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“First time at the Pink hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Southern Palms

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Southern Palms
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hertfordshire
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“First time at the Pink hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

Last time we were in Barbados, 4 years ago, we said next time we come back we will stay at the pink hotel, so happy we made this choice.

On arrival we were shown to our sea view room on the ground floor of the Crescent Beach block, overlooking the small pool. We were greeted by a half bottle of rum in our room, courtesy of the management, beats your average "welcome drink". We actually asked if we could move rooms as the sea view wasn't really much of a sea view, we were given a room on the first floor, with a tree almost blocking the sea view, but we stayed put, as it turned out, we hardly spent any time on our balcony.

The room was huge, we had a kettle and two mugs, two glasses and a fridge. The bathroom was clean and the shower powerful. The bed was enormous and extremely comfortable. There was an iron & board in the wardrobe. The in room safe is chargeable but there is a safe in reception which you can use free of charge. The pink beach towels in your room on arrival are charged to your room at $BD 50 each, only payable if you don't return your towels at the end of your stay, you can change the towels as often as you like.

We spent most of our time lazing by the small pool, which we had to ourselves 90% of every day.
You can get cushions for the sun loungers but they are comfortable enough without them.
The water in the pool was warm. We didn't use the larger pool near reception.
The hotel overlooks Dover beach, which has fine soft sand. Whilst we were there lots and lots of seaweed was washed up on shore towards the end of our holiday, which didn't look or smell very nice after 2 days.

The hotel has a crazy golf course, shuffle board and tennis courts across the road. There is a Best Of Barbados shop in the grounds, which sells quality gifts.
We ate in the restaurant a couple of lunch times, the food was very good, but quite pricy in our opinion. We were on a room only basis. There are lots of restaurants and bars in very close proximity and a supermarket nearby too.
There are 3 ATMs nearby also.

At the manager's cocktail evening, held on a Monday, we drank some very nice rum punch and ate delicious fish cakes and were approached by the food & beverages manager who spoke to several people, she informed us that we could put our names down at reception to get a call if a turtle was seen in the beach. We didn't see the hotel manager though.
We received three calls in our room to say there was a turtle nesting on the beach, a wonderful experience.

The staff - we didn't find any of them at all friendly, nobody met your eye as you walked past them, they weren't unpleasant, just not welcoming.

Would we stay here again? Absolutely. It is in a quiet location a couple of minutes walk from St Lawrence Gap, away from the noise that brings. Oh yes, there are several cockerels wandering around the entrance which are very noisy, but that is nature for you and we saw 2 monkeys climbing down a block of stairs in the next block for ours.

All in all a great holiday.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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kent
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

My husband, 14 year old son and I have recently returned from a 2 week stay at Southern Palms. Everything about the hotel is fantastic; from the amazing beach location to the friendly and helpful staff. Although we were on a room only basis we found ourselves eating often at the hotel as the food was so nice and extremely well priced. There are numerous excellent bars and restaurants within walking distance of the hotel also. The hotel has a gift shop which is reasonably priced and well stocked. We celebrated our second wedding anniversary during our stay and received a complimentary bottle of prosecco and a card from the hotel in our room which was a lovely surprise. Turtles regularly nest on the beach an we were lucky enough to see 2 turtles laying eggs and also 100+ baby turtles which had just hatched; an amazing experience! I would definitely recommend this hotel and we will definitely be back. Thank you Southern Palms for making our trip so memorable :)

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Aberdeen
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

have been there 6 times and still as good as ever staff are just the best all done in Barbados time whats the rush. love Charles and david great guys.thanks for a great holiday.dont forget the great beach water sports and the locol lads that are selling there bits and bobs just trying to make a living


Room Tip: get 209 the best view of the beach and people watching
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Shane W
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Aldie
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

Great hotel! My room was right on the beach. It had a small kitchenette with refrigerator and kettle for making tea. There is a convenience shop to left of the entrance of the hotel where you can buy everything you might need. There are little cafes and restaurants nearby. Good free wifi everywhere. A/C works when you are in the room. Nice bedding and good water pressure in shower. Not fancy but very clean and confortable. Staff very helpful especially Jenni in guest services. Will be back.

Room Tip: #128 Capri. Free standing from the rest of the hotel. Own little courtyard next to Ladysmith.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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Leek, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

This was our 3rd visit to Southern Palms,hopefully not the last. We chose a return trip because there is no where else that matches this wonderful place, right on the beach with white sand and blue sea perfect for celebrating our silver wedding..Everybody is so friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

Although my family and I have travelled to much of the Caribbean this was our first time to Barbados. St Lawrence Gap was a 20 min transfer from the airport (we had bus transfers on arrival and a taxi transfer back - which meant not leaving the hotel/resort to early).
St Lawrence is lively, beaches are good (it was a little windy when we stayed but nice all the same) and the hotel was right on the beach. Our room had pool, beach and sea views and was on the second floor with a good sized balcony terrace (this is also where your fridge and tea/coffee making facilities are) the room was a good sized double with plenty of wardrobe space for 2 people, the bathroom was clean with a vanity sink, loo, and a walk in shower (these are not big showers so watch your elbows and don't drop anything) the water pressure however was great (hairdryer took an age to dry my hair so if you have lots of locks take something with you or start drying your hair an hour before you need to go out). The Beds are big and comfortable and the house keeping is fab.
The reviews from most other travellers was pretty much correct so we knew what we were getting before we arrived.
If you can hire a car as there's lots to do and beaches to visit not too far away and you can fit a couple in in one day. Depending on where you eat and drink this varies from cheap to reasonable in price and quality is varied again this depends on what you like. The Roti huts provide good lunch time food and nice cold beers.
We were also lucky enough to witness a turtle coming onto the beach to lay her eggs which was amazing. We would definitely return to this hotel and resort it seemed to have a much nicer vibe than some of the others.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

We came here off season (July 14) to get cheap rates, and it was wonderful. Rooms are mid-range, but perfectly comfortable, with massive terraces attached. Main advantage is the location: slap bang on Dover Beach - pale sand, blue sea, and no competition for sunbeds or palm trees on the beach, although I bet it will be a different story in high season. Staff are lovely, and always willing to help with anything. Would come back as soon as possible!

Room Tip: Ask for a terrace room. It really doesn't matter if it's overlooking the pool or gardens.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Southern Palms
Address: St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados
Region: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish > St. Lawrence Gap
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in St. Lawrence Gap
#3 On the Beach Hotel in St. Lawrence Gap
#3 Romantic Hotel in St. Lawrence Gap
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Southern Palms 3.5*
Number of rooms: 92
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