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Reviewed 28 March 2008

"Passengers on the port side can see the gigantic waves," the pilot announced as we made our descent to San Juan. This prepared us for what we could expect in Tortola. But a driver met us at the airport and after some harrowing switch backs we arrived at Sebastian's.
The front desk is the counter for a liitle convenience store (open 7 AM - 10PM) selling sundries and a wide array of beverages. We had a room at the rear of their palmy courtyard. It wasn't on the ocean, but it was secluded and romantic. Don't come here if you want TV or phone; although WIFI is available. We found the mini-frig. in the room handy; a very effective AC , ample lighting, overhead fan, basic amenities (incl. hair dryer) long hanging rack and spacious bureau. A small deck outside our room enclosed the courtyard and provided a line to hang our wet swim suits from. The courtyard itself had some chairs and tables and was a great place to meet other guests.
Unfortunately the storm had littered the nomally sandy beach with detritus. Bad for sandcastles, but it didn't slow down the surfers - they loved the storm surge.
We travel for various reasons: sometimes we crave the glitz of Vegas or Nassau. This time we wanted a low key getaway. What we found was reasonably priced and perfectly comfortable.
Atmosphere is important to us. Waving palms, crashing breakers, roadside craft huts and and scampering goats and fishing egrets make a welcome complement to the neon of the strip.
The nightlife within walking distance of Sebastian's may be low watt, but we weren't bored. Bomba's Shack, one of the most (in?)famous beach bars in the Caribbean is a five minute stroll. Sugar Mill: elegant dinners (reservations recommended) is just a little further down the road
When we 'dined in' we enjoyed ample breakfasts, hearty lunches and nightly dinner specials featuring a soup and entree served in a dining room overlooking the water. Sunday night they have live music.
Sebastian's is conveniently located near Soper's Hole where a number of day sail boats are moored. Taxis are expensive on Tortola, but we found the staff to be efficient and reliable in arranging taxi pick-ups for us when we needed them. Some day sails will make arrangements to have you picked up and returned (e.g. Windsquall II.)
The scene at Sebastian's is definitely for those who go to the Caribbean to escape from the high tech world (ecept for WIFI) and sip rum punches, watch the surfers from a table at the seaside court and kickback. If this is your idea of an island escape, it will probaby work as well for you as it did for us.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank benellen
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Reviewed 28 March 2008

We just got back from our trip to the BVI's sailing on a catamaran for a week. The 3 day stay beforehand at Sebastian's was perfect! I agree with other reviews that you need a beachfront room. We had a garden room booked until we got there and decided to upgrade to beachfront. Rooms were clean and spacious, and just feet from the ocean, beautiful view of Jost Van Dyke. Had great breakfasts in the open air restaurant, and they made superb coffee at 7:00 in the morning to help yourself. We loved the touch of rooster's on the beach, this is what makes it special. If you're looking for life as you have it at home, then dont travel to remote places. Our best find was the Bananakeet Restaurant which sits high on the hill in Carrott Bay. This place is not advertised, but views, food and ambience is spectacular. We were so impressed, we decided to go again at the end of our trip......what a great way to end the trip to the BVI's. I would definately go back to Sebastian's. Yes the staff are a little reserved until they get to know you. Remember, not everyone in the world are as friendly as American's, but that's what makes travelling interesting! Overall great place for some R&R!

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3  Thank CaribbeanSailors
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Reviewed 9 March 2008

This hotel is OK if you are beachfront but staff are largely disinterested and rude as though the guests are too much trouble. The rather vague receptionist didn't smile once and didn't make us feel remotely welcome. I disliked having to pay 2 dollars for some hot water so that we could use the teabags provided in the room, and being charged for 2 Club Sodas, when only one can was poured into 2 cups of ice. Food very average and the menu is tired. Not suitable for young children or anyone who enjoys a quiet swim due to the surf.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank BedfordMouse
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Reviewed 2 March 2008

We just returned from a sailing trip to the BVI. One night we decided to get off the boat and stay at a hotel. We chose Sebastians based on the proximity to our sailboat, review by Fodors and recommendation of a BVI native. We asked for a 1 bedroom suite. For the price we paid, we were expecting much better! The suites were located quite a way from the beach, restaurant and bar. We were driven to our room! We didn't like this so I asked if we could "downsize" to a room closer to the rest of the facilities. The 2 main problems were the attitude of the woman in the main office and the quality of food. The woman was visibly put off by our requests and in general was always nasty! The food was not the quality we read about, and when we asked about a terrible dessert our waitress became annoyed and distant. All in all this could be a great hotel. The location to the ocean is excellent. However, they need to hire a new chef and employees who like their jobs.

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3  Thank bootsiedeerfield
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Reviewed 13 February 2008

My wife and I just returned from a 4 nights stay at Sebastians and would definitly recommend it to couples looking for a relaxing, low-key getaway on the NW Side of Tortola. Our Patio from beachfront room #3 was approx 75 ft from the water's edge with a great view of Jost Van Dyke. Bomba's and Sugar Mill are within easy walking distance. Soper's Hole, Smugglers Cove, and Cane Garden Bay are within 10 min by car.

To be honest some, based on some of the other reviews, I wasn't sure what to expect but here's my take. If you're looking for a high maitainence, all-inclusive resort experience then Tortola in general is not for you. If you want to set your own pace, get away from the day to day of traffic, phones, television, and relax in a small, independent hotel without too many others, then Sebastians is a great base for all the other activities Tortola has to offer. As for the different room types, I had reserved a "Beachrear" room but for whatever reason was upgraded to Beachfront. From what I could see it's basically you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank jiveturkeyia
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