Sandals Barbados

“Where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic.”

With the savings on airline tickets, about $400, we drove over to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and flew nonstop to Bridgetown, Barbados. Flight was about 3 ½ hours and we were on time.

When deplaning in Barbados, you walk down a ramp and then across the tarmac and into the terminal. It did not take long to go thru customs, got our luggage and went thru immigration. We were met with a bottle of ice cold water and the shuttle that took us to Sandals. The drive was about 20 minutes and the driver talked about things to see and do while in Barbados along with its history.

Sandals Barbados is run by the very talented team of Ferry and Dayna. They have their fingers on the pulse of what is going on throughout the resort.

The staff is amazing. Everyone is friendly and always asking how you are doing.

The property is on seven acres and the landscaping is beautiful. We saw hummingbirds flitting around every day. The landscaper on property is Markson and has been there since Sandals opened. He has a lot of stories if you want to listen. Flowers are beautiful and the evening jasmine lightly scents the air.

We were met at Sandals by an individual singing and holding a tray with cold towels (it was real hot and they were ice cold and felt wonderful) and then we were escorted to check in. Our butler, Sharlene, came down and escorted us to our room. Sharlene takes her job very seriously, but she was fun at the same time. We had three great butlers during our stay; Sharlene, Bryan and Rashida. They made our stay fun, comfortable and enjoyable. (The labor rules of the country determined how many butlers you have.)

Our room was on the third floor and was beyond amazing. We were in the Crystal Lagoon Village which is the quiet area. It was divided into three sections. The bedroom had a king-sized bed, bed side tables, a dresser and a 65” television. Next the bathroom. It had a huge walk in type closet, double sinks, a round soaking tub, walk in shower with a rain shower style shower head and of course the toilet. Then you have like a small sitting room. There was a lounging style sofa, table with two chairs, a wet bar and another 65” television. Off this room was our balcony that overlooked the Serenity Pool and lazy river that was in our village. Here there was a table with two chairs and a tranquility soaking tub.

At the main bar, we met Samuel and Nicholas; both bartenders and a lot of fun. At Sandals, all drinks are included and they carry brands like Appleton, Robert Mondavi, and all the top shelf alcohols you might be familiar with. We would often just ask them to make a drink with rum and they would fix us something different each time.

Food on vacation is very important. At Sandals Barbados, there are 11 different places to eat:

Bombay Club – Indian for dinner and international buffet breakfast
Butch’s Chophouse – Upscale New York Steakhouse (reservations needed)
Café de Paris – French Patisserie serving specialty coffees and French Crepes.
Dino’s Pizzeria – Wood-stone Neapolitan Pizza
The Merry Monkey – British Gastro Pub
Kimono’s – Japanese Teppanyaki (reservations needed)
Portofino’s – Italian (Ligurian cuisine)
Schooners – Caribbean Seafood
Soy – Sushi
The Bayside – International buffet breakfast and lunch and French Brasserie for dinner
Mariner Seaside Grill

For breakfast, you have a choice between two international buffet style restaurants and one a la carte restaurant. The pancakes at Portofino’s, the a la carte restaurant, are a definite must try.

Cafe de Paris is a dream come true if you like coffee drinks (with and without alcohol) and/or you have a sweet tooth. The pastries change daily and they are delicious. You can also get ice cream here.

Our first day was mostly resting and relaxing. Went to Kimono’s for dinner. They had fried rice and vegetables. The chef cooked what is called the Emperor’s Feast which consisted of chicken, steak, mahi-mahi and jumbo shrimp and everyone got some of everything. For dessert, I had the Pineapple Roll which is a deep-fried sweet soy roll with pineapple custard filling. Yum. There are only two restaurants on property that require a reservation and this is one of them.

We are mixing work with vacation but we are still working to bring information on the resort to everyone so we walked around on Thursday talking to both guests and staff and taking pictures. For dinner, we went to Schooners, which has beachfront dining. The pan-seared snapper fillet was excellent and the Caribbean grouper and clams was presented in a unique and flavorful fashion.

On Friday, we received updates on what was going on with Sandals and walked around the property some more. After the presentation was over we walked over to the Bombay Club for breakfast.

Friday night in Barbados most folks head to Oistins for their fish fry and music. Here they have seafood and chicken prepared with authentic recipes of the Bajan people. As you walk around you’ll find local arts and craft for sale and after dinner the party gets started with dancing to reggae and calypso music. There is a shuttle that will take you to Oistins and pick you up 2 ½ hours later. In December 2016, the cost for the round trip shuttle was $8 per person. One suggestion here, if you go convert at least $50 into Bajan dollars. It will be easier when paying. It gets real crowded so once you find a seat, keep it.

Dinner on Sunday was at Butch’s Chophouse. Kurt had a ribeye that had been aged for 30 days that was one of the best looking I think I have ever seen. I had sirloin. The Dungeness Crab Cake with Island slaw and jalapeno tartar sauce and Shrimp Cocktail were terrific. Had the carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, candied rum raisin and walnut relish with vanilla sauce along with ice cream for dessert that was very good. This is the other restaurant that required reservations.

For those of you who know me you will be surprised to learn that the Bombay Club was my favorite place for dinner. We had Samosas (deep fried savory pastry, spiced chicken filling, mint chutney and tamarind sauce), Chicken Tikka (yogurt and spice marinated boneless chicken), Lamb chops marinated with Indian spices, Naan bread and Tandoori Roti (whole wheat flat bread baked in Tandoor (a traditional clay oven)), Butter chicken yogurt marinated chicken, spices and tomato cream sauce, Goan shrimp curry – sautéed shrimp, mushroom, coriander seeds and coconut gravy, Kashmiri Pulao long- grain basmati rice pilaf, saffron, vegetables, raisins, cashews, Mango Chutney, and for dessert Rice Kheer rice pudding, saffron sugar. Food was wonderful. This picture is of the ceiling in the restaurant.

We could not eat at all the restaurants; not enough time. Although it has been suggested having your appetizer at one restaurant, your main meal at another and dessert at a third. We did not get to have dinner at The Bayside, Soy, Portofino’s nor the Merry Monkey.

We often ate a late lunch at Mariner Seaside Grill. It is right next to the beach. They had good hamburgers and their jerk chicken was quite tasty. Here we had a server named Keasha who is one of the most positive person I know.
Main pool had lots of seating around it. You also have the pool bar so you can just swim up and get a drink.

There is a huge hot tub near the main pool as well. We met a lot of people in this area. All ages, sizes and walks of life.

While you are here, relax and enjoy. Be sure to take time to know the people of Barbados. They are so friendly and willing to answer all your questions.

We will be uploading information on the butler program and weddings at Sandals Barbados to You Tube. Be sure to check it out we got some great information. We did it in segments so you can decide how much you want to watch and when. There is also a blog just on Barbados.

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