(Closed) sandals all inclusive resort

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@HisNightOwl2014:  I’ve never been to a sandals before but have heard great things about it.  We (or rather I, Fiance just went with what I said) did a lot of research and I found much cheaper resorts for the same experiences. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We’ve gone to the Sandals Grand Antique for a week. I’m not sure the difference between their exact chain and others, but I will vouch that our experience there was absolutely fantastic. There is something “different” you just feel kind of… awesome there. Its very luxurious, to me, and yes, depending where you go, they do have their own islands as well haha. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010 - Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, St. Thomas

I stayed at Sandals Bay in Montego Bay, Jamaica and the nice thing about Sandals was that there were 3 in the immediate vicinity and we had access to all 3. One was smaller and more cozy, one was more of a party resort, and one was more upscale and fancy so we had the best of all worlds. Also, every Sandals is also adults only so no kids running around.

Post # 7
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305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@nachos:  Thats where Fiance and I are off to for our honeymoon!  Any good suggestions?

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

@HisNightOwl2014:  So, I’ve stayed at the Sandals Royal Bahamian, and it was WAY different than our experience at the Excellence Riviera Maya in Mexico. While the Sandals was fun, it was party, party, party all day long with loud music and no where to really get away. Even from the beach you could hear the music from the pool. The food was also very lackluster, and my Darling Husband actually got sick from it the last day we were there.

In Mexico, the Excellence was amazing. We truly felt like we were on our honeymoon and were treated like it even though there were tons of honeymooning couples there. The food was amazing, and staff was top notch. I’d recommend that over the Sandals any day. Again, I’ve only been to the Sandals in the Bahamas, so the others might be different!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Sandals resorts are nice & get the job done, for sure.  But there are other adults-only, all-inclusive resorts out there that provide the same experience or more for the same, or sometimes less, pricing.  I wouldn’t NOT recommend Sandals by any means, but it depends on the destination, as there might be some other alternatives that you’re not aware of simply b/c Sandals has such a huge advertising campaign.  Keep your options open!

Post # 12
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305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010 - Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, St. Thomas

@Lovemyfuturehub:  We stayed at the Sandals Inn (which I think is now called the Sandals Carlyle – I was there in ’06) which was the smallest and most inexpensive of the 3, nice and cozy, nice pool, super friendly staff, but kinda sketchy right off the resort and the beach is not actually part of the resort which was kind of a bummer. Sandals Montego Bay resort was AWESOME. So much fun, music, live entertainment, awesome swim up bar, great pools, great beach, sand volleyball, fun poolside activities, great snorkeling. And the third one, the Royal Carribbean was super nice, more swanky and dressy, awesome food, great beach. If I had to do it all over again, I would do it all the same – stay at the cheaest so I could stay longer for the money but enjoy the pricier resorts at the same time. The shuttle ran something like every 15 mins between each resort so you could resort hop to whatever you were feeling that day! I want to go back so badly now. 🙂

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010 - Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, St. Thomas

@HisNightOwl2014:  Sketchy=knowing that the Carlyle guests have to leave the resort to get to the beach, the second you go out the front gate, there are some pretty aggressive locals literally waiting to pounce on tourists to braid your hair or sell you jewelry or weed or coke or you name it, they want you to buy it! I’ve been to a lot of different places that rely on tourism for income but I’ve never encountered people that aggressive before. And each time, they followed us for blocks no matter how many times we told them we were not interested. I had a girl actually circle me for a few block then grab a handful of my hair saying she was going to braid it for me after I repeatedly told her no thank you. A little unnerving.

The Carlyle itself is nice, small, super friendly staff, awesome food, nice pool and hot tub, but very little entertainment and no beach on the resort. But it was so inexpensive compared to the others. I stayed for 7 days for what would have only gotten me maybe 4 days at the other 2, both of which I was able to enjoy anyway with the free shuttle!

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