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.
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- Also Known As:
- Southern Palms Hotel St Lawrence Gap
- Southern Palms Christ Church
- Southern Palms Barbados/St. Lawrence Gap