This Mediterranean-style hotel and spa is tucked away in the hills of northern Barbados. Although it lacks oceanfront property, it has something other area hotels don't: Scenic wildlife such as green monkeys, warblers, and roosters roam freely on the expansive property. All-inclusive packages are available, although there is only one restaurant, La Salsa, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (A “rum shop” is also on premise, though open hours are limited.) One- and two-bedroom suites are clean and include kitchenettes, but lack natural light and some modern amenities (such as iPod docks). A large outdoor pool, spa, fitness center, art gallery, nature trail, and beach shuttle may help guests forget about the inland location.
Up in the hillside on a quiet road, a large circular entrance leads up to the Mediterranean-style lobby with white stucco walls and red tiles -- a look that is consistent with the rest of the property. A welcome drink is offered upon arrival, and a staff member will lead guests to their suites.
With only 40 suites in total, the property never feels too crowded, though the pool does get plenty of action due to the lack of beach on premise. Dinner at La Salsa is also popular with guests, especially during themed nights featuring live music. The lobby and grounds become romantic in the evening with candles and low lighting. After dinner, guests can take a spot in the gazebo, or on one of the swinging benches -- a great spot to enjoy a glass of wine.
A secluded property in the hills above Speightstown
Sugar Cane is a hidden gem in the northern hills near Speightstown, and appeals to those looking for a peaceful setting with island wildlife and nature trails at their doorstep. Because the property is not walking distance to nearby attractions, a car is highly recommended. (Bus service does not run this far inland, and taxis can get quite expensive.) A hotel shuttle is in operation during the day and takes guests to local beaches.
42-minute drive to Grantley Adams International Airport
6-minute drive to Speightstown
12-minute drive to Royal Westmoreland Golf Course
14-minute drive to Holetown
16-minute drive to Sandy Lane Country Club
22-minute drive to Harrison’s Cave
22-minute drive to Flower Forest Botanical Gardens
Suites either come with a garden or ocean view -- though the ocean is in the distance. Rooms lack natural light, and the wood furnishings and neutral interiors lend to a comfortable, yet dark atmosphere.
One restaurant and two bars; all-inclusive packages available
La Salsa restaurant and bar serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in an attractive, oblong room near the lobby. Breakfast and all-inclusive packages are available. Tables overlook the hillside, and decor includes wood furniture and red accents. (After 6 p.m. an elegantly casual dress code is in effect -- no shorts.) Menus change often and include local favorites and international dishes. In addition, theme nights are prevalent and often include live music.
Sandy’s Chattel Bar and Restaurant on the far end of the resort mimics an authentic “rum shop” -- though hours are limited.
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