Sandy Lane has always been a place that people speak about with misty eyes, the fabled faraway land that captures those dreamy blue landscapes Barbados is adored for. While many flock to the Sandy Lane Hotel for sugar-scrubbed spa services, there’s another, more secretive and special way to soak up those sublime vistas of the Platinum Coast. Sanzaru is one of the finest villas in the entire Caribbean with eleven beautiful bedrooms and one incredibly romantic whimsical cottage, meaning you and up to 24 guests are invited to live out your very best tropical island fantasies.
21,000 sq ft of space is certainly nothing to sniff at, especially when it comes with all the finery and features that Sanzaru offers. With a line of wait staff, including a house manager, private chef, waiting on staff, cleaners and groundkeepers, you have all the manpower behind a five-star hotel, only with all the peace and space of a private mansion.
Open-plan living spaces seem to have been carved from someone’s heavenly dream; imagine no clean boundary between outdoor and indoor living, plump pale sofas, flickering candles, ornate flowers in glass jars and gleaming marble sides. An outdoor living room is a moment of pure architectural ingenuity, especially when you want to sit and nurse a brandy without missing a second of that pink-tinged sunset flecked with fingers of gold.
Elegant dining spaces are strewn throughout – whether it’s breakfast in the cool shade of the kitchen beneath the glimmering chandelier, or a silver service supper in the long and formal dining space. As mentioned, with a full team of kitchen staff – you won’t need to lift a finger throughout your stay at Sanzaru.
Bedrooms boast all the usual comforts of king-sized beds, terraces overlooking a sprawl of gorgeous gardens and endless ocean, and en-suite bathrooms that don’t skip a beat when it comes to class. Some are adorned in a more traditional luxury style, whereas others like to play with color and texture, calling on the bright blues of the ocean and the dusky pinks that are so synonymous with Sandy Lane sunsets. Meanwhile, spa-like bathrooms and walk-in closets ramp the luxury factor up a notch.
The air-conditioned movie theatre, on-site spa, and media music library are also nice touches for those moments when you just want to kick back and relax with the unbridled comfort of entertainment. But Barbados is all about soaking up that divine outdoor space, and Sanzaru pays homage to that with its wealth of stunning alfresco spots. The open space fire pit is without a doubt a highlight feature of this fabulous villa. Snuggling up beside the flickering flame beneath a blaze of stars and the sound of the ocean – surely this is what island life is all about?
Further complementing life outdoors is the seriously large crystal saltwater pool with infinity edge for daydreaming, the luscious Lanai and the rolling patio with those bite your bottom lip ocean views. An outdoor bar and kitchen also add to the equation – meaning you never need to step foot indoors. There are a ton of lounging spaces for stretching out with a book and breathing in the scent of frangipani as you dawdle over the pages and watch for the white sails out on the ocean.
If you need to tear yourself away from the paradise created at Sanzaru, then stepping out to mingle at the Sandy Lane Property Owner’s Beach Club is a fabulous way of rubbing shoulders with the local elite. An ample selection of fine dining spots and splurge-worthy shops can also be found a short drive away. For the golf lovers in your life – the best course in Barbados – Sandy Lane is Country Club is less than 3km away, and those rare sugar soft sands of Sandy Beach are well within strolling distance.
Sanzaru is available for rent from $12,500 USD per night in the summer season (April to November) and from $25,000 USD per night in the high season (November to April).