(Closed) Sandals Resorts – Should we upgrade?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yikes I would go with the cheaper room. On vacations, I tend to not spend too much time in the hotel room.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

thats a luxury we can’t afford and we don’t really think its worth the extra money  – we’d rather use that money to spend more time there. It all depends whats most important to u guys.

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@MrsPinkPeony:  We are going to Sandals La Toc in St. Lucia in November and decided to upgrade.  I think it added about $1500 to our total cost.  My main reason for upgrading was that the only way to get room service was to have a butler room, and i LOVE room service.  I recommend reading the tripadvisor reviews and see if there is any kind of consensus on whether the standard rooms are okay.  The reviews I read about La Toc were all amazing for the upgraded rooms and just so-so for the standard rooms.  Made me think it was probably worthwhile, since it’s such a special trip. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I haven’t done a Sandals resort, but just reading your first and your last post, I think you should go for it!  It’s your honeymoon, you’re more likely to spend time in your room and on the beach than going out and doing activities so it will be worth it to have a nicer room on the beach, and it’s under your budget so that’s a bonus too!!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Normally, I’m a “I can sleep in a hostel because I plan to spend no time in the room” kind of girl, but if it is in your budget, I would splurge, you only plan on having one honeymoon! 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

@MrsPinkPeony:  oh duh, it was right there in your first sentence!  Sorry.  Well, if you guys aren’t planning to do a lot, I still think you should upgrade!!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Read the TripAdvisor rooms and see what the situation is with beach/pool loungers and  floaties etc…  I found at the Secrets resort we went to that people were up at the crack of dawn “reserving” all the loungers by tossing a towel over them then leaving for breakfast or going back to bed and coming back hours later.  Technically it’s not allowed by hotel staff, but you make an enemy for the week if you move their towel or say anything.  I don’t know if the situation would be the same at a Sandals, but I suspect most resorts have similar issues.

Beach access and swim up rooms had their own loungers so there was no rushing to fight over them, which if you can afford it, might be nice 🙂

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Well, I guess it’s relative.  I personally would rather spend the extra $1,200 on activities rather than a nicer room with upgrades.  But that’s just me.

Sometimes Sandals will upgrade your room for free when you check-in (and especially when you mention something special like a birthday).  We were upgraded two levels without even asking when we went to Jamaica a few years ago.

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Oh and one more thing to note: when you upgrade to a level with a butler, you’ll be expected to tip that butler.  I know people say there’s a no-tipping policy at Sandals, but butlers are the exception.  So consider that cost, too.

(Well, actually we found that everyone at the Sandals Jamaica Ocho Rios expected tips, but that’s another story…) 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Since your planning to make this a relaxing vacation, it sounds like you guys may be spending a lot of time in the room, so I would go for the upgrade!

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