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.

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

  • 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.

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

* 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 Great getaway during Covid

Feb 24, 2021 T-Ptraveler423333

My wife and I visited Sandal's Barbados in early November, 2020. There are actually 2 Sandals resorts that are side by side, and we were scheduled to have a swim out room at the older resort, but due to Covid, the rooms on this side were closed, so we were upgraded to a swim out room at the new resort. Our overall experience was great, as we… Read more
My wife and I visited Sandal's Barbados in early November, 2020. There are actually 2 Sandals resorts that are side by side, and we were scheduled to have a swim out room at the older resort, but due to Covid, the rooms on this side were closed, so we were upgraded to a swim out room at the new resort. Our overall experience was great, as we felt very fortunate to get away at all during the pandemic. We have been to other Sandals resorts, and this one by far had the best food, and the service was also excellent. Face masks were required when entering most of the buildings, but not while in the pool or walking around outside. The resort was almost too quiet, however, as Britain had imposed a travel ban 2 weeks prior to our arrival, so most of the folks from Britain had already gone home, so it was just folks from the US that were there, for the most part. A couple of notes about travel. Coming into Barbados was not a pleasant experience, as there was a 2.5 hour wait to clear what I would call the "Health Ministry", which is basically a one on one interview with a government agent who told us what was required due to Covid 19. This could easily have been done using TV monitors and running a continuous loop, but that is not how it worked. There was a "fast pass" that was offered by Sandals, and I would highly recommend it, as the people that took this route were through the airport in 15 minutes. When leaving Barbados, make sure you check with your airline carrier to find out if you need any special documents because of the pandemic. We especially appreciated a couple of folks at Butch's Chop House that we would like to recognize. Kadeem was a fantastic server that went above and beyond, and Chef Ashley prepared a fantastic dinner for us. Read less
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Feb 19, 2021 Johnnje21

We had booked Sandals Royal Barbados for March 13, 2021. They ended up not opening the hotel for covid reasons announcing 2/16 (no problem). After asking for a refund, they said by policy only 50% can be refunded do to "us" canceling. Policy they kept saying... after being hung up on by an agent, finally being fed up with not getting anywhere, we… Read more
We had booked Sandals Royal Barbados for March 13, 2021. They ended up not opening the hotel for covid reasons announcing 2/16 (no problem). After asking for a refund, they said by policy only 50% can be refunded do to "us" canceling. Policy they kept saying... after being hung up on by an agent, finally being fed up with not getting anywhere, we decided to take the offer and go to St. Lucia and the room available was a $1,500 difference which by policy we are "penalized" 50% of that. Imagine? Nope, it's a reality. I'm sure St. Lucia will be amazing but it's not what we wanted and certainly not our fault the resort wasn't open for us and look at this so called 5 star hotel bullying people into taking a loss so they don't have to. Apparently, US courts have no jurisdiction over them so good luck in a Jamaican courthouse....I hope secrets will enjoy my long, very, very long future business. I own my own company and would never do this to a client. We might just call and have CC company recall funds. A simple refund would have kept my business but Sandals can forever pound sand!! Read less
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Feb 17, 2021 valbramham Bramham, United Kingdom

We were unfortunate to arrive at the hotel on the day that the Barbados Government changed the rules in relation to quarantine and we were also caught up in the testing backlog. Neither of these things were within the control of the hotel so my review is based on how well Sandals dealt with the situation. In the end we spent six days in… Read more
We were unfortunate to arrive at the hotel on the day that the Barbados Government changed the rules in relation to quarantine and we were also caught up in the testing backlog. Neither of these things were within the control of the hotel so my review is based on how well Sandals dealt with the situation. In the end we spent six days in quarantine. During this time we were able to sit in the sunshine on our balcony which overlooked the ocean - our bar was serviced daily, we had regular calls from housekeeping to offer clean bed linen and towels and an extensive room service menu. We had a couple of minor glitches ordering food due to the changing situation and the information given to us being slightly different from what the staff claimed to have been told. We also had an issue to start with in having the required temperature checks but again this was quickly sorted out. Once we notified reception that we had received our negative test results, our transfer to the main hotel was done quickly and efficiently. We were fortunate to receive an upgrade to a Skypool suite with butler service- both the room and the service were amazing - huge thanks to our butler team of Shaakeira, Sade and Akil for making the rest of our stay so special. Even though the resort was very quiet Sandals did a great job of rotating restaurant opening nights meaning that we were able to eat at Bombay Club, Kimonos, La Parisienne, American Tavern and both Butches - really hard to pick a favourite as they were all so good! Contrary to what others have said, we didn’t come across a single member of staff who gave the impression of not wanting to be there. Everyone we came into contact with was polite, courteous and helpful. The icing on the cake was transfer to the airport in the hotel’s Rolls Royce arranged for us by Shaakeira. We are looking forward when we are able to travel again to coming back to use the six days credit we were given for the time we spent in quarantine. Read less
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Feb 8, 2021 Brian H Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

