Sandals Royal Barbados

Barbados, Caribbean

The hotel

You know you’re staying in the height of luxury when your drop-dead gorgeous suite has an al fresco ‘Tranquillity Soaking Tub™’ for two. That’s what every couple will get at the sparkling new Sandals Royal Barbados. The latest in luxe in St Lawrence Gap, the resort features incredible infinity pools, a huge Red Lane® Spa, and sumptuous suites. You’ll also get Sandals’ signature Luxury Included® indulgences. From dining, to drinking, to activities, it’s all laid out and completely complimentary. And, as if the four bars and six dining venues aren’t enough, you’ll even get to pop into nearby Sandals Barbados if you fancy a change of scene, with its temptations including 11 more restaurants. For guests in select top category suites, Sandals Royal Barbados is also introducing the additional pampering of chauffeured Rolls-Royce airport transfers for selected suites, allowing you to arrive in style!

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wedding
  • Honeymoon
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Anniversary and special occasions

Where is it

On the vibrant south coast, set on beautiful Maxwell Beach and within walking distance of St Lawrence Gap. Transfer time from airport: 15 minutes.

Hotel information

272 suites. All with air-conditioning, private balcony or patio with a Tranquility Soaking Tub for two, HD LED Smart TV, complimentary WiFi access, telephone, coffee maker, fully stocked mini-bar with premium spirits, beer, wine and soft drinks, iPod docking stations, safe, hairdryer and iron and board. All suites have 1 king-size bed and sleep maximum 2 adults. South Seas Club Level Junior Palm Suites with Outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tub are located on the ground and 1st levels of the Poinciana and Hibiscus buildings and feature walk-in closet, bathroom with walk-in rain shower and private patio or balcony with a chaise lounge, bistro set, privacy curtains and Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. These suites include Club Sandals service.

All Inclusive of: Sandals resorts are Luxury Included®; from luxury accommodation, 5-Star Global Gourmet™, unlimited premium-brand drinks, transfers, tips and taxes, to a huge range of sports facilities and entertainment — it’s all included!

South Seas Crystal Lagoon Club Level Junior Palm Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub are located on the second floor with views of the Crystal Lagoon pool and gardens, and feature a sitting area, large walk-in closet, bathroom with walk-in rain shower and balcony with a chaise lounge, bistro set, privacy curtains and Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. These suites include Club Sandals service.

South Seas Walkout Crystal Lagoon Club Level Junior Palm Suite with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub are located on the ground floor with direct pool access from the private patio, featuring a spa-style bathroom with walk-in shower, a walk-in closet and private patio with chaise lounges, privacy curtains and Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. These suites include Club Sandals service.

South Seas Crystal Lagoon Club Level Barbados Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub are located on the second floors with views of the pool, and feature living area, spa-style bathroom with walk-in shower, and balcony with privacy curtains and Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. These suites include Club Sandals service.

Royal Seaside Oceanview Crystal Lagoon Club Level Barbados Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub are located on the second through fourth floors with ocean views. There is a master bedroom and adjoining living room, spa-style bathroom with walk-in shower, and private balcony with privacy curtains and Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. These suites include Club Sandals service.

Royal Seaside Penthouse Oceanview Crystal Lagoon Club Level Barbados Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub are luxurious penthouse suites situated on the top floor, offering views of the ocean. The rooms feature a living room, spa-style bathroom with walk-in shower, and balcony with privacy curtains and Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. These suites include Club Sandals service.

South Seas Swim-Up Club Level Ultra Suite with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub are located on the ground floors and feature direct, zero-entry access to the Crystal Lagoon pool. The rooms feature sitting area, spa-style bathroom with walk-in shower, and patio with privacy curtains and Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. These suites include Club Sandals service.

Royal Seaside Swim-Up Club Level Ultra Suite with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub are located on the ground floors and feature direct, zero-entry access to the Crystal Lagoon pool. The rooms feature sitting area, spa-style bathroom with walk-in shower, and patio with privacy curtains and Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. These suites include Club Sandals service.

Royal Seaside Crystal Lagoon One-Bedroom Oceanview Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub are located on the second through fourth floors with stunning views over the Crystal Lagoon pool and ocean. The rooms feature separate living area, spa-style bathroom with walk-in shower, and balcony with chaise lounge, privacy curtains and Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. These Love Nest Suites® include Sandals Butler Service.

