In the Summer of 2012, we went to Sandy Lane in Barbados as I reviewed here. In Summer it is about 75% cheaper than it is during the Christmas and New Year peak, with similar weather – and a guarantee that Simon Cowell won’t be there …..!
As I am on their email list now, I was delighted to see that (should I want to go next Christmas) I don’t have to worry about Avios reward availability coming up:
“In 2014 Royal Jet, the luxury private jet fleet owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi, will commence a series of private jet flights from Heathrow to Barbados with fares only slightly higher than commercial first class rates. Exclusive in Barbados to Sandy Lane guests, these exceptionally luxurious Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) have levels of comfort and service designed to meet the needs of Middle Eastern ruling family members. The flights offer the highest level of onboard service, a private chef along with unparalleled food and beverage offerings. The menus will also feature a signature Sandy Lane dish and unique cocktail offerings.
Equipped with beautiful interiors, the aircraft features 20 fully flatbed seats as well as 12 standard seats perfect for children and nannies. There is also a lounge on board.
Flights will leave from the Windsor Suite at Terminal 5 of the Heathrow Airport at 10:15 am on Saturday 20 December 2014, returning Sunday 21 December. The flight will have a 45 minute check in at Heathrow and operate to the Jet Centre in Barbados.
Following the inaugural flight, there will be further opportunities to experience the private jet on 3/4 January, 7/8 February, 21/22 February, 28/29 March and 10/11 April 2015. The return flights operate at 8:30am on Sundays and are daylight, non-stop flights to the United Kingdom, arriving at Heathrow at approximately 8:30pm.
Fares – £10,750 return, £6,250 one way. Advance leaflet now available, please email [email protected] or your preferred travel partner.”
It all sounded so good until I got to that last line …..!