Brand New Sandals Barbados

Sandals staff at the ribbon-cutting for the Sandals Royal Barbados.

Sandals Resorts Officially Opens Newest Property in Barbados

by Jessica Montevago / 
Sandals Resorts Officially Opens Newest Property in
The swim-up bar at Sandals Barbados. Photo: Sandals Resorts.

Sandals Royal Barbados welcomed its first guests this week, debuting the brand’s first rooftop infinity pool.

The all-suite resort features 222 concierge and butler-level suites, including Sandals’ signature Rondoval, Millionaire Butler, Skypool and Crystal Lagoon Swim-Up suite concepts.

The property has three new restaurants: American Tavern, which offers casual dining; Asian fusion Chi, with design inspired by traditional tea rooms; and Butch’s Steak and Seafood, a traditional a la carte steak and seafood house. There are also French, Italian, and Caribbean eateries on-site.

The rooftop infinity pool, surrounded with chaise lounge seating, is part of an entertainment complex, which will also offer live music, a French bistro, and a cantilevered cocktail lounge.

Other entertainment options include an entertainment pavilion with a four-lane bowling alley, living room, and game room.

Sandals Royal Barbados features five bars, including their first beer garden; and the Lovers’ Lane Bar, which offers a selection of international, local and craft beers.

The company’s Chairman and Founder Gordon “Butch” Stewart said Sandals Royal Barbados was designed to complement the adjacent 280-room Sandals Barbados, with guests staying at either property having the opportunity to enjoy the amenities of both.

Other exclusive amenities on the property include the brand’s first barber shop; a full-service, 15,000-square-foot Red Lane Spa; and for guests in select top-category suites, the resort provides private chauffeured Rolls-Royce airport transfers.

The resort also features a Beach House Resort Shop, which Sandals describes as “a new retail brand curated to bring together the elements of the Caribbean featuring sophisticated resort wear, home goods, local craft, and provisions.”

Sandals Resorts also announced it opened its 12 over-water bungalows at Jamaica’s Sandals South Coast. Located on a heart-shaped pier, each bungalow offers a tranquility soaking tub, a patio and sun deck, outdoor shower, a walk-in rain shower in the bathroom, hammocks, and glass-vision floor panels.

The resort also unveiled its over-the-water bar and wedding chapel, with a glass floor aisle. Other renovations include four new dining options: Sushi on the Sand, Jerk Shack, Schooner’s Caribbean restaurant and a beach picnic, which is an option for butler guests.


Adults Only Luxury – Hyatt Zilara Cancun


Update 12/6/14 to reflect personal photos from Swim Up Suites, see below.

One of my very favorite resorts of all time:   The Adults Only Hyatt Zilara

The amenities are much too many to even list, it just goes on and on, even down to a guy that comes around the pool all day every day and cleans your sunglasses for you, and brings you skewers of frozen grapes!   A 24/7 bakery where you can get lattes and desserts, a 24/7 sports bar with snacks and ping pong and pool, all their meats are cooked in front of you while you watch, several specialty restaurants, a big 32 inch flat screen tv with a woofer on it for sound, which rotates so that you can watch it on the balcony, a huge in room jacuzzi looking out over the ocean, the shower has like 8 shower heads in it including a rain shower, stocked fridge and premium brand liquors in the room, a ‘smart butler’ service for room service, they don’t come in your room, they put it in a door in the wall at your door and turn on a light so you know it’s there, and you reverse that when finished, HUGE beach!  It just goes on and on, I was just amazed even myself.    

This is a FANTASTIC resort.   The amenities are so many it’s almost impossible to mention them all, starting with a massive stretch of beach looking out over gorgeous teal waters and, close to the airport.   A few of the things that fascinated me, and these are only a few, of so many:

A guy that comes around the pool all day every day and cleans your sunglasses for you and brings you skewers of frozen grapes!

A 24/7 bakery where you can get lattes and desserts

A 24/7 sports bar with snacks and ping pong and pool

All their meats are cooked in front of you while you watch

Several specialty restaurants

A big 32 inch flat screen tv with a woofer on it for sound, in each room, which rotates so that you can watch it on the balcony

A huge in room jacuzzi looking out over the ocean

The showers has 6-8 shower heads, including a rain shower

Stocked fridge and premium brand liquors in the room

A ‘smart butler’ service for room service, they don’t come in your room, they put it in a door in the wall at your door and turn on a light so you know it’s there, and you reverse that when finished

It just goes on and on, I was just amazed even myself and I’ve been to Cancun MANY times

Wonderful spa services, and each day they give free samples massages around the pool

Beach Cabana beds all around the pool and the beach, enough for everyone and with some room categories, you get one assigned specifically to you.

