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SECRETS PLAYA MUJERES GOLF & SPA RESORT

Description

Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort is in beautiful Playa Mujeres, complete with famous white sandy beaches and stunning ocean views in a privileged gated community. This AAA Four Diamond award winning adults-only, all-suite resort is only 35 minutes from the Cancun International Airport and 10 minutes from downtown Cancun, in an 18-hole signature Greg Norman golf course. This Unlimited-Luxury® resort will welcome its guests with an elevated club house with spectacular views of the ocean and just steps away from some of the resort’s gourmet restaurants, fitness center and spa. Open-air spaces make it ideal to enjoy the warm ocean breeze. It features a protected area with flora and fauna located between the reception area and the main pool section where some of the region’s flowers and birds can be seen and photographed. Secrets Playa Mujeres offers guests 424 luxurious, comfortable suites complete with finely appointed amenities, swim-out access or spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, private balconies or terraces and beautiful décor featuring local wood elements. The Unlimited-Luxury® experience continues with exquisite dining options providing guests with a unique collection of gourmet à la carte restaurants and lounges plus 24-hour dining options allow guests to devour late night bites at Coco Café or stay in and order room Service. Celebrate authentic Mexican traditions and taste distinctive recipes at the upscale restaurants, or listen to live music at Desires Music Lounge. Nightly entertainment includes exciting live music and shows, theme parties or movies under the stars. It’s all included here at Secrets Playa Visit the Secrets Spa by Pevonia® and choose from a selection of the most relaxing and results-driven treatments available. Guests can find the perfect spa products in the charming boutique to continue enjoying the results back at home and extend its beneficial effects

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Arrival Lounge

 Bars

Offering 8 bars and lounges, serving international and domestic top-shelf spirits, ranging from swim-up to a nightly music lounge. *Guests at Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort will have free flow access to all (13) bars located in Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort.

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Barracuda – Beach Bar

Pools

2 pools – a main free-form pool and an infinity pool (main pool can be heated during winter season)

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Restaurants

Secrets Playa Mujeres offers 9 dining options: 1 buffet restaurant, 6 à la carte restaurants, a grill and a café. No reservations required. All restaurants openings rotate throughout the week. 24-hour dining options allow guests to enjoy late night bites at Coco Café or guests can stay in and order room service. It’s all available at any hour day or night. *Guests at Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort have free flow access to all (10) restaurants located in Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort.

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Desires – Sports Bar & Music Lounge

Activities

INDOOR/OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES • Beach Football • Beach and pool volleyball • Caribbean dance lessons** • Cooking Classes** • Tequila tastings • Dance Lessons** • Darts & Billiards • Bocce ball • Horseshoes • Fishing tours* • Golf* • Live musical performances • Multipurpose court** • Ping Pong • Archery • Spanish lessons** • Stage shows • Tennis court** • Theme nights and beach parties • Putting green (at neighboring Dreams Playa Mujeres) • Yoga and fitness classes and a wide variety of courses including stretching, Pilates, fitness boot camps (located at Dreams Playa Mujeres next door)** • Zen Terrace, an open-air area with live music in the evening (every night)

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Theater & Showtime Bar

WATER SPORTS • Kayaks • Catamaran • Water polo • Water aerobics • Bluewater Snorkeling* • Scuba diving lessons* • Scuba diving* • PADI Diving Center* • Wave runners* • Jet skis* • Water skiing* • Paddle Boards *Additional costs may apply. **Activities temporarily not available. Note: The use of drones or artifacts that fly or float in or on the premises of AMResorts hotels is strictly forbidden, except for those that have written authorization from the General Management of the hotel.

UNLIMITED-LUXURY® INCLUSIONS

Limitless access to gourmet à la carte dining options without reservations required • Unlimited international and domestic top-shelf spirits • Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks • 24-hour room* and concierge service • Pool and beach wait service • Daily refreshed mini-bar with soft drinks, juice, bottled water and beer • Daily maid service • Endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment • Theme parties, oceanfront bars and entertainment venues • No wristbands required • All taxes and gratuities included • Enjoy free Wi-Fi In addition to the above Unlimited-Luxury® inclusions and amenities, guests also receive: • Complimentary traditional Temazcal ceremony located at Dreams Playa Mujeres’ spa next-door *Temporarily available with limited hours from 7am-11pm

