By Roger Cox, Editor
With 9 hard courts for just 112 rooms, Sandy Lane has devoted unusual attention to tennis, though its beach are the opportunity to relax in the sun are probably foremost on the minds of arriving guests. Yet the hotel backs up those courts with a staff of teaching pros with Fed Cup and Davis Club credentials. Richele LeSaldo, who is from Barbados, heads the team. "Our guests tend to prefer private lessons," she told me. And the demand for private lessons over the year-end holidays is so great that return guests often book far in advance. "My evening lessons for Christmas week were booked out in January." Perhaps for that reason, she says there has been little call for group clinics. During major holidays, they do, however, beef up their offerings to juniors, often scheduling a tournament to bring the kids together. And from time to time there are tennis celebrities in house, as Top 10 player Caroline Wozniacki was over Thanksgiving 2009, and there are often clinics and cocktail parties centered around those appearances.
Stay Longer at Four Seasons Resort Nevis with a complimentary fourth night with every three consecutive paid nights. That extra night means more time for tennis at the Resort's award-winning tennis center. The 10-court complex features two new AstroTurf courts, four red clay, and four hard, making the facility one of only two in the region to offer three different playing surfaces. For reservations, please call 869-469-6238 or visit fourseasons.com/nevis
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Golf. There are 45 holes of golf in total: two 18-hole courses, the Green Monkey and the Country Club, both designed by Tom Fazio, and the Old Nine, a 9-holelayout that winds through the old estate.
Spa & Fitness Center. A waterfall plunges into a free-form swimming pool at this 45,000-square-foot Romanesque building where guest come for a variety of spa services, including massages, facials, hydrotherapy, and such locally inspired treatments as a Bajan head massage and Bajan sugar cane scrub. The building also contains a fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows and a meditation room. Pilates and personal training are also available.
Sandy Lane has a dedicated facility called the Treehouse Club for kids and structured programs for those ages 3 to 12 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily as well as a Teen Center and a Toddlers Corner.
The accommodations at Sandy Lane consist of 112 rooms and suites and one five-bedroom villa. These have Italian marble floors, plantation-style furnishings, and large private verandas and variously look out on either tropical gardens or the ocean. They also have 52-inch flatscreen televisions, WiFi access, and electronic "Do Not Disturb" and "Make Up Room" features.
The signature restaurant, L'Acajou, affords waterside dining on local island specialties and is supplemented by a beachfront restaurant and spa cafe.
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Travel Instructions. By air: Sandy Lane is a 30-minute drive from Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI).
General Tourist Information. For information about vacationing on Barbados, visit the Barbados Tourism Authority website.