May 20, 2019

St. Peter, Barbados: Sugar Cane Club; hotel review


Sugar Cane Club  2015 Sugar Cane Club, Maynards, St. Peter, (246) 422-5026.  47 rooms; must be age 14+.  2 pools; squash court; exercise room; health spa.  2 restaurants; 2 bars.

grounds of Sugar Cane Club in St. Peter, Barbados
grounds of Sugar Cane Club in St. Peter, Barbados


pool at Sugar Cane Club in St. Peter, Barbados
pool at Sugar Cane Club in St. Peter, Barbados

Located at a mid-island high point, this all-inclusive resort is also mid-point in its service and cuisine.  This was the first time I’ve encountered a policy that imposes a fee for changing towels more frequently than every two days.  Sheets are part polyester, which is an issue in a warm climate.  And though the food was generally good, the pastries were dismal.  The staff was mixed regarding service--some were professional and efficient, others the opposite.  Sometimes when I ordered a drink I got one right away, and other times I waited while the bartender did this and that.  However, the rum punch and pina coladas were worth a short wait.

bar at Sugar Cane Club in St. Peter, Barbados
bar at Sugar Cane Club in St. Peter, Barbados


shrimp salad for lunch at Sugar Cane Club in St. Peter, Barbados
shrimp salad for lunch at Sugar Cane Club in St. Peter, Barbados


The room decor is tropical style with bamboo accents, and I did like the separation of bedroom from living room and veranda, but the bedroom had only air conditioning.  The living room had only a ceiling fan with the controls too high to reach and adjust, and it took me two days to realize I could open the bathroom window.  The relatively remote location makes this property one you should choose with thought, but shuttles are available at specific times to take you down to Speightstown to an affiliated beach house and to where you can access the local bus service into Holetown, and farther on to Bridgetown. 
One enjoyable dinner was a buffet of local specialties served by the pool, with live singing for entertainment.  A schedule of hotel-sponsored activities includes rum tasting, a complimentary glass-bottom boat excursion, and a guided gully walk that ends with a freshly cut coconut drink.  Nicely manicured grounds are planted with colorful flowers, and monkeys and giant snails are among the fauna to look for.  Tips here are given in an envelope at the end of stay and shared by the entire staff.

guest room at Sugar Cane Club in St. Peter, Barbados
guest room at Sugar Cane Club in St. Peter, Barbados


pink hibiscus greeting in guest room at Sugar Cane Club in St. Peter, Barbados
pink hibiscus greeting in guest room at Sugar Cane Club in St. Peter, Barbados

Overall, I recommend a stay here if you are able to secure a great price and also if you want a non-beach-centric, up-island experience.  Note that this property will be incorporating upgrades and building three new rooms during the period of July 1 through August 15 2019, and so will not be accepting bookings during that period.



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