We had booked this trip back in March when Couples had announced its takeover of Almond. Can't complain really - great island at an amazing price! I'm certain that once this hotel has been "Sandal-ized" we would not be able to afford it. As far as "bang for the buck" goes ... the resort was ok. What made this trip for us was the hospitality shown by the employees. Everyone was friendly and accomodating.
We flew Westjet. Finding the tour operator/Sandals outside the airport could have been better marked with signage. We waited quite a while for a shuttle to the resort. Thankfully they had cold water (booze would have been nice after the insane amount of time we spent in line for customs). Our bus ride was quiet, zero communication from the driver.
Check-in was a disaster. It was so confusing, we had people pointing us in all different directions. It should have been short and sweet considering I pre-registered on-line. We did not receive the "welcome/orientation" that I believe happens in the piano bar. Thankfully we did not let this ruin our first impression. The walk to our room was nice and our escort as very pleasant to talk with. The grounds are well manicured and the resort is very small and quaint. Loved the size. We were in the back, Palm Garden room in building 5.
Although the resort is small, upon arrival it would be nice to have a map listing restaurants and bars - especially after a long flight and night arrival. By the next morning we had gained our bearing and had no problems navigating through the resort.
Amazing beach. Not great for long walks but rock-free, soft sand and great waves. We did not make use of the main pools. We did use the pool outside our building often. Very clean and nestled in the Palm Garden - was a nice way to end our days.
Our room was 3 star at best. It was clean and our mini bar was always stocked. Was epecting more luxious bedding and fluffier towels, oh well. We slept well.
Food was delicious. My first reaction to the buffet was ... "wow, this is small" but the food was good and there was plenty of it. The curry dishes were great and we fully enjoyed the spiciness of everything. True "island" cuisine was a nice welcome change for us. Great pastries and desserts. Schooners was ok, slow - great red wine though (different from the other restaurants) Yes, Please was nice also, Great service. Breakfast was always amazing. We did try the breakfast in bed one day - was so-so.
Loved that there was a "drink of the day". We loved sampling them and usually got a kick out of what the drink was named. Flag service on the beach was great. The boys were courteous and fast. Drink service at every bar was good. Nice variety of alcohol. Very disappointed that Mount Gay was not used more often. Ask and you shall receive though!
All-in-all, our trip was great. The "inclusions" really made it worthwhile for us. Have been to much nicer adult only all-inclusives for around the same price. The resort in its current shape does not command Sandals prices but for what we paid (1300 cdn) we were happy. I would certainly return to Barbados. Wonderful island!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on pristine Dover Beach where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic and endless sunshine is accompanied by gentle ocean breezes, Couples Barbados invites you to surrender to the calypso rhythms of paradise.As the only resort on the island dedicated exclusively to couples, Couples Barbados provides an idyllic refuge for you to recharge and reconnect with the one you love. And with more inclusions than anywhere else on Barbados, your worry-free holiday begins the moment you land on the island.So why not spend your days with white sand between your toes. Learn how to kayak, scuba dive or snorkel in azure blue waters. Get lost in 10 acres of tropical gardens. Play golf amidst tropical surroundings. Play tennis under the stars. Indulge in an invigorating or romantic massage for two. Enjoy the freshest seafood and best rum punch this side of heaven. Or simply relax to the sounds of Green Monkeys playing in the palm trees at sunset. After all, this is paradise Couples Barbados-style—where every enchanting day and magical night encourages you to live life well. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sandals Barbados St Lawrence Gap