Sandy Lane Hotel & Golf Club

, Bridgetown, Barbados
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Sandy Lane Hotel & Golf Club

, Bridgetown
Bridgetown, - Bridgetown - Barbados Hotel Website | 246-444-2000
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New Years - 2005

from A TripAdvisor Member
Sandy Lane is a Great Property, highly overpriced. I was charged $ 350 extra for child's cot, in the room. My ocean view room, touted as the "big suite" althought nicely done was not worth the $ 4000 per night price tag. The room was only 650 square feet without the terrace. As an American traveler I found the prices to be "out of line". Dinners cost $ 300 to 400 in the better dining room. Many nights the service was slow at best. There are three golf courses but only the "Green Monkey" is what I consider a worthy course. The price was $ 300 for eighteen holes plus the cart and caddie fees, another $ 100.

My bill for a seven day stay was $ 32,000.00

I loved the quality of Sandy Lane but to travel 4 1/2 hours from Philadelphia to be what I feel overcharged I would recommend another resort. //////

Arnie Galman, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Top notch, ideal for honeymoon

from A TripAdvisor Member
Rooms are excellent, L' Acajou restaurant is absolutely fantastic and service is extremely friendly and fast for the Carribean although not quite up to the best European Hotels. Only downside is that daytime food options are limited and horrendously expensive - £20 for a cheeseburger, great though it was. Defintely intend staying again, if you go you must try The Cliff Restaurant just down the road, out of this world.

Great hotel, avoid Bajan Blue

from Jamma
Yes this place is amazing, and there can't be many places in the world that compare to this truly amazing resort. We loved everthing about the hotel except for one thing - Bajan Blue. We totally agree with the user from Scotland re this restaurant. The staff here provide a disservice to the hotel and we cannot figure out why everybody in the hotel is as friendly and helpful as you could wish, but then when you step into Bajan Blue, it's totally different.

Breakfast and dinner was the same. We ordered some water, and had to chase it three times, and the surly waitress grunted and wandered off, returned 5 mins later and left it on the end of the table. Asked for a spoon, or a cup at breakfast because the table wasn't laid properly, and again, we were greeted with the same rudeness and off sauntered the waitress in her own time. I asked for some milk for my coffee and one waitress carried on clearing tables as she'd figured she would do it in her own time. Ordering food was similar, we had to call a member of staff over, who was busy chatting to her colleagues.

I appreciate that this is Barbados, not London and the slow pace of life is what you come here for, but this was downright rudeness and laziness.

The signature restaurant L'Acajou was being refurbed whilst we were there, so maybe the better restaurant staff were on holiday.

Note to Sandy Lane - please sort this out because if I had dropped in just for lunch or dinner here, I wouldn't dream of coming back.

Bajan Blues

from A TripAdvisor Member
After reading the reviews here, taking on board some excellent local views (and ignoring a lot of bad ones!!) we decided to have Sunday lunch at Bajan Blue - Big Mistake !!! . Let me first of all say that the hotel is really stunning and does feel special. That aside we found the staff surly, slow and unhelpful. The receptionist, Sonia, looked down her nose at us (well up as she's tiny) - we did not feel welcome at all. Our waitress spent the whole lunchtime wandering around talking to herself (quite disconcerting). The food was ok but nothing special considering the price. But the worst bit was the birds - the place is awash with them !! - as soon as you visit the buffet they help themselves to your breadrolls and any other food or drinks on your table. The staff dont help the situation by clearing tables and leaving the debris, uncovered, in one central location - where the birds have a subsequent, unchecked, feeding frenzy. It was not only annoying and, at times, alarming it is decidedly unhygenic. To sum up there are far better restaurants on the island who deliver a far superior dining experience, or keep you hard earned cash in your pocket and go visit the local aviary !!

