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
Queen's is a long ride from the airport (about 30 minutes, USD25), and not within walking distance of anything. That said, everything you need is on-property, so it is a terrific choice if you are looking for a quiet and romantic place. If you are looking for lots of nightlife, casinos, shows, etc., this is not the place (or island) for you.
The bar and restaurant are excellent. The chef has Thursdays off, so the hotel will arrange (and pay for) a round-trip taxi to get you to the restaurant in Windwardside that they also own (and which is also excellent) or you can pay for your own transport and choose a different restaurant.
Our room had AC but we were advised that it probably would not be needed. The breezes keep the bugs away so you can leave the windows open at night. The only downside to this is that the roosters nearby start crowing at about 4 AM, and one night it rained pretty hard and the floor got wet.
All of the staff are amazing. Very helpful arranging whatever you want. Duco, Claire, Alejandro, and the rest were very friendly and went out of their way to make us feel welcome.
The pool is terrific, which is a good thing because in case you are unaware, there are basically no beaches on the island.
Our room had a Jacuzzi with a window open to the outdoors with a view of The Bottom and the nearby hills.
When we were there, a recent storm had knocked out the cable so there was no TV available. We really weren;t there to watch TV anyway! The Internet worked fine.
On our wedding anniversary, we chose to celebrate on an island we’d never been to...and loving snorkeling, good food, and a quiet romantic get away, we chose Queens Gardens Resort Hotel located near the top of “The Bottom” a major town on Saba.
Saba is located in the Caribbean near Saint Maarten and St.Eustatius. We were treated well by the entire staff at Queens Garden and enjoyed our stay immensely. The hotel has 12 suites and we had a sweeping view of the town below and the sea which we enjoyed while relaxing in our jacuzzi .We toured the island, went snorkeling, and had a try at one of the many hiking trails as well as enjoying the delicious meals presented by Nick and Alejandro. Each staff person there made us feel very comfortable and relaxed.
The weather was warm and sunny during the day and cool at night so we didn’t need the ac...no need for window screens as we saw very few insects. Our only noise complaint was the crowing of a proud rooster near the hotel at 4: am! Luckily he wasn’t a nightly performer!
As the picture shows below, our room contained its own jacuzzi pool with a wonderful view of the ocean and town.The sunsets were fabulous either by the pool or from our room.
The hotel is nestled on the hillside in the last photo and has a spa with all types of treatments and a sauna.
We throughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend this gem
My husband and I visited the island for my birthday. This resort was wonderful. Staff are very friendly, grounds are wonderful and view is amazing. The food was also fabulous. Drinks were also great.
It’s is a very small resort on a very small island. Being that we visited in off season, there was only minimal staff. Everything closed, and I mean closed, by 10pm
Each evening at this resort.
This resort is a typical Caribbean resort. You’ll see some damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017 as well as just general “Caribbean” issues. By that I mean some mildewy spots, lots of bugs and minimal AC. Our suite had AC only in bedroom which we were thankful for. We would’ve appreciated screens on other windows and doors so that we could enjoy the nice breeze without the horrible mosquitos that are prevalent during rainy season.
We had dinner in the birdsnest for my birthday and a meal on the resort daily. We were pleased with the food but not blown away.
Bottom line is Saba is amazing and we’d definitely visit queens gardens resort again.