We stayed here for 2 weeks over July/August 2012. Seriously, this hotel could be a little piece of heaven. This is going to be an honest review including the strengths and weaknesses.
The first thing that struck me was, it looked just like it does in the pictures.
It's comparatively small, not a sprawling resort, which gave it a lovely feeling of familiarity, and it was easy to get to know the staff and other guests.
I understand that the hotel is now exclusive to Virgin, Damien is an excellent rep, he does have lousy time keeping, but that is because he is doing his best to help everyone when they want it. He will happily help you find trips that suit your needs and deal with questions.
Trevor welcomed us and showed us to our room, a deluxe pool access room. It had a HUGE bed, which was quite amusing as I'm only 5ft tall. The room was well furnished, with lots of drawers and a large wardrobe, iron, hair dryer, TV, sofa, air conditioning. On the patio was a sofa and foot stool. The room was quite dark, and really needed all of the lights on, and the bathroom was a little tired and could use updating and an extractor fan, it was very humid.
The pool was a step away from our room. Because this is a small hotel this was no problem at all.
There are 3 restaurants. Rachel's, which is where you go for breakfast, breakfast was great, with a wide choice catering for all tastes and dietary needs. Occasionally you eat buffet dinner here, but you can also choose al a carte dining. This was VERY confusing, part of the al a carte was included in the all inclusive and part isn't. My warning is read the information carefully. Drifters bar and restaurant is close to the beach, where most evening buffets are served and all of the lunch time. hmmm the best I can say about this is, it's not great. They try themed meals, Indian, Italian, the Indian is truly awful. It is sad because this should be where traditional Bajan food can be served, and guests can eat in Rachels or Chop Sticks if they choose. However, I never once saw Chop sticks open. There is afternoon tea at 4:30 ... dodgy sandwiches and rather nice biscuits. Food is NOT available all day, but most of the day is covered.
Lots of rum available. There are 2 bars, Drifters by the beach and one attached to Rachels. The bar staff are the best, particularly Chris and Dexter, both are very personable, and fun, Chris is one of the most articulate, intelligent, fun barmen I have ever met. They are great with cocktails. As is usual with all inclusive local brews are free, if you want brands you need to pay.
Overall the hotel was clean. The maid cleaned everyday, and towels are changed as often as you need them to be. They operate a green policy, if you don't need towels changed leave them hanging up, if you do leave them on the floor. This includes beach towels which are provided. There were slightly grubby moments, but usually because something had been overlooked by accident.
there are 2 pools. these started off great. One is a winding narrow freeform, that is only 3ft 6 deep. The other a traditional pool. There are some sun loungers by the traditional pool, but we never used these, this tended to be where families were. I say these started off great. The pools gradually became grubbier and grubbier until we didn't want to use them. My understanding was that this was because of a delay by management on repairing the cleaning pump.
This is a bizzare effort. a small area of sand, with sun loungers, leading down to the water, that all you could really do was paddle in, because of a mass of rocks. I wouldn't criticize this, as it is nature, but you should be aware. However, beaches are free in Barbados, and a few minutes walk takes you to the Hilton where you are able to use the beach. The hotel will provide free transport to Copacabana, a bar owned by the same people who own the hotel, this has a gorgeous beach, with sun loungers and an expanse of beach. drinks are free to guests of Savannah Beach, the hotel can provide you with a packed lunch, or you can buy something there. There are a number of water sports along this stretch, although not affiliated with the hotel.
Predominantly a wonderful staff. Always courteous, and will talk to you about activities and Barbados generally. Of course people are people, and there are always a few less engaging people. The cleaners, waiters, bar staff, reception staff, security all are great to talk to.
My criticism would be management. The restaurant manager would stand with her hands behind her back lording over her domain, whilst waiting staff were rushing around. The meals were actually smoother when she was not there. Managing the bars is also odd, one barman trying to cope with orders from the bar, not just beers but cocktails (which take time) and deal with orders from waiting staff for diners. Nobody seemed able to get behind the bar and assist serving and cleaning glasses. All in all ... keep the staff, train the managers.
