Queen’s Garden Resort & Spa
What We Love
- The spa’s own line of handmade beauty products scented with frangipani
- Dinner for two in the Bird’s Nest, a treehouse overlooking the sea
- Gazing down at the ocean from our private Jacuzzi
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- The atmosphere here is romantic and quiet, so families may want to stay elsewhere
- Nothing on the island is far away, but the island is hilly
- Because so many ingredients are imported, food can be expensive
- There are no sandy beaches
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Ever heard of Saba? This island in the Lesser Antilles is just five square miles, and while it’s just a dot on the map, it’s also a jungle-covered paradise for hikers and scuba divers….and those who enjoy lounging in a boutique hotel with a cool drink while other people get sweaty. Not only does each guest get her own suite, she also gets her own floor. Nearly all of the 12 airy suites have a private Jacuzzi with a view of the jungle and ocean below—the hotel is perched on a hill, so just looking out the window counts as sightseeing. The restaurant goes heavy on fresh tuna and lobster, and the attentive staff keep the gin and tonics flowing as long as you want them. While most visitors will go fishing, scuba diving or snorkeling, we wouldn’t blame you for only making it as far as the pool.
In the Area
On an island this size there is a limited number of things to do, although hikers will have a ball exploring the intricacies of the extinct volcano dotted with rock formations. Birders, too, will be in heaven, since Saba is a breeding ground for many species of tropical birds. The hotel can arrange birding tours with an expert, charter speed boats for exploring nearby islands, and arrange fishing trips with local fishermen. Snorkeling is mostly done at Well’s Bay, which has a coral reef and a good stock of turtles and brightly colored fish. Back on land, visitors can pick up pieces of the intricate Saba lace or bottles of the rum-based Saba spice for souvenirs, but that’s about it.
How to Get There
We had a group of 8 of us away for the weekend and Claire, Duco, Frank and the staff could not have been more welcoming and accommodating to us. The rooms were clean, spacious and extremely tranquil. The beautiful views and excellent service made for quite literally the most perfect weekend away for us. Access to the hiking trails was right by the hotel and taxis between the hotel and the dive centre and harbour were all arranged easily with staff.
Duco is the man in the know in the extensive Gin Bar and the cocktails (and bubbles) were always flowing! We took advantage of the restaurant enjoying breakfast, lunch and a dinner and the food was fresh and delicious every time.
Our ferry was cancelled and Claire had already booked us all on the later ferry and organized for us to be able to keep one of our rooms till the late afternoon. It was hassle free at all times! We didnt want to leave!
My husband and I stayed and Queen's Garden February 2019. It was one of our favorite vacations we have taken in the Caribbean. The resort was beautiful, the staff friendly and attentive, and the island was lovely. We started our journey with an exciting landing on the shortest commercial run way in the world. The resort had arranged a taxi to pick us up at the airport. The taxi ride was short along "the road", the only road on the island, and it was breathtaking. We wound up the mountains with expansive views of the ocean, through the two small towns on the island, and finally up the valley to the resort. Claire was there to meet us with a welcome drink and a brief orientation to the resort and the island. The resort was beautiful with orchards and other beautiful flowers all around. The resort is small, only 12 villas, and never felt crowded at all.
The restaurant at the resort was by far the best resort restaurant we have ever eaten at. The menu changed daily depending on local available ingredients. They have a live "Saban Lobster" tank outside that is available for dinner as well. This was the most amazing lobster I have ever eaten and I would definitely recommend a lobster night as a must do. We had our final 4 course dinner in a romantic secluded bird's next.
The room was equally amazing. The living room has a large sliding glass door the length of the room that can be opened giving expansive views of the jungle covered mountain and the Caribbean sea in the distance. The jucuzzi is located just off the living room and is also open. This was a perfect place to relax and enjoy a drink after a day of hiking or diving. The bed was comfortable and we slept great. The room stayed a perfect temperature with the constant breezes.
The resort was amazing, but what made our stay incredible was the staff. From our host Claire's wonderful hospitality, Toney's amazing drinks and service, and Duco's amazing knowledge and collection of gin. He makes the most amazing gin and tonics! We never had the same gin twice. His collection is impressive, and his knowledge and ability to come up with unique mixes on the classic made our vacation truly incredible.
The island is small, quiet, safe, and beautiful. We did 4 days of Scuba diving (with Saba Divers, equally amazing-see my review). We also did a 2 mile hike on the Santa Cruz trail which was a must do with beautiful views.
We are already planning on our next trip to Saba and will be sure to stay at Queen's Garden again!
This hotel is very welcoming. Despite arriving early for check in Claire took charge of my bags and this allowed me to attend my morning meetings.This took off when I met Toney, he was exceptional in his service and very knowledgeable of the island. A very talented mixologist he knows the right drinks to mix for the occasion and mood. I have nothing but praise for the attention shown over the time I was there. I would definitely return.
Hospitality is at its finest, and the rooms and grounds are wonderful. You can find that many places, but environmentalism and location are key to this top rating. Paper straws, complementary water bottles with unending filtered water and paper-free service go over well. Better spot than Windwardside for hiking trails in my opinion. Easy access to the Ladder, probably a better route to Mount Scenery than the 1,000-plus steps, and even the Sandy Cruz trail works well with a taxi ride to the far end and then hiking back to the resort. And there are various other possibilities withint walking distance. While the Bottom -- just an 8-minute walk away -- is less touristy than Windwardside, it still has services such as grocery stores and a couple of places for a quick bite if you want something other than the resort's luxury offerings.
We had such a wonderful honeymoon here. So peaceful and thoughtful. I felt our every need was anticipated. Claire is the fairy godmother you’ve always wanted to make your vacation special and memorable. Highly recommended!