Southern Palms Beach Club3.5 out of 5.0
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Review covers restaurant & entertainment Southern Palms, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church, Barbados We’d last been to the Southern Palms two years ago – for the dining and dancing that they offered three times a week – and managed just the one evening; same thing this time round (no matter that we’d promised ourselves differently – there’s always just too much going on). It was better this time round too – we shared a table next to the music makers with a couple of Bajan ladies who knew the band and, although we’d not known it when we invited them to sit with us (just the two of us at a table for 5-6), one of them was a singer and, importantly, she was known to the band leader. We’d arrived for 19.30 with sufficient time in which to eat before the live music, and taken the table next to the dance floor – to make it easier to come and go when dancing. The location of the band raised an issue for the noise that we’d perhaps face later in the evening, but we simply took a chance on that one. The dance floor is to one side of the dining areas - Garden Terrace - two open but covered rooms, one of which looks out over the beach/sea – so, great atmosphere – music, palm trees and a shared table for two; only it was too far from the dance floor. Thus, our move into the open next to the pool – but with the same beach options. It was dark outside and the friendly waitress offered us small hand torches with which to read the menu. It was ‘British Pub Food Night’ and, elsewhere in the restaurant, you could see plates heaped with …. well, the sorts of foods that you’d eat at a British Pub. Couldn’t resist this one – and ordered ‘Bangers & Mash’ that also came with a plateful of baked beans. (Bit of a contradiction – eating ‘British’ surrounded by the delights of fish cuisine á la Caribe, that’s what we did for the one plate.) Our second plate was grilled fish, salads and jacket potato with dressings – more like it should be then. We shared the fish too. A bottle of Banks and a Sprite covered our drinks when eating, and a large bottle of water once the dancing started. The band set up at around 20.30 as we were finishing our meal. It was dark, the music was muted, and Hurricane Maria was still a couple of days away (and pending); the beach/sea was peaceful, the hotel and pool in shadows. There were about two dozen people eating. And this is where the Southern Palms took on that memorable experience – atmosphere, a patch of concrete floor (>30 m2), music, vocals and people enjoying the delights of dancing. The lady at our table was invited to share the vocals – she knew the music/songs, had a great voice, had clearly sung in public before and delighted everyone with her solos and her duets with the band’s regular singer. A magic evening then with a mix of mood music – comfortable two-steps around the floor, lively quicksteps/jives and the occasion Latin – rumba, samba, chachacha, mambo, etc. There was even a slow waltz – where we had the floor to ourselves. Concrete floor, however, and not the best surface for those nifty natural turns. Unfortunately, can’t remember the name of the band – compliments to them and the hotel/evening. So, a great 2-3 hours dining and dancing for BB$85 (US$42). Peter Steele 22 September 2017
We stayed here in August. We were shown to our room by a friendly porter. He told us how the shower, air conditioning etc worked. The view from our room was gorgeous. The room itself although not luxurious was clean and comfortable. The beach is absolutely beautiful. We saw turtles swimming in the sea every day and my husband saw some hatching one evening. We ate breakfast in the hotel most days but walked into St Lawrence Gap in the evening and had some lovely meals. There are plenty of restaurants and bars. The hotel breakfasts were nice. We would definitely love to return in a couple of years when our teenager no longer wants to holiday with us as with a 22 year old and 16 year old with us this time it was very expensive to eat out. we were spending over £200 a day on food! Obviously exchange rate now has an impact on this. We hired a car for 3 days and went toThe Boatyard near Bridgetown which was the highlight for our son. We also visited some beaches on the West Coast which are absolutely gorgeous but definitely prefer where we were for restaurants etc. We are looking forward to our return.
This is a run down seen better days place - lots of sighs of age and lack of maintenance- at the entrance there is a fountain with the walls covered in mould - this first impression continues throughout the whole hotel . It's a great location but also has a bad attitude to service to the guests - avoid
Sad to see our vacation at this lovely hotel come to an end and look forward to our return as soon as we can. As usual everything was perfect. The staff, which are really the greatest asset here are so friendly, kind, helpful and welcoming. The rooms are clean and well appointed and well maintained and if anything is not right the staff are always quick to respond and make it right and as a repeat customer, it seems the staff know what our needs are better than us when it comes to room selection. The meals are well priced and always fresh and delicious and OMG, you will not still be hungry after a finishing a meal here. No room for dessert! Food is always made to order and if there is something you feel like having that isn't necessarily on the menu, if you give the Chef some advance notice he will do his very best to make it for you (within reason) and we have come to the realization that the Southern Palms is the best place to eat as I was disappointed with almost every evening meal we chose to eat outside the hotel. The property, grounds and pools are always spic and span and the outdoor and maintenance staff are always sweeping, cleaning, painting, trimming, repairing and attending to whatever needs to be done. The entertainment is always consistently good and those are the nights we especially look forward to. The weather was perfect (don't believe The Weather Network) with the exception of one day so it was a great opportunity to go shopping in Bridgetown or one of the malls. Wifi was a bit wonky at times in the room but overall improved since upgrade. Only negative thing I can comment on which is not the hotel's responsibility was that we noticed the sand on Dover Beach needing some cleaning or sifting as there were a lot of tree droppings around the palms. A little uncomfortable on the feet. Can't say enough good things about the Southern Palms Beach Club and Resort Hotel. This hotel is so alluring with it's old world charm and beautiful architecture that has been lovingly kept up. Just another one of the reasons we return again and again.