Royal Seaside Crystal Lagoon Penthouse One-Bedroom Oceanview Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub areset on the fifth floor above a shimmering Crystal Lagoon pool, and boast unmatched views of the sea. The rooms feature separate living area, spa-style bathroom with walk-in shower, and patio with privacy curtains and Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. These Love Nest Suites® include Sandals Butler Service.

Millionaire Butler Oceanview One-Bedroom Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub are located on the second floor and feature a large private patio complete with privacy curtains and Tranquility Soaking Tub for two, separate living room, and bathroom with walk-in shower and freestanding bath tub. These Love Nest Suites® include Sandals Butler Service.

Royal Seaside Crystal Lagoon Swim-Up One-Bedroom Butler Suite with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub are located on the ground floor and feature direct access to the Crystal Lagoon pool. The rooms feature separate living area, spa-style bathroom with walk-in shower, and patio complete with privacy curtains and Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. These Love Nest Suites® include Sandals Butler Service.

Millionaire Crystal Lagoon Swim-up Butler One Bedroom Suite with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub are located on the ground floor and feature direct access to the Crystal Lagoon pool. The rooms feature bathroom with walk-in shower and freestanding bath tub, separate living area, and expansive patio complete with privacy curtains and Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. These Love Nest Suites® include Sandals Butler Service.

South Seas Royal Rondoval Butler Suite with Private Pool Sanctuary are private villas surrounded by lush foliage. They feature a soaring 20-foot conical ceiling, living and dining area, bathroom with large soaking tub carved out of solid stone, and a lavish zero-entry private pool with direct access from the bedroom. These Love Nest Suites® include Sandals Butler Service.

Beachfront One-Bedroom Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub are located on the second floor with a separate living and dining area, butler pantry, bathroom with frosted-glass shower and freestanding bath tub, and an expansive balcony overlooking the beach with day bed, privacy curtains and Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. These Love Nest Suites® include Sandals Butler Service.

Beachfront Prime Minister One Bedroom Butler Suite with Private Pool and Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub are located on the ground floor with direct access to a private plunge pool, whilst overlooking the beach and ocean. The rooms feature a separate living and dining area, butler pantry, bathroom with frosted-glass shower and freestanding bath tub, and an expansive patio with privacy curtains and Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. These Love Nest Suites® include Sandals Butler Service.

Beachfront One Bedroom Skypool Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub are located on the third through fifth floors, and feature a private, cantilevered infinity-edge skypool overlooking the beach and ocean. The rooms feature a separate living and dining area, butler pantry, bathroom with frosted-glass shower and freestanding bath tub, and an expansive balcony with privacy curtains and Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. These Love Nest Suites® include Sandals Butler Service.

Sandals Butler Service:

Providing you with uncompromising attention of a personal butler trained to the highest standards by the elite Guild of Professional English Butlers. Beginning with lemongrass-scented hand towels and welcome cocktails and culinary treats upon arrival, a private resort orientation and a luggage unpacking service you will then be supplied with a personal mobile phone to reach your Butler when needed. Your wish is their command! In addition, butler guests will also have and in-room stocked mini-bar with a selection of spirits, beer and wine as well as soft drinks, juices and water, and 24-hour room service.

  • Complimentary honeymoon package: receive a bubbly welcome, a romantic turndown service on your first night, and breakfast in bed one morning of your choice.

    To qualify for the Luxury Included® complimentary honeymoon package, all you have to do is check in online at https://www.sandals.co.uk/honeymoons/free/after booking your honeymoon. Offer valid for travel within 30 days of your wedding date. Terms and conditions apply. 

  • Free anniversary night:receive a free night in celebration of your anniversary when staying a minimum of 7 nights in a Club or Butler level category for travel between now–31 Dec ‘21.

    To qualify for the free anniversary night, all you have to do is provide proof of marriage licence within 14 days of booking. Either visit us at your local store or call our Service Team on 0333 355 8179 who will be able to process this for you. Bookings will then be adjusted to reflect the free night. Offer valid for travel within 30 days of your wedding anniversary date. Not applicable on any Over-the-Water Suites. Terms and conditions and black outs may apply. 

  • Free wedding: minimum stay 3 nights. Government and documentation fees at extra cost. Conditions apply. 

