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... br> It started raining at some point, and Kadooment is the one day that you want it to rain, at least a little anyway, because you're under the hot, hot sun all day long, and you are dancing and sweaty. I think I may do it next year. It's hard to say right now, because it will take me a few days to recover. I will ...
... by visiting the Welchman Hall Gully. A natural cave collapsed here, forming a gully. The island of Barbados is the only Caribbean island we visited that is not volcanic – it is formed by coral reefs. 5% of the island is made of gullies. After visiting the gully we were given rum punch. We learned that rum punch is one part lime, two parts sugar, three parts rum, and ...
... in our room. Tony is busy making money in the "artctic cold room," while I'm out blogging in the warm humid air listening to the rain fall, waves crash on the shore, and now the tree frogs and crickets begin to sing their music because the sun has gone down already! It's 6:11 and almost dark! We may have to put off our shopping until tomorrow because in about a half hour, we plan to feast at the casual restaurant (cuz we ...
... decided that was enough excitement for the moment, and mozied a few steps away from the crabs to the lounge where we watched the "ambassadors" (that is what they call the employees here) light the candles and the tiki torches to set the evening mood. The tree frogs and crickets began their nightly chirping, and Tony and I got ready for another amazing dinner. The food here is expensive, but fabulous!!! YUM!!!
... so we agreed to stop on the way back. Instead we continued north, through the rain, maneuvering tight turns and steep inclines. We stopped at St John's church, which was originally built in 1650 or so. It stands sentinel on the top of a hill, protecting parishioners from all directions. I guess you just never know from where a sin might come. The old church had an amazing pipe organ, but most endearing were the doves in the belfry, whose cooing ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Sandpiper St. James
The Sandpiper is for people who appreciate a relaxed atmosphere, good food and good company. It is top class but not fussy. Many people come every year. So if your a nice person you'll like it and the guests there will like you. Each year we rebook as we leave.
Stayed June 2004 for 10 days. Ground floor suite - very clean, very comfortable king-size bed, bathroom - 2 bowls, shower in bath, lots of lovely towels (changed every day). Nice patio to sit during the evening. Hotel grounds lovely. Fish ponds very nice. Well-laid out. Beech quite large by Barbados standards with all sorts of free facilities (snorkelling, boat trips, etc). Beech always clean - sea warm and safe. Food excellent (breakfast, lunch & dinner). Staff excellent - nicest staff we've ever had at a hotel. Unfortunately, the day we arrived, my wife was taken ill with shingles, chest infection & loss of voice (heaven?). Local doctor veru good and the staff were brillient in looking after her, e.g. honey & lemon drink each morning and wouldn't accept any tips for helping her. It was our wedding anniversary 4 days into the trip, but my wife was not well enough to go to dinner so the hotel set up a superb meal on the patio. When she eventually went into meals, they kept asking her 'was she okay - is there anything we can do?'. I'm sure that their kindness helped towards her full recovery.
Exceptional. Best holiday we have ever experienced. We selected this property based on the numerous excellent reviews and, believe it or not, it far exceeded our expectations! The grounds, service and location are unmatched. The meticulous attention to pleasing all guests is remarkable. This gem is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World (-----------------------------) and it certainly lives up to the honor. If you are planning a trip to Barbados, I recommend that you not even consider any other property. The entire staff is enthusiastic about pampering their guests. The food (truly 5 star continental gourmet cuisine with local Bajan flair) is superb. We opted for half board our entire stay and full board for 3 nights. Barbados has many fine restaurants but we frankly enjoyed our meals at the Sandpiper the best of all. If you like to snorkel, this property will be a true paradise for you. There is world class snorkeling on reefs right along the property. If you are planning a trip to Barbados, book the Sandpiper. We have already booked a return trip for late March. Although this island has plenty to offer, you will be hard pressed to leave the beach and Harold's Beach side bar (Harold was the recipient of the Caribbean Hotel Employee of the Year award for 2002). Enjoy Barbados and your stay at the Sandpiper!
This place is paradise,quite simply the best hotel i have ever stayed in.My wife and i had a suite right on the beach for our honeymoon.The beach is lovely the pool whilst a little small is still ok.We found the food equisite we were full board and looked forward to each night as much as the last.The best aspect of this hotel is the staff,i am told that most of the staff have been there 25 years.There is nothing they can not do for you.Particular mention must be made to Andrew,Phillip and Harold
I'm writing this from the hotel's free internet service above reception so that's a plus point straightaway. My wife and I are leaving today after spending two great weeks at the Sandpiper. We hope you find this short review helpful. We booked our holiday largely on the basis of the excellent reviews on this website and other pages on the internet. The hotel is every bit as good as we had hoped.
my wife and i have just returned from the sandpiper (12/02/04) after a ten day break,this hotel simply can't be bettered at any price,it is very professionally run by it's resident owners,and the attention to detail is absolutly superb,from the free sorbets thoughtfully dispensed throughout the day to the very comfortable sunbeds complete with fitted covers and beach towels (never a shortage).ALL the staff were efficient and pleasant,no surliness at this hotel. the restaurant is at least on a par with the"cliff" without the silly prices. to sum up:all round excellent.
What a wonderful hotel
My husband and I stayed at the Sandpiper Hotel for a week after New Year 2004. The hotel is in a wonderful setting with trees, shrubs, flowers, waterfalls and ponds full of fish. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The food is delicious and very well presented. The rooms are spacious and very comfortable. We had a wonderful week and hopefully will be going to stay again in the not too distant future.
we stayed in a garden room for a week in October and had a fabulous time. Manager Russell and depute Carlos (along with all the other staff) made our stay a pleasure. will definately be returning next year, like many of its guests. Food was great, modern and tasty.
An outstanding hotel
We visited the Sandpiper for the first time for a week in June 2003. The hotel is outstanding. We heard that as many as 70% of the guests are return visitors. One couple had been to the hotel for more than 20 consecutive years.The service is excelllent. The restaurant is one of the best we have eaten in anywhere in the world. The pool and beach are both very pleasant and we thouroughly enjoyed the complimentary water sports. We would heartily recommend this hotel to anyone.
My husband and I stayed in a one bedroom suite directly on the beach for two weeks and had the time of our lives.
Most of the people that we met came to the hotel year after year and one couple had been there every year for over 10 years staying in the same suite each time.
The food and atmosphere is great. Once tip though, if you stay here make sure you are half board and not just room only because the food is expensive (but lovely). This hotel cannot be recommended enough.