There are some luxury hotels which need no introduction and the legendary Sandy Lane in Barbados is no exception.
The very name of this affluent address conjures images of the world-famous resort’s iconic shade of pink, its sprawling beachfront setting and super-stylish interiors. The sweeping staircases that dramatically deliver guests from the main hotel to the beguiling beachfront, the omnipresent monkey design, referencing the private Golf Course, and the ambience of complete exclusivity are just some of the exceptional details that set Sandy Lane apart. Loved by the A-List but far too discrete to ever name its many famous residents, Sandy Lane is synonymous with true luxury living and embodies Barbados’ reputation as the most sought-after destination in the Caribbean.
Our long-standing relationship with the hotel which enjoys royal-like status in Barbados and beyond grants us exclusive access to the hallowed hallways of Sandy Lane. This prestigious setting continues to be one of our clients’ best loved destinations for a luxury beach holiday that goes beyond their every expectation. The most common feedback regarding Sandy Lane is that no matter how many times our clients have visited, they’re still as impressed with the stellar service, sublime cuisine and unrivalled ambience as they were on their first visit.
Sandy Lane is a world apart and utterly different to any other luxury hotel.
Maintaining such impeccable standards and the renowned reputation of Sandy Lane is no easy task but the General Manager Randall Wilkie takes it all in his stride. Speaking exclusively to Elegant Traveller he reveals his highlights, insider secrets and the extra-mile his staff go to for Elegant Resorts clients.
What attracts you to working in the hospitality industry?
Meeting and interacting with people from various cultures.
Why do you think Sandy Lane remains one of the world’s most iconic hotels?
The quality of the product and, of course, the impeccable service we provide. The soul of Sandy Lane is our people, who have a genuine passion and dedication to ensure an unparalleled guest experience.
What are your hotel’s ‘WOW’ factors?
Our rooms are luxuriously appointed and boast Italian marble floors and large private verandahs. We also offer some of the best golf in the world, with three sublime courses boasting spectacular views of the Platinum Coast. For children, there is the huge 7,500ft2 swimming pool and Treehouse Club entertainment centre and I cannot forget the spa – an amazing 47,000ft2 of indulgence!
Have you hosted any memorable events at Sandy Lane?
A very famous sports star had his wedding here.
How do you strive to make an Elegant Resorts client’s stay extra-special?
By being very proactive.
Tell us about the ultimate luxury stay at Sandy Lane for our clients.
Arrive in style with a transfer in one of our Rolls-Royce Phantoms, before enjoying a welcome cocktail on arrival. For exceptional luxury, stay in the four-bedroom Sandy Lane Suite, boasting a private elevator and savour The Bajan Indulgence Experience, one of our most luxurious spa treatments. In the afternoon, play golf at the world-renowned, Tom Fazio-designed, Green Monkey course or relax at The Country Club and soak up the Platinum Coast views, before enjoying an aperitif at The Monkey Bar and dining at L’Acajou, serving gourmet cuisine.
Tell us something about the hotel that other people may not know.
Sandy Lane has been independently rated by Forbes as the ‘No. 1 Luxury Hotel Brand in the World’ for two years in a row.
If you were staying at Sandy Lane as a guest, what would be your favourite thing to do?
Sandy Lane has four restaurants, so it would have to be drinking and eating! There is also a wine cellar, with over 2,000 bottles from Old and New World wineries.
Where do you like to travel to most in the world?
Somewhere far away, Europe and the UK mostly! I love Venice and another one of my favourite hotels is Belmond Hotel Cipriani, a true Venetian classic.
What is your most memorable travel experience?
I was lucky to be able to travel on the legendary Concorde aircraft, as well as on board the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – both memorable experiences.
You have worked with Elegant Resorts for years – what do you think makes our two companies such great partners? Do you have a special message to commemorate our 30th birthday?
Our quality of service. We have worked with Elegant Resorts since its inception and my advice to you is to keep doing what you’re doing!
To book your stay at Sandy Lane, or for further information about this incredible hotel, please call one of our expert Travel Consultants on 01244 897 578 or visit elegantresorts.co.uk