Grand Style in the Rustic Carribbean

from A TripAdvisor Member
This is a very grand resort embedded in the typically rustic Carribbean. It somehow manages to be both mega and intimate at the same time, with only 100 or so rooms but all the trappings of a resort several times larger. Our party stayed for a week in early August 2004, and the other positive reviews of this property seem appropriate.
The luxury ocean rooms are indeed very spacious and impeccably appointed. A request for connecting rooms was not accomodated, though we overlooked that, despite the request being made months in advance. A large, furnished balcony serves as a sitting room, though the bedroom area is quite spacious. All of the furnishings and workmanship are of unreproachable quality, in the rooms and throughout the property. Extensive closet space is good for long stays. The lighting and drapes are controlled by electronic pads, of which there are several throughout the room, and allow one to set whatever mood desired. Marble floors, ceiling fans and a very quiet A/C system keep the room cool. These rooms face the ocean, though the view is somewhat obscured by large mahogany trees, the sound of gentle waves is always present and the buildings are set very close to the beach. The bathrooms are sublime with plenty of space and wonderful showers that offer a variety of jets. We never experienced any problems with the technology in the rooms and the housekeeping was always thorough and discreet (sensors let them know if guests are in their rooms).
Service was always good and room svc was very quick and well-presented, a welcome surprise for the usually laid-back Carribbean. Beach chairs can be reserved for the day first-thing in the morning, but latecomers won't miss out as space is plentiful. I thought that the beach was terrific, the sand soft and the water very clear, gentle and warm. It is not, however, a quiet or secluded beach. A constant bevy of merchants and watersport-sellers parade through the resorts well-to-do guests. Though perhaps a seasonal characteristic of the beach, and never accosting, you will be approached several times a day by them. Though a long marker keeps the motor sports at a safe distance, there is definitely a large amount of water and beach traffic. For some reason, the island's catamaran cruises dock at the resort's beach and the passengers rent all sorts of motorized equipment and invade what-would-otherwise-be an exclusive strand. It was a very unwelcome trait of the beach and marred the resort's exclusivity.
I would have to concur with another reviewer that the hype in the press about celebrities and royals is entirely overblown. The staff members are quite down-to-earth and haughty attitudes were never expressed. Dinner at L'Acajou or Bajan Blue was always well-presented, though we were never greatly impressed by the cuisine, possibly as a result of living in NYC. Service was always great, though that measure accounts for the normally laid-back attitude in the Carribbean.
The spa is certainly magnificent. The facilities are among the most modern and luxurious that I have experienced at a resort (excluding those places designed specifically around the spa). The modern facility is very extensive for a 100-room property. The ajoining pool complex is also impressive, with a large waterfall and less traffic than the beach.
The golf is nice for the Carribbean. The Green Monkey course is not quite ready for prime-time, however guests can enjoy an early preview. Green fees are high for this course though, similar to those of the well-established Pebble Beach courses. Caddy's are great - personable and helpful.
Checkout was a bit horrendous however, taking well over an hour to sort out errors on the bill. Nothing untoward, just confusion over conflicting meal plan and restaurant charges. Clearly the resort's mistake, the first check-out representative became frustrated and pawned the problem off on another person, who casually took their time and stopped to help another find her lost pen, despite our patient pleas that a flight had to be caught. Already being quite late, our car was summoned back to the resort for a left item - which turned out to be the uneaten portion of one of our lunches. But it was the lengthy and disorganized checkout experience which left a bad taste in our mouths.
All of that said, we found the resort to be of good value. Incidental charges were negligible and the spa prices were surprisingly moderate (once one realizes that the values are in Barbados dollars). Other guests remarked that the service was considerably better during the high-season - not surprising. If seclusion and extreme quietness are desired, this is not the place. This is also not the place for those seeking a more traditionally rustic Carribbean experience. But for an intimate and luxurious respite - with all the trappings of a mega-resort - high-tech rooms with phones and plasma televisions, marble floors and baths, a beach unlike any found in the US, and a grand presence - you can't go wrong with the Sandy Lane.

