Sandy Lane

Barbados, Caribbean

The hotel

A luxury romantic retreat, if it’s a premier address you’re after, the finest accommodation in the Caribbean and luxury amenities galore, welcome to Sandy Lane. Choose from a variety of plantation-style rooms and suites, all furnished to perfection with some very thoughtful home-from-home touches. Your own private balcony is the ideal place to relax, a cocktail or glass of wine in-hand as you admire either garden views or views of the waves lapping against a golden shore. Indulge yourself further at the spa, a delightful experience with hydrotherapy on offer, Jet Blitz room and Rhassoul – an oriental steam bath to leave you feeling deeply refreshed and hydrated. If you’ve got kids with you, they’ll be kept more than busy at the complimentary Treehouse Club. Aimed at youngsters right through to teens, activities include golf, tennis, water sports and arts and crafts – you’ll have trouble tearing them away if anything! Talking of golf, enthusiasts will think they’re in heaven. There’s not one, but three courses to choose from, including the Tom Fazio created Green Monkey, which is exclusive to guests. If culinary delights are more your thing, you won’t be disappointed either. Four restaurants are onsite, ranging from the exquisite L’Acajou to the casual Country Club serve an abundance of dishes from around the world with fine wines to hand and the ultimate in service.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Teen Club
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing

Where is it

On the west coast, just south of Holetown, overlooking a golden arc of sand. Transfer time from airport: 35 minutes.

Hotel information

112 rooms. All of which are air-conditioned with private terrace or balcony, satellite TV, telephone, WiFi access, mini-fridge, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe, hairdryer and iron and board (on request). Orchid Rooms with 1 king-size bed or twin beds have garden views and sleep maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Half Board option: includes dinner at L'Acajou and Bajan Blue restaurants (not including drinks or speciality dinners, other than the hotel's Asian Buffets and West Indian Buffets). Minimum stay 5 nights, applicable in L'Acajou and Bajan Blue only. Does not include caviar or truffles.

Ocean Rooms with 1 king-size bed or twin beds and sea views, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Luxury Ocean Rooms are larger in size with expansive balconies, 1 king-size bed or twin beds and sea views, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Luxury Orchid Suites with 2 bedrooms, one with 1 king-size bed, the second with twin beds, 2 private bathrooms and garden views, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children.

Dolphin Suites have 1 bedroom with 1 king-size bed, large living room, patio with dining area with sea views, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Luxury Dolphin Suites have 2 bedrooms with 1 king-size bed and twin beds, a large living room, patio with dining area, main bedroom with walk-in wardrobe, second bedroom with bathroom and private balcony with sea views, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children.

Penthouse with 2 bedrooms both with 1 king-size bed, located in the Orchid Wing with a spacious foyer, living room, patio with dining area, kitchen, main bedroom with a whirlpool tub and second bedroom with en-suite bathroom, sleeping maximum 4 adults and 2 adults and 3 children.

Villa at Sandy Lane with 5 bedrooms located in the heart of the resort amongst gardens with its own pool, Jacuzzi, gazebo and private access to Sandy Lane Beach. All en-suite bedrooms have flatscreen TVs, entertainment system and WiFi access, a personal butler, housekeeper and chef on hand. Villa sleeping maximum 10 adults and 4 children or 8 adults and 6 children.

4 restaurants: L’Acajou (European cuisine), Bajan Blue (European, Caribbean and Asian-inspired cuisine – Afternoon Tea also available on the Lower Terrace), The Spa Café (casual menu throughout the day) and The Country Club (light leisurely lunches, coffees and cocktails). 7 bars: Monkey Bar, L’Acajou Bar & Lounge, Bajan Blue Bar & Lounge, Beach Bar, Coffee Bar, The Pool Bar, Country Club Bar. Wine Cellar.

