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“Great pre-Christmas getaway” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island

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Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island
Ranked #1 of 37 Hotels in Nassau
Certificate of Excellence
Washington, DC
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great pre-Christmas getaway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

We stayed 12/19-12/23 for a pre-Christmas getaway. Highlights? We stayed in the Balmoral Tower in Room 620, which had a great view of the ocean. We used the small balcony. The food at Baccarat was our favorite meal, and we regretted that we only ate there once. The lamb and lobster were both delicious, and our server was first-rate. We also had a fun, almost private wine tasting with Oswald; he offered a great tasting lesson and he was very friendly and knowledgeable. We loved the piano bar and spent every night there. Each night was a different mix of guests, from older to younger couples. The pianist, Leo, was awesome. So funny and he posed for pictures with us. The bartenders in the piano bar room were also very good. The dinner for returning guests was also very nice, and the free bottle of rum was a bonus. The rooms were kept clean and tidy. We also enjoyed our breakfast buffets, though the one morning we ate at Baccarat service was very slow.

Criticisms? It was our third Sandals and we weren't upgraded, despite having stayed there previously and knowing that the hotel was not full. There was limited restaurant availability due to the weather one evening and the hotel not being full. We waited nearly an hour to get into Crystal Room, and the service/food reflected the fact that the restaurant was over-capacity. At times, activities and restaurants were listed on our handout that in fact never took place or were closed. The staff wasn't fully in the loop, and at times, a few of the pool bartenders were not very friendly. However, one of the chefs at the pizza place found and kept a misplaced bag for us, so we were very grateful for that. We also were dispatched to the airport ridiculously early--we had 2.5 hours to kill before we boarded our flight.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay. We enjoyed swimming, kayaking, playing pool, snorkeling, and the TX Hold 'Em game. And I'll also emphasize we really enjoyed Leo and the piano bar--definitely spend one night there!

Room Tip: Balmoral tower. A balcony is nice to leave out wet swimsuits and towels.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Stayed here at the end of November with my wife and can honestly say this was one of the best holiday hotels I have ever been in.

The service, rooms, food, pools, beach, offshore island are all superb, but nothing compares to the amazing staff. They are truly brilliant. Special kudos to Merlin in the English Pub who made sure my glass was never empty.

Would I go back.....you bet I would!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

This place is very tired and depressing …rooms are similar to Hampton Inn Motel nothing special. We booked Andros Luxury Oceanview…but did not see any luxury, we were ready leave next morning but They have a policy no matter what is your concern you only receive a credit to stay in another sandals, and have to use it in 12 months. They won’t refund your money…Why would we make another mistake going back to Sandals?

we talked to other 2 couples at the resort they were having same concerns...Whole resort and their facilities are extremely misrepresented on their websites and brochures. 10 restaurants!!!! There are only 4… Royal Café, cricketer’s pub and Pizzeria are snack bars (they are counting as restaurants) serves junk food. Gordon’s on Pier is close most of the time & it’s for only guests who have butler service... same food served at different places..the restaurants are almost NEVER open. Many of them you have make reservations, no matter which restaurant you eat its all same, buffet at spices is similar to some kind of cafeteria…it's all coming out of the same kitchen.
In this ‘all inclusive resort” there is no room service at all.…In room they have just small fridge filled with couple of Pepsi and sprite (they called mini bar)
Very poor customer service. You have to wait 30-45 minutes every time you order something in any restaurants..staff Often touch food with their hands. 5 star Resort is a joke….
Internet is not free in this “all Inclusive resort”…you have to pay $14 a day or $42 a week.

Private Offshore Island, again website and brochure makes you believe that whole island is owned by sandals but only small portion of it and there is nothing to do there…everything was closed during our stay.

Compare to other luxury resorts we have stayed (dreams, secrets, excellence) this was a nothing!!..don’t waste you money and time!! NEVER EVER TO SANDALS AGAIN…

Room Tip: There are no good rooms at all
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

We were there on a day pass on Dec 21 (we were staying at the Compass Point Hotel and needed to escape airplane traffic). Everything was perfect. The service is amazing. The staff is always available to help and extremely professional.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

My husband and I recently spent a week at the resort for some much needed relaxtion time. We didn't know what to expect since it was our first time to a Sandals Resort, but I can tell you we were not disappointed. The staff was Amazing, the weather was perfect, food was fantastic and the people on the island were wonderful. We will definately be going again and have already scheduled a trip to one of the St. Lucia Sandals resorts. We can definately say we got what we went for in regards to relaxation and time to ourselves and heck being pampered at the spa made it even better. Enjoy your trip.

Room Tip: Definately get the conceierge service and a view of the ocean, it is so relaxing...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

We went there for honeymoon and then again 6 months later.

The food is OUTSTANDING. I ate caviar for breakfast every morning. Even the Italian restaurant was great, the lamb chops were the best I have ever had.

The Resort is totally secure and the staff are very warm and accommodating. First-rate service.

There is always something to do. We planned on seeing the island but were so comfortable at the resort that we never left.

My whole life I have loved to travel and see new places, but now I feel like I just want to see this place again and again.

Room Tip: The new building has better views.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

My husband and I stayed from 1 - 12 December - it was wonderful! The staff could not do enough for you. We were upgraded from a basis room to a Concierge room as we were celebrating our 25th Anniversary. The food in the restaurants was excellent – especially the Duck in the Baccarat Restaurant – Yes at times the air conditioning seemed too cold, but we were going from a lovely humid night into an air conditioned restaurant (take a cardigan)! Drinks – excellent – special thanks to Fluffy & Cupcakes in the Piano Bar who kept our glasses full and us laughing throughout our stay.

We had a wonderful holiday and would recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for a lovely relaxing holiday, with excellent food, drinks and service thrown in for good measure.

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Property: Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island
Address: West Bay Street, Cable Beach, Nassau 13005, New Providence Island
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Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > New Providence Island > Nassau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Nassau
#1 Luxury Hotel in Nassau
#1 Spa Hotel in Nassau
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Nassau
#2 Family Hotel in Nassau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island 5*
Number of rooms: 404
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
•New, extra comfortable, ultra luxurious Day Beds added poolside on Sandals Cay •Sandals Cay now has Zen Spa and Fire Pits.-----•Butler Service, 24-Hour Room Service, and Rolls Royce or Mercedes Transfers for select suite categories. •Over 10,000 sq. ft. of the Island’s most impressive Freshwater Pools•Sandals Cay – Nassau’s only resort with Private Offshore Island & Restaurant.•Ten Dining Options featuring an array of cuisine from French to Bahamian. •Minutes away from excellent duty free shopping in Downtown Nassau on Bay Street and world class gambling on Paradise Island.•Weekly Late night decadent Chocolate Buffet offering specialty coffee •Voted Sandals Resorts “World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company” 16 years in a row. •Voted Sandals Resorts “Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand” 18 years in a row. •Voted Sandals Royal Bahamian “Bahamas’ Leading Spa Resort”. ... more   less 
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Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort And Offshore Island
Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island Hotel Nassau
Sandals Bahamas
Sandals Royal Bahamian Cable Beach
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