Sandals Royal Barbados | Scuba Travel

Sandals Royal Barbados - Caribbean

  • All-Suite Accommodations
  • Sandals First Rooftop Pool
  • Unlimited fine dining at 7 restaurants
  • 3 pools and 3 whirlpools including the rooftop pool
  • 5 full-service bars including Sandals first craft beer bar
  • PADI Certified Scuba Diving
  • Sandals first bowling alley
  • Free WiFi in all rooms and public areas

About Sandals Royal Barbados

Sandals Royal Barbados re-opening 9th Sept 2020

Experience the royal treatment at Sandals Royal Barbados, the all-new, all-suite resort in the spirited St. Lawrence Gap area. This is slick, modern resort featuring a number of Sandals firsts, including the first rooftop pool and bar, the first 4-lane bowling alley, Sandals first gourmet donut shop, and two new restaurant concepts - American Tavern and Chi Asian. Everyone experiences their own Sandals suite, no matter which room grade you chose. And the location is ideal for diving the Carlisle Bay wrecks and wrecks. Let the crystal clear water beckon you in for your Bahamian adventure.

The Sandals Royal Barbados is an 272 all-suite resort featuring Sandals signature accommodations. Spread across 14 acres, every suite boasts Club Level or Butler perks and services. There are 17 distinctive room categories to select from, including the magnificent Skypool Suites, Swim-up Suites, and Millionaire Suites. All suites include, as standard tranquility soaking tubs for two, air conditioning, ceiling fan, king size bed, hair dryer, telephone, iron, ironing board, private bath & shower, safe deposit box, iPod docking station and smart televisions.

The all luxury, jet-set experience doesn't end with the room options at Sandals Royal Barbados. There are 7 restaurants on site, including a new rooftop restaurant and bar to two new restaurants concepts including American Tavern serving traditional American cuisine and Chi Asian Fusion, the first restaurant to fuse the cuisine of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore in one menu. The global team of master chefs caters to your endless culinary cravings in stunning settings that are on-the-beach casual or white-gloved chic. Lover's Lane craft beer bar serves 19 different beers from around the world. Overlooking the ocean from its rooftop setting, this zero-entry, glass infinity pool is a Sandals first and one of 31 pools featured at Sandals Royal Barbados. There's a regular schedule of entertainment, parties and activities to keep your days and nights action packed, as well as water sports included in your package. Certified divers will of course enjoy 2 dives per day as standard. Want more? For a local charge you can book your very own private candlelit dinner, a relaxing treatment at the Red Lane Spa or head out to explore the island on a local adventure tour.

South Seas Crystal Lagoon Club Level Barbados Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub

These romantic Club Level suites are on the first or second levels of the Poinciana and Hibiscus buildings. Each suite features custom crafted furnishings including a king-size bed, smart TV, sitting area, large walk-in closet, bathroom with walk-in rain shower, vanity with backlit mirror, and a WC enclosed in frosted glass. The balcony boasts a freestanding Tranquility Soaking Tub for two, a chaise lounge, a bistro set for two and privacy curtains. Club Sandals concierge services included.

Royal Seaside Oceanview Crystal Lagoon Club Level Barbados Suite w/ Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub

These luxurious suites look out over the ocean, with a private balcony, privacy curtains and a Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. The master bedroom features elegant furnishings, a king-size bed and HD Smart TV, while the adjoining living room offers a comfy seating area and bar fully stocked with premium liquors and wine. The en-suite spa-style bathroom is outfitted with a double basin vanity, dual-control walk-in shower and backlit mirrors. Club Sandals concierge services included

Royal Seaside Crystal Lagoon Penthouse 1 Bd Oceanview Butler Suite w/Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub

Set above a Crystal Lagoon pool, these 1 bedroom suites boast stunning ocean views. The spacious master bedroom offers a king-size bed, HD Smart TV, fully stocked bar, and an iPod docking station, a living room, comfy seating area, second HD smart TV, and a private balcony featuring a Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. The en-suite spa-style bathroom features dual-control walk-in shower and double basin vanity. Guests enjoy personal butler service, 24-hour room service, and VIP check-in.