5-Star Global Gourmet™ at Sandals Resorts brings new sights, sounds and tastes to all guests at each meal — of course, all included! 6 gourmet restaurants: Butch's Steak and Seafood, Neptune’s (Mediterranean seafood), Jerk Shack, La Parisienne (French cuisine), and the new American Tavern and Chi (Asian fusion). 4 bars offering unlimited premium spirits. Sweet n’ Salty’s Gourmet Donuts & Coffee shop. Exchange privileges at Sandals Barbados offering a further 11 restaurants and 7 bars.

Nightly live entertainment including a resident band and cabaret shows. Weekly Manager’s Cocktail Party.

3 freshwater swimming pools and 2 whirlpools including a seaside glass infinity pool and Sandals’ first-ever rooftop infinity pool. Fitness centre and Yoga pavilion. Red Lane® Spa* with full range of treatments. Scuba-diving* (free for certified divers, fee applies to others). Non-motorised water sports including windsurfing, paddle boarding, Hobie Cat sailing, boogie boarding and kayaking. Volleyball, Bocce ball, cricket, pool and table tennis. Entertainment pavilion featuring a 4-lane bowling alley 'Lovers Lanes', living room and games room.

Sandals' first gentlemen’s only barber shop*. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Complimentary WiFi access in all room categories and public areas. The Beach House Resort Shop* and SnapShots Photo shop*. The resort will also debut a 6,000 sq. ft. wedding and conference facility equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

*Denotes local charge.

Two people in love over 18 years only.

Dress code: evening dress code for gentlemen states that smart trousers or jeans, long or short sleeve dress shirts (with or without collar) and dress shoes or sandals must be worn. Shorts, t-shirts, trainers, flip-flops, hats and caps are not permitted in the evening. 

Please note: please ensure you have adequate insurance to take part in adventurous activities.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Archibald is a Legend.

Mar 29, 2020 unclepiggy Hertford, United Kingdom

I will come to the title shortly. Yes Sandals is set in beautiful grounds with a beautiful beach. However our first room was supposed to be a sea view. It was not, it was a partial at best in one of the blocks furthest away from the beach.... Raised with butler who said this was a common problem regarding description of view and that we should… Read more
I will come to the title shortly. Yes Sandals is set in beautiful grounds with a beautiful beach. However our first room was supposed to be a sea view. It was not, it was a partial at best in one of the blocks furthest away from the beach.... Raised with butler who said this was a common problem regarding description of view and that we should book direct with sandals......An email to a director in uk and we were moved to a more appropriate room within 24 hrs. The next room had a beautiful view but we were disturbed for a couple of days/nights with the noise from the sky pool pump. We were 2 floors down and it was very loud. Having raised with a butler supervisor Jane the timings of the pump in use was changed and we were no longer disturbed, so thank you Jane. Yes Sandals has some very nice restaurants, with Chi and Bombay our favourites with 4 visits each in 3 weeks. Crispy belly pork buns and sweet and sour prawns (need to ask) are fantastic. Lamp chops from Bombay some of the best I have had anywhere! However Sandals is let down by some of its staff. Some staff are very nice and some are extremely rude. Now that Sandals is closed for a while I hope it will get rid of the rude, ignorant staff that very nearly spoilt our holiday. Yes I am talking about Nicolette and the tall chap with scary eyes who 'work' at the bowling alley. You two are rudest individuals I have ever come across. So beware people these two have absolutely no people skills Food overall was good, not sure about 5 star gourmet but nice. We stayed 3 weeks and did not get bored. In addition to dishes already mentioned, lamb kebab and veg Risotto from Neptunes. Burger and fish n chips from the pub and also the pork chop for our anniversary meal at Neptunes. We had 4 Butlers over the 3 weeks. Kashida and Sade were very nice and even cooked us a lunch which was very much appreciated. Shakira took over from Kashida in our last week. Very friendly and made sure we were topped up with drink throughout the day. Then there is Archibald Cox. I cannot speak highly enough about this man. Nothing is to much and he is always super friendly. If it had not been for Archibald I would have come home early because of the rude staff. If there was an issue Archibald would sort it. He arranged our night out at Tides which was very nice indeed. If we wanted anything Archibald would get it including port and some very tasty pot roast pork. We were very lucky to have him as one of our butlers and Sandals you need to realise your company is very lucky to have him working for you. We left just as COVID 19 was kicking in and I was glad to be going home. But looking back I did enjoy my time despite the rude staff. I would go back for the beauty of the place, nice restaurants and Archibald and Co. However I would need some strong reassuranceses that the rude individuals like Nicolette and her tall mate were gone. Some other helpful staff were Giuseppe from Portafino who cooked me dish not on the menu and dealt with another rude member of staff. Jane and Demar, butler supervisors and every cleaner and gardener I met as they to were very friendly. I hope the blasted virus goes soon so the world can get back to normal. Read less
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Mar 24, 2020 Brighton9 England

