“ Address: St. Lawrence Gap / Christ Church / Bridgetown / Barbados / 15017 „
This is a 3 star hotel located in St Lawrence Gap. I had an ocean view room on the 2nd floor near the small pool. I really couldn't fault the hotel at all. The view from our room was perfect - palm trees, white sand and the Caribbean sea. We did not opt for the suite with a separate kitchen however we still had a sink, fridge and a kettle, which was adequate for us - we were room only and knowing the cost of food in Barbados decided to save a few $'s onbreakfast - we took 2 plastic plates and some plastic cutlery with us and went to the local shop and bought some bread, cheese, ham and nutella which was perfect for a breakfast on the balcony and was a
lovely start to the day.
We spent most of our time round the small pool which was very quiet,
sometimes we were the only one's there - I prefer not to sit on the
beach as I have very fair skin and although the breeze was lovely it's
deceiving as to how much you are getting burnt at the same time! Also
there were umbrella's by the pool, which were very useful! We would sit
by the pool and go in the sea every so often, washing off all the sand
with the shower just inside the hotel grounds, then reapplying sun
cream! This was perfect for us.
We took advantage of the free mini golf in the hotel, this is a lovely
little course and again was very quiet. We also borrowed boogie boards
which was lots of fun, you do get chucked around a lot in the waves
though if you're not very good! (I'm not!) We were lucky enough to see
turtles swimming close to the shore as well, which was amazing to see.
We ate lunch at the hotel most days, we found this a little pricey but
loved the setting next to the beach with a view of the sea. It was about
BDS$75 for a burger and chips, turkey panini and chips and a couple of
drinks - it all depends what you're used to spending really! The food
and service was excellent though! Towards the end of our stay the
waitress would walk up to us knowing exactly what we wanted - we are
creatures of habit!
The rooms were cleaned every day and were spotless, towels also changed
when you wanted, the rooms were comfortable and everything we wanted,
they're not luxury but we were nicely decorated and clean, the air con
was brilliant too!
Overall, I would recommend this hotel and will hopefully return one
day, it is in an excellent location close to bars and restaurants but
not too close that you are disturbed.
Barbados is a lovely island, with lovely friendly people and hope to return one day! If you go say Hello to Koko the parrot!
(modified from my original review on tripadvisor)
We stayed in the Southern Palms Hotel at the beginning of June 2009 for our honeymoon. It was our first time in Barbados and we found it to be a really friendly place to visit.
The Southern Palms is located on the south-west coast of the island in an area known as St Lawrence Gap - or The Gap for short. The Gap is supposedly the liveliest resort on the island, but is was very quiet when we went.
The hotel is pretty much in the middle of The Gap, around 5 minutes walk away from the main restaurants, although there are a couple of nice places just across the road - St Lawrence Steak House being a particular favourite during our stay there.
The first thing that you notice about the hotel is that it's pink... which to be honest is the reason I think my wife chose it! She did a good job though cos it was a great hotel. It's nicely designed, only 3 stories high meaning it's nice to look at - not like the hotels in Benidorm are! The grounds of the hotel are pleasant to walk around and the staff who work there are very friendly.
The rooms are fairly standard, but ours did have a little kitchen area with a sink and fridge. All rooms are air conditioned and have a large flatscreen TV on the wall, showing local channels as well as CNN and BBC World.
The hotel has 2 freshwater swimming pools with plenty of sunbeds around each one. The pools were very quiet while we were there, possibly because the hotel is right on the beach! The sea is about 20 yards away and you can hear the waves crashing on the shore whilst you're in the pool. The beach area immediately outside the hotel has some sun loungers that are reserved for Southern Palms' guests and was lovely to sit on. Several activities are available at the beach, including water skiing priced at $60 US.
The hotel has its own restaurant which we didn't use at night, but we did use for our lunchtime meals, where they serve usual American snacks such as burgers, hot dogs etc. These were quite expensively priced at around $70 Barbadian for a meal for 2. Instead of using cash at the restaurants and bars, you simply charge your meals to your room and pay the balance when you checkout. This is a great idea as it saves carrying money down to the beach with you.
The hotel has 2 computers that can be used to get online, which proved very useful for keeping up-to-date with events back home. There's also a 9-hole mini golf course which is free to use and you can also borrow bodyboards and snorkelling equipment for the sea - again for free! There is tennis court across the road as well, but we didn't us this.