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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.
To sum up, we never go to the same hotel twice despite having been to Barnados many times. We intend to make an exception and go to the Sandpiper again early in 2005.
The best holiday we have ever had
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.
Firstly, the bad points. The beach is very tight and there's not a huge amount of it. If like us, you just like to lounge around on sofa beds by the sea this isn't a problem - just don't expect acres of sand sweeping away in the distance. The hotel service at meal times is generally very good but can at times be unpredictable - some orders were forgotten and long waits between courses was not uncommon. You can also miss the maid service at night if you do not leave early enough for dinner - again no real hardship unless you have left the beach towels on the beach which means you may not have any for the next day. The swimming pool is also very small indeed - good for small children and dipping into at night after a long day on the beach but not for much else.
The good points far outweigh the bad (too many to include here). The staff are very friendly (but most Bajans generally are), the rooms are very big and well furnished (the comfiest bed I've ever slept in on holiday) and the food is just fantastic - the whole atmosphere lends itself to total relaxation. The hotel itself is very near the local supermarket where you can get just about anything you'd buy back home. There are also a number of restaurants nearby (which cater for all tastes and wallets) plus a KFC, a Chefette (another fast food chain), a good selection of tourist shops housed in a mock Bajan village and the other usual amenities (video store, take-away pizza place etc.). We were regularly told that the hotel - after the Sandy Lane and Sandpiper's sister property, The Coral Reef Club - is the best on the island and we can believe that. If you are half board like us and you have the last few nights on a bed and breakfast basis only it's worth going to The Cliff and L'acajou (at Sandy Lane) for dinner. Not as pricey as you might expect from two of the best restaurants in the world - about 130 pounds for two including water, wine and three courses each - and worth the treat.
All in all our best Caribbean holiday yet (having been to Tobago, Grand Cayman, Providentiales, Jamaica and the Sea Breeze hotel in Barbados 4 years ago). If you are thinking of coming the hotel will be closed for six months next year - April to September - as they are adding some plantation suites (bigger with jacuzzi baths) and remodelling the recetion area. So you'd better get here quick!
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.
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... printed out and followed them all the way out past the small roundabout, out past the port gates to the roundabout outside on the main road. We arrived at the meeting place around 20 to 9 so we had 20 minutes to wait, the roundabout was chock-a-block full of tour guides with signs and passengers milling around looking for their tours. We weren't the only ship in Port, there was also a Carnival ship, so over 4000 people swarming out those gates!! Rodd and ...
... sunbathe and stroll of the world famous Magen's Bay Beach. The beach has showers and change rooms and has been named by National Geographic as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. It was a lovely beach and setting but we really are spoilt by our beaches at home. Later in the afternoon we were dropped off in downtown Charlotte Amalie for some shopping before making our way back to the ship. ...
... playing and we're having great fun. Omara heads to bed - pregnant ladies need lots of rest you know - while we stay up putting the world to rights.
The guys decide to smoke the cigars that they bought in Bridgetown and to partake in some cognac too. That's my cue. I'm off to bed.
All the signs are that it's going to be a long night and in the words of Bette Davis "hang on to your hats it's going to be a bumpy ride..."
... 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!!!