Post # 1
how are they? specifically The sandals grande in st Lucia. I’ve looked on trip advisor and most of the reviews say it’s a great resort. Then you have a few that say its dreadful. I looked on the BBB and they have 60 complaints!
I want to hear from bees that have stayed at that resort or any sandals resort for that matter.
Thanks! Oh and if you have any suggestions on honeymoon destinations I’m all ears.
We know for sure we don’t want to do: Hawaii or Mexico and no cruises! a tropical location preferably. Budget: $5-7k at most flight included please
Post # 3
Sandals has three resorts in St Lucia-the Grande, The Hacyon, and La Toc. Of the three, the Grande has the best beach. They do offer a share program on the island that allows you to use the facilities at all three resorts. Most hotels on St Lucia are small, and only have one or two restaurants. So Sandals offers a lot of variety that you won’t find at some of the other hotels on the island.
While I know that many consider Trip Advisor to be a great resource, I generally avoid it. The issue is that so many people book a trip because they got a “great deal” somewhere. But it’s only a great deal if it’s the right resort for them. (There’s a good blog article about it here. ) So people frequently end up at a resort that is only a great fit for their budget, but not their tastes, lifestyle, etc. This is part of the reason why you see so many resorts with reviews that vary from great to horrible. There’s no way to know if a Trip Advisor review is legit, or, how similar the tastes are of the person writing are to yours. You can have two resorts at the exact same price point, with completely different personalities and services. One may be perfect for you, the other not so much.
The other issue of course, is that many travel agencies only sell Sandals because of the benefits they receive. We frequently have brides come in and tell us that they visited an agency down the road and no matter what they asked for, they would only talk to them about Sandals. Again while it’s great for some, it’s not for everyone.
So, I think you first have to determine what kind of experience you’re looking for, and what factors are important to you. What kind of people do you like to spend time with? How important is the food, and access to activities on the island? Are you going to just hang at the resort all week, or do you want to get out an explore?
Part of what you’re paying for with Sandals is the name. I would start with the restaurants. A lot of what you’re paying for is the food-do they offer the kind of things that you like? What about the activities? What’s on your must see and do list?
If you haven’t considered using an agency, I would encourage you to find someone in your area. But don’t go to someone who has the Sandals car out in their parking lot! You’ll have a better shot of getting an unbiased opinion!
Post # 4
@Kimmypoo: that is actually where we are going in July for ours. I have known 5 couples that went there and had nothng but fantastic things to say! I have no doubts with my choice, I am excited!
Post # 5
I stayed at La Toc. It was nice. Restaurants were ok. However the photos in those books make it look like you are staying in paradise; but when it comes down to it, it’s just like every place else.
Post # 6
@Kimmypoo: From what I have heard, Sandals resorts are pretty nice. However, it sounds like a lot of ladies have said they would rather have stayed somewhere cheaper and gotten the same experience. I’ve heard good things about Couples resorts, and I know down in St Lucia there’s tons of all inclusive options.
Trip Advisor is a great reference for reviews and guest photos, I would definitely do some extensive research on there. You can use CheapSeats or Priceline for flights if needed. Good luck, and I hope you have an amazing time no matter what resort you wind up at. St Lucia is my DREAM vacation!