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Great Place, shame about the food
Visited Timothy Beach Resort March 2005, nice beach good accomodation
in a suite, a little pricey, but worth it for the Kittian Green Velvet Monkeys
that visited every morning. Whole families of them would sit outside the room awaiting any snacks of fruit (they didn't like biscuits).
The Sunset Cafe was O.K. for breakfast,and for snacks during the day,
and they do a good Pina Colada and Rum Punch. Unfortuneately, the Dinner
Menu was unimaginative and didn't change for the whole week we were
there. It would not take a great deal of effort to improve this situation,
but when you can't even get a coffee after dinner, it was ridiculous.
The Marriot Hotel complex was a ten minute walk away, and had good
meal facilities, and was about on a par pricewise with TBR, and had a
much higher standard.
Overall Timothy Beach Resort has lots of potential, but it would appear
that the opening of the Gigantic Marriot Hotel, has had an effect on
trade at many Hotels and resorts, and many including TBR have been
affected, but for the quality of the beach on the warm Carribean side
of the Island, Timothy wins hands down.
We returned recently from a week at Timothy Beach Resort. I'm still on "island time" - that is why I'm just getting around to this review. Timothy Beach is a wonderful place to stay. We have nothing but positive things to say about this resort. The rooms were clean and spacious and everyone had a smile on their face. My only recommendation would be to upgrade to a studio or even an oceanview room. We had a studio and the balcony alone was worth the extra cost. We saw the other resorts in the Frigate Bay area, the Angelus, the Marriott and the Sugar Bay Club. These resorts are all on the Atlantic which is quite rough. We met several people that were staying at those resorts and they would walk over to Timothy Beach to spend the day on the beach there. The Caribbean side of the island is much better. The beach is great - they apparently got a lot of their beach back this year that they had lost in a previous hurricane. The beach isn't long enough for true beachwalkers but what is there is superb! We took the catamaran tour to Nevis on the Spirit of St. Kitts - this is a definite must. It was a great day - from the snorkelling, to the beach barbeque on Nevis to the 4 gentlemen that were running the catamaran. They were a lot of fun and always aiming to please! Nevis is beautiful - on a return trip we will definitely explore it more. We saw Sunshines Beach bar but declined on the famous Killer Bees. Maybe next time! We rented a scooter for a day and went around the island - starting with Turtle Beach and working our way back around the island. We were at Turtle Beach fairly early in the day and did not get a chance to see their famous pig! We stopped at the Golden Lemon Inn, Rawlins Plantation and of course Brimstone Hill. I probably wouldn't recommend the scooter - drivers in St. Kitts (as others have mentioned here) are very aggressive and the scooter just didn't have the power needed for those hills. Try to get to the top of Brimstone with two people on a scooter and you will see what I mean!! But it was an adventure and we survived it - but if you take my advice, opt for the car. Book early for the car - we were not able to get one on short notice. We also spent a day in Basseterre - ate at the Circus Grill - a really nice restaurant in the centre of town. Did a bit of souvenir shopping but we preferred to be away from the downtown area. We ate at the Monkey Bar (on Timothy Beach), Bobsy's and at the Oasis Sports Bar. We had several meals (and drinks) at the Shiggidy Shack. It was our favourite hangout for the week and Saturday night karaoke was very entertaining. The Shiggidy Shack has great food - ribs and mahi mahi were excellent. We never made it to Sprat Net, we just ran out of time. We had a half day rainforest tour booked, but it was cancelled the night before due to transportation problems. We definitely plan on going back to St. Kitts and would highly recommend Timothy Beach Resort.
Loved Timothy Beach
We stayed at Timothy Beach for 8 days at the beginning of November and had a fabulous time. The rooms were simple and plenty big for the two of us. Appreciated the small refrigerator and ice - bought very good rum for $4 US and sipped our drinks on the balcony overlooking the beautiful Caribbean. In the morning, the monkeys visited the grounds and made us laugh. Many small finch-like birds came to visit and they ate small bits of nuts from our hands. Delightful.
The staff at Timothy Beach were wonderful and took great care to make us happy. The food was very good everywhere we went even though it was pricey. We are from Boston and are accustomed to paying a lot for food, gas, and everything else, so it was not a big problem.
Highly recommend the Monkey Bar (Jeanne is a doll) and we met the owner, Roy Jones, Jr. , who is a former boxer and famous in his own right. Bob was chuffed to meet him! There is a small bar at the end of the beach where we went every night to watch the sunset, beers in hand. We were sorry to leave...
Will definetely go back to St. Kitts for the lovely beaches, fabulous wildlife (we almost got gored by a bull who wouldn't let us near the car, but that's another story), great seafood, happy and pleasant people, and of course the wonderful weather (we have freezing rain today - YUK).
