Is spending the extra on Sandals for our honeymoon worth it?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

A few thousand more than what? Where do you want to go? 

Post # 3
1256 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would rather go with the AMResorts like Secrets/Dreams than Sandals. Unless you want a butler you can get as good as/better amenities. 

Post # 5
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I went to the Sandals Grand in St. Lucia last summer.  It was amazing!  The rooms/food/resort/bars/pools were all fantastic.  With that being said, I have never been to another all-inclusive resort, so I can’t really compare it to anything else.  All I know, is that my husband and I plan to go back at some point because of our wonderful experience.

Post # 6
5160 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

TonyRocks69:  I’ve had a gerat experience with Dreams.  I would save the money.  

Post # 7
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

We went to Couples Sans Souci in Jamaica after trying to decide between them and Sandals. From what I’ve seen and heard Sandals looks nicer and is more updated. But it also has the downside of being what I consider to be overcrowded. That was what finally swayed us to go to Couples. I’m happy we did too because there were only like 120 people at the resort the entire time we were there which meant a non-crowded beach and lots of alone time in some of their hidden jacuzis. Plus the food was amazing along with the service.

Post # 8
2052 posts
Buzzing bee

I haven’t been, but if they truly are “all inclusive” that’s where the extra cost is coming from. 

This is going to sound weird but have you considered Disney cruises? I have heard from friends that they are amazing

Post # 9
1778 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I would definitely check out Couples resorts. They have more excursions thrown in for your AI price, and they’re still slightly cheaper than Sandals.

Post # 10
47 posts
  • Wedding: November 2014

Our honeymoon is at the beginning of November, so weather wise that knocks out a large portion of the Caribbean.  All inclusive was a must for us, as we like to over endulge in food and alcohol on vacation.  We also wanted to travel somewhere where we may not have the chance to go to again.  We ended up booking Sandals La Soure in Grenada.  It was a little bit more then we wanted to spend initally but in the end we decided it was the best choice for us and I couldn’t be happier or more excited!  Once you’ve decided on a location I think you and your fiance need to figure out what’s most important to you.  We knew that by choosing Grenada would ultimately be choosing Sandals as well as there aren’t many all inclusive options. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you go with Sandals though! As someone else mentioned above I would definetly check Trip Advisor, no matter where you decide to go! Good luck and happy planning!


Post # 11
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’ve been to several all inclusives that were so much nicer than Sandals.  I don’t know why people like them so much?

Post # 12
1236 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

justpeachy123:  Popularity/name recognition perhaps? My friend who used them for her honeymoon was really disappointed – she said she felt like she was at a livestock auction. Tons of people being herded through en masse and getting the exact same conveyor belt service. Made me strike them from the list when considering FI and my honeymoon.

Post # 13
2787 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

TonyRocks69:  If you are still deciding… I stayed at Secrets, some are beter then others but I loved the experience, the room was UPDATED and the food wa AMAZING…but I am sure it may be the same for Sandles…ust way more expensive

Post # 14
1981 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

We haven’t figured out where to go yet either, but it won’t be Sandals. I’ve been doing a lot of research and the less expensive rooms at Sandals don’t include room service or even concierge services (which seems basic), most don’t have bath tubs let alone whirlpool or jacuzzi tubs (most only have showers), and their unlimited scuba diving isn’t really unlimited.

We went to Moon Palace in Cancun and it was very luxe- jacuzzi in the room (and we didn’t get the fanciest suite at all), marble everything, Chi blow dryer AND flat iron in every room. We had great food experiences whether we went to a restaurant or the buffet (and we are critical of food bc FI went to culinary school and used to be a saucier). Overall, the service was top notch- FI proposed during the trip and the wedding planner helped him immensely arrange my spa appt, the surprise horse and carriage ride, was there to take photos of the proposal, professional engagement photo shoot, and private dinner in a gazebo on the beach. Spa, golf, and non-motorized water sports were not included but we had resort credits we could use towards them (and Sandals doesn’t include spa services either and has no resort credits). I am not sure I would go there for a honeymoon (lots of kids), but Palace Resorts have some adults only locations that we are considering- we are worried we won’t find a resort that tops this one for our honeymoon but also want to go somewhere new.

Last year we also went to Jewel Runaway Bay in Jamaica. It was nice for Jamaica, but resorts in Jamaica aren’t as upscale as Mexico, generally. Our room was not as nice, the food was good but not as good as at Palace. The people were great and we loved the scuba instructors. But you were also constantly reminded that you were in a third world country. Driving to the hotel, you see cinderblock homes with no heat, air, running water, glass windows, etc. We did a romantic horse and carriage ride through the nearby nice neighborhood all the lawyers and doctors lived… and some houses still didn’t have glass windows, there were underfed dogs running around, the streets were in utter disrepair, and a group of skinny cows in chains were grazing along the roads (our attendant explained the ranchers who owned them had no land, so they take them to public lands to eat public grass).

I think it depends on what you want to do during your honeymoon. FI and I know we want to spend a lot of our honeymoon scuba diving (I went for the first time in Jamaica and I love it & he has always loved it). If you look at Sandals “unlimited” scuba diving, certfied divers can do 2 dives using one tank each or 1 dive using two tanks a day up to 100 feet. FI is certified, but I am not. If you aren’t certified, you can do 1 dive a day but only up to 20 feet. 20 feet is nothing- totally lame. My first dive (I’ve gone 3 times) was 40 feet and only been deeper since! So while scuba is included at Sandals, if you aren’t certified, it is super lame scuba. You are better off going to a nice (but less expensive) resort that doesn’t include scuba and paying for it- still less than Sandals.

If you find a good resort (preferably not in Mexico or Jamaica) please share! 🙂

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