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
We planned a last minute trip to celebrate my husband's and my 50th birthdays. If you are looking for a really special place for a special celebration look no further. I always say it is all about the details and this place does details perfectly. From the second you get off the plane, you feel like royalty. They meet you at the airport and usher you through security and into a beautiful car for the short ride to the resort. Upon arrival you are greeted by the incredible staff as you walk into the breathtaking lobby. You can't help but feel like you have arrived home, at your own private castle. It is so peaceful and serene and simply gorgeous. There is beautiful limestone and marble everywhere you look and there are splashes of pink everywhere (which happens to be my favorite color). Beautiful, fresh tropical flowers grace every space and table. Sweeping staircases and incredible views are at every turn. The room was spectacular. They walk you there and complete the check in process right in your room. Elegant and spacious with an incredible balcony with a perfect view of the beautiful ocean, the room could not have been more beautiful. A huge bathroom complete with slippers and robes was the icing on top. The service is top notch. The staff and grounds impeccable. They attend to your every need and want. You can be set up on the beach or at the pool and no detail is left undone. See detail page for my more detailed review. Outstanding in every way.
our first visit to sandy lane was 36 years ago for our honeymoon...we just returned home after a week long celebration of our 36th anniversary at Sandy Lane...We cannot find a superlative accurate enough to describe our experience...We felt like royalty...attention to detail was spectacular....as was everything else...the people, the amenities, the food, the ambience, the spa, the surroundings....just perfect. the attention to detail was perfection, the absolutely beautiful fine china in their spectacular restaurants, the magnificent spa...the beauty of the pool area...we cannot thank every single person who is associated with Sandy Lane enough for their warmth...and knowing our names and always asking us if we are having a wonderful holiday....we will be coming back....thank you Trish, Kevin, Neal, Nikita, Denzil, Troy, and please forgive me for not mentioning everyone...i had all of your names written down on a paper and cannot find the paper...we want you to know how truly wonderful you all our...you made our experience more than perfect.
We went here for Afternoon Tea. Finger sandwiches, cakes, meringues, scones & a pot of tea. Loads of staff, all very pleasant. We had a walk along the beach. As expected everything was nice, new & shiny. Even the birds flew upside-down so as not to poo on the floor.
There’s a saying if you have to ask the price you can’t afford. This is a beautiful hotel rooms are beautifully decorated with state of the art electronics for doors curtains air-con etc. so are the grounds . The Sunday buffet is a foodie delight. But it comes with a hefty price tag. For a woman like me who eats little and often it was an expensive lunch , but for my friends who love lobster seafood it is worth every penny.
This was our third visit to Sandy Lane and we actually wondered how it could possibly be as fantastic as our other two trips, but it actually surpassed them. We are very well traveled and Sandy Lane is by far our favorite resort. The employees are friendly, competent, and extremely concerned about your comfort and expectations. The management is ALWAYS on property and also willing to assist you in any necessary capacity. My husband played all three golf courses and was thrilled with the courses and the fantastic caddy that he used throughout our trip. We both visited the spa and the facilities and staff are beyond exceptional. They went above and beyond to get us our appointments at the same time which was important to us. On another note, the food is outstanding!! We dined at the magnificent Asian Buffet night (which is quite unbelievable with the offerings) on the deck right next to the ocean and it was truly lovely. We also ate breakfast, lunch and dinner at Bajan Blue and the variety, freshness, and preparation was perfect! One evening we had a special dessert and coffee at L'Acajou and enjoyed every minute of it. The piano player and the gorgeous fine china was such a treat. We did not utilize the kids club (we did not have our grandchildren with us), but watching the precious little children play soccer in the front lawn with the well trained child care team was heart warming. The general manager, Randall Wilkie, makes sure that Sandy Lane runs as smooth as silk and he does an incredible job. Our room was gorgeous (housekeeping was very efficient and never once intruded on us), the pool was breathtaking and the ocean is lovely. I am aware that I overused the word perfect, but there is no better word to describe Sandy Lane.