South Seas Royal Rondoval Butler Suite with Private Pool Sanctuary

Impressive soaring 20-foot conical ceiling, custom king-size bed, and a lavish private pool sanctuary-with direct access from the bedroom, personal butler service, 24-hour room service, VIP check-in and private Rolls Royce transfers. With living area (Smart TV, indoor dining and bar) and bathroom (large stone soaking tub, plus, his and hers Carrara marble vanities with backlit mirrors) and spacious patio (zero entry plunge pool, lounge chaises, dining table and Tranquility Soaking Tub for Two)

All suites include, as standard tranquility soaking tubs for two, air conditioning, ceiling fan, king size bed, hair dryer, telephone, iron, ironing board, private bath & shower, safe deposit box, iPod docking station and smart televisions.

We would be happy to put together a tailormade booking for you, please fill in your details below with your ideal dates and one of our diving holiday experts will be in touch with you to discuss your plans.

Sandals new Platinum Protocol of Cleanliness encompasses added health and wellbeing requirements across all points of contact at every resort, including common areas, all restaurants and kitchens, bars, guest rooms, activities, fitness centers, spas, and includes all behind-the-scenes operations. They are leaving no stone unturned as they prepare to welcome guests back to the beauty and warmth of the Caribbean in a friendly, clean and, most importantly, safe environment.

Prevention is the key to safeguarding the health of Sandals employees and our guests. They long ago developed a sophisticated approach to preventing the spread of illnesses at Sandals resorts under the guidance of medical professionals, the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the local Ministries of Health in each country sandals resorts are located. Sandals have dedicated Quality Inspection Teams and environmental health and safety managers at all of their resorts to make sure every procedure is in place to protect every guest and team member. Sandals resorts have always been equipped with full-service medical stations staffed daily with a registered nurse and 24/7 on-call medical personnel, but they have now upgraded these facilities to include the appropriate equipment and supplies needed to address new protocols.

Dive Centre Protocol's

Countertops, pens, clipboards, picnic benches to be sanitized after each use
All masks to be placed in sanitization solution and liquid detergent and visible to guest
All Team Members will wear masks/face shields and sanitize hands while interacting with each guest
Dive pool deck will be sanitized daily
Doors will remain open for airflow
Weight belts, regulators and dive masks to be left in sanitization bucket onboard after use
All tanks, seats and vessel bathrooms will be sanitized before and between trips
Wetsuits, fins and jackets will be taken back to the dive shop by guests and placed in sanitization solution
Tanks will be set up 6 feet apart on dive boats
Boat manifest to be adjusted to limit occupants and accommodate the six ft. rule in accordance with social distancing guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions


Barbados is a little under 9hrs hours direct flying time from London.

Covid Travel Information

View entry requirements here

Fully vaccinated people (2 doses administered more than 14 days prior to arrival or single dose where only one dose administered) are not required to complete a pre-arrival COVID-19 test and will not be subject to testing* or quarantine on arrival. Once you have completed a health check and your documentation (proof of vaccination status) has been validated, you will be free to move around Barbados unhindered.

A number of fully vaccinated arrivals will be randomly chosen to have a rapid antigen test. There is no requirement to quarantine, as the result will be made available very quickly.

All passengers are also required to submit an Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) card 24 hours prior to travel, to which they should upload their negative test result via Travel Form. The BIMSafe app can also be used.

Barbados will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Unvaccinated travellers from the UK must present on arrival either:
a valid RT-PCR COVID-19 negative test result taken no more than 3 days in advance of your flight’s arrival. The test can be taken at any time during the day 3 days prior to the date of your arrival in Barbados. (For example, if your flight arrives at 10pm on Saturday, you can take a test at any time on the Wednesday prior to this)
a valid Rapid PCR COVID-19 negative test result taken one day before arrival in Barbados
a valid Rapid Antigen negative test result taken one day before arrival in Barbados

Visit the Visit Barbados website for full details.

From 18th March, when you travel to England from abroad you:
do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
do not need to fill in a UK passenger locator form
do not need to quarantine when you arrive
This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.

It includes people who are transiting through England.
Updated 13SEP 2022

Weather and Climate

There are two main seasons in Barbados - the wet season and dry season. The wet season is typically July until December, but most rainfall passes quickly are very brief and air temperatures remain warm from 24C up to 29C at this time. The most popular time to visit is during dry season from January to early June. Rainfall is much lower and air temperatures are a bit cooler. Water temps are actually higher in the wet season with an average sea temp of around 28C. It cools off in January, falling to 26C, before rising again towards the summer months.


