Post # 1
so we know we want to do an all inclusive resort, and right now couples and sandals have some really good deals going on…
I was just wondering if people could share some personal experiences with what you liked or didn’t like…
Right now I really like the look for Couples Swept away but I don’t know anyone personally that has been to a couples resort and I want some kind of input before I commit 🙂
And we are getting married in October, so any experience in that time of year would be nice too!
Post # 3
I haven’t been to a Couples or Sandals resort before, so maybe bumoing this up will get some attention from some others who have.
We went to a Palace resort in September. We went to the one in Riveria Maya, Mexico. We went about a month and a half before you are going, but one thing I liked about that time was that the occupancy was really low because it’s hurricane season and still pretty warm down there. It’s warm, but totally manageable I thought. Also the nice thing about the low occupancy was that we never had a problem getting into restuarants at the resort or getting good seats at the pool and shows.
It may still be that way when you go since it’s still hurricane season, just be sure to buy trip insurance, that way you can get home if a hurricane blows up or be able to take your honeymoon at a later date if something hits when you’re leaving.
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2010 - Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, St. Thomas
I stayed at a Sandals in Jamaica and I absolutely loved it. I think we paid around $1200 per person, and that included airfare, for 7 nights. The all inclusive was fantastic – drinks and food all day and night if you wanted. The one thing I didn’t know about before getting there was once you’re there, they do an orientation and you sign up for each restaurant you want to eat at every night. So the first day, you have your dinner plan for the week. Montego Bay has 3 Sandals resorts and we had access to all three. There was a shuttle that ran every 15 minutes between them what we did was stay at the cheapest of the 3 (Sandals Inn) to save money, but still take full advantage of the other 2 nicer, bigger resorts.
Mr Nachos and I are doing all inclusive for our wedding in St. Thomas. The biggest difference between this trip and Jamaica is the exchange rate. Since St Thomas is still US territory, they use the dollar and charge a lot more since they don’t make as big of a profit per tourist dollar as other territories do. The all inclusive plan was about double what the non-all inclusive was, but we didn’t want the hassle of pulling out a credit card every time we order a drink. So my advice is go somewhere that doesn’t use the US dollar and you’ll save a ton of money.
Post # 5
October is a heavy hurricane month. Costa Rica is out of the hurricane zone though, and it is not far from the states.
We stayed at an all inclusive that had everything we wanted.
http://www.mytropicalhoneymoon.com. It even included tipping!
Post # 6
We went to Dreams Neuvo Vallarta and loved it! All the rooms have little jaccuzi tubs on the balconies(although the clean freak in me brought Clorex wipes to sanitize the “sex tub” before we went into it). The food was amazing at dinner and the nicest thing was no reservations. Breakfast and Lunches were mediocre but the dinners definetly made up for it. It is a ways out of Puerta Vallarta if you are the partying type, but cab rides are SUPER cheep (around $12 each way). The resort itself is a bit small, but we liked that about it. They also have premium alchohol which is nice at an all inclusive and room service is 24 hours a day. There is a privacy door in the room for room service as well so no need to have them come in. We were there in October which is hurricane season and the nights were super stormy but the days were sunny and bright and it made for some amazing lightening storms!
Post # 7
I haven’t been to a Couples, but one of my BM went this summer for her honeymoom and loved it. She stayed at Couples Negril. She didn’t have any negative comments about it.
Post # 8
I haven’t been to the couples or sandals resorts, but my husband and I have been to all-inclusives twice now, the second time at an adults-only resort, and we had a blast both times! We have had nothing but positive experiences, and I would imagine the same is true for these resorts.