What We Love
- Sun loungers can order frozen yogurt delivery with a press of a button
- Painstaking attention to detail, from spray bottles of water at the beach to doorjambs made from coral
- Included activities like wind-surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, and catamaran sailing
- The staff can unpack your bags upon arrival and repack them before you go
What To Know
- Minimums stays of two weeks during peak winter season and five nights at other times of the year
- Breakfast and airport transfers are included
- Family-friendly perks include The Treehouse Club for kids and designated hang-out space for teenagers
- Free WiFi
A white-sand Barbados resort where everything – oversized rooms, over-the-top luxury – is larger than life
It’s what one expects to find in Caribbean paradise: Palladian-style buildings set in a grove of mahogany trees just steps from a postcard-perfect beach. Everything from the guest rooms to the spa is incredibly spacious, while high-tech touches – GPS systems in the golf carts, a sound system in the swimming pool, electronic buzzers to summon staff to your patch of sand – always seem to be within arm’s reach.
Bed and Bath
The 112 rooms and suites are styled in what might be termed “high-end Martha Stewart” – carefully coordinated cushions and curtains in a swath of Caribbean pastels, deep bathtubs and fluffy white robes, carefully arranged bouquets, and marble floors designed for coolness. Even the 700-square-foot Orchid rooms (the resort’s smallest) have separate living and sleeping areas, with bathrooms large enough to qualify as bedrooms at other hotels. All come with a balcony or terrace from which to take in the sea breeze and views of the water or tropical gardens. From any oceanfront room, you can walk directly onto the sand.
A bi-level pool that has its own waterfall. A sprawling, 47,000-square-foot spa. Three golf courses. Nothing here is less when it can be more. The service is also second to none: staff go as far as to clean guests’ sunglasses and ferry them to and from the airport in a BMW or Mercedes. Afternoons can be spent stepping back into island’s colonial past via English-style afternoon tea on the terrace, sipping cocktails by the pool’s swim-up bar, or watching the sun set over a romantic dinner at the open-air restaurant, L’Acajou.
In the Area
At just 166 square miles, tiny Barbados is easily explored by car. Old sugarcane estates, plantation houses, limestone hills, and deserted stretches of beach are together worth at least a full day of sightseeing, as are the colonial buildings, cafés, and rum shops that line the streets of Bridgetown. Head to the west coast to check out the best beaches on the island, and be sure to try out the local cuisine in lively Holetown.
How to Get There
Every glowing word written in TA about this spectacular hotel is true. The hotel and the service are exceptional. If this hotel was on Grace Bay in T&C or on any beach on Anguilla, then it would be a sublime experience. Unfortunately the beach issues are matters of geography and Barbados public beach custom and are not fixable...totally beyond the control of Sandy Lane and its excellent management.
But first the hotel. I will be brief as it is well covered in TA already.
Airport meet and greet and fast track-10/10
Professional, friendly and fast.
Airport to hotel transfer-10/10
7 Series BMW and a great driver. About 30 minutes.
Hotel arrival and checkin-10/10
Hotel manager and staff awaited. Warm greeting, chilled towels, fruit punch, and a genuine smile. Checkin was in room. It was fast and friendly.
Think Palace Level hotel in Paris quality. Room exceptionally well thought out. Bathroon great. The star of the show is the balcony/terrace—right on the ocean and wonderful sound of crashing surf. Stunningly beautiful view. Breakfast here is a wonderful experience. Given the beach issues I will outline below, we preferred the terrace over the beach—an unfortunate first for us.
Room was spotless and the staff was invisible. Perfect.
Think St. Bart’s quality without the terrifying puddle jumper plane ride.
One word—perfect. There is that word perfect again.
Golf/tennis-did not use.
Absolutely no way to improve. Exceptional in every way.
