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 Sandals Royal Barbados. The latest in luxe in St Lawrence Gap, the resort features an incredible infinity pool, 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 six bars and nine 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 has also introduced the additional pampering of chauffeured Rolls-Royce airport transfers for selected suites, allowing you to arrive in style!

Amenities

  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beachfront location

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

338 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, iPod docking stations, safe, hairdryer and iron and ironing board, and fully stocked mini-bar with premium spirits, beer, wine and soft drinks,. 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.

South Seas Hideaway Crystal Lagoon Club Level Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub are on the second through sixth floors with peaceful garden views. This suite features a king-size Sandals Tranquility Blissful Bed, aromatherapy systems, and private patio with soaking tub. 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.

South Seas Hideaway Crystal Lagoon Swim-up Butler Suite with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub are on the ground floor and feature a king-size Sandals Tranquility Blissful Bed, aromatherapy systems, private patio with garden views and private soaking tub, plus zero-entry access into the swim-up pool. These suites include Sandals Butler Service.

South Seas Hideaway Crystal Lagoon Oversized Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub are on the second through sixth floors, and have a separate living room and bedroom. With a king-size Sandals Tranquility Blissful Bed, aromatherapy systems, 2 HDTVs, spa-style bathroom with freestanding soaking tub, and private balcony with soaking tub and garden views. These suites include Sandals Butler Service.

Royal Seaside Crystal Lagoon One Bedroom Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub are set on the second and third floors of the Sand Dollar building. The master bedroom offers a king-size bed, HD smart TV, and a fully stocked bar. A separate living room has a comfy seating area and a second HD smart TV. Guests enjoy personal butler service, 24-hour in-room dining, and VIP check-in.

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 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 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 suites include Sandals Butler Service.

South Seas Hideaway Crystal Lagoon Swim-up Oversized Butler Suite with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub are on the ground floor and have a separate living room and bedroom. Featuring a king-size Sandals Tranquility Blissful Bed, aromatherapy systems, spa-style bathroom with freestanding soaking tub, and private patio with soaking tub and zero-entry access to the swim-up pool. These 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 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 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 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 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 suites include Sandals Butler Service.

Sandals Butler Elite Service:

Providing you with uncompromising attention of a personal butler trained to the highest standards. Beginning with lemongrass-scented hand towels, 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.

In addition, the Millionaire Suite, Prime Minister Suite, Rondovals and Skypool Suites all have Rolls Royce transfers (arrival and departure).

5-Star Global Gourmet™ at Sandals Resorts brings new sights, sounds and tastes to all guests at each meal — of course, all included! 10 dining options: Butch's Steak and Seafood (open for dinner), Neptune’s (Mediterranean seafood on the beachfront, open for lunch and dinner), The Greenhouse (modern farm-to-table food, open for breakfast and dinner), Heart & Sol (grab-and-go food, open for breakfast and lunch), Jerk Shack, La Parisienne (French cuisine, open for breakfast and dinner), American Tavern (American-style food, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), Chi (Asian fusion, open for dinner), Lovers Lane (serving craft beer and snacks, open from 5.00pm-2.00am), and Sweet n’ Salty’s Gourmet Donuts & Coffee shop. 6 bars offering unlimited premium spirits.  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.

4 swimming pools and 4 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 paddle boarding, Hobie Cat sailing, boogie boarding, snorkelling, and kayaking. Glass bottom boat trips. Volleyball, basketball, Bocce ball, cricket, pool and table tennis. Board games. Day and night tennis. Entertainment pavilion featuring a 4-lane bowling alley 'Lovers Lanes', living room and games room.

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 has a 6,000 sq. ft. wedding and conference facility equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The Millionaire Suite, Prime Minister Suite, Rondovals and Skypool Suites all have Rolls Royce transfers (arrival and departure). Room service. 

* 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.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (2061)
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  • Average (402)
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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Butler crew made the vacation!

May 23, 2024 Jeremy B East Meadow, New York

Please read other reviews about the resort, I agree with some of the issues others experienced and also agree with some of the praises others have experienced as well. My wife and I stayed at the Royal side for a week (5/15-5/22) and if it was not for our butler crew, it would have been a much different experience for us. Want to give a HUGE… Read more
Please read other reviews about the resort, I agree with some of the issues others experienced and also agree with some of the praises others have experienced as well. My wife and I stayed at the Royal side for a week (5/15-5/22) and if it was not for our butler crew, it would have been a much different experience for us. Want to give a HUGE shoutout to our butlers - Shak, Kev, Ron and Romero. Unfortunately Ron had a family emergency that cut our time short (hope you are doing as well as you can Ron, hoping that time will help heal the wound). They were on top of everything we needed, ensuring we had a spot at the beach (and had lunch/drinks while at our seats), dinner reservations each night at the time we requested (even if the original time reserved was asked to change), and most of all they put all their effort into us having the best vacation within their power. Always positive, energetic, personable, friendly and smiling. These gentlemen deserve a raise for their hard work and dedication! Thank you thank you thank you! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Most uncomfortable, noisy bed and poor service

