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King of spas

The team at The Spa posing with their award.

by Latoya Burnham

The introduction of specific indigenous Bajan treatments at The Spa at Sandy Lane may be responsible for the establishment’s recent award as the Travel & Leisure #1 Hotel Spa in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas.

That is the belief of Spa Manager, Tracey Archer and Public Relations Manager for the property, Janelle Hunte, who noted today that guests questioned by Travel & Leisure had pointed to the Bajan Indulgence Experience and the Synchronised Journey treatments among the Spa’s outstanding options.

Archer said it was the first year the spa had won with Travel & Leisure, and it represented a great achievement for Sandy Lane and Barbados.

While they had won awards with Conde Nast in the past, she noted that it was great to know that they had finally surpassed spas that they would have been behind in the past, especially from St. Lucia and Turks and Caicos Islands.


“I take this as a tribute to my team. They have done a fantastic job over the year and I know it has been a challenging time. I’m just extremely happy and the team is extremely happy and we want to ensure that we go on to win Conde Nast luxury awards, which is the next awards that come along with Travel & Leisure,” said Archer.

It was substantial as well, she stated, that those guests surveyed were mainly from the North American market, which was not traditionally the hotel’s biggest market.

“What we do know is that there were two treatments in particular that were highlighted – The Bajan Indulgence treatment, which is exclusive to Sandy Lane because it was created by Sandy Lane therapists … and also the Synchronised Massage,” said Hunte.

Archer explained: “We got a lot of questions from a lot of journalists who have been coming and asking, what will separate Sandy Lane from other spas. So we went to the therapists who are the ones who created this treatment and it is called the Bajan Indulgence Experience and we wanted to create something indigenous that you wouldn’t find in another property, whether it is the far east where spas are really huge.

“So they came up with a coconut base… [which starts] with a scrub that has in coconut braiding, coconut massage oil and brown sugar together… After that you are wrapped in mud and banana leaves, which you get from Barbados. Then you get a head massage and the last 45 minutes you get a massage with coconut massage oil which is made local in Barbados.

Everything local

“Everything is local. So we actually blend it when the guests get here. The last hour of it, you get a Bajan lunch in the treatment room,” she said.

She added: “All I can think is that we have done a lot of upgrading to the physical plant itself, which I think has certainly helped; and what we have tried to do is make a lot of the treatments that we have more all encompassing. We tried to add on whether it is a tea offering ahead of the treatment… [or use of] the heat facility and sauna, steam room, cold showers, there is fresh fruit, a relaxation room before your treatment. You don’t just come and leave. You are spending this money for a reason. It is an entire journey and I believe that is really what has helped us and pushed us a lot this year.”

Archer said the Spa would close in September along with the hotel for some redevelopment, but when it reopened later that month, they would be introducing some new products and services which she believed would keep them on top. In addition to the new Sundari line of ayurdedic treatments, the spa manager said they would also be creating new health menus to complement the services offered.

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