We had the absolute best vacation at the Sandals Barbados (2022).
I’ll start by saying we did opt for the butler service and I am SO glad that we did. I haven’t stayed at a Sandals without it so I can’t compare but I know other guests complained (for a number of reasons) without the butler service. Resort reasons aside, having the butter service made eating gluten free so easy!! You have the same three butlers all week and they coordinate every meal, they brought breakfast to our room, brought lunch to our beach chairs and walked us to dinner to personally talk to the kitchen ensuring no cross contact with gluten. If room service was ordered, they made sure our room was flagged as gluten free. It's hard to choose a favorite restaurant because we loved dining at all of them! Chi (asian fusion) was absolutely incredible (the chef came out to tell me he’d use separate pans for anything I ordered, we enjoyed the food at the Greenhouse, it was amazing to get fresh juice/smoothies at Heart and Sol - honestly, every restaurant we dined at was incredible and with so many options. Our butler spoke with the kitchen at every meal and made ordering seamless (many times gf bread was ready for our table before I arrived) and there was always a gf dessert option. I think our trip was much smoother with the butler service BUT the resort handled gluten free so well that I’m positive you would have a good trip without it!!
Tips for Gluten Free travelers -The donut shop has two selections of gluten free items separate from the other donuts but they'll also make you a selection of the regular donuts (you just have to request to pre order for the next day) this is an absolute must if you are gluten free because they are sooooo good! -The cafe has gluten free muffins in the back if you ask for them -You will want to be clear about cross contact when it comes to fried foods (ask for hash browns/fries to be cooked separately or avoid fried foods) -There is a gluten free pizza at the pizzeria they did take all of the precautions to make sure it's safe -Every time we dined (without the butler) or ordered room service, the staff started with 'any allergies' and so you'll have the chance to let them know right away that you need your items gluten free. -The menus aren't well labelled for gluten free but I think that's because almost anything on the menu can have a gluten free option, you just have to ask
— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu