Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
A top Rodney Bay choice with great amenities -- though the beach is often crowded
One of the newer resorts in Rodney Bay, the Bay Gardens Beach Resort still possesses a fresh sheen. From the colorful lagoon-style pool featuring fountains and a Jacuzzi island, to the snappy red, white, and black decor in the elegant Trios ' restaurant, everything appears polished and contemporary.
Easily the nicest of the three Bay Gardens properties in Rodney Bay, this 75-room resort also has the bulk of the amenities, including two restaurants, four bars, a cafe, an extensive water sports center, a charming spa, a small but well-equipped fitness center, and plenty of meeting areas. Though the property is not high-end enough to be considered a luxury resort, it hardly leaves room for complaint -- especially given the affordable rates. And when compared with the other Bay Gardens properties, the bonuses are ample -- nicer toiletries, better balcony views, lusher grounds, and far more space to stretch out and relax.
Disappointingly though, the beach is crowded -- something that may be surprising considering the resort has just 75 rooms. Bay Gardens’ sister properties, Bay Gardens Hotel and Bay Gardens Inn, shuttle their guests to this beach as well, effectively doubling the number of patrons at any given time. As a result, those looking for peace and quiet are more likely to find it in their rooms than anywhere else. For those guests hoping for a bit of romance while still being able to enjoy all of the amenities their hotel offers, head to the similarly priced Windjammer Landing, whose four pools and expansive sundecks overlooking the bay ensure a bit more privacy. Families, groups, and active couples, however, will likely find the scene at Bay Gardens Beach Resort just right.
On Rodney Bay’s Reduit Beach, near a handful of attractions on the island’s northern side
Bay Gardens Beach Resort enjoys a nice location right on Reduit Beach in Rodney Bay -- ideal not only for a quick access to the sun and sand but also because plenty of businesses are within walking distance. Also close by are hotspots like a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course and the historical Pigeon Island.
Rodney Bay is one of the island’s liveliest areas, featuring plenty of shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and bars sprinkled throughout Reduit Beach and Gros Islet. Still, most of the big attractions -- on both the north and south side, require at least a short drive. Taxis are inexpensive enough for destinations under 20 minutes away, however, those guests hoping to visit the south side should consider hiring a car for a day -- the drive is roughly 90 minutes and night-time driving is not recommended for those unfamiliar with the roads, which are marked by hairpin turns, deep potholes, and virtually no lighting.
New rooms with crisp style but not many modern amenities
Bay Gardens Beach Resort’s 75 rooms don’t appear to have aged a day since opening in 2007. Linens are fresh and well-pressed, spotless bathrobes hang in the closets, and furnishings are customized to fit the rooms in a seamless manner. The contemporary look continues in the spacious bathrooms with granite countertops, multi-jet showers, and decorative tiling. While these sharp rooms are surely not ‘’the best’’ around -- Windjammer Landing has larger units with better amenities for similar prices -- they are certainly leaps and bounds above the other Bay Gardens properties nearby.
Decent casual poolside options, plus a Caribbean-fusion restaurant serving unique locally inspired cuisine
Bay Gardens Beach Resort is one of few amenity-rich resorts in Rodney Bay, featuring a spa, fitness center, water sports pavilion, several restaurants and bars, and a lovely beachfront. It was opened in 2007, and the grounds have a fresh -- if almost fabricated –- quality, and the rooms are light years beyond those at Bay Gardens’ sister properties, Bay Gardens Inn and Bay Gardens Hotel. Of course, rates are slightly higher than at these other options, but considering the added features, it’s worth every penny.