Post # 1
Hey, I need some advice/inspirtation for our Holiday next year! Fiance and I really want a 2 week all inclusive caribbean holiday next year as the last few years we have had ‘action’ holidays and want to relax 🙂
Our top 5 destinations are below but are not sure where to pick, so any advice would be great!:
Cuba – our top pick
We would be looking to stay in 5* all inclusive and our overall budget is £6000 ($9400) for accomidation and flights, I have found gorgeous hotels in each destination in this price range but wanted to get opinions on the best country to go to!
Just to add we would be going mid September, if that makes a difference 😀
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Post # 2
My husband and I stayed at the Iberostar Grand Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica for our honeymoon. I also wanted 5* all inclusive and looked at a number of different locations and resorts. We had an amazing time, and the rooms were exactly as pictured on the website (with many Sandals and similar resorts, you don’t seem to get that).
I think that you can’t lose with the destinations you’ve picked! However, Dominican Republic and Cuba wouldn’t be my first choices out of those five 🙂
Steer clear of Couples resorts if you want that 5* luxury experience.
Post # 3
Thank you for this, I was looking at the sandals but they had pretty varied tripadvisor reviews :s
I was also looking at the couples only resorts as I want to avoid children 🙂 never been to one before so are they worse than the ‘normal’ resorts ? 🙁
Post # 4
Not listed, but I’d always go back to the Virgin Islands (any of them!). 🙂
Post # 5
We went to St. Lucia and I thought it was the perfect place to relax! The place we stayed, Rendezvous, was 4 stars not 5, but I still thought everything was great, from the rooms to the staff to the spa. And it was couples only 🙂
I haven’t been to any of the others, but I’m sure they all have great beaches and resorts.
Post # 6
Was there any resorts/hotels that you would recommend ? 🙂
Post # 7
We went to Turks and Caicos and it was amazing!! I voted for antigua 🙂
Post # 8
Keep in mind that if you are planning to go in September or the later months, make sure they are not in their rainy season
Post # 10
I’ve been to Jamaica and Antigua from your list, and had a great time at both! I recall Antigua being more expensive to get to (flying from US), but I believe it was more safe for excursions. Jamaica is beautiful, but except for the taxi ride to and from the airport, we did not leave the resort at all.
As a PP mentioned, St Lucia should definitely be considered! Of the Caribbean Islands I’ve been to, it was my favorite. They have gorgeous moutains and a volcano, delicious food, and tons of fun excursions. I also really love Aruba, but I imagine that would be a long flight from the UK. Aruba is great during hurricane season because it is so far south that hurricanes very rarely effect the weather there. It is a dry heat there with trade wins and is around 85 degrees all year round with minimal rain.
Post # 11
Are you thinking of couples-only (adults-only resorts) or the Couples brand of resorts? I am referring to the brand of resort. They aren’t worse – just depends what you are looking for. The accomodations are much more basic than some of the other resorts in decor/surroundings. More of a 4* type of place. Depends what you are looking for though! Couples Resorts have many activities and excursions offered. If you’re looking for more of a relaxing trip in beautiful surroundings, they may not be the resorts for you.
Iberostar Grand is adults only 🙂 There are two other Iberostar resorts attached to it with children, but they are not allowed to come to the Grand resort or beach. Grand guests can dine, visit, and use all amenities at the other two resorts though. We never saw a child unless we chose to walk to that side! The beach was very quiet and we always got a lounge chair or cabana 🙂 Also, every room has a butler. We met several other couples who were wonderful. We went for dinner with a few of them on various nights and spent time with them at the beach. Also, the food was incredible. I am a vegetarian allergic to milk and cream and a few other things, so I was a bit apprehensive. I’ve never eaten so well!
View from our room:
These photos were taken during September of this year.
We have not visited Sandals, and I think it would take a lot for me to consider one of their resorts. The nice rooms with butlers are very overpriced and many of the resorts are said to be dated and tired looking. From what we have heard at least! With that many varied reviews, I did not want to take a chance.
Post # 12
Jamaica was amazing and we would return 1000 times 🙂
Post # 13
Jamaica, I’m probably biased though. I always have the best time, food and exprience hands down!
Can I add Aruba to your list as well… it’s absolutely amazing!!!
Post # 14
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I would check out Aruba. September is hurricane season and Aruba would avoid that issue plus it’s very safe and absolutely gorgeous
Post # 15
Not sure why a PP told you to steer clear of Couples Resorts, but my husband and I stayed at Couples Tower Isle in Jamaica and felt pampered the entire time. September is prime hurricane time though, so I would take that into consideration.