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West Bay Street, Cable Beach, Nassau | PO Box 39-CB-13005, 20317, New Providence Island

"Worst Honeymoon Ever!!!"
Posted by: Joe on Mar 3, 2016
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"The Sandals Royal Bahamian should be ashamed"

Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island
User Rating:  Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island Review: 1.00 of 5

Posted by:  CarolineCharlemagne-LueFong  on May 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: May, 2009 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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When we arrived at the airport in the Bahamas we were greeted by very friendly staff and they pointed us in the right direction. Our transportation to the hotel was great and air conditioned. When we arrived we were greeted by the Sandals staff and received a refreshing cocktail. Because of our arrival time our room would not be ready until around 3:00 pm so after the orientation and a credit card impression to hold $500.00 of my money hostage for incidentals (quite shocked about this) we decided to get a bite to eat and look around the resort. At 3:00pm we went back to the front desk got our key and was directed to our room.

May 18 - 25, 2009
When we arrived at the airport in the Bahamas we were greeted by very friendly staff and they pointed us in the right direction. Our transportation to the hotel was great and air conditioned. When we arrived we were greeted by the Sandals staff and received a refreshing cocktail. Because of our arrival time our room would not be ready until around 3:00 pm so after the orientation and a credit card impression to hold $500.00 of my money hostage for incidentals (quite shocked about this) we decided to get a bite to eat and look around the resort. At 3:00pm we went back to the front desk got our key and was directed to our room.

When we opened the door to the room I could not believe the smell. Why they have rooms carpeted in resorts is beyond me. The room felt damp and stuffy it actually smelt like mold. The carpet was quite stained, the windows did not open and there was no water pressure. We immediately went to the front desk and asked for a room change. They had nothing available until the following day.

The next day we had to be out of the room by 11:00am we did not receive our new room key until 5:00pm. Interesting considering that usually rooms are received by 3:00pm. We finally got into the new room it was on the first floor with a patio. It did not smell and the floors were tiled. Great

Restaurants and Bars:
The food at all of the restaurants was great the service on the other hand was poor. You would ask for tea as soon as you sat down ten minutes later your server would come with tea bags and no hot water. The hot water finally got to the table ten minutes later. My husband waited for an hour an a half for pizza.

Sandals is an all-inclusive resort how do you run out of alcohol. I don't know how many times my husband asked for a drink and they would say they ran out or can't make that drink because the blender broke. They only have one blender. REALLY? We felt like we were a burden to the staff especially when asked a question and received an eye roll or a sigh. Very rude.

Beach was beautiful.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
What activities? Entertainment. What entertainment? We went with a group and we were all in bed by 11:00pm because there was absolutely nothing to do. YAWN. How much Celine Dion can one person take.

Other Comments:
My husband and I were looking forward to this vacation we went to celebrate my cousin's marriage. Our expectations were high because of Sandals great reputation.

Our first Sandals experience will be our last because the Sandals Royal Bahamian has left a bad taste in our mouths. I especially feel sorry for cousin and her new husband they are embarrassed that so many of us came down to celebrate with them and all of our experience with customer service at the Sandals Royal Bahamian sucked.

The Sandals Royal Bahamian should be ashamed because they are bringing Sandals reputation down.


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"Poor Customer Service and No Accountability"

Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island
User Rating:  Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island Review: 1.00 of 5

Posted by:  Casey  on Sep 29, 2014  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Sep, 2014 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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I'll make this quick. We booked our vacation with flight through Sandals. The Sandals agent completely screwed up our flight plan. We had to taxi between 2 airports and it was not necessary, and had to pay additional bag fees for our departure and return. Sandals refuses to compensate us for our unnecessary taxi trips and additional baggage fees. They also say they did nothing wrong. All calls are recorded, and they are liars.DO NOT TRUST Sandals with your vacation. There are plenty of other beach resorts to have a wonderful vacation. The included drinks and food are not worth the value you pay for inclusive with Sandals. After complaining to Sandals, they didn't say, we're sorry for our mistake. They said, we're sorry you feel that way. Sandals Resort employees are incompetent, liars, and they don't care if you have a wonderful 10 years anniversary or not! Don't risk it, trust your vacation plans to another resort.

Shower leaked into the bathroom, had to throw down half our towels to keep it dry. Sometimes our room was cleaned and with fresh towels, sometimes we had to call and ask. The air conditioner above the entry way was very loud and would wake us up over night with it's loud thuds!

Restaurants and Bars:
The food was very bland and cheap.

looked great if you could see around the construction!

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
Couldn't do anything due to the weather!

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"Worst Honeymoon Ever!!!"

