Sandals Barabdos, anyone been yet?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Beachy0404: Sure another bee can help you 🙂

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Not sure about the Sandals specifically, but Barbados was a little scary! We walked around, but didn’t feel terribly safe there, like we did on some of the near by islands.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2008

They’re still working on “Sandalizing” it after taking over the Couples property.  The plan is to add 5 more restaurants to the 3 that are already there, and take out the tennis courts to add 2 more buildings.  Some pretty major renovations. Unfortunately I’m not sure what the timeline will be for that 🙁

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Our Backyard/Steakhouse

@jg780806:  Thank you for this! We are thinking of whitehouse for our honeymoon too 🙂

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We went there on our honeymoon…when it was still a couples. so I’m not sure how helpful I can be in that sense. :-/ we were actually there when they announced that sandals was taking over the property. So, I can’t really answer your questions about the property because I dont know what has changed.

I WILL say that the trip was AMAZING. Barbados is great. We went into Bridgetown one day (which is where the cruise port is), and I didn’t find it scary at all. The worst we saw (and it was really just more of an anoyance) was taxi drivers asking if we needed a taxi CONSTANTLY. In fact, I thought the locals were some of the nicest people. And very proud of their country. everyone was very friendly and super helpful. people would always ask if we were on a cruise ship, and when we said no, that we were staying on the island, they would get really excited. (I think they would like more tourist business there).  We also did some other touring around the island.  If you’re party people, you should check out St. Lawrence Gap, which is really close to where your resort is.  Go to the Mount Gay distilery too. Also, I’m sure you’ve heard of it, but you GOTTA make sure you go to Oistens if you are there on a Friday, the food is super yummy. (I have heard the words “tourist trap” to describe that, but honestly, when we were there it was mostly locals. we WERE there in the off season though). 

When we were leaving, at the airport going through security, the guy asked how we were doing, and I said that I was sad we were leaving and he very confidently said “don’t worry, you’ll be back”. which I thought was great, and really kind of sumed up our experience. haha.

Have fun! good luck with the resort- I hope the construction is done!

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Travel Nut here…

And a long time lover of Barbados (like over 30 Years of love)

Not surprised to hear that Sandals Barbados is still facing renovations etc.

The property it is on has had a rather lengthy and unsuccessful history as an AI **

First it was known as the Almond Beach Club Casuarina… then it became Couples Barbados… and when that failed… Sandals bought it.

(And so far ALL OF THEM have had rather brief ownership)

** The thing is AIs don’t do well in Barbados because it is a very safe and prosperous Island (1st World), so it doesn’t have to depend on AIs to attract Tourists… Tourists can easily thrive ANYWHERE on Barbados without much of an issue… and often for a heck of a lot less than an AI is going to charge !!

Barbados is GORGEOUS… and one of my own favourite Caribbean Islands (was there again on my Honeymoon).  If I was going I wouldn’t want to limit myself just to an AI for meals & activities… I’d be out enjoying the many things that this Island has to offer (Geography, History, Architecture, Sightseeing, Water Sports, Great Eats, Nightlife, Shopping etc).  And very friendly & warm people.

Barbados isn’t the Destination for everyone… as it is soooo very much first world… and so in many ways like the US or Canada… but for some people that is part of the attraction, being able to get around without too many worries (English Language, US Currency Accepted, Familiar Food, Clean Water, Good Record of Health & Safety etc).

If your dream is to go to an Island AI and just park yourself on the Beach all day… and not do much else… Barbados has some GORGEOUS Beaches for sure… BUT that isn’t the best way to spend your vacation dollars.  You can go elsewhere to an AI in a less progressive (more rustic) country and get a better bang for your buck… and don’t feel like you’ve missed out on the whole Island experience… you can have both.

Example… St Lucia.  Very much a rustic tropical island.  More 2nd World Country than first… but still very safe.  As it is a Rain Forest and once volcanic it offers up enough to see & do… but it is still very much not like the USA / Canada.  It is an excellent Island for an AI vacation (are are several others in the Lesser Antilles… both Windward & Leeward Islands)

If you are into an AI vacation, I’d do more research on other Destinations.

If your fascination is with Barbados, I’d do more research on other types of Accommodations… B&Bs, Hotels (Chains and Mom & Pops), and Condos & Villa Rentals… there are literally TONS of options for this Island at ALL PRICE POINTS

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I visited Barbados when I was a kid and we didn’t stay at Sandals obviously.. I was 10-11 years old, but the island is amazing. The water is incredibly warm because it’s further south, you gotta go to Oisten’s fish fry, lots of nice snorkeling and there’s so much culture. We toured a rum factory which bored me as a kid but my parents liked it so I probably would enjoy it now that I’m older. Have fun!

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