There are many, many holiday resorts in Barbados, most of which look provincial in comparison to one in particular: Sandy Lane, the grand dame. An eminent member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Sandy Lane is unabashedly opulent, basking in an exclusive three hundred acre estate, and lapped by clear blue warm waters. An unofficial oracle of old school Caribbean luxury on the West Coast, Sandy Lane is something of an institution; guests become accustomed to a certain level of service from the very beginning, travelling in style from the airport in one of the resort’s BMWs or Mercedes. Upon entering the neo-Palladian, pink-accented façade of Sandy Lane, colourful exuberance abounds, radiating plush luxury. Chic floral prints, grand marble bathrooms, dark woods and vast open spaces are just some of the hallmarks of Sandy Lane’s 114 Rooms and Suites. The standalone five-bedroom Villa at Sandy Lane takes magnificence to another level. An arresting architectural mosaic showcasing unique details such as stone carved pineapples and pillars, the stately Villa is embraced by its own private gardens and affords a whole team of dedicated staff.
Golf is almost ubiquitous at Sandy Lane; the premier address on the island for lovers of the sport, guests can choose between three golf courses. Standing aloft the mesmerising coastline, The Country Club course is pristine with lush greens and five lakes. The Green Monkey lies on a dramatic landscape and was conceived by golf course architect Tom Fazio, varying in elevation and replete with exposed rock faces.
Beneath the veneer of ultra-luxe, fantastic food awaits. L’Acajou is an education in the finest of European favourites, particularly inspired by France and the Mediterranean, paired with an Old or New World Wine. Refined and classic, this al fresco restaurant is the best place to observe the famed pastel-hued sunsets. Bajan Blue is striking, with a sweeping marble staircase and cerise hues
. Bajan Blue presents elaborate Sunday brunch, spectacular themed buffet evenings, a range of European, Caribbean and Asian fare and a sushi station. A medley of healthy lifestyle cuisine can be enjoyed at The Spa Café, including Tandoori marinated prawns and avocado and grapefruit tartar.
The beauty at The Spa at Sandy Lane is multi-sensory. An affinity for international massage techniques translates well here, as wellbeing traditions from the Caribbean and America, to Ayurvedic Philosophy practises in the Far East are all utilised. Delivering charming service that is synonymous with Barbados, experiences are fondly remembered. At 47,000 square feet, the Spa comprises fourteen treatment suites, full fitness facility, a hydrotherapy pool and manicured gardens.
Having opened its doors for the first time in 1961, Sandy Lane stands strong with its enduring appeal, on a beach that stretches as far as the eye can see, and the world-renowned Bajan joie de vivre is almost tangible. Conjuring images of white sand ribbons, pristine aquamarine sea and an infectious energy, the resort epitomises Caribbean other-worldliness. For more information on this luxury resort, please call one of our specialists on 0161 233 0110.