Sandals Barbados Review

We just stayed at the Sandals Barbados from January 30th to February 6th and I thought I would share my review of the resort with you!

16711605_10154318924627361_4708790800561151378_n

It was our first time staying at a Sandals resort, and it exceeded our expectations! We went with my family (my parents, who have stayed at several other Sandals resorts, and my brother and his girlfriend). We were the nerds wearing matching #BarbadosSquad2017 t-shirts.

16708458_10154318918757361_8790539927506940539_n

My parents stayed in a Beachfront One Bedroom Butler Suite with a Tranquility Soaking Tub. My husband and I, and my brother and his girlfriend each stayed in a Beachfront Penthouse Club Level Suite with Tranquility Soaking Tub.

Since we were in a Club Level room, check-in was super quick and easy! Upon arrival, we were taken directly to the Club lounge where they gave us iPads to check-in on. While we were doing that, we were offered welcome drinks. I think they were Blue Hawaiian’s. Once we finished our check-in, Dexter, our Club Concierge, took us on a quick tour of the resort and up to our rooms!

Brent and I were in room #1508 – pretty well in the middle of the Beachfront building. Our view was absolutely breathtaking!

 

Here is a quick overview of our room category:
• King Size Bed
• Bathroom with tub and shower and all the amenities from the Red Lane Spa
• Coffee maker, kettle with many tea bags to choose from
• Fully Stocked Bar (water, juice, pop, wine, beer & champagne) plus 4 pouring liquors. The wine, beer and champagne were re-stocked daily, as needed
• Balcony with Tranquility soaking tub

We loved our room category. Our view was amazing, the room was always cleaned in a timely fashion, we had fresh towels in our room daily and the bar was always re-stocked with whatever we needed! We enjoyed coming back to our room each day to a chilled bottle of champagne to enjoy on our balcony before we got ready for dinner.

***

We were lucky enough to get to try each of the 11 dining options at our resort! Below I will give a quick review of each one:

*Breakfast* – there were 3 breakfast options, and we were able to try all of them at least once.

Bayside Buffet
This was the largest of the two buffets and had everything you would ever need for breakfast. The omelet station was really great and we always enjoyed whatever we ordered. I ordered poached eggs most days and they were done perfectly every time! They also had a fresh squeezed orange juice machine, which was a fabulous way to start the day!

16473489_10154309630447361_3702471230535058966_n

Bombay Buffet
This is the Indian restaurant in the evening, but for breakfast they have a small buffet. It is a more private option if you are looking for some quiet, as the restaurant is quite small. They still offered all the basics for breakfast, just not as much variety as Bayside.

Portofino’s
This is the Italian restaurant in the evening, and the only a la carte option available for breakfast. We ate breakfast here a few times and were always very pleased! The food was very good, as was the service!

 

*Lunch* – there were 4 lunch options, as far as I know!

Bayside Buffet
Again, a buffet for lunch with many options! They even had a ‘sandwich bar’ which I had never seen at a resort before. You had many different bread options, as well as meat, cheese, veggies and sauce. They would even grilled it in a panini press if you wanted. Also tons of salad, veggie, fruit options if you were looking for something light!

Dino’s Pizza/Mariner Seaside Bar & Grill
These two restaurants were right beside the main pool by the beach. We ate here most days, as it was easy to either go sit at one of the picnic tables and eat or even grab something to bring back to our beach chairs. We tried a variety of the pizzas at Dino’s and also many of the different sandwich options at Mariner’s. The curly fries were to die for – they tasted just like the ones you get at Arby’s!

Doggie’s
This was a hotdog cart by the main pool. It seemed to be open every day except Sunday between 12p-3p. We ate here a couple of times, I even requested just pulled pork on a bun the one day instead of a hotdog and it was delicious!

16681652_10154318918772361_2751302164633166800_n

*Dinner*

Bombay Club
This is the first Indian restaurant at any of the Sandals Resort and it was fabulous! I wasn’t really looking forward to it because I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it ended up being really fun! The menu offers a ton of different options that are small portions. We were a bit confused by the menu so our waitress just brought of a little bit of everything! My favourite was the Chicken Tikka appetizer and the Naan bread, Butter Chicken and the Goan Shrimp Curry. The rice was also so fresh and cooked perfectly!

16711642_10154318918932361_6333344127077785784_n
A variety of appetizers available

Butch’s Chophouse
This is the famous Sandals Resort Steakhouse. It was as fabulous as everyone has described! All 6 of us enjoyed our meals!

 

The Merry Monkey
This was the English Pub on the resort. It is where we ended most of our evenings for a night cap and a game of pool! The food was also very good! They offered a dinner menu, as well as a late night menu, if you were hungry after 10pm! The drinks were great and the bartenders were hilarious!

 

Kimono’s
Teppanyaki dining – one of my favourites! The show that our chef put on was so entertaining and the food was delicious!

