Sugar Bay Barbados

Barbados, Caribbean

Virgin rating

The hotel

The All Inclusive Sugar Bay Barbados offers a delightful holiday base with an array of activities, four fantastic restaurants, tranquil Caribbean waters in a protected lagoon, and with Bridgetown only a 10-minute drive away, you will be spoilt for choice with things to do and see! Perfect for couples, friends and families, Sugar Bay oozes boho-chic style and radiates a serene atmosphere allowing you to completely unwind in paradise. Guest rooms suit all types of holidaymakers with spacious family suites ideal for larger groups, all of which have great views of the ocean, the pool or the lush, green gardens. Being just a few metres from the calmest seas of the south coast, water sports are very much the order of the day with plenty available. Aside from taking a swim in the cool Caribbean Sea, there are also two swimming pools to laze by and a fitness centre for enthusiasts. Otherwise, head to Karma Spa for a spot of well-deserved pampering. Whilst the adults are at play, the kids have their very own children’s club, offering beach games, competitions and opportunities for exploring. Teens aren’t left out; they can hang together in the clubhouse, an adult no-go area! Dining is a joy, as Sugar Bay Barbados boasts more dining options than most hotels in Barbados! There is a tantalising selection of restaurants to choose from, each utilising the freshest produce from land and sea.

Amenities

  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Babysitting service
  • Creche
  • Kids Club
  • Teen Club
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding
  • Bar
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym

Where is it

Overlooking the stunning beachfront and tranquil Caribbean Sea. The capital, Bridgetown, is only a 10-minute drive away. The south coast boardwalk is accessible from the beach offering a short walk along the ocean side to a variety of restaurants and bars. Transfer time from airport: 25 minutes.

Hotel information

138 rooms, all of which are air-conditioned with private balcony, TV, telephone, complimentary WiFi, mini-fridge, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe, hairdryer and iron and board. Signature Room with pool or garden views and 1 king-size bed (twin beds available on request), sleeping maximum 2 adults.

All Inclusive of: breakfast, lunch and dinner, two specialty dining experiences (Sizzle Steak House and Umi; guests can choose two sushi experiences in Umi or two steakhouse experiences in Sizzle Steak House, or one of each. Only valid for stays of 7 nights or more), premium alcoholic beverages and non-alcoholic beverages. All entertainment and activities above unless stated otherwise.

Please note: guests can have additional specialty dining experiences at the cost of $25pp (payable locally, subject to change).

Deluxe Signature Rooms with pool or garden views and 1 king-size bed (twin beds available on request) and sofa bed. This room is larger in size than the Signature Room and sleeps maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Ocean Front Rooms overlook the beach and lagoon and have 1 king-size bed (twin beds available on request), sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Ocean Front Honeymoon Suites overlook the beach and lagoon and have 1 king-size 4-poster bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Deluxe Ocean Front Room with 1 king-size bed (twin beds available on request) and a sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Family Suite with pool or garden views, a large living area with sofa bed and a separate bedroom with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults, 3 adults and 2 children or 2 adults and 3 children.

Ocean Front Family Suites boast great views of the ocean, a large living area with sofa bed and a separate bedroom with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults, 3 adults and 2 children or 2 adults and 3 children

2-Bedroom Suite with garden views, master bedroom with 1 king-size bed and additional bedroom with 1 queen-size bed plus a sofa bed in the separate living area, sleeping maximum 5 adults or 2 adults and 3 children.

2-Bedroom Ocean Front Suite with master bedroom with 1 king-size bed and additional bedroom with twin beds plus a sofa bed in the separate living area, sleeping maximum 6 adults, 3 adults and 3 children or 2 adults and 4 children.

  • Book by 14 May 2024  to receive up to 20% off stays between 01 Jun– 30 Jun '24. Terms and conditions apply. Blackout Dates apply. Applies to certain room types. 

The Reef (buffet restaurant/breakfast, lunch and dinner), Colin’s Bar & Grill (lunch), Lazy Mongoose Pub, Sizzle Steak House (dinner only/limited dining), Umi (Sushi/Asian Fusion - dinner only/limited dining). New Driftwood Cafe. Blush Cafe* (coffee shop).

Arcade. In-house guest activities team to organise day/evening activities/entertainment.

2 swimming pools, one with a swim-up bar. Karma Spa* with a new salon. Fitness centre. Non-motorised water sports including boogie boards, kayaking and snorkelling. Beach volleyball. Newly redesigned games room. Creche and kids' club. Teen clubhouse.

Gift shop*. Complimentary WiFi. Babysitting* (on request). Creche/nursery. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. 24-hour reception.

A Tourism Fee will be charged per bedroom, per night and will be collected at check out. The rate is subject to change by the Government, and varies by hotel room. Fees currently range from 8.75 Barbadian dollar (approximately £3.90) to 35 Barbadian dollar​ (approximately £16.00) per bedroom, per night. 

7 nights between 21 Dec-2 Jan.

* Denotes local charge.  

Please note: smoking is not allowed in guest rooms or balconies.

