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It was my third time at sandals but first time in Barbados. We had epic time, nothing in the whole trip went wrong, not a dull moment, weather is perfect, beach sand is amazing, night life and entertainment non stop and what really really made the whole difference was the Butler service, it was nice to be treated royal like that. Shawn the butler changed our way of thinking about vacation forever. I have tons of pictures and unforgettable memories. Definitely highly recommend the place and the service!
My Wife and I stayed at the resort to celebrate her 50th Birthday and we went with another couple. We enjoyed every minute in the resort, and spent plenty of time in both the new and original sides. We ate at a different restaurant every night (10 nights), and had many great meals, cocktails and dining experiences.We found all the staff to be so polite and genually helpful, the rooms were great, pools and grounds all kept clean and the beach lovely.I recommend going on the Snorkelling and Glass Bottom Boat trips which are included.I would go again.
My husband and I stayed here for 11 nights in June 2017 for our Honeymoon. We'd heard a lot about the Sandals resorts before staying so had expectations but the hotel did exceed these! On arrival into Barbados, a representative from Sandals greets you and gets a private vehicle ready to take you, all very smooth. Upon arrival to the hotel, the staff greeted us and took us straight into the lounge to check in. We had a Crystal Lagoon One Bedroom Butler Suite so this came with lots of extra benefits. The butler asked us which drink we'd like whilst we checked in and the process was all down swiftly and easily on an iPad. The butler then escorted us around the resort giving us a quick tour before taking us to our room. The Crystal Lagoon section is at the back of the property, but don't let that put you off. The resort as a whole is not large so only takes you a matter of minutes to get anywhere. This part of the hotel has its own quieter pool, and a large lagoon that runs in front of the buildings.Our room was on the 2nd floor and was amazing. You walk into your room side on, straight into your large bathroom with freestanding large tub, huge separate shower (large enough for two!), separate toilet, double sinks and wardrobe. To the left was the bedroom, with a huge four poster bed, dresser and large TV. The living area was to the right and had a small dining area, sofa, another large TV and fully stocked bar. The bar is brilliant. They offer you full bottle of spirits, champagne, mixers and wine and it's re stocked daily. The room also comes with private balcony with a dining area and soaking tub and overlooked the lagoon and gardens. It was pure bliss. The room is in keeping with the traditional Caribbean decor but with a modern twist with the dark woods and the turquoise blues. Our butlers were on hand when we needed anything. We were given a mobile phone to contact them at any time of day to make table reservations, ask for drinks or food. Anything we needed. Although we had three butlers, our favourite was definitely Nicholas. He was chatty and made us feel comfortable but remained professional at all times. Nothing was too much trouble for him. The main part of the resort is at the front of the hotel, by the beach. Here is the main swimming pool with swim up bar, buffet/french and pizza restaurant and lounge bar. This pool has more of a lively vibe and is quite sociable, however if you prefer to just relax you can still do that. The All Inclusive here is the best I've ever experienced. Any kind of drink you would like is included, top shelf spirits, cocktails, soft drinks and wine. The choice of restaurants here is great too. We dined at every restaurant except the sushi and loved everyone bar the French (It was french but its changed to Caribbean now) The Bayside is actually a buffet style restaurant for breakfast and lunch & then changes to a French restaurant in the evening. The food wasn't bad it was just our least preferred restaurant. I had pate to start with a side of snails (they had to be tried!) and duck for my main. The starter was okay, just not what I expected and I did enjoy the snails. The main meal was tiny, I had 3 small pieces of meat and that was all. Now I am used to gourmet meals like this, however this is not what Sandals is about and I found the food pretentious for a restaurant that didn't quite have the standard for that. We dined at Bombay, the Indian restaurant twice and I absolutely loved it there.The service was brilliant and you really got the Indian vibe with the traditional menu choices and decor. The restaurant is gorgeous, but quite small so I would highly recommend to book. I had the signature dish, Butter Chicken, both times and it is to die for! We also dined at Butch's Chophouse twice. We didn't love our food the first time, I ordered Rib-eye, which I don't normally eat and unfortunately didn't enjoy it. The second time, we loved