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SECRETS PAPAGAYO COSTA RICA

Description

Set in the exuberant Arenilla beach, Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica will offer adults a stunning Unlimited-Luxury® getaway in Costa Rica’s Gulf of Papagayo. The secure community around Secrets Papagayo provides striking views of native flora and fauna and miles of unspoiled Pacific Coast beach. This resort boasts 202 spacious non-smoking guest rooms and suites, each with a private balcony or terrace as well as a superb Unlimited-Luxury® experience starting with 24-hour room service, a daily refreshed mini-bar and more. The Preferred Club will provide an enhanced level of luxury with 65 ocean view suites and additional privileges including access to a private lounge, upgraded bath amenities and mini-bar, concierge service, pillow menu and much more. Guests will enjoy a welcome cocktail and cool towel, limitless gourmet cuisine, without reservations, at six restaurants and one café in addition to five bars that will serve unlimited top-shelf spirits. 24-hour dining options allow guests to enjoy late night bites at CoCo Café. Or stay in and order room service. It’s all available at any hour day or night. Days and nights are filled with land, beach and water activities and live entertainment. Two pools and a pristine beach await. Rejuvenation reigns supreme at the Secrets Spa by Pevonia®, offering massage, body and facial treatments in 13 treatment rooms and a full-service beauty salon. Follow up this rejuvenation at the fully equipped fitness center or by taking part in one of many daily and nighttime activities. Just 20 minutes from the Liberia Airport and a mere 15 minutes from the touristic town of Coco Beach, Secrets Papagayo offers guests a privileged location both within the resort and throughout the area for an ideal Unlimited-Luxury® getaway on the Pacific Coast. UNIQUE SELLING POINTS

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Pools

Two swimming pools

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Bars

Offering five bars that serve international and domestic beverages as well as top-shelf spirits, ranging from swim-up to a music lounge.

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Restaurants

Secrets Papagayo offers 7 dining options: 1 buffet restaurant, 4 à la carte restaurants, a grill and a café. No reservations are required. All restaurants openings rotate throughout the week. Or stay in and order room service. It’s all available at any hour day or night.

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 Activities

• Theme nights: Karaoke, live music, blackjack, musical trivia, dance lessons, Costa Rica night (Subject to schedule) • Manager’s cocktail party • Nighttime shows: Around the World, Beatles Tribute, Soul & Elements, Wild West (Subject to schedule) • Water aerobics • Cooking lessons • Beach & pool volleyball • Yoga Class • Aquatic stretches • Kayak tour • Paddleboard lessons • Snorkel Tour • Tennis Courts • Hiking • Wine Tasting • Coffee tasting • Handcrafts • Rum Tasting • Bocce Ball • Croquet • Horse shoe games • Giant Jenga & Connect Four • Non-motorized water sports • Internet center • Casino (nearby)* • Golf (nearby)

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THINGS TO DO IN PAPAGAYO* • Sunset cruise • Bay cruise tours • Jet skiing • Surfing • Scuba diving adventures • Fishing • Upscale jewelry and arts & crafts • Nightlife of Coco Beach • Motor ATV through mountains • Horseback riding (nearby) • Mountain biking • Local restaurants • Whale watching (seasonal) • Canopy tour (nearby) • Shopping *Additional costs may apply

 UNLIMITED-LUXURY® INCLUSIONS

Limitless access to gourmet à la carte dining options without reservations required • Unlimited international and domestic top-shelf spirits • Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks • 24-hour room and concierge services • Pool and beach wait service • Daily refreshed mini-bar with soft drinks, juice, bottled water and beer • Daily maid service • Endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment • Theme parties, oceanfront bars and entertainment venues • No wristbands required • All taxes and gratuities • Enjoy free Wi-Fi

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Three things guests love about… Sandals South Coast

Reposted from Sandals Blog

By Kylie Morrow | September 26th 2019


Sandals South Coast in a nutshell

Accommodation Type: 5 star all-inclusive resort (adults-only).
Location: White House, Jamaica.

Recommended airport: Sangster International Airport (MBJ), Montego Bay.
Transfer time to resort: 1.5 hours.

Best Sandals resort for:
Sandals South Coast is one of the best rated Sandals Resorts overall. With its amazing swimming pool and its beautiful secluded beach, it’s the perfect honeymoon getaway.

Atmosphere: Laid back.
Restaurants: 9 restaurants.

Overall review of Sandals South Coast

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It’ll be smooth sailing all the way to your arrival at Sandals South Coast in Jamaica, where you’ll be blown away by the accommodation, views, and amenities available on property. Sandals South Coast is one of the highest rated Sandals Resorts, and with good reason. In fact, of over 8,000 reviews, 89% (!) of respondents voted the resort as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very good’.

Three things guests love about Sandals South Coast

Based on real customer reviews.

The popularity of Sandals South Coast has a lot to do with its new heart shaped Over-the-Water Bungalows, the one of a kind Over-the-Water Chapel (perfect for destination weddings!), and the fact that it is located on one of the most scenic beaches in Jamaica. Not only that, but the resort is surrounded by a 500-acre nature preserve, which means you can get the best of both worlds, whether you want to reconnect with nature at the all-beachfront, all-ocean view resort, or take in day and night entertainment, including live shows. Sandals South Coast is relatively secluded, which makes for the perfect getaway for honeymooners, or couples who just want a little more time to themselves. Below you’ll find the top three things guests love about Sandals South Coast.

1. Guests love the main pool and the swim up bar

guests having a good time at the swim up bar

Guests of Sandals South Coast get to take advantage of being at a resort with the largest pool in all of Jamaica. When you see it for yourself, you’ll likely want to spend every day of your vacation at least taking a dip in the waters, spending some time at the swim up bar, or participating in fun aquatic activities organized by the resort’s ‘playmakers’. There are also lots of water sports you can try on the beach, including waterskiing and tubing, which are included in your all-inclusive package.

