With total grand opening anticipation, I booked a nice size group in late 2018 to celebrate several wedding anniversary's and birthdays at Sandals Royal Barbados . It was AMAZING!
I had another large group that was booked for late 2020 when just about everything shut down, the Barbados government put in place so many restrictions, that major cancellations happened. I basically stopped following most of Sandals Barbados updates because none of my couples wanted anything to do with the restrictions
Fast forward to April of 2023 and my excitement of finally returning to my very favorite resort....
It was quite the disappointment ...
It seems that during the major restrictions, and in 2021, Sandals Royal Barbados added more suites , bad move IMO, Beach and pools were more packed than I can ever remember, restaurants were more busy and the whole total feel of the resort was not the same. I was thankful for the swim up suite and had it not been for that, we would have left after 4 or 5 nights., the busy street next door to our suite had a rooster that wakened us at 3 am like clock work and didn't stop. The 6 am dogs were howling. LOL
Now, this is not to say what others may experience because some love high activity, some love a bit of both, some love peaceful and quiet...Thus always use an agent. Some may not be so honest for a sale. I like to go with honest.
I will say that Bombay Restaurant has not changed, the food was fantastic!
We fell in love with the most beautiful and polite cat, we named him Henry Two Eyes until the staff informed us he was a she...The name change quickly became Henrietta.
More photos here