Sandals Resort? Jamaica?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee

I’ve stayed at the Sunset Grand before- I wouldn’t recommend it. I’ve been twice and it’s getting worse. I know that’s not the advise you were looking for exactly, but it’s good info to know where not to stay!

TripAdvisor.com is a GREAT resource for looking at reviews. I would also suggest Expedia & Apple Vacations for all inclusive options. I’ve found that on trip advisor people well tell you specifics like “We stayed in Room XX and it was awesome” Or “Avoid floor X, it seemed to always have a party” etc. I think bits of information like that can be extremely helpful. You just have to be able to weed out the complainers, who aren’t ever totally satisfied!

I’ve stayed at lots of all inclusive resorts and while some are better than others, they all are about the same. Expedia lets you narrow down your search pretty good, that might be the best way to find exactly what you are looking for. Once you narrow it down to a couple resorts, I would tripadvisor it & then google it for reviews.

We are going to Mexico in a couple weeks, and from my latest research, most of the 4.5-5 star resorts have free room service (is that what you mean by butler service). Most resorts will also have suites that are on the beach, along with options “in” the hotel.

Sorry I’m rambling. We love to travel & have a decent amount of experience, so if you have any questions let me know!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Take a look at the Couples resorts in Jamaica also. They are very similar to Sandals. I’ve stayed at one and absolutely loved it.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Couples or Couples Swept Away are AMAZEBALLS!!! Trust me! 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Almost all the Jamaica all inclusives are right on the beach.  Look for ones that have no children.  I have been to jamaica 9x and negril is my favorite.  Grand lido is very nice as well.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We stayed at the bahia principe, it was comparable but much less expensive. It was pretty good. I liked the food at the buffet, not so much at the a la carte restaurants. It wasn’t far from the airport or attractions which was nice. The staff were nice, the accomidations were nice. It didn’t blow my mind, but we liked it. I reccomend the chukka catamaran with the dunns river falls tour.

Head up, in Jamaica you will be harassed for tips non stop. People trying to sell you things etc. It was 100x worse than in Mexico. There are guys on the beach in the water who try to sell you sea shells. Head up for them. They’re worth about $5, but they try to make it seem like they just found them and they try to get $25 or more from you. The resorts can’t do anything because you can’t police the water. :

TBQH, between Jamaica and the Mexican Rivera, I would go back to Mexico hands down. Much higher standards for cleanliness, etc. Much more north americanized. 

 

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m sorry, I’m sure resorts on Jamaica are very nice, but all I can think about when someone talks about Sandals Jamaica is Michael Scott from the Office.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@imagine8204:  they can’t legally stop people from being in the ocean, just on the beach. They can walk right up to the shore and the resorts can’t touch them. We had similar issues in Mexico. 

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