Stayed here for a week with my o/h and 8yr old son.
We arrived late having got lost in our rental car from the airport but were shown to our room (2A) by security.
Have to admit first impressions weren't great of the chalet itself although setting is great - right opposite the pool.
Here's an honest review - it isn't a 5* hotel and isn't advertised as such so as others have said, you get what you pay for.
The water pressure is unreliable at best but once you get used to it the shower is useable, though on the last day we did note that the gardeners were using the outside tap so we sneakily turned that off while we showered which would have otherwise been impossible. Bath was a no go!
The additional bed we requested for our son was very soft and, frankly, past it but fortunately he's a fairly reliable sleeper.
There were no facilities for pot washing so we bought washing up liquid with our first shop visit and washed minus dishcloth.
Cleanliness - we found it clean other than the oven being somewhat sub-par (made the mistake of pulling out the tray and gained instant black hands) and also no oven gloves or oven proof dishes so only cooked pizza in the oven on the rack which was clean.
The surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom are old and stained but were clean - basically could do with a refurb but I guess that's not covered by the small number of guests we saw during our stay.
Pool - we nearly had a private pool for the week. The water is clean. There are some nail heads sticking out of the decking round the pool in places so be careful with kids in bare feet but I'm not complaining - just trying to be accurate.
The lovely receptionist was very helpful - quickly provided extra breakfast bowls and lent a electric plug adapter for the week as we didn't have the right one. Painless check in (on the second day due to our late arrival on day one!) and out.
The grounds - nicely maintained grounds to wander round. I want to counter the negative comments about the beach in quite a few reviews...The walk to the beach takes about ten minutes which personally I don't see as anything to complain about - we were on holiday so no rush! The bit between the gardens and the raft to cross the water is a little unattractive but there are many many crabs to spot (maybe we were easily amused but it made our ten minute walks become 15-20minutes after crab spotting). My son loved the little raft you pull yourself across on. LOTS of fish are round the raft near the surface of the water. It's a nice walk through the mangroves over a decking type path. The beach itself is small but there are sea crabs in the shallows, lots of interesting shells and a walk up 'Goathead hill' which is a nice half hour adventure to get an elevated view over the sea from the top. I wouldn't reccommend this walk for anyone who isn't confident on their feet as it is mostly up rocks set in the side of the hill to form a path, but again, my son loved this and I certainly wasn't complaining. There are different crabs with orange legs and a single large purple claw (possible hermit???? or similar which trade shells as they grow from seed case type tiny shells to old washed up conch shell remains when they are bigger) to spot as you walk over the beach to the bottom of the hill and on the way up the hill. Also some huge crickets further up the hill.
Overall, it depends what you are looking for. We wanted a nice quiet base for the week and spent maybe 1-3daylight hours on site each day. If you are having a hire car and looking round the island this is a lovely little cost effective base to stay at.
This hotel is very nice and quiet. Our visit is during the off season so not to many guest on the property. We stayed in the larger units on the hill and had a nice view of the ocean and hillside. You can also see all of the hotel property from the room. On this trip we wanted quiet time on an island with plenty of ocean breeze and room to walk around. This hotel delivered. If you like clean not to out of the way hotels that is locally owned, comfortable, and all you can hear in the morning is birds and ocean this is your spot. Besides all of that the hotel staff is very helpful (front desk, room service and grounds). If you are the type of person that needs all the bells and whistles of a large chain hotel with the latest furnishings and lots of activities this may not be best for you.
I rented a car so I can move about freely. The hotel has plenty of beaches in driving distance and one on the property in walking distance. You also have a grocery store and restaurants in the area, but you will need transportation to get to them.
The pictures does not give this property any justice. It is much better in person. I can tell some work has been done on the property. If you really want to nit-pick I am sure you can say there are some things that can be done for improvement.
The internet is weak in the room if you are staying on the hill but if you sit on the front porch the signal is a bit stronger. Bring bug spray, remember you are staying close to a mangrove and at night is feeding time.
The bathroom and overall space of the entire room was great for three adults. The kitchen and frig had plenty of space to cook small meals. To me it is the average size of a one bedroom apartment in CT. We definitely were not tripping over each other.
Our bungalow was airy and spacious with fantastic views of the ocean. The gardens are immaculate and a delight to walk around. The pool area was lovely and the pool was clean and refreshing with comfortable loungers with some nice shade. We had a large air-conditioned bedroom with plenty of storage space and plugs. However, the accommodation needed a deep clean and the bathroom was out-dated. The corner bath unit was stained with peeling grouting around the edges. The shower, a rubber hose above the bath, was only just adequate. The kitchen lacked workspace and the oven was dirty. Nevertheless we enjoyed our stay which was quiet and peaceful. The atmospheric board-walk through the mangroves to the little beach and the snorkel/kayak excursion was excellent. Our friendly and welcoming hostess, Charmaine, quickly sorted out a few minor plumbing problems and we valued her advice about the island. We knew that this was budget accomodation and, compared to the all-inclusive resorts, was good value and well-placed as a centre from which to explore this lovely island.
I stayed in one of the studio rooms for 10 days. The room was very clean, with fridge, microwave & coffee maker. I did not watch the tv, but did use the wifi. Each room had its own covered porch area with 2 chaises, and a table with 2 chairs. The view was of fields.
The private beach was a short walk, with a boardwalk through a mangrove marsh area. There is also a pull across raft on the way to the beach. Beach has a large shallow area that is quite calm, perfect for children. You will have to go out quite far to get to deep water. Areas of coral reef. Beach/water shoes are a good idea for all beaches with coral! The trail up to Goat Head is is an easy walk & has beautiful views. The vibe is a bit like a summer camp.
This is a quiet area, away from town. It is right on the local bus route, just walk up to the entrance & wait a few minutes. The bus does not run at night, so plan accordingly. There are not restaurants within walking distance, but several good ones on the bus route. Taxis are crazy expensive, rental cars are reasonable. Beware the roads- narrow, potholes, and wandering livestock!
I really enjoyed staying here. It is not fancy, but a very good value for what you pay. They also do run tours- local sights, as well as kayaking & snorkling.
We loved our short stay at South Coast Horizons in October 2015. The location is perfect - much less busy than other parts of the island, and if you're even a little energetic then the small walk through the mangrove to a little, private beach is magical. The cottage we stayed in was basic and comfortable and we welcomed the a/c as it was pretty hot when we arrived.
On the down side, the cleaning wasn't great. There were long, black hairs all over the floor in each room, which indicated the mop hadn't been cleaned for a while. The bathroom is quite run down, but serviceable, and the only real problem we had was that there is almost no equipment in the kitchen for cooking. It seems a pity not to have a good set of basic equipment when there's a sink, oven, hob and large fridge/freezer. There were just a few rusty old bits and pieces. Not enough to make a single, decent meal.
Something that might bother some people is that the cottages have a road running past behind. We're normally people really annoyed by road noise but for some reason it didn't bother us here - maybe because the whole place is so peaceful. The only other thing that let the place down was that despite there being only one other resident during our stay, we were put in the same building (there are two 'cottages' in each building - back to back) and since the walls are so thin, we couldn't have a siesta because the lady next to us watched TV all afternoon. I think your enjoyment of this place could easily be marred by a noisy neighbour. It seemed really strange to force us together when the rest of the resort was empty!
Ultimately though we enjoyed our stay and would like to visit again in future.