Firstly Covid has made things difficult and we all simply have to compromise to get away under the current circumstances and make exceptions - Accepted 100% Hotels also have got to be fit for purpose, Sandals are Shambles. From a near mutiny by angry guests on the first day who arrived before us, Management are simply disinterested and the rot is… Read more
Firstly Covid has made things difficult and we all simply have to compromise to get away under the current circumstances and make exceptions - Accepted 100% Hotels also have got to be fit for purpose, Sandals are Shambles. From a near mutiny by angry guests on the first day who arrived before us, Management are simply disinterested and the rot is at the top not the poor staff who then have to deal with the fallout. Foods amazing, facilities brilliant but most of the staff seemed devoid of good old Caribbean humour, rarely a smile to be found, do they really want us to be there at all, is it Covid, if so then close down! They have even installed a fabulously efficient cloaking system at the swim up bar, you swim up and suddenly become invisible until you get out and walk around to the part of the bar out of the pool! Air Con not working in our first room, then taken to the main hotel after our Covid test which had a party in the night before and not cleaned, I am partial to a streamer or two on holiday, but not someone elses from the night before! My favourite was the New Years Eve party, big tent erected, all very exciting, we got there after dinner at 10.30 set to go, to be told they did the countdown at 10.00 but didnt tell anyone. Make sure you remember to wait for half an hour in the concierge to book your meals for the coming week as there is one member of staff for about 10 waiting people, and oh, when you arrive for you meal in the evening do expect to be told it was not open that night, even if you are clutching a card stating you are booked in. When we tried contacting the 24 hour Virgin line for some help, nothing, they do not have a presence there, despite continuing to say they do, messages were left and unanswered. We tried several times and had to phone the UK number in the end (who were then very helpful it has to be said). Basically Virgin fly you there and leave you to it, not even a tacky booklet with some local information at the airport. We were given (as was everybody there) 2 extra nights for our troubles and we have now been told by taking them we had signed a disclaimer (no we didnt) so not to complain. We diligently filled in the 'how did it go' questionnaire on our return, the deafening silence and complete lack of response is a reassuring note to finish with that they really don't care at all. So if you want a completely independent holiday with 5 star amenities and 2 star service visit Shambles and use Virgin, you will not be disappointed. Read less
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Feb 7, 2021 chattygirl7491 Franklin Ohio

Let me first say I've stayed at several all-inclusives including several sandals Secrets Iberostar Grand Etc. Let me first say that in general I like sandals I have stayed at several and had a wonderful stay Exuma was the only one that I would never return to. If I stayed at the sandals in Barbados I would definitely do the newer one the royal.… Read more
Let me first say I've stayed at several all-inclusives including several sandals Secrets Iberostar Grand Etc. Let me first say that in general I like sandals I have stayed at several and had a wonderful stay Exuma was the only one that I would never return to. If I stayed at the sandals in Barbados I would definitely do the newer one the royal. They are handling the whole covid-19 completely wrong and they're running their reputation and any repeat business. With social media and it's so easy to spread your dissatisfaction far and wide they are really short sighted in the way they're handling covid. They're promising things are not delivering they're not communicating with people they're not giving them the proper information about what will happen when they get there. Let's say it they have lied. They promise everything is going to be rainbows and unicorns and when you get there you're stuck in a quarantine hotel that is not what you paid for. And I'm sorry it's ridiculous that you can't even go to the beach. I feel so sorry for the people we met that were on their honeymoon and just devastated. Other Resorts like the Excellence in Mexico is handling. Better. We will not be back to a sandals until all the Kobe stuff is over. They've infuriated us and a lot of the people that we met there. I realize that covid-19 Fang but they at least need to be honest about this is what you're going to be getting if you still want to do it then great. But to be promised that nothing is going to be affected is just a lie. And to pay for Butler rooms and swim up rooms the half your trip you don't get to enjoy is infuriating. So I'm recommending to everyone here and all my friends that right now do not do sandals they are not the leaders in how to handle this situation. Read less