Savannah Beach

Barbados, Caribbean

The hotel

Exclusive to Virgin Holidays in the UK, the Savannah Beach is a friendly resort offering a warm Caribbean welcome and a relaxed vibe. Set right on the beach, within a UNESCO heritage site, with easy access to the historic Garrison area, you can walk across the road to watch the changing of the sentry ceremony at the main guard house.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wedding
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Kids Club
  • Teen Club
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym

Where is it

Ideally located on the south coast of Barbados. 5 minutes from Bridgetown. The Garrison Savannah Race Track is opposite the hotel. Transfer time from airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

94 rooms and suites on up to 4 floors in 5 buildings with 2 lifts and a plantation house. All with air-conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, safe, alarm clock, radio, fridge, tea/coffee maker, hairdryer, bath and shower. Plantation House Rooms are situated in the historic Savannah building close to the road. Furnished with traditional Barbadian furniture adding to the historical Plantation theme with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

All Inclusive of: all meals (unless stated otherwise) and afternoon tea. All drinks to include house wine by the glass, beer, house spirits, soft drinks. All activities (unless stated otherwise). 

 

Deluxe Courtyard View Rooms offer garden or pool views. These rooms have spacious bathrooms, outside balcony/patio and either 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults or 1 child or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Deluxe Pool View Rooms are the same as the Deluxe Courtyard Rooms and have views of the pool, with either 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Deluxe Pool Access Rooms offer views of the gardens and pools from a private balcony. Guests staying within these rooms can step directly onto the pool deck from their room via private stairway access. These rooms come with either 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Deluxe Beachfront Rooms offer a spectacular vista of the beach, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Pool View Suites are very spacious with a large balcony, a separate sitting room which has its own vanity area, mini-bar area and a sofa bed, a separate bedroom with 1 king-size 4-poster bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Ocean View Suites are the same as the Pool View Suites but have a view of the beach, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Family Pool View Suite - the Savannah Beach has 1 Family Suite consisting of 2 interconnecting rooms with pool views, the 1st room has 1 king-size bed, the 2nd room is decorated in a modern children’s theme, with 2 bunk beds and a single sofa bed. In the room, there is a toy box for the younger children, a games console for the older children, their own flat-screen TV, DVD player with their own DVD library and their own soda bar. Both rooms have balconies. These Suites sleep maximum 2 adults and 3 children.

Club Room Upgrades are available at an additional supplement, benefits include:

  • Stocked mini-bar, replenished daily if required, to include: Soft drinks, beer, 1/2 bottle of rum, vodka, gin and whisky
  • Upgraded amenity kit to include, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion 
  • VIP Express check in
  • Club room door recognition - seperate wrist bands are used to identify the Club member guests
  • Deluxe beach beds with padding, umbrellas to be laid out in the VIP area 
  • VIP decking area with beach service to include (10:00am-3:00pm) Waiter service to sun lounger for drinks, food served in the VIP area and table pre-laid out 
  • Chilled towels to be circulated at 12:00pm and 2:00pm 
  • Fresh fruit in the morning 
  • Breakfast in room twice per week
  • Kids stay and eat free: book by 31 Jan '20 and the 2nd child (3-11 years) stays and eats free when sharing a room with two adults, for travel between 1 Jun–30 Nov '20. 

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Free Weddings: conditions apply. More information can be found here 

  • Booking bonus: book by 31 Jan '20 to receive up to 10% off the accommodation cost when staying between 1 Jun-30 Nov '20.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

3 restaurants: The main restaurant, Rachel's has a twist on Caribbean/International fare open for buffet breakfast daily, gourmet à la carte dinner 4 nights a week and buffet dining once weekly. The Beach restaurant and bar is open 7 days a week for buffet lunch and 6 nights a week for buffet dinner serving a range of barbecue, pasta dishes, grilled fish and burgers for lunch, and in the evening, a themed buffet dinner including BBQ, Mexican, Caribbean, Italian and International . There is also an adults only Asian fusion* restaurant, Chopstix, open 4 nights per week. 3 bars: Rachel's Bar, Drifters Beach Bar (open until 1:00am) and Chopstix bar. A coffee station is available in the Drifter's restaurant. Afternoon tea served daily.

Live entertainment 6 nights per week, including themed nights and floor shows. Movie night every Friday.

2 swimming pools, 1 that meanders with boogie boards and snorkels available. Spa*, gym. Family entertainment centre with foosball table, table tennis, basketball machine and darts, as well as a supervised Pirates Cove Kids' Club (3-8 years) and Finns Surf Lodge (9-15 years), a real den for the older kids to have their own space and featuring interactive gaming consoles, and mixing decks for budding DJs. (The friendly kids' club staff have UK equivalent qualifications). Beach activities include nature trails, shell collecting for craft activities and treasure hunts. Turtle nesting and hatching can be seen on the beach in season. Beach games: cricket, volleyball, football, kite flying, egg and spoon races, sack races and hula hoop competitions. Movie afternoons with popcorn, suitable for kids of all ages. 'Changing of the guard' takes place just across the road at the Main Guard at the Garrison Historic Area near the race track, 5-minute walk away.

