Hotel South Beach Hotel 3 star
Rockley, Christchurch, Barbados Rockley, Barbados
Amy Adejokun Section editor

No you've not landed in Miami, but you are on the hip and happening south coast of this island paradise affectionately referred to as "Little England." On a busy thoroughfare opposite the popular Rockley Beach, South Beach is a handy base for tourists who intend on spending the maximum amount of time outside their accommodation. Admittedly, there's not much by way of on-site facilities but for a no-frills place to sleep after a day on Rockley Beach and following a night out on the tiles you could do much worse.

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      South Beach   -   Dubus / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel South Beach

      South Beach   -   Dubus / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 10.0 /10

    Perched on Highway 7 and opposite Rockley Beach on the island's south coast, South Beach is a five minute drive from the nightlife of St Lawrence Gap and about 10 minutes from Bridgetown. Allow about 20 minutes when travelling to and from Grantley Adams International Airport.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The studio rooms are a decent size and simply furnished. The bathrooms are done out in a cheery, blue and white mosaic tile design and some even feature a Jacuzzi tub. While South Beach is certainly not luxurious, the rooms are clean and sufficiently comfortable for a three star hotel. The one bedroom suites are obviously larger and also feature a furnished balcony accessed via sliding glass doors. Tasteful furnishings in summery hues appear in the living area, plus there is a full kitchen for guests' self catering needs.

    Overview 7.20 /10

    Guests come face to face with the hotel's only facilities before even stepping beyond its front doors; the restaurant and a pool that runs the length of the property overlook Highway 7 (to be fair, not really a "highway" but a busy main road nevertheless). Although the hotel has done its best to shield the hotel frontage from the road, a handful of palm trees and shrubs unfortunately do not provide any barrier from the noise! The lobby is large and brought to life by contemporary furnishings, trendy light fittings and an impressive lava lamp collection. The five floors of accommodation (accessible by an elevator) unfortunately back on to an unattractive residential area.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The bar and restaurant, Fusion, is found at in front of the hotel by the pool and is also popular with island locals. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner (dinnertime centres on an Asian-inspired menu) in a fashionable, alfresco setting with cosy lounge areas. Most guests tend to opt for B&B or 'room only' meal plans as each room at South Beach has self-catering facilities.

    Beach 8.45 /10

    Guests traverse Highway 7 to access Rockley Beach, only metres away. Rockley, also known as Accra Beach, boasts everything a beachgoer should need such as shower facilities, food and drink vans and sun bed/parasol hire etc. There is also a lifeguard on duty. Rockley Beach is a hotspot with both locals and tourists because it is relatively safe, representing the best of south coast Barbados.


    To know

    WIFI access is free throughout the hotel, whereas the small Internet station found behind reception incurs an extra fee. There is also a "hospitality lounge" area with cable TV for early check-ins and late check-outs.
    In something that is rarely seen at hotels, South Beach offers free use of their washers and dryers on every floor.


    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      Turkish bath, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      golf, canoe, water-polo

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room


    • The restaurant
    • Free WIFI everywhere in the hotel
    • Free laundry facilities


    • Located on a busy main road; the pool and restaurant face it
    • The hotel lacks charm

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score nc/10