A shade less luxe than its sister hotel, the Coral Reef Club up the beach, the Sandpiper exudes the same kind of hands-on, family-run hospitality from Wayne and Karen Capaldi (Karen’s the daughter of the O’Haras who founded both hotels). It’s an olde worlde Barbados resort a short walk from Holetown, a series of country-comfy rooms in cool Caribbean woods and wickers scattered across the lush grounds—the deluxe treetops suites come with their own private plunge pools. Non-motorized water sports (small sailboats, paddle boards, snorkeling) at the beach are complimentary. Children under 12 are not allowed mid-January through February, the rest of the year there is a kids’ program of sailing and swim lessons in the off-season. Note that the Sandpiper will be closed from April 17 to November 1, 2015 for an extensive renovation (and as the owners start construction of villas on their recently purchased property next door).
Holetown, St James, Barbados
Our Rating Neighborhood West Coast Phone 800/223-1108 in the U.S., 800/567-5327 in Canada, 246/422-2372 or 246/422-2251 Prices Winter: $867 double, $1,248 suite; Off season: $363–$501 double, $634–$689 suite. Rates include breakfast. Amenities Wi-Fi (free), restaurant, 2 bars, outdoor pool, exercise room, tennis court, spa (at sister hotel), kids’ program Units 47 rooms & suites Web site Sandpiper
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