 

Portofino’s
This was the resorts Italian restaurant and it was extremely delicious! We met a couple from the UK and had dinner with them at a huge round table in the middle of the restaurant. It was a great time! It is an open air concept restaurant with just a roof covering. It was so nice to take in the fresh air during dinner. I ordered the beef ragout pasta and it was really yummy!

Schooners Seafood Grill
My husband and I went to this one by ourselves one night. I wish we would have gone more than once! The food was incredible. I pretty much ordered lobster everything and I loved every second of it, but I wish we would have gone back so I could have tried something new!

 

Soy
This is the sushi restaurant and our plan was just eat here for an appetizer every night before dinner. That didn’t happen, the food during the day was TOO good so we were never hungry enough for an app and didn’t want to ruin our dinner! We ended up only going once, but everything we ordered was delicious!

 


Bayside
This was the buffet restaurant for breakfast and lunch but for dinner it turns into a French restaurant. We ate here our last night and it was beyond delicious. The chicken cordon bleu I ordered was one of the best I have ever had!

 


Café de Paris
This was the café where you could get specialty coffees, mini desserts and crepes throughout the day! It was great for a morning iced coffee, a midday snack if you had a sweet tooth or an after dinner ‘special’ coffee and treat!

 

***

Overall Resort Feels

We honestly had no complaints with this resort! The rooms were great, the food was top notch, and all of the staff were super friendly!

*Construction Update* I know a lot of people have been complaining about the construction that is taking place on the resort, so here is my take on it. Yes, at times, it could be a little loud – but never enough to disturb our stay. They didn’t start any of the loud work until 9am and were always done by 6pm. Some days they were there earlier than 9, or later than 6, but they were never making any noise outside of those hours. As I see it, we were on vacation, and we weren’t going to let something like that bother us. It is life. Sandals needs to expand, and unfortunately they cannot close the entire resort during the process. Here is a photo I took from our balcony. You can see the construction on the far left if you are curious.

16708267_10154318925052361_8030378756926313641_n

I loved the turn down service at this resort. Every evening they would come into our rooms while we were at dinner, turn down our bed, replace any used towels and tidy up. It was so refreshing to come back to a clean room, twice a day!

16508848_10154318925242361_3943694273344464634_n

***

Here are a few more photos I took during our stay:

16684132_10154318924982361_5558592257912734763_n
View of the Beachfront Building from our beach chairs by the pool
img_1969
View from our balcony at sunset
16508638_10154318925712361_3676060865101434203_n
View of Dino’s/Mariners from our beach chairs
16708408_10154318918682361_8079356404671210867_n
The courtyard area where all the restaurants are located
16683935_10154318924877361_7470314997332349682_n
Our cabana where we spent the day sipping champagne and soaking in the sun
16681902_10154318924687361_6806843887667318704_n
We filled up our tub one evening and enjoyed a nice bath with a bottle of bubbly – there are curtains on the balcony for privacy if you plan to do this
16508286_10154318924927361_664738851872388449_n
Such a beautiful beach
16711625_10154318924652361_1617426269756413991_n
This is Bruce, the monkey! He and his owner would come around the beach most days!
16508432_10154318924537361_5644919974716199584_n
My favourite time of day is when the sun started setting on the water – so beautiful!
16683916_10154318926372361_71323731110009467_n
Walking through Bayside towards the pool/beach

We didn’t have a butler suite but my parents did, and here is just one of the little perks you get when you stay in a butler suite. Aritha (one of 3 of their butlers) set a table for us on our last night, decorated with flowers and a homemade card from us to our parents. It was the sweetest gesture! Even though the butlers couldn’t do anything for us (obviously, since we didn’t pay for the upgrade) they were so kind to us and made sure to say hi anytime they saw us around the resort! They were so sweet (Jane, Aritha & Romero) all week and I just wanted to give them a shout out to thank them for making our family feel so special.

16708205_10154318926047361_6398610541338662397_n

***

Lastly, we decided to hire a local driver for the day to take us on a tour of the island! His name was Sanjay and he was extremely knowledgeable about the island. He told us about a ton of the history as we were driving around and took us to some of the most popular spots. Below are a few photos of the things we saw:

We did a tour and rum tasting at the Mount Gay Rum Distillery. The oldest rum distillery in the world, founded in 1703.

 

16427500_10155796560773626_4352797337422177460_n

He then took us to a local restaurant for lunch with a view where we got to try some local food.

 

Below are a couple of the islands most beautiful sights!

img_1607
Cherry Tree Hill – the most Northern point in Barbados
16708580_10154318924507361_4903767831438092692_n
Bathsheba
16708450_10154318924527361_4392493565212495326_n
Bathsheba
16684023_10154318924412361_9034257786026024622_n
Bathsheba
16298911_10155796582933626_8911119010843241185_n
Bathsheba

All in all this was a wonderful, and relaxing vacation spent with my favourite people in the world. ❤

Now back to reality.

xox. -K

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s