Sandy Lane – St. James, Barbados, Lesser Antilles
A Palladian Estate Where Everyone Gets the Royal Treatment
Sandy Lane is one of the resort world’s classiest acts, its house-proud Bajan staff treating every guest with the same degree of service they gave Queen Elizabeth when she visited. Although independent since 1966, Barbados has retained a veddy British atmosphere, and life at this former sugarcane plantation is redolent of the old cultural ties, with many Brits (including some royals) filling the guest register.
Things are done on a grand scale, from the snow-white Rolls-Royce greeting you at the airport to complimentary Champagne at breakfast and vast marbled bathrooms the size of most hotel guest rooms.
An army of gardeners carefully tends the 320-acre grounds, and the hotel’s own championship 18-hole, par-72 golf course is but one of a host of complimentary recreational activities (which also include tennis, deep-sea fishing, and scuba diving).
Plan to spruce up for dinner—the dress code is enforced more by the guests than by management—and plan to follow your meal with dancing under the stars on the Starlight Terrace. Could it be more swank?