For many years both local and regional jockeys have competed here, including some top international jockeys and trainers, with thoroughbred horses from the UK and North America featured - some owned by the world’s leading investors in thoroughbred racing.
Barbados' climate is ideal in March, with temperatures hovering in the mid-twenties and very little rain so it's ideal for a horse racing holiday.
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.
Mango Bay offers understated elegance and a great all-inclusive option in the heart of fashionable Holetown, offering great food and an informal, club-like atmosphere. The hotel’s spacious, bright pool area overlooks the Caribbean Sea and the decking area offers a great alternative for sun worshippers. There's also an abundance of water sports including a complimentary catamaran sail, snorkelling with turtles and a glass bottom boat ride. Live entertainment features every night: calypso bands, singers and floor shows will add to the relaxed Caribbean vibe that prevails throughout this resort.
Sandy Lane is a hotel so iconic it hardly needs an introduction. Synonymous with exceptional luxury and truly outstanding service this stunning resort is well established as the place to see-and-be-seen on Barbados’ coveted west coast. Facilities are impressive. Enjoy a wide variety of excellent dining options, from French fine dining to a relaxed Sunday Brunch or beach-side grill. The Spa at Sandy Lane offers new levels of luxury within the majestic surrounds of its impressive Romanesque building. The hotel's three championship-style courses include the famous Green Monkey designed by Tom Fazio, which is exclusive to guests.
Gold Grandstand seating is included for guests of Mango Bay Hotel. Enjoy superb Views of the Sandy Lane Gold Cup at Garrison Savannah.
Sandy Lane's Private Box Hospitality is included for guests staying at Sandy Lane Hotel. Enjoy gourmet catering in exclusive surroundings at Garrison Savannah for the Sandy Lane Gold Cup.
Mango Bay Hotel from £2,895 pp, based on 2 sharing, including Gold Grandstand seats
Sandy Lane Hotel from £6,695 pp, based on 2 sharing, including Sandy Lane's Private Box Hospitality
If you'd like an active holiday there's plenty to do; catamaran cruises, snorkelling, championship golf courses and watersports abound. The beautiful east coast, with its wild landscapes and crashing waves, is 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.
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