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User Rating:  Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island Review: 1.00 of 5

Posted by:  Joe  on Mar 3, 2016  >  1 contribution(s) 
Visited on: Mar, 2016 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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We decided to go to this all inclusive resort for our honeymoon. WORST TRIP EVER!!! We reserved the private honeymoon suite with a swim up pool that was filled with dead bugs and leaves. The worst part was the apartments behind the pool had windows overlooking our 'private' suite. No baby making on this honeymoon!

If you want microwaved food (they called it gourmet), sand fleas on the beach, bees surrounding the outdoor bar, pigeons bathing in the pool and a funky taste in anything ingested using their water, this is the spot for you. WE WERE MISERABLE!!! Our best meals were at Starbucks and Burger King across the street, which were way overpriced.

All Sandals offered to make it right was a lousy 1 night stay at another Sandals which we will NEVER go back to!! And they said we would have to remove all negative posts so they can trick more people into this horrible hotel. Until we get a full refund, I'm writing this everywhere. SAVE YOUR $$ AND GO SOMEWHERE AMAZING!! This outdated garbage hotel should be condemned, starting with their polluted water tanks they try to hide on property!!!

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"Don't waste your money!"

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User Rating:  Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island Review: 1.00 of 5

Posted by:  Joseph  on Mar 14, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Feb, 2010 | Leisure | With Group
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There were so many things wrong I can not begin to list them.

Your Arrival:

They gave us the wrong rooms in the wrong building. What a scam. Supposed to have balcony and did not get one

Restaurants and Bars:
Could not even reserve a spot at the 2 that required 2 notices.

Cold and spa water was even cold one day.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:

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"I want an ocean view!"

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User Rating:  Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island Review: 1.00 of 5

Posted by:  SheriUSA  on Jun 1, 2005  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Jun, 2005 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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Hello, I would like to send you a review for the Sandals Royal Bahamian All Inclusive Resort. My husband and I were married June 25th and went there on our honeymoon. Everything else about the resort was terrible! Sandals is not a 5 star resort!! Do not send any one to Sandal for their honeymoon. It was a dump. My husband, Darrin, and I enjoyed the time we got to spend with each other but that was about it.

Arrival, room & robbery:
Hello, I would like to send you a review for the Sandals Royal Bahamian All Inclusive Resort. My husband and I were married June 25th and went there on our honeymoon. Everything else about the resort was terrible! Sandals is not a 5 star resort!! Do not send any one to Sandal for their honeymoon. It was a dump. My husband, Darrin, and I enjoyed the time we got to spend with each other but that was about it. We arrived at the resort and had to wait 4 hours for our room. We finally got our room and it was above the back of some buildings, it did not have an ocean view or anything which we had reserved and paid for. Our luggage wasn’t in our room so we couldn’t change into our swimsuits or do anything else. I called down 3 times for our luggage, 4 hours later, right before Darrin was getting disgusted enough to go down and get it himself, they were finally at our door with our luggage. It was strange how when we arrived at Sandals from the airport/customs the locks were on our luggage but when it was brought to our room the locks were gone. I also called down to complain about the location of our room. I paid for an ocean view... I want an ocean view! They moved us from 1515 to 1506. They couldn't move us until the next day though. Both rooms stunk really badly of mold and mildew but they said they were booked solid and could not move us again. The furniture in both our rooms had stains on it and the material was ripped on the chairs. The tables were all scratched up and the pictures were broken. The bedspread was torn and threaded. The thermostat was also broken. You could set it on 70 but it would not turn off. It would make the temperature 51 in the room if you did not turn it off all together. We would have to turn it on for a while and then get up periodically and turn it off and then back on if we would get hot and the off when we got cold again. We called and complained but they did nothing, not even an apology or an extra blanket. We would take turns getting up and turning the a/c on and off during the night. The screen was torn on the glass door so we could open that up for air because the mosquitoes would eat us alive! When you would go to take a shower the water would randomly switch from hot to cold. I checked about if it would do it just when you would flush… nope… there wasn’t any method to the madness it was just hot one minute and cold the next. The main door was broken. You had to force the door shut with the complete weight of your body. I’m sure our neighbors were thrilled when we came and left. The alcohol bottles in the “fully stocked bars” in the rooms were watered down severely. I’m not a drinker but thought the gin that was in the room might help the clogged drain. Since the front desk said it would go down on its own I decided out of curiosity to try pouring a little gin down the drain to see if that would help. It didn’t but I noticed the smell didn’t smell like alcohol so I marked the bottle. The next day it was back at the bar filled back to the top. I opened it and tasted it the next day… I’m not a drinker and know I wouldn’t be able to drink anything straight not alone gin. The safes in the rooms are a joke too. You can go into any room and reset the code and get whatever is in the safe out of the safe. It does not protect your valuables from anyone, house keeping… anyone from stealing your passport, birth certificate… money… what have you.

