We stayed in the Sandpiper for 10 nights in total during June, broken up with a trip to St Lucia in between. Having stayed in a number of good hotels on holiday islands previously, the Sandpiper certainly qualifies as one of the best. Its best points are the small, intimate atmosphere and personal service - which was consistently excellent. An example of this was being welcomed back by all the staff in turn for the second part of our stay. One aspect not mentioned in other reviews is that the boardwalk / beach area is lovely with plenty of choice of sun and shade (important for fair skinned Europeans!). This area is also torchlit at night, very romantic!
In terms of the rooms, we stayed in the standard level rooms, nicely decorated without being flash. These rooms however did seem to vary quite a lot. At first we were in a newish block on the edge of the estate, which was large but quite noisy due to the main road nearby. The second room was small but better, near to the pool. As first time visitors, it did seem to us that repeat visitors had better rooms, possibly as they knew which room numbers to request at the time of booking. Repeat visitors did seem to dominate the clientele, which is a recommendation for the hotel's appeal but can seem at first like you are gatecrashing a house party!
In terms of the restaurant, it is stunningly decorated like a large marquee in the middle of the estate. One thing that we had wished we knew before going is that the restaurant is open air, we hit a very humid patch in June and so it was very hot eating out, even in the evening - bear this in mind when you pack! The food was very good in a traditional European style, lots of steak and duck.
One final thing to mention is that the managers' drinks are an great institution in themselves - it was the first time that we had been to a hotel where the owners and the manager partied with the guests over potent rum cocktails! Again this was characteristic of the personal style which differentiates this hotel from many others.
- Also Known As:
- The Sandpiper Hotel Saint James
- Sandpiper Saint James
- Sandpiper Hotel Saint James
- Sandpiper Barbados
- The Sandpiper Barbados/Saint James Parish