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Sandals Royal Bahamian

Updated on July 11, 2014

Sandals a true All-Inclusive Vacation

Leave your wallet at home, yes at home because Sandals is truly an all-inclusive resort! Once you go, all you will think about is when you will be able to go back again!! This all-inclusive resort features top shelf unlimited drinks, food, watersports and entertainment. Also, unique to this Sandals is a private offshore island that is like getting two resorts in one. This magical island is a private paradise which includes its own restaurant, swim up bar, pool, beautiful beaches and hidden cabanas and hammocks all about the island. Sandals Royal Bahamian is elegant and romantic. It features top quality restaurants and service. If you are looking for a Bahamas get-away, be sure to book your stay at Sandals Royal Bahamian, you will be sure to love it!

Welcome & Check-In

Let your vacation paradise begin....

Upon arrival at the Sandals Royal Bahamian you are greeted by the lovely Sandals staff and brought to the Manor building to check in. You should start to feel your tension slip away as you forget about the long lines at the airport, your grumbling tummy and how hot it is. A cold rolled white hand towel with the smell of lemon grass is swiftly brought to you as well as a glass of champagne for you and your sweetie. As you dab your cold cloth on your face, you know this is going to be good!!!

There is some business to be taken care of upon arrival such as securing your room charges with a credit card and filling out the registration form. Sandals is a no cash resort and only room charges or credit cards are accepted. However, you can chose at the end of your stay to pay for any incidentals put on your room with cash. After a quick 5-10 minutes you will be on your way. Room check-in is not until 3:00 so if you get there early the staff will be happy to bring you to a restaurant to begin your all-inclusive stay. A good tip - pack a small bag with your bathing suit in case your room is not ready upon arrival, this way you can start to enjoy the beach and pools while you wait for your room.

Restaurants

Some restaurants require reservations and you should make sure you make your reservations upon arrival to get the days and times you wish. The reservations do fill up very quickly. The one restaurant I would make sure not to miss out on is the Baccarat. This restaurant does require a reservation. This french style restaurant offers exquisite service and food.

Many of the restaurants have a dress code, so be sure to bring long pants, collared shirts and closed toe shoes for the gentleman. The dress code is a bit more lax in the summer months however, the Baccarat is always resort elegant no matter what time of year.

For breakfast be sure to go to Spices for made to order omelettes and full buffet. At lunch time, you can't resist eating pizza on the beach from the brick oven pizza made to your order. Look for daily specials like spinach and feta cheese or your traditional margherita. I have to say for pizza made in the Bahamas, it is really good! (That's coming from a New Yorker!) If you are interested in more traditional Bahamian food you have to go to the Sandals Cay and visit Cafe Goombay. Here you will find conch fritters and other traditional style food.

The Crystal Room is sure to delight with waiters that deliver your food on their head! If they have the baked alaska on the menu be sure to get it, it is delicious! Casanovas is another one of my favorites. I love the olive oil and garlic with different toppings for your bread. Of course who could resist their antipasta selections and pana cotta? My favorite here is the lasagna, I get it everytime I go. There are so many restaurants to chose from that you will have a hard time deciding which one to go to, the good news is that they are all wonderful.

Ice cream brought to you on the beach....without asking, PRICELESS
Ice cream brought to you on the beach....without asking, PRICELESS

Super Service

We have been to other Sandals/Beaches resorts and the one thing that keeps us coming back to Sandals Royal Bahamian (SRB) is the people and the service. The staff is so friendly and relaxed. From the surprise check in by the concierge to just "see how everything is", to the nightly bed turn down, to the "playmakers" filling your day with fun, you are sure to be pleasantly pleased by the staff. Where else can you have fruit kebobs and ice cream delivered to you on the beach WITHOUT EVEN ASKING??

Sandals Royal Bahamian is a smaller resort compared to other Sandals resorts and I think it adds to the charm and eliteness that you experience. By the time you leave you will be sure to know many of the staff by first name and will be singing their praises all the way home. One of my favorite stories is one that I tell often to friends and family when I am trying to convey just how wonderful the staff is.

