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?

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