it! My husband couldn't actually decide on which dish, so they allowed him to have both! Kimono's is their Teppinyaki restaurant and I love the aspect of this within the hotel. Its obviously sociable because of the table layout and is lots of fun. The food is great here too. My husband isn't a lover of fish, but we did dine at the seafood restaurant, Schooners. I tried different dishes I wouldn't normally and love the resort gives you the chance to do. Portofino's is their Italian and technically my husband dined here twice. Once as room service and then we both dined together in the restaurant. I really enjoyed the Beef dish here, it was delicious.Both Bayside & Bombay offer buffet style breakfast and Portofino's offers a la carte breakfast which we loved. The resort also has Dino's a pizzeria which is open during the day offering slices or full pizzas. They also have Cafe de Paris which offers cakes, pastries, milkshakes etc so not a sit down restaurant. The Merry Monkey pub is brilliant. Its designed like a typical British pub and you can eat lunch or evening meal here but its more casual and its open until 2am. Marina's was not open whilst we were there as they were developing the new Sandals resort next door. They have lots of choice of water-sports and we did a little bit of kayaking and body boarding which was fun and our room offered a short turtle boat excursion but we paid for the longer one. This was around US$100 per person but was worth it, I really enjoyed it. The hotel is located in St Lawrence Gap which has shops, restaurants and bars but it isn't high end. If you want to get out and about, I would recommend travelling up to the West Coast. We absolutely loved this hotel and it was probably the best holiday we've ever been on!
This was our second visit and probably our last. It’s got too big now they’ve built royal barbados. After all, the beach is the same size but crammed with more sun beds and cabanas.The royal barbados is all butler suites and the butlers go down with their ice boxes and nab the best beds and cabanas by 6.30am so we had no chance. Why would you want a butler anyway, pathetic.
We stayed here the 2nd week of January 2018 and I made the mistake of focusing on the few negative reviews I read, and was pleasantly proved wrong. We heard absolutely no construction noise coming from the Royal side, and our building was the closest to the new side. We stayed in a club level swim-up room which was really nice, although the water was a little on the chilly side.. but it was refreshing. We had good food everywhere we went, and the staff was always beyond friendly. The grounds were beautiful.It was really nice to be able to use Royal Barbados' amenities too - we spent most of our time at one of their pools. We met a lot of couples staying on the Royal side who said they were having a great experience, and they didn't know what all the bad reviews were about.We would definitely go back and probably stay on the original side again to save money since it really doesn't matter where you stay - both sides' rooms are so nice and you get to use both sides.Don't focus on the bad reviews - they're written by nitpickers. Anyone can find something negative to say if you really go looking for something to complain about. This vacation was really relaxing, luxurious, and fun.
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
- Hotel transfers for packages to USA
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- All meals and snacks including gourmet restaurants serving the finest international cuisine with Caribbean flavors
- Unlimited Premium Brand Liquors
- Complimentary internet cafe and WIFI
- Free Golf (Transfers and greens fees) at the Barbados Golf Club
- Free Glass Bottom Boat Ride, including swimming with Sea Turtles
- Free Sunset Catamaran Cruise
- Free Scuba Dive (two dives per couple per stay, or 4 total per stay, PADI certified divers only)
- Free Boogie Boarding, Wind Surfing, Paddle Boarding, Hobie Cat Sailing, Snorkeling and Kayaking with instruction
- Free Shuttle to Oistins Fish Fry - a Barbados MUST DO
- Guided Barbadian Green Monkey nature trail walk
- In room Dining
- Live entertainment is offered nightly
- Managers Cocktail Party is held weekly
- Personalized mini bars
- Tennis with instruction
- Daily activities
- 280 rooms
- 11 specialty restaurants
- 1 snack bars
- 3 Bars, including swim-up
- 5 pools
- Fitness centre
- Red Lane Spa (fee)
- Salon (fee)
- Non-motorized water sports
- Tennis courts
- 24-hour front desk
- 1 king bed
- garden view
- patio or balcony
- full bathroom
- flat screen TV
- hair dryer
- alarm clock
- iron/ironing board
- Personal mini-bar stocked daily
- bottled water
- turndown service
- iPod docking station
- room service
- maximum # of guests: 2
- 1 king bed
- garden or ocean view
- patio or balcony
- seating area
- mini fridge
- maximum # of guests: 2
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St Lawrence Gap SN, St. Lawrence Gap Barbados
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