Couples Barbados (now Sandals Barbados)
The rooms were a reasonable size and quite understated. They have the usual couples facilities such as a stocked mini bar, iron, ironing board ,coffee maker, safe, hairdryer and iPod docking station. There is also a flat screen TV. The balcony furniture is quite sparse with chairs and a table.
The hotel is located on turtle beach and we even experienced the turtles hatching on the beach whilst we were there! The beach is a long soft sandy beach but a little on the choppy side so not ideal for swimming. The hotel operated a flag system on the beach for drinks and had a couple of hammocks located in the trees by the beach which were nice to chill out in.
The main pool was relatively large surrounded by sunbeds and had a swim up bar. The pool was quite loud with music and pool volleyball going on so not for those wanting peace and quiet. The restaurants were around this area and the grill did lovely cheeseburgers at lunchtime, plus there was always a good selection of food at the buffet for lunch.
There was also a small pool by the 'yes please' a la carte restaurant and spa but again you needed to be a hardened sunbather as it was very hot and very little breeze around this area. This bar did smoothies during the day and vegetarian food. You need to get in early with your spa booking as it is always fully booked as there are only two treatment rooms.
Tennis was a little disappointing as the tennis pro didn’t really arrive until the middle of the trip so we didn’t get the excellent coaching we normally get on a couples break. There was only two courts. The activities and entertainment generally were a little low key. Included in our stay was a visit to Oystins on the Friday evening where we sampled some flying fish and we also swam with the turtles when we did the catamaran trip. We were close to St Lawrence gap so also had the opportunity to get out of the hotel and eat at a local restaurant called Harlequins which was lovely. The water sports available on the beach were restricted to body boards and canoes so not as much activity that you would get at other couples hotels in Jamaica.
I will return to Barbados as I thought it was a lovely island with lovely people.