2. Guests love Café de Paris and the Martini Bar

couple waiting for crepes at cafe de paris sandals south coast

There are 9 restaurants at this resort, and during your stay you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy them all. A guest favorite is Café de Paris, a French inspired pastry shop. The desserts are highly recommended. If you’re looking for light dining, you can also try the Sushi on the Sand restaurant. For a bit of entertainment enjoy the night life within the resort, which usually includes parties and karaoke sessions at the Martini bar. You can also plan a relaxed date night with your partner or make a bigger event of it with other couples; bonfires and cocktails under the night sky.

Insider tip: The most popular restaurants at Sandals South Coast require a reservation. Make sure to make some dinner reservations on arrival, especially during peak season! For dress-codes and opening times,

3. Guests love the early morning garden tour

couple walking on sandals south coast gardens

If you’re up for waking up early and exploring, you’ll love the early morning garden tour offered by Sandals South Coast. You’ll be taken around by one of the grounds keepers, who will share his knowledge of the various flower species encountered along the way. The Riviera area is popular with guests, where you can find neat structured walkways and fountains that make great photo backdrops.


All in all, Sandals South Coast is an amazing resort with wonderful staff. You’ll find lots to do once you arrive on property and will likely wonder why you didn’t book more time in the beautiful island of Jamaica!

Popular tours and excursion at Sandals South Coast

Pelican Bar Highlight Catamaran Cruise

island routes catamaran cruise with guests at floyd's pelican bar

Set sail to Pelican Bar on an Island Routes Catamaran Cruise along the unspoiled waters of Jamaica’s South Coast. You’ll explore this pristine locale known for outdoor adventure, impressive scenery and last but not least, a quaint bar and sandbank in the middle of nowhere, known as Floyd’s Pelican Bar. As if our legendary cruise full of the best Caribbean music, drinks and appetizers isn’t enough to entice you; at the Pelican Bar, you will chat and chill in this tiki-style hut made completely of driftwood where you’re invited to leave your mark and carve your name in the floor.

Insider tip: Sandals South Coast repeat guests often recommend to spend at least one (half) day outside of the resort to explore the island. Make sure to book tours and excursions before arrival to ensure availability.

Rum, River & Falls

guests enjoying appleton estate tour

Unlock the wonders of Jamaica’s untainted South Coast on this amazing adventure, which takes you to the island’s most amazing locations; the Appleton Estate, YS Falls & the Black River Safari. First visit Black River and enjoy a fascinating journey down this waterway, which boasts an incredible ecosystem of lush vegetation, exotic birds & the infamous Black River crocodile.

Then enjoy a delicious local lunch and dine in a gorgeous setting before continuing your journey to YS Falls. One of Jamaica’s finest natural attractions, the falls features 7 waterfalls, several of which cascade into natural pools, and lush gardens. Make your way along wooden walkways to the top of the falls to enjoy a refreshing dip in the crisp natural pools.

Then it’s time to complete the journey at Appleton Estate, a rum distillery that’s known for creating one of the world’s smoothest and most sought-after rums. Have a welcome cocktail, learn about the unique distillation process and visit one of the barrel houses where the rums are aged to perfection. Then it’s time to taste the finished product as you sample 3 different Appleton Estate blend rums. End the day by shopping for souvenirs and craft items that will serve as a priceless memento of your experience. This triple threat adventure is one you won’t soon forget!

Deep Sea Sport Fishing

guests fishing from back of fishing boat

The very best in deep sea sport fishing beckons off the coast of Jamaica. Imagine heading out onto the open waters off the coast, renowned as one of the most thrilling grounds in the entire Caribbean. Now you can brag about your own amazing catch, as you take advantage of our unbelievable fleet of customized fishing boats including: a 46′ Hatteras (completely refit in 2008); a 31′ Betram (arguably the world’s best fishing platform); and a fully rigged 33′ Pacemaker. Hop aboard with the expertise of our captain and crew, who know the very best spots to catch Blue Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna and Sailfish, just to name a few. The sun is shining, the drinks are icy and the fish are biting.

Recent Sandals South Coast Awards

Awards Sandals Barbados won in the past 3 years alone, not counting the awards that were won by Sandals Resorts as a chain:

  • Islands All-Inclusive Awards: Best for Couples Editors’ Choice 2019.
  • Islands All-Inclusive Awards: Best for Couples Readers’ Choice 2019.
  • Islands All-Inclusive Awards: Best Bar: Sandals South Coast Over-the-Water Bar 2019.
  • World Travel Awards: Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort 2017, 2018, 2019.
  • American Academy of Hospitality Sciences: Five Star Diamond Award 2017, 2018.
  • Travel Weekly Magellan Awards: Silver – Overall Resort 2018.
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Three things guests love about… Sandals Montego Bay

Reposted from Sandals Blog

By Kylie Morrow | September 27th 2019


Sandals Montego Bay in a nutshell

Accommodation Type: 5 star all-inclusive resort (adults-only).
Location: Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Recommended airport: Sangster International Airport (MBJ), Montego Bay.
Transfer time to resort: 10 minutes.

