Post # 1
Researching honeymoon for next May immediately following our wedding. We would like to go somewhere a little different (all friends and family have gone to St. Lucia or Jamaica) and have some interest in Sandals LaSource Grenada and Sandals Grande Antigua. Has anyone been to either and if so, would you recommend?
Also, cannot decide if we should go to Sandals or try another all-inclusive. I have read a mix of reviews.. some stating that Sandals is amazing and others stating that your money goes further elsewhere. So torn on what way to go! We are hoping to sit down with a travel agent sometime this week but are hoping to have some ideas going in! 🙂
Post # 2
We are also looking at staying at LaSource Grenada! Our wedding was two weeks ago, but we want to go away in December since it’s currently 30+ degrees C in Canada!
Sandals seem like pretty expensive, but the pictures are gorgeous and we want something all-inclusive / audlt-only.
We are trying to decide between the Sandals in Grenada and the Sandals in the Bahamas. We are trying to keep it as close as possibleto 4K (CAD)… but we with that budget we can only afford a few Sandals in Jamaica. We went to Jamaica (Ocho Rios) for our last trip (for another wedding), so we’re debating on going to another part of Jamaica (Montego Bay or Whitehouse), or splurging the extra $500-800 for somewhee different.
Post # 3
One thing to note about Sandals is that the photos on their website are more heavily photoshopped and staged then any other place I’ve stayed.
If you want an accurate picture of their properties, look at guest photos on TripAdvisor. It’ll help give you an accurate read of what everything will look like. I do think your money will go farther at an independent property, but if you have your heart set on Sandals I’d use TripAdvisor as your best research tool!
As a sidenote, I know a lot of travel agents get bonuses when they send people to affiliated properties (usually Sandals), so take their recommendations with a grain of salt.
Post # 4
My daughter and SIL honeymooned at S./Antigua and absolutely loved it. It was a direct flight, from Newark, NJ. Newark is 1.5 hours by car, but ended up better than connecting flights and I believe less expensive. For them, the flight to Grenada would have been longer, and may have required switching planes? so that was a deciding factor.
Post # 5
Yes! We are in the same boat where we want to go to Grenada but of course it’s one of the more expensive Sandals resorts! 😉 Our only concern was it has a private cove and we didn’t know how that would work for water sports, which my fiancé is insistent upon doing Haha!
In my many hours of research I have seen Sandals Whitehouse come up several times as the top Sandals/Jamaica resort! If we were considering Jamaica we would look there. Also, Have you looked at Secrets Jamaica at all? You should check them out if you haven’t!
Post # 6
We took our honeymoon in Antigua and loved it! I will say that it’s an older resort that that they’ve maintained and updated quite well. The lush landscaping totally distracts you from what’s not so pretty and new too. We stayed in one of the cottages and it was lovely, beautufully decorated and so private. Some of the other buildings show their age on the outside but it certainly didn’t affect our stay (and I’m kind of a luxury snob at heart). Food was good but not overwhelming, it’s definitely not gourmet, at least from what we ordered but we still enjoyed it.
What make it incredible for us was the privacy of one of the smaller pools right by our cottage with a swim up bar, we could go grab some chairs in the morning and just spend all day there with 6 or less other couples. Darling Husband would leave to go work out and do his thing while I read a book and got some sun then we’d go to lunch, pool volleyball was every afternoon which he loved. The bartender Latoya was incredible (she made our week!) and kept our drinks full till we were ready for dinner. In the evenings there were all these lovely little spots to cozy up by a fire and have a drink and listen to the waves.
The beach is fairly quiet and calm and sandals had a couple paddle boards, some kayaks and two catameran boats (we didn’t go out on these or leave the resort) and they do scuba/snorkeling trips everyday. There are also a couple beach vendors that have jet skiis but sandals highly discouraged them.
Overall it was intimate and beautiful and I don’t regret where we went for a minute, at the same time I think we would try something else next time just because I’d like to have more high end food choices for a 5k vacation.
Post # 7
lalexa01: Did you end up going to the resort in Grenada? I’m interested to know your experience, if so.
Post # 8
iamdre : Sorry I just saw this! You’ve probably decided and gone on your honeymoon already.. but i’ll reply just in case someone else searches for info on this resort.
Yes we went to Sandals Grenada, it was awesome! it was of course very expensive, but I feel like if you’re ever going to spend a tonne of money on an all-inslusive vacation, your honeymoon is the time to do it! The resort itself was very clean and pretty, staff were nice, and there was a tonne of food options and it all tasted great! The drinks were also really good – I think we got our money’s worth LOL. I would definetly go back again, or at least check out other Sandals resorts in the future, of course I have to get rich first lol.