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Inspirato offers three accommodation options at Sandy Lane—a Forbes Five-Star award-winning hotel on the west side of Barbados. You won’t have to look far for activities the whole family can enjoy while staying at this intimate and lively Caribbean haven, with three golf courses, a beach club, an enormous spa and pool, nine tennis courts, four restaurants, and more. Barbados offers a bustling nightlife scene, famous soft-sand beaches, and water so clear and turquoise you have to see it to believe it.
West coast beaches that stretch for miles, the bustling nightlife in St. Lawrence Gap, generous opportunities to enjoy the Caribbean waters and comfortable temperatures are just a handful of the reasons that vacationers continue to pack their bags for Barbados. The energetic island culture lends itself well to the accommodations at Sandy Lane, where guests have been pampered since 1961. The hotel gives Inspirato Members an intimate yet lively Caribbean haven. Stay at the award-winning resort, voted the best in Barbados by Travel + Leisure, and you won't need to go far to find activities for the entire family or group.
L'Acajou, Bajan Blue, the Spa Café and the Country Club offer a variety of dining options on-site at Sandy Lane. Don't miss afternoon tea and the opportunity to pore over a 2,000+ bottle wine list at the Wine Cellar.
A marble reception area and sweeping staircase greet you at the on-site spa. Besides massages, Sundari treatments include aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, Jet Blitz rooms and an outdoor shower experience.
A favorite beach in the parish of St. James is Paynes Bay. Calm waters, golden sand and a handful of people swimming make for a family-friendly day on the shore. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rental.
Take the family to see a movie in style. A luxurious boutique cinema located in Holetown, Limegrove Cinemas features plush seats, tableside service for food and beverages and comfortable foot rests.
Take in a lively polo match during your vacation. A popular spectator sport inherited from the British cavalry, polo is a long-held tradition in Barbados. The island is visited several times per year by international teams.
Tours of the facilities where Mount Gay rum is made are offered multiple times per day. Choose from tours that include lunch and cocktails. Originating in Barbados in 1703, Mount Gay has been popularized the world over.
Its identity as an island should be enough sunburn warning for travelers but because Barbados is located only 13 degrees from the equator, to say that the sun can be intense would be an understatement. Slather on an SPF of at least 45 every morning and take the bottle with you to reapply generously throughout the day.
Playgrounds, swimming, themed movie nights? For travelers with families, the on-site Treehouse Club provides programming and entertainment for children of all ages. Teenagers will love the Den, a place for pool tables, foosball, TV, computers and more.
On the scenic lower terrace at Sandy Lane, make a reservation to attend the hotel's ritual afternoon tea. Specialty leaf teas and refined coffees are paired with finger sandwiches, scones, petit pastries and desserts.
High season in Barbados runs from mid-December to mid-April each year. Regardless of the time of year that you visit, your vacation is sure to involve temperatures in the 70s and 80s and very little chance of hurricanes.
Like other Caribbean islands, Barbados enjoys warm temperatures throughout the year, though it can get quite hot during the summer. Even so, trade winds help to keep things pleasant. Isolated showers and other rapid weather changes do happen, so be prepared. June through November is hurricane season, but other than increased precipitation, Barbados is rarely affected by big storms.