For a small island, Saba has a refreshingly diverse array of lodging options: you can go upscale, stay in town or the rainforest, opt for a stay-and-dive package, or meet the locals by renting a villa or B&B.
If you want a little luxury after a day spent hiking, diving and exploring Saba, the Queen's Garden Resort is your place. This hillside hotel overlooks The Bottom (Saba's capital) from a 1,200-foot perch, with views of mountains, rainforests, and the Caribbean. With just a dozen guest suites (even the smallest has more than 500 square feet of living space), you're guaranteed plenty of elbow room and attentive service. For even more privacy, book the Queen's Villa, a Japanese-style villa with three bedrooms and a private pool and jacuzzi. The hotel restaurant features fine dining on West Indian and international cuisine using fresh, sustainable ingredients and accompanied by an extensive wine list. Hotel amenities include a pool, fitness room, in-room massages, yoga and cooking classes, a pool table, and a library.
The Shearwater Resort in the town of Windwardshire boasts unobstructed views of the Caribbean from the top of Booby Hill -- vistas you can enjoy from many of the luxury guest rooms as well as the boutique hotel's public spaces. The latter include the Bistro del Mare restaurant (serving Northern Italian cuisine) and martini bar, and a large swimming pool with sun deck and jacuzzi. Room options include suites and efficiency apartments. The resort also has a gym and Saba's only tennis court.
Planning a Saba dive vacation? Check out Saba Divers' Scout's Place Resort, owned by the husband-and-wife team of dive instructors Barbara and Wolfgang Tooten. The Windwardside hotel (you can walk to town) features standard and deluxe rooms and cottages, plus a private pool, a bar and terrace restaurant serving local cuisine with nightly specials, and of course a dive center with packages that include accommodations and diving on excursions out of Fort Bay.
Immerse yourself in Saba's village life with a stay at the Cottage Club, located in the heart of Windwardside. Ten guest cottages surround the property's Grand House, on a hillside sloping toward the sea. Each cottage has a balcony facing the Caribbean and is outfitted with a bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Amenities include an optional breakfast service, swimming pool, and a guest lounge in the Grand House equipped with free wifi.
Hiking the rainforests of Saba is one of the top activities on the island, and the Ecolodge Rendez-Vous lets you immerse yourself in the island's most extensive natural environment with very little footprint left behind. The 12 cottages are solar powered and have no phones, TVs or radios to distract you from the natural beauty around you. Budget cottages appeal to the basic needs of hikers, while more deluxe accommodations have hot tubs to ease away the aches of a day spent on the trails. The lodge features a pool, sauna, restaurant, and direct access to Saba's extensive trail network.
With eight hillside cottages, El Momo offers the typically awesome Saba views of mountains and ocean at bargain prices -- cottages start at $50 nightly for singles, $65 for doubles. Breakfast is served daily and the owners will even pack you a lunch if you're heading out for a hike; come back at the end of the day and the resort's pool and hammocks await.
Whether you plan to hike the trails of Saba, charter a dive boat from Fort Bay, or visit the shops and restaurants of Windwardside, Juliana's Hotel is just a short walk away. Standard rooms, cottages, and apartments surround the hotel's pool and hot tub; the Tropics Cafe serves breakfast and lunch daily, special Thursday and Friday dinners, and tapas on Sunday nights. The free outdoor movie night on Fridays is a Saba tradition.
Villas and Cottages
If you're traveling with a group or just want a place that's all your own, Saba has at least a half-dozen private villas for rent, most with spectacular views and swimming pools. Travelers on a budget who prefer the intimacy of living in the local community over a hotel can choose from more than a dozen cottages for rent -- many built in traditional red-roofed Saban style.