Post # 1
I am just looking around for honeymoon spots and the Jamaica Sandals resorts have caught my eye. We are getting married Feb 8 and plan on leaving the 9/10.
Has anyone been to these resorts? Any recommendation? And how is the weather that time of year?
Post # 3
@Mary_lou22: I don’t have any experience with Sandals resorts or Jamaica for that matter, but I know lots of the girls on here have. Bumping for you!
Post # 4
@Mary_lou22: Me personally, no, but my Future Sister-In-Law went to Sandals in Jamaica and loved it!!!! I have never heard one bad thing about Sandals
Post # 5
@Mary_lou22: we’re planning on going to a Sandals Jamaica resort in April, so I’m interested to see your responses!
Post # 6
My Fiance and I went to Jamaica last year around that time. We actually stayed at the Breezes Negril resort which I think shares the beach with the Couples resort. We paid a TON less… $1000/person for a whole week. All inclusive. Plus, it included water sports like skiing and even our SCUBA was included! It was a fantastic deal. The only thing is that the rooms weren’t super luxurious. They were very clean and comfortable and the bar was always stocked. Plus, we spent so much time outside in the beautiful weather, we hardly saw our room at all!
As for the general weather in Jamaica at that time of year… I know it’s hurricane season. But we didn’t see a drop of rain the whole time we were there. It was beautiful. Warm and tropical. We had a fantastic time and definintely plan on going back.
I’d recommend checking out Breezes Negril for a deal. Also, I don’t know how you were planning on booking the trip, but AllInclusiveOutlet.com was where we booked our Jamaica trip as well as our Mexican honeymoon. They have great prices and it’s a real travel agency based out of Lexington, KY. We’ve had to call them a couple of times and they’ve always been super helpful.
Good luck and enjoy your vacation!!
Post # 8
I haven’t been to a Sandals in Jamaica, but I have been to one in the Bahamas. So, while I can’t speak for Jamaica, I can speak of the Sandals experience, which was awesome! We had nothing but positive experiences and given the chance, would love to do another all inclusive trip with Sandals.
Post # 9
We did Sandals St. Lucia, and we absolutely loved it! We thought we got our money’s worth: great food, drinks, pool, beach, activities, room, staff, etc. I can’t say enough good things about our Sandals experience!
Post # 10
HI @Mary_lou22: , first off I see that you are NEW to WBee… so a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”
I am a certified Travel Nut. Mr TTR & I are semi-retired, and we are fortunate to travel a lot.
February in the Caribbean is AWESOME !!
I cannot say I am a big fan of Jamaica, or even AI’s for that matter.
(Jamaica has a long list of social issues, which makes it a popular spot for AI Destionations… places that have a lot of relatively inexpensive AIs tend to do so because of “issues” … AIs are a way to attract tourists… and offer good value… BUT not the best spot to go travelling around the island on one’s own. So if you are more of an adventurous sort who will be bored on a compound / resort… then it might not be the best location for you)
BUT Sandals is one AI Resort Chain that I’d certainly consider / go to. They have a well earned reputation.
I have a Girlfriend who Eloped to be married at Sandals Montego Bay and then had a week-long Honeymoon at the Resort as well… by all accounts it was fantastic !!
Hope this helps,
*NOTE – The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs June 1st to November 30th, so you are not going during that timeframe (just wanted to clear that up as it could be misunderstood from the post # 5 above by @MrsRight: ). December, January, February, March and April… are amazing months in the Caribbean !!
Post # 11
@Mary_lou22: Following! I’ve considered the Sandals resorts in Santa Lucia.
@MrsRight: Hurricane season runs from June 1 – November 1, so she’d be outside of hurricane season by a lot. The weather would most likely be gorgeous!
Post # 12
@This Time Round:
@SophieB3: My apologies, I misread the post. I thought she was leaving 9/10 (Sept 10th). I missed the Feb 8 part. Sorry to confuse everyone!
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2014 - Glen Sanders Mansion
I have never traveled to a Sandals resort, but have heard mixed reviews from friends who have. One couple that went to a Sandals in Jamaica loved it, another couple HATED it. The one who did not like it said that she later learned the best way to experience Sandals was to do a butler suite (they save seats at all the restaurants for butler guests, save beach chairs for them, etc). She actually had to get up at 6am every day just to be able to save a chair for herself and her new husband.
We are traveling to Negril in April and staying at Couples Swept Away. They include a lot of off-site things (catamaran cruise, trip to margaritaville, scuba lessons, a few other things) in the price of the AI. Might be worth looking into Couples as well!
Breezes resorts are owned by Sandals, but they are more family friendly. Keep that in mind if you’re looking for an adult-only experience.
Post # 14
I’ve been to Sandals Grande in Antigua and I would recommend it for sure. But as a PP mentioned, Sandals is only worth the price if you’re going with a Butler suite.
I’ve been a couple of Secrets Resorts and I find their service much better plus I LOVE the no reservations policy, just stroll into whatever restaurant you feel like. Everyone is treated fantastic, not just the ones who can afford to pay thousands extra.
Post # 15
All I know is I saw the sandals busses and catamarans at the exact same excursions I went on and sandals resorts are far more expensive.
Post # 16
Thanks everyone for all the responses and help. I really appreciate it!