When it comes to all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, you can’t go wrong with Sandals Royal Barbados. The luxurious adults-only property gives guests the royal treatment with access to 31 pools, 20 restaurants, an award-winning spa, and a white-sand beach with gentle turquoise waves, plus the first-ever Sandals bowling alley.
With base rates starting at $926 per couple per night for a butler suite, a stay at Sandals Royal Barbados can put a serious dent in your vacation fund. But it’s worth it if you know how to take advantage of all the five-star experiences this resort has to offer.
Here’s how to get the most out of your Sandals Royal Barbados vacation.
Splurge on butler service
Choosing a room category with butler service is a must if you want the best experience at Sandals Royal Barbados. It comes with a smartphone that will connect you to a team of three professional English butlers who can cater to your every need or desire throughout your stay.
They can help ensure you get reservations at the resort’s top restaurants, like the ultra-romantic French restaurant La Parisienne or the ever-popular Butch’s Steak & Seafood Restaurant, during peak dinner hours. Butler service also means you won’t have to get up at sunrise to claim a beach cabana or poolside lounge chairs – these hospitality professionals will make sure you have a prime space. by the water (plus a cooler full of your favorite drinks) waiting for you. Don’t be surprised if your butler draws a romantic bubble bath on your balcony tub or prepares you a bottle of champagne just before you return to your room.
No resort is perfect, and if you experience any issues during your stay at Sandals Royal Barbados (for example, dinner service is very slow or your room keys inexplicably stop working), simply call your butler. They will immediately find a solution to your problems, so you can get back to what your romantic vacation was like. really by the way: relax and reconnect with your partner.
Organize a photo session
It’s almost impossible to leave Sandals Royal Barbados without great vacation photos. With walkways lined with manicured gardens, lagoon-shaped pools around every corner, and a postcard-worthy beach, the resort offers endless photo opportunities with your sweetheart. But no need to carry a selfie stick — Sandals Royal Barbados has professional photographers who roam the property, playfully encouraging guests to strike a pose throughout their stay.
Make the most of the scenic resort town by arranging a complimentary sunset couples photo shoot with one of the staff photographers. They’ll take you and your partner to the most photogenic spots on the property and capture romantic moments as the sky explodes with cotton candy colors in the background.
You can review all the photos taken throughout your stay at the property’s photo studio before your departure. There’s no obligation to purchase, but don’t be surprised if you end up ordering a few framed photos to remember that romantic trip for years to come.
Treat yourself between meals
You have some tough choices to make when it comes to dining at Sandals Royal Barbados. With your “Stay at One, Play at Two” privileges, which give you free access to the adjacent Sandals Barbados, you can dine at 20 different restaurants, including an Italian trattoria, a steakhouse with an incredible assortment of sides, a trendy Asian restaurant a fusion restaurant, an English pub and a healthy cafe, to name a few.
But leave room between meals to enjoy other special indulgences. Sandals Royal Barbados has a delicious donut shop, Sweet ‘n’ Salty’s, which is worth a daily visit during your stay. Pro tip: Order an iced coffee (with or without a splash of your favorite spirit) to go with your frozen treat. After dinner, take a romantic stroll to Sandals Barbados for a Parisian-style patisserie ice cream. And the nacho plates available through room service do the ultimate late night snack.
Have fun on and off the property
It’s tempting to laze by the pristine pools or the breezy beach all day when you visit Sandals Royal Barbados. But to make the most of your trip, you’ll also want to take advantage of the activities and entertainment.
Guests of Sandals Royal Barbados have access to something truly special: the first-ever bowling alley in any Sandals. Going bowling on vacation might sound a little cheesy, but Sandals Royal Barbados makes sure the experience at Lovers Lanes is nothing short of cool. Think: four shiny lanes, nightclub-inspired lighting, and a large vintage Marilyn Monroe poster with bowling alley in high heels. It’s the perfect place for a little friendly competition with your partner or to bond with other couples at the resort.
Besides bowling, Sandals Royal Barbados also offers guests many other ways to have fun during their all-inclusive stay. Water sports options include paddle boards, kayaks, Hobie Cat rides, boogie boards, snorkeling, and diving. On land, you can play volleyball, cricket, pétanque, billiards, shuffleboard and giant chess. And in the evening, head to the entertainment pavilion for live music – the Tuesday night reggae festival will have you dancing in no time.
However, the fun is not limited to the property itself. Visit the Island Routes Caribbean Adventures desk in the lobby to book an excursion and see more of Barbados. They can organize you the most fun catamaran cruise from Bridgetown to Carlisle Bay, where you can snorkel with sea turtles and see shipwrecks. After an onboard lunch, the crew will turn the catamaran experience into a dance party on the water that allows even the most serious travelers to relax. You won’t want to miss it.
Leave your worries at home
Although travel restrictions have eased, COVID-19 remains a risk. However, Sandals Royal Barbados is making travel during the pandemic as hassle-free as possible. It offers free on-site COVID-19 testing to ensure you have the documents you need to return home. If you happen to test positive during your trip, the resort will cover your quarantine, food and drink for up to 14 days. Plus, if COVID-19 disrupts your trip, Sandals will give you a voucher to replace your vacation for free next year.
Taking a vacation these days is complicated, but Sandals’ travel-friendly policies take much of the stress out of the experience.