Gift shop*. Departure day shower facilities. Complimentary shuttle to St Lawrence Gap on Saturday evenings, leaving the hotel at 8:00pm and returning at 10:30pm. Shuttle to Copacabana twice weekly. Complimentary WiFi access available in some rooms and certain areas of the hotel.

Please note: a room levy of $9.63 per bedroom, per night applies (payable locally, subject to change).

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: child ages up to and including 12 years.

Please note: there is a dress code at Savannah Beach. Smart casual in the evenings for ladies and gentlemen. The restaurants require full-length trousers in the evenings for the gentlemen. No beachwear, flip flops or sportswear allowed.

Please note: this property is not suitable for wheelchair users or people with mobility issues due to the large amount of steps around the resort.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Quirky hotel but poor beach

Aug 18, 2019 HealyTribe Swindon, United Kingdom

Hotel was interesting: pretty & historic! Very clean & tidy - lobby area undergoing a refurbishment. Staff very friendly & helpful: they just needed more people on Drifters bar as it was very busy at times. Jacqui was a superstar, always smiling, helpful & great at dancing! Good choice of food in the restaurants although a little confusing when… Read more
Hotel was interesting: pretty & historic! Very clean & tidy - lobby area undergoing a refurbishment. Staff very friendly & helpful: they just needed more people on Drifters bar as it was very busy at times. Jacqui was a superstar, always smiling, helpful & great at dancing! Good choice of food in the restaurants although a little confusing when the Rachels/Drifters/Chopstix were open/closed. Dining systems needed some attention, it took a long time to get a table even though lots were empty. Rooms were clean, had good AC & a fridge - but we had to buy water & as we weren't 'club members' we didn't have a stocked mini bar. The downsides of this hotel: the number of steps we needed to navigate to get anywhere, the 'swimming pool' and the beach. The pool looks great but is NOT a swimming pool & the tiny sunbathing area was reserved very early every morning. The beach is one of the worst I have been on: covered in trees (no need for parasols) & unable to swim in the sea due to coral rocks. The sugar coloured sand is very coarse: full of pine needles & cones. Beach is also home to Hawksbill turtle breeding ground & we saw lots of baby turtles being rescued. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely holiday - hotel could improve on atmosphere

Aug 18, 2019 Tomtom360 Balsall Common, United Kingdom

We stayed here for 12 nights and had a lovely holiday in beautiful Barbados. We didn’t get off to a good start as our cases arrived at our room a few hours after we did. By the time we changed, had been bitten as spray was in cases, showered and found my husband’s long trousers (only Rachel’s was open) we didn’t feel like eating. We found the… Read more
We stayed here for 12 nights and had a lovely holiday in beautiful Barbados. We didn’t get off to a good start as our cases arrived at our room a few hours after we did. By the time we changed, had been bitten as spray was in cases, showered and found my husband’s long trousers (only Rachel’s was open) we didn’t feel like eating. We found the hotel grounds very pretty and well kept and our deluxe beach front was great. As others note the bathroom is dated but rooms are kept very clean and are spacious. We knew about the beach being rocky but did by the end of the stay miss swimming right off the beach there. The attraction though is the turtles and monkeys. Really a privilege to see. We preferred the golden sands of Carlisle Bay during the day and had lovely swims there. One highlight was seeing the race horses cooling off in the sea early morning. We found the buffet food was generally good especially the hot puddings, but we preferred Rachel’s and Chopstix where the food was very good in a pleasant environment. Breakfast was also good at Rachel’s. Staff on the whole were very friendly especially when they got to know you. Everyone said hello when passing. We found Drifters more often than not lacking in atmosphere- the hotel could do much more here to make this a great straight- off -the -beach chill area. The view across the beach and sea from the pretty decking area is lovely, but there was just something missing, and very often there was only one bar staff on which was frustrating for them and guests (so not chilled!). I must however call out Jackie whose dancing was fab and she got the crowd cheering. It would have been nice to see more staff letting go and enjoying their work. I think the management should think carefully about resourcing so their staff don’t feel so pressured and can enjoy their work more. Happy staff means happy guests...? Also the area for the food for the buffet at Drifters didn’t seem to be quite the right layout. So although we usually found something good to eat it was a little chaotic. Again it’s an attractive area but we think it could be made into a good snack type of restaurant. It would have been nice having some ice creams during the day but I get the impression that Barbados is more expensive than other places and you get less for more. Just my view! We had a fantastic catamaran trip with a great crew, and enjoyed being able to stroll around different beaches and the historic Garrison area. Had a lovely meal at Sharkeys in St Lawrence’s Gap. Met a lovely family during our stay and enjoyed a manic but tasty meal at Oistins with them. We would definitely return to Barbados. Read less
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Aug 15, 2019 R1CEH