As you can see, we loved everything about the place...except the beach. All 10/10s across the board and yet I would not return. If one viewed the beach like I view a tennis complex (unimportant), then this is your place. With us the beach is the whole reason for coming to the Caribbean. If it was only about the hotel, room, food, and service then we would be in Paris. We are all day on a quiet beach type people. The beach is the weak link here. There are three issues.
First, the beach is narrow and only the length of the hotel. The hotel has 112 suites. At high season there could be 200 loungers on this tiny beach. Literally elbow to elbow. Your neighbor is 2 feet away. Now this was not a surprise as the TA photos made it clear before we arrived. It was none the less much too close. The least beach privacy we have ever had at this price point. No way management can reverse geography. Not fixable.
Second, all Barbados beaches are public. Not an hour after our excellent beach attentant had us settled in there were 2 giant catamarans parked right off shore. Loud music. Shouting party goers. Loud on board PA system (“everyone in the water”, “all aboard for drinks”, etc). There were 1-3 catamarans there all day every day. In a phrase, it was an all day floating fraternity party. Add to this power boats for rent. Finally, the worst of all, jet skis—motorcycles on water! Half a dozen buzzing about all day. This is all totally beyond SL control. Not fixable.
Third, there was a group of local young men camped out at the north edge of the beach who were renting the power boats and jet skis to beach goers. About a half dozen. They were just trying to earn a living but...they were loud—very, very loud. They shouted at their friends who worked at SL, whistled at their friends, argued loudly, etc, etc. A lot of noise. Impossible to sleep, read, or relax. Al this is beyond the control of the stellar SL management. Not fixable.
Soooo...you are informed and it is now your choice. I just felt the very crowded, carnival-like, loud beach atmosphere had not been fully explained in TA. Now it has been. Sandy Lane is like a Peninsula Level hotel in the Caribbean but TO ME (and perhaps me only) the beach as outlined above is so probablematic that I would not return. I desire less frat party and more Aman.
We loved our room over looking the beach on the 4th floor. Gorgeous outdoor terrace
and perfect size room. Fantastic breakfast each morning. The Spa lunches that we had were the best kept secret. Better quality cooking and flavors. Wonderful pool and very
impressive spa. Average dinners- highly recommend going to other restaurants for better food and half the price. Don’t miss the brunch. Very clean beach and comfortable lounge chairs.
Went for afternoon tea with family and were seated in the courtyard with a wonderful view. Staff were attentive and friendly and made us feel really welcome and comfortable. There was a good variety of savoury food and so many beautiful cakes and scones. Good selection of teas and coffees. Also went shopping in the boutique where the staff were so helpful even phoning the other boutique on site to order a golf jacket in my husband's size. Food not eaten was neatly packaged in boxes for us to take away. This is an amazing hotel, sheer luxury, beautiful setting and really lovely staff. Nothing is too much trouble for them. Shall definitely go back.
Took my three women to have high tea at sandy lane hotel and thoroughly enjoyed it as much as they did. Set within the interior courtyard, with only two other tables, the service was attentive and experience well worth the trip out. You have a wide choice of teas to choose from or coffee of any sort if you want it. That, coupled with an array of cakes, sandwiches and scones were a great way to spend a few hours in an idyllic setting.
We stayed In the turtle wing (the closest to the front and it’s right on the beach) on the second floor The view, the room and the size of the balcony was outstanding, the bed was simply divine
We had room service. Real fast every day which was plentiful and prompt. We also eat in both of their restaurants and they were fabulous. We were given a complimentary afternoon tea which was fund, but I think I would have been disappointed had I paid for it - the location really does not scream luxury and I can see where other reviews have been less than complimentary.
The spa was amazing and we had a couples massage which was excellent and the facilities in the spa and varied. Lovely experience.
The watersports were great and we found Denzil to be so helpful,
Overall we had a top time, with all the staff being incredibly accommodating The airport transfers and how they are able to fast track in and out is nothing short of amazing, we were checking in for our return flight from the back of the car in the jet centre. The epitome of luxury!