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Stayed 6 days/5 nights, March 21st-26th 2017. Around a 15 minute transfer from the airport. Fabulous check-in, with cool towels, a welcome drink and song. With our group of 48 people the staff were not flustered, coped remarkably well and were well organised. We were all escorted to our rooms in groups of 2 or 3 couples. Our room was overlooking the pool and with a sea view. The fully stocked mini bar and inclusive full size bottles of liquor were very welcoming. Chocolate and snacks would be a welcome addition even if offered with the option to purchase. The room was very well presented however, could do with a little TLC (dent marks on the front door, trim on the room number plaque fallen off, marks on interior robe and bathroom cupboard doors) nit picky things I agree, but oversights like this can make the place start to look a little tatty. The bizarre sliding picture which covers an interior window looking into the shower cubicle, and directly onto the toilet can only be described as.....well..bizarre!! The 2 head shower and cubicle size are good and the full size Red Lake Spa Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash and Body Lotion are lovely products to use while you're there and are replenished by the daily maid service. An evening turn-down service is also offered. No need for a 'Do not disturb' sign, just flick your door bell control pad inside the door and this mutes the bell and the button glows red so you're left to relax. The gardens and grounds are immaculate! Nothing to add...they couldn't make them any better, beautiful! We spent most of our relaxing time at the beach, rather than the pool. The sea breeze was very welcoming. Sun loungers are a-plenty, canopy's are available should you prefer a little shade, we never struggled to get one. There are also rows of sunbeds under the palm trees. When available, pick up a blue flag to stick in the sand and the waiters will collect your order. There's definitely not enough flags to go around and the level of service is a little haphazard. Some waiters regardless will do the rounds, coming over to say 'hi!' and ask if you want anything. Others will only go to those with flags and not even glance around to see if anyone else is trying to grab their attention. Consistency Is needed and maybe an 'every half hour' service would be good for drinks and use the flags for food orders? The bars are fairly close to the beach anyway, but it does need a better system. Beaches in Barbados are public, so at Sandals there are vendors on the beach. During our short stay we saw the usual 3 guys. They were never pushy, always polite and never outstayed their welcome. We had the young beach 'masseuse,' the guy with the long dreads selling the benefits of the Aloe Vera plant (a real must for sunburn!) and Captain Larry! Captain Larry sells 'car and driver' tours around the island for couples. We paid BDS395 for an absolutely fantastic day out! Wow! Our driver was extremely passionate about the island, very knowledgable and took us on an amazing journey. He arrived promptly at 9.30am showed us around the capital, to St Lucy's at the top of the island (and everything in between) were the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea meet. We had a rare treat, seeing a family of Hump Back Whales. He also very kindly took us to Harrison Caves (well worth a visit) as we mentioned it was on our list of things to do. He patiently waited for us outside while we took the tram tour! A truly lovely gent and we couldn't have hoped for a better guide. You'll see Captain Larry carrying his briefcase, a smile and a good conversation! Book the trip, you won't be disappointed...ask for Mark, he was a great driver and a fabulous guide.Food and drink at Sandals are in abundance. We didn't manage to eat and drink in all the bars and restaurants! We stuck mainly to Bayside for breakfast, it was close to our room, on the way to the beach and was consistently good. The short queue seemed unnecessary as there was always tables available and may have been caused by a little inefficiency somewhere along the line as the queue tended to be due to waiting for water glasses or coffee cups. It was never a long wait though, maybe just a couple of minutes. Evening meals we ate at Bayside (score 4/5 food returned first time as it was cold), Bombay(score 4.5/5 hubby's Rogan Josh was very spicy), Butchs Chop House (5/5 excellent but you do need to book) We snacked at the Cafe de Paris (5/5) and Pizza from Mariners by the beach (4/5) Bars are all excellent, our favourite for the lovely staff, drinks and the relaxed setting was the bar outside Bombay & Chop House. We visited Oistins on Friday evening for the local 'fish fry.' Not somewhere we, or the couple we went there with, or the others in our party that went would go again either. The four of us decided to share a taxi USD15. It was packed full, we managed to shuffle round and were deafened by some of the music. You have a choice of waiting in a massive queue for highly recommended establishments or sit down straight away for....well, whats left! We can only assume there are tourist and local menus. Hubby and I had 2 chicken meals, 1 small can of beer and 1 water (as there was no diet soft drinks available) The meal was a roasted chicken leg (nothing special, just roast chicken) a scoop (approx 2 tablespoons) of rice and peas, a scoop of mac n cheese, a table spoon of 'slaw' and some shredded lettuce with a tomato wedge and a few slithers of onion on a paper plate with a fully breakable, non replaceable plastic knife and fork! This cost BDS67, that's around £30.00!! If and when I re-visit Barbados I would not go to Oistins again, we were robbed! They just want a 'one hit wonder' from the tourist and quite happy to fleece you for it! Maybe the locals want to keep Oistins Fish Fry just for locals? Steer clear! It really left us feeling quite down and we decided to leave and