(Closed) HELP!! which is the best sandals resort for your buck to go to?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

This isn’t sandals, I don’t think, but it’s all inclusive and reasonably priced. I have had a few friends go and they say it’s amazing. We are going to add it to our list.

Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

We were booked at Sandals Whitehouse before switching. We read the most positive reviews on Whitehouse so we picked it. But then we switched to Couples Swept Away.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Mrs McCain 2012:  I third that recommendation.  DH and I got engaged there.  It was amazing. I’ve been to Sandals St. Lucia Grand and I would say Secrets Maramo is a bit….classier.  Although I totally loved both resorts, they just had different vibes to them.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

If you have your heart set on a Sandals property, what I’d do is narrow it down to your favorite three properties, then compare their ratings at http://www.tripadvisor.com to see which one seems to be the best.

Side note, Sandals always has those huge sales “65% off” during the off-seasons.  We stayed at a Sandals during the off-season because it was cheaper, but discovered that since fewer guests were there, fewer of the advertised restaurants were open, there were fewer staff, and the weather wasn’t nearly as nice as we expected.  Just something to consider when booking…

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve stayed at Sandals La Toc in St. Lucia – at the St. Lucia Sandals, you have access to all 3 Sandals resorts, which was a big plus for us! La Toc was perfect because it wasn’t really a party atmosphere like Sandals Grande was, so we could leave the chaos behind and go back to our little retreat. We absolutely LOVED it. We splurged on a butler room and it was SOOOO worth it! I wish we could go back!

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m interested in this as well. We are looking at Sandals because it’s couples only. 

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@HisNightOwl2014:  We’ve been looking at the Royal Bahamian since we can get a direct flight from the Orlando airport and the Fiance isn’t big on connections or long flights.

 

For those of you who have been to a Sandals in the past, what’s the main difference between Concierge and Butler service? Also, I’ve read at Sandals the only employees you can tip are the  Butlers, so how much did you tip? I’m curious since the rooms with butler service are more expensive, I’d like to know how much we’d need to plan to bring for tips for the butler. Did you tip at individual instances or at the end of your trip?

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

I’ve been to Sandals in Jamaica and St.Lucia, the lattero n our honeymoon. We stayed at the smallest ressort even though it was not the cheapest option when we booked and traveled to the otheres (free shuttle between the 3 properties). We were happy with our decision to stay small and spend days at the others. Here’s my honeymoon review http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/st-lucia-sandals-review-time

We are currently planning our next Sandals trip for 2013 which will overlap with a destiantion wedding. My plan is to book a week at the Destination Wedding hotel and a week at the Carlyle Inn which is the small property in Montego Bay. I really like the idea of having a nicer room on a smaller property and spending days on a nearby ressort. That being said, if there is not a larger ressort nearby, I would find the small property boring after 5-6 days. Some perks to the small property include, getting to know the staff and who to ask if you need help with something, shorter lines at bars, watersports, dinner, etc., less people which makes it easier to find a quiet space or a beach/pool chair. It is easier to make friends here but, in our experience, the small ressorts are not the top honeymoon spots because they have less rooms with high level ammenities. These also tend to be low rise properties with only 2 floors and balconies in each room. Cons include, less choice at the buffet, fewer restaurants/bars/room types. I think the small ressort offers more relaxation and more value for money but it certainly is not where you will find the best parties so make sure there is a big one nearby like in St. Lucia or Montego Bay and you get the best of both worlds. As you will read in my review, I don’t do butler rooms if the cost difference = more days on vacation, however, we are about to book a room at the Carlyle Inn and are considering butler service as the cost differential is still less than an additional night at the Grande. I’ve never been to this ressort though so if anyone can weigh in on the Carlyle I would appriciate it. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We’ll be going to Sandals Grande St. Lucian next month for our honeymoon :).  Sine we haven’t gone yet I can’t really rate it, but I can tell you why it was the one we chose. 

#1 over anything else – the room!  My Fiance saw pics of the rondovals and said unequivocally that’s what he wanted.  He’d originally wanted an overwater bungalow, but there aren’t too many options for those in the Caribbean, and going to Fiji or Bora Bora was too expensive to me.

Once we narrowed down the type of room we wanted, there were only a couple Sandals to choose from, and St. Lucia turned out to be the easiest for us to get to.  I did look at the other Sandals, but they were either harder to get to (like Antigua), or in locations I wasn’t interested in (like the Bahamas). 

I’m very excited to stay in the rondoval.  I’ve heard other people say that the Grande is more of the “party” Sandals than the other ones on the island, but I feel like with our room we can choose to stay there and have privacy and use our plunge pool and hot tub, or we can join in the larger group activities.  And I think the butler service will be something cool (and especially decadent for the honeymoon!) to have.  I’ve asked Fiance to have the butler surprise us one night with a rose petal bubble bath, and I also love that we can have them reserve beach cabanas for us and bring us snacks and drinks.

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