Divi Heritage Hotel Barbados - 2018 REVIEW
The west coast of Barbados has always been regarded as the “Platinum” or “Gold” cost of the island and as such hotel prices have reflected this compared to other areas on the island. However they’re a few hidden bargains along the ever so pricey west coast.
One of these would be Divi Heritage. An adults only self-catered hotel located just a stones’ throw away from the world renowned Sandy Lane Hotel. So how does a budget friendly hotel stack up compared to the higher priced neighbouring hotels and resorts? We’ve taken a few days to evaluate this property and provide you with the pros and cons of Divi Heritage Barbados.
HOTEL & AMENITIES
As indicated, this would be a fully self-catered hotel with absolutely no
meals included or onsite restaurant. Honestly there’s not much onsite besides rooms and a small reception area. No pool or outdoor lounge area either but don’t let that be an early deterrence as Divi Heritage shares amenities with its neighbour, The Club Barbados...(more on that in a bit). Back to our hotel in question.
The overall (visible) exterior and grounds are fairly well maintained and the property is more than adequately lit at night. That being said, a few external areas could definitely use some attention….more on that later as well. Just across from the small car park at Divi you enter the side of The Club Barbados and you’re welcome to use their onsite amenities. This is a shared agreement between the two hotels and includes use of the pool, loungers, fitness facilities, beach facilities and a few others. The Club Barbados is however an all-inclusive hotel so the restaurant and bar would be only for their guests. Guests at Divi Heritage may also purchase an all-inclusive day pass at $100USD (unconfirmed price) per person.
This brings us to the rooms and pricing.
ROOMS We are aware of 2 different room categories available; Studios with patio jacuzzi or 1 Bedroom Suites. Without a doubt, opt for the latter. Based on overall room size, this is quite possibly one of the lowest priced rooms for a beach front hotel.
Price comparison on a few of the closest properties. All within walking distance and beachfront (with the exception of All Seasons Resort)
Prices based on double occupancy, 1 night in winter period (December 2018)
Divi Heritage – King Studio (37sq/m) $80 USD Divi Heritage – 1 BR King Suite (46sq/m) $100 USD The Club Barbados – Garden Room (26sq/m) $417.60 USD (AI) Mango Bay – Double Room Sea View (39sq/m) $775.00 USD (AI) Discovery Bay – Standard King (unknown size) $186.00 (Breakfast)
All Seasons Resort – Cottage Garden View (69sq/m) $85.80 (no meals but there’s a restaurant onsite. 5 min walk to the beach) All Seasons is the closest budget friendly hotel within the area, however security remains an issue and very poor management practices. This retains Divi Heritage as the most logical budget hotel in the area.
So what do you get for just $100 USD per night?
After a short trek up three flights of stairs, you’re greeted with an expansive top floor suite overlooking the garden and out to the sea. The 1 Bedroom Suite includes a sofa bed, small dining table, fully equipped kitchen, guest bathroom with shower, generous size patio and spacious en-suite bedroom with jacuzzi and shower. The bedroom is air-conditioned and includes a ceiling fan, however the living area lacks the a/c but retains the ceiling fan. This minor inconvenience can be overlooked when you open the four double doors to soak up the Caribbean atmosphere and relaxing sound of the waves. Test your culinary delights in the kitchen or take a short walk to one of the many nearby restaurants for a bite to eat. If you decide to eat in, you’ll find all you need including kitchen utensils, microwave, refrigerator, electric cooktop range, coffee maker, toaster and the list goes on and on. Don’t get too comfortable as this isn’t a designated vacation rental or AirBnB, so you won’t find any of the expected simple condiments. To stay in and relax or go out and explore…
Divi Heritage is conveniently nestled between some of the most luxurious properties and hotels on the west coast. With Sandy Lane to the south and Bali Hai and Villa Tamarindo to the north, you're certainly in a top location at a budget price. There's not much of a beach access at either two properties (Divi Heritage & The Club Barbados); however a short 1 minute walk north along the beach would take you to an amazing location perfect for swimming, snorkeling or sunbathing. Quite possibly one of the best secluded beaches on the west coast and it's no wonder why the $28,000,000USD Villa Tamarindo is situated on this same location. Yes that’s correct and not a typo... 28 million!
Continuing along that direction you'll reach the boardwalk which takes you past The Beach House, The Tides Restaurant and then ending in Holetown. While in Holetown you are once again immersed in a host of restaurants and shopping options including the popular Limegrove Lifestyle Center. For those who prefer to cook while on vacation; the island's newest Massy Supermarket is also conveniently located in Holetown and is a short 12 min walk from the hotel.
A little closer to home and literally on the opposite side of the road from Divi Heritage you'll find Cave Shepherd. A top duty-free shopping location offering a wide range of designer clothes, cosmetics, perfumes, jewelry, liquor and more. A few small "restaurants" are also with that complex, one of which is Café Moya and is certainly worth the visit.
CONS & FINAL VERDICT
Great location, spacious rooms and great price....but that does come at a price? ... no pun intended. The general exterior upkeep of the hotel could use a bit of tidying up by their beachfront rooms as it appears that area has been neglected for a few weeks.
Despite being very spacious, the rooms could also benefit greatly with some upgrades.
Furniture package has that laid back Caribbean feel which was possibly used during the original opening of the hotel and is slowly outgrowing its time of usefulness. Patio furniture however was modern and included two loungers and additional seating for four. Both showers also seemed to have been recently renovated which was a plus... however no hot water from either of them is a problem. General minor maintenance issues could also be addressed; some vanity lights not working, one of the two burners of the stove not working, noisy AC and broken latches on some widows / doors etc. Overall the Divi Heritage is a good hotel with room for amazing potential. It just needs attentive management on-site and a general overhaul. With that being said, any improvement in room quality and modernization may also mean an increase in the room rate.
So this may be a case of "you get what you pay for....but with a little bit more bang for the buck". If you're able to look past the minor issues, this still remains a great hotel and location for the price.
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