Post # 1
I recently posted about where to go on my honeymoon and got great responses. Now that I narrowed it down, im stuck on what resort to go to.
What is everyone’s opinion on Sandals vs. Couples Resorts?
Couples resorts are located in Jamaica, they look awesome my travel agent told me they were “older” then Sandals. All the reviews were great and said they had a wonderful staff plus they do offer more free excursions off their resort. On the other hand, my best friend went to a Sandals Jamaica and said it was okay, not a lot of beach and slow service. However my travel again is still saying Sandals give you more “luxury”. On a side note, has anyone been to any other Sandals resort like St. Lucia or the Bahamas?
With 1,500$ difference in price, I want to make sure I book knowing everything I can know about both resorts!
Any advice you might have would be great! Or if you know any other resorts feel free to post away!
Thanks Bees 🙂
Post # 3
Couples resorts are older in that they are the ones who started the “adults-only/all-inclusive” program. With the exception of Couples Tower Isle in Ocho Rios, the Couples resorts have more of a “classic Carribean” vibe. (Couples Tower Isle has more of a sleek, Miami South Beach kind of decor.). Couples also includes some excursions that you pay additional for at other resorts. It depends on where the resort is located and what’s nearby. You usually get better value for your money at Couples in Jamaica than at a Sandals. Good luck!
Post # 5
Be a little wary of a TA that is trying to push a certain brand of resorts. Their commission is based on what reasorts they book. Now don’t get me wrong, I had a great time at Sandals Whitehouse and we are going to Sandals Grande Antigua. I have also heard wonderful things about Couples but have never been. In the end, don’t let your TA push you into booking something that you don’t want. Do research on your own too.
Post # 6
@rachaelp: I went to Sandals Royal Bahamian and loved it. I will say that it was the private island that sealed the deal on the honeymoon for us! If you hadn’t had access to the private island, I probably wouldn’t have liked the resort nearly as much (the beach on the actual resort is small, so it’s nice to be able to go to the private island). I could go on and on about our Sandals experience, so feel free to PM me if you have any questions!
Post # 7
Regardless of what resort a travel agent books, they are being paid commission. And by “travel agent,” I’m not just referring to those with a storefront who have lots of pretty brochures laying around. Even companies like Expedia, Orbitz, etc., are “travel agencies.”. Commission is always built into the price no matter who you book a trip with. That being said, yes, you should be wary of any travel agent who is trying to steer you in the direction of one resort chain over another despite any objections that you may have. A good travel agent should listen to your needs and wants and find a destination and resort that is the best fit for you. A good travel agent will have also have traveled to numerous places and properties to see firsthand why they would, or would not, recommend them. As we always tell people, “anyone can build a pretty web site or produce a slick brochure.”. Those types of advertising won’t tell you what any potential downsides of the property are (e.g., party-like-a-rock-star/raucous nightlife or nothing but one buffet restaurant after another, etc.). Finally, a travel agent worth their salt will not push you into something that you can’t afford. You want to be comfortable with your choice and not feel like you have to sell a kidney just to have a nice honeymoon! 🙂