May 22, 2024 Michelle D

This was our first sandals trip and it will be our last. We spent a lot of money and did a butler room. We expected to have a good night sleep and the bed was the most uncomfortable and loudest best I’ve ever used. We asked for a pillow topper the first night and it did not make it any better. They also had us fill out a questionnaire before with… Read more
This was our first sandals trip and it will be our last. We spent a lot of money and did a butler room. We expected to have a good night sleep and the bed was the most uncomfortable and loudest best I’ve ever used. We asked for a pillow topper the first night and it did not make it any better. They also had us fill out a questionnaire before with pillow information and food requests and none of that was in the room. We asked for the foam pillows again and never received them. At one point- they had also run out of towels and said there was a problem with the towels at this time. When we first arrived- we weren’t greeted by anyone for at least 45 minutes. We came in a rolls Royce for the butler service and did not receive a proper greeting. Our butter finally came over to us and sat us for a lunch. We then waited for our room. Once our room was ready- we had to wait another 2 hours for our luggage to get there. We felt like we had to tip our butlers more and more just to get any service when we had already paid a large amount for the trip. The butler was also 45 minutes late from the time he said he would meet us for check out, and he never helped retrieve our luggage. We were not impressed with the alcohol. There was no captain morgan anywhere and Tito’s ran out extremely fast. The food was good but the service was very slow and time consuming. Additionally- we left a review from the survey Sandals sends out and I also sent an email to their customer service. No one ever contacted us about our terrible stay. It seems like there have been several bad reviews lately and I would not recommend. Read less
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May 18, 2024 66garyf Croydon, United Kingdom

We have not stayed at a Sandals Resort for nearly 20 years, the last one was in Jamaica so we thought we would give it a try and wished we hadn’t. We stayed in a Club Suite with a soak bath on the balcony and it had lovely views of the sea and pool. It was all inclusive and the package included Room service with restocked in room bar. The check… Read more
We have not stayed at a Sandals Resort for nearly 20 years, the last one was in Jamaica so we thought we would give it a try and wished we hadn’t. We stayed in a Club Suite with a soak bath on the balcony and it had lovely views of the sea and pool. It was all inclusive and the package included Room service with restocked in room bar. The check in was quick and they took us to our room and showed us around the resort and it was nice, it was large and well set out. The resort is huge, it’s two separate hotels that have been joined together to create a very large resort. The location and beach are amazing and there are lots of large pool areas spread across the resort and over 20 restaurants. There are so many things that need to be improved at this resort. It’s far too big and they really need more staff. At the weekend it gets even busier and is full of very loud groups of Americans, they obviously come down for extended weekends. Sandals used to be a couples, five star holiday but it’s not anymore. The main improvement the hotel needs to do is employ more staff or take less guests, we had to wait sometimes nearly an hour for a table for dinner and you also have to queue and wait at breakfast and lunchtime. A lot of the restaurants are lovely and the food good but many are just average. When I questioned why we had to wait so long for a table when there were plenty free we were told they can only handle so many guests. I don’t expect to wait an hour for a table when it’s a five star resort. Even the bars need more staff, many have just one server and there are lots of people waiting, it just seems crazy. We had what was supposed to be premium spirits in our room but they put the cheapest spirits in the room, I didn’t even touch them. The worst thing about the holiday is the fact that in order to get a sun bed on the beach or round the pool you need to be up by 6am every morning. The first morning we got up at 7.30am and when we looked for a sun bed on the beach they had all gone, many reserved by The Butlers for their guests. It was crazy, we saw the Butlers at 6am every morning reserve many of the sun beds. We did manage to get a sun bed but it meant being on the beach before 6am every morning to reserve before the butlers. That does not make for a relaxing holiday. All in all, Barbados is amazing and the resort is great but I would not stay in a Sandals resort again, it seems to have gone downhill and when you pay as much as you do you expect so much more. Many of the things can be fixed by employing more staff and by stop reserving all the sun beds for the butler guest. Read less
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May 17, 2024 Simon J Swansea, United Kingdom

We had a fantastic holiday at this hotel. We have been fortunate to visit some lovely hotels and this was up there with some of the best! An abundance of restaurants to choose from and the food was excellent wherever we ate. The best was Bombay and Butch’s which Melissa (Guest Relations) went out of her way to get us a reservation on our last… Read more
We had a fantastic holiday at this hotel. We have been fortunate to visit some lovely hotels and this was up there with some of the best! An abundance of restaurants to choose from and the food was excellent wherever we ate. The best was Bombay and Butch’s which Melissa (Guest Relations) went out of her way to get us a reservation on our last night which put the icing on the cake. 95% of the staff were fantastic, but Melissa and Jack (Dubliner) in the Merry Monkey particularly stood out!! Diolch yn fawr! We don’t normally go back to the same place twice, but this is definitely back on our list😂 Simon, Swansea Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A beautiful location most staff are really helpful but don’t expect five star

May 16, 2024 colinmanning5 Brightlingsea, United Kingdom

This is our second visit to sandals and Barbados was on my bucket list royal Caribbean in Jamaica was how first location was a dream the grounds are truly Devine food at Resturants was very nice as always at sandals Unfortunately there are a few downsides There isn’t a sandals lounge at airport in Barbados like in Jamaica and you get transferred… Read more
This is our second visit to sandals and Barbados was on my bucket list royal Caribbean in Jamaica was how first location was a dream the grounds are truly Devine food at Resturants was very nice as always at sandals Unfortunately there are a few downsides There isn’t a sandals lounge at airport in Barbados like in Jamaica and you get transferred by coach cases go on different coach Rooms are very dated and in a need of updating we stayed in Barbados not royal Showers were main issue think before you visit Read less