First impression of the interior was wow! Three good sized bedrooms each with an en-suite bathroom and plenty of wardrobe space. The living room/dining/kitchen open plan main room was really nice, light and airy with high vaulted ceilings. The large terrace balcony, complete with a further dining table, sun loungers and barbecue had a lovely view beach/sea view.
Opposite the White Sands there is a very posh, very expensive restaurant called Hugo’s which has recently opened, this unfortunately blocks some of the view, which is a minor annoyance rather that an earth shattering disaster. £14 for a bowl of soup put us off trying there! The condo is really a home from home, very well equipped, loads of spare towels including beach towels, with a washer and tumble dryer to wash your clothes and even a supply of loo paper! The kitchen is well supplied and has one of those HUGE American style fridge. The Air Con worked well in all rooms and the bedrooms all had ceiling fans to help cool you off.
The condo is large enough for six people to have and extremely comfortable stay on this wonderful island. Volney the house keeping lady was very friendly and helped us book a trip to Harrison’s Cave (impressive) and sort out a couple of minor problems, such as the dishwasher breaking down but she had that fixed within 48 hours and stepped in to wash a load of pots, pans and plates for us, despite us saying no! Sandy View is a real home from home!
Speightstown is very chilled and laid back, not a party town so ideal if you just want to relax, the few bars and restaurants do close early. The main town is a 5 minute walk away, head south from the condo and you’ll be there in minutes. Look out for the lovely orange painted little bakery on the left as you head in, really nice tasty treats in there, hot from the oven. Jordan’s Supermarket was very good. We ate in the Fisherman’s Pub on a couple of occasions, good value and nice Bajan food. We also had breakfast at Islands Plates in the little complex opposite the supermarket, lovely little place.
For getting around Barbados you can’t beat the local buses which you can catch from the bus depot on the main road again only a five minute walk, 2 Barbados dollars a trip no matter how far. We caught the 27 down to Oistins for the Friday Fish Fry, 1h 15m trip on the bus. Lovely food at the Fish Fry, but unfortunately the entertainment wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be. Can also recommend Holetown for an evening out only a 15-20 minute bus ride, lovely restaurant called Zaccios there.
The only tip I would give for a stay in Barbados is take a good insect repellent, we got bitten by sand fleas and the itching wasn’t much fun! That said it’s a lovely place, friendly people and hot sun and White Sands is a great base.