Restaurants and more:
The restaurants were mass produced buffets and did not have a large variety of choices. There were two restaurants that Darrin and I did like which were the Japanese and the Crystal room but we both got sick from the Crystal room and spent our last night in our room. The food in every restaurant tasted as if it was from a frozen dinner. The English pub only serves 4 types of beer but had ads for 15. The freshly squeezed orange juice comes from cans. The resort staff was rude and unapologetic for any mistakes or issues…The managerial staff could care less if we were happy. Trying to eat lunch or dinner at the "private" Cay Island is a joke too unless YOU want to be the main course for the mosquitoes. It doesn't matter what time of day you go... they are terrible little needles sticking you. The resort will sell you a 7 ounce bottle of repellant for $40 though from their Royal Tings gift shop. They do not have any netting or protection from the bugs so you get all the extra protein you need included with your food. At the end of the week I received our check out form that was supposed to have a survey attached that gave us a chance to win a free weekend back to their resort (not that I would want that… I just wanted to express my complaints!). I had to go to 3 different people to get the survey, even then it did not have any way for me to identify myself, my room or any way for them to contact me. Darrin got angry several times because we would be told one thing and then go to do it and be told that we couldn't do it. For example, Saturday morning before we left the Bahamas we did the Dolphin encounter tour. We had to check out before we left for the tour at 7:30 that morning. I didn't want to take our legal documents with us on the tour and asked if there was a place they could be locked up. The front desk reception people told Darrin and I Friday evening that we could use one of the lockers at the spa to lock our stuff up. Saturday morning when we went to the spa to lock our stuff up they said that the lockers were for guests using the spas services only. We didn't have time to argue we had to leave for the tour bus so we had to take our documents/tickets with us and risk getting them stolen or damaged.

Darrin and I wasted a lot of money:
There were things that were "included" in the "all-inclusive" resort that were additional deposit fees required which you did not receive back. We did not enjoy sandals water sports or activities. We tried Sandals snorkeling, they took us out for 10 minutes and told us the water was too rough and pulled us back in. WE tried Sandals snorkeling twice and they used the same exact lines both times. The water was fine…clear not choppy at all. They did that to every couple we spoke to about Sandals snorkeling. We had to pay extra to go off site to do snorkeling with the Flying Cloud. Darrin and I went to Atlantis and walked around through the aquariums, to the Wyndham and played the slot machines for a couple hours (I'd never done that), and down to the straw market and bought some stuff to bring back with us for everyone. Over all... I feel like Darrin and I wasted a lot of money on a resort that was suppose to be a 5 star resort but was maybe a 2 star. We met 7 other couples on Thursday evening during the Japanese dinner where they have to seat us all together and everyone else felt they had been ripped off as well. We would not recommend it to anyone.

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"The resort was extremely disappointing"

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User Rating:  Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island Review: 1.00 of 5

Posted by:  StaceyMesaAZ  on Sep 1, 2003  >  1 contribution(s) 
Visited on: Sep, 2003 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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On September 2, 2003, my husband and I arrived at the Sandals Royal Bahamian resort, what was indicated as "the Caribbean's Most Impressive Resort" on the Sandals website. We stayed eight days, seven nights and I would not indicate that any portion of our stay at your resort was impressive.
The resort was extremely disappointing and is far overpriced for what you actually get. We saved up for this Caribbean vacation and we would never recommend that anyone visit a Sandals resort after our experience that definitely was not "perfect in every way."

We booked what was indicated on your website as the Royal Honeymoon Oceanview Suite. On the website, there is a mention of a Rolls Royce VIP Airport Service when guests stay three nights or longer in a qualifying suite. This "qualifying suite" is not clarified on the site and obviously is misrepresented, as when we arrived at the airport and checked in at the Sandals desk, we discovered that the "VIP treatment" we would be receiving was an old bus that was not even owned by Sandals. We sat on this bus for at least 45 minutes since we had to wait for several other couples to board the bus for this "VIP treatment."

When I recently looked at your site again, I noticed on the main page of the website that it states that "Our inclusions are designed to take the worries out of your vacation. That's why we include airport transfers in air-conditioned buses, all tips, gratuities and all hotel and government taxes." This is rather interesting, as on the way to the resort and upon departure, we were told that the drivers gladly accept tips; this is even on signs hanging in the buses!

