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Sandals Royal Barbados

Experience Royal Treatment at this all-new resort

The all-new Sandals Royal Barbados offers a number of Sandals' firsts including the first rooftop pool and bar and the first 4-lane bowling alley. Enjoy stunning ocean views, a choice of seven restaurants, magnificent Skypool Suites and a 15,000 square foot spa. For a real touch of luxury, book the higher suite rooms and receive complimentary Rolls Royce transfers, the perfect start to a special holiday.

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Hotel highlights

  • Sandals first rooftop pool
  • Fine dining at a choice of seven restaurants
  • All-Suite accommodation
  • Four lane bowling alley and craft beer bar

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • 222 rooms

Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Watersports

Accommodation Type

  • H&J Recommended
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Sandals Royal Barbados

  • Beach
  • Approx. 15 minute drive from Grantley Adams International Airport
  • See three beautiful shipwrecks while snorkeling at Carlise Bay
  • Explore the amazing coastal views on a 4x4 off-road jeep safari
  • Visit the Unesco World Heritage- listed capital Bridgetown
1710 Reviews % of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1180
  • Very Good 275
  • Average 132
  • Poor 70
  • Terrible 53

What to Expect

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Feb 19, 2020

Beautiful Resort


This trip to Sandals Royal Barbados was our 8th Sandals, and exactly the experience that we’ve come to expect from the brand. We visited Sandals Barbados in 2017, when the Royal side was under construction so we were excited to check it out. The two resorts are side-by-side, and generally pretty indistinguishable from one another, so it really seemed like one large resort. Prior to the trip, we debated an upgrade to a private airport transfer and decided against it, since we’ve typically had good experiences when we previously used the Sandals group transfers. We regretted that decision. There is no Sandals lounge at the Barbados airport- just a desk outside in front of the airport loading zone. We were among the first couples to arrive so we ended up waiting in the heat and car fumes for approximately 30 minutes to board the bus. Once we actually sat down on the bus, they announced that we would wait another 15 minutes for other guests to possibly arrive. It was a bad start to the trip, for sure. Once we arrived at the resort, check in was quick and our butler arrived immediately to escort us to our room. We stayed in a Royal Seaside Crystal Lagoon Penthouse One Bedroom Oceanview Butler Suite w/ Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub. The room was clean and beautiful, with a view of the pool and the ocean. We especially liked the giant balcony with a tub. The only negative was the inconsistent water in the shower and sink. Sometimes we’d have strong water pressure and other times, it would be just a weak stream. And sometimes the temperature was fine, but other times it would be cold. Our first dinner after our arrival was at the American Tavern, which was probably the worst service we’ve ever encountered at a Sandals resort. It took over 2 hours for appetizers and dinner. We wanted dessert but just gave up because we were tired at that point. Our butler seated us, so she poured our first glasses of water and wine, but they were never refilled by the restaurant staff, so we spent the entire meal with empty glasses. That said, our meals were tasty, but certainly not worth the abysmal service. Thankfully, the remainder of the week was much better, and we only experienced great service and food. We ate our first breakfast at American Tavern and while the food was good, we weren’t impressed with the setting. We much preferred Spices on the Sandals Barbados side. Seating was outdoors there, and I especially enjoyed chatting with Tony at the omelet station. Most of our days were spent at the Infinity Pool. Compared to some other Sandals we’ve been to, this main pool was mellow. The Playmakers were present, but we barely even noticed them. There were some pool activities, but they were quiet and low-key. The bartenders at the pool bar were awesome! Everyone was so cheerful and we never had to wait for a drink. Pool chairs were definitely hard to come by on some days - we are early risers, but most of the chairs were taken by 8 or so. The resort fitness center was small, but had everything we needed and it was clean. There were 6 treadmills, but there was only one day when all of them were occupied. And in a hilarious setup, the donut shop was right across the path from the fitness center, so it was the perfect reward for working out. One thing that we found curious was that we never saw a single bug at the resort. Not a single fly, bee, gnat, whatever! Not even milling about in the sugary drinks at the pool bar. I don’t know if it was due to the pest control on the resort, or the wind, or a combination of both, but nonetheless, it was pretty impressive! Our departure flight was late in the afternoon, so we were happy to take advantage of the departure lounge with showers and lockers. It ended up allowing us to have almost a full last day on the resort, so it was a nice bonus! But throughout the trip, the one thing that made our stay perfect was the butler team of Arlene, Shonika and Janere (along with the awesome trainee Cheneese). They handled everything for us, and were so incredibly cheerful and accommodating. We didn’t have any special requests for dinner, so they presented us with a list of our reservations for the entire week upon our arrival. They brought us our daily lunch and a few snacks throughout the day. In the mornings, they would set up our chairs with a cooler. We are not a couple that makes decisions easily, so we absolutely loved having someone to do that for us! Everything we asked for, they made happen! Thanks for another great trip, Sandals. We already have 2 more trips booked!
Feb 19, 2020

Great get away just before Christmas

Kansas City, Kansas

Going to Barbados has been on our bucket list for sometime. Having stayed at Sandals many times this seem like a no brainier. The service was outstanding, along with the weather (although constantly windy), food, pool and drinks. We have had butlers in the past and have become a standard for our stays. This time we had 3 female butlers that did a fine job, but not up to some of the other butlers we have had. They managed to get our pool chairs close to our chosen location with a cooler of beer. First Caribbean island we can remember to have Budweiser. Best part of our stay was an island tour by Captain Larry. You can find him roaming the beach usually in the morning. Long paints, long sleeve shirt carrying a briefcase. He offers a personalize tour from 2-hours to 8 hours for the same price $195.00 (less than the resort or other tour offers) It is a very beautiful island and the guide was very knowledgeable about the island history. Can't comment about the breakfast buffet as we had breakfast room service every day. (yes we were very lazy). For dinner our best choices were Butchs steak house on the Barbados side, La Parisienne (french), American Tavern. Although this is the most expensive vacation we have taken, it will always be the most memorable.
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