19 Apr Sandy Lane’s Casablanca Dazzles in Barbados
When we walk into Casablanca, Barbados’ brilliant tropical light floods every room of the spacious estate, delivering indoor/outdoor island living at its best. Its understated elegance is reminiscent of the adjacent Grand Dame Caribbean classic Sandy Lane. Casablanca offers a twist with modern art and photography along with pops of French marine blue contrasted the orange the color of birds of paradise punctuating its chic all-white decor. My husband Kevin and I are drawn to the cobalt blue, glass-tiled infinity pool shimmering in the courtyard, surrounded by palms. It’s the color of the sea on Barbados’ tony platinum coast where you can snorkel and perhaps be as fortunate as we were last visit and spy a sea turtle. Book a snorkeling trip at Sandy Lane’s crescent-shaped, golden sand beach. Other water activities include water skiing, banana boat rides, kayaking, catamaran sailing. Scuba diving and deep-sea fishing charters can also be arranged through the Water Sports Team.
The butler has laid out high tea along with some lovely nibbles. It might seem incongruous to lounge poolside while sipping tea, but this Bajan paradise is full of surprises. The 7,800-sq.-ft, open-floor plan villa and guest cottage is equipped with all the latest technology, so we are only as out of touch as we care to be. From almost every room – including the eight spacious, white bathrooms, most of which have deep soaking tubs in addition to enormous showers – we have views of the lush, yet tamed landscaping. We also see the adjacent Green Monkey golf course designed by golf architect Tom Fazio and carved from an old limestone quarry. Although golf isn’t our cup of tea, we have access to the three world-class courses that comprise Sandy Lane. Our stay also gives us entrée to Sandy Lane’s legendary 47,000 sq.-ft spa. Book one of the outdoor treatment rooms where the thick limestone walls and riotous flowers add to the secluded feel.
Although our chef prepares and serves tropical feasts in the evening along with the traditional Bajan breakfast al fresco at our request, we reserve a spot at Sandy Lane’s Bajan Blue restaurant one evening. After all, the Platinum Coast is notable for some of the finest dining in the Caribbean. Another of our long-time favorites for romance is, The Cliff where seafood is the star, and you can watch marine life glide through the waters below.
For most of our stay, we make the most of the paddle tennis court, the gym and that glorious pool. Maybe next time, I’ll try my hand in the gleaming white chef’s kitchen.