The "Sandals experience" starts as soon as you step into their lobby. The luggage that was once in my hand immediately got whisked away to my room and I found myself holding a glass of champagne! I was then given a tour of the resort and led through a maze of pools and lush gardens to what would be my home sweet home for the next seven days.
At Royal Bahamian, you get a choice of staying at the main hotel which is basically like condo-style living with amazing room service or one of these adorable villas. Depending on how many guests and if you prefer cozy or lavish, room sizes vary from luxury studios to beachfront penthouse suites. These top-tier suites comes complete with the highest level of service or the "beck & call" which includes a dedicated butler and airport transportation in a chauffeured Rolls. Yep, now we are rolling. Either way it doesn't take long to get used to the plush bathrobes and fully stocked mini-bar that gets replenished everyday!
There are 8 bars and 10 restaurants to satisfy your tastebuds and we're not talking about your typical resort buffets or continental breakfasts. Each restaurant and bar boasts premium top shelf liquor, its own authentic menu and internationally trained chefs.
My favourites were Kimonos, teppanyaki style dining where a knife-wiedling chef displays his warrior swordsman skills and prepares dinner right before your eyes (note: the fish here is the best I have ever had). Spices Restaurant has the most forgiving hours for foodies and offers Caribbean and Mediterranean specialties. It was my go-to place to grab my mid-morning, mid-afternoon and mid-evening snack!
Royal Bahamian really stand out from other resorts I've been to is their attention to detail, dedication to creating fond vacation memories for their guests and their off-the-top white glove service! Sandals staff are friendly, helpful, have a great sense of humour and most importantly, even though they were working, I found that they truly enjoyed being there and seemed just as relaxed and content as their guests!
So is it really better in the Bahamas? It sure looks like it doesn't it?! And now I'm back with sun-kissed skin, ocean-sprayed hair, a big smile and two thumbs up!
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Sandals is an all inclusive, 18+ luxury resort with properties in the Bahamas, Jamaica, Antigua and St. Lucia.