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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I don’t know where to even begin!! But here it goes....

From the moment you arrive, you will fall in love! This is truly a 5-star luxury resort!Every employee we went past, greeted us with smiles & a friendly hello. Everyone went out of their way to welcome us the entire week!

Room- we booked a seaside swim up suite and we are so glad we did! We were in room #8111 in the Opal Eye building. The housekeeping department deserves an applause because everything, everyday was clean & beautiful.

Property- The property itself is gorgeous! They have gardeners out all hours of the day making sure it’s manicured and pristine. It is loaded with gorgeous flowers, plants, fire pits, & fountains.

Food- we were wowed! Bombay was my personal favorite (I loved the butter chicken & garlic naan bread). My husband loved Butch’s wagyu beef. I also loved Butch’s surf & turf with lobster tail & filet mignon!
We had breakfast most mornings at the American Tavern which was great. We highly enjoyed our beef tenderloin at La Parisienne too. You can cut it with a fork! Also I can’t forget about Dino’s pizza! I had the margherita pizza which is fresh to order with tomato & basil..... I’m missing that right now! Lol

Pools- so many to choose from! Every pool has their own vibe but all all gorgeous. Tons & tons of pool chairs available at all hours of the day. We only had our butlers reserve us chairs on our first day because they were so many to choose from, we wanted to just wake up & see where our mood took us! We usually ended up at the main pool on the other side because we liked the activities there:)

Activities- they provide you with a weekly itinerary that shows you all that’s going on during your stay. So much fun!! We played couples trivia, games, & even went to a Bajan cooking class!

Entertainment- we seemed to always end up at the Oyster bar in the evening because they have a piano bar & sing-a-long! Dale was sooo talented! The sky lounge has an amazing musician as well. The shows were fun at the main stage. We loved the bowling alley at Lovers Lane! Also, I’d highly recommend booking the Friday night fish fry at Oistins! It was fun to experience the local culture & every Bajan person we met recommended it. We had grilled marlin at Pats! We even brought back our butler, Romario, a meal:)

Lastly, the people- this is truly the number 1 reason that we fell in love with this resort! The employees stole my heart.
We loved:
~The photography people: Paul (who was amazing), Brian, jasmine, Marc, & Tamara
~My omelet maker each morning: Chad
~Oyster Bar: Nashsaun
~Shane in the entertainment department
~Abigail (the butler, even though she wasn’t our butler, she was awesome)
~ everyone that helped my find my phone when I lost it: Basil, Corrie, Renaldo, Tamon, Julia, Ferry, & Romario!
~And the best butlers around!!!!!
*Marquita- always had a beautiful smile & the sweetest personality:)
*Romario- amazing! He was our guy:) I have big hopes for his future! Hard worker & extremely professional. Top notch employee!
*Aritha- no words can express how much she meant to our love here! She went above & beyond!! She’s the type of person that everyone falls in love with as we did.
She genuinely cares about her guests & goes to great lengths to make everyone feel special and loved. I’m speechless about what she did for our anniversary night! She is why we will be loyal to Sandals for our future trips. I hugged her when we left and knew that I had met a beautiful soul!

I can not wait to visit this beautiful property again and most importantly, seeing my new treasured friends again!!!





Stayed: June 2018, travelled as a couple
7  Thank Michelle C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are looking for maximum relaxation and to connect with your significant other, this is the place for you. This resort focuses on service and creates an experience, not just a place to chill by the pool.

Room: We had a "Royal Seaside Crystal Lagoon Swim-up One Bedroom Butler Suite with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub". The room is more than adequate, it is spacious and very comfortable. Most resorts I am tired of the little room by the end of the trip but I could live in this one. Huge walk-in shower with multiple shower heads. 2 big screen TV's (one in the large sitting room), and the patio doors open all the way to room walls which creates an incredible open feel. We were located between entertainment pavilion and infinity pool and enjoyed that location. Has more foot traffic but the foliage provides descent privacy.
The only negative we had with our accommodations was the swim-up pools are not heated and are not terribly warm. There was a few occasions we wanted to swim more in it but went to main pools because we were too cold. It does not seem to be nearly as hot in Barbados as we have experienced in other Caribbean areas.

Butlers: Huge, huge shoutout to our butlers Oren, Kaniesha, and Kwame! They were so helpful and accommodating, made everything we wanted happen, and increased our experience significantly. They are so helpful and sweet, we quickly learned why they are called "The Dream Team".

Resort: There is plenty to do at this resort. It is extremely well kept, and very well managed. There are over 1k employees and they are always working. Keep in mind as a Royal guest you have full access to the sister resort next door (really one large resort separated by a small alley). We found the Royal side has a slightly older crowd and mostly couples, where we saw more groups on the non-Royal side. Also more energy and laughter on the non-Royal side.

Activities: Had fun playing beach volleyball and water aerobics, but more importantly Scuba diving. The dive crew at Sandals is first class! We dove most days and the crew is just awesome. Diving in Barbados is nothing spectacular but we love diving so much and Sandals makes it so easy we could not get enough. The vessel and equipment are all in excellent shape, and the crew’s #1 priority is safety, with fun being a close 2nd. Cannot say enough about Ken as a dive guide and all-around great guy. Robert was also super good and every captain as well.

