The Divi Southwinds Beach Resort Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Southern Barbados, Barbados

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Pros

  • Steps from St. Lawrence Gap for shops, dining, and nightlife
  • Amenities include three pools, a mini-golf course, basketball and tennis courts
  • Reasonably priced one- and two-bedroom units with full kitchens
  • On-site convenience store serves groceries and essentials
  • A poolside restaurant and beachfront cafe
  • All suites come with private balconies or patios

Cons

  • Some suites show age and have outdated decor
  • Tube TVs
  • More of a kid-friendly atmosphere and not ideal for romantics
  • Bare-bones fitness center is in a small, dark space
  • Fee for Wi-Fi

Bottom Line

This 133-suite property is a decent mid-range option in the heart of St. Lawrence Gap with close proximity to shops, dining, and nightlife. With 20 acres of space, the expansive property has two restaurants, and a slew of kid-friendly activities including three pools, tennis courts, and a mini-golf course. All suites have at least one bedroom, a full kitchen and patio or balcony -- though decor in some is showing wear and tear. Less expensive suites near the pool area are better suited for families with young kids, while beach villas have ocean views and offer more peace and quiet.

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 Scene

A mid-range resort that appeals to families with young kids

This resort is friendly and comfortable -- but it's clearly starting to show its age. Some of the suites are timeshares, which mean's there are repeat guests who have been coming for years, and familiarity among some. The grounds near the pool and garden are where all the children’s activities are found -- making it a hub of activity that can get quite noisy. Keep strolling through the 20-acre grounds toward the beach, and pull up a lounge chair for more peace and quiet. There is conference and event space located in a separate building, which does attract a small business crowd. Overall, though, kids rule here.

 Location

A south-coast property in the heart of St. Lawrence Gap

Divi Southwinds has a central south-coast location that can easily be reached from many area attractions. Because of its Dover Beach location, families can enjoy the wide sandy beaches with nice, easy currents. Dividing the property in half is cobblestoned St. Lawrence Gap -- an area known for shopping, dining, and nightlife.

  • 16-minute drive to Grantley Adams International Airport
  • 7-minute drive to Bridgetown
  • 10-minute drive to Oistins Fish Fry
  • 21-minute drive to Sandy Lane Country Club and golf courses
  • 22-minute drive to Holetown
  • 23-minute drive to Harrison’s Cave
  • 23-minute drive to Flower Forest Botanical Gardens
  • 27-minute drive to Royal Westmoreland Golf Course
  • 30-minute drive to Soup Bowl surfing area

 Rooms

One and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens

Many suites at the Divi Southwinds have been operating on time-share status for years, and therefore are starting to show their age. Decor includes patterned bedspreads, tube TVs, and a color scheme of yellows and blues. Full kitchens have all the necessities, though dining areas can be tight.

 Features

Family activities include mini-golf, tennis, basketball, and lawn games

 Food

A beachfront cafe and poolside restaurant -- each with a bar

  • Joslyn’s Cafe is a casual beachfront bar and restaurant open for lunch
  • Bajan Breeze is open for breakfast and dinner, and overlooks the pool

Both restaurants serve international cuisine with fresh produce and a Bajan flair. Once a week, Bajan Breeze offers a theme night with live music and local recipes like "flying fish." Meal plans for both restaurants are available.

 Bottom Line

This 133-suite property is a decent mid-range option in the heart of St. Lawrence Gap with close proximity to shops, dining, and nightlife. With 20 acres of space, the expansive property has two restaurants, and a slew of kid-friendly activities including three pools, tennis courts, and a mini-golf course. All suites have at least one bedroom, a full kitchen and patio or balcony -- though decor in some is showing wear and tear. Less expensive suites near the pool area are better suited for families with young kids, while beach villas have ocean views and offer more peace and quiet.

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 116
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Southern Barbados, Barbados
Address: Saint Lawrence Main Road
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