Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are starting to plan/book our delayed honeymoon. We want to go somewhere tropical, and would prefer all inclusive just to make things easier. I think I’m leaning towards one of Sandals’ resorts right now but there are so many! I know this topic has been posted and I did run a search and look at the posts, but there are so many resorts it’s hard when everyone has good experiences at all of them! To try to help, has anyone ever had a bad experience at a Sandals resort? Any that are known for being not as nice, or not as friendly? Or, has anyone had a really really exceptional experience at one? I’m not sure if it matters but we are in our early twenties so we may try to steer clear of one known for being an older/more laid back crowd.
If you have an alternative all-inclusive suggestion besides Sandals, please share as well! =]
Post # 3
you could look at the excellence resorts! there arent as many so that might help your decision. the prices are wonderful!
Post # 4
@LoveMySailor1018: We didn’t go to Sandals, we went to Couples…and it was incredible. It was Couples Tower Isle in Ocho Rios Jamaica, and it was seriously the most wonderful vacation I have ever been on. We were 22 and 23 when we got married, and there was the perfect mix of people when we were there. Beautiful rooms, an incredible pool, awesome beach, fantastic food, and wonderful, helpful staff. I would recommend it in a heartbeat!
Post # 5
Thank you for the two helpful suggestions!
@wifegoodman: I’ve never heard of this, thank you! My only question/concern is it doesn’t look like their packages include airfare. I’m just not sure how we’d get to the resort, I don’t know if I’d want to have to stress about getting a taxi there or how that works?
@redsmarties: Thank you for the suggestion! I kept seeing people say to go to a “couple’s resort” and since Sandals is known for being a couples resort in that it’s not as much for families, I didn’t realize there was a difference! I found a great deal that’s comparable to Sandals so I’ll definitely keep that in mind!
Post # 6
I am also looking for info on this. My sister has been to two of them, Exuma and St. Lucia. I read not great reviews on Negril saying it was run down. I am waiting to talk to my travel agent that I trust next week. She is going to get the inside scoop from her sandals rep.
I am leaning towards St. Lucia Grande. But my sister says she did one with Butler service and one without and would never do it without Butler service again. She says people have to start lining up in the morning to get dinner reservations at their restaurants.
Post # 7
I’ve been to the Sandals in Ocho Rios (Jamaica) and did not enjoy it at all. Lots of reasons why… but let me tell you that some Sandals resorts are priced much cheaper for a reason. Try to book a middle-of-the-road or higher priced resort.
You should check out a site like tripadvisor.com and look for the highest rated Sandals resorts.
Good luck, all-inclusives are so much fun!!
Post # 8
I’ve been to Sandals Royal Bahamian, which I loved. We also took a delayed honeymoon and the wait was so worth it. I guess if I had to choose one complaint, I would say I expected a little bit more in the quality of food. My husband was 100% pleased with it, but I’m a foodie, so I was a bit disappointed. With that said, I did find the food very yummy and quite plentiful. Darling Husband and I are the couple that just rolls with things and makes the best of each situation, so it’s hard for me to think of negatives of the resort…and we were there at the tail end of Hurricane Tomas, so we didn’t have the greatest weather for a couple of days.
If budget allowed, I would go back to a Sandals in a heartbeat, either in St. Lucia or Antigua.
If you are looking for something more budget friendly, I would suggest Bolongo Bay in St. Thomas. They have an all-inclusive package. It’s definitely not luxury, but, hey, you’re in the Caribbean! My husband and I are actually renting a condo down the beach from the hotel in June 2013 and I can’t wait!!!!
Post # 9
My friend went to Sandals Whitehouse In Jamaica two years ago and she said she loved every second of it.
My fiance and I are going to Couples Negril for our honeymoon. I have never been there but I have spoken to a few people here and they couldnt say enough good things!
Post # 10
@Luv2BeachIt: Was it called Sandals Ocho Rios? I had a really bad experience in Mexico at the Barcelo Costa All Inclusive. Low budget most likely means low everything else. Ugh terrible!
Post # 11
@SaraP2012: Just looked that up, it was called “Sandals Grande Riviera: Ocho Rios.”
And just be… careful in Jamaica. Lots of people are going to ask you to “show them love” which means “give me money.” 😉 I’m sure you guys are going to love Negril!
Post # 12
@Luv2BeachIt: Bringing up an old post, but could you tell me when you went to the Sandals Grande Rivieria in Ocho Rios? We talked with our travel agent last night and she said that this one used to be really run down, but they recently renovated the whole place and now it’s very nice. Just wondering if you might have gone before the renovation or if this was more rencently. Thanks!
Post # 14
We had planned to go to Sandals in St Lucia. We read a lot of reviews and talked to a few TA’s and all the info was pretty much the same. If it’s you first AI experience, you will probably enjoy and not think too much of the flaws. I’ve read reviews that the buildings are starting to really look aged (except for probably the 1 they just opened) that the food was nothing spectacular (I think that depends on the person honestly)
But for us the airfare was almost 2k, like a 10 hour flight. Then another 4k for the resort. We don’t have the time to be wasting a day traveling. Secrets Resorts are really starting to take over. All of them are are newer and it better condition from what I’ve read. I literately spend months researching what was best. Secrets has nearly everything Sandals offers and it’s closer. They have them in Mexico and the Carribean. They’re business is really booming! They opened up 3 new resorts in less than a year.
We are going to Secrets Maroma Beach in August for our private Destination Wedding and honeymoon. Maroma beach was listed one of the top 10 beaches in the world multiple times. Also this resort has stayed at the # 1 of the hotels in Playa del Carmen since last October when we booked (trust me I look nearly every day)
We booked through an Apple travel agent (most TA’s do not charge extra to book with them BTW). We got 7 nights stay, honeymoon package (free w/room category), wedding package (alro free w/room category), airfare, transportation to and from resort to airport, maximum trip insurance for $4002. Not to mention it is a And that is one of their most expensive resorts.
I am realllllllly excited!!!
Post # 15
I just got back from Couples Swept Away yesterday and I would not recommend it to anyone. Thank god it wasn’t my honeymoon, just a pre-wedding vacation. What a huge disappointment, nothing about that resort is five star or luxurious, nothing. Just a three star run down motel that happens to be on a nice beach. Stay away