Where Is Sandals Royal Bahamian?
Sandals Royal Bahamian is a 5* all inclusive beachfront resort located northeast of Lyndon Pindling International Airport on New Providence Island with a private offshore island. Guests are transferred from airport to hotel in just a few minutes by the hotel’s airport shuttle. This is an adults-only resort very popular with romantic couples including honeymooners. Sandals Bahamas as it is also known is situated right in front of Cable Beach a popular beach stretch common to other beachfront resorts such as Sheraton Maldives and Breezes Bahamas. When it comes to Bahamas Holidays, Sandals enjoys serious patronage from all inclusive holiday makers who are also after its 5 star status.
The hotel has a beautiful beachfront characterized by white powder soft sandy beach as well as a turquoise ocean which is remarkably calm and warm. Due to the beautiful waters just off the shore accompanied by great marine life, snorkeling is an important activity for some guests here. Tropical marine life such as fish, harmless sharks and rays can be spotted even from the pier. The resort offers a number of water sports at no extra cost as part of the all inclusive package. This is impressive as other resorts even top resorts in the Maldives which are all inclusive have a surcharge for water sports.
Sunset at Sandals Bahamian
Sandals Royal Bahamian tends to cater for all types of guests by having a fantastic main pool area with two different types of pools; one for guests preferring to be in a quite environment which is relaxed and another designed for parties which is essentially a party pool. This is a well maintained hotel which has been renovated and continues to be kept up-to-date. It has an old fashioned colonial antique-like charm to it with a lot of detail which may or may not be something to talk about for some guests. However, when at Sandals Royal Bahamian one is far away from the crowded and noisy Atlantis resort over at Paradise Island. Some guests who stay here are in the Bahamas for the Atlantis by choose to stay here as a way to escape the non-stop frenzy at Atlantis. This is also why other Atlantis tourists elect to stay at Comfort suites and Harbour hotel among others.
Sandals Royal Bahamian is also very popular due to its offshore private island which guests can visit pretty much at anytime. There is a ferry between the main hotel and the offshore island that transfers guests on an hourly basis. It takes about 5 minutes to transfer to the offshore private island which is in view from the Sandals beachfront. The offshore island has two beaches a pool, swim-up bar, whirlpool and a restaurant that guests to Sandals Bahamas can enjoy.
Sandals Royal Bahamian Rooms
Private Offshore Island
Sandals Bahamian has a total of 406 rooms which are categorized into three namely entry level Luxury Rooms, Club Level Rooms and the top end Butler Level Rooms at US$1391 per person per night. The Butler Level Rooms with four poster beds are located on the top floors of the popular and exclusive Balmoral Tower giving the coveted views of the open ocean. Rooms at the resort are overall well appointed and accompanied by very good amenities including a well stocked room bar which is restocked daily under the all inclusive package. The level of service is great and the rooms are cleaned twice daily with a turn-down service at the end of each day leaving fresh towels for the following day. Room views across categories include pool area, beach front and the ocean front depending on room chosen. In many ways, the quality of rooms is in step with the Sandals brand.
Sandals Royal Bahamian Dinning: 10 Restaurants + 8 Bars
Dinning at Royal Bahamian by Sandals is an experience. Firstly, there is quite a huge variety of eating options on offer. A total of 10 restaurants of which all but one are accessible to all guests. Only the popular Gordon’s on the Pier is open to Butler category guests under the all inclusive package. Other guests can still eat here at an extra charge of $140. Of the 10 restaurants available at the resort 4 out of 10 require reservations in advance. It is highly recommended that reservations to specialty restaurants be made as soon as possible as they get very busy. At 406 rooms, the hotel has as many as 800 guests when at full capacity.
The food at the resort is very good and of a very high standard and professional presentation. As mentioned, the menu is wide varied with a lot of options to pick from at each restaurant. The level of service in the food and beverage section of the resort is very professional and effective. Food and beverage is pretty much available around the clock at Sandals Royal Bahamian. Bear in mind that there is no need for cash when dinning at the resort as everything is included in the all inclusive package. Guests also have other options to dine at other parts of Nassau particularly downtown where there are a variety of eateries including Fish Fry to try. Cuisine to look forward to at Royal Bahamian include Italian, British, Asian, French and Caribbean cuisine. Repeat guests are treated to an exclusive returning guests dinner which has a special wow factor to it.
Quality of Service
Service quality at the hotel is consistent with a 5 star hotel. It could be summarized as professional, responsive and friendly. The staff clearly appears well trained and genuinely motivated to do what they do best. Guest requests are handled with best effort and often staff goes beyond what is necessary to ensure guest comfort and happiness. On arrival expect to get a fresh cool face towel and glass of champagne which is a welcome warm reception particularly after a long flight of a typical tropical day. There is also a valet to take your bags to the room. Guests can do online check-in before reaching the hotel. The resort enjoys the ongoing support of a huge number of returning guests. This requires no rocket science to appreciate as it is a fair indicator of the overall service quality and experience.
- Make all restaurant reservations as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.Baccarat,Kimonos, Stewfish and Gordon’s on the Pier require reservations.
- Bear in mind that the hotel is non-smoking so are all the restaurants
- The resort hosts a returning guests exclusive dinner
- All non-motorized sports are included in the all inclusive package
- The resort has a beach photography session were guests can get CDs with pictures afterwards for printing
- This is an adult only resort, no under 18 guests can be checked-in
- It is possible to access Atlantis resort from Sandals Royal Bahamian using a cheap but safe and convenient public transportation system
- You could access downtown Nassau at only US$1.25 using public bus transportation system
- The resort has a rather low key night life
- Some specialty restaurants require descent clothing such as long pants for men. It is recommended to pack these to avoid being denied dining access.
- Sandals has a payment plan option allowing guests to place a $400 deposit down to secure room and lock the rate. Balance could be paid in small amounts are long gthe way with final payment required 45 days prior to arrival
Sandals Royal Bahamian GRIPE
For guests looking for more vibrant night-life, the entertainment here is rather low key. This could however be a plus or minus depending on personal preference.
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