Best Sandals resort for:
Sandals Montego Bay is perfect if you are looking for a lively resort with plenty of watersports! On top of that, Montego Bay Marine Park offers some amazing snorkeling opportunities. Take a trip to the nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean for a laidback vibe and a private offshore island.

Atmosphere: Social, Active.
Restaurants: 12 restaurants + 8 more at Sandals Royal Caribbean.
Sandals resorts close by: Sandals Royal Caribbean

Overall review of Sandals Montego Bay

Best described as innovative and luxurious, Sandals Montego Bay is an excellent choice for honeymooners and couples who want to take their love to the next level and have fun. This flagship resort typically receives rave reviews, and most recently out of over 6,000 reviews, 85% (!) of respondents rated their resort experience as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very good’.

sandals montego bay resort front view

Sandals Montego Bay is located near the airport, but have no fear, most guests who stay there aren’t bothered about aircraft noise. The consensus is that the resort is in a convenient location which cuts down airport transfer time, ideal for shorter getaways. The resort is the first ever built by Sandals, so you’ll find some of the signature Sandals amenities, as well as new attractions, which add to the vibrancy of the resort. Here you’ll also find the first swim-up bar in the world, which will make for great photos, and stories to share once you get back home. Sandals Montego Bay was recently renovated, so you’ll be able to take advantage of the resort in its finest form if you choose to stay here during your Jamaica getaway. Read on for the three things guests love most about Sandals Montego Bay.

Three things guests love about Sandals Montego Bay

Based on real customer reviews.

1. Guests love the restaurants

guests enjoying their time at the fish stew

Sandals Montego Bay is one of the resorts in Jamaica with plenty of restaurants to choose from – 12 in total. That number is significant even within the Sandals chain, especially when you add 8 more restaurants at the nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean also in Montego Bay that are also available for your dining pleasure. Cucina Romana, an Italian restaurant and Stew Fish, a seafood restaurant, are both highly recommended. Popular options at Stew Fish include West Indies Pepper Pot Soup, Jamaican Pepper Shrimp, and Lobster Bouillabaisse, while Cucina Romana offers Italian favorites like antipasti and ‘minestre e ensalate’, as well as Fettuccine Alfredo and Lasagna Napoletana. You’ll love the atmosphere at the Piano Bar to start the night.

Insider tip: The most popular restaurants at Sandals Montego Bay require a reservation. Make sure to make some dinner reservations on arrival, especially during peak season! For dress-codes and opening times.

2. Guests love the watersports options that are included

watersports wakeboarding

There’s so much to choose from in the watersports department that you probably won’t know where to start. Snorkeling, kayaking, water skiing, wakeboarding, and sailing are all highly recommended. If you haven’t tried these activities before, the professional watersports team at Sandals Montego Bay will be eager to get you started. You can also go scuba diving if you’re certified or start the process of acquiring your PADI® certification at the resort if you’re not. All of these things can be done from the shores of a pristine private beach in Jamaica, with calm waters due to offshore reefs that are great for exploring.

3. Guests love to spend a day at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Sandals Royal Caribbean over-the-water villas

Guests who’ve reviewed their experience at Sandals Montego Bay recommend spending a day (or two) at the nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean where you can take advantage of all the amenities in the same manner that you would if you’d stayed on that property. A top-rated thing to do at Sandals Royal Caribbean is dining at Royal Thai, a Thai food restaurant on a private offshore island.

Sandals Montego Bay is “heaven in Jamaica”. Be sure to check out the brand new Over-the-Water Bar. Planning an all-inclusive destination wedding? You’ll love the Over-the-Water Chapel!

sandalas montego bay over-the-water chapel

Popular tours and excursion at Sandals Montego Bay

Reggae Catamaran Cruise from Montego Bay.

reggae catamaran cruise from montego bay at sunset ride

Set sail and take in the views of Montego Bay’s coastline from the best seat in the house aboard the Island Routes Reggae Sunset Cruise. After a quick safety briefing we’ll set sail to the famous Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. When you arrive you’ll have time to enjoy the facilities including the water trampolines, inflatable obstacles and an exhilarating 120-foot water slide that plunges you into the Caribbean Sea! On the way back marvel at the stunning sunset while enjoying tasty appetizers, signature cocktails and the latest local and international music played by the onboard DJ. There’s nothing quite like a Caribbean sunset to provide the backdrop to this club on water!

Insider tip: Sandals Montego Bay repeat guests often recommend to spend at least one (half) day outside of the resort to explore the island. Make sure to book tours and excursions in advance to make sure there’s enough availability.

