Post # 1
I am looking into honeymoon options for the first week in April next year. Has anyone honeymooned at a Sandals resort before? We’re looking for an all-inclusive resort for about 5 days in the Caribbean and our budget is around $3500. I don’t want it to be too kitchy but I also don’t mind things like champagne on the pier/massages on the beach etc.
Any experiences with other all-inclusives?
Post # 3
Just booked my sandals honeymmon at Sandals Grande St lucia, did months of research and that was my top one!! Sounds really resonable and it will be a blast!!
Post # 4
We haven’t booked yet, but St. Lucia looks the best to us!
Post # 5
We went to a different all-inclusive in Antigua and loved it! We stayed at Coco’s Hotel http://www.cocoshotel.com/index.html . I had actually had my heart set on Sandals, and my husband booked this instead (he planned the whole honeymoon). I’m so glad he did! Instead of being one of 100 couple, we were one of 25. Everyone at the resort learned your name, and it was so quiet and peaceful. I cannot recommend it enough!
Post # 6
When you say Royal Plantation Jamaica, if this is the same as the Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica, I can tell you I’ve been there and to the Grande (St. Luicia) and both are nice. Both also have other properties nearby so you can take advantage of the stay at one play at all policy. However, if you want beach and water sports skip the Royal and go to the Grande. The Royal has a lot of nice features like the private island and several pools and it’s a smaller ressort so you are not overwhelmed with other guests and the staff comes to know you quicker but it’s in a location that the water is often choppy so water sports are on high alert. The Montego Bay next door has a nicer beach but is so close to the airport that planes can be loud and would not be my ideal beach day. This is an advantage in that you can enjoy a longer vacation as the airport commute is only 15 min. At the Grande, the main pool tends to be crowded (the bar is here) but the other pools are nearly empty (no bar) and the beach is georgeous. The drive to/from the airport is over an hour though. This is a large property but has great night activities.
Post # 7
My Fiance and I are torn b/n St. Lucia and Antigua.
Post # 8
@Leprechaun:I’d love to know more! If you don’t mind, approx how much was it? Were there any water activities included?
Post # 9
We booked through Jetsetter for $510/night for a premium plus room. This included all of our food (3 sit down meals a day in the restaurant, snacks and afternoon tea–with tea sandwiches and everything–at the beach) and all of your drinks (includes wine service at dinner, and there is a second bar at the beach with the BEST bartender ever). The food was generally really good. The premium plus rooms had air conditioning, and you get a free 60 minute massage for each of you.
They don’t offer any watersports of their own, but they are right down the beach from a much bigger resort (Jolly Harbour, I think) that you could go to. There were also locals who would come by the beach every afternoon to book jetski and catamarain rides for the next day. Antigua is not great for snorkelling, but there would also be locals who offered that. We actually didn’t do anything, just spent the whole time on the beach with daquiris! The watersports are not included in the price, but I think they were pretty reasonable because a lot of the other couples booked them. The hotel does offer a shuttle to St. Johns (the main city) twice a week for like $10 a couple, if you want to do shopping. There is also a spa, where you can get a variety of treatments. We just did our free massages, but they were really good.
If you are looking for a super-relaxing honeymoon, it really was the best ever. I have never been to a resort so quiet and peaceful, and with such friendly staff.