Last week, I shared with you the activities I did while on my press trip to Saba, Dutch Caribbean. I felt the need to do a separate post to highlight my accommodations, because it was so different from anywhere that I’ve stayed before. Queens Garden Resort is nestled at the top of Troy Hill on the Windwardside of the island. This luxurious 12 suite hotel is private and has some of the most spectacular views of Saba and the Caribbean Sea.
After taking a quick 15 minute flight from St. Maarten, we arrived at Saba’s small airport where our taxi driver was waiting for us. Our ride from the airport to the resort might have taken about 25 minutes or so and was full of twists and turns, up and down the narrow roads. Again…the views were incredible. Once we arrived at Queens Gardens, we were greeted by the owner Claire Verbeke-Nuyens, where she had cold towels and a welcome cocktail waiting for us. It was a delightful added touch that made my stay feel just a little bit more special.
The suites at Queens Garden are beyond spacious with a separate living room, office area, bedroom and bathroom. I would describe the decor as elegant with antique finishes. It wasn’t your typical cookie cutter suite with clean lines and minimal furniture. It has character and charm and it felt like home. I also can’t forget to mention that most of the suites come with a jacuzzi. It was raining once I got to my room and all I could think about was hopping into the jacuzzi with a glass of wine while watching the rain fall.
There isn’t A.C. so you sleep with the windows open which gives you an opportunity to enjoy the crisp cool breeze coming off the ocean at night.
Little did I know, I needed something on my stomach to prepare for the hike that we took through the Saba Jungle that afternoon! Read more about it here.
After a 3 hour hike, the view of the sunset was a beautiful sight to see. The sky was a gorgeous cotton candy color.
Queens Garden Restaurant
After resting up for a bit, we all met in the courtyard where Claire had set us up with an amazing dinner inside of the beautiful gazebo that is illuminated with lights. We were all hungry after the hike and were excited for the multi-course meal that Executive Chef Johan de Jager prepared.
Our first course was lion fish, which is a venomous fish that used to be native to the Pacific, but has now made its way to the Atlantic. They don’t have any natural predators because of their spines, which also makes them difficult to clean and prepare. So in an attempt to control the lion fish population that has been destroying reefs and eating other fish, Chefs are now adding them to their menus. So to do our part to help, our first course was lion fish and seared red snapper.
Our second course was Saban lobster, filet, foie gras risotto and grilled asparagus. Dessert was a lemon bar with fresh fruit, chocolate ganache and vanilla ice cream. The risotto was creamy with a bite and the touch of foie gras added an extra bit of richness. The lemon bar was tart, not overly sweet and the bit of chocolate ganache helped to balance the tartness of the lemon. Chef de Jager did a fabulous job with our menu and I left dinner feeling satisfied.
After taking an island tour on our second day, we came back to the resort to have massages at the Frangiapani Spa which is the only spa on the island. The 2-story bungalow style spa, offers facials and massages on the second floor and the sauna and private jacuzzi deck is located on the lower level. What I like the most about the spa is the privacy. When you book an appointment, you have the space completely to yourself.
Having a background in hospitality, I have to admit that I can be a bit critical when it comes to service at a hotel/resort. I worked in the industry for over 10 years so there’s just a certain level of service that I expect. The Queens Garden staff surpassed every expectation that I had. Because the resort is small, it gives you a chance to really get to know the staff and they get a chance to know you too. The attention to detail in order to give you a personalized experience, is something that is hard to get a huge resort.
Overall, my experience in Saba was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. There is no shortage of amazing views at Queens Garden and the nature that surrounds the property was a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. This resort is where you go to disconnect from the outside world. There is WiFi at the resort, but I think you should take the opportunity to shut off your phone and just enjoy the surroundings.
Thank you so much to Claire at Queens Gardens as well as the staff. I could not have asked for a better stay! 🙂
Until next time…Happy Traveling!! xoxo -Milla