Luxury means different things to different people and it’s a word that is way overused when it comes to hotels. But simple, easy going, inspirational, exclusive and genuine luxury is what you get when you step inside Sandy Lane in St James, Barbados. I can confidently say that it is the only hotel I’ve visited so far where I feel the L word is wholeheartedly accurate and deserved.
Last year I spent a week on the island and visited Sandy Lane for afternoon tea. We had a table on the lower terrace of Bajan Blue restaurant looking out towards the beach which is scattered with the hotel’s famous pink sun loungers and even more famous guests. Everything is very calm and relaxed at Sandy Lane, and sitting eating perfect portions of butter cookies and chocolate dipped strawberries while looking at the ocean puts you in a very calm, relaxed and happy state.