In December 2017, Sandals introduced a new property into its family of all-inclusive resorts across the Caribbean. Located on Barbados' southern coast, Sandals Royal Barbados features 222 showstopper suites, as well as six restaurants, a 15,000-square-foot spa, 34 pools (yes, 34!) and one stunning white-sand beach. It's also debuting some exciting Sandals' firsts — including a gentlemen's barbershop, a spectacular rooftop pool and new restaurant concepts. Here are nine things that we love about this new resort in Barbados.

Butler Service

Personal butler service
Personal butler serviceCourtesy Sandals Resorts

Why not hand over the work of organizing your holiday to a pro? Personalized butler service is included in top-level suites and takes the pampering to the next level. Your butler is on-call 24/7 to make your vacay dreams come true: from drawing a candlelit bath to unpacking your luggage to fetching homemade cookies. Lounging by the pool and forgot your book? Call the butler using the cell phone provided by the resort. Need to make dinner reservations? Just page Jeeves. It’s a luxury service that makes you feel like a celeb and lets you totally unwind.

Skypool Butler Suites

A Skypool Butler Suite
A Skypool Butler SuiteCourtesy Sandals Resorts

The property offers many fabulous room options: from private villas with plunge pools to oceanfront Millionaire Butler one-bedroom suites to seaside swim-up suites. But for the ultimate indulgence, book a beachfront Skypool Butler Suite. Each opulent room boasts a plush king-sized bed, a living room with a dining table, a spa-like bathroom, a butler pantry and an infinity pool on the terrace. As if that wasn't luxurious enough, guests also enjoy personal butler service, 24-hour room service, and VIP check-in.

The best part? Revel in ocean views from the deep soaker bathtub, day bed or infinity pool on the terrace. Sip on champagne while soaking in the pool and listening to crashing waves — it doesn’t get much more romantic than that.

Sandals’ First Rooftop Pool

The rooftop pool
The rooftop poolCourtesy Sandals Resorts

Hidden away on the rooftop of the Skygazer Building is a spectacular pool with a panoramic view of the beach and surf. It’s the first rooftop pool for Sandals Resorts, and one of 34 pools located on the property. Get some rays from one of the sun loungers, take a refreshing dip, and grab a snapshot that’ll make your friends back home green with envy. There’s also a French bistro and bar, perfect for a enjoying a glass of champagne at sunset or stargazing at night.

The Beachfront Location

Maxwell Beach
The resort is located on Maxwell Beach on Barbados’ southern coastCourtesy Sandals Resorts

The property fronts Maxwell Beach — a stunning stretch of powdery white sand leading to water so translucent you can see your toes. There’s an ample supply of canopies and beach loungers, which are complimentary on a first-come-first-served basis. However, if you have a butler, he or she will happily set up chairs and an umbrella in advance, as well as serve a gourmet lunch and a cooler full of your favorite drinks on the beach.

To spark a little l’amour, ask your butler or concierge to arrange a sunset dinner for two on the beach. Imagine dining by shimmering candlelight, while a white-gloved waiter serves a gourmet feast under the stars. It’s truly magical.

A Massive Glass-Fronted Pool

The main pool at Sandals Royal Barbados
The main pool at Sandals Royal BarbadosCourtesy Sandals Resorts

Maxwell Beach is a certainly a showstopper, but the resort's massive glass-fronted infinity pool overlooking the ocean is irresistible. Spanning 8,293 square feet and holding 220,000 gallons of water, it's the largest glass-fronted pool in the Eastern Caribbean. Basking in the balmy air, it feels blissful floating in the refreshing waters with a rum punch in hand. Afterwards, get a group selfie standing by the pool's glass front.

Sandals’ First Men’s-Only Barbershop

mens only barbershop
Sandals Royal Barbados features a men’s-only barbershopCourtesy Sandals Resorts

Is your bae starting to look like a beach bum? Book an appointment at The Clip Yard, Sandals' first barbershop for gentlemen. This chic shop offers a relaxing setting for some "man-scaping," brought to you by a skilled stylist. A convenient amenity for destination weddings.

Sandals’ First Four-Lane Bowling Alley

four-lane bowling alley
Lover’s Lanes bowling alleyCourtesy Sandals Resorts

After a lazy day, strike out at Lover’s Lanes, Sandals’ first four-lane bowling alley for couples. ). In between games, snag a seat at the wraparound bar at Lover’s Lane Craft Beer Bar (another Sandals first) to sample up to 19 different ales from around the world.

Two New Restaurants

Chi Asian Fusion, a new Sandals restaurant concept
Chi Asian Fusion, a new Sandals restaurant conceptCourtesy Sandals Resorts

Six restaurants offer diverse menus and settings, ranging from on-the-beach casual to swanky white-gloved service. In addition, the resort is debuting two new restaurant concepts. The American Tavern showcases delicious regional comfort dishes from across America like chicken and waffles, Alaskan salmon and Charleston-style shrimp and grits. There’s also Chi Asian Fusion, the first Sandals eatery to meld the flavors of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore into one menu, serving delicacies such as sushi and sashimi, orange duck and chicken satay. Either way, bring stretchy pants.

Access to a Second Resort

Sandals Barbados
Sister property, Sandals Barbados, features a swim-up barCourtesy Sandals Resorts

If you run out of places to dine, play, and swim at Royal Sandals Barbados, mosey over to the resort's older sibling, Sandals Barbados. Sandals' resort share program means you can use the other property's amenities during your stay, gratis. No need to arrange transportation — a five-minute stroll leads you the resort, where you can enjoy 11 additional dining options and three more pools.

Resort Details:

The swim-up suites at Sandals Royal Barbados
The swim-up suites at Sandals Royal BarbadosCourtesy Sandals Resorts

Resort Details:

  • Sandals Royal Barbados is located on southern coast of Barbados, and the included airport transfer from Grantley Adams International Airport takes approximately fifteen minutes.
  • All activities are included in your vacation — even unlimited scuba diving.
  • Rates vary by season and room category. Consult Sandals' website for pricing.
  • Sandals Resorts are adults-only, couples-only resorts. Groups and families should consider Beaches.