We decided on the Sandpiper after doing loads of research, but it was a personal recommendation that did it for us. We stayed here for 10 nights and it couldn't have been more perfect. Everything from the personal welcome, the attitude of the staff, the food, and the rooms was first class.
We were fortunate enough to have a suite, and it was almost too large! Big comfortable bed, nice furnishings, balcony with table, chairs and sunbeds, kitchen with all the usual white goods (not that we cooked but the fridge came in handy...), nice bathroom with good quality toiletries, seperate lounge etc. etc.
What really makes this place special is it's discreet location and the staff. As far as we could tell, none of the rooms are overlooked, and it is very unobtrusive from the beach. It has a big beach area for sunbeds, and the watersports (including speedboat rides) are included. All of the staff are really attentive, and good fun as well. People obviously come back year after year, and we'll be going back next year.
One hint if it's your first time to Barbados is that all of the beaches are public, but some are more public than others....it seems that the ones fronting a hotel are pretty much taken by the hotel as they put loungers out and nobody else really bothers to sit there, but some hotels kind of use the more public areas. The brochures just show a nice beach (as they all are) but it pays to look at the hotel details. The Sandpiper's beach is perfect, as it's not easy to get to unless you go through the hotel, which of course, only guests can......
Some of the nearby hotels are a bit dated as well, and there's a few which looked good in the brochure but we're glad we avoided.
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We only ate in the retaurant twice as there are som many places to try out, but it was really good and not overly expensive, although eating out is generally more than UK prices.
Some other nice touches which pleased us were that we had no long debate about how much it would cost to keep the room until 3pm, it was given to us at no charge - if it had been let we could have had use of another room. Also breakfast can be ordered in the room at no extra charge.
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- Also Known As:
- The Sandpiper Hotel Saint James
- Sandpiper Saint James
- Sandpiper Hotel Saint James
- Sandpiper Barbados
- The Sandpiper Barbados/Saint James Parish