Sandals Barbados vs Sandals Royal Barbados Review

Are there two Sandals in Barbados?

We’ve been asked that question here at Wedding Pioneer, and we know why.

When you find yourself blissfully walking between the beautiful stretches of Dover and Maxwell Beaches on the southern coast of Barbados, you might not know for sure where Sandals Barbados ends, and Royal begins!

That’s excellent news for destination wedding couples or honeymooners because you get two times the fun at Sandals resorts in Barbados.

What’s the Difference Between Sandals Barbados vs Sandals Royal Barbados?

SANDALS Barbados: All-Inclusive in St. Lawrence Gap

Sandals Barbados is the most exclusive Sandals Resort ever created in a premier destination that’s long been a favorite of jet-setters.

We’re making a handy comparison today between these sister resorts—so keep reading!

For more in-depth information, check out our Sandals Barbados review and Sandals Royal Barbados review—and make sure to review your Sandals travel checklist for essential details like passports.

For some wedding couples, a better question is what makes Sandals resorts in Barbados different from other luxury Sandals properties in the Caribbean?

For us, these unique features make Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal the perfect choices:

Sandals Barbados Butchs

These fun Sandals blogs are great to read so you get immersed in the beauty, culture, and best things about Barbados before you arrive:

Wedding couples like you have asked us questions about the resorts, so here’s a quick question and answer:

How Far Apart Are Sandals Barbados and Royal Barbados?

SANDALS Royal Barbados: All-Inclusive in St. Lawrence Gap

Experience the epitome of elegant luxury, where extraordinary innovations and sublime indulgences abound.

The resorts are side-by-side (click the link for a Google map overhead view), and Sandals considers the two properties to be one mega-resort where guests can easily walk to the restaurants, bars, and other on-site amenities. 

Which Sandals Barbados Is the Newest?

Sandals Barbados pools

Sandals Royal Barbados opened in 2017, while Sandals Barbados opened in January 2015 after a $65 million renovation of an existing property. 

Sandals Royal added the South Seas Village in July 2021, and we highly recommend this section for your destination wedding and Sandals honeymoon. Keep reading to learn why!

Sandals Royal Barbados South Seas Village

Which Sandals in Barbados Is the Best for My wedding?

We love both resorts in Barbados for couples planning a destination wedding, and we want to help couples like you choose the best Sandals resort in Barbados for your big day.

Here’s how we’ll break this down to make your decision easier:

  • Do you want a casual beach wedding, or are you dreaming about an elopement
  • Do you want one of the most unique wedding venues in the Caribbean?
  • Are you looking for a secluded honeymoon suite with a private pool?
  • Do you want a beachfront honeymoon suite with a private infinity pool in the sky?
  • Are you bringing a destination wedding group with you?

Wedding Pioneer Travel Tip: We recommend this super-special promotion available at any Sandals resort. It’s called “Test Drive Your Wedding,” and it’s available to you at unbeatable rates. Check out a Sandals resort in Barbados before your wedding!

Ready? Let’s plan your Sandals weddingmoon (that’s your wedding AND honeymoon) in Barbados!

Best Sandals in Barbados for Casual Weddings or Your Elopement

newlyweds at the Sandals Barbados Beach

Our winner in this category is Sandals Barbados. You’ll enjoy a beautifully laidback beachfront wedding here, whether you’re having a fun destination wedding party or a sweet, private elopement. 

Check out this stunning picture of your Sandals Barbados wedding venue.

For real-life inspiration, click on this photo reel and the magnifying glass to view couples’ weddings at Sandals Barbados.

The Most Uniquely Beautiful Wedding Venue in the Caribbean

Sandals Royal Barbados wedding ceremony venue

You must see the Sky Terrace wedding venue at Sandals Royal Barbados in person to believe it—in the meantime, click on the link to catch an impressive two-dimensional glimpse!

Booking the Sky Terrace for your wedding gives you a semi-private venue with a spectacular ocean view.

You’re right beside the breathtaking rooftop infinity pool and whirlpool, with a rooftop bar available for your reception cocktail hour.

Getting married at Sandals Royal is, well, a regal affair… when you book a top-tier suite, you get private airport transportation in a Rolls Royce, and your free Sandals wedding package or Royal honeymoon package is just the start of your pampering!

Click Wedding Inclusions to see everything you’ll receive and this fun 5-Step Wedding Planning tool that makes your big day dreams a reality.

This Secluded Honeymoon Suite With a Private Pool Is for Lovers

Sandals Royal is all Club Level or Butler Service Suites (click the links for a full description of these Sandals exclusive accommodations). 

Our Sandals Royal Barbados review has a great roundup of the different suites you can choose from, but just to let you know… one of our favorite suites of all time is the South Seas Royal Rondoval Suite with a private pool sanctuary.

South Seas Royal Rondoval Butler Suite w/ Private Pool Sanctuary

This is the most secluded suite in the newer South Seas Village at Sandals Royal. With a butler to assist you and round-the-clock in-suite dining, you’re making newlywed memories here to last a lifetime.

Click on the South Seas Suite link for amazing pictures with complete details of your suite and a list of accurate, updated pricing by day and month!

Beach Lovers Honeymoon Suite With a Private Skypool

Click on this Sandals Royal map to see the beachfront Stargazer building in the Royal Seaside Village section (the Stargazer faces the ocean on the bottom right). 

Now that you’ve got a birdseye view, you can picture yourself honeymooning in a Love Nest beachfront suite with a private infinity pool for two that’s exclusive to Sandals (it’s called your Skypool!).

These super-special luxury suites are once-in-a-lifetime for lovers. We invite you to click on Beachfront One Bedroom Skypool Butler Suite for spectacular photos, a full description, and current pricing with special promotions.

Beachfront Skypool Butler Suite With Balcony (Top-Tier, Love Nest)

Best Sandals in Barbados for Destination Wedding Groups

We like Sandals Barbados for destination wedding groups!

You get a more comprehensive selection of room categories to fit every budget. If you’d love to have your crew along for the ride of your life, Sandals Barbados offers special incentives for your wedding guests, and the savings grow the more rooms you book.

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