PAR­ADISE AT YOUR SER­VICE

Stylish stay

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Ial­ways imag­ined that a San­dals re­sort would be full of young hon­ey­moon­ers, draw­ing love hearts in the sand as the sun goes down. True, all guests are adult cou­ples, but my trip to the newly opened San­dals Royal Barbados in Christ Church showed me how wrong I was.

Sit­u­ated on the bay of St Lawrence Gap, the new jewel in the San­dals crown is all about de­li­cious food, pris­tine gar­dens, golden sands and ocean views. My part­ner, Ian, and I fit­ted right in with the clien­tele, made up of friendly Amer­i­can and Bri­tish cou­ples – many, like us, in their 50s, all en­joy­ing the chat around the glass-fronted infinity pool and invit­ing bars. Some were proud to be on their 10th or more San­dals hol­i­day.

The army of staff pro­vides Club Class ser­vice for ev­ery one of the 222 suites, al­though there are room lev­els and prices to suit ev­ery purse. We went for the lower-bud­get room (a Ju­nior Palm Suite), but we still had a king-size bed, spa­cious sit­ting area, large walk-in closet and tran­quil­lity soak­ing tub for two on the bal­cony. Pay a lit­tle ex­tra and you even get your own per­sonal butler.

The re­sort has seven restau­rants (17 if you count the orig­i­nal sis­ter San­dals re­sort that’s con­nected by a walk­way) serv­ing a range of cuisines from around the globe, in­clud­ing French, Amer­i­can, Caribbean and Asian. The all-in­clu­sive of­fer comes with five-star gourmet din­ing, with pre­mi­um­brand beers, wines, spir­its and cock­tails – far bet­ter than we had pre­vi­ously ex­pe­ri­enced at other all-in­clu­sive re­sorts. There are lots of ac­tive pur­suits along with the ser­vices on of­fer. You can go bowl­ing, have a hair­cut, shop and en­joy treat­ments in the huge spa (not all-in­clu­sive, but with treat­ments around the same price as the UK). Be­yond the re­sort, we vis­ited the cap­i­tal Bridgetown and Oistin’s Fri­day Night Fish Fry, where lo­cals gather for bar­be­cue chicken and fish dishes, but we were drawn back to the re­sort as the op­por­tu­nity to spend our last evening at its French gourmet La Parisi­enne restau­rant was too much to re­sist.

Fine weather guar­an­teed, fab­u­lous food and won­der­ful ac­com­mo­da­tion made our week at San­dals hugely en­joy­able – and with­out a sin­gle beach­drawn love heart in sight.

To infinity and be­yond! Made in heaven

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