(Closed) Why is SANDALS so looked down on?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I didn’t know they were looked down on. I just couldn’t afford Sandals, that’s why I did go there.  I would like to go to one of their resorts sometime in my lifetime. 🙂 My sister went to St. Lucia one and she had an amazing time.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I didn’t know they were looked down on either. I’m curious to see why.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I don’t think it’s really that they’re looked down upon, it’s probably just because they are sooo popular that there’s way more people at a Sandals than at a lesser known one. I guess people think it’s sort of cliche to go there or something. As for me, I’d totally go in a heart beat as long as their reviews were good.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I dunno.

Whenever I hear Sandals, I think of the episode of The Office where Michael tries to take his girlfriend there after sending out a Christmas card with a picture of her, her kids, and his head photoshopped onto her ex-husband’s body.

But I don’t think that Sandals can be blamed for that!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Some people think it’s too commercialized and lacks character. We stayed at Sandals in Negril couple years ago and really enjoyed it, but it is overpriced unless you’re taking full advantage of the all you can eat& drink everyday. It also almost solely caters to American tourists. There is a little bit of spring break for couples feel with a lot of drunk, loud and obnoxious people, but that’s not really the resort’s fault. You can still find privacy and romance if that’s what you’re looking for – we did.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I will admit that I didn’t/don’t want to go to sandals. There are a few reasons….

1) Like someone said above, it is kind of cliched. To me, it’s almost like people don’t know there are other (and usually better) options for the same or better price. For instance, our honeymoon we had all that comes in their top packages and more for the price of their bottom tier on sale… 

2) It’s too commercial. Your paying for the name, the advertising, etc. The over commercialization also makes it feel less special to me. It’s like walmart in that it’s everywhere (yet the same experience no matter the country). 

3) It’s too “americanized.”

4) To reiterate 1…. I’m just sick of hearing “sandals.” There are so many other better resorts out there (adult only as well) for the same or better price. It honestly seems narrow minded to me. I don’t mean that as an insult to anyone who has gone or would like too, but I’ve traveled the world enough to have experiences that lead me to look beyond flashy marketing and they didn’t lead me to want some factory american honeymoon abroad.

I know people have awesome times with sandals. I’m sure it’s not a “bad place” by any means. It just isn’t the “experience” I/we wanted to experience or pay for.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@KLP2010: out of curiousity, where did you have your honeymoon? i would love to hear about options similar to sandals, although i’m not opposed to sandals myself.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Although I’ve never been to one, I’ve heard they’re great.  But, I think a part of why people may not want Sandals is that when you go to Sandals you’re paying for the name and not necessarily quality.  But I’ve always heard good things, so I dont think they lack quality.  It’s just a brand thing. 

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper

I’ve gotten the impression it’s overpriced.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I wouldnt go to Sandals now that Ive been to another all inclusive resort (Couples). Couples was a lot less expensive than Sandals but its essentially the exact same thing. I just dont think all inclusive resorts are the best vacations to have. Yes, they are very relaxing and convenient because you will constantly be able to have food/drink at any time of day. However, you dont get to really travel and explore the country. Those types of resorts are very Americanized and it doesnt even feel like you are in a different country. We went to Jamaica on our honeymoon and didnt get to see much of the real culture because we mostly stayed on the resort. I would personally choose any other type of vacation (even a cruise) over an all inclusive resort.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We went to Sandals in St. Lucia for our honeymoon, and I can see why people would think they are Americanized, generic, cliche, etc. I’m sure we could have gone somewhere else and had a great time too, but for us, the attractive part of Sandals was that it was all-inclusive, had tons of food options, lots of activities to choose from and we could go to the other two Sandals on the island at any time we wanted. The convenience and variety is probably what makes it a little more expensive, but it was well worth it to us. 

We liked meeting other honeymooners at the pub at night, but also enjoyed that we could be alone if we wanted to. It was not spring break like at all where we were. It was probably about 80% honeymooners at 20% other couples just on vacation but it was pretty low key. And yes, there are a lot of Americans there, but St. Lucia is a popular vacation destination, so why wouldn’t there be? 

If you want a honeymoon that’s exotic and completely foreign to you, then Sandals probably isn’t the right choice. But if you want to socialize with other couples, be comfortable in your surroundings and have the flexibility that Sandals offers, it’s a great place for a honeymoon. 

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@pitbullover

We went on several excursions when we stayed at Sandals and got to see the entire island of St Lucia, including stopping in several villages to see how life is on the island, visiting a cocoa plantation, seeing the volcano, etc. 

At most all-inclusive resorts, you won’t get the culture of the island you’re on. It’s up to you to leave the resort and explore if that’s what you want to do. 

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@martysgal: Of course you have to leave to see the island. We went to the town of Ocho Rios and to the Dunns River Fall exursion – I think the issue was that we were already paying $2500+ for our honeymoon so we didnt really budget much more to go explore the island. There were excursions that we wanted to do (such as the Bob Marley island tour) but they were at least $100 per person and it just wasnt in the cards. If we had stayed somewhere else where we werent paying a premium for food/drink at all hours of the day we probably would have explored more. I think it comes down to the fact that all inclusive is not for everyone. We had never been to an all inclusive before our honeymoon and didnt realize it just wasnt for us. We want to travel, not just vacation..but for a honeymoon many people would rather have the relaxing time than the adventurous time.

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