Post # 1
Has anyone ever been to the Sandals Royal Bahamian in the Bahamas? That’s where we are headed for our honeymoon. I only now just thought about looking at the reviews for it and the reviews were not too great, actually most were horrible. I’m very worried that wanting to go to this Sandals Resort will ruin my honeymoon…
Post # 3
I always stay away from places like Sandals, etc. just because they don’t have any incentive to make you happy. There are too many people at them, everything is included, so they don’t have to work for tips, etc. They also always bring to mind the mental picture of big ol’ naked hot tub orgies, but I think that’s mostly the other ones like Hedonism. Is it too late to change your hotel?
Post # 4
I’ve heard some good things about Sandals, though I’ve never been. If it’s too late to change, then I would say don’t worry about it – you can make the best of it! It’s your honeymoon, after all!
Post # 5
Don’t forget too that the people motivated to write reviews on the internet are not a fair sample of Sandals patrons. Sandals is a huge corporation and when there are that many people involved, there are always going to be some overly picky and dissatisfied customers. Hopefully that will mitigate some of your concerns.
Post # 6
We went to a friend’s wedding at Sandals Ocho Rios in Jamaica about 3 years ago and really disliked it for a number of reasons. Not to totally scare you, but it was so bad i demanded (and got) half our trip reimbursed! If you would like to hear more…feel free to email me directly at heidi (at) spitfiregirldesign (dot) com. I’m happy to share my experience with you.
Post # 7
I’ve had few friends go to Sandals Resorts fro their honeymoon. They all loved it.
I think it’s a matter of preference of what you want for your honeymoon. I’ve had friends go to Europe for 1 week for their honeymoon, but came back within 3 days bc they just hated it over there!! =0 They detested me going to Europe…I’m talking about Italy Europe…how could they not like it there?!
So, like Chelseamorning said, the reviews are not a good sample of people going to Sandals, so don’t rely too heavily on reviews. Take them into consideration, but don’t get too worked up over it.
Post # 8
My fiance reminds me, when I read reviews, that people who leave reviews tend to be unhappy customers.
Case in point: you’ll leave a review for that stylist who gave you a horrible haircut, but you won’t leave one for that stylist you’ve had for 4 years and love.
If you’re already locked in, just take it with a grain of salt and promise yourself not to expect too much. Remember that it’s the person you’re with, not the location, that makes it great!
Post # 9
I think it totally depends on what you’re looking for. Sandals is a big-chain, budget resort. That’s what it’s going to be like. If you’re expecting 5-star food and service and private beaches, you should go somewhere else. Myself, I really dislike the places who cater to large numbers of tourists – I really prefer to stay somewhere smaller and with more local flavor. I’m pretty sure, based on what I’ve heard from friends, that I would hate Sandals. But I do have friends (mostly those who were looking to lay around, do very little, and drink a lot) who thought it was just fine. Not great – if you’re looking for something more upscale, pick one of the Marriott or Wyndham resorts.
Post # 10
You should check out tripadvisor.com I was obsessed with it trying to plan our honeymoon. As for Sandals, I have always heard mixed reviews….I don’t think its "budget", like someone said – I thought it was really expensive, actually. But I do think it is a crowded, americanized kind of place. They have th fancy honeymoon suites, but otherwise I think its a lot of families that go. It just really depends on what you are interested in. I think Sandals is meant to keep the guests there, and not venture out of the resort. If you are an adventurous couple, it might not be for you.
Post # 11
We were actually thinking of going to Sandals in St. Lucia for our honeymoon…but you girls have kinda scared me!
I can’t speak to the Royal Bahamian resort, but I know 2 couples who went to the Grande St. Lucia and they loved it. Had nothing but positive things to say about the accomodations and restaurants. I think they did a couple excursions, but not sure how much they really left the resort. Sandals is couples-only so you shouldn’t have any issues with kids running around. And it is all inclusive, so you don’t have to worry about money while you’re there — huge plus for us! My fiancee and I have never really been anywhere too exotic, so I’m not really worried about being disappointed. Even if you aren’t in the grandest honeymoon suite, you’ll be in the beautiful Carribbean with the man of your dreams. How bad can it be?!