Divi Southwinds Beach Resort
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Barbados was great (we stayed in Holetown) – fabulous weather, a fully equipped apartment near the shops, bars and restaurants, in a great location with beach frontage.
We ate well, slept a lot, lay on the white sand beach, swam and snorkelled and went to the Cropover festival. We watched the amazing procession of floats, equipped with massive speakers, churning out reggae, as young (and not ...
... we went for breakfast then did our last walk of the ship before we left to do out last tour and go to the airport. Barbados gave me the impression of being a very tourist based place and very expensive, not as pleasant as any of the other islands. We had a lunch at a restored house were a sugar cane was grown until 1985 and then were taken to the airport for our flight ...
... for no charge since he lived up there and was heading back anyways. the trip ended up being this huge excursion where we got lost, almost got the taxi van stuck in a mud patch, etc. we finally found the spot he was talking about, which was a five-minute walk through some cornfields and down this really steep jungly path. the surf wasn't that good, but the spot itself was beautiful: it was this little cove, no more than 25 yards of beach, in between these huge ...
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Attitude adjustment needed by the staff!!
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.
A few other things... Positives- The beach is a great little stretch with some big waves good for body surfing but not too big that you can't swim. The pool was also very clean and there were ample lounge chairs at both the beach and pool.
Negatives- The St Lawrence Gap is quite rundown, and the food only so so...I would recommend paying a bit more and getting some better service at a more upscale location.
All in all, we had a good time in spite of the actions of the staff and the noise inconveniences. Would I stay there again? Absolutely not!
Down the road was a great open air bar with great staff which I believe was called Bay Bistro at the Yellow Bird Hotel. We ended up there two out of four nights because they were so nice
It's a great stay
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.
Yet, the air conditioner was working great and quickly brought fresh air into our room. The facility was an older place compared to other resorts, but it was well maintained and cleanly kept. The frig wasn't very cold but enought to keep the food fresh. Oven and stove were in good working condition. The king bed and the sofa bed were great. There were enough TV channels to entertain us at late night. Another good thing, There is plenty of towels. The housekeeper come everyday to clean and fix up the room daily, and she always did a great job.
As far as activities, Divi Southwinds did not have a great variety of activities. Standard manager cocktail parties often lack of excitement, and attract only a few older people who like to drink. Dinner and lunch buffets were OK but could be quite expensive compared eating out at a decent restaurant next by. Anyway, it is OK as far as keeping the guest comfortable in case of no planning night.
The resort is surrounded with tropical trees which help to cool down the air and make the whole facility very pretty and romantic. The beach is only a couple of steps from the resort, and beach towels are readily available from the resort. There is a decent fitness facility. The equipments are relatively new, yet not enough to be considered a full gym. There is a medium size pool right behind the resort next to the cafeteria, and it's a really nice place to hang around. The pool is very clean and excellent chill out place after comming back from the beach. A game of pool volley ball is a good exercise and fun activity if travel in a group.
Our activity desk organizer is really nice and helpful. He helps arranged most of our tour and informed with insights of good places to go and see. You should talk to Corey or Tyrone to help you arrange for your tour.
Well, my trip was great and we loved it. Barbados is great alternative for the highly cost Hawaii and some other Carribean destinations. Divi Southwinds can offer a nice, decent, and pleasant place to stay with very pretty, nice, and quite beach to enjoy. Overall, it's a excellent place.
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
Our Island Paradise
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.
We had a lovely stay
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.
Not Worth The Money They Charge
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.
My Stay in Hell
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.
I found some members of the staff to be very lazy. The best staff members were from housekeeping. The best part of Divi Southwinds is the beach. My aunt's room was infested with roaches. When the staff were told that the room was infested with roaches, they handed her a can of roach spray. One of the ladies at the front desk was the nastiest of them all, Katrina. She had a very bad attitude. When I asked to speak to the manager, she was laughing in the background when I complained about the filthy conditions of the rooms. The second time my aunt had roach problems, they moved her to another room and so-called fumigated the prior room. Upon her return, live roaches were still found. My family had to move their things on their own, and the staff helped themselves to some eggs that were in the refrigerator. After she complained that the eggs were stolen, they were returned. My stay at this hotel just about ruined my enjoyment of Barbados. My advice, do not stay at this resort, it needs to be refurbished. On a scale of 1-10, I rate Divi Southwinds Barbados a Zero.
RCI and Interval International should remove Divi Southwinds Barbados from one of its members.