Upon check-in at the resort, we sat on a couch that was ripped and dirty. After check-in, someone took us to the Windsor building, where our first (of three!) room was located. We were taken to the floor of our room and when the elevator doors opened on our floor, the person pointed down the hallway to where we were to go, as he was escorting another guest to their room.

Upon arrival in our room, I assumed that our luggage would be inside the room or would arrive shortly thereafter, especially since the website indicates "Our exclusive Suite Concierge Service will pamper you with VIP check-in, special luggage handling." I was not aware that this "special luggage handling" really meant that we were to call three times and ask where our luggage was at and that our luggage would arrive three hours after we arrived in our room. We were hungry and just wanted to take a shower and relax, but instead became restless and irritated as we waited and waited for our luggage.

Room #1 - 1334 (Windsor) As soon as we had stepped foot in the Windsor building, we should have known that something was wrong because even the lobby had a strange smell when we walked up to our room. After entering our room, we noticed that the walls, bathtub, floors, etc. were all dirty and everything in the room smelled of mold. There was even obvious evidence of mold on the walls where the paint was peeling off.

You could not sit down on any of the furniture without smelling the mold and the awful smell had even sunken into the pillows we were to sleep on, all of the bed linens, as well as the robes in the rooms. We took towels and slept on those to try to help with some of the smell on the pillows, but that didn't even help. We couldn't even hang our clothes in the closet because it smelled so bad, so we left our suitcases packed, but open and all of our clothes and other items ended up smelling just like the room.

We tried leaving our towels and swim suits in the room to dry, but determined that there was too much moisture in the room and that nothing would dry, so we had to place all wet items on the balcony. The moisture in the room was so bad that it even ruined some of the reading materials that we brought to enjoy on our vacation.

And out on our balcony, I assumed we would have a nice ocean view, after all, we were staying in the Royal Honeymoon Oceanview Suite. Instead of a big ocean view, we had to lean over the balcony to see the ocean and our view consisted of the tenant's facility and parking lot, where they often played loud music.

Also on the website when I booked this trip, we assumed we would receive room service with our "Suite," as it states that "An extensive and sophisticated in-room menu serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers and late night snacks is available for guests staying in qualifying suites." When we looked around our room, all we saw was a continental breakfast menu.

After a second un-restful night in the room, we could not take it any more. We decided to complain about our room because there is no way that was the room that we paid for, indicated as a "perfect private palace" and "the finest rooms and suites in the Caribbean" on the website. When we complained, the check-in attendant seemed like she didn't hear anything, in fact, she told us that we were actually given an "upgraded" room from the one that we supposedly paid for. She told us that we were upgraded to a "junior suite" and that the room we paid for was smaller, had a smaller bathtub and was a "level 5," whereas the room we were given was the "nicest" room, at a "level 9." If this was in fact a "free upgrade," why would they not have mentioned this to us upon check-in? If they were, in fact, giving us a "nicer" room for free, why wouldn't they have told us this? This whole thing seemed rather suspicious.

Also, when we asked about the room service, we were told that we booked a "room," not a "suite." Clearly, on the website, we selected the Royal Honeymoon Oceanview Suite. I paid more for this room, thinking we would get the room service and all we received was stale bagels and old fruit for breakfast.

We stated that we wanted to see the room we paid for since we were not staying in this room another night. Once again, I mentioned all of the things wrong with the room, as well as the bad view; and finally the desk attendant picked up her phone and asked for a room with a better view. Of all of the things wrong with the room, it was just the view that she felt she could fix. Then, we were instructed to come back in three hours so we could see the new room, but never did she apologize for the awful room that we were initially given.

I thought that "At Sandals, there are no compromises and no surprises. The best of everything is included at one up-front price"? At least that's what is indicated on your website.

Room #2 - 519 (Manor):
When we came back three hours later, we were told that the new room was not ready yet. The person at the check-in desk asked a staff member to go look at the room to see if it was ready and he indicated that it was. So, he took us to see the room that we supposedly "paid for."
This room smelled a little musty, but was definitely an improvement on the overwhelming mold smell of room #1. The view was better, but this room still did overlook a construction site. At least the ocean was clearly visible. We took this room and were instructed to go and pack and call the bellhop to pick up our luggage. We never really unpacked, so we were quickly out of the old room and decided to wheel all four of our bags all the way across the resort by ourselves since our initial luggage service was so bad.
After we entered the room, the phone rang and we were told that the room was not ready. We said that the room seemed "ready," but then we were told that they had to paint the ceiling. This was rather strange. So, the check-in person met us at this room and told us to go to room 619, as that would be our new room. So, we lugged our bags up to room 619.