This review will not be typical as the week we were there things were slowing down due to the virus outbreak. Despite knowing they would be laid off the next week the staff remained polite, professional and committed to keeping our holiday enjoyable. Anna (restaurant greeter) was a prime example of them being well trained. The room was clean and… Read more
This review will not be typical as the week we were there things were slowing down due to the virus outbreak. Despite knowing they would be laid off the next week the staff remained polite, professional and committed to keeping our holiday enjoyable. Anna (restaurant greeter) was a prime example of them being well trained. The room was clean and well equipped, the facilities are great, the beach is great. Enjoyed the bowling alley and beer bar. Food was good in all 7 restaurants that we tried and no problems booking. Entertainments team did their best to keep us occupied. Good selection of drinks - 6 house wines, basic spirits in the room, premium spirits in the bars, Banks beer everywhere. There was plenty of space and lots of loungers with shade but that could be different if the resort was full. Several swimming pools. One negative was the so-called ocean view from our room - see the picture. Just select the room facilities you want - it doesn't matter whether you are in the "Royal" part or not as you can't see the join between the two resorts. The club sandals concierge facility was good; having a butler is not necessary as we wouldn't want to be followed around. Read less
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Mar 24, 2020 Southender2013 Crawley, United Kingdom

Arrived at the hotel to be greeted by staff singing and welconing us to Barbados......checked in and then went to our room which overlooked the gardens and swimming pool in a quietish area of the complex. Room was very spacious with large bed..........plenty of storage space........large bathroom and toilet and a balcony with a tub on it. Also… Read more
Arrived at the hotel to be greeted by staff singing and welconing us to Barbados......checked in and then went to our room which overlooked the gardens and swimming pool in a quietish area of the complex. Room was very spacious with large bed..........plenty of storage space........large bathroom and toilet and a balcony with a tub on it. Also include in the room was a mini bar and premium spirits, a safe, tea and coffee facilities and an iron and ironing board, although surprisingly for a 5 star hotel there were no slippers availabe....but dressing gowns were but seemed to be of a poor quality..apparently slippers were only in the butler rooms. This hotel had numerous bars and restaurants and you could also dine at the resturants next door at Sandals Barbados.......some restaurants have to be booked and be aware of the dress codes for men. Food was of a very high standard although in a couple of the eateries service was very disappointing and it seemed those with butler service got preferential treatment when it came to having drinks refilled......we had to keep asking for our glasses to be filled. Whilst some staff were genuine with their "your welcome" I feel others were just going through the motions. Due to very low occupancy night time entertainment was low key. There is on site a 4 lane bowling alley which proved popular. The beach was fantastic and there were during our stay plenty of sunbeds availabe. The same goes for the pools but I would imagine had this complex been operating to full capacity then getting a bed may be slightly more of a challenge. The beach/bar service was virtually non existant and again seemed to favour those in butler rooms There is a spa and gym on site and also a resort shop for nik naks The grounds are kept immaculate and very clean This was our first visit to a Sandals resort..........despite being told by staff because "we were there they were there" at times we were made to feel like a slight inconvienience . We understand that staff were devestated to hear that due to the Coronavirus the complex was closing down and we were disappointed to learn our holiday was being cut short due to restrictions back home. and because of this our last 2 days there were slightly tarnished by a couldnt care less attitude. We were offered credit for the 4 nights we were losing but we wanted to take the details home with us to discuss with our tour operator. This seemed to cause an issue with the front desk who finally agreed this could be done On the whole this was a very good hotel and in different circumstances and at full capacity I have no doubt in believing it would be buzzing and jumping. Once the crisis regartding Covid-19 is done and dusted we would return to see the real Sandals Royal Barbados Lastly......there was some confusion regarding tipping.........on the web page is says that tipping is strictly forbidden except maybe for butlers.......but across the complex it was claearly going on.......now..... is it forbidden or not.........we did tip on a few occasions due to good service and the fact others were as well Read less
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Mar 23, 2020 MLJ-SG Ste Genevieve

