Something of an institution on the Caribbean island of Barbados, The Sandpiper – sister hotel to Coral Reef Club – has been offering traditional, luxury hospitality to its guests since 1970.
Intimate and full of character, the appeal of this charming, boutique hotel can be attributed to Karen and Wayne Capaldi and their excellent team, who run it with meticulous attention to detail, whilst maintaining the famously relaxed manner of the Caribbean. As this is combined with their staff’s enthusiasm for pampering their guests, it’s little wonder that so many appreciative visitors choose to return year after year.
The accommodation here offers a wonderful choice of sophisticated rooms and suites scattered along the tiny paths that weave through lush tropical plants. Having recently undergone a major refurbishment, you’ll find a stylish, contemporary feel that maintains a sense of place throughout all room types; from fresh, light Garden View Rooms to the three new One Bedroom Suites with their unbeatable views of the Caribbean Sea. On the top floor of The Beach House, a consummate new accommodation option - the Tree Top Suite ‘Curlew’ – offers grown-up visitors a terrace with its own bar, sundeck and plunge pool. A plush, spacious villa can also be created for families by adjoining Curlew to the Beach House Suites below.
Be sure to sample lunch and a signature rum punch at Harold’s Bar – a much-loved feature of The Sandpiper – at least once during your stay, and at night, take a stroll along the paths, lit by gas torches, to The Sandpiper’s Restaurant.
Life here is luxurious and laid back, with guests either relaxing by the pool or walking through the gardens to the West Coast white sand beach, where complimentary non-motorised watersports await. Complimentary tennis coaching with the hotel’s resident pro is another favourite activity, and the legendary weekly cocktail party and Sunday night barbecue with live steelpan music ensure memories to cherish. A sister hotel to nearby Coral Reef Club, The Sandpiper shares its facilities, including its indulgent spa.
50 rooms and suites. Most suites have their own kitchenettes, making them well suited to families, while the Tree Top Suites boast greater space with elegantly designed, beautiful bathrooms and wraparound terraces with private plunge pools.
St James, 40 minutes transfer from Grantley Adams International Airport.