The Sandpiper – Barbados
Hotel Type: A five* family owned upmarket beachfront hideaway.
Location: Right on a sandy beach, on the calm west coast of Barbados. Just 45 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from Bridgetown.
Style: Understated Caribbean glamour.
Rooms: 50 rooms and suites, some with private plunge pools nestled among seven acres of gardens.
Favourite Room: Vicky loves the Curlew Tree Top Suite. With breathtaking views, expansive oceanfront terrace and personal plunge pool it is a true Caribbean haven.
Ideal For: Sophisticated time out and being pampered.
Swimming: In the turquoise ocean, in either of the 2 outdoor freshwater pools or your own private plunge pool.
Dining: Deliciously fresh and innovative cuisine served at the Alfresco restaurant. Here there is a daily changing menu, extensive à la carte dinner menu, live music, barbecue every Sunday night and a buffet every Wednesday. Head to the renowned Harold’s Bar for lunch or sundowner cocktails.
Children: Family fun with summer sailing programmes.
Activities: There are complimentary non-motorised watersports including: Hobie Cat and Laser sailing, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding and Snorkelling. They also offer subsidised speedboat activities including waterskiing, wakeboarding and inflatable doughnut riding. Or you can try Diving with Padi and NAUI certification offered at the sister hotel Coral Reef Club. Those interested in turtles and conservation can participate in the highly respected Barbados Sea Turtle Project, right next door to the hotel. Play tennis, there is even complimentary coaching available. Play golf on the local course just 10 minutes away. Take a tour of the garden every Thursday. Head to the fitness centre or the boutique at the sister hotel Coral Reef Club or join in a yoga class.
Spa: An award winning spa housed within a beautiful colonial inspired building located 2 minutes away at the sister hotel Coral Reef Club. Guests are provided with complimentary transfers. The facilities include a luxurious Relaxation Room, an outdoor Hydro-pool, a Thermal Suite with a serene Crystal Steam Room and Experience Shower and a Spa Lounge offering secluded relaxation. As well as four treatment rooms and a Manicure and Pedicure room.
Accessibility: Facilities available on request
Low Season Price From: £383 per night in a Standard Room including breakfast.
High Season Price From: £408 per night in a Standard Room including breakfast.
Open From: All year round.
Guests come back to The Sandpiper, time and time again. This intimate, family owned hideaway knows how to look after people, and couple this with the exceptionally stunning location, it’s little wonder it has the reputation it has. The owners mingle with guests and stop for a chat, and many of the staff have been here for decades, including Harold whose eponymous bar is one of the best sundowner spots in Barbados. Right on the beach, in seven acres of lush, tropical gardens teaming with birdlife, it has a relaxed and informal air that we absolutely love. It’s a retreat that has Caribbean charm in spades, with that old fashioned, glamorous style and chic. A week here, and you’ll definitely want to return.
If getting away from it all really is your thing, then The Sandpiper is your place – most of the rooms have no TV. Dotted around the grounds, all the rooms and suites are elegant and understated, and most importantly, quiet and very private.
The Garden View Rooms are airy and spacious, and come with either a private terrace for those on the ground floor, or a balcony for those on the first floor, and have good-sized bathrooms. The larger One Bedroom Suites have a separate living area with a sofa bed and can accommodate a family with two children. Some of these look right out over the beach. The palatial Two Bedroom Suites, with a king size bed in one and twins in the other, both en suite, have very large terraces or balconies. The sophisticated Beach House Suites are very chic and very romantic. They feature a large sundeck and wet bar and it goes without saying that the views over the sea are spectacular. For total luxury, the Tree Top Suites have everything. Expansive ocean front terraces, private plunge pools and elegant furnishings
There’s no better way to start the day than breakfast being brought to your terrace. For a beachside lunch, sit back at Harold’s Bar (and probably make another visit later for a sundowner). Then dine on delicious locally caught seafood in the atmospheric, open-sided restaurant set in the gardens. The food at The Sandpiper is excellent – contemporary dishes with European and Asian flavours and plenty of Caribbean and Bajan cuisine too. Lots of the ingredients are locally and organically grown, all made into some of the finest food on the island. Guests can also dine at the sister hotel, Coral Reef.
The Sandpiper welcomes families with open arms – it’s a haven for parents and children alike. From mid-January to the end of February, children under 12 can’t stay, however, and children under five are unable to eat in the restaurant after 7.30pm. There’s an in-room children’s dining service, babysitting and all the equipment you need. For older children during the summer, there’s a specially designed daily programme, which includes sailing trips and swimming lessons. Then there’s our favourite – a daily free sorbet served each day on the beach… your children will be queuing up!
Being right on the water (and beautiful water it is too), you’d expect there to be every type of water sport available. All the non-motorised water sports are complimentary, and there’s also a PADI centre at their sister hotel, Coral Reef. Deep sea fishing can be organised, or spend an afternoon with the Barbados Sea Turtle Project. The hotel has two tennis courts, again with complimentary coaching during the week. There are two pools – one with loungers sunk into the water, and a gym. Golfers will be in golfing heaven. You can play on the prestigious championship course at the Royal Westmoreland and at the exclusive Sandy Lane Hotel. For treatments and therapies, guests have use of the very luxurious Spa at Coral Reef.