Room #3 - 619 (Manor):
This new room had a similar smell and view as room #2, but was still an improvement upon room #1. So, we started unpacking and got changed so we could try to enjoy what was left of our day. While I was changing, another couple used a key they were given and actually entered our room. They seemed rather embarrassed and confused and told us they were told this was their room, so we immediately called down to the front desk to find out who's room this really was. It turns out the check-in desk made a mistake and told us, then this other couple that this room was each of ours. The check-in desk straightened out the confusion and gave this other couple another room. Not only is this an invasion of privacy that this other couple was allowed to walk right into our room, but it is also a breach in the security of the hotel.
When we later tried to get back in our room again, to our dismay, our keys wouldn't work. It turns out that since this other couple used their key in the door, this voided out our keys and the check-in desk attendant had to reset our keys again so they would work for our room.
And the air conditioning definitely left something to desire. The room was either hot or cold. You couldn't even adjust the temperature on the thermostat! Also, at all times of the day, there were dogs barking outside the resort - it seems as if this happened each time we tried to rest!

As a "pampered guest" the website indicated I would "dine on dazzling delicacies" and would experience "ultra-gourmet dining." First, we were told that we needed to make reservations for three of the restaurants. We thought we would just make the reservations for our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th nights, then would make another reservation at any of the restaurants that we really enjoyed. Instead, we were able to get in The Crystal Room on our 2nd night, then we were on the waiting list for Café Goombay on our 4th night, and didn't have reservations at Baccarat until our 6th night! In the FAQ's on the website, it even references dinner reservations and says that "You may make reservations for each day of your vacation," yet we were not able to make some of our reservations until our 6th night at the resort.

During our stay, we did have the opportunity to dine at all of the restaurants and would definitely not say that "Sandals Royal Bahamian is an incomparable passport of excellent taste for the world's most discerning palates." The food was average, to say the least. In fact, I got sick from the food on my 2nd day there and my husband got sick from the food on our 5th day there! And I was extremely disappointed with the limited selection of entrees available at the restaurants. There wasn't even lobster on any of the menus and this is something I expected while staying at a resort termed as a "monument to regal elegance" with "sensational haute cuisine."

A few of the restaurants, namely, Spices and Royal Café, often had birds in the seating areas or even on the tables. The servers never seemed to try to shew them away. This was rather disgusting. We were very disappointed with the speed - or lack thereof - of the service overall. A few of the restaurants that required reservations actually gave you a new drink after you were finished with your last one, but overall drink service was extremely slow at the restaurants. For some reason, I believe that the lack of tips most likely does have something to do with the speed of the food and drink service received, which should not be the case at an "all-inclusive" resort.

In regard to the times the restaurants were open, we were very disappointed that not all restaurants were open for long periods of time. If we wanted a late night snack or drinks, we always ended up at Cricketers Pub, which was probably the place with the slowest service out of all of the restaurants.

We were also very surprised that we were offered a wine list of bottles of wine we could purchase. We purchased what we thought was an "all-inclusive" vacation where "everything's included." So, why would we have to purchase beverages? Especially because certain types of alcohol were not listed on the website in the "What's not included in the all-inclusive package?" area. My husband also stated that the overall quality of the liquor that was included was lower than what he expected, since the "top-shelf" brands were not available.

Prior to leaving for vacation, my husband and I read the information on scuba diving on your website and knew that we wanted to scuba dive while at the resort. So, we went to the doctor (per the instructions on the form) and made sure to have our Medical Statement Participant Record filled out and ready for when the instructor asked for them. On our first morning at the resort, we called for reservations for scuba diving, as this was what we were instructed to do. To our surprise, they told us that we would not be able to go because it was booked for the entire week! We later found out that scuba diving isn't even available on Sundays! If phone or fax-in reservations would have been available, I would have done this before we left so we could go scuba diving, as this was a big disappointment for us. The website even states "Guests must arrange this [Scuba Diving] upon arrival at the Water Sports Center for the following day," so we never thought we just wouldn't get to go over our eight days at the resort.

While on the phone with the water sports reservation desk, I asked about snorkling and was shocked that we even needed reservations for snorkling! We weren't even able to go until our 4th day there because that was booked up too. And when we went snorkling, we couldn't believe that we could only use the equipment during the time that the ferry took us to the spot to go snorkling and that we couldn't just take it and use it ourselves in the water offshore or across on the offshore island.

