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My Second Home
I've just completed my fourth visit to the Southern Palms and already I am planning my next trip back. The people at this hotel cannot do enough for you; they are so friendly, very pleasant and so accommodating, they all welcome you "back home" again. (If you're not treated well at your hotel, you are not going to enjoy anything.) It's these people and of course the beautiful beach right at your door, that makes you want to come back. It's in the Gap which contains it all; from nice restaurants, great clubs and super shops, should you want to go to Bridgetown, the hotel provides a free shuttle. In my four years, not a single complaint, in fact they always have my same room ready for me. The food, the view, the beach and the people - it's ALL good here.
Southern Palms Beach Hotel
We had a marvelous week. Very relaxing, the hotel, restaurant, beach were all very clean and neat. The staff was friendly. I woud like to go back again.
Loved Southern Palms
My husband and I and another couple stayed at Southern Palms twice in the past couple of years. The beach is amazing and the rooms are nice and clean. The Ocean view rooms are the best - great view. Nice people.
If you are looking for a great beach - go Southern Palms.
My wife and I stayed at the Southern Palms last March (my first trip to the Caribbean, her umpteenth) and we loved the Southern Palms. Just about everything was perfect, from the beautiful ocean view rooms, to the charming, dignified staff, to the incredible beach. In fact, we spent a few days at the supposedly world class beaches on the West Coast of Barbados and found them nice, but no better than the beach fifty feet from our room. The location is also perfect, since you can easily find great restaurants in the immediate area--although our favorite, Brown Sugar, is a short ride up the road.All in all an underrated hotel well worth experiencing, especially when they have deals through American Airlines.
We stayed at the Sourthern Palms in February 2002. Somehow we managed to stay in the beachfront cottage not in a normal room. This was great, our own appartment on the beach.The hotel was clean and the staff helpfull in that laid back carribean way. The only downsides were that I thought the food (esp breakfast) was a little expensive in the hotel rest. and that they were digging up the road outside as part of a major refurb of The Gap. But there were lots of other places to eat - and all good quality if not a little expensive. It's worth noting that Barbados is generally an expensive place to eat out in - so go prepared or go full board.The hotel is right on the beach and within easy wallking diistance of other eating houses and bars. We stayed for 2 weeks and filled our time no problem. It has a nice pool and bar area, and the whole atmosphere is very relaxed. Probably not a place for activity junkies - of which I am not one.OOh and the hotel entertainment was a bit amaturish - but after a few rum punches we didn't care. I'd certainly go back.The residents were mostly Canadian, American and British.
A Wedding To Remember
I got married at Southern Palms and I highly recommend it to any couple considering getting married in Barbados. The staff were helpful and the arrangements were all made with care and attention to detail. After 8 years of marriage, my husband and I still think of our wedding day often and don't regret our decision to get married at Southern Palms for one moment. I only hope we can go back someday to relive one of our happiest moments.
Southern Palms only o.k.
Stayed at Southern Palms for 10 days in April 2003. The rooms were smallish - clean but run down and very old looking. The grounds were poor and very bare (especially compared to Casurina down the road for a similar price!) The walkways around the buildings are made of broken, loose rocks. For the entire 10 days there were NO free watersports (red flags due to waves/current) so NO windsurfing lessons or even boogie boards. The staff told us to rent boogie boards from the vendor on the beach!! We visited Crane Beach where the waves were twice as big and had a blast boogie boarding (along with everyone else with 0 safety concerns!). On a positive note, the ocean views from the rooms are amazing and the staff is very friendly. The location of the hotel in the Gap is also great. Overall it was only o.k., from what we saw there are better choices in Barbados for the same price.
Great beach and great room!
I and two friends stayed at the Southern Palms Beach Club during March 2003 during our spring break. We are all graduate students, and thoroughly enjoyed the proximity of the hotel to the beach (it is beachfront) and to the night-life in St. Lawrence Gap. We stayed in an ocean-view room that had one double and one twin. The view of the ocean was amazing, and the breezes that come in off the ocean even allowed us to turn off our air conditioning on several nights. The rooms themselves were very nice and well furnished. The staff was extremely friendly, and the free afternoon tea is not to be missed! The hotel lent us free beach towels and beach chairs. There was a very small fitness room, but the treadmill didn't have a working timer or an actual mile/hour indication -- only a dial that read: warm-up, slow, fast, faster, fastest. So don't count on that if you're coming. But dancing into the wee hours of the night will burn more than enough calories -- the bars/clubs that we went to were open at least till 5 AM. And the sunrise from our room was spectacular! The beach itself is nice and sandy, however, the current is a little strong, but still swimmable. I fully recommend this hotel. Well worth the price.
Loved the beach
I stayed at the Southern Palms Resort after working in South America one year, and my fantasy has been to return to the same hotel. The Bajans are the friendliest people, and the setting of the hotel is supurb for peace and relaxation. It is one of my fondest beach holiday memories.
Southern Palms is an excellent hotel to stay at. The staff is really nice they are very helpful and make your stay very enjoyable. I have been going there for 3 years and I love to go there because everyone remebers you and knows who you are it is just a great experience.
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Travel Blogs from St Lawrence Gap
... realizing that "guesthouses" are probably going to be unmarked, so I just start asking people sitting out on the porches. Sure enough, a lot of these are guesthouses... but, no, they have no vacancies. This is high season after all.
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... be able to backtrack to the same location (fat chance). However, after a swim, we packed up and tried to navigate the island for the first time by ourselves. It only took three turns, before we had to make a u-turn and return to the road we missed. But we did well after that. We bought some groceries at Emerald City (no wizard), then I insisted that we get a bite a Chefette, via the drive-thru. It's a chicken place, but there's something very bizarre ...
... were pretty busy, we walked up the stairs to Deck 7, where our cabin was situated on the port side of the ship.
Cabin 7054 would be our 'home' for the next two weeks. It was pleasantly decorated and had twins beds with the head end towards the balcony doors. The balcony itself contained two chairs and a table. There was a settee and table, a flat screen TV, a dressing table and fridge. There were also lots of mirrors which made ...
... are the two most popular of the Mount Gay rums. I liked the Very Old, that had been aged approximately 10 years. They have a new one, called 1703, that has been aged at least 15 years. That is selling for $120 per bottle or $30 per shot in the US. We can buy it from the factory here for $85. They wanted $12 USD to try it there, so I decided to pass. Then the ...