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Things to do at Sandy Lane Barbados

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  • By Kate Goldstone
  • Published 27 May 2022
  • Revised 15 August 2022

So, you’ve decided to stay at the luxurious Sandy Lane, on a Caribbean island so lovely it’s hard to believe it’s real. Great decision. There’s loads to do at the resort, the ultimate in luxurious breaks and one of the world’s finest destinations for dreamy beach holidays.

The Sandy Lane spa alone is extraordinary, an opulent corner of the resort with lavish suites and highly trained therapists ready to help guests unwind. The best part? Sandy Lane hotel rates are such good value (bearing in mind how utterly and totally fabulous it is), so you can experience it all for yourself.

Let’s take a look at some of the best things to do both inside and outside this prestigious resort…

Things To Do At Sandy Lane Barbados

While the spa at Sandy Lane is one of the most popular resort attractions, you’ve also got access to three golf courses, designed to keep keen golfers - from beginner to pro level - happy and challenged. The cuisine is unforgettable, the golden coral beaches are paradise, and the water activities are second to none. Plus, there’s even more to entertain you outside the resort.

Sandy Lane Barbados Spa

Sandy Lane spa has everything you could possibly want from a high class spa experience. First, the awe-inspiring setting will blow you away thanks to its incredible decor, with a stunning marble reception area and plush staircases - like something from a movie. Treatments include massages, aromatherapy facials, scrubs and wraps, 111Skin therapies and pregnancy treatments – an afternoon here is sure to soothe, leaving you feeling calmer and more relaxed. Beautiful treatments from around the world, delivered in stunning settings, attended by mindful professionals, are the name of the game here.

Sandy Lane Spa

Sandy Lane Spa
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Three golf courses for every type of player

Matchless sun, sea, and sand are joined by two awesome championship golf courses, each tricky enough to challenge the most skilled golfers and both designed by Tom Fazio. The Country Club and the world-renowned Green Monkey are worth teeing off at, even if only for their surrounding natural beauty. 

The Green Monkey cost more to build than any golf course in the world. Tom Fazio’s firm, Fazio Golf Course Designers, have been designing marvels like this for four decades, creating unique golf facilities around the world and winning numerous awards. Having two Fazio courses to conquer is quite something. The third course, the Old Nine, also offers wonderful classic golf for every player.  

Oh, and don’t forget the nine tennis courts, where you can play a regular game or enjoy padel tennis. Such fun.

Golf course at Sandy Lane

Golf course at Sandy Lane

Your only problem? Deciding where to eat...

Sandy Lane boasts four restaurants and seven bars, making it a paradise for foodies. This is a place where tasty cuisine blends with fantastic quality wines and more, plus the best company, to create unforgettable moments.

L'Acajou is the ultimate in romantic settings, out in the open air next to the sea. Modern and classic European cuisine rule here, focusing on French and Mediterranean fare. Bajan Blue’s food is informal and so is the vibe, complete with Sunday brunch, a wine bar, sushi station and grill. The Spa Café is set by the pool and waterfall, with a wonderful casual menu on offer, and The Country Club’s extraordinary views are the perfect setting for find leisurely light lunches, relaxed afternoon teas, cocktails and blazing sunsets.

Have we persuaded you to book your next stay? Find out more information, including how much it costs to stay at Sandy Lane

Al fresco dining at Sandy Lane

Al fresco dining at Sandy Lane

Things to do nearby Sandy Lane Barbados

Wider Barbados has a lot to offer, too. Here are some of the best-loved things to do close to the resort. What does this magical island offer luxury-lovers? 

Breathtaking natural wonders

Harrison’s Cave doesn’t have the most romantic or exotic name in the world, but it is actually spectacular. Make your way to the high, misty central highlands of Barbados to visit Harrison's Cave’s astonishing limestone formations, pure white flow stones, jewel-like rock pools and tinkling crystal streams. And how do you get underground? By tram. Brilliant.  

Harrison's Cave

Harrison's Cave

Luxury shopping in Barbados

International shopping is a Sandy Lane standard, with fabulous retail therapy opportunities studded like jewels along the island’s exclusive west coast. If you adore the finest goods, the best products and the most prestigious designers, this is your destination. Start off exploring the high-end shops at Holetown, with legendary boutiques like Colombian Emeralds International, Diamonds International, and Little Switzerland. 

Surf the magnificent south coast

So you think the seas off Barbados are always calm, always flat? Not so. The waves can also be thrilling. Head for the south coast to discover huge waves to ride. The Bathsheba area is particularly  popular with international surfers, home to some great surf schools.

Experience sheer catamaran heaven

Hire a boat, luxury yacht, or catamaran, crewed or otherwise, and take yourself out into the Caribbean itself. This is a stunning place to sail and motor under the azure skies, and one of the best ways to spot the giant turtles that bob around the island’s lovely west coast. The best luxury Barbados boat tours include food, drinks, exclusive dive locations and more.

Luxury catamaran

Luxury catamaran

Sandy Lane Barbados FAQs

How far is Sandy Lane Barbados from the island’s international airport?

Sandy Lane is just 40 minutes by car from Barbados International airport

Which part of Sandy Lane is the best to stay?

The Orchid Rooms, Dolphin Suite, The Villa at Sandy Lane, Ocean Rooms and Ocean Luxury Rooms are all absolutely gorgeous. Your choice depends on the style of accommodation you like best, and the number of people in your party. Every choice is a fantastic one! 

Who owns Sandy Lane Barbados?

In 1998 five Irish businessmen, including J. P. McManus, Dermot Desmond and John Magnier, bought Sandy Lane. They rebuilt and renovated the old resort to the tune of $450 million to create a luxurious retreat offering 113 guestrooms and suites, a huge five bedroom villa, and world-class luxury facilities.

Are you a sun-seeker? Maybe you like a bit more action on your luxury breaks. At Sandy Lane, all this and more is laid on for you. A sumptuous, award winning spa, exciting water activities, romantic candlelit meals under the glittering stars, plus oodles of cool things to see and do right across this dreamy island.

Barbados has a lot to offer, but don't take our word for it. Discover luxury like never before with the support of our expert travel team. Give us a call on 0203 816 0985 to organise your stay, or click here to see all top Caribbean destinations.

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