The scent of Bougainvillea drifts through the air at The Sandpiper, a boutique Barbados hotel tucked on the dreamy shores of Saint James. Owned and run by the O’Hara family, The Sandpiper promises an intimate experience of Barbados in a laidback but luxurious atmosphere, with the owners making every effort to chat to guests and be involved in the smooth operations taking place day-to-day.
This family touch certainly gives The Sandpiper a homely feel, albeit one of an exclusive estate awash with coconut grove gardens, sumptuous living areas and an idyllic beach right on its doorstep where sunbathing and non-motorised watersports take place. Guests return to The Sandpiper time and time again for this irresistible combination, and since recent refurbishments incorporating a sleek new pool and suites, it provides yet more reason to come and stay.
While away the hours by either of The Sandpiper’s two swimming pools, or relax in the shade of the sundeck propped up above the beach, and stop by the Caribbean-chic bar, Harold’s, for refreshments and cocktails. The restaurant is a quintessentially Bahian eatery with soft candlelight, serving up a combination of local staples such as grilled fish and western dishes; breakfast is a decadent affair with everything from waffles and French toast to fresh fruit. Then, on Wednesdays the owners put on special cocktail tasting followed by a hearty buffet, and on Sundays, barbecues accompanied by live steel band music.
Should you wish to explore outside of the hotel, there are plenty of restaurants and bars in Holetown, a short walk away, or make the most of The Sandpiper’s sister property (Coral Reef Club) with its own fabulous dining options and spa. A two-minute, complimentary transfer later and you could be enjoying soothing massage treatments against a leafy backdrop – simply heavenly. If coming with the kids however, they will get access to Coral Reef Club’s playground so you will still have time to indulge.
No matter how you spend your day at The Sandpiper, returning to your guestroom is a real treat. All options flaunt generous terraces and tasteful décor true to the style of the region; all cool tiled floors, flashes of bright colour, and wicker touches. More recent additions to the accommodation menu are the Beach Houses, perched on the shoreline and made up of an expansive sun deck and wet bar, a sophisticated living room with its own media centre, and breezy master bedroom. You can also interconnect with a Treetop Suite should you require more space.
Overall, for those seeking an intimate boutique hotel in Barbados with slick service and warm hospitality, The Sandpiper is an excellent choice.
The Sandpiper Facilities
50 rooms and suites. Most suites have kitchenettes, making them well suited to families, while the Tree Top Suites boast greater space with elegantly designed bathrooms and wraparound terraces with private plunge pools.
St.James, 55 minutes transfer from Grantley Adams International Airport.