The Sandpiper

Holetown | St. James BB24017  [SEE MAP]St. James  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Boutique, family-owned property with gorgeous gardens
Restaurant's menu does not cater to diners with dietary restrictions

At The Sandpiper, it's all about the gardens. Nestled in Holetown, Barbados, this small, family-owned and -operated hotel receives consistent praise from guests for its well-manicured foliage. The hotel even houses three Tree Top Suites (lodgings surrounded by palm leaves but not actually suspended in the trees), which include luxurious amenities like terraces, open sun decks and private plunge pools. If you don't want to splurge, opt for a Garden View Room. Each includes a patio or balcony that overlooks the hotel's signature greenery. Extending its well-groomed vegetation to the beach, The Sandpiper boasts a shaded wooden dock that overlooks the shoreline. When you're not lounging dockside, take a dip, set out on a Hobie Cat sailboat or kayak (equipment rental is complimentary) or learn how to scuba dive at The Sandpiper's sister property, Coral Reef Club. Given that Coral Reef Club sits within walking distance, the two properties also share a spa. Just make sure you head back to The Sandpiper for dinner – guests highly recommend sampling The Restaurant's Caribbean-inspired dishes. But remember, the eatery's menu is limited, so travelers with dietary restrictions, such as vegans, may want to consider dining elsewhere. Also keep in mind: Members of INVITED, the Small Luxury Hotels of the World rewards program, can cash in accrued reward night vouchers for rooms here.

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Location
St. James
Hotel Class
4.5-star
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 48 rooms
Primary View
Ocean, Bay
Style
Traditional
Best For
Families, Couples

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Scorecard
  • 4.5Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating

Rankings

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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Frommer's Very Highly Recommended

Fodor's

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An intimate vibe and a nearly private beach keep guests coming back to this upscale hideaway, with accommodations spread throughout 7 acres of gardens. ... The Sandpiper, a boutique resort, shares some facilities at nearby Coral Reef Club, its much larger sister hotel, including tennis privileges, scuba diving, the spa, supervised children’s programs, and a playground.

Fodor's Choice

Oyster.com

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The Sandpiper is a 48-room, family-owned resort on the ritzy west coast of Barbados. It's hard to find fault in the rooms or amenities at this small, colonial-style luxury property.

Condé Nast Traveler

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Loyalists abound at the Sandpiper – return visitors jostle for bookings year after year. Their devotion is well-earned: family run for now two generations, with all the requisite perks of beachfront Caribbean luxury – tile floors, indoor-outdoor feel in the guestrooms, and lush gardens.

Other Awards

  • Frommer's Very Highly Recommended

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 338 have reviewed the The Sandpiper, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 338 reviews 4.5 (based on 338 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The Sandpiper's guest rooms and suites feature predominately white color palettes with bright splashes of tropical artwork, plus island-inspired wicker and rattan furniture throughout. Each accommodation offers a furnished patio, balcony or sun deck, cool tile floors, a wet bar, a work desk and a spacious bathroom.
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Televisions are only available in Tree Top Suites
  • Hotel closes annually from Aug. 10 to Oct. 9
  • Tree Top Suites have private plunge pools

Standard room size605 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The Sandpiper sits on the western coast of Barbados amid tropical gardens and next to a stretch of white sand. The hotel's sister property, Coral Reef Club, can be found about a half-mile north, and a complimentary shuttle travels between the properties. Amenities available within walking distance include downtown Holetown's shops, restaurants and bars.
  • Roughly 15 miles northwest of Grantley Adams International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach

Dining

The Restaurant at The Sandpiper serves a variety of dishes infused with a taste of the Caribbean. The eatery also hosts themed dinners, including barbecue on Sundays and a West Indian buffet on Wednesdays that features a combination of British and Caribbean dishes. The thatched-roofed Harold's Beach Bar serves tropical cocktails throughout the day.
  • Room service available during restaurant hours
  • Dining restrictions for children
  • Dress code enforced

Number of restaurants2

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

The Sandpiper has a long mosaic-tiled swimming pool surrounded by palm trees and other lush shrubbery. There's also a 60-foot lap pool, as well as a white sand beach. The beach is furnished with chaise lounges and umbrellas and is home to Harold's Beach Bar, which serves tropical cocktails throughout the day.
  • Tree Top suites have their own plunge pools
  • Free water sports equipment rentals include kayaks, paddleboards, snorkel gear and Hobie Cat, Laser and Sunfish sailboats
  • Coral Reef Club has a scuba diving school (fees apply for lessons)
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo
  • Pool bar
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas

Spa

Guests at The Sandpiper receive complimentary shuttle service to the spa and beauty salon at the hotel's sister property, Coral Reef Club. The facility offers a range of services, including massages, facials and nail care.

    Services offered:

    • Massage
    • Facial
    • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
    • Salon services
    • Outdoor treatment area
    • Steam room
    • Sauna

    Kids

    The hotel welcomes older children year-round, while kids ages 11 and younger can stay every day except peak season dates (Jan. 20 to Feb. 28). The hotel's sister resort, Coral Reef Club, offers a playground and a kids club for children ages 2 to 8. At The Sandpiper, families can take advantage of free kids activities from July 14 to Aug. 30, as well as complimentary nonmotorized water sports equipment and free tennis instruction for older children.
    • Babysitting services (charges apply)
    • Children's room service available daily from 5:30 to 7 p.m.; kids younger than 5 cannot eat in restaurant after 7 p.m.
    • Complimentary play pens, bottle warmers, children's books and more available upon request
    • Kids club
    • Cribs
    • High chairs

    Fitness

    The Sandpiper offers a small fitness center with various cardiovascular and weight-training equipment. The property is home to a tennis court with complimentary tennis coaching from 4 to 6 p.m. daily. Other outdoor activities include free access to nonmotorized water sports equipment like paddleboards and kayaks.
    • Walking paths throughout on-site gardens
    • Lap pool
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
    • Bicycles
    • Tennis (free)
    • Guided runs
    • Paddle boats (free)
    • Motor boats (with fee)

    Wedding

    The Sandpiper offers a basic wedding package for up to 10 guests (including the minister, the wedding couple, two witnesses and five guests). The package covers the wedding license, minister's fee, a decorated ceremony location, a bouquet and boutonniere, a wedding cake, a bottle of Champagne and a Champagne breakfast for the wedding couple on the following day. Available add-ons include photography, entertainment and catering.

      Maximum wedding guest capacity10

      • Hotel hosts weddings
      • Outdoor space for weddings
      • Wedding planners available

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