not bother staying for the 'party atmosphere!' Also, beware of the man with the monkey.....the monkey bites! Taxi back was BDS25 so slightly cheaper going back with a local taxi. Sandals run a bus into Oistins for $8 each, leaving at 6.30 and coming back at 9.00/9.30pm, we were back within an hour and a half! This is far more expensive than the taxis, it's very easy to get a taxinback to the resort. A Shower Room/ Departure Lounge/Lockers are available for after check out at Sandals. Red Lake Spa toiletries and fresh towels are available. Well worth booking one to freshen up before you leave for your journey home. A note on the construction work on site....it is what it is! You're not going to escape it during the day on the beach or by the pool. We never heard it before 8am or after 5.30/6.00pm and we couldn't hear it in Bayside at breakfast at around 9am (which is directly opposite the site) or in our room, which was over the restaurant. The resort is in constant use and it can't really be built at any other time hence, the 'it is what it is' comment! Providing you are forewarned by Sandals or your travel agent you at least have a choice. We sat almost in front of it on the beach, and it didn't bother us. Sandals Barbados- Is it 5 star, I don't think so. Is it fabulous, hell yeah! The food is great, branded drinks, cocktails, lovely staff on the whole, beautiful grounds, lovely rooms. 9/10Sea, beach and beach services and facilities. Beach and sea are both clean, all inclusive water sports. Waiter service system needs looking at (if you're going to offer the service, you need to do it well!) and even though the construction didn't bother us, I can appreciate it may be annoying to others hence 8/10 Our Captain Larry Trip 10/10 and for Mark, our driver 10/10Oistins Friday Night Fish Fry If you fancy parting with a lot of money for warm beer, warm water, low rent below average food and treat yourself to a monkey bite, head on over to Oistins. 2/10 I hope even though this review is quite lengthy, it has been helpful?
This is the 3rd time we have visited a Sandals property & the service & beauty of their properties never disappoint.We opted for butler service this time as we had heard it was hard getting reservations at Butch's.The butlers we had Nicholas,DeWayne & especially Demar were amazing always going the extra mile for you.The ocean was too rough to really do watersports by urself but for jumping waves it was outstanding.Food was top notch as usual but if ur like us & r looking for a partying resort this Sandals was pretty low key.I would highly recommend the sunset snorkeling cruise as the crew was outstanding & the food was excellent & the views well u have to see it to believe it.I would also suggest hiring Sanjay for a private island tour he was terrific...very informative & showed us the entire island & even brought us for a good taste of Barbados for lunch at a wonderful spot overlooking the water & the food was fantastic
My wife and I have recently returned from a two week stay at Sandals Barbados. Although I have wanted to go to a Sandals resort for many years, this was our first and, unfortunately, will be our last. Yes, there were some good points such as the food in the Bayside and Portofino restaurants and the Merry Monkey but Schooners was awful. We only tried Butch’s once and have to say that the steaks in the Bayside were far better. The staff were, in most instances, excellent and a shout out to Tony on the omelette station in mornings who always had a smile on his face and to our chambermaid Shameka.Now, unfortunately, to the not so good points. The biggest problem was the old perennial subject of the sunbeds. Sandals policy (posted on boards around the pools) states that any towels on the beds before 7:00 am would be removed – this was not the case as, on a couple of mornings I stood on our balcony at 6:30 am watching people putting their towels down whilst talking to the pool attendants who were helping them! Also, it was stated that any beds left unattended for longer than two hours would have the possessions removed – again not the case as we saw people leaving their beds for as long as five hours whilst they went to the beach. Having said that our chambermaid was excellent, this was not the case when it came to the evening turndowns which were very hit and miss including one evening whilst we were still getting ready and showering at 6:30 pm we were asked if we wanted a turndown then. We asked them to come back later which they never did!All in all we were very disappointed with our experience and, having paid a lot for the experience, did not think it was worth it and, again to our minds, the resort was certainly not a five star hotel but more like a four star.
Good facilities. Good accomadation. Excellent restaurants. Friendly, helpful, professional staff. Problem: noise from the new Sandals building site next door.In fairness, Sandals do mention this in their literature, but clearly seek to minimise the reality of the impact.Sandals Barbados is currently undergoing massive extension works. A major construction site runs the entire length of the existing property, is four floors high, and is less than 100 feet away. As a consequence, noise from this site (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily) can range from a low background level, to being incredibly intrusive. On one day, loud jack-hammers could be heard for hours all over the site, even on the beach. There was no escaping it. Many guests complained. Yes, we had a great time, but the building work noise certainly marred our experience somewhat.
Beautiful setting white sandy beach clear blue sea Friendly accommodating staffComfortable room clean and tidy Excellent food at all restaurants Met great friends Top class drinks Good entertainment most nights
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- 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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