In regard to what is listed on the website in amenities, it lists "2 swim-up pools," "7 pools & 6 whirlpools." Then, on the fact sheet that we were given upon arrival, it actually stated that there were "3 swimming pools, 3 mini-pools, scuba pool, 6 whirlpools." Based upon the initial information from the website, we imagined a vast array of large pools that we could frequent. Instead, we really only had access to two main pools on the main island and these were always extremely crowded and dirty (the pool itself, as well as having plastic Dixie cups, straws, and cigarette butts all over the place - sometimes even in the pool!). In fact, there were a few nights that the main pool closed for some reason, so it wasn't even useable. In regard to the whirlpools, they were often either uncomfortable, as they were either scorching hot or cool/lukewarm in temperature.

The pool bars were very disappointing as well. Since there was no drink service to us poolside, we all had to wait in lines at the pool bars. And while standing or sitting downwind of the bars, you pretty much lost your appetite for a drink after smelling how bad the area smelled (potentially another mold issue).

On occasion, my husband and I wanted to take a swim or sit in the whirlpool in the evening and the pool bars weren't even open after the sun went down!

Regarding the pool towels, I don't see how you can even call those towels "beach towels." They were thin and raglike pieces of cloth that barely absorbed any water. Since the website stated that "beach towels are provided by the resort," we didn't bring any beach towels and definitely regretted that. And when we did turn our towels in during the day to get our evening towels before 5 p.m. each night (since that is when the towel area closed), our maids took the clean ones from our room! They never took our used ones, but did manage to take the clean ones we were going to use.

Due to our slow luggage service on the first night, we missed what we found out was the only show (Ooh La La) during our entire stay. We expected more shows and entertainment from a resort claiming "Sandals Royal Bahamian satisfies your desires to be endlessly entertained. Whether it's sharing intimate conversations at seven bars or applauding the nightly shows at the impressive Royal Theatre, the pleasure of choice is already yours." We expected more than boring contests (in fact, they were begging people to participate!) and the same band every night at the Royal Theatre. The only other entertainment was the Piano Bar, but you can only listen to the same songs so many nights before becoming tired of it.

The beachfront was definitely smaller than I expected. We tried taking a moonlit stroll one evening and the beachfront is practically just a few steps, then you turnaround and come back. And the offshore island is stated as having "2 beaches," per the fact sheet we received, but one of the beaches was really where we docked and shouldn't have been considered a "beach."

We visited this "private" island on one of our first days and were instructed to stay on the "Sandals side" of the island because the cruise lines use the other half. This is very misleading, as your website specifically states that "Within minutes of the shoreline lies our magnificent offshore island." If this is really the Sandals' island, why are cruise lines using half of it? And on the Sandals side, the pool was filthy, as if it had not been cleaned in days.

The Sandals website states that "At Sandals you get more than you ever dreamed of…not only in quantity, but in quality." This was definitely not the case at the Royal Bahamian resort!

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"Sandals Tricks Military Families Out of Discount at Last Minute- Worst Honeymoon!"

Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island
User Rating:  Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island Review: 1.00 of 5

Posted by:  Trish Heath  on Jan 13, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Jan, 2010 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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My husband and I recently returned from our honeymoon at the Royal Bahamian Sandals Resort and I am very disappointed with the customer service. Not only did we pay a lot of money for a honeymoon ocean-view concierge room, we were on our honeymoon, a once in a lifetime event. We definitely did not get what we expected, or paid for, and my complaints to the Director of Guest Services were not addressed in a way that I had hoped.

Our room, although beautiful, was not clean or stocked with basics such as a bathmat or face towels. There was a dirty ice bucket with smelly water that was left for us. We hoped that these were minor oversights that would not continue, but unfortunately this was not the case. One of the days while we were there, our room was never cleaned at all! I requested extra face towels three different times, to three different people, and never received them. When calling the concierge or for restaurant reservations, the phones would ring and ring, and no one would answer! I have never been to a resort that prides itself on service where they simply do not answer the phones! Although we had a concierge room that was supposed to be stocked with champagne, bottled water, soda, etc, some days it was stocked and some days it simply was not. When we called in the evening for bottled water on New Year's Day (after someone failed to stock our fridge), we had to wait 2 hours for them to bring us water that they should have already stocked. The following day, when they did not stock any champagne for the second time, we called the concierge and it took almost three hours and three phone calls to get the champagne. We were unable to watch the sunset on our balcony while drinking champagne because the service was so poor and unreliable.

In addition, and most upsetting of all, we never received any part of the included honeymoon package. Towards the end of our stay, I called the concierge to ask when they would be leaving flower petals and champagne and was told that the person that does that was not in, and that they would "see what they could do." I called back on our last night at the resort to see if they could provide us with at least our honeymoon champagne and flowers (we were leaving too early for the breakfast at that point) and was told that she would let her manager know. NOTHING happened. We booked a honeymoon concierge room for our honeymoon and never received any of the romantic honeymoon package details that Sandals boasts about. I was devastated.