We've just returned after a 9 night stay at SP. As requested, we were allocated a ground floor room (106) which was a few steps from the quiet pool and then another few steps to the awesome Dover Beach. We stayed on a room only basis, but did eat at the hotel on a few occasions, mainly breakfast which was just as good as anywhere else locally. Staff were brilliant, special thanks to Michelle, Chad, Shirley and Marcia for looking after us at meal times so well. Our room had a flat screen tv, private bath with overhead shower, two queen size beds, and a terrace leading to the pool and beach. It was more than adequate for our stay. The hotel and the grounds are well looked after and work was being done around the place to keep up maintenance. Overall, I can't think of a better place to stay and we will most definitely be back as soon as we can!! Thank you Britta and all the staff.
My family and I spent 9 lovely nights at Southern Palms. I had a fantastic ground floor room with a sea view. I was in room 129 which opened onto a courtyard then onto the beach. The room included two queen sized beds, flat sceen TV, dining table with 4 chairs, walk in closet, separate bathroom and kitchenette. The room was spacious accommodating myself and two daughters. I experience two power failures: you can't use the toaster and kettle at the same time without blowing the fuse. The hair dryer also blew the fuses!!! On the first occasion the staff were slow to respond. Located on Dover Beach you couldn't ask for better; a beautiful sandy beach. We were fortunate enough to be visiting during the turtle egg-laying and hatching season. We witnessed two turtles come onto the beach during the night to lay eggs and saw many hatchlings. The hotel seemed to have a hotline to the conservation centre who come along to rescue the hatchlings and take note of new nests to protect the turtles. Catering to the English and what they think English people do, the hotel provides a daily 'afternoon tea' at 4pm which I missed every day! The Monday night Manager's rum punch party was the dullest soiree I have ever attended although the run punch was delicious, but how could you go wrong with that?? The restaurant menu is very limited and is the same every day, all day. It's ok for a light lunch if you are staying on site for the day. The entertainment could be improved. By all accounts the best night was Saturday, unfortunately I missed the band as I went to Limegrove (worth a visit too, folks). The hospitality of the staff could be improved. The housekeepers were the nicest. The Front desk staff were not the most customer focused I have experience, except for one houseman (they referred to him as a bus boy as term I detest for a grown man). I wish I got his name, he was very helpful, he rang around to find out where I could get tickets for Grand Kadooment at short notice, he even advised on the best parking spot in Town for collecting the tickets from the vendor. I could have stayed at Southern Palms for an additional 5 nights after my friends returned to London, but when I enquired about staying the Front desk staff did not make any effort. First I had to wait for the Reservations Manager to arrive at work, then I was quoted a price in US dollars, when I asked for a conversion to sterling that seemed too much of an effort as did when I asked for a pen to write everything down. I was told I could stay but "you gotta move". As I would have to move rooms, I choose to move hotels.... For me the customer service or lack thereof let this lovely hotel down...not sure I will return.
I stayed with my parents and sister for 2 weeks here, the room we stayed in was enough room for all of us and we thought it was clean and comfortable to stay in. All the staff were incredibly friendly and nothing we asked for was a bother to them. During our stay we saw baby turtles and rescued them three times which was an unforgettable experience. The food great quality, especially the breakfasts. We stayed nearer the smaller pool so used it more than the other but they were both regularly cleaned which made it lovely to swim in. Overall really enjoyed our stay.
We are a family of 4 who have preferred villa holidays for the last 14 years, however, this turned out to be a fantastic hotel holiday for our family. The hotel was ideal, beautiful beach and great facilities but best of all, wonderful staff! Barbados in general is a fantastic place to visit and I'd highly rate the southern palms beach hotel to anyone. Added to this we had the pleasure of watching a female turtle laying eggs and eggs hatching on 3 occasions - a sight we will never forget.
Before going to Southern Palms, I was a little bit worried having seen some bad reviews - there was no need to worry. We stayed in a double room with no real view, and a small window - that being said it was still airy, light and comfortable. We got such a good deal (£800 for 10 days with flights from the UK) that although the room wasn't amazing, we had no complaints at all. The room was kept clean and came with a fridge, safe and ample space. We were on a room only basis so didn't eat in the hotel but the food did look good from what I saw. Before going, I had been a bit worried about being room only as a lot of people had said how expensive food was. I needn't have worried as less than a 5 minute walk away from the hotel there were food shacks selling chicken, burgers, flying fish, chips and lots of other things. These shacks were really good quality and as nice if not nicer than the expensive restaurants we went to. There was also a place almost directly opposite that did breakfasts such as omelettes and toast so we never went hungry. St Lawrence Gap seemed quite quiet when we went, maybe because it was November, but the hotel is really well placed. There are a good number of restaurants and bars within a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Also at the end of the Gap towards the Bay is the pick up for the bus that took us to Oistins one day and into Bridgetown the other way. The only thing I would mark the hotel down is the repair, whilst it was really clean, it could do with a spot of paint just to modern it up. Other than that, I cannot fault it at all and if we weren't going to Jamaica this year, I would happily return to Southern Palms. Looking at some of the other hotels local were people had paid quite a lot more for their rooms, I would say Southern Palms is extremely good value for money.
Attended a wedding in Barbados. Spent a wonderful week at Southern Palms - an understated elegant resort.The property is well maintained and service is prompt. We had a nice room adjacent to the beach. The food was exceptional in quality and quantity. The entertainment added to the ambience .We especially enjoyed Sunday Brunch to the strains of the Barbados All Stars Steel Band. The best part of this hotel, in our opinion is the staff who without exception we found friendly and courteous. We would especially like to mention Wendy, Marcia, Carolyn, Allison and Chad who all went out of their way to give us an enjoyable experience. Will definitely consider Southern Palms again.
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