Poised gracefully on a crescent of milky-white beach in western Barbados, Sandy Lane is an altogether opulent, stylish and impeccably run resort in the Caribbean. Multiple award-winning, Sandy Lane’s reputation is matched by the exceptional experiences and high service standards to be found here. It’s the case from the minute you touch down at the airport (greeted by a personal chaperone) to moments spent reclining on a sun lounger by the pool, attendants waiting in the background to offer you a cooling Evian spritz, polish your sunglasses, or perhaps serve you a zesty, refreshing sorbet; all you need to do is wave a little flag. If just one reason alone was needed to opt for Sandy Lane, the smiling, intelligent staff dressed in the hotel’s signature blush pink would be it.
Of course, there are scores of reasons why Sandy Lane is ranked as one of the Caribbean’s best hotels. The location is simply flawless, bestowing you with arresting views of the azure sea, in a setting laced with lush green foliage that instantly soothes the soul. Then, an expansive swimming pool complex of 7,500sq ft is sprawled over various tiers and punctuated with lavish waterfalls – there are even underwater speakers, too. If you’re not relaxing here or on the beach, you may be making the most of Sandy Lane’s lavish spa, a sacred space bedecked in a Romanesque style and complete with leafy gardens, an oriental steam bath, crystal cold room and hydrotherapy pool, on top of all the usual features you would expect.
But that’s what Sandy Lane does best; it takes a luxury hotel concept and embellishes it to the maximum, promising better service, better facilities and an exquisite design that will linger long in your mind. This is no better glimpsed than in the guestrooms, all of which are palatial sanctuaries dripping in marble, fine fabrics and slick technology, allowing you to order room service at the touch of a button or tweak the lighting, should you so wish. These abodes call for unashamed pampering, with their oversized bathrooms (think double vanities, deep-soak tubs and a separate rain shower), super king beds laden with billowing duvets and plump pillows, and sliding glass doors that open onto an elegant outdoor lounge – all coming as standard, even in the entry level rooms. If pushing the boat out slightly, Sandy Lane’s grand villa is a decadent den of a place with its large outdoor pool and personal team of staff who will wait on you hand and foot; though there are also all manner of suites in-between.
Finally, as well as immaculate design, hospitality and facilities, Sandy Lane possesses a bewildering collection of activities when it comes to playtime. There are multiple tennis courts, three outstanding golf courses, a wide range of watersports including jet-skiing, and opportunities to swim with turtles. All this, plus four exquisite restaurants and seven bars, not to mention a kids’ club that’ll keep the children entertained for weeks, ensures that every taste is considered and every whim catered for, at the one and only Sandy Lane in Barbados.
Sandy Lane Facilities
112 rooms and suites averaging 900 square feet, each with a spacious private verandah. 1 Villa with 5 bedrooms is also available for added privacy.
St. James, 45 minutes from Grantley Adams International Airport.