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
I visited Saba for the first time just recently and felt so fortunate to have landed at Queen's Gardens Resort & Spa - the service was excellent, the rooms well-appointed, and the views could not be beat. It's a small resort, which meant that we had privacy, peace, and quiet during our stay. Claire and Hidde, the owners, helped book taxis and dives, so we never had to worry. Duco greeted us when we first arrived and was a friendly presence throughout the trip. We enjoyed dining at the hotel for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - all of the meals were excellent. Nothing beats Tony's cocktails, though. Each one was a delight and crafted with such care. It was a true pleasure to sit at the bar sipping on one of his creations and taking in the views of the island. I can't wait to return!
I've stayed at Queen's Gardens several times and, every single time, I'm blown away by the service and hospitality. Claire and Hidde, the owners, are so warm and friendly; they go out of their way to make sure your stay is pleasant. Additionally, Duco at the bar is always entertaining and friendly. During this trip, there was a new bartender (a certified mixologist), Tony, and his cocktails were OUTSTANDING. The food at the restaurant is fresh and varied - you really can't go wrong. I'm also pleased with the wine list every time I stay. The most important thing, though, is that you leave Queen's Gardens feeling like you're part of the family and you're in on the amazing secret that is Saba. Can't wait for my next trip!(One note: a few years ago, when I started visiting Saba, all the reviews said there were hardly any mosquitoes on the island, and they were right. But things have definitely changed. I was EATEN ALIVE this trip. And there are no mosquito nets or screens in the hotel rooms - so I was awake on and off every night as mosquitoes buzzed in my ears and bit me! Bring all the bug spray, folks - mosquitoes have arrived on Saba!)
I can say: best place for anyone younger than 105 years old ...
A place to enjoy sun, read for real, relax, nap, walk and rejuvenate. We spent time marveling at the natural beauty. Safe and calm. Sea and Forest. A National Marine park and a Forest National park. Perfect for 3 children under 14! Lush rain forest tracks well kept, free to explore and respect. And diving. Even for children it was super safe and in a relaxed and professional environment making it a life experience to cherish (Check Saba divers) .
And Staying at Queen's Anne Resort was the ideal for comfort and price.
The rooms are well appointed, with thoughtful extras such as local eco soaps and organic mosquito repellent and steel recyclable water bottles! A must.
My room had a very earthy, "rainforesty" feel with a super window overlooking the lush green forest and my own private jacuzzi. It is like nature and a sense of detachment from any stress. And some luxury, well deserved!
You can have a/c but really I did not use it. Let’ s cut gas emissions and enjoy tropical climate. And nowadays...or always... we crave for personal care. Claire (the owner and mother earth of the place) and the staff are personal – friendly yet not intrusive, making you feel welcome and grateful for your visit. And this is how hospitality in 2019 should be.A valuable spiritual asset.
Finally, the good rates in comparison to other nearby chaotic and fake islands make it a deal breaker.
Highly recommended for good and delightful people!
Very comfortable, elegant hotel. Only 11 rooms, so wasn't overcrowded with guests. The staff are the friendliest people. They all knew my name on the first day and remembered what I liked day to day. If I made a request, they'd jump to see that it was fulfilled. Breakfast was fantastic, and the dinners were just as amazing. The room was clean and spacious with a great little jacuzzi.
Wished for A/C a couple times during my week-long stay, but lots of fresh breezes did the trick for the most part. Located up a steep hill away from other amenities. I needed to take taxis anytime I went somewhere, but the taxis were friendly and quick to respond.
Next time I'm taking mosquito repellent! The things ate me alive in the mornings.
They were in the process of rebuilding the spa facility which got hit pretty hard during the hurricaine. The massage therapist was more than happy to do a session in my room and there was plenty of space and an amazing view.
Queen's Garden is as beautiful is it's staff is exquisite. We came on a week long dive trip and I would go back to Saba just to stay with Clair and her staff. All the staff from Duco, Frank, Caroline and Henry made up feel like we were part of the family. They provided us towels to take diving each day, box lunches whenever we wanted and just about anything else. I spoke at length with most of the staff on multiple occasions.
Saba is not the biggest of islands, but if you ask for something the staff will do their best to get it. I asked for yogurt at breakfast one day, but they did not have it. The next day it was on the menu. Speaking of menu, make sure eat there, but I will rave on the restaurant in another post.
Some of the suites have air conditioners in the bedrooms, but many do not. We stayed in the Queen's Suite, which was great. My dive buddy stayed in the master with a/c. I stayed in the loft without. I got cold each night and the covers felt great. We kept windows and sliding doors open the entire time and it was wonderful Saba is not for everyone, but if you want to dive, hike or venture off the beaten path this is the place for your.
Queen's Garden is the Bottom and it will cost about $8 to travel back and forth to Windwardside and there is a lot there. Make sure you bring enough cash. One tip is to eat at Chez Bubba which is owned by Queen's Garden. They will pay for the cab and food is great!