Vast swimming pool with underwater sound system, Jacuzzi. Spa* with hydrotherapy pool. Fitness centre. Pilates and Yoga*. Water sports including water skiing and wind surfing. 3 golf courses*: The Old Nine, The Country Club and The Green Monkey. The Treehouse Club (children aged 3-16 years). Children’s playground.

Complimentary WiFi. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. 24-hour reception.

Please note: a room levy of $17.50 per bedroom, per night applies (payable locally, subject to change).

5 nights between 9 Apr-14 Apr.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: Sandy Lane has been designed in an elegant yet understated style and therefore respectfully request that guests dress appropriately whilst enjoying the facilities. Cover-ups should be worn during the day while dining at Bajan Blue, the Beach Bar and throughout public areas. Long trousers and collared shirts must be worn in the restaurants and public areas after 7:00pm.

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating From hell to paradise

Oct 21, 2021 Peter M Derby

We checked out of our previous hotel because it was so bad and stayed 7 nights at Sandy lane. It isn’t the cheapest but we have been to some of the most expensive hotels in the world and it ranks up there with the best. The service levels are impeccable from being greated on arrival to champagne on departure. All of the staff are a credit to… Read more
We checked out of our previous hotel because it was so bad and stayed 7 nights at Sandy lane. It isn’t the cheapest but we have been to some of the most expensive hotels in the world and it ranks up there with the best. The service levels are impeccable from being greated on arrival to champagne on departure. All of the staff are a credit to the resort and clearly enjoy their work and make you feel so special We are back briefly later this month and have already made plans for two weeks in 2022 I cannot say anything other than it was superb - thankyou for turning our experience of hell in Barbados to paradise Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Afternoon tea - with cocktails!

Oct 18, 2021 ZoeM80 Cardiff, United Kingdom

I attended Sandy Lane for afternoon tea earlier this month to celebrate a belated birthday. The booking process took a few days via email but I was fortunate to secure my preferred date. From the moment you enter the property it really is something special. The views and wonderful warm welcome just took my breath away. I had a beautiful… Read more
I attended Sandy Lane for afternoon tea earlier this month to celebrate a belated birthday. The booking process took a few days via email but I was fortunate to secure my preferred date. From the moment you enter the property it really is something special. The views and wonderful warm welcome just took my breath away. I had a beautiful table which the team had taken the time to decorate and I had a view of the ocean. Given that I was a solo traveller I had expected to be tucked away at the end and so the fact they had given me such a prime table made me feel very special. Nothing was too much trouble and the ladies looking after me went out of their way to make sure I was comfortable. I chose to have cocktails with the classic tea which was thoroughly enjoyable. The presentation of the afternoon tea and individual flavours were just five star. It was an exceptional experience which I will treasure forever made even more special by watching the sunset on the terrace. It simply lives up to the hype and I love how they get the balance right to it being special but comfortable. I really hope I get to again when I return to the island in January. Due to the pandemic I had missed two birthdays and so to be able to say I marked the occasion at such a special location will be something I will treasure forever. If you get the chance to go don’t hesitate! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Afternoon Tea

Oct 11, 2021 shannoncW1107XQ

We went for afternoon tea as a treat while we were in Barbados for our honeymoon! The food was delish! The service was incredible - big thanks to Hazel who made our day very special! We even got a special chocolate plate as a token gesture! Everyone needs a Hazel in their life to capture beautiful pictures from every angle!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The worst service I have ever experienced in my life

