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 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!
We wanted a different experience than the typical all-inclusive beach vacation, and Saba has been a wonderful "off the beaten path" place to visit, especially if you love hiking and diving. My husband and I went snorkeling and saw things you'd only normally see diving. The hiking is true hiking, so bring your boots for extra ankle support! The hotel has a number of walking sticks you can use for the difficult terrain. There are lots of rocks and ups and downs on the trails, even on the "easy" ones.
When we arrived at the hotel, the owner greeted us in person and we have never felt so welcome at a hotel. One of the bartenders, Toney, is amazing at mixing drinks off the cuff. I asked for spicey and exotic and I was not disappointed! #toney #queensgardensresort. The hotel has some amazing food as well; our last night we had dinner in the lit tree house and it was simply magical! The staff is amazing and, because it is such a small place, people all over the island go the extra mile to help you and make sure you enjoy all that Saba has to offer.
My husband and I had the great fortune to fly to Saba and stay at the Queen's Garden for a night. We were greeted by Claire with a warm welcome, shown to this spectacular lounge with unbelievable views that are truly what dreams are made of. Our room was pearced on a mountain side overlooking the Village of St John's and the ocean. During the afternoon we had cocktails at the bar made by the very friendly Toony and Dakor . We had great luck to meat a couple of local bussiness men who were very informative of the history of Saba. Our meal was wonderfully created by the chef, and serverd by the kind fellow named Harry, feasting on Sabian lobster. The sounds of birds and frogs came to life In the evening from surrounding vegetation, it was relaxing. This was an experience that will will not fade in our memory.
Third year in a row coming to Queens for Christmas, this time spending two weeks being pampered by Claire, Hidde, Duco, Harry, Micheline and the rest of the crew. We feel so at home here and are consistently swaddled in comfort and service when there. We already booked for next Christmas and can't wait for the year to be over so we can go back! We have made great friends at Queens and just love it there. The spectacular food (my favorites are Claire's homemade croissants in the morning...her grandfather's recipe), the trips to Chez Bubba, lots more exploring this trip with incredible, breathtaking hikes. We aren't divers, but we still find plenty to do or not do when there. Perfect and quirky place to unplug and unwind. Laidback elegance with some goats and roosters thrown in is how I like to think of Queens. I don't really want to write this review though, because we want to keep Queens to ourselves!!!
Christine & I cannot recommend this wonderful, tiny resort highly enough. The location, perched on a steep hillside overlooking a tiny town, rolling hills and the Caribbean Sea beyond, is perfect. The entire tiny island has a miniature, almost story book quality to it that is entirely captivating. The rooms are large and meticulously maintained. The food is very good, even excellent at times. However, the service here is just superb, and, frankly unsurpassed. This is a small resort, so most of the staff wear several hats, and seem to pop up from one place to the next. What they all have in common is graciousness, consideration and attentiveness. We can't wait to go back for a few more days of R&R while scuba diving some of the best reefs in the Caribbean.