Post # 1
My Fi and I would like to go to sandals for our honeymoon next june. We want All-inclusive and Adults Only. And we’ve heard great things about Sandals (or we are just a sucker for advertisements – HA!) Jamaica seems like the cheapest since we are on a budget.
I know theres like 5 different Sandals resorts in Jamaica. So for those of you that have been – whered you go and how’d you like it? Pro’s Con’s? I was reading some reviews and Montego Bay is right next to the airport so you can hear the planes. And one reviewer said they give you a schedule of what restaurants your eating at which day so you can’t pick where and when you want to go. Anyone know if thats true?
I’m curious about other sandals locations or i might be able to convince Fiance into another adults only all inclusives… i’d like to go to the bahamas or st lucia but the prices and airfare are more money. I think we got around 3500 – 4k including airfare.
Post # 3
My friend and her Darling Husband did Sandals for their honeymoon in Jamaica. They did Negril and Ocho Rios. You can switch from one Sandals to the next. They never mentioned anything about a schedule for restaurants. They had a great time and said Jamaica is beautiful and that Sandals was great. If you go to Jamaica, you really have to go to Negril! The pictures from there are AMAZING. I’m definitely interested in going to Jamaica.
Post # 4
I have a couple of friends that went to different Sandals in Jamaica. They both said that they had a great time, etc. but one of the things that stood out to me was a mention of armed guards at the end of the private beach.
Post # 5
@subjunctivitis: The armes guards are for keeping people out. You really don’t want someone (meaning peddlers) harrassing you on your vacation. They are sometimes very pushy when they try to sell you stuff.
So some all inclusives post these guards as a deterrant, in addition the beaches at all inclusive are for you the guest only, they have to keep the loiters out.
Post # 6
Negril has the nicest beach but I was not impressed with the staff there, it felt like everyone was trying to sell us something from massages on the ressort to boat trips organized by their friends. It’s also nearly 2 hours from the airport. After Negril, we stayed at the Royal and it was so much better staff wise. Right near the airport but not loud (we went to Mo Bay for dinner and loud is an understatement). This would be my first choice to return but when I looked up prices, it is seems much more expensive than when we were there in 2010. It seems they are pushing the new Grande property in Jamaica. We just got invited to a wedding ther early next year and booked a week for 3k without flight, flight from BOS (my airport) looks to be about $380 p.p. FWIW, our honeymoon was 11 nights at Halycon St. Lucia including flights we paid 5k and when we booked it we could have stayed at LaToc for a couple hundred dollars less. I owuld go back to St. Lucia over Jamica given the choice after having been to both islands.
ETA: I have never had reservations made for me. It is sometimes hard to get exactly the reservations you want but try to request them upon arrival. I can recommend going to other ressorts for dinner at various restaurants as well.
ETA: I got curious and put in a week from June 9, 2013 and Halycon in St. Lucia is $3,007. I saw that air from Charlotte adds 1300 which is a lot but imagine you may see this airfare decrease as you get closer to the date. FWIW you can cancel your room up to 45 days out for a full refund.
Post # 7
I have been to whitehouse and montego bay. We did whitehouse for 11 days for our honeymoon since it takes a little to travel there. For our anniversary/babymoon we did montego bay. It is by the airport so you hear planes, but you tune them out. We were there for less time and didn’t want to waste time traveling. We never needed reservations and LOVES each trip. We are sandals fans and never felt like we were being sold to and we were able to just lay on our pool side beds and relax.
Post # 8
Fiance and I were in Sandals Negril in May. Overall, we were not very impressed. Though the beach is beautiful, the rooms are really dated. The food was good/ok (like any all-inclusive would be), but the staff was very nice! It had it’s good and bads, but overall, we would not return.
Have you considered Mexico? I find that in Jamaica, you got get much bang for your buck. Though we usually prefer to stay at NON all-inclusive resorts, I’ve stayed at some all-inclusives in Mexico (Moroma specifically) that were far superior to the Sandals in Negril, and about 2/3 of the price.
If you’re really commited to going to Jamaica, I would try the Couples Swept Away instead of Sandals, they are supposed to be the best.
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2013 - Piney River Ranch
I went to Sandals Dunns River in Ochos Rios before – it’s no longer a sandals, but it was very nice. I enjoyed my stay there and the area was great. Far enough away from the airport that you don’t have planes landing over top of you constantly, but close enough that it wasn’t too far of a drive. The Dunns Rivers Falls were amazing – you are led by a guide up the falls in a human chain, stopping to take pictures or slide down a natural water slide at spots.
I’ve heard Negril has some great sunsets though, too.
Post # 10
My brother got married at Sandals lasy July in Negril. I had very high expectations, however very disappointed. The almost 2 hr ride to the hotel was ok, but not something I wanted to do after sitting on a plane for 4 hrs. The reception area is nice, the main pool was very small, the beach was nice though! The drinks were all the same even though they say they have all the “top shelf” stuff….they were always “out” I found little bugs in the room, there was a space in our door, so mosquitos gor in and bit the hell outta me!!! WHen you go out, WEAR bug spray, they were terrible just walking from dinner to ur room!!!If u have any other questions let me know. I have lots of pics as well to share if u want.