MINI-Routes to Ocho Rios.

guests interacting with local while on mini cooper ocho rios tour

Buckle up and take the wheel of your own MINI Cooper and follow an experienced guide to various sites that will leave you in awe of this incredible island. Drive to Ocho Rios stopping at unique sites along the way, visit natural treasures such as Dunn’s River Falls, enjoy delicious Jamaican dishes at a local favorite and satisfy your sweet tooth by sampling Jamaican delicacies. Immerse yourself in the history of the island at Discovery Bay.

Deep Sea Sport Fishing.

guests riding at back of fishing boat

The very best in deep sea sport fishing beckons off the coast of Jamaica. Imagine heading out onto the open waters off the coast, renowned as one of the most thrilling grounds in the entire Caribbean. Now you can brag about your own amazing catch, as you take advantage of our unbelievable fleet of customized fishing boats including: a 46′ Hatteras (completely refit in 2008); a 31′ Betram (arguably the world’s best fishing platform); and a fully rigged 33′ Pacemaker. Hop aboard with the expertise of our captain and crew, who know the very best spots to catch Blue Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna and Sailfish, just to name a few. The sun is shining, the drinks are icy and the fish are biting.

Recent Sandals Montego Bay Awards

Awards Sandals Montego Bay won in the past 5 years alone, not counting the awards that were won by Sandals Resorts as a chain:

  • Travvy Awards 2019: Best All-Inclusive Couples Resort, Caribbean.
  • World Travel Awards: Jamaica’s Leading Resort 2018, 2019.
  • American Academy of Hospitality Sciences: Five Star Diamond Award for the Arrival Lounge at Sangster International Airport 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
  • Travel Weekly Magellan Awards 2018: Silver – Overall Beach Resort.
  • Travel Weekly Magellan Awards 2016: Gold – Overall Beach Resort.
  • Travel Weekly Magellan Awards 2014: Gold – Eco-Friendly.
  • MLT Vacations Quality Assurance Awards 2014.
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Three things guests love about… Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Reposted from Sandals Blog

By Kylie Morrow | October 7th 2019


Sandals Grande St. Lucian in a nutshell

Accommodation Type: 5 star all-inclusive resort (adults-only).
Location: Pigeon Point, Saint Lucia.

Recommended airport: Hewanorra International Airport (UVF).
Transfer time to resort: 1 hour, 30 minutes.

Best Sandals resort for:
Sandals Grande St. Lucian is located on its own peninsula, on one of the most beautiful beaches. The resort offers an excellent spa, some amazing scuba diving and access to two Sandals golf courses. Stay in 1 resort, play at 3!

Atmosphere: Sophisticated, Laid back, Social.

Restaurants:
12 restaurants on-property
9 restaurants at Sandals Regency La Toc
6 restaurants at Sandals Halcyon Beach

Overall review of Sandals Grande St. Lucian

sandals grande saint lucian main pool

Sandals Grande St. Lucian is located in the picturesque and historic Pigeon Island in the north of Saint Lucia. Once an island, but now linked to the mainland, the area remains relatively private, and just as beautiful, if not more so, than ever before. The largest Sandals resort in Saint Lucia, Sandals ‘Grande’ also attracts great guest satisfaction. In fact, of over 8,000 reviews, 88% (!) voted their stay at Sandals Grande St. Lucian as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very good’.

The sunny shores of Sandals Grande St. Lucian are enough to keep you smiling throughout your vacation in Saint Lucia; there’s just something about the ambiance that’s uplifting, and happy. The resort is especially popular with honeymooners, though some prefer the intimacy and quietude of the Sandals Halcyon Beach. For Sandals Grande St. Lucian, here are the top three things guests love most about the resort:

Three things guests love about Sandals Grande St. Lucian

1. Guests love the famous gourmet crepes.

sandals grande saint lucian josephine's gourmet creperie

Discover the sweet life at Josephine’s Gourmet Creperie during your stay at Sandals Grande. Of the 12 amazing restaurants at the resort, this one stands out for its authentic French crêpes and mouthwatering desserts. At Josephine’s Gourmet Creperie you’ll find sweet and savory treats including crêpes stuffed with chicken and spinach and mouthwatering apple and oat crumble. For lunch or dinner, try the Jerk shack for traditional and contemporary Jerk Style Cuisine. When the sun goes down, there’s lots to explore, but it’s worth fitting the Olde London Pub into your schedule for an upscale gastro pub experience.

Insider tip: The most popular restaurants at Sandals Grande St. Lucian require a reservation. Make sure to make some dinner reservations on arrival, especially during peak season! For dress-codes and opening times, see: restaurants at Sandals Grande St. Lucian.

2. Guests love JJ’s Speedboat Tour around the Pitons.

the pitons on the saint lucian coast

There’s a lot to do and see around Saint Lucia, and fortunately for guests who stay at Sandals Grande St. Lucian, quite a few attractions can be found near the resort. Even with that said, during your Saint Lucia vacation you’ll have lots of time to explore the rest of the island, and a highly recommended option is JJ’s Speedboat Tour excursion around the Pitons. You’ll enjoy amazing views from the water, with a tour that’s faster paced than the traditional. Once you get to Soufriere, you’ll enjoy land stops in the Sulphur Springs which is great for a skin nourishing mud bath, and at a local waterfall. You’ll also get to enjoy some snorkeling in one of the best places for diving in Saint Lucia, drinks, and a buffet lunch.

