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Sandy Lane Hotel
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Sandy Lane, BB24024, Barbados   |  
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1 review
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Segregation at it's worst”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

My new husband and I had considered Sandy Lane for our honeymoon but decided on an alternative option. Nonetheless we were eager to check out the hotel on our arrival, and walked over to it for a drink and to have some lunch. We arrived at the gate but were not allowed entry unless we knew a guest or had a reservation. The security guard was extremely rude, and I felt so humiliated. I come from Ireland, a place where everybody is treated with respect, and where you are not going to be refused entry to an establishment, especially if you are willing to pay! I felt so awful leaving that hotel. It ruined a part of our honeymoon, and unfortunately is the one memory from Barbados that stands out in my mind.

Stayed April 2013
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Sandy Lane is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Nothing is too much trouble for any of the amazing and hard working staff. The food is fantastic from the most opulent breakfast choices to lunch and dinner. With a selection of restaurants within the hotel including the beach and the Spa as well as the stunning golf club.
At the beach a personal remote control brings over an attentive member of the team to bring water, tiny iced cups of sorbet, whatever you need including cleaning your sunglasses!
The spa is one of the most calming and stunning areas.
The beach bar is the best place to watch the sunset with a rum punch. This is a hotel of distinction.

Room Tip: The turtle suites are directly on the beach but I would advise a 1st floor room so you get a good vi...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Sandy Lane, Wow. Its hard to stay somewhere else after a stay at Sandy Lane. The staff seem to do everything you wish would be done for a vacation. They even think of the things you have not even thought about. I've stayed at many five star resorts, Four Season, St. Regis, Ritz Carlton, and the One & Only but none compare to Sandy Lane. Best Food, Best Pools, Best Gym and most importantly the BEST SERVICE!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

The Sandy Lane is one of the best hotels in the world. Every time we go we have a great time and come home so relaxed. The spa is amazing and is a must for everyone. A few days lying on the beach with a cocktail or two makes you never want to go home!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

probably the nicest hotel ive ever stayed in, luxurious with amazing views of the caribbean sea. so romantic and all of the staff very friendly. amazing spa services too. breakfast was very good with a wide spread. top drawer restaurants in the hotel and spotless room service.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC
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13 hotel reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

I've always wanted to visit Sandy Lane and my husband & I recently escaped there for a few days to celebrate the imminent arrival of our third child. We were looking forward to luxuriating and doing nothing and sought a resort with a nice beach, good spa, excellent service & a high level of comfort. We could not have been happier. We were upgraded upon arrival & treated so warmly the entire time. We tend to travel well, and very often find things don't live up to our expectations. Sandy Lane was the first resort we both honestly felt was worth its high price for the quality afforded. Met so many nice people and it wasn't a place where people were showy or had attitude. A high class establishment that we thoroughly enjoyed. We cannot wait to go back!!

Room Tip: If you can get oceanfront, go for it. The outdoor patio is a fabulous place to relax & take in...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cheshire
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

I spent a week at Sandy Lane recently to get some much needed R&R & winter sun after the cold snap here in the UK & I can't stress enough what a tonic it was after a seriously hectic period in my life.
We were met on arrival at the hotel by the Management team & were made to feel truly welcome instantly. What is noticeable is that in all areas of the hotel, staff are ready to acknowledge you with a smile & a greeting & they all seem truly happy in their work which is good to see.
During my stay, I foolishly lost a diamond ring in the sand near my sun lounger on the beach. Security were on hand instantly to assist with a metal detector & it was soon located & disaster averted & I am truly grateful for their help. The beach staff really stood out for me on this trip & they were always extremely efficient, kind & helpful & the new manager, Christian seems to have really made a difference.
Also worthy of note is my new favourite food, the Tandoor oven in Bajan Blue, with chicken & shrimp cooked to perfection by the new Indian Chef from Jaipur who is absolutely delightful.
I'm looking forward to returning soon, of that there can be no doubt!

Room Tip: This time we stayed in a ground floor room with direct beach access, however I think I prefer rooms...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sandy Lane Hotel

Address: Sandy Lane, BB24024, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Saint James Parish
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Saint James Parish
#2 Luxury Hotel in Saint James Parish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sandy Lane Hotel 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elegant and exclusive, Sandy Lane is set in an ancient mahogany grove overlooking a 1000 foot crescent of gorgeous white sand beach. Accommodations include 112 rooms and suites as well as a stunning 5-bedroom villa. With a magnificent 47,000-square-foot spa, four restaurants, six bars, nine floodlit tennis courses, beachside service, 45 holes of championship golf and The Treehouse Club facility for kids and teens, Sandy Lane will cater to your every need. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sandy Lane Resort
Sandy Lane Barbados
Hotel Sandy Lane
Sandy Lane Hotel Barbados/Saint James Parish

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