This resort has a variety of room categories, including swim up rooms in blocks of 4 and these have their own pools so they don’t have to come into the main pool, unless they want to; Premium Oceanview  and Premium Oceanfront Suites (Double and Kings), as well as Swim Up Suites.  Corner Suites with wrap around balconies, a hammock, table, and chairs on every balcony; and every room looks out over the ocean.  They also have a great pilates area, full state of the art gym, a 5 jacuzzi therapy system, each one designed to stimulate a different body portion; furnishings are incredible!


You get all of the VIP Privileges of the resort, and are one category below the Ambassador Suite. There are a limited number of the Swim Ups and they include everything all of the other categories have, plus top shelf liquors (such as Don Julio), the rain shower and massage shower, plus a steam shower, all of the spa facilities, and more. They also have a WII playstation, bose sound system, Ipod/iPhone dock, flat screen TV, DVD player, munchies, coke products, and more.

You step down from your balcony into your personal, private, heated infinity pool (only shared with 3 other swim ups in your bank of rooms), two chairs and a table in the water on your pedestal, and bartender service.

Here are a few personal photos, please pardon a few personal items in them.

This is the view looking out from the swimups to the resort and beach:

2nd Vanity, closets (in-room safe, ironing board, iron, umbrella, robes and slippers inside)

Looking down into the room from the upper level where the sofa and office is

In room jacuzzi.  When those blinds are open, you look out over the beach and ocean

Looking out the sliding doors.    There’s also a huge hammock on the balcony, and, they will bring you special dinners there.

Also a comfy chair and a personal telescope for star gazing!

Looking up from the lower level

Additional premium brands.    More are in the dispenser in the cabinet.   Also, a personal coffee maker, and, a personal expresso machine

Looking towards the door from the upper level

Rain shower, 4 massaging jets, phone head, and, steam sauna, large enough for two people, with a built in sauna seat.  The window looks out into the room and out to the ocean

iTunes dock, loaded with music already

Looking down the resort from the water

Looking up towards the room from the private pool

Nice little greeting!

Looking down onto your personal pedistal and chairs

View of beach from sitting in your sun chair

They also do a LOT of weddings here, and they take care of everything.

These are my personal photos and video, below.

Infinity Pool

All rooms have a huge jacuzzi and a hammock and furniture on every balcony

A double room, called the Jr. Oceanview Suite

Corner Suite:

Watching this wonderful wedding was so much fun.   They were a really fun group

One of the Beach weddings

Turtle Nests




Getting ready for a private dinner













24 hour pastry-coffee shop

Pelicano’s, by the Ocean!







El Dorado Casita’s Royale, Cancun/Riviera Maya

 El Dorado Casitas Royale, one of Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Top 100 hotels in the World and a AAA Four Diamond Resort, is the top of romantic seaside luxury.
El Dorado Casitas Royale, by Karisma is an Adults Only Resort, located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, facing the beautiful Mexican Caribbean. The property is only 25 minutes south of Cancun International Airport, 15 minutes north of Playa del Carmen, just 10 minutes away from “Mayacoba championship” golf course, 20 minutes away from the “Playacar Golf Club” and numerous wonderful Cenotes, 5 minutes south from Puerto
Morelos and 35 minutes south of downtown Cancun. Built on 450 acres of tropical jungle, over a mile of unspoiled Punta Brava Beach and spread among hundreds of palm trees, this property is a tropical paradise.  


Casita Suite

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This is a romantic and intimate suite with outdoor shower, one king size bed, palapa (thatched) roof, bathroom (with bathtub, shower, double sink and premium toiletries), amazing views from the indoor Jacuzzi for two, oversized balcony, DVD library, and Concierge services.

Individual Casita Suite

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Complete privacy and romance, this suite is located in a secluded building with outdoor shower, one king size bed, palapa (thatched) roof, bathroom (with bathtub, shower, double sink and premium toiletries), amazing views from the indoor Jacuzzi for two, oversized balcony, DVD library and Concierge services.

Swim Up Casita Suite

Romantic and Intimate Suite with outdoor shower, 1 king size bed, palapa (thatched) roof, full bath & shower (double sink), in-suite Jacuzzi for two, oversized balcony with hammock & chairs, DVD library, high standard amenities and Concierge services.

Infinity Pool Casita Suite
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A romantic and intimate suite located on the second floor. It features outdoor shower, one king-size bed, palapa (thatched) roof, bathroom (with bathtub, shower, double sink and premium toiletries), in-suite Jacuzzi for two, oversized balcony with hammock & chairs and private pool, DVD library and Concierge services.

