Post # 1
I have a few questions regarding the Sandals Resorts
1. Which one did you choose and why?
2. Is it best/cheapest to book these packages through Sandals or is there somewhere else I should be booking?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I really recommend that Sandals Grande St Lucia. St Lucia is a beautiful island, and you’ll love the resort.
Sandals has a very strict no discounting policy. While you may find variations in the air and insurance pricing, the hotel pricing should be the same no matter where you get it. There is a major online agency that got caught discounting Sandals packages, and Sandals put a stop sell on their agency. Sandals firmly believes that agencies should compete on service, not on price.
Some agents are Sandals Certified, and should be able to help you understand the dizzying array of specials and promos that Sandals runs. I would recommend that you use a Sandals Certified agent. That way you’ll have one person to work with, rather than calling a call center.
Post # 4
I’m going to the Sandals Grande resort that the previous poster recommended. I can’t comment too much on what its like because I’m going in a few weeks (!!) but we booked it while they were running one of their specials and it seemed pretty affordable for what you get. We chose St. Lucia specifically because a) we were able to find an amazing deal on flights and b) the island seems to be a lot more lush/interesting than some of the more desert-y Caribbean islands. I’ll post a review when we get back!
Post # 5
I have booked 2 sandals vacations through travel agents thus far and if I ever plan another Sandals vacation, I would book directly with them because then I could make changes myself and I like to control my reservation instead of using a third party. However, we used the first agent because we were going as part of a group for a destination weding and we booked our honeymoon also through atravel agent because she had acess to better flight times. So, I could support both.
I would highly recommend Jamaica – we stayed at Negril and Royal Caribbean. While Negril has a great beach, the Royal is a lot closer to the airport and we enjoyed the staff there much better. We went over to Montego Bay for dinner and while the resort is nice, the airplanes overhead are LOUD.
We chose St. Lucia Halcyon Beach for our honeymoon because it’s the smallest and is between the other two so we can take advantage of stay at 1 play at 3 but still have a relaxing, peaceful vacation. After talking to other travelers who have been to St. Lucia I am quite happy with this decision but won’t travel until September.
Post # 6
I haven’t booked a Sandals vacation on my own, but have used a certified Sandals agent. Our agent was extremely knowledgable about the resort and amenities. We are going to check out the new one that opened, Emerald Bay.
Post # 7
Never booked a Sandals vacation, but every time I book a trip to the Caribbean I use applevacations.com and I’ve always been happy with them.
Post # 8
I am doing Sandals Grande in St. Lucia. I got a better rate and much more info when I used a travel agent. Mine is one of those certified but beyond that they are like top agency or something for Sandals. http://www.travelbyvip.com and Jennifer. I booked a beachfront room with a concierge.
Post # 9
We went to Sandals Royal Bahamian in the Bahamas! It was fabulous. I used a travel agent (well its my cousins business – Contrino Travel)
We stayed for 6 nights/7 days in the Royal Village Honeymoon Suite, total for non-stop airfare, hotel, taxes, insurance was $4,000.
Mind you we had Rolls Royce transportation, 2 butlers, etc.
Post # 10
We are going to the Sandals Regency in St. Lucia and like some other posters mentioned, we chose the island for its scenery and what we heard about it from others who have been there. We chose the Regency because its the middle ground of all 3 resorts on the island (2nd largest, not as rowdy as the Grande is said to be, but not as quiet as the Halcyon) and we’ll be able to take advantage of all there is to do at all the resorts with the Stay at 1 Play at 3 deal. We are SO excited!! We booked thru AAA which was great, very convenient and I think our room was actually a little less then the price posted on the website. We decided to go with a non-butler service room and I wonder if that was a mistake but the price difference was more then what we wanted to spend. Although from what I’ve been reading from Bridezilla2009 maybe we should have checked out the Royal Bahamian! $4000 including flights and with butler service?? we paid $5600, although we are staying 10 days/9 nights but we also didn’t have to pay for flights (my parents gifted us frequent flier miles). dude. Rolls Royce transportation too?? Sounds awesome 🙂 BUT anyway, I am thinking we won’t miss it. It would be a nice perk but oh well. We have a Honeymoon Oceanfront Concierge walkout so we’ll have gorgeous sunset views and will be able to walk right out to the beach and pool from our room. That was another reason we chose Sandals over Excellence so some other places because we needed a west facing resort a.k.a. SUNSET over the beach… sigh. its gonna be so nice!
Post # 11
thank you for all your replies! it is very very helpful!