Your Honeymoon at The Sandpiper: Luxury, privacy, and elegance
There are several reasons that you’d want a private concierge to be included in your honeymoon suite package:
for example, to arrange a private boat ride to a romantic oceanfront restaurant; or to make a last-minute reservation for a private garden spa treatment for two (complete with lemongrass and ginger body scrub and lunch) at The Sandpiper’s sister property; or simply to ensure that an arrangement of local flowers and sunset champagne (or rum punch) are delivered to your suite after your day at the beach. Beach House Suites in the elegant Sandpiper Hotel in Holetown, your concierge is included. The baby blue ocean is also conveniently located just a stone’s throw away – and is easily seen in panoramic sunset hues from your private plunge pool, from your outdoor dining table complete with fully stocked bar, or from bed, since the wooden panels between the bedroom and patio slide open to reveal the skyline beyond.
Barbados has romance built in – you can slip your toes into the warm sand, sip wine to the tune of softly crashing waves at sunset, and dine on the freshest local fruit and seafood nightly – but the three recently built Beach House Suites on Barbados’ West Coast are for couples looking for hidden gems. Large, comfy sofas are accented with bright accessories in azure and coral. Marble countertops, stone floors, and lime-washed ceilings as well as a rain shower and adjacent tub add to the sense of luxury and indulgence. And the neroni- and jasmine-scented soaps and lotions from The White Company in London mix with the intoxicating smell of ylang-ylang (the origin of Chanel N°5) and sweet vanilla duranta that waft into your suite from the surrounding lush gardens.
The Sandpiper was built in 1970 by Budge and Cynthia O’Hara as a boutique property where luxury décor meets family-run business. To get to the Beach House Suites, which were added in 2015, you walk through winding garden paths draped with red-flowered Pride of Barbados trees and blossoming bougainvillea. The Beach House has two ground level accommodations, Driftwood and Sand Dollar, and one above, Curlew, which adds the aforementioned private plunge pool and stocked bar. Directors Karen Capaldi and Maria O’Hara decorated the Beach House Suites downstairs in similarly contemporary aesthetic, with a dash of driftwood and accents drawing on the turquoise blues of the sea and greens of the gardens, along with natural woods and cream fabrics.
While a personal concierge is certainly a perk, The Sandpiper’s 2018 honeymoon package includes other enticing features, including a daily full English breakfast served on your private balcony or patio or enjoyed buffet style in the restaurant; dinner nightly at the oceanfront restaurant; a 50-minute massage for two; a bottle of champagne and flowers upon arrival; a bottle of aged Barbados rum upon departure; complimentary non-motorised water sports, including snorkelling to a nearby shipwreck; use of the property’s tennis courts with complimentary tennis coaching; a full gym; airport transfers; and an invitation to the resort owners’ weekly cocktail party, in case you feel like leaving your suite.
In fact, deciding how long to stay might be your only problem, because it’s easy to feel at home at The Sandpiper – the greetings by name from the staff, the way they remember how you take your coffee, and the way longtime bartender Harold Shepherd makes you feel like you’re in a tropical version of Rick’s Café from Casablanca. And it’s hard to leave a dream come true, which your honeymoon at the Beach House will be. Fortunately, you can always come back. Both the view and a bouquet of flowers will be waiting.