Hope you can make it to Timothy Beach and have a great time.
loved this hotel and st kitts
We stayed at this hotel for a week and it was lovely.The staff was great.Our maid came around every day singing a beautiful song.She was a real gem.The beach was beautiful and quiet.The only time more than 20 people were there was when a cruise ship was downtown.There isn't much to do at night unless you head downtown.All and all this was a great trip.I would recommend this hotel to anyone and might make this a annual trip
We stayed in a 1-bedroom apt. at Timothy Beach for a week in January. The other reviews are right: it's fabulous- for enjoying the views, the beach, swimming, snorkeling and relaxing. The beach is particularly nice; the location on the Caribbean side is essential for swimming. The room was very large and comfortable. The views from the balcony were incredible; great for eating and relaxing. The staff was very friendly and went out of their way to be helpful.
We enjoyed hiking in the rainforest (with Greg's Safari), and the southeast peninsula. We took the ferry to Nevis for a day trip (the schedules range from misleading to confusing). We hiked on the Source trail (excellent) and visited Pinney Beach (just OK).
Overall, St. Kitts is great for an easygoing, relaxing vacation. The Timothy Beach Hotel had everything we wanted. We hated to leave and would return in a minute!!
Loved TBR. Better than the Marriott.
Back from a 4 day stay at TBR in the last week of January. We had a 1-bedroom suite. Loved the room, in particular the balcony which was perfect for lying in the sun. Though we walked alot to the Marriott for dining, we loved TBR more b/c it's quiet and non-commercial and actually feels like an isolated Caribbean island resort, rather than at a big tourist resort that could be anywhere. The staff is friendly and the rooms are very comfortable. TBR sits against a big hill which makes for a cozy tropical feel. The beach is great. The only negative was the food which was alright for some meals. However lots of options are nearby and it gave us a chance to explore the island.
Spent one week with my wife at TBR in late January. We had a one bedroom suite and it was large and comfortable. We were able to make our own breakfasts etc. Its in a great location and is quiet. I would recommend renting a car though to be able to see the island at your own pace.
The restaurant, the Sunset Cafe, is not amazing but there are a lot of good alternatives in the area. The guests tended to be older people when we stayed there, but we would definitely go back to the TBR again.
A beautiful, quiet vacation to celebrate my 65th!
The photographic beauty, the quietness, the uncrowdedness, the people, the beaches, the seafood. All conducive to a wonderful vacation on the Island of St. Kitts, south of St. Martin and St. Thomas in the Caribbean.
TBR: A true St. Kitts beach resort!
We stayed at TBR for 3 nights (Feb 26-Mar 1) during our 1-week visit to St. Kitts & Nevis, and truly enjoyed it. We also spent 3 nights on Nevis (Golden Rock) and a final night on St. Kitts (Marriott); those reviews are posted separately, but given that we experienced the 'other #1 hotel' (as per tripadvisor reviews) on St. Kitts, many of my comments will be made with comparison to the Marriott in mind.
VS. THE MARRIOTT: These are two VASTLY different experiences on St. Kitts, if that wasn't already intuitive to you in your research. While the Marriott is massive, luxurious, and a resort in the true sense of the word (they have everything there, you don't really have to leave; but if that's your plan for this trip, you may want to reconsider coming all the way to st. kitts to do it!) - TBR is smaller, more quaint, more of a condo hotel that has some amenities (e.g. pool, restaurant), but with easy access to more of the St. Kitts experience. However, note that TBR is also an older - and as such, more worn (e.g. picture faded - but clean! - bed comforters)- resort, you will likely not be satisfied if you are looking for luxury.
ROOMS: We booked a standard mountainview room. Because we had requested a standard oceanview room, which was not available for all 3 nights of our stay, they prepared an oceanview studio for us to look at when we checked in for a slightly higher rate. However, we liked the standard room better - bathroom was much bigger, room felt more spacious overall, and since we intended to eat out for all meals we really didn't need the kitchen, so we stuck with the standard room. Our room was simple; we had to bring our own shampoo, but we had the linens, tv with many channels, iron & ironing board, hair dryer, etc. A small balcony looked onto the mountain behind the resort, and from it in the morning we often saw many monkeys & goats! The room was very clean, with the exception of the tiny ants that seemed to live perpetually in the bathroom. We also had 1 cockroach drop by for a visit (another friendly islander?), but perhaps we brought him in from the walk because we didn't see another one during our stay.
STAFF: The staff at the hotel were wonderful, Joyce was there most of our stay and she was especially gracious and accomodating. A much more personal feel than at the Marriott! The staff at TBR will handle arranging for a rental car, island tours, etc. --- but note that as with any hotel, booking a hike or tour directly with the guide will likely get you a lower rate than booking through a hotel.