There is a well equipped gym, but impossible to find .... for your info it is just to the left of Chop Sticks. there is an exercise room for classes, that I never saw used, then down stairs is the gym ... there is plenty of equipment, no air con.
I went to the spa twice. once to get a foot massage, which isn't on the treatment list, but they did it for me anyway, the second time I was just directed to the treatment list. The spa is small, and some of the treatments are clearly visible by anyone walking in.
Awesome! Green Monkies frolic in the trees by the beach. One night a turtle came onto the beach to lay eggs, unfortunately I missed this, but there appears to be a team of volunteers protecting the turtles and they attended the scene. One morning I saw them in the trees by the beach, but didn't know who they were, I wish I had.
The birds .... I think they are so funny, other guests were less amused. They swoop down and steal the food off of your plate, sometimes whilst you are still walking.
Whistling frogs, tiny little frogs, damn things whistle ALL night, and sound like crickets.
Bats, you probably wont see these unless you are sitting by the beach around 5am.
Lizards, there are a lot of these. you'll see them on the rocks, the walls, scooting passed you on the floor.
This is pretty good. not too far from Bridgetown and St Lawrence Gap. Although nothing is very far away.
I do wish we had hired a car at least once. You could drive around this island in one day. But public transport is good. 2 Bajan dollars for any journey, that's about 60p. There are bus stops to get the blue or yellow buses, but the reggae buses are fab and probably gives you a better experience of real life. They look like mini vans, and will toot at you as you walk along. you just jump in, everyone squishes up to squeeze you in ... the later it gets the more you squish. there is a button on the ceiling to press when you want to get off.
MUST DO catamaran where you snorkel with the turtles. If you can't swim the guys will help you. The turtles come right up to you, and you can touch them.
Jeep Safari, this takes you inside Barbados, off road, a little bouncy, good fun, and will take you north to Bathsheba and Little Bay
PLEASE PLEASE do not consider anything under a 50 sunblock if you go mid summer.
I have to say, that despite a few niggles I think that this is a great hotel, but could be even better with a little consistency. The overall feeling and service far outweigh any negatives.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated near the historic Garrison Savannah on the pristine coastline of Barbados, Savannah Beach Hotel is a beachfront four-star resort that easily ranks as one of the most idyllic destinations on the island. It is a Caribbean paradise that simply must be experienced! Forget everything you’ve ever known or experienced about all-inclusive hotels… Savannah is distinctly different. It is an all-inclusive hotel with style! Dive in… Savannah is an excellent choice for a relaxed Caribbean holiday. You are just steps from the beach, ensuring a blissful holiday in the Caribbean sun. Spoilt for choice, there are 2 swimming pools, 1 that meanders through the garden courtyard and has a 4-storey waterfall, the other is located down by the beach. When it comes to family holidays, children and teens are extremely well catered for at this hotel, there is an extensive family entertainment centre (opening Easter ’12) to keep even the most energetic children entertained! For those romantic moments, why not go down to the beach for a moonlight romantic stroll before heading to the late night bar. Live entertainment 5 nights per week, including themed nights and floor shows. Weekly manager’s barbecue party. Three restaurants; the main restaurant has a twist on Caribbean gourmet dining, open for buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner 7 days a week. The Beach restaurant and bar is open 7 days a week for lunch and 5 days a week for dinner serving a wide range of barbecue, pastas, grilled fish and burgers for lunch and in the evening a themed dinner including Mexican, Indian, Chinese as well as Caribbean cuisine. There is also an Asian fusion* restaurant open 5 nights a week for dinner (16 years and over only, a supplement of $25 BDS per person will apply). 4 bars including a late night bar that opens from 11.00pm – 1.00am. Afternoon tea is served daily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Savannah Beach Hotel Hastings
- Savannah Christ Church
- Savannah Hotel Christ Church
- Savannah Hotel Barbados
- Savannah Barbados
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