The Sandpiper Hotel – St. James, Barbados

We arrived in time for the Manager’s Cocktail Party, held each Wednesday evening. When in the Caribbean there is one drink above all others and that’s rum and their signature Rum Punch was excellent. Barbados has many wonderful restaurants, just a short cab ride from the resort, but we opted to dine at the resort. The first night we enjoyed their West Indian/International Buffet with many locally inspired dishes, following the cocktail party.

The Manager's Cocktail Party

The Manager’s Cocktail Party

The West Indies Buffet

The West Indian/International Buffet

The second evening we had a quiet and romantic dinner for two.  Soft candlelight with ocean breezes in the open-air dining room creates an informal elegance that is supported by very attentive service. While we had a number of delicious dishes, I’ll never forget the Poached Caribbean Shrimp with Toasted Coconut served with Basmati Rice and Coconut Malibu Cream Sauce that I enjoyed the second evening.  It was a dish that spoke to and was reminiscent of this tropical paradise.

Dinner for two

Dinner for two

Amuse Bouche - Seared Atlantic Salmon with Warm Du Puy Lentil and Sun Blushed Tomato

Amuse Bouche – Seared Atlantic Salmon with Warm Du Puy Lentil and Sun Blushed Tomato

Poached Caribbean Shrimp with Roasted Coconut

Poached Caribbean Shrimp with Roasted Coconut

Lemon, Garlic & Parsley Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna with Artichoke, Potato, Leeks & Tomato Caper Dressing

Lemon, Garlic & Parsley Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna with Artichoke, Potato, Leeks & Tomato Caper Dressing

Poached Pear Helene with Chocolate Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream

Poached Pear Helene with Chocolate Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream

Thanking Chef Poupardin for an incredible meal and evening

Thanking Chef Poupardin for an incredible meal and evening

There is live entertainment some evenings in the gazebo

There is live entertainment some evenings in the gazebo

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