Barbados on My Own Time
British tradition and Caribbean flair make Barbados a unique destination. I’ve only been there one time and it was just stunning. It is one of my favorite islands in the Caribbean. There is so much to do there. Whether roaming the enchanted Huntes Garden, exploring underground caves or relaxing on soft sand beaches with sparkling turquoise waters, Barbados has so much to offer.
A while back I stayed at one of Sandy Lane’s Villas called Alila. It’s aptly named since Alila is a name associated with clean pure water. The villa was in the hills above the beach, teetering on the edge of the ridge on the western coast. The decor was Balinese inspired, which was just lovely. Bali is another one of my favorite places on earth so it was a great surprise.
The villa was amazing and the views spectacular. The view was full of lush greenery from the treetops and the ocean. The villa was a spacious four bedrooms with an open floor plan. This would be great for a larger group, like a girl’s getaway or a family vacation. I found the earth tones very relaxing; there is something about natural wood surfaces that agree with me aesthetically. Although this villa is set in an English colony it was decorated with Asian influences. A craftsman style footbridge spans the large infinity pool. This led me over to the gazebo, another panoramic view. This served as the perfect backdrop to the outdoor dining area. A koi pond and enclosed garden space was very intimate and lush. Like an oasis inside an oasis, I really enjoyed the open-air atmosphere, with many outdoor spaces like the bathroom, a half enclosed area that led out to a private patio with an amazing pool.
Our villa was located off the beach, but close enough to get that fresh salt-water breeze. Sandy Lane Beach was just the perfect setting for me to unwind. There were other little touches that made our stay, like ipod docks in every room as well as a private cabana on the beach. Sandy Lane Hotel is another great option for those of you who want a full service hotel experience. I highly recommend both the Alila villa and Sandy Lane hotel as this vacation was absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to return.
The nightly rate starts at about $1,050.00 USD