Sandals Royal Bahamian Reopens After $55 Million Renovation

The Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and Offshore Island reopened recently after a $55 million renovation—the first of a series of milestones to commemorate the 40th anniversary for the Sandals Resorts brand.

The new Island Village, consisting of standalone villas named after remote Bahamian cays, is representative of the provincial Bahamas—a compilation of the destination’s quintessential pinks, blues and white accents, with shiplap, striped awnings and additional touches. Each of the Butler Villa Suites have private pools and outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tubs. The refreshed East and West Bay accommodations offer a range of room and suite categories, including beachfront Butler Suites in the East Bay, where a new Infinity Swim-Up pool ends right where the sand begins. A new zero-entry Swim-Up pool hugs the West Bay tower’s ground level suites, while the Penthouse Love Nest Butler Suites showcase ocean views from a private balcony.

Sandals Royal Bahamian offers 13 fresh restaurant concepts. Guests can savor Pan-Caribbean spices at Kanoo—short for Junkanoo—where a new “Brasserie 30” à-la-carte menu is designed to deliver a lunch experience in 30 minutes or less. Outfitted in pinks and greens inspired by the feathers of the national bird, La Plume serves French cuisine in a modern atmosphere. Butch’s Island Chop House offers steak and seafood specialties; The Queen’s Pearl serves up British fare; Southern Italian favorites can be savored at Tesoro; and Soy serves sushi. Three gourmet food trucks will offer sweet treats and coffee at Sweets n Tings, locally inspired Bahamian fusion and seafood at Coco Queen, besides a new twist on Italian classics at Bahama Mamma Mia. Guests can enjoy a sip at the new Mr. B’s, which offers signature cocktail menus.

The Coconut Grove is a new addition to the resort, a beachfront lounge with food trucks, which are open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The venue also offers live music and entertainment into the late evening hours. Beaches and coral reefs await at the resort’s private island, Sandals Barefoot Cay, located just a mile from the shore. Couples can sail aboard the resort’s new Love Runner boat and spend the day on the shores featuring a pool bar with swings, an infinity-edge Jacuzzi, outdoor shower and new restaurant, Aralia House, which serves boat-to-table seafood besides Caribbean delicacies.

The Red Lane Spa welcomes guests back to three serene locations: the Main Spa, the Day Spa and the Offshore Escape—Zen Garden on Sandals Barefoot Cay. Spa facilities include two saunas and two steam rooms, complementing a range of services that now feature two new couples’ rituals in celebration of Sandals’ 40th anniversary: “Love & Trust” and “Forever in Love.”

As for wedddings, The Conch Pearl Wedding utilizes the signature pink spiral shell as an accent; the shoe-optional Barefoot Wedding is set right on the sand at a variety of resort locations, including the private island; and the Bahamian Wedding is set in a tropical garden, moving guests to the sounds of a Bahamian gospel choir. A customary conch-blowing ritual will conclude special guest events and weddings, welcoming love and good fortune to the sounds of rake and scrape music.

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