‘Hotel Barbados – My Life of Discretion at the Ocean View’ by John Chandler is a book close to our hearts at Jenny Blanc Interiors. John Chandler is a great friend of the company and a much loved figure in Barbados – as the Owner and general Manager of The Ocean View Hotel he was host to a glittering array of prestigious and glamorous clientele, Norman Parkinson, Brian Ferry and David Linley to mention a few. In ‘Hotel Barbados – My Life of Discretion at the Ocean View’ John gives us a fascinating glimpse into life at the hotel during its golden era. Illustrated with over 100 photographs and signed by the author, this book makes a wonderful gift.
‘’The Ocean View was an eccentric haven of great charm.’’ Bryan Ferry
‘’With the effortless humour of the naturally gifted raconteur that he is, John Chandler relates his compelling story in a delightful, easy to read style that inspires wistful smiles and uproarious laughter. From childhood days on a plantation to iconic status in heritage tourism as the man whose name became synonymous with both the legendary Ocean View Hotel and the world acclaimed Fisherpond Great House, John's adventures in life are liberally laced with boyish pranks, hilarious situations, brushes with notoriety and luscious liaisons.
Having hosted royalty and stars alike in Barbados over the years, he has also merrily socialised with many of them on the celebrity hideaway-island of Mustique. What a story!