The food was decent but there wasn’t a lot of selection the rooms where excellent with very comfortable bed and the rooms get cleaned regularly the air con was very good, in between meal there was no snacks on offer in the room fridges there was nothing not even bottled water overall my stay was decent Jackie needs a pay rise and needs to be bar… Read more
The food was decent but there wasn’t a lot of selection the rooms where excellent with very comfortable bed and the rooms get cleaned regularly the air con was very good, in between meal there was no snacks on offer in the room fridges there was nothing not even bottled water overall my stay was decent Jackie needs a pay rise and needs to be bar manager Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good first experience

Aug 13, 2019 Anabird Addlestone, United Kingdom

Just returned from the Savannah beach, overall our holiday was good. This is a 3* hotel, we went in with a very open mind and knew we were visiting a more budget hotel on the island. It is in a great location for all the sites, very close to Bridgetown and Oistins. The beach here is very rocky so difficult to swim in and the beach shoes are a… Read more
Just returned from the Savannah beach, overall our holiday was good. This is a 3* hotel, we went in with a very open mind and knew we were visiting a more budget hotel on the island. It is in a great location for all the sites, very close to Bridgetown and Oistins. The beach here is very rocky so difficult to swim in and the beach shoes are a must, however, just a short 10 min stroll from the hotel is the beautiful beach Carlisle bay! The hotel actually put on a shuttle there on Tuesdays and Sunday’s. The beach is one of the most popular spots for turtles to lay their eggs, we were fortunate to see them every night and we even got to see baby turtles leave their nest! Amazing!!! The pools are very small, but we always managed to find a sun lounger. My children loved the lazy river pool so it’s a hit with kids! We stayed in a deluxe pool view room which was actually really nice, the bathrooms are dated but clean. The food was actually pretty good, it is All Inclusive so is repetitive but we all ate well every meal Time. Please bear in mind that Rachel’s (a la carte) has a strict dress code, this dress code is still inflicted even when the buffet is moved there, so gents don’t forget those long trousers. Staff are overworked so service can be slow, it is the Caribbean so there is no sense of urgency. This hotel is perfect if your aim is to visit Barbados on a lower budget, you will eat and drink well, kids will still have a great time and you will get to see turtles! Can’t put a price on that! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good Value Hotel

Aug 11, 2019 Juliap1978

We stayed at the Savannah Beach for the third time at the end of July with our three daughters (aged 15, 7 and 2). There have been some changes since we were last here, however it still remains a great value hotel in the very beautiful location of Barbados. We arrived quite late at night after a delayed flight and the reception staff were very… Read more
We stayed at the Savannah Beach for the third time at the end of July with our three daughters (aged 15, 7 and 2). There have been some changes since we were last here, however it still remains a great value hotel in the very beautiful location of Barbados. We arrived quite late at night after a delayed flight and the reception staff were very understanding and allowed us to do any paperwork the next day. They also informed us of the room tax of 19 BBD per night, per room (which as we had two rooms we had to pay double). We had two adjacent pool view King rooms and they were spacious and clean (albeit tired and dated) - the bathroom was also clean but in desperate need of a revamp. As we had arrived after the restaurant had closed we had a plate of sandwiches etc in the room which was much appreciated. Drifters by the beach is where most meals are eaten and the food was good, although as others have mentioned there was a serious lack of staff at the bar. The last time we were here there was a drinks machine, so soft drinks were self-service. This has now been removed and this teamed with the reduction in bar staff means that there is a persitent queue. The staff are still as friendly as ever, however (especially Linda and Jackie) most of the time the staff were too busy to talk to guests. The cocktails are lovely and our daughters loved the kids options of milkshakes, non alcoholic cocktails and the 'Shirley Temple'. Unfortunately we did not get to eat in Rachel's as my husband did not have a pair of long trousers with him (this rule was not enforced the last time we were here). On three nights a week Rachel's is the only option for dining (as Drifters is closed) so my advice is that gents bring a pair of long trousers or face eating in a darkened seating area downstairs or "you will need to make other arrangements" (the exact words of Wayne in Rachel's when he saw my husband's pair of tailored shorts). A number of gentlemen said they had bought trousers whilst there to avoid the need to eat out. The kids were happy at the chance to visit Chefette so we didn't mind too much! Ladies, incidentally, can wear anything - while we were being refused entry a woman walked past with tiny hotpants and flip flops on. No under 16s are allowed in Chopstix (again this has changed as we have eaten here in the past). We spent a lot of time on the surrounding beaches to the left and right of the hotel. Seaweed was not a problem while we were there so we got lucky! Early morning walks were a favourite of ours and as the tide is out you can see lots of fish and crabs in the rocky part of the sea near the hotel. If you walk to the right the horses are exercised in the sea every morning at about half 6. We were also lucky enough to see turtles laying eggs on the beach. We had a lovely time at the Savannah and Barbados remains our favourite destination, however next time we will probably choose a different hotel. Its a shame, as we actually got married here a few years ago, but the changes (presumably cost saving) have disappointed us too much. The charm of this hotel was always the staff and the atmosphere - it's always been a bit dated - but now this has gone we will try somewhere else. Read less