In August 2005 we were staying at SRB when Katrina was just a tropical storm. My husband and I decided not to waste the day away so we took the bus to the "new" mall, just a ways up cable beach. By the time we arrived at the "mall" it started downpouring so bad we couldn't see in front of our own faces. We sought shelter in a small marine store. While we were wiping the rain out of our eyes we saw one of the employees from Sandals there, he was on his lunch break. He offered to take us back to the resort but we kindly declined and told him we wanted to check out the "mall". So, after a quick wipe of our eyes and a quick shake off of our Sandals t-shirts we went back out into the rain to check out the "mall". After walking through about 2 inches of rain water on the ground and arriving at the "mall" we realized that the "mall" was still not finished!!! The only thing there was a vitamin store!! Uh-oh!! The bus wasn't due back for quite some time!! We walked around the "mall" back to where we started and all of a sudden a lincoln town car pulled up and rolled down the window. It was the Sandals employee, whom we later learned was named Enrique. He said, "are you sure you don't want that ride now?" My husband and I looked at each other and said, screaming over the rain, "ok"!! We opened up the doors and with our soaking wet clothes sat on the leather seats! We thanked him for stopping and began talking to him. My husband explained how he wanted to buy a house there. So, Enrique took us on a small tour of the town close by the resort. He told us where to buy and where not to buy. What an amazing person! We had loved SRB before but after this experience we were hooked!

The people are so genuine and kind that it is what keeps us going back year after year! My family and friends often ask why we go back there year after year. The truth is, we have gone to other places and there is just something about SRB that makes you feel like family. Over the years, we have met many awesome employees some are still there and some have since left. I feel it only fitting that I mention them now: Enrique, Portia, Kimone, Marc, Damian, Laverne, Genardo (the Italian Bahamian), and Dwayne. These are just some of the people who made our trips extra special! With 6 return trips under our belt and one on the way....you have to admit they must be doing something right!!

Great music you hear on the resort and throughout your stay.

While lounging on the beach or by the pool you may hear some of these songs.

Private Island

Sandals Cay...absolutely amazing
Sandals Cay...absolutely amazing

The Sandals Cay is one of the most amazing retreats to paradise that truly sets this Sandals apart from others. To catch a ride to the cay, meet at the pier for a short boat ride over to your own amazing island. This island is so private feeling, you will think you are on it by yourself with your honey! Hidden cabanas and hammocks, a zen garden and magnificant views are sure to leave you relaxed and enjoying this little gem in the Bahamas. The island has a restaurant, pool, and swim up bar.

If you like to snorkel be sure to bring your mask and snorkel to the reef on the opposite side of the island. I love this island because it really gives you the feeling of a completely different resort. It is like having another vacation! My husband sets up under his cabana with his i-pod while I put on my snorkel mask and transform into "Suzy Snorkel". (That's the nickname my husband has given me!) The snorkeling off the beach is pretty amazing! I have seen sting rays, grouper, barracudas, squid and of course loads of gorgeous fish.

If you are a collector of beach glass, this island used to be loaded! Although, the last time I was there I didn't find as much since they made improvements to the beach. I'm sure it will return. I found my first piece of blue beach glass on this island! If you always wanted to get a massage, they offer massages on this island too - I told you it was like paradise!!!

Sandals Cay

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Sandals CaySpa and Zen GardenSandals CayCabanaSandals Cay view of the oceanCabana overlooking ocean
Sandals Cay
Sandals Cay
Spa and Zen Garden
Spa and Zen Garden
Sandals Cay
Sandals Cay
Cabana
Cabana
Sandals Cay view of the ocean
Sandals Cay view of the ocean
Cabana overlooking ocean
Cabana overlooking ocean
Sunset at Sandlas Royal Bahamian
Sunset at Sandlas Royal Bahamian

No Place Like Home

Almost every year my husband and I travel back to the Sandals Royal Bahamian (SRB) to return for our Anniversary. This is where we had our honeymoon and we have been in love with the resort ever since. I often wonder what it is about SRB that keeps us coming back again and again.

As mentioned, the service is amazing, We love to spend our time on the beach and in the pool. I also love to snorkel on the Sandals Cay. There is so much to do in Nassau and on Paradise Island. One of my favorite spots to frequent when we go is the swiss bakery shop on the main strip in Cable Beach. They have awesome eclairs and the guava duff is yummy too! The Casino is fun, downtown is great, beaches amazing, and you never run out of things to do.

All those things said, there is one thing I think that keeps us coming back. The people!! We have traveled to other islands in caribbean and for some reason the people in the Bahamas are just so nice and friendly. They ARE the biggest reason we go back year after year. When a culture of people make you feel so welcome into their country, the way the Bahamians do, there is nothing better. Thanks to all our Bahamian friends and for all the people of the Bahamas for always making us feel welcome...until next time...

Thanks for stopping by! - Please feel free to leave your comments below....

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      Coreena Jolene 5 years ago

      I wanna go there now :) Great tips to know. My hubby hates dressing for dinner. I wouldn't even have thought of bringing dress clothes. Thanks for that tip! I love the idea of all inclusive so you are not paying 4 times a day for something. Congrats on your 1st lens.

