Post # 1
If anyone has ever been to any Sandals resort, anywhere, I’d appreicate your thoughts! Specifically, are there adults-only resorts, what are the people like, is it as gorgeous as it looks in all the catalogs? FH and I will be going through a travel agent, but I’d like “real people” input first 🙂
Post # 3
yes I’ve been to Sandals St. Lucia Grand. it was amazing. I’ve reviewed it on this site before so I really don’t want to go through all of that again. But search the boards for Sandals and you’ll see many topics about this. also take a look at trip advisor. best resource for travel info and reviews.
Post # 4
I’ve been to Sandals Negril and Royal Carribean and we’ll go to Halycon St. Lucia for our honeymoon. IMO, one of the best features is that Sandals are adults only. Of the two I’ve stayed at in Jamaica (same trip) I found the staff at the Royal to be so much better than Negril but the beach at Negril was much nicer. I too have posted in other threads on Jamiaca. To sum up my thoughts, adults only is so much nicer than having small children running around (we walked over to Beaches Negril and quickly left). Room service seems like a great idea but, in Negril at least it took longer than just going to the restaurants which were all close by and the menu was limited. We opted for a basic room because I don’t think the additional costs for room service are worth it unless you plan to use it a lot. The crowd is generally a bit more middle aged than I expected but they seem to attract many honeymooners as well. The prices you get on the Sandals 50, 55, 60, 65 % off sales are great. I really like the idea of not having to worry about anything once you get off the plane and through customs, they pick you up from the airport, offer drinks in the airport lounge and it is nice to not need to carry cash at the resort. There were a lot of Americans in my experience. The food was excellent, cultural restaurants or a buffet of American and local cuisine. Just be sure to make reservations in advnace as the go fast. I could send you pictures from Jamica that look like they belong in a catalogue.
Sory that was longer than I intended but I hope it helps, PM me if you have specific questions pertaining to Sandals Jamica and I will try to help.
Post # 5
We stayed at the Grande Ocho Rios. It was amazing. There were two smaller areas of beach, and one large lagoon area with a beach. We went snorkeling in here all the time. Great scuba team there – Magnum is in charge, he was amazing.
The staff was all wonderful & super helpful & fun.
There are certain hours that food is open, there isn’t consistent food available, thats probably the only complaint we had. If we got hungry at 4pm, there was one little greasy stand that had hamburgers, same with at 10pm. If you were hungry at 630 am, nowhere to get food. I wish there had at least been a little cafe where you could get complimentary sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, cereal, soda.. things like that.
Overall, we had a SUPER time & can’t wait to go on another trip soon.
Post # 6
There is currently some construction going on at the Sandals Halcyon. I would try that one for time being.
Post # 7
We went to Sandals Royal Bahamian for our honeymoon in July 2010. I will preface this by saying I’ve never been to an all-inclusive resort before, so I don’t have anything to compare it to.
There were mostly couples in thier 20s and 30s. Tons of honeymooners. No kids allowed. Mostly Americans.
We got butler service. We didn’t really need the butlers, but what it did get us was a fantastic suite and they reserved chairs for us where we wanted each day. This was key because our favorite spot was under the little grass huts on the off-shore island, which you mostly needed a butler to get (or you had to rush over there on the first boat and hope to find one that wasn’t reserved). We also had a bar in our room, which I’m not sure you get with the basic package.
Most of the restaurants were fantastic, but we really didn’t like the buffet Spices. The service wasn’t very good at Spices, and neither was the food. But food and service were great at the fancier restaurants.
I think everything was pretty true to the pictures and my expectations.
You should definitely read the Trip Advisor reviews.
Post # 8
Antigua is my DREAM Sandles location 🙂 someday…;)
Post # 9
I would have to agree, the Butler is valuable at some resorts. At Negril, the beach was big enough that we never had a problem getting a good spot, however getting poolside chairs was nearly impossible if you didn’t have a butler. At the Royal, for whatever reason we also never had a problem with getting a good spot pool or beach side. At both resorts we had an in room fridge with non alcoholic beverages which was great. The problem with the concierge rooms (room service) at Negril is that they are super close to all the restaurants so it seemed stupid to order from a limited room service menu when you could walk a couple of steps for a large variety (friends of our stayed here and did not recommend it).