Resort Property - 5 Star. We've been to Sandals in Jamaica (Negril) and St Lucia (La Toc). The resort property itself at Sandals Barbados will not disappoint. The two Sandals resorts are essentially one. Kudos to the grounds crew. Food - I would rate the food overall as 3.5 star. If you're a food snob, you will be disappointed. If you… Read more
Resort Property - 5 Star. We've been to Sandals in Jamaica (Negril) and St Lucia (La Toc). The resort property itself at Sandals Barbados will not disappoint. The two Sandals resorts are essentially one. Kudos to the grounds crew. Food - I would rate the food overall as 3.5 star. If you're a food snob, you will be disappointed. If you haven't had the chance to enjoy a lot of upscale dining you will likely be very pleased with the food options and quality. If you're somewhere in between, you will rate it just like I did.....3.5 stars. Acceptable. Not memorable. Service - 3 star (at best) overall. The check-in was great. The room service (food) was very good. The maid service was average. The maintenance staff was non-responsive to our plumbing repair request even though we called 3 times. The poolside wait staff was the worst I've seen at ANY all-inclusive, much less a "5-Star" Sandals. We were on site for 7 nights and were literally served 2 cocktails poolside. Consider it self-service and when you go to the bar, do not expect them to be in a hurry. If we decide not to return in the future, this will be the reason. Friendliness - 3 star. I cant say tat anyone was rude or unfriendly at this resort. It's just that they were obviously not interested in putting forth the effort to provide a high-level of customer service. As a result, their complacency sometimes came across as if the guest were bothersome.......particularly at the bars and poolside lunch spots. They need a pep-talk! All in all, it was a very good trip. Great property. Beautiful weather. Decent food. Marginally acceptable service. Temper your expectations as far as food and service goes and you will be fine. If you want 5 star, this isn't it! Off-site, Flower Cave on the north side of the island is worth the drive. Read less
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Mar 22, 2020 S5625EQkarend Boston, Massachusetts

IF you are looking for a 5 star resort this is NOT it. We stayed in Club suite with pool at our doorsteps. It was filthy. After 4 days I asked Club employee if ever cleaned. Finally someone came by and cleaned. Lounge chairs were filthy. Dried blood on our room darkening curtain. Stains on carpet. Room smelled musty. Hand dryer in ladies… Read more
IF you are looking for a 5 star resort this is NOT it. We stayed in Club suite with pool at our doorsteps. It was filthy. After 4 days I asked Club employee if ever cleaned. Finally someone came by and cleaned. Lounge chairs were filthy. Dried blood on our room darkening curtain. Stains on carpet. Room smelled musty. Hand dryer in ladies room at pool broken. NO paper towels after Day 3. Then NO tissues. Reported multiple times with no correction. Electrical outlet was hanging off wall in ladies room across from the cupcake place.Staff walking around very pleasant. Resort itself is beautiful but landscapers leave yard waste behind so you are walking through grass clippings, etc. Suggestion for management: Send all of your employees back for customer service training i.e.: SMILE. At the American Tavern I actually asked one server if she was feeling well bc she was so miserable. One server there Patricia was WONDERFUL and we made sure management knew. btw - Good luck getting to the beach unless you have a butler. We were there 7 nights and had one late afternoon. No employees walk around beach area p/u used towels throughout the day to ensure guests know which chairs are available. As it was I was up and at the pool at 7 a.m. to save a chair! Ridiculous. NO entertainment. Period. We were up at the rooftop bar nightly with a large crowd as there is NOTHING to do. Restaurants. Based on other reviews I had my list of restaurants to request reservations at check-in. Gave the list to Club employee and he said "all restaurants are booked for next 2 weeks". I said "I booked this vacation 11 months ago, it is my birthday tomorrow so please figure it out." By end of day we had 4 reservations (all at 6p.m.). Honestly overall the food was mediocre. French restaurant breakfast and dinner excellent. Ditto Chophouse. And Monkey. American Tavern breakfast good. We did take a private tour with Nigel. It was excellent. We would absolutely go back to Barbados but never this resort. Read less