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“A wonderful honeymoon”
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Sandy Lane Hotel
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

We stayed at Sandy Lane for a week in October before moving to another West Coast hotel. Sandy Lane was our number 1. From the moment you arrive in Barbados and are met at the airport, taken through the VIP immigration to your awaiting limo, you realize that you are in for a treat. When you arrive at the hotel the management are waiting to welcome you and you feel special the whole time you are there. We had a small hiccup with a spa booking I had made over the phone a week before our arrival, which was sorted by the duty manager, who re-booked us within an hour of the original time, having come to the beach to find us to ensure this would work for us.

Everywhere you go, people greet you by name and we have yet to work out whether we had some sort of invisible (to us) branding when we arrived. The staff could not be more attentive, ensuring that your every wish is met during your stay.

The beach is beautiful - much deeper than some other local hotel beaches, immaculately groomed each day and the attendants really helpful.

The breakfast is to die for and we had to stop ourselves from over-eating as it was quite possible to do so. Breakfast on the deck, with a printed snapshot of the British news, together with a list of the weekly hotel entertainment was something we looked forward to each morning. We had a throughly enjoyable gourmet cooking lesson in the L'Acajou kitchen which we will remember for a long time, together with the cocktail making lesson with Hugh.

Our only request would be for some more lighter bites on the menu available for lunch. With such an amazing choice for breakfast and a three course meal every evening, we could have benefitted from more salad or lighter options for lunch.

The spa treatments we had were superb and we felt very relaxed after them. The gym was excellent, good choice of high quality equipment in a large space with room for mat work and bottles of evian and menthol cooling towels available. This all added to the sense that this is a truly special place.

We had a luxury ocean view room and it lived up to expectations with the most beautiful views of the sunset each evening from our terrace. The in-room technology was fun (electric drapes and sheers as well as multi channel TV/DVD etc) and the hotel provided us with an ipod dock with speakers which re had requested prior to our stay. The soft drinks in our fridge were complimentary.

This is an expensive hotel - especially the cost of food and drink compared to others but quite honestly you get what you pay for and we left Sandy Lane wishing we could stay longer.

We will definitely be back!

Room Tip: Ask for an ocean view
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

My wife and I honeymooned here this year, and all I will say is that this place is spectacular. From the minute you get ushered through the VIP security gates at the airport and into you private awaiting car, you know that the holiday will be special. Everything is of a 5 star standard, service, rooms, food, beach, everything. It's just amazing. The resort is so exclusive it's untrue, everything in the hotel room is controlled from a touch pad next to your bed. This really is luxury at its finest, but for the cost it should be!! Once in lifetime experience, but does it justify the cost?
I also played the green monkey golf course which was great, but again the cost here was ridiculous for a round of golf, and the royal Westmorland course was far better value for money. A better course at a quarter of the cost. And the old course at sandy lane which is a nine hole course was no better than my local municipal course, and this cost around £50!!
This is a special place though, and if you are fortunate enough to have a break here, then it's definitely worth the stay. By far the best hotel and resort I have ever stayed in, and whilst its clear that this place is full of the very rich and famous, at no point were my wife or I treated any differently than anyone else. Even though we would have a glass of house red in the evening instead of a £500 vintage, we never felt uncomfortable here amongst other guests. In fact on my first morning, a nice man whom I had just met, invited me for a round of golf with him the next day, although it was pretty clear that we were from very different backgrounds. There are other resorts on this island, which are far inferior where the other hotel guests think that they own the place and have the god given right to every facility in the place.
Amazing place, amazing honeymoon, excellent service and facilities, but very very expensive!!!

Room Tip: Sea view rooms are spectacular!
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Our first visit to Sandy Lane and we had a wonderful time. The property itself is simply beautiful, with outstanding facilities, but what really makes it a great hotel are the staff and the quality of service which are way up there with the best we've experienced. The hotel is extremely well managed, and the senior management consistently but unobtrusively engage with guests to confirm that all is well. As you'd expect, the staff have been astutely selected and well trained, but combined with characteristic Bajan warmth and hospitality the result is unbeatable.

Sandy Lane is clearly an expensive and exclusive hotel but it is in no way stuffy or formal, and while the staff obviously relish the opportunity to host famous faces, my family's distinct lack of celebrity status did not make for a less enthusiastic welcome or a less attentive service. The mood is one of genteel relaxation, with everything geared to ensure that guests have a lovely time.

We had interconnecting luxury ocean rooms on the third floor of the Seahorse Wing, well away from the villa construction work at the other end of the hotel, and with great views of the beach and ocean beyond. I’d happily recommend these peaceful, spacious, luxuriously appointed rooms. The honour bar (minibar soft drinks included in your room rate) is a nice touch.

Our foodie 10 year old daughter will never forget her cooking lesson in the kitchens of L'Acajou, the hotel's fabulous fine dining restaurant where she made one of their signature crab tortellini starters under instruction from sous-chef Ovistan, and a chocolate souffle with pastry chef Julian. Both chefs were lovely with her, as was Chef de Cuisine Stuart Ralston who gave us a little intro. She left the kitchen enthused and inspired, and keen to develop her cooking skills at home.

