The little sister of the celebrated family-run Coral Reef Club, The Sandpiper has the luxurious feel of its island sibling, but with a quaintness and informality that makes it popular with honeymooners and younger visitors to Barbados.

Lush tropical gardens envelop the 47 rooms and suites, making each unique apartment a haven of privacy and peace; all are less than a minute from the water's edge, with the hotel guests enjoying almost exclusive use of the beach. Food here is among the best on the island, with freshly caught lobster a favourite. The Sandpiper's special combination of a relaxed atmosphere with excellent service are a credit to Wayne and Karen Capaldi, who run the hotel; they make it their business to welcome every guest by name on arrival. If it's relaxation, seclusion and beach time you're after, you'll find it hard to beat. Wow factor: Enjoy cocktails with a view at Harold's Beach Bar. Flight time: Eight hours 30 minutes. Go: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678400 or visit for more details or email <a href=""></a>