In January, Winair announced limited direct flights from St Barth to Saba. The schedule is to leave SBH at 9:30 AM on Friday, and return at 5:30 PM on Sunday, giving you 3 full days on the Island. The flight only takes 15 minutes, and the landing on Saba is quite interesting because the runway is only about 1100 feet compared to about 2000 feet on SBH.
We were joined on our adventure by Rosita and Jean-Paul, their friend Charlie who just built a house on the Island, and our taxi driver, Wayne, who instantly became our new best friend, and transported us all around the Island.
We stayed at the Queen's Gardens Resort, which sits at an elevation of about 1200 feet. I found a 2 night package on their website that included a 2 room suite with a Jacuzzi, airport transfers, full Breakfast, and a massage. The ambiance was extremely nice, the staff was great, including a bartender who boasted that he poured 27 different Gins from around the world. We did our best to sample them all, but sadly ran out of time. One caution, though, if you don't like, or have trouble with steps, this is not the place to go. Our room was about 4 flights up from the restaurant deck.
Saba is shaped like a volcanic cone. There are very few spots that are level and the roads twist and turn as they wind their way up and down the mountain. Driving there is definitely not for the feint of heart. BTW, the roads were actually hand built by the inhabitants after Dutch engineers said it couldn't be done. It took over 40 years to complete the entire system, and now the Dutch government is pitching in by re-surfacing some of the oldest sections.
The Island itself is very peaceful and quiet, and we found the entire experience very relaxing. Winair says that they will keep the current direct flights until April or May, and then evaluate to see if it makes financial sense to continue. We hope they do and would not hesitate to make the trip again next year.
I put a little slideshow together. Click here to see it.