The Sandpiper Barbados’ Beach House Suites and Tree Top Suite
The Sandpiper is regarded as one of the finest hotels in Barbados. Hamish Kilburn talks to James Arkoulis of Helen Green Design to find out more about the recently opened Beach House Suites and the Tree Top Suite…
Tucked away in botanical and tropical gardens, The Sandpiper is one of the most exclusive small hotels in the West Indies. Its recent extensive renovation reveals three exquisite new suites. Set among a glorious backdrop of orchid trees, bougainvillea and swaying coconut trees, the new Tree Top Suite ‘Curlew’ was imagined by Helen Green Design to boast breathtaking vistas of the Caribbean Sea. “Starting from scratch was very refreshing because we were able to throw our ideas together,” explains James Arkoulis Senior Interior Designer at Helen Green Design. “It was exciting to see the finished suite for the first time because it matched my original plans.” As a result, the hotel steers away from conventional cliché stereotypes of Barbados and instead welcomes fresh interiors that hold the hotel brand’s. Textured-wood furniture throughout is contemporary and keeps in tune with the stunning Caribbean location, while subtle accents of colour bring the place to life.
Much of the charm and style of The Sandpiper is attributed to the Capaldi family, whose meticulous attention to detail has allowed them to personally design two of the new Beach House Suites named ‘Driftwood’ and ‘Sand Dollar’. Both the Beach House Suites consist of a large covered patio featuring a wet bar and sun deck. Guests can also enjoy a separate living room with a media centre, bedroom with king size bed, dressing area and bathroom. The beauty of the Beach House Suites is that they can be interconnected to the new Tree Top Suite to become a three-bedroom villa, perfect for friends and families.
“Whatever you’re designing should relate to where it is,” adds Arkoulis. The new Tree Top Suite ‘Curlew’ does just that. Governing the design, an uninterrupted view of the ocean is the perfect backdrop. Outside, the suite features a wide covered balcony, open sundeck area with private plunge pool. It is decorated in an appealing cool and contemporary colour palette and stays away from the conventional tree top suite concept. “It doesn’t look like a tree house at all,” says Arkoulis. “In fact, it isn’t one. The suite is housed within a separate building from the rest of the hotel. The structure is concrete and we have used a lime wood finish in keeping with traditional architecture.”
In addition to these new beautifully designed suites, the hotel now features a new sixty-foot lap pool surrounded by tropical gardens with a soothing sculptural water feature. Harold’s Beach Bar has also been refurbished and is the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail as the sun goes down.