Worth every penny..and then some!

from Jackson071004
If you are like my husband and I and wondering if you should break the bank and stay at Sandy Lane, the answer is YES! We went to Sandy Lane for our honeymoon in July and were SO very glad that we chose this resort over another less expensive one. From the moment you arrive at Bridgetown airport to the time you depart, Sandy Lane, goes above and beyond to make your stay in Barbados one you would never forget. They literally cater to your ever need and whim. You want for nothing! Sandy Lane sets the bar very high as far as customer service is concerned. Unparalled! I travel quite a bit and Sandy Lane should be the model for other hotels to follow. We will definitely return next year!

Try the Sandy Lane experience - if just once.

from A TripAdvisor Member
We visited Sandy Lane at the end of May 2004. From the moment you enter the cool limestone lobby of the hotel and are handed those chilled, eucalyptus-scented towels, your cares will just slip away. The bliss continues with a room that boasts almost remote control everything, plasma-screen TV, DVD and CD players, lights, even drapes - all at your bedside!! The marble floors and bathroom are also luxuriously appointed, matched only by the heavenly-smelling bathroom toiletries.

I found the food at the hotel good, but I expected more from of a luxury hotel. Breakfast was the same everyday which disappointed me and I had hoped to see more local fare on the menu. The Sunday brunch at the hotel's Bajan Blue restaurant is expensive but boasts a variety of dishes, including barbequed meats and fish, loads of different seafood, salads and fruit. Your best bet is to make an online reservation at The Cliff, Barbados' best restaurant (two weeks in advance, at least) which will not disappoint.

The beach at Sandy Lane is also not the best, but the pool is outstanding and we spent most of our 4 days relaxing poolside and enjoying the sound of the man-made waterfall flowing into the two-tiered pool. My husband and I also each had a spa treatment, which again was good, but not outstanding, though the spa attendants, as were all staff, were attentive and friendly.

If you're celebrating a special occasion and want to splurge, Sandy Lane is the ideal place. It is expensive, but worth the experience. You'll know what I mean if you go.

Brilliant!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Was slightly concerned that it would be very superficial & posey but NO. In fact far less so than other less expensive hotels. The staff were probably the most genuine & friendly that I've met anywhere. The spa is exquisite, the rooms amazing and the food superb (although expensive). BUT you get what you pay for, unlike other places which overcharge for far less. Don't be put off by the hype in the Press. It is run by normal people, for normal people.

Luxury and Pampering.......5 Stars all the way!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I am 6 1/2 months pregnant and wanted luxury and pampering, this place delivered that and even more. The rooms are phenomenal in size and amenities. I have been to Ritz Carltons & Four Seasons, this resort blows it away!

The service is excellent! The Spa is also very plush (if your prego get the Pre-Natal Treatment, it is the best I have had). The Golf Course is very nice, not to challenging, the GPS system is great, but Tyrone the Caddy is even better (ask for him).

Everything about this place oozes luxury, including the Bentley transfer back to the airport.

Some Restaurant Recommendations: Calabazza, La Terra, Daphne's (Cliff - More expensive)

Not for us

from Craven
I am afraid we left after one night. We had an Orchid room at the back of the hotel which was opulent but dark and guests clearly viewed as inferior by the staff. All controls are electronic and they broke down leaving us stuck in sweltering temperature and curtains jammed shut. the hotel seemed full of people all looking at each others and comparing designer labels. The restaurant and bar was full of buggies and badly behaved young children at 11 p.m.. The pool is way the other side of the hotel to the beach which did not suit us.
Frankly we believe it is highly overrated.
I am sure it is many people's paridise but we found it poor value for what they charge and not terribly well managed.

Top Local Tips for Bridgetown

restaurants Fishpot is excellent. So is sasafras on sugar hill. Visit all the coasts. Go to bridgetown.

Restaurants Go to THE CLIFF - everything else dining wise comes a poor second! Go to the little Pattissiere in Holetown called Flindt?

Great local restaurants Eating in the buffet at Sandy Lane is a banal experience. The restaurant upstairs is supposed to be very good but is booked up months in advance and the menu is a bit limited for a 3 day stay. So go local, the food is better, great value and run by locals.

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  • Address: Bridgetown, - Bridgetown - Barbados
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