We went to Guest Services, and we spoke with the Director of Guest Services and he told us that he would look into our complaints and get back to us. I checked our voicemail several times that day and did not receive a message from him. The following day, as we were getting ready to leave, we again spoke with him. He said that he had looked into things, had a meeting about it, and would "compensate us" for our poor service. We also had a problem receiving the military discount

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"Don't Even Bother going for Buttler Service it's a rip off..."

Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island
User Rating:  Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island Review: 2.00 of 5

Posted by:  Dominic  on Aug 10, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jun, 2011 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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My GF and I Booked the vacation at the Royal Bahamian using the Suite and the Private Buttler Service, On the paper it look wonderful ! Private Transportation from the Airport to the hotel, Private Buttler to bring your drink on the beach and reserve your chair... Suite with we can order food from anywhere... Sound Great!!

Let me tell you what happened... First we got to the Sandals Desk at the airport, they seem to have No Knowledge that we had to get private transportation, we had to wait for an hour to get the private transportation... Once we got to the Hotel , Again they seem to have no knowledge we had a reservation! So it took a nice 2 hours before we could get our room... Then To make it short "Their Private Buttler Service" Consist of giving you a cell phone and you have to ring your buttler ... Funny part about it, they are never available so you have to leave a message and they call you back usually 45-1hr later... So Better Think Ahead if you where thinking about getting a drink on the beach!

So basically we haven't seen the buttler for the entire trip... So we ended up paying a 1000$ extra a person to basically get restaurant reservation!

And I Recommand to write them a review on their website! You might gonna end up with a free 2 days trip! Spend an other 5k$ to see that their supposedly improve themself and get a free 2 Days!!! (That's with talking with a manager ! If you speak with a customer service rep you probably end up with a continental breakfast for free next time you travel there....)

Very disppointed of the whole Sandals... On the other side All personnel where quite nice!

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"The resort seemed to forget about it's honeymooning couples"

Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island
User Rating:  Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island Review: 2.00 of 5

Posted by:  Kelly  on Jan 1, 2005  >  3 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jan, 2005 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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My husband and I (both of us 32) visitied the Royal Bahamian for our honeymoon in January 2005.

Our flight from Toronto was only about 2.5 hours long which was a pleasant surprise - we caught a nice tailwind on the way down. Once we landed in the Bahamas, the runway was really far from the terminal and my husband thought perhaps there was a mistake and they were driving us back to Toronto :) Once we got into the terminal, our bags came out quite quickly, they didn't waste any time in getting the baggage off the plane which was nice. Once we had our luggage, we cleared customs which was a joke (as it usually is compared to Canada or the USA). They didn't check our bags and didn't even look at us (just our passports), stamped us and away we went. Once we were done at customs, it was not clear where we were supposed to go, so we went outside and people there directed us back inside to a Sandals Rep behind a desk who took our names are put tags on our luggage with "ROOM 1301" on them. The Sandals Rep told us that we had a private driver - we chose the room with Rolls Royce and Butler service - but that he wasn't sure where the driver was and that he hoped he hadn't left. He asked us why we were late and I told him that we weren't late, in fact, we were there half an hour before we were supposed to be. Needless to say, the driver was found pretty quickly and we were ushered outside to our waiting Rolls. We were only about 10-15 minutes from the airport and were driven to Sandals at break-neck speed, and once there, we were told to sit down (in the lobby) where it was clear everyone (who worked there) was very confused about what to do with us. Eventually, someone came over and offered us some champagne and a cool, damp cloth. We were asked to complete some paperwork and provide our credit card number, and then we sat. And sat. Finally, our "Butler" came over to see us and to escort us to our room....but that our room wasn't quite ready, so he would show us to a restaurant where we could have a bite to eat. 30 minutes later, our butler came back to show us to our room, on the way there, he advised us that he had "taken the liberty of upgrading you". We thought that was nice, and after a short walk, were shown to our room.