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Apr 21, 2024 brianbM3695ZR

Resort fell well short of expectations. Especially our room (320). Buffet was only average. Wait staff was very attentive. Sizzles option was very good. Concierge was only available some days. More of a restaurant reservation arranger and tour seller.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating An emerald in paradise

Apr 20, 2024 davidmF5940HY Boston, Massachusetts

Whoever runs the recruitment process and drives employee culture in this hotel has nailed it! All the staff are fabulous, top to bottom. They are friendly and engaging, they genuinely seem to enjoy their jobs and believe that their performance is important. Young or old! And I saw some immense patience demonstrated with the rare, overly demanding… Read more
Whoever runs the recruitment process and drives employee culture in this hotel has nailed it! All the staff are fabulous, top to bottom. They are friendly and engaging, they genuinely seem to enjoy their jobs and believe that their performance is important. Young or old! And I saw some immense patience demonstrated with the rare, overly demanding guest. Sugar Bay reminds me of old Barbados (I first came in 1970). Kind, friendly and respectful in both directions. Sort of Plantation in design and feel, welcoming and friendly. A lovely beach, not too crowded. A little breezier than the West coast, which is perfect. I’ve done the 5 Diamond resorts in Cancun, done an Aruba visit to a big brand name AI. This was a far better experience. Food is delicious and varied, if you want Michelin stars, stay in NY or London. Access to UMI for Asian cuisine and Sizzle for a steak. But the buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner suited all in someway. Drinks are made mostly from scratch and not big pre-made vats of mixers with rum added. No signing Chits for tracking adds to the relaxation. Plenty of umbrellas, the Beach Team set them out in the AM at request. Always seem to be enough seats and umbrellas. Drinks flow freely with no wait, entertainment in the evening is fun, and while we were there, there were younger families and retirees all interacting. Nevertheless our two teenage Daughters also loved it. A night out to Oistins helped. Thanks for the tips Nate. It would be unfair to point out too many individuals because ALL the staff were awesome. Kay, you are great fun! Cherise, you’re like a Swan, serene on the surface and I’m sure paddling furiously under the water to get things done. And Trisha, we know who’s boss in the bar! But everyone, you make Sugar Bay what it is. To the pair who helped me jump start my car after I left the lights on! You are so kind. We will come back and we will bring friends! Truly, the real Barbados as I remember it, at its best. Thank you. Read less
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Apr 15, 2024 Potentforce N Ireland

Back to Sugar Bay for another break. The upgrades around Reef have certainly worked with the new bar area a great addition. We had a room change to contend with but I must say again the rooms are excellent, made up daily with all the amenities you need. No need to bring a hairdryer as the one in the room is perfectly sufficient. Small fridge… Read more
Back to Sugar Bay for another break. The upgrades around Reef have certainly worked with the new bar area a great addition. We had a room change to contend with but I must say again the rooms are excellent, made up daily with all the amenities you need. No need to bring a hairdryer as the one in the room is perfectly sufficient. Small fridge with water is a welcome addition. The resort is has received a spruce up. The groundsmen work tirelessly to keep the redort clean and tidy. Plenty of loungers available on the beach with parasols available on request. Bit of an issue this time round as the loungers adjacent to the pool were booked by guests laying towels to reserve from early hrs. Pool bar well looked after by David, who always made us feel welcome. Serving staff are much improved this time round. An excellent variety of food, all tastes catered for. En site restaurants Sizzle and Umi were excellent. Book early as they get busy. Damien and his team at the bar were excellent and the entertainment was as good as usual. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable break. Will definitely be back Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A Great Place to Visit

Apr 14, 2024 Odyssey743092 Port Moody, Canada

A great place to visit but not the best place in Caribbean . You can have a better sea or better entertainment and fun and activities in Cancun city , or Havana is a probably better fun city with similar beaches. People are a bit aggressive like Jamaica but don't get me wrong not rude at all.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating An underwhelming experience

Apr 13, 2024 brownmatthew5 Gran Canaria, Spain

This hotel is all a bit tired and needs a rethink. If you are looking for a luxurious Barbados experience you will be disappointed. Sugar Bay’s staff are friendly but they are masking a hotel that is not up to it anymore. Our welcome drink had a dead wasp in it, the hanging rail in the room collapsed, food is repetitive and the all inclusive… Read more
This hotel is all a bit tired and needs a rethink. If you are looking for a luxurious Barbados experience you will be disappointed. Sugar Bay’s staff are friendly but they are masking a hotel that is not up to it anymore. Our welcome drink had a dead wasp in it, the hanging rail in the room collapsed, food is repetitive and the all inclusive drinks aren’t very drinkable. The pool is dirty and not big enough to cater for the number of people staying there. Positioned nicely on the south west corner surrounded by nice beaches, it seems to be unlucky to be very prone to seaweed that the beach staff don’t clear away for days, so it makes the whole beach area look tired. As a result we chose to go out for days at other beaches and dinners at additional expense and in the end we found another hotel up the west coast and checked out 2 days early to enjoy what Barbados really does have to offer but is lacking in Sugar Bay. We told the hotel staff about our poor experience and we were checking out 2 days before we did - no offer of compensation - not even an apology…which tells you everything you need to know about the hotel. Read less