Set on a sandy cove on the sought after west coast, this family-run hotel has been lovingly cared for by the O’Hara family since they built the property in 1970. Having continually upgraded and invested year after year, it’s no wonder their guests keep on coming back.
The meticulous attention to detail is evident in every corner of the hotel, and the friendly staff ensure everyone who stays here feels relaxed and pampered. This is the sort of hotel where honeymooners and families feel equally valued.
There’s a traditional Caribbean feel to the rooms with whitewashed walls, locally sourced rattan furniture and Creole artwork on the walls. While the hotel is set in its own bay, there are a selection of bars, shops and restaurants a short walk away — although the on-site restaurant is one of the most popular on the island.
The Sandpiper is also a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
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The Sandpiper’s understated elegance and charm makes this our top luxury west coast hotel. We feel it’s an ideal choice for those looking for the personal service of a smaller hotel, and want to enjoy high-quality dining on-site.
The 50 well-appointed rooms and suites have a decor that blends colonial timber-cladding and rattan furniture with traditional Bajan fabrics and artwork for an old-school Caribbean feel.
All feature king or twin beds, air-conditioning and a fridge. They also have a balcony or terrace overlooking the gardens, pool or ocean. There are no televisions in the room but a flat-screen TV (local channels only) and DVD are available on request.
The hotel is set in palm-fringed tropical gardens in a quiet sandy cove on the west coast of the island. Whilst none of the beaches on Barbados are private, the arc of the coastline makes the Sandpiper’s stretch of sand feel very exclusive.
The bars, restaurants and shops of Holetown are close by, whilst the capital, Bridgetown, is only 12 km (8 miles) away and easily reached by local bus or taxi. The west coast of Barbados is lined with a wide variety of resorts but The Sandpiper’s setting, tucked among beautiful gardens makes it feel a little more secluded, whilst still leaving guests free to try a wide range of dining nearby.
Food and drink
Simply named, The Restaurant is renowned for its food. Expect creative dishes with a Caribbean flair from a dinner menu that change five times a week. They will also be happy to tailor-make dishes to meet dietary requirements. There’s a focus on high-quality local produce — we recommend the fresh-caught lobster dishes. Open on three sides, the restaurant is surrounded by torch-lit gardens and tranquil koi ponds which provide a relaxed and romantic ambience.
There is also an elegant cocktail bar adjoining the restaurant, and Harold’s Beach Bar is the ideal spot for alfresco lunches or a sundown cocktail. In the evening there’s usually low-key, live entertainment including jazz, calypso or reggae.
Children are welcome at all times except between 20 January and 28 February. However, the hotel doesn’t allow children under five years to dine in the restaurant after 7pm, instead they offer a dinner service in-room. The Sandpiper will also cater for babies by blending fresh fruit and vegetables.
The hotel offers a special summer family program for children aged 2 -12 years and there’s also a playground at their sister hotel, Coral Reef, which is a two-minute drive away.
The hotel staff are happy to help plan excursions to explore the island, including visits to the Andromeda Botanical Gardens, the capital of Bridgetown or a rum distillery.
You can find a dive school operated by Hightide Watersports at The Sandpiper's sister hotel, Coral Reef, and full PADI and NAUI certification is available.
There are numerous diving sites on the west coast including Carlisle Bay which is home to five shallow wrecks; the Berwyn, Ctrek, Eillon, Bajan Queen and the Fox. The site is usually covered with tropical fish, small groupers and eels, as well as rare species including frog fish, bat fish and seahorses.
Although there’s no spa at The Sandpiper, we recommend the spa at its sister hotel, Coral Reef, which is 10 minutes’ walk away or two-minute drive (complimentary transfers are available).
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.