- 4 years ago
- Wedding: December 2013
We just got back from our amazing honeymoon at Sandals Whitehouse, and let me tell you… it looked exactly like the pictures in the catalog!!! I would highly recommend this resort. Here are some things we loved:
The overall beauty of the resort – the landscaping, pool, fountains, decor, etc. was perfect. There were beautiful peacocks everywhere too. The lobby and the restaurants are gorgeous with huge high ceilings. There were so many cool areas to sit and hangout on the property including hammocks and two-person bed-like lounge chairs.
The beach – it was a nice private beach so you didn’t have to worry about any peddlers or anyone trying to sell you drugs. It was very close to the resort, but not too close. It was just long enough to go on a nice little walk back and forth.
The service – the staff at Whitehouse was amazing. Everyone we dealt with was amazingly friendly and helpful. I can’t say enough good things. Everyone was always smiling and saying hello to you. Customer service is a bigger deal than you might realize, and it was amazing at this resort.
The size of the resort – Everything was very spread out which made it easy to be alone with your parter while walking around or sitting down by the beach. The “piazza” was very spread out. Nothing at this resort feels cramped. One thing that was also amazing was that you didn’t have to make reservations. There were plenty of seats at all the restaurants, despite the fact we were there in January which is peak season. We also didn’t have any trouble getting a beach chair. There were chairs to spare, and we felt we could have a private conversation without anyone hearing because all the chairs were so spread out.
The inclusions – the food, drinks, entertainment, and water sports are all included. We opted to do a few off-the-resort excursions, but you can totally go without them. There is plenty to do at the resort to keep you occupied. We loved the entertainment and the snorkeling the best.
The food and drinks – Honestly, some meals were better than others, but we definitely had a few amazing meals. The food at the “fancy” restaurant, Eleanor’s, was devine. The jerk chicken at the “Jerk Pit” was also amazing. There were bars everywhere with no shortage of booze. They could make any tropical drink you wanted, and they could get top-shelf at all the bars. We ordered all our drinks as doubles, no problem.
The location – Whitehouse is located on the country side of the island, as opposed to one of the big cities. It is a lot quieter and safer. The main road the resort is very quiet. You even have to take a long driveway to get into the main resort, so you feel completely tucked away in your own private paradise.
The beauty of the ocean and sunsets. – Self-explanitory, amazing. The water wasn’t completely clear, but it wasnt choppy. You could swim if you wanted. The water was a gorgeous blue color. So beautiful.
The only compaints I have were that maybe some of the food was in the “just okay” category. We didn’t really enjoy our couples massage. However, literally everyone else we talked to loved theirs. We think we just did’t pick the right message. It’s also about 1.5 hours from the airport which we were prepared for and didn’t mind. In fact, we were very grateful to get far away from the city.
No offense to anyone who has gone there. I know two different couples who went there and loved it. But i honestly think its just because they didn’t know it could be better. Whitehouse was A LOT better.
Side note, they say that Negril and some of the other Sandals’ such as Montego Bay are more lively and have a better night life scene. That may be true, but I do not think you should consider that as a selling point. I like to go out and party myself. However, you don’t realize how little that matters when you’re in a paradise. The sun sets at 6pm, so you want to get up early and enjoy it. We were out in the sun, drinking cocktails and eating big meals from about 9am until 6pm every day and we were tired after dinner. We went to bed between 10 and 11 each night. PLUS, if you want night life, there are lively bars at Whitehouse too.
We were there for three hours one day because we did the day-at-Negril excursion. The food was good, but it wasn’t any better than the food at Whitehouse. Here are some other things we didn’t like about Sandals Negril.
The size of the resort – It was tiny and right up against a busy road. Everything was compact and on top of one another. The beach was very narrow. The pools were tiny. All the beach chairs were so close to one another, and all of them were filled.
The people – there were peddlers everywhere trying to sell you things. One guy even tried to sell us drugs. And I know this isn’t very nice to say, but there were a lot more guests that looked for lack-of-a-better-word… trashy. A lot of tiny bikinis, tattoos, cigarettes, etc. I know that sounds judgemental, but it did change the dynamic. I dont think that has to do with who has more or less money either. I just think Negril draws more of a party crowd.
The lobby/entrance – Sandals Negril has barely any driveway. You pull in off the busy road and are immediately in the turn-around at the front door. And when you get into the lobby, it’s very tiny.
The beach – The beach was very short and narrow. There were boats everywhere. When we got to the end of the resort (which didnt take long), a security guard needed to take down our information to “make sure we were safe.” Sketchy. We decided not to leave the property at that point. One good thing about Negril, however, is their gorgeous sunsets. They were great at Whitehouse, but better at Negril.
I know it’s not a totally fair assessment since we were only there a few hours, but its just obvious that Whitehouse was a lot better. The other couples in our group all felt the same way. It’s not even necessarily more expensive. We got quoted for both, and I think I remember Whitehouse might have even been a better price. All the rooms at Whitehouse are ocean-front with a balcony (lowest about $250 pp/pn). So if you definitely want that, you have to pay more to get it at Sandals Negril. On the flipside, I think Negril might have had cheaper rooms that were not beachfront (maybe around $200 pp/pn) so you could save money that way. Unfortunately that also means you’re closer to the noisy road there.
So that is my review of Sandals Whitehouse and my mini review of Sandals Negril. I hope you find it helpful. Let me know if you have any questions.
As a side note, we also explored YS Falls, the Appleton Rum factory, Margarittaville Negril, and Rick’s Cafe. We also had a couples massage and private dinner on the beach. Let me know if you want more info on any of them.
Below are some the our pictures of Sandals Whitehouse:
He’d kill me if he knew I posted this.
Please note, we took all of the above ourselves with our little point-and-shoot camera. The resort truley looks just like the website and the catalog. I didn’t take any pictures of the room, but it looked just like the website as well.
Again, let me know if you have questions. Thanks!