The Sandpiper – Barbados

Considered among the best luxury hotels on the island, the family-run Sandpiper is close to the upscale shops, restaurants and bars of Holetown on the west coast.  

It’s a great base for those who want to do more than hit the beach on their holidays, though that option is highly recommended given the hotel’s proximity to St James Beach.  

The smaller, less formal sister property to Coral Reef Club [insert link to page], The Sandpiper attracts a largely British, slightly younger clientele than elsewhere on the west coast.  

As well as proximity to local bars, the hotel’s own Harold’s Bar – open until 9 and located at the centre of the hotel’s grounds – is the ideal spot from which to soak up the atmosphere over coffee or cocktails, as well as a varied dining menu and fresh coconuts opened to order.  

Dining in the garden restaurant is renowned as among the best on Barbados, welcoming residents and outside guests alike. Open on three sides and surrounded by koi ponds, it’s a focal point for guests and a highlight of any stay at The Sandpiper.  

The menu – which changes five times every week – draws on fresh and indulgent ingredients with plenty of Caribbean and Bajan inspired dishes as well as home-made breads. Sunday nights are a barbecue feast, with a wide variety of seafood, meat and fish cooked to perfection on the grill.  

There’s also an excellent evening entertainment offering at The Sandpiper with low-key live music most nights covering calypso, reggae, jazz and easy listening along with a weekly cocktail party hosted by the owners.  

50 spacious rooms and suites are located in clusters of two-storey buildings, spread around The Sandpiper’s seven acres of lush tropical gardens. Some overlook the pool, others have garden views, with a small number offering sea views.  

Generous interiors reflect traditional colonial-era styling with wicker furniture and colourful Bajan prints and fabrics. All rooms have terraces or balconies and swish limestone bathrooms with Ortigia toiletries, while suites include a separate living space and kitchenette.  

The premium Tree Top, Beach House and Curlew Suite are extra indulgent, with larger terraces and media centres with the Tree Top Suites and Curlew also having a private plunge pool.  

The hotel’s two pools include a swish 18m lap pool as well as a larger mosaic-tiled pool surrounded by ample loungers, as well as a gym and fitness centre and two tennis courts.  

Water-based activities on offer include Hobie Cat and Laser sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkelling, waterskiing and thrilling banana boat and donut inflatable rides. Guests at The Sandpiper can also use the fabulous spa at Coral Reef Club, just a short walk away.  

Like much of Barbados, The Sandpiper appeals particularly to couples during Europe’s colder winter months, but in summer and through the holidays, it’s also a popular choice for families when a family programme runs with sailing and swimming tuition.  

Older children can also try snorkelling, kayaking and paddleboarding, or head to the daily tennis clinic with The Sandpiper’s visiting International tennis pro.  

For younger families, it’s worth noting that under 5s are only permitted in the main restaurant until 7pm though a children’s room-service dinner is available daily between 5.30pm – 9.30pm.  

This boutique property offers a superb combination of luxury accommodation and excellent dining, tropical gardens, white sand beach and inviting waters for relaxing daytimes and sociable evenings.  

Glimpse of the pool
Relaxing on the beach
Aerial view of the pool

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