Back from my first trip to Barbados and I am already aching to return to the secluded island oasis in the heart of the Caribbean.
With all that this exotic tropical isle has to offer, from pristine sandy beaches to turquoise lagoons, the most memorable part of my stay was the breathtaking accommodation.
Named after the 1940s romantic classic, Casablanca, which means “white house” in Spanish, the stunning villa perfectly mixes old world charm with modern elegance.
I flew into Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) and from there it was a breezy 25-minute drive to the luxurious Sandy Lane sanctuary.
Met by the incredible team of staff including housekeeper, laundress, cook, and gardener, I was given the grand tour of the palatial property.
From interior to exterior, no design detail was left unturned. Comprised of a main house and cottage, the crisp white décor was accented with punches of color, dramatic artwork and artistic finishes. The grounds were surrounded by state-of-the-art amenities, including a private gym, fully-equipped kitchen and bar, stocked media rooms, and tennis and paddle courts, to name a few.
The outdoor dining area overlooked the infinity pool, which was lined with chaise loungers and sun umbrellas. When I wasn’t taking advantage of the Sandy Lane Beach Facility, I took a refreshing dip daily after an afternoon game of golf or tennis.
At night, I dined al fresco underneath the twinkling lights of their gorgeous chandelier, illuminating the pool. While I didn’t indulge, a chef and butler are available at an additional cost - perfect for entertaining guests.
I ventured out for dinner to The Cliffs, one of Barbados’ most famous restaurants, and the ambiance did not disappoint with the candlelit deck perched on a sea cove. The fresh food and service was impeccable. I would highly recommend it, especially if you’re celebrating a special occasion.
While the estate accommodates up to 12 guests, with 6 bedrooms and 8 baths, I stayed in the main house, which featured a Master suite and four ensuite bedrooms.
My Master suite even had a private terrace that overlooked the fairways. My favorite morning ritual was sipping coffee while soaking in the warm sun and watching the early golfers tee off.
After that first day of travel, I unpacked my belongings inside the oversized walk-in closet and relaxed in a hot bubble bath with a glass of wine in the en suite bathroom’s gorgeous white tub.
Living lavishly at Casablanca was a Caribbean getaway like no other. From sunrise to sunset, I immersed myself in island luxury, escaped the demands of the real world and found solace in the serene silence and supreme opulence.