Oct 8, 2021 JennyO45 Toronto, Canada

I have never felt less welcome at a resort in my life. FULL STOP!! We came to the resort for a dinner out during our stay at another villa in Barbados. We didn’t receive our confirmation email (dictating rules of service) until long after we had already arrived. When we walked into reception, the staff was rude and flippant, and we were told that… Read more
I have never felt less welcome at a resort in my life. FULL STOP!! We came to the resort for a dinner out during our stay at another villa in Barbados. We didn’t receive our confirmation email (dictating rules of service) until long after we had already arrived. When we walked into reception, the staff was rude and flippant, and we were told that because our partners were not wearing long pants, we were not welcome to dine. We were not offered an option to buy pants, or given some pants on hand (which is typical in establishments like this - we have dined at many Michelin Star restaurants before and this service is always offered). It appeared to us that they believed our only option was to leave. When we (asked) if we could stay for a drink, we were told that we could…but we must leave by 7pm on the dot!!! We were sat at table not visible to the sunset (part of the reason we booked our reservation when we did) and told that this location was our only option and then offered drinks that took years to arrive. By the time we finished our drinks no one asked if we needed another, and we had to flag down any further service (to be clear the resort was NOT busy). We were not offered any food service and the few tables around us were allowed this service. It was disgraceful. I have never felt more unwelcome in my life. Our entire table would have been candidates to stay at this resort on our next visit to the island, but would now never consider visiting this place again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A wonderful beach hotel

Sep 28, 2021 Theyorkshirecurlew London, United Kingdom

This is one the nicest beach hotels we have a stayed in anywhere. We visited for a special family occasion. Its reputation is well-deserved. The rooms are big, very comfortable and generally very close to the action with reception, bar, dining areas and beach all very easily accessible. The service levels were extremely high, and staff always had… Read more
This is one the nicest beach hotels we have a stayed in anywhere. We visited for a special family occasion. Its reputation is well-deserved. The rooms are big, very comfortable and generally very close to the action with reception, bar, dining areas and beach all very easily accessible. The service levels were extremely high, and staff always had a smile (and the odd joke) and many of them knew our names by the end of the stay. The best hotels in Asia may shade it on service levels at the margin, but they don’t always on friendliness and charm, which was in abundance here. The pool is big and has plenty of shade from trees or umbrellas or both. Service at the poolside ends quite early, but equally the pool is very quiet at the end of the day. It is not next to the beach, but in a way we liked the separation (reception and the drive/entrance separates them). Nearby, the spa and gym were both excellent. The beach is to die for. Compared to some west coast beaches it is both long and deep; you don’t feel at all cramped. The sea is just one enormous swimming pool and is so warm and calm. Swim before breakfast for an amazing way to start your day; one time we came across a turtle just 30 metres offshore. The close-by pontoon with its benches for sitting on is also fun. There are no shortage of motor boats around but the (large) swimming area is cordoned off with a rope, so the noise disturbance is fairly low and swimming is totally safe. We sailed and went paddle-boarding (for free). The service at the beach was excellent. Food options were very good and the food was of a very high standard (and priced as such). Breakfast was particularly good. We were never pushed bottled water and the island drinking water is fantastic thanks to the limestone rock that the island is made of. I highly recommend the fine dining restaurant Acajou; on the meal plan it was a bargain and the location overlooking the beach is sensational. Barbados has a LOT to do. We ate out a lot and the concierge recommendations were good (although the hotel taxis are pricey). The hotel has great tennis and paddle courts and , of course, the golf course. We aren’t golfers but it did not feel like a golf hotel - it is well-separated. We taught our kids to dive at the nearby Coral Reef Club (they will come and pick you up). The turtle viewing trip was good fun. We also visited Harrison’s cave and learned a lot about how the island was formed. I visited lovely botanic gardens on the east coast (Andromeda gardens) which is a lovely quiet spot, with lots of hummingbirds. The east coast is roughed up by the trade winds and high seas - it has a totally different feel to the protected west coast and is well worth a visit. My favourite trip was the half day I did watching birds with a local guide (search for BirdingtheIslands); if that’s your thing it is a must. Bring your binos! Whilst this is not top of everyone’s list I did think this hotel could do more on managing its environmental footprint. There is no recycling to be seen and you can’t turn off your room’s aircon during the day, for example. Management is well aware of this and has plans to improve it significantly in the near future. I look forward to seeing that when I return. Read less