3. Guests love the Red Lane Spa.

couple enjoying a relaxing massage at the red lane spa in sandals grande saint lucian

There’s an exclusive yet laid back feel to the Sandals Grande experience, and the Red Lane Spa, often described as ‘magical’, is also a combination of both. You’ll feel relaxed yet pampered with the endless options of private sessions that you can choose from at the spa. Try the new Night Blooming Jasmine Massage, a Happy Hour Mani & Pedi, or simply a Salt Bath Soak. You’re guaranteed to leave feeling more rejuvenated than you did when you arrived.

A relaxed resort with wonderful staff, you’ll feel right at home at Sandals Grande St. Lucian. While there, or before booking your trip, read up on the in-demand Over-the-Water Bungalows at the resort and the Sandals Golf and Country Club, which is located nearby. Guests at Sandals Grande also have access to two other resorts in Saint Lucia, Sandals Halcyon Beach, and Sandals Regency La Toc, which means more food, and more fun!

Popular tours and excursion at Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Soufriere Experience.

guest enjoying a dip in the mineral mud bath

Board your speedboat on the beach and cruise down the west coast of the island to Soufriere before heading further south to Anse L’Irvogne. Along the way you’ll be able to marvel at the majestic twin peaks of the Pitons, a UNESCO world heritage site, before docking at the Soufriere Harbor.

Then we’ll switch up the transportation and start a relaxing drive through Soufriere to the famous drive in volcano. Here you can take a therapeutic dip in the mineral mud bath before heading to the Toraille Waterfall and botanical gardens for a refreshing swim. Enjoy a freshly prepared creole buffet lunch before returning to the boat for the homeward journey; we’ll make a quick stop at Anse Cochon for snorkeling and swimming on the way, before a final stop at the beautiful Marigot Bay.

Insider tip: Sandals Grande St. Lucian repeat guests often recommend to spend at least one (half) day outside of the resort to explore the island. The famous Pitons are a must see! Make sure to book tours and excursions before arrival to ensure availability.

Treetop Zip Trip.

guest having fun on the treetop zip trip

Trained guides take you on the ride of your life. The zip line ride is a system of integrated cables and rigging designed for maximum thrill and exposure to the best views of the rainforest. Our course consists of 12 zip lines – including the island’s longest, fastest and highest. Our lines extend up to 800 feet between platforms and reach heights up to 150 feet above the forest floor. Between zips there is plenty of time to take in the unique panoramic views and observe the magnificent flora and fauna indigenous to the forest. After the ride, relax and enjoy complimentary local refreshments while surrounded by the beauty and serenity of nature.

Soufriere Adventure Cruise.

guests having fun on board the soufriere adventure cruise

Take a relaxing catamaran day cruise down the West Coast to Soufriere. Guests will enjoy the rugged beauty of the coastline and the spectacular view of the majestic Pitons. In Soufriere, a walking tour of the Sulphur Springs and the lush Botanical Gardens takes one to the picturesque Diamond Waterfall. After lunch at a local restaurant, recommence your catamaran cruise to Anse Cochon for some snorkeling. Then it’s on to the quaint town of Marigot Bay for a photo opportunity.

Recent Sandals Grande St. Lucian Awards

Awards Sandals Grande St. Lucian won in the past 5 years alone, not counting the awards that were won by Sandals Resorts as a chain:

  • World Travel Awards: Saint Lucia’s Leading Resort 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.
  • World Travel Awards: Saint Lucia’s Best Resort Spa 2016, 2017, 2018 (Red Lane Spa).
  • American Academy of Hospitality Sciences: Five Star Diamond Award 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
  • World Travel Awards: Saint Lucia’s Best Spa Resort 2016.
  • Flight Centre: Best Honeymoon Resort 2016.
  • MLT Vacations Quality Assurance Awards 2014, 2015.
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Three things guests love about… Sandals Grande Antigua

Reposted from Sandals Blog

By Kylie Morrow | October 2nd 2019


Sandals Grande Antigua in a nutshell

Accommodation Type: 5 star all-inclusive resort (adults-only).
Location: Dickenson Bay, Antigua.

Recommended airport: V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU).
Transfer time to resort: 20 minutes.

Atmosphere: Sophisticated, Active.
Restaurants: 11 restaurants.

Overall review of Sandals Grande Antigua

sandals grande antigua overview

Sandals Grande Antigua is the Caribbean’s most romantic resort for the last six years in a row (World Travel Awards), a title that is sealed with numerous awards and recognitions over the years. It is also near the top in that regard on the world stage, and that has much to do with the resort’s gorgeous beachfront and signature Sandals amenities and services delivered in the most unforgettable way. Of over 8,000 reviews of the property, 82% (!) of the guests voted their stay at Sandals Grande Antigua as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very good’.