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      savenlives 5 years ago

      @Coreena Jolene: Thanks so much....if you ever get the opportunity to go, it is awesome! You can definately still eat good if you don't have dress clothes, but the better you dress, the better the food...LOL! Thanks for the like, you are my first :)

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Lovely photos make this very enticing.

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Welcome to Squidoo, great first lens.

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      savenlives 5 years ago

      @Heather426: Thanks so much!!

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      savenlives 5 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Thank you! Its great to have feedback from someone with so much experience :)

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      savenlives 5 years ago

      @annieangel1: Thank you so much for checking out my first lens. I appreciate the feedback :)

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      A very nice lens! My only advice would be to break up the paragraphs a bit more, to make it easier to read. Many people have a short attention span, and will have difficulty reading long paragraphs, even if they are informative! Heather

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens. I stayed in Sandals in Jamaica and was not really impressed. This Sandals sounds much nicer.

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      VBright 5 years ago

      It looks like a lovely place. You tell the story well!

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      savenlives 5 years ago

      @marigoldina: Excellent advice Heather...thank you!

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      savenlives 5 years ago

      @gottaloveit2: That's funny because the only Sandals my husband has refused to go to is all of theJamaica resorts. He doesn't want to be annoyed by the people trying to sell you stuff. I have heard that in Jamaica it depends on which resort you stay at....some are better than others. Thanks for the post :)

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      savenlives 5 years ago

      @VBright: Thank you and thanks for stopping by :)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Well done! I've seen the Sandals advertisements on TV, but your story does it more justice! Congratulations on your first lens, looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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      MelissaRodgz 5 years ago

      Wow Sandals Royal Bahamian sounds like a romantic paradise. This is great.

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      savenlives 5 years ago

      @Nancy Hardin: Thanks so much...that's a huge compliment! I am working on a "Delicious Christmas Gifts" lens right now. I hope it turns out well. Loved the sweet potato lens :)

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      savenlives 5 years ago

      @MelissaRodgz: It surely is, thanks for stopping by :)

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      Looks and sounds like a beautiful place to visit!

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      irenemaria 5 years ago from Sweden

      I really like that you have written all these personal comments! Well done.

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      EMangl 5 years ago

      sigh ... looking out the window: rainy and gray - BEAM ME UP there!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      beautiful pictures, nice read too. earned my 'thumbs up'!

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      savenlives 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so much, this was my first :) Thanks for stopping by!

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      Patricia 5 years ago

      This looks so nice. I would love to go there. Blessed by an angel!

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      savenlives 5 years ago

      @ZenandChic: Thanks so much for blessing my lens! If you have the chance you should try to go, so relaxing and beautiful! Thanks for stopping by!

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Wonderful place and lens - and blessed! :)

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      savenlives 5 years ago

      @dahlia369: Thank you so much for stopping by....I am honored :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Beautiful! Best wishes :)

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Fantastic, would love to visit this all inclusive resort :)

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      LeCordonDude 5 years ago

      I'm so going next year!! And NO WAY you got a real Toucan? That's crazy awesome!!! :0) do a lens on him!!!!! Hey btw, this lens it's Spectacular!! Plus everything except twitter because I don't tweet!! :0) I need a Honker, cuz I honk, tweets is for lil birds, I'm a Crane. LMAO

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      savenlives 5 years ago

      @LeCordonDude: LOL, you are so funny!! Thanks for the great comments. You should definately go, we love it!! And, I do really have a toucan (he is a small toucan, not the big fruit loop kind, lol!) I plan on doing a lens on him whenever I get the time :) Thanks for stopping by :)

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Sandals Royal Bahamian sounds absolutely perfect to me!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens! I understand why you keep going back to Sandals. I have my favorite spots that I like to return to over and over again. Keep traveling and enjoy life!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I stayed here when it was a hotel owned by a French chain (can't remember the name) and before it became Sandals. It was ok, but not particularly friendly. I guess it didn't help that I was on my own, I am sure Sandals changed all that. I have stayed in other hotels along the Cable Beach strip numerous times, mostly both of the hotels at the Crystal Palace. I used to work at the other end of the island and had to travel to Nassau regularly for a few years. All changed now though, I will probably never go back. Good review of the resort, pleased you enjoyed it. My favorite spots are Johnny Canoe's and Goldie's for Conch Salad.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      I would love to spend a few days at Sandals Royal Bahamian. Sounds like a much warmer place to be, for me, this time of year.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Someday a Sandals vacation awaits :)

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      antoniow 4 years ago

      So beautiful photos! Grat lens!

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      Wow ... that white sand beach is mighty inviting.

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      perren-01 4 years ago

      It look amazing!!

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