Sandals Royal Barbados

5.0 star rating

Exceptional accommodation with superior facilities and services.

    What to expect (based on 1515 reviews):

    Cleanliness

    Cleanliness-5

    Location

    Location-4.5

    Rooms

    Rooms-5

    Service

    Service-4.5

    Value

    Value-4

    5 most recent TripAdvisor reviews:

    Exactly what the doctor ordered...

    Reviewed by ajhernan(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) on Oct 12, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    My husband and I just returned from 8 glorious nights at the Sandals Royal Barbados. We stayed in a Rondoval which came with Butler Service and VIP airport transfers. Our butlers Jerome, Kwame and Janeer were the sweetest. They wanted to make sure we were happy all the time. We don't consider ourselves high maintenance and were just thrilled to have them looking out for us - they decorated our room, drew us baths, brought us hard-to-get snacks (Jerome got us coconut shrimp without 24 hour notice!) and made sure we were treated like royalty at the pool and at meals. Here are the pros of our stay: -The VIP transfer service was wonderful. Ryan the driver is THE SWEETEST. We mentioned on our way from the airport to the resort that we had offsite dinner reservations a few days later, he went out of our way to make sure he drove us there and back - a very long trip - FOR NO COST. We tipped him handsomly. He is a gem. -The Rondoval (we had #17). We were unsure about this room, as we weren't sure how far it would really be from the action and if it was worth the cost. Knowing what we know now, we will ALWAYS get a rondoval. It was luxurious, so private and quiet. We used the private plunge pool and outdoor tub every day (going from a hot tub to a semi-cool pool was fabulous). Our bar was always stocked, the bathroom amenities fabulous. We never had to worry about neighbors, and it felt like we were in our own little world. We have little children, and slept like ROCKS for almost 10 hours a night, embarrassingly enough. The waterfall put us to sleep every evening. -Almost every single restaurant was delicious and had enough for us to want seconds. Try it all - service is great, presentation is awesome, and if you don't like it, get something else! -The vaca could have been quiet if we wanted (like the South Seas Pool) or more party-like, as was the infinity pool in the Seaside Village. We had so much fun at the bowling alley, the Merry Monkey, and sitting quietly on our patio. It was anything we could have wanted. -All staff we interfaced with were fabulous, welcoming and kind. Trevor was visiting from St. Lucia, he manages the entertainment at a few resorts. It was one of our most enjoyable interactions! He, Blair and Chad from the Entertainment team were so lovely, we hope to see them again! The cons: -Not many. One night our dinner took 2.5 hours but we didn't say a word. We didn't have anywhere to be! -There was an issue with sand flies, and we got bit a lot in the middle of our stay. One quick note on the loop and a mention to our butlers and our room was sprayed twice a day and the problem was solved immediately. Fantastic service. -I do wish the boats/jet skis wouldn't be "parked" right at the beach. It ruins the view and makes it hard to enjoy the open water. -Our Rondoval was one of the furthest from the beach, and at times it seemed "far" if I wanted to just run back for something - but the layout of the resort made it all worth it, and nothing is more than 5-10 minutes walking. All in all, this trip was something we planned for and wished for, and it exceeded our high expectations. We like to travel to luxury properties, and Sandals Royal Barbados fit the bill perfectly. We booked to go to Grenada next, as we know this brand treats us well and will continue to do so. We are very loyal to Sandals now, and hopeful for many beautiful, relaxing, filling vacations to come.

    Individual ratings:

    Rooms

    Rooms-5

    Service

    Service-5

    Best experience of my whole life

    Reviewed by Belinda N() on Oct 12, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    Me and my partner got married in the resort on the beach and as soon as we got to the airport the whole experience was organised and so easy! We had the rondoval suite which was even more breath taking than we imagined ! The pictures dont do it justice ! Having stayed in the rondoval suite we were transferred in a rolls Royce which made us feel very special . We were then greeted with a song in which our butlers were singing which was lovely! We had 4 butlers Ron, Paul , tori and Krystal who made our time at sandals amazing ! We will be coming back next year mainly because of these amazing hard working individuals made our time stress free and enjoyable! From reserving us our sunbeds at half 5 in the morning to bringing us food without us asking because they were thinking about us was something we had never experienced when on holiday! I've never seen a better team than these 4 people they are truly an asset to the company ! The whole resort as a whole is beautiful! Beautiful location and stunning views not to mention the amazing choice of dining within the resorts! We didnt have 1 bad meal the whole trip ! The wedding team were so helpful too ! From going to register our marriage to the cake , everything was super organised and actually perfect ! I would reccomend this to everyone ! If you want to feel special and have the time of your life in absolute paradise you NEED to go here ! We WILL be back! ?

    Honeymoon in paradise

    Reviewed by Samantha B() on Oct 12, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    My husband and I had a fantastic time. We did the butler suite and all of them were attentive. Tomeka went over the top by always bringing us food before we asked, making us drinks, and always making sure our room was stocked. The resort is beautiful and well taken care of. The workers always say hi in passing and want to make your stay wonderful. I highly recommend this paradise vacation to anyone looking for a tropical getaway.

    Sadly disappointing

    Reviewed by lorig522(Rochester, New York) on Oct 11, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			2
			 out of 5

    Maybe our expectations were too high too high. We stayed on the Royal side, our room was nice (although the toilet seat cover kept falling off) we had a room with a view of the pool and the ocean (sort of, you had to look out to the right). Our butler service was nothing like we've experienced at other resorts. The cost for a Butler suite is much more expensive than a club room and we’ve always had people that went out of their way to make us feel special without us having to ask for everything. It’s just different and was disappointing for the money we spent on this vacation. The rooms no longer have a "fully stocked bar" although the website claims they do. We filled out our butler preferences online, I got a message they had my preferences from previous stays. There was beer in the fridge, no alcohol. We requested vodka and tomato juice and a flavored vodka. The plain vodka came by the time we got back from dinner. Tomato juice took a day and flavored vodka took 2 days because it was not a "stock" item. I do appreciate the effort to get us what we asked for. There are obviously plenty of places to have a drink, but it's just nice to have a drink in your room when you get there. We encountered some very rude staff and it just made the whole experience terribly disappointing. For the amount you spend for the room and a butler suite it’s just not worth it in my opinion, spend your money at a different resort and skip the high cost of Sandals, we certainly will.

    INCREDIBLE Butler SERVICE! Best Butlers Deniko & Makeba

    Reviewed by MannyShergill123() on Oct 10, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    It has been an absolute pleasure staying at the Royal Sandals barbados for 14 Nights for our honeymoon. The Food, the hotel, the entertainment, the beach, the service, the drinks... everything has been exceptional and a lot of attention paid. The food is exceptional and the resort is immaculate. The Butler service which my wife booked, and I was reluctant of actually became the best thing about the holiday. A team of people whose sole responsibility is to make your stay seamless and extra special. Deniko & Makeba have been exceptional the whole time. 2 AMAZING people! Who did everything for us from getting our daily coffees at 4pm to surprises in the room, to getting us last minute bookings at restaurants and giving us ideas of what we must do. I recommend everyone to go for the butler service for an exceptional sandals experience and request for Deniko and Makeba... they are more like friends than butlers. MUST DO: - BUTLER ELITE SERVICE - Monday Beach Party - Daily pool party - Butler Cruise - Chocolate Party - Butler cocktail party -Zen Garden WOOOOO DENIKOOOO THANKS SO MUCH! #BestSandalsButler Manny & Pam