|Robert Logan brought his engaging style from Singapore’s Raffles Hotel to Barbados’ luxurious Sandy Lane.|
When Robert Logan was heading up the luxurious Raffles Hotel Singapore as its GM from 2004 to 2008, he was often quizzed on where he could possibly go from there. After all, he was managing one of the most legendary hotels in the world and overseeing a staff of 600.
“It was interesting. We hosted many heads of state at Raffles and many people would ask me the million-dollar question, where on earth would I go from Raffles?” Logan told Luxury Travel Advisor. “And quite honestly, I could never answer them. I would actually say, ‘I really don’t know.’”
Then he got a call from a representative of billionaire Irish financier Dermot Desmond, owner of the prestigious Sandy Lane Beach Resort and Spa in Barbados. The property can command anything from $3,200 to $25,000 a night during the December/January festive season, and that’s with a two-week minimum stay attached to it. Like Raffles, Sandy Lane has attracted its share of A-listers over the years, including Queen Elizabeth II, Elton John, Jacqueline Kennedy, Aristotle Onassis, Tony Blair and Sidney Poitier.
His meeting with Desmond went well. “I met him in London and he is just a tremendously all-encompassing person; he is just a pleasure to meet,” Logan said. “I was just taken by him on who he is as a person and his love for Sandy Lane.”
The next step was to fly to Barbados to check out the resort firsthand, since Logan, who had always had Sandy Lane on his radar, had actually never been there. What he found was a luxurious resort set on 1,000 acres of beachfront land, run by an extremely welcoming and warm staff, he recalled. Logan’s fate was sealed. It was 2008 and Sandy Lane had just gotten itself a new GM.
Over the years and even through the recession, Sandy Lane’s extremely affluent clientele has remained loyal, particularly during peak times. “It doesn’t matter whether you are single, or a newlywed couple, or a family, or a retired couple who is wanting to enjoy themselves,” Logan said. “This property seems to be able to relate to everybody and in a very subtle way, where everybody thinks that they are in a kind of private villa.”