L’Acajou was a dinner highlight of our trip: the food is wonderful, with excellent quality ingredients flown in daily from all over the world. The dishes compare very favourably with those at top class fine dining restaurants anywhere. The setting is gorgeous and the staff friendly and attentive; Kevin was a star the night we were there.

Lunches at the Spa Cafe and the Country Club are very good. Bajan Blue's breakfasts and themed buffets are excellent, although one small niggle would be that the a la carte menu in Bajan Blue is a little uninspired. Perhaps the menu will change after the current 3 week closedown and the arrival of a new tandoori oven in the kitchen refit, and an Indian chef to join the brigade.

Sandy Lane is now one of our favourite hotels and we can’t wait to return.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

Been to Barbados before, Nevis, Antigua, Canouan Island, Bahamas twice, and this was the best all round experience of all of them

Luxury Orchid suite, 2 adults and a 16 year old, terrific accommodation

2 x Golf packages and the wife on a spa package, trying to outdo each other over dinner about who had the best day!

Golf

Country Club is a really good holiday course, well laid out and a fair test, unlike some island resort courses which are too tricked up as no room to play with. The old nine is well worth 2 hours of an afternoon, tricky little test but good fun, but the Green Monkey is golfing legend, on the golf package you get 2 rounds on the Country Club for each 5 night period you stay at Sandy Lane, one of which is transferrable to play the Green Monkey, and this is a take your camera golf course, though wet on the times we played it, it was still fantastic, just pips Ocean Club in the Bahama's for all round experience and quality. As an aside I also played Apes Hill which was TPC Sawgrass prices, and a terrific course, but played on my own as nobody around, and a bit of a let down for the cost

Food

We love the St James coast for food, Lone Star, Tides, Daphnes, The Cliff on a Saturday night at a balcony table is one of my all time best meals, Oistins fish fry for the atmosphere on a Friday, Holetown for a couple of beers and a pizza, Lobster Alive, though not fresh in August as out of season

Spa

Sandy Lane spa has to be experienced, wife talked all 3 of us into having a massage and I'm delighted she did, massive amout of space, lots of lovely treatment rooms and relaxation areas, great pool, would probably have done more but the relaxation beds and dressing gowns and the music had me asleep 5 mins after my fantastic massage, and the wife left me alone for an hour to enjoy, awesome

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Sunday Brunch at Sandy Lane, be hungry, it is fantastic
Oistins fish fry on a Friday, rice&pea and macaroni pie
Antipasti at Daphnes
Anything at the Cliff, book early, first come first served on balcony tables
Tides, terrific food and reasonable prices
PADI diving with Malcolm, just ask at any reception, they all know Malcolm!
Carl the taxi man, dial 24 36991 and he never lets you down
The Green Monkey, bearing in mind there is 1 tee time per day for non residents and it is $4,000 to book, and you have to find the other 3 golfers, it is millionaires golf
Become Bajan, you will enjoy it so much more if you "chill", it is not slow service, they just figure you are not in a rush to get anywhere else!

Room Tip: All the rooms are great, should be for $3,000 dollars a night!
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

I have just returned from my 4th visit with my family to the most luxurious resort in all the Caribbean. Once you arrive at the entrance of the hotel you know you have come to a very special place.
You are not met by an individual staff member but rather a team so that every member of the family is taken care of and no one is overlooked. The architecture and its connection to the magnificent beach are truly breathtaking, no design touch is overlooked; from the miles of polished white marble to the welcoming pink beds by the beach that are a signature colour of this wonderful resort.
The rooms are generous in their size and outfitted with huge bathrooms and oversized walk-in closets. Being at Sandy Lane is like returning to a cozy Country Estate with every modern electronic gadget at your fingertips.
The Restaurants of the resort are some of the most fabulous that I have ever tried. Fabulous fresh fish, seafood and meat are offered on the menus of the resort with absolutely sublime desserts.
Coming for the first time or returning, you always feel that you have arrived to the perfect vacation paradise!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank jimmy m
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

This summer we again returned to our Paradise on earth, Sandy Lane at Barbados. This is an experience and holiday giving you pleasure for a life time! The Sandy-facilities, the beach, water sports, restaurants, food, the service in all levels from Management to restaurants, rooms, an unforgetable SPA and training center (Vicky get you in shape on short time!), and not to forget their 3 golf courses, make your stay an unforgetable memory . We had some grandchildren joining (ranging 2-9 years), and due to the kids club, swimming with turtles and a mixed program/ activity, they have also recognized our paradise!
We can not wait and dream to soon come back home to Sandy Lane !!

Room Tip: If you chose the Dolphin Wing, The Seahorse Wing, you will enjoy the sea view, however, the Orchid W...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

We recently returned from another visit to Sandy Lane and it was outstanding. The setting, hotel, staff, food, spa and overall service and attention to detail was outstanding. They aim to provide a perfect, stress-free holiday and they do. So relaxing.

Could not recommend it more highly for adults and children. We can't wait to return.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Saint James Parish
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Saint James Parish
#2 Luxury Hotel in Saint James Parish
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Saint James Parish
Price Range: $1,271 - $2,703 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sandy Lane Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 113
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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