Divi Southwinds Beach Resort Hotel, Bridgetown
Reviews - Divi Southwinds Beach Resort Hotel
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Divi Southwinds Beach Resort Hotel
We were starving at around 3:00 and decided to go to the Gap for lunch - unfortunately nothing else besides overpriced Cafe Sol was open so we settled on Joclyn's. The atmosphere inside Divi was so depressing I instantly wanted to leave. But hunger prevailed and we ordered our drinks and lunches. While we waited I took a look around this hell hole and saw mostly sad looking people and their bored kids. No one else was eating, just sitting on the beach looking tired and haggard. I must say it had to be one of the fastest meals we got in Barbados but there was a reason for that - it was obviously premade and disgusting. The stray cat I gave my chicken to didn't seem to enjoy it any more than I did. Interestingly, I learned from the vendor who haggled us to buy aloe all through our meal that she was pregnant.
After scarfing down what we could as fast as possible in an effort to get out of there, my husband simply asked the waitress if the 10% service charge is included in the price, as it is in most other places. She replied that "they all have to share it". He repeated he just wanted to know if it was included. She repeated again "they all have to share it". We are generous tippers who usually leave 20% for good service and had no intention of not giving a little more than the 10%, but this was a very rude and curt reply for a very straightforward question. I am not sure what restaurant this waitress has worked at that she did NOT have to share a tip with a busboy and bartender at least. I have never heard of a tip going 100% to the waitress.
Don't come here. I couldn't even stand being there for 45 minutes, let alone a whole trip.
Basic in most waysfrom A TripAdvisor Member
First and foremost for me was that the air con worked well, plus there was a ceiling fan in the bed room. The rooms were of a good size with a separate seating area, altho the kitchen area was very basic. Some of the electrics were a concern, with some switches not working or they chose when to work, others had wires exposed.
Breakfast was an good selection, but a slow affair. In the evening the bar by the pool seemed to have very strange opening hours. It was impossible to get a drink at 6pm, even tho the staff were there.
Generally the place is adquate, the rooms are basic and clean, but need refurbishment. Don't expect too much.
This place is worse then every one says it is, a lot worsefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Unreserved, Uncomfortable, and Unclean Beach Resort I ever stayed.from A TripAdvisor Member
We are currently looking into RCI maybe their concerns would be of some interest as a paying member. This is the first trip my wife and I encountered with unpleasant experiences. Barbados is a very wonderful place to visit and the wife and I will do it again but not with INTERVAL INTERNATIONAL. The only thing we can pass on to members is to research the Hotels showing pictures of clean and new looking furniture. It might not be true like the Divi Southwinds Beach Resort. We enjoyed Barbados and we will be back.
rundown and nasty Interval International acceped no responsibilityfrom Getflat
II has no rating system PROTECT exchangers from run down resorts like this one. Divi resort are known for having very good properties in the Caribbean this is not one of them , this resort is just run down and in very poor condition. Divi does not show the rooms that are not newly renovated and only shows renovated villas and suites this borders on deception ...echangers will be short changed and paying patrons will not get a quality resort. The thing that makes me feel really bad is that I encouraged my parrents to exchange at this dump so we could enjoy our vacations together. after arriving to the resort on May 22 they were moved to rooms #405, #517 and #319 and the first move was at midnight after they discovered thier shower did not work. when you are on vacation you expect to dropyour bags use the rest room and relax ...not on the phone with II trying to sort things out. With anything including vacation exchane make sure you research before you commit. while on your Barbados dont waste your time by going by to see the rundown resort just enjoy your stay elsewhere on your Barbados vacation or go by and see for your self. I did not write this review to be bitter just to make other II exchangers aware that upon your disappointment II accepts 0 responsibility and you just expect better WE DID NOT LET OUR ACCOMODATIONS RUIN OUR VACATION AND ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO MAKE THE BEST OF BAD SITUATION. dont stay on the phone haggling over arrangements when you are tierd or have been up traveling for 10+ hrs... do your research and question before you exchange. The resort staff was for the most part receptive and tried to sort things out however they don't own the property or manage it. We expected a top notch resort from Divi we got a motel room. Barbados is beautiful THIS RESORT IS NOT.
t worry about those bad reviewsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
the front desk and housekeeping staff was friendly and informative. there is a free shuttle into bridgetown, sign up the day before at the front desk. there are a few activities at the hotel if you're a groupie. the tennis courts looked well kept and are lighted for nite play. if there weren't 100's of islands to visit, i wouldn't hesitate to return to the southwinds.
Loved the Divi!from A TripAdvisor Member
Did we stay at the same Southwinds??from LeMonde
To top it all off, I wrote a letter of complaint to Divi management (not to the hotel directly), including photos of the terrible condition of the room, and got NO response whatsoever. That is completely unacceptable. I will never stay at another Divi, and I strongly urge everyone else to avoid them, too. As for me, I'm sticking with the Virgins from now on.
Not recommendedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Instead they just told us it was up to us to sort out with Expedia.The room they put us into had a musty smell and no hot water (I don't mind this in West Indies but not at these rates), light fittings that didn't work and one in the shower where bare wires were visible.The food was mediocre to put it mildly, but there are plenty of alternatives nearby.The location is fine, but not good enough to justify staying in such a poorly run hotel.
Parasites from their beach -- Be careful!!!from A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Bridgetown
Bajan Roots and Rhythms This is an over-priced, overrated show across the street from the Divi Southwinds. The desk personnel were rude, and the place was overcrowded. We were very uncomfortable being squished together, and the show started almost 1/2 hour late. Even though the drinks were included, it was not worth the price of over $50 each.
nightlife, transportation The bus into Bridgetown was easy, but man do these guys fly when it's open road. hanging on the gap was fun at night and with it being in walking distance from Divi Southwinds, it was worth visiting a few nights.
1000 arriving in the space of an hour! If you are flying out from Manchester England avoid the Saturday flight if possible. In the space of an hour about 1000 passengers arrive. It took us 1 1/2 hours to pass through Immigration. A further 1/2 hour after to get our luggage. Thursday is a much better day to arrive!
Other names for Divi Southwinds Beach Resort Hotel
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- Address: St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church - Bridgetown - BB15017 - Barbados
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