Hey Friends!! Happy Sunday! I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend. Mine’s been awesome!! Got to catch up on sleep and make plan for the rest of the year. As I look forward to the future, I have also been reminiscing about our trip to Barbados in August last year. I realized that I never concluded my Barbados series (I wanted to talk about our experience at the resort). This post has been sitting in my draft folder for months… but today, I present you with A Review of our stay at The Sandals Resort in Barbados. If you keep scrolling to the end, you get to see our Barbados Highlights VLOG!!
If you have been following the series, you’ll know that we were in Barbados for our Honeymoon. Before you read this post, you can catch up with these posts:
My Husband and I stayed at the Sandals Resort in Barbados located in the St Lawrence Gap area. We chose to stay at The Sandals Resort because we had heard of the resort chain and it had really good reviews pretty much everywhere we looked.
This was my first time staying at an all inclusive resort and I didn’t quite get the hype at first, but after this trip, I was sold! All inclusive vacations give you the luxury of a worry free vacation. As I mentioned in my last post, it’s awesome when you can just roll up to a restaurant, eat and drink your heart’s desire and not worry about the bill. If you know me, you know I love food and I suffer from the occasional longer throat (aka food envy) which means that if I see someone eating something, I want to try a bit of that- so The Sandals Resort was great for that as I could try as much as I wanted without worrying about the $$$.
The Sandals Barbados Resort is located on the southern part of the island- about 15 minutes away from Grantley Adams International Airport.
The resort arranged a shuttle to take guests from the airport to the resort and back. We were so busy the weeks leading up to our trip that we did not even think to arrange transportation to the resort, so we were pleasantly surprised when we were greeted by the welcome team at the airport. The process was really quick and we were in the bus within 30 minutes from touchdown.
As the bus pulled into the resort gates, we were greeted by the welcome team who sang a welcome song for us. Our bags were taken off us and we were escorted to the Club Sandals Lounge. We were given delicious blue cocktails and warm towels as we waited for our rooms to be ready. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a better welcome at a hotel..or anywhere else for that matter- they’ve set the bar high for me!
The wait for the hotel room was long. We waited in the lounge for almost 2 hours for our rooms to be ready. If I am being honest, we didn’t mind at all. We were given these yummy blue cocktails while we waited so we were just happy to be there.
After our long wait for our room, we were escorted to our room by a valet. They took our bags and put it in our room wile we waited so we didn’t have to drag our suitcases with us across the resort.
We stayed in the Crystal Lagoon One Bedroom Butler Honeymoon Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub. The room was beautiful and I really loved the decor! It was also super cozy and clean (I feel like the maid came by like 3 times a day?). It also came with a minibar filled with COMPLIMENTARY goodies… I am a bit embarrased to admit that we smuggled some of the goodies we didn’t finish in our luggage as we were leaving?… ok not really.. LOL!
Dining & Bars
The resort has 11 restaurants and 7 bars offering unlimited premium spirits. For a more in-depth information about our dining experience, check out this previous post.
Each restaurant had their own unique feature, but all in all provided great quality food! I am still working out to lose the weight I gained during this trip.
The one thing I wish was that the resort offered more local food selections as I still feel that I never got to experience the real taste of Barbados. But it was our choice to eat all our meals at the resort. If you are considering going, I would recommend dining out at least once while your there to get the full Bajan Experience. Almost everyone we met told us about Oistins Fish Fry, so I would recommend trying this out if you get the opportunity to.
While there are tons of activities that you can do, we didn’t do most of them because we were there for such a short time and most of all…we really wanted to rest. None of the activities were included in the all inclusive package!
We did the harbour nights tour, which I thought was an actual tour. It ended up being a taxi driver taking us from the resort to a club where we had to pay for drinks… naaah (I wasn’t impressed as I had been spoiled by the all inclusive life). It was an interesting experience, although I would not repeat it if I was to re-do this trip.
We also did a daytime tour of the island! You can literally drive the whole island in under an hour. During the tour we got to see some iconic sites such as St James Church- The first church in Barbados, Garrison Savannah, Parliament buildings in Bridgetown… and even Rihanna’s house. In all I thought it was worth it seeing the whole island in one day.
Of course, if you choose to you can walk to the beach or lay by one of the many pools that the resort boasts. This is where you would often find us, soaking in the sun that we were so deprived of in Canada and sipping on yummy cocktails (strawberry flavoured of course).
Sandals Barbados has a great entertainment schedule. There is an activity or performance (or 2) each night and it was always a great time. We really enjoyed the Reggae night and went crazy when they did a reggae cover of Drake and Wiz Kid’s One Dance #naija4life.
The resort was an adults only resort. This meant that literally everybody there were coupled up. I have never stayed in an adults only anywhere before so it was a little weird at first, but after the first day it was nice to see other people similar to us both young and old enjoying each others company.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Sandals Barbados and hope to visit more of The Sandals Resorts. If you are looking to visit Barbados anytime soon, I would recommend this place!! It is my first all inclusive resort experience, but for my first time, they have really set the bar high.
This post is Part 3 in our Barbados series. Click below to read the previous parts: