Post # 1
Hello, Bees! I’m still fairly new here as you can tell by how many posts I have made so please bear with me. I’m still learning how to utilize this website/forum. The wedding is planned for next year in June. No venues yet for the ceremony and reception. No wedding dress yet. My fiance and I love to take trips. I know my priority is kind of backward but we just love taking vacations. We like the beach a lot and that’s why we love going to Sanibel, FL where we got engaged. I was thinking more like Sandals Resorts. Not sure which one. We were thinking of staying at one of those water bungalows (with butlers), but we are open to just staying in a suite right off the beach where you walk out the beach is right there. Butler is not needed if we’re not in the water bungalow.
I am just curious if anyone has stayed at the Sandals Resorts and which island and which suite specifically did you stay at? I guess I just need some info or share their experience. What would you recommend or stay away from? Thank you.
We were also thinking of the Maldives or Bora Bora. The problem here is the long flight that I don’t think Dan and I can endure. Even if we stay in the first class flight, the long flight is going to drive us insane. I’ve been on a 12-hour flight before and a 19-hour flight before and it was a dreadful ride. So yea, never again.
We have never stayed in Sandals Resorts before, so we thought maybe that may be a great place to honeymoon. But like I said we are open to any suggestions. We prefer anywhere in the Caribbean. We’ve done Punta Cana and Aruba. As long as there are beaches, we are good. 🙂 Thank you for any suggestions and your thoughts. Thank you! ~ Telly and Dan.
If you care to share your honeymoon pictures, please share! You are welcome to post the pictures here whether it’s Sandals or anywhere from the Carribean islands. Thank you in advance!
Post # 2
twentytwentybride : We did our honeymoon in Cook Islands in the South Pacific (about 6hr south from Hawaii)… very affordable and not too far of a flight, assuming you’re in North America like us? We booked through this travel agency that specializes in South Pacific vacations (like Bora Bora & Asutralia/New Zealand), which is important when travelling to that part of the world: https://www.downunder-travel.com
Post # 3
MelissaandKyle : That’s a beautiful island! I just clicked on your link. And that’s far! So that would be about 18-hour flight?! Hawaii is about a 12-hour flight and add 6 more hours. I can’t even do Hawaii again due to the long flight. Maybe I have this claustrophobic where I can’t seem to breath when I feel confined for a long time. I don’t know. Maybe it’s all in my head. But I can’t be uncomfortable for that long. Thanks for sharing!
Post # 4
We stayed at https://www.beachhousetci.com/ in Turks and Caicos. Every room is a suite and they’re so beautiful. The staff is AMAZING and the food and drinks are amazing as well. Lots of excursions are available and easily booked, they set us up with a special honeymoon dinner on the beach- so romantic for water lovers. Also you can grab snorkel gear and just walk into the ocean and see turtles, Sting rays, and so many color fish and reef. There’s a beach deck where you can have lunch right by the ocean, once day a man even came out with fresh coconut and cut the top right off so I could drink the water!
Post # 5
I honeymooned at Sandals in Antigua in February 2017. I loved it. They do not have over the water bungalows, but I would love to visit one of their resorts that has one. We did upgrade to the concierge option but did not get a butler. While a butler would have been nice, it was completely unnecessary and not worth the cost IMO. The only issue with this resort was they had limited umbrella seats on the beach. People would go down and claim chairs/umbrellas really early so if you showed up at 10am it would be hard to find a shady spot. Butlers would do this as well, setting up seats with coolers for their guests. It was very frustrating and a problem that seems to be unique to this resort.
We had a room with a king size bed and balcony that overlooked a small quiet pool. Since we have visited they closed down the resort and did a big renovation so I imagine things are even nicer now. I really enjoyed our week here. I would love to visit the Sandals in Barbados!
Post # 6
twentytwentybride : We’re in Canada. So we had to do a flight to Los Angeles first and it was an 8hr flight from L.A. to Cook Islands after that. It was a long travel day but it was so worth it! Alternatively, I’d suggest South Pacific cruises? I don’t know if there are any that cross the pacific, but there are cruises that travel around Hawaii, Tahiti, Bora Bora, etc… perhaps some depart from north america?
Post # 7
twentytwentybride : My husband and I did Sandals in St Lucia – Regency La Toc. They do not have over water bungalos (They may have a couple at the Grande resort, but not La Toc where we stayed), but do have butler suites. We just did a basic beach front room, which had a much better view than the bulter suites. I’m not sure if all Sandals are this way, but the ones in St Lucia, the butler suites are farther away from everything and more secluded for privacy. We didn’t particularly care about that, so we saved money that way and put it toward excursions.