Flight options

There are direct flights from London to Barbados with BA and Virgin. This is usually a daily service that runs all year round. We are able to book most major airlines. If you have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Jamaica, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us


Flights are direct to Barbados, but from here you can fly to several other Beaches or Sandals resorts for a longer holiday. Talk to us about island hopping itineraries

Arrange before you go

Regular Entry Requirements

British Passport holders do not need a visa to visit Barbados. On entry, you will be granted a specified period to stay as a tourist only. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here


Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here


Your covid proof of vaccination must match your passport name and flight ticket name. Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on updating your NHS details or for other travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly


You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.


An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here


Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in Barbados, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met by a representative of Sandals. They will be clearly identifiable at the airport. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.


Sandals Royal Barbados is around 15minsr transfer from Grantley Adams International Airport


At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally.



All Sandals holidays include tips and taxes as part of your package. Any applicable departure tax at the airport is payable in cash locally


USD, credit and debit cards are widely accepted, but you should check with your bank about any additional overseas charges they may levy for using your card.

Phone coverage

Phone coverage is generally good - do check with your phone provider about any applicable overseas charges. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a local SIM for making calls or data use

Plugs and electricity

Plus are typically flat 2 pin 110V


Hire equipment

Kit hire is arranged in resort and is included in your package price


Entry level PADI courses are booked and paid for in resort


Sandals resorts have a wide range of shops on site with a variety of gifts and souvenirs


Limited - please ask at the time of booking if nitrox may be available


Deposits and Balances

Sandals holidays departing more than 71days in advance can be secured with a £175 deposit pp. If departing less 71 you will need the full balance to be paid at the time of booking.

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. If you would like a pay by link to complete check out via email please let us know and it can be set up for you. We do not take AMEX. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 3% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas bank transfers must add £8 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions or personal cheques.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation


Repeat Guests


7 nights all inclusive in your chosen room grade - all inclusive with meals, drinks (inc selected premium liquors), in resort entertainment schedule and a wide range of selected and and water sports.
Sandals resorts include complimentary scuba diving for certified divers, with two 1-tank dives, or one 2-tank dive, every day of your stay (except arrival and departure days)
Use of the Red Lane Spas plunge pools, steam baths and saunas (all of which are free to use)
Your holiday includes flights to Barbados from the UK - please ask for a competitive quote to upgrade your flight option from economy. Return airport transfers are included


Spa services, candlelight dining and selected excursions/sports are booked and paid for in resort

Additional diving, any PADI courses or scuba reviews are booked and paid for in resort

All Sandals holidays include tips and taxes as part of your package. Any applicable departure tax at the airport is payable in cash locally

At Sandals Resorts certified divers can dive every day at no extra change - twice a day with one tank or one two-tank dive, every day of your holiday.

Crystal clear waters, coral reefs and shipwrecks provide the ideal environment for marine life, and help to explain why scuba diving holidays amidst this underwater paradise are so popular. Commonly seen on many sites are stingray, turtles, barracuda, angelfish, grouper, parrot fish, triggerfish frogfish and seahorses

Top-of-the-line equipment hire included
State-of-the-art Newton Dive Boats
Entry level PADI courses available - extra charges apply
Scuba reviews available - extra charges apply

If you've never dived before, the brief introductory PADI Resort Certification programme will have you experiencing a whole new underwater world that same day. Entry levels courses are available in resort. Talk to your experienced PADI instructor for more info, timings and costs.


Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 20ft | Max Depth: 70ft

(World War 1 French)Tug Boat sunk in 1919 by her own crew. The Berwyn sits between 7 and 10 feet below the surface depending on the tide. As a result of the calm water in the bay and the age of this wreck the Berwyn is covered in marine life including healthy hard and soft coral growth and their associated reef creatures.


Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 55ft | Max Depth: 0ft

This 110ft drug boat was tied up for ~6 years in the Bridgetown careenage before it was sunk on 8th June 1996 in Carlisle Bay Marine Park. The wreck is easily accessible for penetration and has an air pocket in the bow big enough to a conversation at 25' under.


Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 35ft | Max Depth: 0ft

She was Barbados' first tugboat named the "Pelican" when the Bridgetown Harbour was being constructed in the 1960's. A decade later, as more modern tugboats were purchased; the Pelican was then converted to a party boat called "Bajan Queen". The Bajan Queen holds many memories for thousands of Barbadians and visitors alike. After years of operation as the party spot the Bajan Queen was donated to the Coastal Zone Management Unit. From there with the assistance of our very own Andre Miller the Bajan Queen was cleaned up and sunk on 19th May 2002 in Carlisle Bay Marine Park. She now sits only a few feet below the surface and is accumulating some excellent fish life and good coral diversity.


Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 20ft | Max Depth: 60ft

Off Rockley Beach ~ 20' - 60' ~ Shallow reef dive good for novice divers and photographers. Regular sightings of large schools of Bermuda Chubs on this dive.

East Coast

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 20ft | Max Depth: 130ft

Consett Bay to Bathsheba ~ 30' - 130' ~ On the Atlantic side of the island, there are about ten(10) different sites available depending on the weather conditions as seas are usually rough. Best times are in the summer months. Plenty of big fish including sharks can be seen here.


Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 40ft | Max Depth: 100ft

Off Holetown ~ 40' - 100' ~ This is a very popular reef, it has beautiful corals, barracuda, bar jacks, yellowtails and turtles can be found regularly on this dive. You can dive this site on more than one occasion and not be tired of it. One of the more popular of the dive sites on the west coast.

The Deep

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 60ft | Max Depth: 130ft

Break off from Castle Bank A barrier reef with a slow drop off on either side, great for macro photography(lots of barracudas) Deep drift dive, good for photography with lots of fish life.

Castle Bank

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 50ft | Max Depth: 120ft

Off Drill Hall ~ 50ft - 120ft ~ A barrier reef with a slow drop off on either side, great for macro photography(lots of barracudas).

Castle Bank

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 60ft | Max Depth: 120ft

Off Hastings ~60ft - 120ft~ A barrier reef with a drop off on both sides of the reef. Lots of barracudas, snapper and cavalee may be seen on this reef


Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 70ft | Max Depth: 120ft

Off Dover ~ 70' - 120' ~ This reef is between Mount Charlie and Close Encounters. There are underwater cables that are suspended over this reef. Plenty of small creatures can be found good location for photography.


Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 50ft | Max Depth: 120ft

Off Fitts Village ~ 50' - 120' ~ This reef is located on the outer side of the Stavronikita. One of the more underrated reefs in Barbados not dived on very often. Soft and hard corals combine to make this site very different.


Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 70ft | Max Depth: 80ft

Off Paynes Bay ~ 70' - 80' ~ A typical west coast reef, well worth a dive as the corals remain as beautiful as ever harboring all the small reef creatures often missed when you are concentrating on not missing bigger fish. Abundant with soft corals, barrel sponges, tube sponges, and a large variety of schooling tropical fish, barracudas, turtles, parrot fish, and much more. Very consistent conditions make this a popular dive site.

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Sandals Royal Barbados features several Sandals firsts, from a new rooftop restaurant and bar to two new restaurants concepts including American Tavern serving traditional American cuisine and Chi Asian Fusion, the first restaurant to fuse the cuisines of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore in one menu. At six world-class restaurants, a global team of master chefs caters to your endless culinary cravings in stunning settings that are on-the-beach casual or white-gloved chic.
A choice of 7 dining options including Room Service for all accommodations and 5 bars
Below are some of our favourites

Butch's Steak & Seafood

Butch's Steak & Seafood serves up only the highest quality grain-fed Midwestern beef together with the finest fish and seafood. Our hand-cut steaks, fish fillets and seafood are prepared your way, seasoned to perfection and accompanied by exquisite sides and flavourful sauces. Once you experience our unparalleled quality and luxury ambience you'll understand why we had to name it Butch's!


Neptune's evokes images of the Roman god of the sea casting his trident over the waters and conjuring the freshest fish and seafood from the abyss. Neptune's is an al fresco, seaside restaurant that boasts low lights, star-filled skies and the gentle lapping of waves that mingle with the aromas and tastes of the Mediterranean rim - simple, flavourful cuisine in a stunning seaside setting.

Sweet n' Salty's Gourmet Donuts & Coffee

Now you can enjoy gourmet, old-fashioned cake donuts and coffee made fresh daily at Sandals first ever gourmet donut shop - Sweet n' Salty's Gourmet Donuts & Coffee. With unique flavor combinations that are plenty sweet and a pinch salty, they're sure to please any donut enthusiast. At Sandals, all you need is love (and donuts)!