Many return to this ultra-luxe Barbados bolthole year after year, and they can always count on one smiling face awaiting their arrival…

Formally a patch of land lying between the gardens and the golden sand along the shore, where guests would naturally congregate to savour sundowners as the sun fades into the horizon, Harold’s Bar is now the star of The Sandpiper’s show.

Harold at the Bar

Beginning life as a coconut-clad hut, dedicating a small segment of this world-class luxury hotel to a luxury bar was the idea of a group of loyal guests, alongside the management team, as an offering of recognition for Harold’s long-standing service. The first sign naming ‘Harold’s Bar’ was presented in a warm ceremony over sunset drinks, surrounded by many guests who had become particularly fond of this smiley-faced bartender.

The popular Barbados establishment has been carefully upgraded over the years, taking on a chic and contemporary look, but never losing its iconic island atmosphere. The main attraction of this beachfront bar, of course, remains – Harold has reigned over a very special institution for more than 30 years.

Throughout his time serving at The Sandpiper, Harold has always been happy to while away the day talking about the latest news or sharing his knowledge of sport – in particular, football – making him a great companion for a quick afternoon chat in the shade. Helping to ease the pressure on parents, he’s more than happy to welcome children behind the bar to create their own mocktails, finished with their own creative name and efficiently added to the menu. As they return year after year, they rejoice at the sight of their uniquely named drink on the cocktail list!

As loyal travellers return to The Sandpiper, Harold’s gentle nature and impossible kindness often make this the first stop after check-in. Guests are happy to find this small piece of Bajan heritage exactly as they left it – with a friendly atmosphere, creative cocktails being concocted behind the bar, and Harold’s beaming smile leading the way.

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