- Any particular tips or tricks for the resort?
Make sure your hubby brings pants, closed toed shoes, and collared shirts. A lot of the restaurants have dress codes at night. They are more lenient with the ladies.
Explore the other pools on the resort. We hung out at the “main” pool (or the party pool) the whole time, because we didn’t realize there were other nice-sized pools on the resort.
If you like frozen drinks, ask for a “BBC.” It is so yummy; tastes like a banana milkshake.
- What type of room did you stay in/how was it? We are staying in a honeymoon verandah suite with butler service.
Oooo fancy! 🙂 We stayed in a regular honeymoon room, which overlooked the pool and the ocean. Since our room was by the main pool, it got loud at times. Your room will be more out of the way, and you’ll most likely have to take the shuttle up and down the hill on the resort. The shuttles come every 5 minutes. We’ve walked the hill and its not too bad, though.
- Did you visit the other Sandals resorts and were the worth the visit?
Yes, we visited the other two resorts. The shuttles ran every 2 hours, I think, between the resorts. I think it would be worth your while to visit them.
The Grande has the nicest beach. You could spend the day their at the pool/beach and then utilize a hospitality room to get ready for dinner over there. We ate at Toscanini’s and the food was excellent.
The Halcyon is definitely the smallest of the 3 resorts. We spent a few hours over there and grabbed dinner at the Pier. My hubby got the steak and it was so good! We also had a very good experience at the bar across from the entrance of the Pier. Very quick service!
- are there any restaurants I should make reservations at before I go?
I didn’t make any reservations before I got there, but August isn’t their busy season, so the resort wasn’t full. If you don’t end up making reservations before you get there, I think your butler will take care of them for you. I think guests with butlers have first priority with reservations. La Toc, the french restaurant, and Kimono’s, the stir fry restaurant, are the 2 restaurants that you need reservations for at La Toc. I know Toscanini’s at the Grande also requires reservations. The other one, Gordon’s (Grande), is included in your stay because you have a butler; I think you need reservations for that one.
- Did you attend the evening parties and were they fun?
La Toc always has something going on at night. I liked the Friday Street Party the best, I think. They had fire dancers and authentic food galore. Some of the other night events were karaoke and reggae. Most nights Herbie’s Piano Bar was opened; there was usually a pianist there that you sang along with. It was fun and where most people hung out after hours.
- which excursions did you like the best and least?
See my post above in regards to the excursions we went on.
- what was the highlight of your trip?
I think that the Joe Knows Tour was one of the best days of the trip. I enjoyed learning about the island. That, and finishing, the third Fifty Shades of Grey book, lol 🙂