(Closed) Sandals VS Couples

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: I would go with a:
    Sandals resort : (10 votes)
    42 %
    Couples resort : (14 votes)
    58 %
  • Post # 3
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    316 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    If you are basing your decision on the price, don’t .  They have that sale at least every other week. I have been looking at Sandals since August and the prices haven’t changed. Just the airfaire so I wouldn’t worry about it.

    Post # 4
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    142 posts
    Blushing bee

    yeah – sandals has those deals all the time. they make it “expire” and then the next morning there’s another deal that’s just as good. I wouldn’t stress about it. 

    Post # 6
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    984 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    We decided on Couples for the same reasons you listed. Better price, more activities and the reviews were absolutely amazing on trip advisor! My FI’s brother and SIL went to Couples Swept Away for their honeymoon and said it was absolutely amazing and incomparable to any other resort they have been to. I also thought that their rooms were not as nice as Sandals but we actually booked a suite with our stay because the prices were so much better and we actually wondered how much time we would spend in the room. Yes it is our honeymoon so we will be in the room;-), but we also plan on spending a lot of time on the beach.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I have to chime in in favor of Couples – especially Swept Away. I went there a few years back and it is AMAZING. The room was great – HUGE balcony, HUGE room, nice bathroom. The whole place was immaculately clean and landscaped. The beach was great and not overly crowded. Staff was really nice and helpful. I can’t say enough about it. I didn’t want to leave!

    Post # 8
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    554 posts
    Busy bee

    Sandals always has discounts.  I looked at couples, but wasn’t overly impressed with some of the reviews I found on various message boards. I also have been to Sandals Grande so I know what they are like. We are doing Whitehouse for our honeymoon.

    Post # 9
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    2532 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Were going to Couples Sans Souci in Ocho Rios and we looked at Sandals as well but decided on couples for a few reasons. With Couples we are only going to be spending $2400 (including airfare, airport transportation) for our 7 day vacation. We have a beachfront suite and it looks AMAZING. The resort got incredible reviews on TripAdvisor (Ive read hundreds of them lol) With Couples we are not only getting all food/drinks but we are also getting a glass bottom boat, snorkeling, Dunns River Falls Trip (which usually runs about $100 per person), ALL watersports (including wakeboarding, wind surfing, and waterskiing) AND we get a FREE couples massage at a gazebo on a mountain overlooking the ocean (for 30 mins) plus we get champagne on arrival!!! I know that Sandals is the end all be all of all inclusives, but honestly its too expensive IMO. I think you should do Couples!!! There is Sans Souci, Swept Away, Negril and Tower Isle. All of them are GORGEOUS. We will also get free red stripes while we are waiting for our shuttle to take us to the resort (at the airport)!!

    Post # 10
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    221 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    To me there is no comparison between the two. Couples is like going home whereas Sandals is like going to a palace where no one knows your name. It totally depends on the feel you want – Sandals is way more “lavish” but couples is way more “down to earth”.

    Couples has been my dream vacation spot for years – I have been researching them for a good 3+ years and while all resorts will get bad review, they are WAY outnumbered by good reviews at Couples. And I think most bad reviews for Couples is from people who were expecting it to be more like Sandals? lol The resorts have so so so many repeat customers. Then last summer a good friend of mine did 2 weeks in Jamaica for her honeymoon – 1 at Sandals and 1 at Couples and she preferred Couples hands down.

    Now I just need to decide between Negril and Swept Away. I think I will have to eeny-meeny-miny-mo it.

    However, if I were going to any other island I’d go with Sandals just because you pretty much know what you’re getting.

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    By The Way where are you guys finding a week at couples for $2400 including airfair? The cheapest I can find is $3700 CDN which means we probably won’t be going for our honeymoon! 🙁

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    We stayed at Sandals Negril before and liked it. The beach was smaller than Couples Swept Away but it didn’t bother me, I don’t need a ton of sand as long as the water is nice and clear. We got the butler suites which was our reason was choosing Sandals (Couples doesnt have this option). Sounds extravagant and decadent but let me tell you, sooo worth it. Those guys go out of their way to make your trip memorable with the reserved beach chairs and drinks waiting for you every morning, the surprise private dinner they set up for you on the balcony (they even found lobster for me even though it wasn’t on the menu!) , the bubble bath with rose petals they prepare in the jacuzzi tub…And they’re the nicest, friendliest people! For half of the trip we got upgraded to a river suite and that made the trip for me. Spankin’ new and awesome room where you just step from your patio into a semi-private pool! Our second room was old and not so nice. The A/C sounded like a helicopter so we preferred to try to sleep in the heat.

    If it wasn’t for the butler service and river suite, I don’t think I would’ve been as impressed with the overall trip. Caribbean weather is tricky so we got rain and murky waters some days even though it wasn’t hurricane season and facilities and food is just ok. Not bad but compared to the all-inclusives I’ve stayed at the Mediterranean for the same price, the quality is way inferior.

    Post # 13
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    2532 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @noopnoop look on cheapcaribbean.com and actually sorry my Fiance just told me it was $2600!! Still much better than $3700!! We only had to put down about $1000 for the deposit which was also nice. Cheapcaribbean has a TON of amazing deals!!!

    Post # 14
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    5154 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @clare where did you stay with cheapcaribbean? My SO and I wanted to do the sandles resort in Antigua but it might be too pricy? His parents are paying and I’m not sure but I don’t want to ask for too much!

    Post # 15
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I still couldnt afford 7 days at Sandals or Couples.  I found prices that were in our budget at Secrets resorts. Secrets-Silversands (cancun) for 7 days and including airfare will cost me $2700.

    Post # 16
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We are staying for 7 days at Couples Sans Souci (in Ocho Rios) in Jamaica on cheapcaribbean. Everything including airfare will be $2600…this includes transportation to/from the airport! There is another website that the Fiance tried to use at first and they were going to charge more but cheapcaribbean is amazing!!!

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