Infinity Pool Swim Up Casita Suite

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This suite has a private pool and direct access to the relaxation river. It features outdoor shower, one king-size bed, palapa (thatched) roof, bathroom (with shower, bathtub, double sink and premium toiletries), in-suite Jacuzzi for two, oversized balcony with hammock & chairs, DVD library and Concierge services.

Presidential One Bedroom Casita – On Request

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Spectacular and romantically designed, this suite features an oversized ocean view bedroom, an adjoining living room equipped with a plasma screen TV and a terrace. Guests are truly pampered here by luxurious facilities and personalized Concierge service. This suite also offers additional amenities for entertainment such as board games, personal snorkel equipment, iPod, espresso maker, international magazines and daily newspaper. An amenities kit, bathrobes and bath slippers are also provided as well as a daily turn down service.


Celebrate with an exquisite meal and a drink, experience the most delicious dinner options and a magical atmosphere prepared specially for you.

Delight your senses with an innovating Gourmet Inclusive cuisine concept that takes you to complete satisfaction. El Dorado Casitas Royale shows 7 distinctive all-inclusive à la carte restaurants with a grand variety of extraordinary dishes, desserts and marvelous drinks for every occasion.

To ensure total comfort and maximum flexibility, none of our restaurants requires reservations.

All restaurants are non smoking and operate on select schedules.
A maximum of 6 people per table is allowed.


Guests’ appetites are met with enjoyable tastes from all over the world. With a great chef’s menu, Cocotal offers something for everyone in an elegant air-conditioned atmosphere: continental breakfast, international à la carte breakfast as well as a gourmet dinner.

  • Cuisine: International
  • Continental breakfast: 6:30 am – 7:00 am
  • International breakfast: 7:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Dinner: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm


With a five-star service D’Italia offers lovers the perfect intimate dining experience. Allow the soft, enchanting sounds of a string quartet wrap you as you enjoy an exquisite Italian meal prepared by gourmet chefs. A visit to El Dorado Royale is not complete without spending a romantic evening here.

  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian
  • Open: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm


Enjoy the lovely ocean views as you indulge with the best of the Pacific Rim cuisine from India, Vietnam, China and Japan. Don’t miss the region’s freshest sushi or the genuine spring rolls. Buddha statues make the mood for the captivating Thai-inspired decor.

  • Cuisine: Pacific Rim
  • Breakfast: 7:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

La Isla

Open air palapa serving à la carte International Cuisine. It features both a continental breakfast and an international breakfast, lunch and a Mediterranean Cuisine Gourmet Dinner.

  • Cuisine: International
  • Continental breakfast: 6:00 am – 7:00 am
  • International breakfast: 7:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

JoJo’s Seaside Grill

A real seaside grill, JoJo’s offers authentic, fresh Caribbean cuisine in a delightful setting. Fresh sea breeze and relaxing sounds of the waves rolling in, the Caribbean Sea provides all the ambiance guests could ask for in this open-air restaurant. The menu is updated every day with just-off-the-boat fresh fish; JoJo’s is a seafood lover’s eden. From authentic ceviche to traditional fish and chips, each dish is prepared fresh, just the way you like it.

  • Cuisine: Caribbean Food
  • Open: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm

Fuentes-Culinary Theatre

A gastronomes dream come true, Fuentes is the best for dining and entertainment. Five opened kitchens under a 90-foot domed thatched roof. Fuentes has a bon vivant adventure to please all your appetites and curiosities. Flat-screens display our Michelin-trained chefs’ cooking specialties and Mexico’s vast culinary heritage.

  • Cuisine: Culinary Arts
  • Breakfast: 7:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm


For those afternoon cravings, our Gourmet Corners are the perfect answer.

Healthy Corner

Healthy corner serves fruit, whole-wheat sandwiches and smoothies made fresh to order.

  • Open: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

La Cabaña Pizzeria

Come enjoy wood oven pizzas served to order, a selection of Angus burgers, gourmet bites and other succulent Mexican “botana” preparations.

  • Open: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Rincon Mexicano

This gourmet corner serves delicious and authentic Mexican delicacies.

  • Open: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Dress Code

To enhance our unique dining experience, please comply with our “casual-elegance” dress code in all gourmet restaurants.

  • Ladies: Capri pants, dresses, skirts, long pants, shoes, dress sandals.
  • Gentlemen: Bermuda shorts, long pants, collared shirts, dress sandals, casual shoes.



El Dorado Casitas Royale offers its guests with a variety of bars, each with its own unique ambiance.