BEACH: The beach immediately in front of TBR is very nice - we thought Timothy Beach was one of the nicest on the island. The sand was not quite as white as on Turtle Beach, but just as nice as South Friar's, in our opinion, and much more swimmable than the atlantic side. The sunsets from here were incredible, and the beach bars were great - loved the rum punch. Met several locals ex-pats drinking & eating here each night we were out...
FOOD: The restaurant at TBR was sufficiently decent, though we had just one meal there. Mr. X's Shiggity Shack & Monkey Bar were our favorite places to eat - - - definitely great values ($40 or less for dinner for two)- - - and they're literally just steps (maybe 40 feet?) from the TBR! And, much cheaper AND STRONGER drinks...especially as compared to the Marriott.
GUESTS: The other guests at TBR during our stay were of a variety - we saw older couples, families, younger people, etc. - - - and we found guests there very relaxed & incredibly friendly - perhaps it's the barefoot island vacation atmosphere....much less formal than that the Marriott (though we did meet some friendly folks there too...though it just didn't seem like as many smiling faces...maybe they were grimacing at the prices as we did during our visit there???).
OTHER ST. KITTS ACTIVITIES: During our stay, we did the 1/2 day rainforest hike with Rogers' Safaris - Hugh Rogers was an excellent guide. We had hoped to do the volcano hike, but learned that they needed at least 4 people to do it, thus they tend to do it later in the week once they've accumulated interest from people. So, we missed out. We also rented a car for 2 days, which in retrospect we probably didn't need to do. With 3 nights stay, we really could've probably gotten away with just taking a cab for 1 full day, including the island tour (which likely would've been much more informative than our version), and a visit to the southern beaches....but it was easy enough to navigate the island. I think we were under the impression that the other beaches were much better than Timothy (I suppose some may have that opinion), and thus we'd want to have a car to get there at our convenience...but we found Timothy perfectly adequate! A side note, in our quest for beaches during our island tour, we found virtually no decent beach north of basseterre on the island. We stopped at Dieppe Bay, but didn't go far....unless perhaps we missed some???
BOTTOM LINE: Loved the TBR, would stay here again - for the budget-conscious traveler looking to get more of a 'true' island experience. Not as luxurious as the Marriott, but depending upon what you're looking for in YOUR island experience, this could be the better bet.
Best location on the island
We just returned from a weeks vacation at the TBR. With out a doubt it is the best location on the island. It's the only hotel right on the Caribbean with a calm, sandy beach. In fact others come to the TBR beach. The beach has several food and drink options, along with a watersports rental place. The snorkelling right on the beach is also good. We walked to the Marriott one night for a coffee-it's located on the Atlantic side. Although the hotel complex was impressive it didn't feel like a vacation, very large and lacking in the quiet, personal charm you look for when on vacation. TBR was the perfect size, quiet with spectacular views of the Caribbean. We were on the third floor and had a beautiful view. When visiting I recommend trying to get a third floor room as you have a better view and the rooms have a high peaked ceiling making them feel even more spacious. The front desk staff were very helpful, but we only ate at the hotel restaurant twice because the service was poor, not because of how long it took to receive food-when on vacation you're never in a hurry, but the serving staff were rather rude. We took an island tour for 20$ US, plus an 8$US entry fee into Brimstone hill, which I highly recommend, it was good value. Getting around St. Kitts is rather expensive. The cab rides are a flat fee and are 8$ US into town, which is really only a 5 minute ride. We bought some groceries at the IGA in town which we ate for breakfast, I recommend doing this as eating out for all three meals can become expensive. Finding local eating establishments was not as easy as we had hoped. One of the restaurants that we read about was Fishermans Wharf, I would rate it OK, the food and service was not as good as I would have expected for the price and location. Seeing and hand feeding the vervet monkeys that visited the hotel every morning was an added bonus. There are several eateries within a 10-15 minute walking distance, including the restaurants in the Marriott and the Siggidy Shack on the beach at TBR was a great place to have a drink or enjoy lunch. At the end of the beach at TBR was Dolce Cabanas which offered good thin crust pizzas and Italian food, we ate there several times as the prices were reasonable and the service was very friendly. Another restaurant that we received good service at was Ballahoos in the circus in town and PJs Italian restaurant on the Atlantic row. In town we were lucky enough to stumble upon a roti restaurant. The owner was Guyanese and very friendly, the food was really good and fresh and extremely well priced. If you are an adventurous type I also recommend giving this a try. We were also greatful to the staff at TBR as they allowed us to keep our room until 6 o'clock the day we checked out so that we could get showered and clean before our flight that left at 8:30 at night. Just a little extra that they do to make your stay as comfortable as possible. When we return to St.Kitts we will definitely stay at the TBR again.