(Closed) Sandals resorts – are they worth the price?

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I just booked my honeymoon for St lucia


Will be at two resorts


Sandals LA toc and Sandals grande st lucia.


I have calculated and calculated and it will save us money to go to Sandals.


After the drinks, food, & activities it all adds up. With Sandals its a tad pricier but you get ALOT of free things and the free things are avialable almost 24/7 at Sandals.

I have done TONS of research about sandals pm me if you want my info or have questions.

Post # 4
554 posts
Busy bee

I have been to Sandals in St Lucia and Jamaica. I do think they were on the pricer side, but I loved every minute of it. Just take advantage of everything they have to offer. To save money we always do the lowest tier of room (or whatever is the same price as the lowest) and each time the room has been HUGE and gorgeous. It also saves a lot. We got into every restaurant we wanted, never had issues getting good pool seats, so we saw no need to spend on the rooms with extras.

Post # 5
1096 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We chose to go to Secrets. After reviewing literally hundreds of online reviews, going to Sandals events, talking to numerous travel agents etc. we realized how many bad reviews there were of Sandals. We also realized that the travel agents get a lot of kickbacks from Sandals because they refused to show us any other all inclusives. We are staying at Secrets Wild Orchid in Montego Bay Jamaica. It’s much newer, has the same amenities as Sandals plus numerous additional amenities including a private beach and private pool for our upgraded status. We also get 2 free nights on our one year anniversary, free champagne breakfast in bed our first morning there, private dinner on the beach, and a hot tub on our balcony. With our upgraded status, we still saved $2,000 (staying 8 nights) over Sandals basic package. If you don’t get at least concierge level at Sandals you don’t get much, at least according to the travel agents we dealt with, that said if you don’t have a concierge you need to stand in line first thing in the morning to make reservations at the restaurants you want to eat at that night. If you don’t have butler level service there’s at least one restaurant that you can’t eat at, Gordon’s on the Pier doesn’t allow patrons that are not butler service level. And if you go to tripadvisor.com and read the reviews you’ll see the difference in the level of service and accomodations that people are receiving. There are tons of all inclusives you just have to find a travel agent willing to give you your options. It took us 4 different travel agents, AAA finally told us about Secrets.

Post # 6
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I wrote a review of Sandals La Toc here.  Another couple we met also really recommended the Sandals in Negril.


Was it an outstanding value for the money?  No.  Are we OK with what we paid for it? Yes.

The PP above has some mis-information about standing in line.  There were only 2 restaurants you had to make reservations at.  We only waited about 5 minutes to make our restaurant reservations.  It was a pain to “reserve” our beach chairs every day but other than that we found no use for a butler or concierge level room. 

Post # 7
2889 posts
Sugar bee

In 2010, I stayed at Sandals Jamaica and St. Lucia (honeymoon). I also wrote a review on the 3 St. Lucia properties (search Sandals and you’ll find quite a few posts). I think St. Lucia is the better value as you have access to 3 ressorts which = 3 times as many pools/beaches/restaurants, evening entertainment, etc. To specifically answer your question – Are they worth the price? You need to decide what is important to you. If you don’t want to worry about anything once you are there, AI is great already. Sandals also has water sports included and we really took advantage of tubing, Hobie sailing and water ski lessons while in St. Lucia. These are things that are not typically part of an AI. I also think Sandals offers really good food in the dinner restaurants. A PP noted that you need higher level service to gain access to some restaurants and particuarly Gordons but that is not correct, Gordon’t is the only restaurant which is not included and anyone can go there for dinne but you need to pay extra which, IMO, is not worth it. As far as value, I think the lowest price rooms are the best value. Room service and concierge/butler service sounds nice but ultimately is unecessary. I attended a Destination Wedding in Negril and the B&G had a high level room with butler service which was amazing particuarly because their bar made their suite the party room but as a couple, I didn’t feel like we missed anything not having a butler bring us drinks ocean side or a stocked bar in our room. Our trip in a standard room, including flight from BOS to St. Lucia came out to about $500 per night (as a couple). This is more than we would have paid for a vacation we planned but we didn’t need to figure out what restaurants were good or feel guilty about having a cocktail in hand all the time and we really enjoyed the water sports and ressort hopping. Sorry that got long, I have a tendancy to comment on these posts as I had a hard time finding a lot of honest information before planing our trip. Good luck in your decision and book early to get the best deal, we booked 9 months in advance.


Post # 8
746 posts
Busy bee

My issue with Sandals is that you have to book a conceirge level or higher just to get room service. I don’t know of any other resort chain that does that! And in some of the lower category rooms, there are no mini-bars either.

If you’re looking at Jamaica, check out Couples REsorts. They include a lot of things that the other all inclusive resorts charge for.

Post # 9
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I second the idea to check out the Couples resorts. We are planning on going to a Couples resort in Jamaica. It’s cheaper than the Sandals resorts, plus it includes more. Read reviews on tripadvisor.com. It’s really helpful. The resort we’re going to (Couples San Souci) has gotten higher reviews than the Sandals resort also.

Post # 10
1066 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think it’s wise to shop around… thankfully we have Trip Advisor!

I was pretty set on Sandals in St Lucia, but then realized our money would go so much further somewhere else, and with better reviews!

So we chose a secrets resort.  I think the Sandals would be amazing, but I dont know if it’s worth all the money.  Their base packages are expensive and aren’t anything special, and a lot of their resorts are older.  That was another drawback for us.

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