Sandals had amazing service. They only downfall is that the food was just so-so. It wasn’t bad by any means, but nothing really WOW’ed us. Drinks were great.
It was nice that St Lucia has 3 Sandals resorts, so we were able to visit the others to eat at their restaurants and visit their beaches. If you do St Lucia, I would reccomend the Grande resort over either of the other two. It had the best beach and the best variety of food, and had the most included water activities (paddle boarding, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, water skiing, etc were all included but werent avaliable most days at La Toc due to the water being more choppy on that side of the island)
I’m not sure where you are located, but we flew out of Chicago, had a layover in Miami, and our flight from Miami was around 3.5 hours I believe, so not too bad!
If you have any questions about St Lucia or Sandals, feel free to ask!
Post # 8
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twentytwentybride : if you don’t mind me asking, where did you stay in Punta Cana? And what did you think of it? Also do you tend to use a travel agent or just book everything yourself? I seem to be getting quite the amount of mixed reviews as far as travel agents go!
Post # 9
Look into Couples Resorts in Jamaica. They have 4 locations. When we were planning our honeymoon, I did a ton of research on all inclusives. Everything I read put Couples ahead of Sandals. The food was fantastic, even the buffet options which can sometimes be iffy at other resorts. Also, Couples doesn’t tier their guests. Everyone gets top level service regardless of which room type you choose. They also provided several free excursions which weren’t included with Sandals.
Post # 10
I’m in the process of planning our honeymoon right now, too! I’ve never been to Sandals so can’t comment on locations. We limited locations by which islands had direct or convenient flights from our city. We have friends who have done St Lucia, Jamaica, and Barbados and they all raved about them.
My advice would be to watch their weekly 7-7-7 sales. There are new ones posted every Wednesday at midnight and the prices are significantly discounted!
Post # 11
Check out the Secrets resorts as well. I found their food and service to be much better than the Sandals I’ve visited.
Post # 12
We honeymooned at Sandals Negril last February and did opt for the butler service ( ask for Orlando and Gawaine…they were the best ). Unlike a previous poster we found the butler service well worth the upgrade. We very rarely had to ask for anything. The butlers were very attentive without being annoying.
The over water bungalows are not available in Negril. Our original plan was Bora Bora in one of those as well however, in choosing this option we saved enough to stay almost an extra week and coming from Toronto saved ourselves 2 days in travel time. Also, we have friends that stayed in one and they said it was fun for the first couple of days but then became annoying because of the walk to the beach and restaurants.
We stayed in the honeymoon 2 level beachfront suite which was literally 20 steps from the beach. The view from the room was beautiful and on the quieter side of the resort which we loved. We found the food at the resort to be excellent with the exception of the Japanese restaurant ( entertaining but the food wasn’t great ). The buffets for breakfast and lunch were excellent as well.
One thing we noticed was how clean everything was…Seriously spotless.
Bottom line, if you want to relax on a beautiful beach with yummy food ( yes the butler will bring you snacks on the beach and a drink every 30 minutes…I highly recommend the pizza and the dirty banana lol ) then this is for you. If you want excursions and a night club vibe I’d look elsewhere. Anyway, we liked it so much we’re going back for our first anniversary…we leave in 20 days and I couldn’t be more excited. 😊
Post # 13
I’m a big fan of Sandals Negril. We got married there several years ago and had a return trip last year. We’ll be returning again this year, and have a trip booked for 2020 already too. The resort is small, and quiet for the most part, which is exactly what we like. The staff is amazing and as corny as it may sound each return trip is like “going home”. We stayed in the club level paradise honeymoon walkout room our first trip, which is centrally located and just steps from the beach. The only compliant was that the bathroom was a bit small. On our next trip we stayed in the club level Caribbean beachfront walkout, which was again just steps from the beach. This room was at the quiet end of the beach and had a huge bathroom. It was definitely our preferred room of the two. This year we got a great deal on the Honeymoon beachfront two story butler villa, which is located above the room level we had last year. This will be our first experience with butlers, which we hope we like since we have that room booked for 2020 too. If you decide to go with Sandals, be sure to look at their weekly “777” deals that will save extra money on different resorts/rooms. They also have fan pages for each resort in Facebook that have great information about the resort, excursions, rooms, etc.
Post # 14
You are going to LOVE the 2 story butler suites! If you have the option request Orlando and Gawaine as your butlers. They are awesome!!!