When we booked Halcyon, I wanted to get an upgraded room but they are a small ressort and basically offer butlers only at the very top level and don’t even offer the fridge option until a pretty high level room. We decided it was not worth it. We laooked at Regency, where we could have gotten the firdge and even saved a couple of hundred dollars but we prefered the small ressort atmosphere.
Post # 10
We stayed at The Sandal’s in St. Lucia. There are 3, we were at the Regency. We had a great time, great food, really good live music and activities. Several different activities to do around the island. I’d recommend it for sure.
Post # 11
Hi—Yes, H and I went to Sandals Dunn’s River. It was exactly like the pictures – everything we could have hoped for and more. Since it was a Sandals, everything was adult only. THe staff was above and way beyond nice and catering to our every need. Our full review and recommendation is out on the web at http://www.myislandgetaways.com/testemonials.php we’re the first review, Tony and Rebecca. You will have a blast no doubt.
Post # 12
We’re booked to go to Sandals Royal Bahamian. I have spent hours and hours scouring tripadvisor.com for reviews. Hopefully, it all works out!
Post # 13
Fiance and I went to Sandals St. Lucia Halcyon Bay. We liked that it was smaller and didn’t have all the hoopla that the other resorts had. You can go to dinner at all of the resorts on the island which is cool… Just make reservations.
Pros: We went there because all the scuba diving was included! We dove 2 times a day every day and it was wonderful. We also did the zip lining trip which was worth the extra $. We wanted to do the catamaran ride to Martinique but there were some political problems there so the trip was not running.
Cons: Seriously I felt like we were the happiest couple on the island. We were just there on vacation… All the newly wed couples seemed so angry with eachother…. seriously it was sad, had they never traveled together before getting married???
They totally pester you to do a free photo shoot. We finally did it and the pictures were amazing… until you wanted to buy the pictures. Then they wanted something like $400 for all the pictures we wanted. We spoke to the manager and got a discount on the pictures. Fiance is a very convincing man.
Other than that it was a nice relaxing stay. Oh yes… they have a drink called “Banana Lady” which is to die for!
Post # 14
we are doing the Grande in St .lucia…my TA told me it is the nicest there and I read tripadvisor till I was blue in the face. My travel agent, Jennifer at VIP Vacations http://www.travelbyvip.com is huge with sandals and everyone on her facebook page talks about room upgrades and VIP treatment. I just trusted her opinion. she also really liked Sandals Emerald Bay but said it was quiet and there isn’t much to do on the island. I wanted waterfalls, and zip lining and volcanos.
Post # 15
We are going to Sandals Grande Antigua for our honeymoon in April…ive heard mixed reviews…but am pretty sure we are going to have a fabulous time. Some of the complaints I have seen on Tripadvisor are pretty ridiculous.
Post # 16
We stayed at Sandals Negril two years ago and had a good time. However Ihave to admit I’m a bit spoiled from the all-inclusive resorts in my home country (Turkey), and found Sandals to be subpar as far as quality and value. There you get five star facilities, heavenly food, amazing beaches and first class service for half the price. I’m guessing for Caribbean resorts Sandals ranks pretty good though.
I’m very picky about the water being crystal clear which is why we chose Negril. We got that for the four four days, but the last three days the winds started and the water was murky despite it not being hurricane season. Also the first half of the vacation we got upgraded to a swim-up river suite with its own private pool and that was a wonderful room. The second half we stayed at the room we paid for, also a suite but one of the older ones. Nice room and view but in desparate need of an upgrade, everything was so dated. The AC sounded like a helicopter was landing in the room. The restaurants were not excellent but pretty good.
Best part of the vacation? The butler service. I was reluctant about this at first because it made me feel like some rich spoiled brat, but it was wonderful. The butlers are excellent at what they do and such friendly guys. They get you the best tables at the restaurants, decorate your room and serve you private dinners in your balcony (they found me lobster even though it wasn’t on the menu!), prepare bubble baths, reserve your beach chairs and umbrellas early morning so you don’t have to wake up early, stock your cooler with drinks etc. This made the difference for me, I think I would’ve been underwhelmed with the resort otherwise.