At first appearance, the room was nice. We had a large sitting area with an extensive bar, a fridge full of juice, pop, wine, champagne. There were snacks and fresh fruit on the counter, a small fresh flower arrangement on the table and some very nice furnishings. Our bedroom was quite large, with a king sized four poster bed, large washroom and vanity area. All this seemed very nice at first glance, but after spending some time in the room and really taking a look at our furnishings it was clear that everything was very old and not very well kept. The chairs at the table were beautifully upholstered, but two of the four chairs had bleach stains splashed across them; the sofa was very dirty and had cigarette burns in it. The coffee table was made from particle board and previous guests had placed wet items on it and as a result, the table was bubbled and lifting all around the perimeter. The area rug was thread-bare in spots and the curtains were quite faded. The worst part of the room was the shower/tub area. There was mold growing in the grout and the tub was very high off the ground and was a massive step down to get out of - if you were short, this would be a big problem. There was a smell emminating from our washroom that we couldn't figure out what it was, so we just kept our bathroom door closed for our stay.

Our butler(s) were the people we had most of our dealings with - they were very agreeable and called us each day to find out if there was anything we needed - and generally there wasn't. They made our dinner reservations for us each night - but weren't very forthcoming with where we were to be going that evening and at which time, so we generally had to call them each day to find this information out. I have seen many people write in their reviews that Bahamian people were some of the nicest they had met - I suggest that these people haven't done a lot of travelling in the Caribbean. I have been to more than a dozen islands and to be frank, while Bahamian's weren't 'unfriendly', they were certainly not the friendliest I have met (try Jamaica!)

Food and Restaurants:
We were marginally disappointed with the restaurants, but compared to other all inclusive resorts we've stayed at, it was definitely a step up. The food was certainly not "gourmet, cooked by a world-class chef" as the Sandals website touts! The room service was not very good...but I can't say much about the other restaurants, they are what they are...all inclusive resort fare. The saving grace for the Royal Bahamian is that there were plenty of restaurant's to choose from. The only real memorable experience was the restaurant in the off-shore island. We went there for lunch, and it was just nasty! There were flies everywhere, the cooking area was filthy and the food tasted horribly (not to mention under-cooked).

We didn't partake in the entertainment very much. The cocktail bar in the main building was great at night when there was a piano player there, but it was VERY loud and should not be attended if you're expecting a nice quiet evening. The disco was a lot of fun too....

Water Sports:
We experienced 25+ mile an hour winds while there, so we weren't able to take advantage of any of the water sports available. In saying that however, one of the main reasons we chose this Sandals resort is because the scuba diving is free of charge - this info is splashed across all their brochures, and their webiste. Not have to pay for their "lessons". The biggest issue we had is that we had to fill out a medical questionnaire - no problem there. They asked if we took any prescribed medication. I take medicine for acid reflux (which is available over-the-counter, but I get it prescribed as my health insurance pays for it that way). My husband was just finishing up a prescription lotion for a tiny area on his arm (about the size of a dime) where he experienced a skin allergy. Because of this, we each had to go visit their doctor to the tune of $50 each so he could tell us that we're fine to go scuba diving!! This combined with the fact that, even though the site says that scuba diving is unlimited, the instructor told us we'd get out once, MAYBE twice....we decided against the scuba. The total cost would have been about $300USD each by the time we were done!

The island:
We only made it to the off-shore island once because the resort stopped running the boat to and from because of the high winds. We had dinner scheduled there three times, but each time it was cancelled due to weather (which isn't Sandals fault obviously). The one time we did get out there, it was quite nice...but not exactly a "private" island. We are distinctly told not to go past the area which was roped off because that half of the island was for the cruise ships that come in. "Private" island indeed!

Beach and Pools:
The pools were quite lovely and so was the beach, but the beach was VERY small.

As previously mentioned, I have travelled extensively in the islands, and compared to most other places I've been, the shopping in the Bahamas stunk! Everything was VERY over priced and every store seemed to carry the exact same cheesy things. I think this was the one area of the trip I was most disappointed with.

Apart from the resort itself, we did not experience any nightlife within Nassau.

To wrap it up:
To wrap it up....we left feeling as though the resort really mis-represented itself. The resort claims to be the number one spot for honeymooning couples, but on our third day there....a big convention showed up (no couples!) and the resort seemed to forget about it's honeymooning couples and focused on the (mostly) drunken, partying conventioners. We paid an extraordinary amount of money to visit this resort (about 7K for one week) and left knowing we had been ripped off. Some of the other guests that we spoke with who had been to other Sandals resorts said the Royal Bahamian was shabby in comparison. Given that feedback, we will likely attempt another Sandals resort, but definitely not the Royal Bahamian.

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"Do not go"

Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island
User Rating:  Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island Review: 3.00 of 5

Posted by:  Tony  on Dec 3, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) United Kingdom
Visited on: Dec, 2011 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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Do not go as the Manor House is out of action for some time so you will be unlikely to get the room you booked. The view is totally spoiled by the massive black construction site and the noise is intrusive.
Next year maybe!

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