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
It's too bad that all the wonderful reviews of Sandy Lane Hotel have gone to their head! Customer Service is simply not in their lexicon. They are rude, arrogant and what could have been an amazing luncheon for 7 of us, turned into a bad and long lasting dismal memory. We are coming back to Barbados this July but shall NOT be visiting Sandy Lane Hotel
Sandy Lane has everything. Set on a wonderful white sand beach on a typically calm bay. All sorts of water sports are offered but to me the best part is that there is excellent snorkeling at the south end of the beach. The rooms are done in a traditional style and the terraces of stunning views of the Caribbean through the mahogany trees. There is a large pool between the hotel proper and their elaborate spa (not beachside). Two excellent restaurants, Bajan Blue being a little more casual and literally on the beach. Amazing golf on 3 courses, Green Monkey being the most memorable. Beautiful grounds, refined service. Expensive but worth it. Also excellent location in Barbados for exploring, shopping and dining.
We always stay in the Orchid Wing. The fact that e go back on a regular basis says it all. You definitely get what you pay for and it is ideally situated in St James where there is an abundance of restaurants at all price levels. The staff are exemplary and whether you are on the beach or in a restaurant you will receive a dedicated but friendly service.
If there is one potential negative and you are a couple remember the American and UK school holidays can easily be avoided.
We have travelled the world and this is the one hotel we always return to.
A wonderful afternoon spent at Sandy Lane hotel celebrating my 30th Birthday.
The afternoon tea was lovely... tea, sandwiches, cakes, scones were all lovely and very filling!
The staff were so lovely and friendly and the setting under the arches looking out across the court yard to the beach was picturesque.
Sandy Lane Hotel is truly one of the most amazing hotels on the island of Barbados. This is my third time visiting the hotel and each time I find something new to discover. This time was no exception. The grounds were extraordinary, early one rainy morning I saw some monkeys running on the grounds, truly one of the most amazing things I saw, I am still smiling.