There are precise elements that need to come together for a resort to deliver on its promises of a vacation of a lifetime. Fortunately for guests of Sandals Grande Antigua, the chemistry is just right for an effortlessly romantic couples’ vacation that you won’t soon stop raving about. Below are three things guests love most about Sandals Grande Antigua:

Three things guests love about Sandals Grande Antigua

Based on real customer reviews.

1. Guests love the restaurants.

guests enjoying dinner at Marios

You’ll be able to have your fill and then some more at Sandals Grande Antigua, with 11 restaurants to choose from. It isn’t every day you can throw caution to the wind in the Caribbean and indulge in the heart of luxury, so release your inhibitions. Once you do that, you’ll enjoy restaurant options like Mario’s (Italian) for breakfast and dinner, where you’ll find Italian food prepared by native Italian chefs. Or, you can try the OK Corral restaurant which serves Tex-Mex cuisine. Popular menu items include their Red Bean Chili Soups, Southwestern Fajitas, tasty and well marinated steak, and other items with Southern flair. At night, spend some time at the Drunken Duck, a British inspired pub where you can have cold drinks (wines, spirits, beers or soda), and tasty pub fare.

Insider tip: The most popular restaurants at Sandals Grande Antigua require a reservation. Make sure to make some dinner reservations on arrival, especially during peak season! For dress-codes and opening times, see: restaurants at Sandals Grande Antigua.

2. Guests love the main pool with swim up bar.

sandals grande antigua main pool

Amazing swim up bars add to the appeal of Sandals and sprinkled along the Sandals chain you’ll find quite a few of those. This is historic in a sense, considering the swim up bar concept originated at Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica. In Antigua, the main pool is especially popular for the fact that guests can enjoy the swim up bar feature, in a huge and intricately decorated pool, complete with statues and fountains. If you were yet to sink into the vacation experience, one trip to the bright and tropical main pool will ensure that you’re firmly deposited into that carefree zone. Once you’ve had your fill of the pools, you can spend some time on the longest white sand beach in Antigua, the world-famous Dickenson Bay.

3. Guests love the Red Lane Spa.

couple relaxing at red lane spa

You simply can’t go wrong with a Red Lane Spa experience. Sandals’ in-house spa caters specifically for guests, always coming up with new treatments and private sessions for visitors to indulge in. While at Sandals Grande Antigua, try the new Therapeutic Harmony Massage, the Caribbean Glow Treatment, the Neroli Jasmine Candle Massage, or a soothing couple’s massage, all of which are sure to be highlights of your stay.

From the unique accommodation concepts, to sophisticated ambiance and its ideal location on a spectacular beachfront, there’s a lot to love about Sandals Grande Antigua. Hopefully this guide makes it that much easier for you to choose Antigua, particularly Sandals in Antigua, for your next Caribbean vacation.

Popular tours and excursion at Sandals Grande Antigua

Xtreme Circumnavigation.

racing boat speeding through antiguas coastline

This exhilarating adventure takes you right around Antigua’s rugged coastline in a 45′ offshore racing boat. Enjoy a high-speed run through the islands and cays of the North Sound, followed by an exclusive hour long swim and snorkel with the southern rays at Stingray City Marine Park. Then we’ll head to Green Island where you can take a refreshing dip before enjoying a buffet lunch. Next cruise around Nelson’s Dockyard while listening to a brief history on this historic area. Finally snorkel at the Pillars of Hercules making a final stop at a secluded beach on the south side of the island.

Insider tip: Sandals Grande Antigua repeat guests often recommend to spend at least one (half) day outside of the resort to explore the island. Make sure to book tours and excursions before arrival to ensure availability.

Antigua Outback Safari.

safari land rovers making their ways through the island sites

Climb aboard our comfortable 4×4 Land Rover for an adventurous and fun-filled tour of the most interesting and beautiful places on the Island. Next you’ll visit a variety of historical sites including: the Blockhouse ruins, Nelson’s Dockyard, and Shirley’s Heights for some stunning views of Antigua. Then it’s time to head to Betty’s Hope Plantation for a delicious picnic lunch. After lunch you’ll hop back in the 4×4 and drive out to the famous Devil’s Bridge. End your day with a refreshing swim at Long Bay Beach before you return.

Lover’s Rock Sunset Cruise.

guests enjoying the view on board of the sunset cruise

Set sail on a one-of-a-kind tropical sunset cruise to experience the spectacular Antiguan sunset. Once aboard the catamaran enjoy a welcome cocktail as you take your seat on the sundeck. Enjoy the views of the Antiguan coastline as you sip drinks and enjoy flavorful hors d’oeuvres. Sit back and relax, or get up and dance to romantic Caribbean rhythms with the stunning sunset as your backdrop. This will be one of the most relaxing and romantic tours you do in the Caribbean.

Expert tip: Still not sure which Sandals resort is right for you? Read ‘Which Sandals resort is best for you? The ultimate guide’ and find out!

