did not find the staff lazy, as in most caribbean countries, the staff is very slow. Breakfast was included in our package but we were able to use our coupons for lunch. I heard from another guest that the breakfast was not good as they did not give you enough food to eat such as only 2 slices of bacon and one egg. We did eat dinner there twice and they had live entertainment twice which we enjoyed.The most dissapoointing part of the resort for me was the fact that this was an RCI Property and they have such high standards that we thought "if they are endorsed by RCI, it can't be that bad". The front desk manager told me that the only part of the resort that is affilliated with RCI was the rooms that were directly on the beach front. As I stated before, this was a "steal of a deal" so I was not expecting a Ritz Carlton, but I think except for the beach, most of our Days Inns would be rated a 4 star property compared to this place. I would not stay here again if they offered it to me for free. This place is beyond low budget.
I stayed at Divi Southwinds Beach Resort in Barbados from August 17th through August 24th. I traveled with other members of my family. In total, we had 3 rooms. The rooms were disgusting and dirty. Some of the walls in the room were very dirty. All that was required to fix this, was a little soap and water. The refrigerator did not work, and it rocked. When I checked in on 8/17, I noticed that one of the lamps did not have a light bulb. Even though I asked for one, by the time I checked out on 8/24, I still did not have a light bulb. Not all of the pilots on the stove worked. There were a few roaches in my room.