Sandals Jamaica

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

we LOVED Sandals Montego Bay!!  We picked it because it was seriously a 5minute drive from the airport and we watned to start our honeymoon right away! We didnt want to have to drive 2+hrs on long windy roads (plus I get car sick and thats not a fun way to start) it was also one of the cheaper ones.  Montego Bay was so relaxing and beautiful, and the staff was amazing!  

You can see and hear afew airplanes during the day but its not really a big deal (that was the bigest complaint on trip advisor and it really wasnt as bad as some people made it sound), there arent a tone flying in or out and we never heard any at night.  We can not wait to go back!!! We had an amazing honeymoon, would do it again in a heartbeat!!!

I vote Monetego Bay!! I would definitly NOT stay at Sandals Royal Caribbean.  We went to dinner there one night and it was fun to visit for the evening but we were really glad we did not stay at that resort, its was smaller and not as nice. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

+1 for Sandals Montego Bay!

We really enjoyed ourselves there. This was my fiancee first time out of the country and he was kinda ify about going off the resort for different trips and things but we only heard good things about them. It wasn’t huge but it wasn’t small either. I would agree about Royal Caribbean being a bit smaller and slower though,maybe more what you’re looking for. MoBay wasn’t a 24hr party but it got loud at times. The planes didn’t bother me either.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My FI and I are having a destination wedding at Sandals Grande Riviera in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. We’ve had many conversations with the wedding planner at the resort. Some of our guests (35) have already booked their rooms as well. I do know that it’s about and hour or so away from the airport but we’re ok with that because I hear they pamper the whole time. While enroute to the resort, the driver will stop on side of the road so that you can sample “true” Jamaican cuisine. Of course this is what I hear.

After our wedding ceremony, my FI are moving next door to the Grande Riviera’s sister resort “Royal Plantation”, while the guests stay at the GR. This way we can have our private honeymoon or choose to meet up with the guests later if we want. So basically we booked 3 days at the GR and the other 4 at Royal Plantation.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

A word of advice on Jamaica–It’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL there, but you have to be VERY careful. Stay in the tourist areas. Arrange transit with your hotel to pick you up from the airport, and go on arranged tours. I’m usually an “off-the-tourist-track” traveler, but Jamaica has one of the highest crime rates and one of the highest homicide rates in the world (per capita).

Also, do NOT assume that the cab drivers are on the up and up either. My friend and I were almost kidnapped by a cab driver while we were in Ocho Rios. He only let us go when we started banging on the windows of the cab and making a huge scene as he was driving through a public area. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Whitehouse and Ocho Rios are a ways away from the airport. Montego Bay very nice. Depending on the category room you get, it’s even luxurious. But if I had to pick a wedding location. I would go with the Royal Caribbean. The grounds are amazing. I’ve seen the wedding setup on the beach and it’s so romantic. Plus there’s the private island. The entire resort is breathtaking! 

-Tips from a Sandals Specialist

@CelticBeachBride:  Sandals resorts take care of their guests 110% and go above and beyond. They pick you up at the airport, there’s even a waiting lounge inside the airport for you. They encourage all off resort activities be arranged with Island Routes tours, which is insured operator. And they even have contract with local guides and taxi drivers when you just want to shop or sitesee. Definitely use the concierge services that the resort offers and all of the amenitites the resort has to offer Hope that’s not too much info 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MrsACarpenter:  Yes, I realize that Sandals takes care of their guests. However, they only do so if people stay on the property or do their organized tours (hence my suggestion to take arranged tours and stay in tourist zones). Ultimately, I was giving a general warning to the OP and any other brides considering Jamaica as a honeymoon destination. Personally, I wish someone had given me that warning before I went there. I had NO idea how unsafe it was–and our fun cruise vacation almost went VERY VERY wrong. It’s important to know the safety details of a location before you travel there.

To OP, here is a link on the safety issues that you should be aware of when traveling to Jamaica (this information is from the U.S. State Department):

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1147.html#safety

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It’s not just jamaica it’s any island or anywhere in the world.   All you have to do is use your street smarts.  

on the flip side, I’ve always felt very safe in jamaica when off the resort, but I’ve also always been with my husband.   I would never consider travelling off the resort with another female friend.   There are many VERY reputable tour companies you can book through that aren’t part of the resort, they are all listed on trip advisor and are highly recommended by everyone that has used them.    

On another note, sandals whitehouse is farrrrr away from almost everything.   It’s pretty isolated.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I totally agree with RockStar33. You should always be on  alert when entering a foreign country. Never go anywhere alone or offside of the tourist spots. Cruises offer seminars that give you tips and advice on where to go to sightsee and sho. However, they do not take responsibility for what happens to you once you disembark the ship.

All-inclusives are a bit different. If you leave the resort, they recommend you go with a Sandals authorized guide or taxi driver. They usually wait outside the main/front desk. They ensure that they will have your safety and well-being as a priority. I personally honeymooned at Sandals Montego Bay and enjoyed my stay. Our taxi driver (not a Sandals employee) asked us where we’d like to go, what we were looking for and took us to shops that specialized in what we wanted. One store even comped us beer and water. Our taxi driver even delivered a dress to Sandals that I liked but didn’t have in my size at that location. Sandals and most other all-inclusive resorts want your experience to be memorable. So I will reiterate that you should get with the front desk and/or concierge service to arrange any outing off the property, even if it’s not thru Island Routes. Most of the staff are locals and can give you tips and help you plan your trip.

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