Is this a good honeymoon deal?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

What does that price include?

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Anna10-05-2014:  Former Travel Agent here…

Sandals regularly has 65% off sales. So… yes you are saving a lot but no it’s not a rare deal, if that makes sense. It’s kind of like waiting for double coupon days at the grocery store. Some people don’t and they pay twice as much, that doesn’t mean the people who clipped coupons are getting the deal of the century- the store assumes people are going to use them. 

I would look at the rooms online and decide what is important to you. The “Garden Pool Mountain” view basically means you could be facing any of that… which also might mean you’re looking out over the resort to the mountains in the far distance. On the flip side, remember that “Oceanview” means you can see some part of the ocean from somewhere in the room… which could (and usually DOES) mean if you stand on your tiptoes in the corner of the balcony and look through 500 palm trees you can kind of see some blue waves a little bit. 

Butler Service at Sandals is hit or miss. Don’t think you’re going to have some dude at your beck & call. With cutbacks many Sandals resorts are having their butlers service 5-10 rooms at a time. 

Also, don’t think you’re going to get to play the “I’m on my honeymoon- cater to me” card. Sandals Resorts are meant for honeymoons. EVERYONE there is on their honeymoon, so you are far less likely to get upgraded or have anything comp’d there. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@MexiPino:  +1. I think Sandals is a huge waste of money personally. There are so many better resorts.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@babycakes24:  Sandals is an all-inclusive resort, so in addition to what OP listed it includes all food & drinks (including alcohol). Sandals provides entertainment kind of like a cruise ship as well. It does not include additional airfare, excursions (like tours around the island, etc), souviners or additional spa services. Some higher end restaurants will also have an upcharge. 

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@MrsPanda99:  I think they are good for people who don’t travel often. I know a lot of people who got their passports specifically for their honeymoons and haven’t used them since. It’s good because you don’t really need money once you’re there & you’re not going to get lost or accidentally piss off any locals. You just go, get drunk, sleep in, get tan…. You could be anywhere, really. It’s not how I like to travel, but I think it makes sense for some. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@MexiPino:  I prefer Couples to Sandals if that’s the kind of vaca I’m after.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@MexiPino:  —> GOOD Post !!

Sandals (really a lot of AIs) survive on the Honeymoon, Anniversary, Lovey-Dovey Couple market.  And so they can, and do, charge top dollar.

It is a great experience if that is what you want (or all you want) out of a vacation / honeymoon.

But if you go to a locale where the island is safe etc (not necessarily Ocho Rios, Jamaica) you can do a lot better on your own finding comparible accommodations for a lot less money… and have a lot more freedom in that you can explore outside and beyond the walled community (US disney like world) that is an AI

When I travel seeing and experiencing what the locale has to offer… sightseeing, culture, people is very important to me.

That said,

February in the Caribbean, less than $ 3000 for a Sandals experience.. ya pretty good deal.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

There are way better resorts and Jamaica is generally a fairly inexpensive location. I definitely wouldn’t pay more than $3k to go there.

Sandals has those deals all the tine – pretty sure they just artifically inflate their prices to drop them down so they look like a good deal. So, yes I think $3k is a decent price for an AI honeymoon but no you aren’t getting a good deal persey. I’d expect to pay $3k for a halfway decent vacation in Jamaica.

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Anna10-05-2014:  If you’re just looking to relax, absolutely an AI is the way to go. Sandals is decent. Couples is another very similar option you might want to look at. Couples has big resorts but is a smaller chain. I like their service better but really the guest experience is pretty much the same. 

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @Anna10-05-2014:  you said:

Ok! thanks for your  help 🙂 I’ve only been out of the country to visit family and Fi doesn’t have  his passport, so this might be good for us. I like that it’s all inclusive.  Actually, since I have you here, do you know of a better all-inclusive deal?  or do you think this is as good as it gets for a lower budget honeymoon that’s  all inclusive?

1- You do need a Passport to go to Jamaica.

2- The lowest priced AIs are found in Cuba – Dominican Republic – Mexico – and Jamaica

This is because these 4 countries are not 1st world (and in one case not a 2nd world) country.  AIs are most popular & inexpensive in Destinations where they are the predominent method for a country to attract tourists.  All 4 of the above mentioned countries have either Political, Economic or Social reasons (including health & safety concerns) and hence WHY they are cheap to visit.

I am semi-retired, and a Travel Nut.  Mr TTR & I travel a good bit, and at 50+ have been a lot of places (I also because of work, have had contacts in Foreign Affairs… the Cdn equivalent to the State Dept., and the Tourism Industry).  So overall I am an experienced traveller, and a well educated one.

As I said in my first post, fine and good if you have no intentions of leaving the resort on your own (AI tours are generally speaking safe and ok) … or you don’t have any major health issues, don’t have sudden health issue occur (be sure and buy travel insurance), have your shots up to date (including tetnus), don’t travel during rainy / hurricane season, and keep your wits about you.

As you don’t have much travel experience, I offer the following…

Do your homework… to see if this meets not only your budget but your travel style (ie you much prefer the US standard of living / way of life) then these Destinations might not be right for you.  Only you can answer those questions, and something that every Travelller should do prior to booking anything… a bit of research right here at home to comprehend the “environment” that they are considering visiting.  The rest of the world, is not necessarily the same as home… you have to always evlauate the pros & cons (and risks).

Hope this helps,

 

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