Food: All the food at the resort is exceptional. We did not have great service or food at Butch's steak house (all 4 of our steaks were not cooked correctly) but I believe this was an off night because others swear it is the best food on property. Every other steak I had was cooked perfectly and was delicious.
We paid extra for the romantic candlelight dinner and the food was even better there! It was by far the finest food on the property and one of the best meals I have ever consumed.
Shoutout to Latoya at Butch's Steak and Seafood for making our meal more fun, and being extra welcoming.

Pools: There are 3 pools on the Royal side. One has a swim-up bar, one is a really cool infinity pool overlooking the ocean, and the other is the sky pool atop our building. The pool bar at the infinity pool often has really good DJ's and we found the best bartenders there like Dario and Shane.
Tip: Almost all bartenders and bars have a signature cocktail of their own creation. They will not say what is in them but they are all wonderful and the mystique makes it more fun!
Also recommend getting a smoked cocktail from Rodney at the Sky Bar. It has a unique flavor and it fun to watch him make it. The smoke in the drinks is definitely there, but not too smokey like most.

Other: I noticed the famous GM Ferry was always out walking around and managing things, not sitting in an office some place. This was our first Sandals trip and it is obvious they manage very carefully to achieve a special experience. I would book another trip with Sandals in a heart beat and we look forward to trying a beaches with our children.
Also noticed a general happiness amongst employees. Everyone from housekeeping to grounds keepers great you with a warm smile and hello.

Thank you Sandals Royal for making our 14th anniversary a special and memorable one!

Room Tip: Choose south seas rooms for more privacy. For sure get a swim-up.
  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank zachariahtimothy
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have visited the following Sandals resorts: Ochi Beach, Montego Bay, Royal Carribean, Antigua, Bahamas (Royal Bahamian) and I would say this is our favourite overall (Antigua has the best beach!). The hotel is about 10 minutes from the airport, you meet your free transfer just as you exit the Terminal. There is someone waiting literally at the door with a Sandals sign to post you in the right direction. Arrival was bar far the best we have had. A lovely welcome song! Oren our Butler was there to meet us and the check in I had done on line was all registered. Oren showed us to our room, pointing out the pools and restaurants. The room (Swim up SSUP), was perfect, it was large, really modern with a massive SMART TV and loads of storage. To be fair we hardly used the swim up pool (it was freezing!), but the location was perfect close to the pool and beach. (don't think I would book a swim up again). You can pre-order room service the night before or there is a comprehensive room service menu in the room (all included). The reastaurants were all good and probably our favourite variety of restaurants. The fillet in Butches Chophouse was excellent and the Scallops in The Merry Monkey were probably the best I have had ever. Our favourite had to be the little coffee shop, we visited at least twice a day, coffee, cakes, ice-cream and liquer coffee. You must try the smoked drinks in the rooftop bar, Amazing!We had a massage in the Spa, again fabulous and probably the best we have had. Our Butlers were Oren, Kenisha and Kwame. Oren was amazing, you could tell he was expereinced at this, so professional. Kenisha was lovely and so friendly, and Kwame was so sweet, desperatly trying to please! The best Butlers we have had. The beach is long enough to take a stroll, the seaweed was up and down, one day none, the next day the water was black and there was literally piles of it. The beach was actually lovely, the sand was white and soft, the sea was generally grey which was a dissappointment and I look forward to seeing it return to its glory. There were loads of sun shades and sun beds by the beach. There is not much entertainment at this resort (Ochi Beach was the best for entertainment!). The bowling Alley was far to cold to go in!. However overall this place is fantastic, we will definately be back soon.

  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Higham1
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sandals Barbados is truly amazing. From the beginning to the end of our trip we were spoiled with luxury. The staff is amazing... Ferry,Tamon, Patricia,Kent and Chef Chris you guys are the best 5 stars

Stayed: June 2018, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Bigboss2004
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Mertricia S, Online Review Coordinator at Sandals Royal Barbados, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello and thank you for your amazing review on Sandals Barbados! We are pleased that we were able to provide you with an exceptional all- inclusive luxury vacation experience and look forward to welcoming you back for another extraordinary vacation!!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the moment you walk in they welcome you HOME and they truly make you feel that way. Sherry Ann, Deniko and Dominique were our butlers who were phenomenal they made every experience out of this world they took care of our every need.
There is one complaint that I have at the resort and that is the bar service at Lover Lane and at the Infinity Pool are extremely slow and there needs to be more bartenders to serve the guest quicker. Overall the resort feels like home and we can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled as a couple
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Lauren B, Manager at Sandals Royal Barbados, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello and thank you for your amazing review of Sandals Royal Barbados! We were truly excited to welcome you back home, after all you are a part of the extended Sandals family. We are happy to know that your butlers went above and beyond for you as we ultimately do strive to provide a hassle-free, luxury included vacation. Our customer service is usually the highlight of our guest experience and it is important to note that our staff’s main goal is ensure the guests are always satisfied. Due to periods of high occupancy, our service may be delayed and if this was your experience we certainly do apologize. We will share your feedback with the Food and Beverage department so that they may make any necessary adjustments for the bars you mentioned. Thank you again for your wonderful feedback and we can’t wait to have you guys back home with us in the near future!

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