As soon as you arrive at the Sugar Cane Club you know you’ve made the right choice – you have a friendly member of staff waiting with a drink and a hot towel to greet you after your journey and when you are shown to your room you will find it to be spacious, comfortable and above all, extremely peaceful. The next morning when we went to reception, the staff asked if our room was ok for us, noting that we had made a special request and wanted to check that our room was suitable. This hotel has the best staff of any hotel I have ever stayed in, and I’m sure that there were more staff than guests in the hotel when we stayed there; every single one of them met you with a smile and were always happy to help.
The rooms were large with a separate living/kitchen area, bedroom and balcony (or terrace if you book a garden room). The rooms were really clean and well stocked with so many little extras that add a nice touch – aftersun balm in the bathroom, lavender spray for the pillows, locally made soaps and lotions, matches and candles. The aircon was good. Everything was well kitted out and of good quality – we noticed that the plates etc in the rooms and restaurants were of a well known British made brand too. There is well stocked kitchen so you could self cater if you wish, but we didn’t really use this as we were all inclusive.
Next onto the food. This was the first time we’d ever had an all inclusive holiday, and always imagined it to be an all day buffet, but here it was a little different. Though drinks were included all day (the pineapple juices, punches and cocktails are gorgeous!) meals tended to be at set times. Though breakfast was a serve yourself arrangement there was a good choice, and lunch and evening meal tended to be three courses of waiter service (sometimes by lamp light which was lovely) and there were special barbeque nights. There was a choice of 2 places to eat in the grounds – the main restaurant was where most meals were, but there was also the chattel restaurant. BBQ nights were around the pool. Caribbean Night inparticular was really special. We left the pool area as normal in the afternoon and when we returned for tea a little while later it was set out with tables and lit by torches and lamps with the steel band playing and bbq going. You normally had to let reception know your preferred time of sitting, though they were always accommodating. You normally had to go upstairs to the bar to get a drink, though there is a water dispenser by the pool, and and a pool bar which is open occasionally, but sometimes someone did come round with a tray of drinks whilst you were at the pool which was nice.
Grounds: The grounds to the sugar cane club are extensive and immaculate – there is a nature walk in the grounds which one of the members of staff can take you on. The gardens and pool were always well kept, and staff seemed to be working on the upkeep of the grounds every day. There are plenty of places to sit with benches and loungers dotted about, and there’s also a gazebo where I believe they hold weddings and you can sit in there for some shade. There is so much wildlife in the grounds which is lovely. There are green monkeys, frogs, chickens, lizards and lovely birds everywhere at different times of the day. Also in the grounds there was a spa (you can have a free massage per stay if you like), a gym, gift shop and art gallery.
Activities: We did the nature walk, and there was a choice of things on offer – the turtle trip is a must! This was one of the highlights of the trip for me. There was also a few other activities on offer such as a cooking class, though when we were there it was moved to a day after we’d left as there was a special event on which is a shame as I’d have loved to have done that. There is a green monkey lounge with a book exchange, games, computer with free internet, and lounge areas. This area was useful on the last day after we’d checked out of our room as it gave you somewhere comfortable to wait. (According to our tour operator all inclusive ceased upon room checkout, but the Sugar Cane Club honoured it for the whole of the last day until we left for the airport which we really appreciated as it meant we got a lunch and drinks for this last day). There is a good choice of things to do elsewhere on the island too – we can recommend the jeep safari as this was good fun, and also the Atlantis Submarine and a trip to Bridgetown for some shopping are things we did and enjoyed. Entertainment was the right balance – there was light, local entertainment a few night a week such as singers and steel bands. It was on for a little while whilst you ate and had a drink in the bar, but had usually finished by 9 or 10pm so was not intrusive by the time most people go to bed.
A few things to note: the hotel is quite isolated at night – there were no problems getting around in the day, as the hotel runs a free shuttle bus into the town and to the nearest beach and there is public transport leaving from the town (the Reggae Bus is a load of fun if you can catch that – we caught it back from Bridgetown and it was really cheap too!). This was perfect for us as we prefer somewhere peaceful at night, and don’t mind staying a bit out of the way, but if you prefer there to be loads of bars and nightlife around you, a different resort may be more suitable for you as there isn’t much of this in Speightstown at all. Speightstown has a supermarket, beach and a small selection of shops and places to grab a drink. The beach nearest to the hotel did have a facility where you can get a drink (though looking at some reviews this may have changed since we were there). There is a bit of building work going on near to the beach as they are about to put a new marina in. Due to the climate, heavy rain showers often appeared late afternoon, but they don’t last long.
I can honestly say that this is the best hotel I have ever stayed in – I loved absolutely every minute from start to finish. How this place isn’t a 5 star I do not know – it should be. The guests that were there at the same time of us seemed to be all like-minded people too who were enjoying the peaceful surroundings. Barbados is a beautiful island and has so much to offer. We left feeling completely happy and refreshed. This place is an absolute gem and my only regret was booking a 7 day trip there - I wish we’d have gone for 2 weeks! We hope to return…
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa is graciously located on the North West Coast & Caribbean side of the Island Barbados. This 4 star deluxe Boutique Hotel is set upon a hilltop and has a charming Mediterranean architecture amongst tranquil and tropical ambiance. The Hotel & Spa is known for its warm hospitality, delivery of outstanding staff, service, and facilities in a casual setting. The 45 all-suite Hotel boasts one of the islands leading spa’s, two restaurants and bars, two swimming pools, a guest lounge, gym, art gallery, souvenir shop, squash court, and complimentary shuttle service amongst many more. Sugar Cane Club only accepts teenagers from ages 14 years and up, and no children ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sugar Cane Club Hotel Saint Peter
- Sugar Cane Club Hotel And Spa
- Sugar Cane Hotel
- Sugar Cane Saint Peter
- Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa Barbados/Saint Peter Parish