Martini Bar

Sip martinis at the sophisticated-chic Martini Bar which offers a variety of premium vodkas from around the world. Have a drink while enjoying the sea breeze and palm trees.

  • Open: 12:00 pm – 2:00 am

Las Guacamayas

Relax on one of the swinging chairs while savoring a cold drink. Choose between a variety of beverages, (cold Mexican beers, cheladas, exotic cocktails, aged tequila and more), all the while enjoying live music.

  • Open: 5:00 pm – 2:00 am

Las Olas Corner

Located at Albatros bar, Las Olas serves tasty salads, wraps, whole wheat sandwiches and refreshing smoothies. Located in Casitas 31.

  • Open: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Swim-Up Bars

Enjoy the 10 swim-up bars where gourmet snacks, premium cocktails and other refreshing beverages are served without having to even leave the pool!

All swim-up bars are open 9:00 am- 5:00 pm (except the beach bar which is open 9:00 am – 2:00 am).

  • Albatros
  • Beach Bar
  • Colibrí
  • Faisanes
  • Gaviotas Seashore Bar
  • La Isla
  • Las Fuentes
  • Papagayos
  • Pelícanos
  • Pericos
  • Quetzal
  • Tucanes

Activities & Entertainment

Day or night, the El Dorado Casitas Royale offers activities that make each moment count. From tennis and yoga, to snorkeling and kayaking, there is something for everyone and it is all for you.

Next to the shores of the Mexican Caribbean, El Dorado Casitas Royale provides a wide variety of ways to enjoy the water. We have 13 pools; one is a natural saltwater pool.  There’s scuba clinics in the main pool, while the lazy river runs thru the resort. Non-motorized water sports include paddle boating, kayaking and snorkeling. They are the only resort in the area that offers on-site wave-runners, ATV tours and horseback riding.

There are a wide variety of fitness options, complete fitness center, tennis courts and bicycles you can ride around the beautiful grounds. Join in a yoga class or take a sauna or steam bath.

Every night, the disco becomes alive in a huge palapa. Red Carpet Night offers an intoxicating mix of gourmet food, wine and tequila tasting, cigar rollers, a live band and acrobats.

For those who desire a vast view, the Tour Desk arranges exciting off-site excursions. Enjoy a day of deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, or shopping. Rent a car and explore the Mayan city, or take our shuttle service to visit Cancun or Playa del Carmen.


  • Air rifle shooting
  • Archery
  • Beach volleyball
  • Bike tour
  • Bocce game
  • Choose a song
  • Cooking lessons
  • Dance on a towel
  • Darts tournament
  • Fitness center
  • Horseshoe
  • Kayak race
  • Kayak tour
  • Kayak towing
  • Latin dance lessons
  • Million goal
  • Mini boat race
  • Mini golf
  • Name that tune
  • NFL shots
  • Paper plane contest
  • Ping pong
  • Pool volleyball
  • Sauna
  • Soccer
  • Spanish lessons
  • Steam baths
  • Tennis lessons
  • Tequila tasting
  • Towel figures
  • Water aerobics
  • Water baloon fight
  • Water Olympics
  • Water polo
  • Yoga classes

Enjoy Live Entertainment all Night long!

Discover an enchanting night entertainment with fabulous Disco Nights, Shows, Mexican Live music, DJ’s and more. Enjoy nightly entertainment as well as inviting dance music. If you are more the quiet kind, join a fine conversation with other guests while enjoying a great variety of cool Caribbean cocktails.

Your date with romance:

With romantic atmosphere, deluxe services and seductive amenities, the adults-only El Dorado Casitas Royale was designed especially for couples in love.

Celebrate love in a captivating Caribbean beachfront resort created for that purpose. El Dorado Casitas Royale is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway, a dream wedding, an amazing honeymoon, or an unforgettable anniversary − their specialty is romance.

Romantic Highlights:

Beach Beds

Specially located for privacy and attended by your Beach Butler, their beach beds allow you to share intimate moments while gentle breeze and the sound of the waves pamper you.

Private Open-Air Showers

This is an exquisite experience, totally private, with the sunshine overhead and the inviting waters of your very own outdoor shower.

Candlelight Dinners on the Beach

Intimate and romantic, just the two of you, savoring incredible food and wine, while the surf gently breaks at the beach and the candlelight flutters across your faces. This is an unforgettable experience that you will cherish forever

Gourmet Restaurants

Each night has a different flavor, a different dining experience. From elegant surroundings to a more festive atmosphere, you make the choice.

Couples Massage

Choose from our private couples massage room at the Spa or our signature Sky Massage in a bungalow above the white beach. These moments are designed to offer the ultimate relaxation experience.