Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 Very Good

  • Cleanliness 4.5
  • Location 4.5
  • Rooms 4.0
  • Service 4.0
  • Value 4.0

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TripAdvisor users rated this property 3 out of 5

Good, but not great ?

Joel P on Jan 26, 2023

Stayed at the Royal Bahamian in Mid-January I. 2023. Some of the people we met, at the concierge desk, waiters/waitresses at the restaurants, maids, and by the pool were excellent, including the fish taco person. However, the operations appeared to be inconsistent. Maid service was inconsistent, but were great when they showed up. Refrigerator and bar was great after u reminded them. At the nicest bar that serves La Plume and Butcher’s , they would run out of ice around 7:15, and then urgently find ice. Overall, the operations seemed less than ideal. However it wouldn’t take much to improve the experience…I think. FYI, the food actually improved during the week, and Tesoro, the Italian restaurant was excellent!!!

TripAdvisor users rated this property 5 out of 5

Great Place for Fun in the Sun!

120sherryr (Greenville, South Carolina) on Jan 25, 2023

We had not been to the Bahamas in many, many years. For post-Christmas we went to a Sandals Resort for some fun in the sun—all-inclusive, adult-only. We picked Butler Service rooms because it came with the room types we wanted. Little did we know what we were getting when we were given Arshad Hariths as our butler. By the end of our trip I’m not sure who had more fun—us or him. What fantastic service this young man provides us. At our service, having fun conspiring, delightful surprises, ensuring our reservations at the right restaurants at the right time were set. He really enhanced our stay! If you go to the Bahamas, check out Sandals and definitely request Arshad! He’s the best!!! Thank you for a great time. We miss you already!

TripAdvisor users rated this property 5 out of 5

A Bahamian Gem !!!!!

nic0lad1966 (Stamford, Connecticut) on Jan 25, 2023

This was our 1st visit to Sandals Royal Bahamian and it won't be our last as we re-booked for Thanksgiving 2024 while on Property. The Resort was in EXCELLENT condition and the Staff were Welcoming & Friendly!!! The Food & Drinks were AMAZING!!! In addition...The Staff worked tirelessly to setup for the New Year's Eve Celebration and to break it down & clean it up. We had a FABULOUS time!!! CAN'T WAIT to go back !!!!!!!!!!

TripAdvisor users rated this property 5 out of 5

10/10 Excellent: Would Return!

TigerTina301 (New Orleans, Louisiana) on Jan 24, 2023

Came to Sandals with my husband & two other couples. We had an absolutely incredible time!!! 10/10 & would absolutely go back!!! Room: We stayed in the East Bay Building (Oceanview Luxury) room 602, right as you get off the elevator. The building's location was perfect, right by the front entrance, close to pool, & not far from the beach. I'm glad we didn't stay in another building. The view was stunning & overlooked the pool & ocean. No balcony, although other rooms adjacent to us had them. Not a big deal though. Room was kept clean, bed was SUPER comfortable (loved the pillows), AC worked well, had extra blankets, shampoo/conditioner were provider as well as a hair dryer, the bathroom mirror had lights around it, & the close up face mirror also had a light switch (great to do makeup). Fridge was fully stocked everyday & staff came everyday to replenish our towels/toilet paper which was greatly appreciated. Our friends stayed in the same building on the ground floor which was easy access to walk out to the pool which was a nice benefit! Beach: The water was gorgeous!!! Beach view was great with a pier to walk out on. Sunsets were beautiful! Food: Exceptional! We were very impressed. So many restaurants to choose from & honestly, I loved them all. My favorite in order: La Plume (tried snail for the first time), Butch's (shout out to Ashley our waitress, she was fantastic), Soy (sushi was fresh & delicious), Tesoro, Aralia House (on the private island), & Kimonos (our cook Esau was fabulous!) Book your dinner reservations when you arrive. We didn't have any trouble getting them. The little food trucks outside of Coconut Grove were delicious: get the berry crepe & mac & cheese! It was so nice going to eat everyday & not having to pay/tip after our meals. You just get up & leave. Many people told us that the staff are not allowed to accept tips. No tummy issues from the food (which I had in Mexico & Costa Rica) which was a relief! Drinks: A great variety & delicious! If you want your drink a little stronger, just ask the bartender. My pina colada was strong. My favorite drinks: Dirty Banana, Dragon in the Coconut, & the Sands Light beer was good. Their red wine was actually really good too! Pleasantly surprised. Activities: Coconut Grove was so fun! We participated in the Water Balloon Catch, Silent Disco (my favorite - great music!), Slogan Trivia, & Name That Tune. Queen's Pearl bar was nice to watch football & grab a drink. Avignon, the singer/pianist, at the Piano Bar was awesome! We really enjoyed hearing him play. Pools: Michael, the bartender at the main pool swim up bar, was so kind and graciously served us during our time there. All the pools were kept clean & very well kept. Fresh towels were always available. Hot tub & pools were open all night. THE ISLAND: GO!!! Go to the island. That was my favorite day. The morning you want to go, register with the bellman's desk. We lucked out & had a small crew go in the bus to the ferry, but on more popular days a line forms on the pier for the ferry to take you over. On our last day there we saw about 50-60 people in line. Just line up early if you don't want to wait for a second ferry. Shout out to Keva, Kiara, & Decoda, the bartenders on the island. They were great! Some reviewers posted to bring water shoes, which I did but I only ended up getting annoyed with them, lol. You could get away with flip flops on the rocks. It really wasn't that bad. There's plenty of towels & chairs with a pool & a hot tub. It's such a nice getaway from the resort with beautiful scenery. Food at the island restaurant was delicious. Photography session (complimentary): Massive shout out to Shaddy, our photographer. If you want professional pictures, ask for Shaddy! We found him on our second day at Coconut Grove & booked a session with him that night at sunset on the beach & in the garden area (the telephone booth is a cute backdrop). He spent over an hour with our group of 6 & we had a blast! I ended up ordering one of the picture packages (very expensive & overpriced but I really liked our photos). It's $20 per picture for a digital picture or print out. Gift Shop: Nice items, but overpriced which was not surprising. I still ended up getting two shirts ($40). My friend got a sweatshirt for $75 & my husband got pants for $80. Christmas ornaments are $10 & a coozie was $7. The Grounds: Extremely well kept & clean! Did not see trash which was nice. We all felt very safe the entire time we were there. The other guests were also really fun & friendly. Staff: So friendly! Accommodating & helpful. If you have the Sandals app, make sure you Loop (write a review) the staff while you're there. Once our trip ended, I wasn't able to Loop them which was a bummer. They really helped make our trip memorable. Hopefully they get the credit they deserve with these shout outs here! Thank you Sandals Royal Bahamian!!! We had a blast!!!

TripAdvisor users rated this property 5 out of 5

Have Reasonable Expectations

reginabrown816 on Jan 24, 2023

Everyone will have a different experience. This was our second stay at a Sandals Resort and have booked a third stay with them. I’ve stayed in an ocean view room and a butler villa, all were nice and clean. I’m looking forward to the swim up butler suite on our next trip. Our visit from the time our driver picked us up at the airport was nothing but good. Our butlers, Shanell and Lashano were top notch. The food every day was very good. The employees were always friendly, helpful and looked very professional in their uniforms. The entertainment for the NYE celebration was very entertaining with drinks and fireworks. My stays have been nothing but positive. I suggest as with anything you take the negative comments with a grain of salt and don’t let them keep you from having your own experience.

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