Barbados - LindaDecember 2, 2013
If you are wondering if this is THE Sandy Lane, YES! It is THE Sandy Lane!! I wanted somewhere Romantic to stay for our one night on Barbados before going on a cruise and my travel agent found me the most Romantic place I have ever stayed at!! It is a bit pricey but I wanted to splurge since we were only here for one night.
The grounds are lush with tropical greenery, flowering shrubs, bougainvillea, hummingbirds (black ones!), buildings spread out and a feeling of elegance and spaciousness. On a tiny island this was surprising to see a hotel this spread out, the spa over in a separate building, spacious shopping areas, restaurant. The buildings were constructed of coral cut into blocks and then painted.
We were greeted with a (much needed) ice cold wet towel and a refreshing cold fruit drink served on a silver tray by a lovely woman with the whitest teeth I have ever seen! We were then walked down the polished marble open-aired hallways to our room.
Entering the “room” (it is so not doing it justice to call it that!!) you enter into a polished marble entry and continue on into the room passing an entire wall of 2 double french doored closets on the left with a refridgerator packed full of goodies, an espresso maker with an entire basket full of all flavors of coffee. Mirrored Bar area, bathroom on the right (more about the bathroom later) side of the hallway.
Finally you come to the bedroom area that leads out to a set of double sliding glass doors leading to another (very private!!) room outdoors furnished with two settees, two padded deep arm chairs, coffee table, side tables…a lovely and romantic outdoor area with solid walls for privacy, open to the outside at one wall. We spent many an hour here with our room service brought right to us, watching the hummingbirds, listening to the crickets(?) as the sun went down, revelling in the warm air and having time to just sit and be together!! This outdoor room makes all the difference!! Ours was on the ground floor so if a person walked by on the garden path (none did) they could see in to our private room if they looked our way…the advantage is that you can walk right out into the gardens and to the beach….on an upper floor you would trade more privacy for not being able to walk out onto the beach in the moonlight…we chose beach!
Inside the air conditioning is on (by choice) and outside you have a sense of being in the tropics where the air is sultry and heavy.
The bedroom area was large, spacious as is the entire property, very comfortable duvets, beautiful bedding, high thread count, desk area with all the amenities…
What I loved is that we could go out the double doors outside, slide our key card thru the slot and leave our room from the garden/beach area rather than having to go out the front door and around!!
The curtains, sheers, lights, could all be controlled from several convenient panels placed around the room, including by the bed side.
One word of advice: if you go to the Sunday Brunch, be prepared to spend several hours eating and drinking! No dashing in for a quick plate because the cost is very high you want to make sure you allow plenty of time to take it all in!! Sushi Chef was my favorite!! Ahi Tuna fresh! Beautiful presentations througout, was it worth it? I have been to some absolutely stunning Sunday Brunches and I would say that this is a bit overpriced.
I think if privacy is an issue for you this would be a great place to get away for a Romantic time!!
Oh, I forgot about the Bathrooms….if I ever build another house I am duplicating this bathroom!!!!!!!! Dream Shower….large, 3 different shower heads to choose from including one just for your feet, the bathtub was large enough for 2 people and had more jets than you can imagine, toilet in a seperate room with bidet (yeah!!), double marble sinks, so many shelves and cupboards that weren’t already full of “hotel” supplies.
This room was made to come and stay for at least a week…tons of storage space, cupboards, drawers, even in the bathroom….a place where you can unpack, settle in and get lost in the Romance for a few weeks!!
Next time we will come for several weeks! Thanks to my TA for this great recommendation!!