The Sandy Lane Gold Cup

The Sandy Lane Gold Cup is one of the most prestigious events in the Eastern Caribbean horse racing calendar and, indeed, the biggest sporting events on the island. Attracting visitors from all over the world, for many years both local and regional jockeys have competed here, including some top international jockeys and trainers, with thoroughbred horses the UK and North America - some owned by the world’s leading investors in thoroughbred racing - featured. The big race is run over a turf course at a distance of 1,800 metres (8.95 furlongs) and is open to horses aged three and over. Garrison Savannah is a fitting setting for such as event, having been the home of horse racing in Barbados since 1845, and is conveniently located close to the island's capital, Bridgetown.

Price

7 nights at Sandy Lane from £5,845 per person
7 nights at Colony Club from £3,295 per person
7 nights at Bougainvillea Beach Resort from £2,295 per person

Itinerary

Friday 02 March
Depart: London Gatwick Flight BA2155 10:35 hrs
Arrive: Barbados 15.30 hrs

Transfer on arrival to your chosen hotel for 7 nights on a bed & breakfast basis. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Friday 03 March
Day at leisure.

Saturday 04 March
Sandy Lane Gold Cup Day!

Guests at Sandy Lane:
You'll be treated to the finest hospitality and catering in the exclusive surrounds of Sandy Lane’s Private Box at Garrison Savannah.
Guests at Colony Club & Bougainvillea Beach Resort:
You will be accommodated in the Gold Grandstand at Garrison Savannah from where you can watch the day's action.

After the final race you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Sunday 05 March
Lunch at the historic Lancaster House, a plantation house that has been amazingly restored and filled with fascinating antiques from across the world. Enjoy authentic Caribbean cuisine washed down with a glass or two of local rum punch!

Monday 06 March
Spend the day at leisure. Why not enjoy a round of golf on one of the island's top courses or sample the scuba diving off the Bajan coast?

Tuesday 07 March
We hope to visit the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association stud farm today, subject to confirmation.

Wednesday 08 March
Spend the day at leisure.

Thursday 09 March
Day spent at leisure until your departure to the airport.
Depart: Barbados, Flight BA2154 17:10 hrs

Friday 10 March
Arrive: London Gatwick 05:10 hrs

Accommodation

Sandy Lane


Sandy Lane is a hotel so iconic it hardly needs an introduction! Synonymous with exceptional luxury travel, this faultless resort is well established as the place to see and be seen on Barbados' coveted west coast. Attention to detail and truly outstanding service mean that each and every guest here feels like a VIP. Whatever your requirements whilst staying here, Sandy Lane will go beyond your expectations in every arena, from the spaciousness and classic style of every room and suite, to the personalised service you'll receive from warm, welcoming staff.

The hotel's stellar Barbados beachfront location is another plus. Unspoilt white shores meet the brilliant azure of the Caribbean Sea in a setting that epitomises the beauty of the 'platinum coast'. If you're travelling with your nearest and dearest, we'd be happy to arrange a will love the romance of a private, candlelit dinner on the pristine shores.

Facilities are equally impressive. The Spa at Sandy Lane offers new levels luxurious relaxation within the majestic surrounds of its 47,000 square foot Romanesque building. Barbados boasts some of the best golf facilities in the world  and Sandy Lane has three championship-style courses, including the famous Green Monkey designed by Tom Fazio, which is  exclusive to guests

Colony Club


Following a recent refurbishment - which has included some exciting new features - Barbados' Colony Club has firmly set itself as one of the most luxurious hotels on the island. Elegant Hotels Group's west coast, colonial-style property is a timeless retreat with soaring palm trees, lagoon-style pools and serene tropical gardens. Known for its relaxing ambiance, the hotel appeals to those who enjoy healthy eating, unique health-conscience amenities and togetherness. The hotel recently added new healthy dining choices to its menus, as well as an organic herb and vegetable garden and bespoke tours, excursions and activities.
 
Boasting 96 rooms and suites, the hotel offers six accommodation categories to choose from. All of the 46 Oceanview, Luxury Oceanview and Luxury Poolside rooms have been recently refurbished and boast custom-made wood furniture, French doors and REN bath amenities but still hold true to their plantation feel.
 
Guests can do as much or as little as they please, with complimentary motorised and non-motorised watersports including sailing, paddle boarding and waterskiing, or a daily complimentary session of yoga, Pilates or Zumba. For families with children under the age of two Colony Club will ensure that parents can rest easy with a bespoke baby pack, with all those little touches you'd expect from such an exceptional hotel; such as natural baby bath products, a cosy crib and musical mobile.
 
Gastronomes will delight at Colony Club's offerings; with fishing trips where a chef will cook your catch, seasonally-inspired meals with the freshest local ingredients, complimentary tours of the gardens with cookery demonstrations of the produce, and not forgetting the focal point of the hotel - its luxurious redesigned Laguna restaurant.

Bougainvillea Beach Resort


Overlooking a pristine stretch of shoreline on the South Coast, conveniently located near to St Lawrence Gap, this is a fantastic choice for more independent holidaymakers keen to do their own thing, but enjoy all the benefits of resort facilities.

Enjoy the range of watersports offered from the beach or a relaxing spa treatment at Waves Spa. Two freeform swimming pools meander through tropical gardens leading on to the beach. There is also a lap pool, and two wading mini-pools for the pleasure of younger guests.

As the suites come with their own well-equipped kitchens, guests are free to whip up their own meals if they want. Alternatively, you can dine in the hotel's two restaurants; Lanterns by the sea, or Water's Edge (open seasonally) with a relaxed beachside setting.

 

Tour Highlights

• Explore the beautiful island of Barbados on your days at leisure
• Rest and relax on the unspoilt sands
• Sample authentic Caribbean cuisine with lunch at Lancaster House
• Enjoy a day’s racing at the Sandy Lane Gold Cup!

Additional Info

Single Room supplement - Sandy Lane: £660 per person per night
Single Room supplement - Colony Club: £270 per person per night
Single Room supplement - Bougainvillea Beach Resort £140 per person per night
Club World supplement: £1,700 per person

Barbados's climate is ideal in March, with temperatures hovering in the mid twenties and very little rain. If you'd like a active holiday there's plenty to do; catamaran cruises, snorkelling, championship golf courses and watersports abound. Then beautiful east coast, with its wild landscapes and crashing waves, well worth a visit on one of your leisure days. The famous west coast, home to Sandy Lane, is legendary for its calm clear waters, platinum sands and exclusive feel; ideal for sunbathing and relaxing during your stay.

Price Includes

Our price includes: Return flights with British Airways * Air conditioned transfers throughout * 7 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in your chosen hotel, based on twin/double occupancy * Racecourse admission at Garrison Savannah (grandstand seats for those staying at Colony Club & Bougainvillea Beach Resort) and the Sandy Lane Private Box for those at Sandy Lane * Stud Visit, subject to confirmation * Assistance of our ground agents throughout *

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