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, safety deposit boxes, 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).

14 nights between 18 Dec-23 Dec.

5 nights between 13-18 Feb '20 and 9 Apr-14 Apr '20.

* 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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lives up to its reputation

Jan 24, 2020 SurreyEnglandUK SurreyEnglandUK

With the reputation of being the best hotel in Barbados, standards need to be high. They are. Service is excellent and consistently so, but very friendly, from Hakeem on the bar to Caron at the restaurant reception and Maxine serving, along with many many more. Room - clean and high quality and everything just works, which is all you want but can… Read more
With the reputation of being the best hotel in Barbados, standards need to be high. They are. Service is excellent and consistently so, but very friendly, from Hakeem on the bar to Caron at the restaurant reception and Maxine serving, along with many many more. Room - clean and high quality and everything just works, which is all you want but can be hard to find. Food is superb - the only time I have ever said that about a hotel in the Caribbean - from breakfast to dinner. Grounds a bit limited in scale but that is simply the geography by the coast. Yes it is expensive, as any top quality hotel where there is a high overhead to produce an excellent offering without compromise. Read less
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Jan 22, 2020 FarnhamTravel

We have been fortunate enough to stay at Sandy Lane on several occasions, and can't wait for our next visit in April. Having noticed a couple of less than positive postings I wanted to set the record straight. Now of course it is very expensive, and you are paying a premium for exclusivity and elegance as well as quality. So when I read reports… Read more
We have been fortunate enough to stay at Sandy Lane on several occasions, and can't wait for our next visit in April. Having noticed a couple of less than positive postings I wanted to set the record straight. Now of course it is very expensive, and you are paying a premium for exclusivity and elegance as well as quality. So when I read reports that complain about not being served with drinks while wearing shorts on the terrace at 7:30 in the evening, it just feels like people haven't got the point. There are thousand of hotels in the Caribbean where you can lounge around in your beachwear all evening if you want to. Sandy Lane is not one of them. And all the rooms have a beautiful balcony or terrace where you can enjoy your evening cocktails and wear very little at all if you wish to. But I don't pay a premium to be in a cocktail bar before dinner with people in their beachwear and shorts. There, that's got that off my chest ! The idea that maids entered the room when the Do Not Disturb signs were on (it has never happened to us over many visits) is as surprising to me as the idea that people still leave babies asleep and remotely monitored in a hotel where the rooms are no small distance from the bars and restaurants. Surely if you can afford to stay there, a few extra dollars for babysitting services would have prevented any such issue and made for much more relaxing evenings. And if the gentleman who compared the rooms to a "shoe box style Marriott room" could let me know which Marriott he stays at, that would be very helpful as I will certainly pay it a visit. We have received nothing but superb service every visit, from the greetings (always by a member of management) on arrival, to the first nights (always on the deck at Bajan Blue), to the beach service (impeccable) and the Monkey Bar (great staff). Of course the golf is incredible, great caddies and wonderful lunches with one of the best views on the planet. I forgot to take my golf clubs home once, and they shipped them to Florida for me, where I needed them a few months later. So I sat and thought about what we haven't liked, just to be fair. At busy times, the popular area of beach close to the Terrace, gets a little crowded. Some people seem to like that. You just ask to be set up towards one or other end of the beach, where it is much quieter, and it is done. That's it for negatives. Well the cost of course. We prioritise holidays, it's our thing, and we're lucky we can go there, but if you can afford it, and want to be part of the party, don't hesitate. You won't be disappointed if you understand what you are getting into. If you're after a different sort of thing, save your money. There's plenty to choose from in The Caribbean ! Read less
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Jan 8, 2020 2020-worldtraveller Mullins, Barbados

A delicious meal at the Sandy Lane Buffet last night, such a beautiful location, felt like a real treat. Pure excellence, great staff and so much choice, suited all the family. The seafood selection, fresh Bbq and dessert options were the favourites, this is the best Buffet we have ever been to ! Thank you.
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Dec 30, 2019 UKworldflyer

Can not fault the hotel or staff. Missed the Christmas lights launch by only 3 hours. Next year will make sure we are there for that time. Can’t wait to return. The spa was perfect, and the airport transfers as good as it gets.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful afternoon tea

Dec 29, 2019 170kayr Essex, United Kingdom

We visited Sandy Lane for afternoon tea whilst in Barbados during our cruise. From the moment we arrived, we experienced wonderful hospitality, and fabulous afternoon tea. There really was a great deal of excellent food. I would definitely recommend afternoon tea to anyone considering it.