Recent Sandals Grande Antigua Awards

Awards Sandals Grande Antigua won in the past 5 years alone, not counting the awards that were won by Sandals Resorts as a chain:

  • Travvy Awards: Best All-Inclusive Resort – Destination Weddings 2019.
  • World Travel Awards: Caribbean’s Most Romantic Resort 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.
  • Travvy Awards: Best All-Inclusive Couples Resort 2018.
  • American Academy of Hospitality Sciences: Six Star Diamond Award 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 (Mediterranean Village).
  • American Academy of Hospitality Sciences: Five Star Diamond Award 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
  • Travvy Awards: Best Honeymoon Resort 2017.
  • Travel Weekly Magellan Awards: Gold – Overall Eco-Friendly 2017.
  • Condé Nast Traveler’s Annual Readers’ Choice: Top Resort in the Caribbean 2014, 2016.
  • World Travel Awards: Antigua’s Leading Resort 2014, 2015.
  • Travel + Leisure Magazine’s 500 World’s Best: World’s Best Hotels, Caribbean 2015.
  • World Travel Awards: World’s Most Romantic Resort 2014.
  • World Travel Awards: Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort 2014.
  • Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards: Top 25 Resorts in the Caribbean 2014.
  • MLT Vacations Quality Assurance Awards 2014.
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Three things guests love about… Sandals Emerald Bay.

Reposted from Sandals Blog

By Kylie Morrow | October 7th 2019


Sandals Emerald Bay in a nutshell

Accommodation Type: 5 star all-inclusive resort (adults-only).
Location: Great Exuma, the Bahamas.

Recommended airport: Exuma International Airport (GGT).
Transfer time to resort: 20 minutes.

Best Sandals resort for:
Sandals Emerald Bay features an amazing spa and a Greg Norman designed golf course with incredible views. When it comes to powdery white sand beaches, turquoise waters and snorkeling: you won’t find it better than in Exuma!

Atmosphere: Sophisticated.
Restaurants: 11 restaurants.

Overall review of Sandals Emerald Bay

sandals emerald bay main pool

You can hardly go wrong with choosing a resort on the ‘out islands’ in the Bahamas, and Sandals Emerald Bay enhances the magic of vacationing in that part of the Caribbean with a luxurious and intimate experience that’s hard to beat.

In fact, of over 5,000 guest reviews, 82% (!) vote their stay at Sandals Emerald Bay as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very good’. That’s not surprising considering it is the largest Sandals resort in the Bahamas, set in a beautiful beachfront location, with amazing swimming pools as far as the eye can see. The luxury resort also features a state-of-the-art golf course (18-hole, par 72) designed by Greg Norman, tennis courts and a spa. Here are the three things guests love most about Sandals Emerald Bay:

Three things guests love about Sandals Emerald Bay

Based on real customer reviews.

1. Guests love the beautiful beach and swimming pool

sandals emerald bay main pool swim up bar

Guests can never get enough of the sugary white sands on this beach, brought to life by unbelievably clear, turquoise waters. If you can tear yourself away from the beach you’ll be able to enjoy an equally amazing time frolicking around the various pools at the resort, some of which include a swim up bar. Considering that Sandals was the resort that introduced the swim up bar concept so many years ago, you can be assured that this will be an unmatched experience.

2. Guests love the restaurants

guests enjoying dinner at il cielo restaurant in sandals emerald bay

Date night anyone? There are so many restaurants to choose from at Sandals Emerald Bay that you’ll almost have to be eating for your entire trip to enjoy them all. If that were in fact the case, it wouldn’t be half bad as Sandals Emerald Bay, much like the other Sandals resorts offers world-class themed dining options that enable guests to have pretty much anything they desire on any given day. Favorites at this resort include La Parisienne (French), Il Cielo (Italian), and the Drunken Duck, a British Pub which is also great for a night of drinks and meeting other couples.

Insider tip: The most popular restaurants at Sandals Emerald Bay require a reservation. Make sure to make some dinner reservations on arrival, especially during peak season! For dress-codes and opening times, see: restaurants at Sandals Emerald Bay.

3. Guests love the Red Lane Spa

couple enjoying relaxing massage at red lane spa in sandals emerald bay

A Sandals vacation is incomplete without indulging in the amenities available at the spa. If you’re yet to experience a couple’s massage, this is the place to do it. Or you can try something that’s just for you, like the Passionfruit Agave Massage (full body), Raindrop Dreams, a massage and essential oil experience that will help you realign physically, and energetically. You can also try the Slow Beauty Pedicure, Happy Hour Manicure, or a Mother-2-Be Massage. There are plenty of options at the Red Lane Spa, and at Sandals Emerald Bay, you’ll be able to treat yourself with no reservations.

For all these reasons and more, Sandals Emerald Bay is the perfect choice for an all-inclusive couple’s vacation. If you’re looking for a getaway that includes romance, a stunning resort, amazing golf course and an out-of-this-world beach, you don’t have to look any further than this.

Popular tours and excursion at Sandals Emerald Bay

Exuma Swimming Pigs Adventure.

guests petting pig in pig island

Enjoy a fun filled, action packed excursion aboard a 35-foot custom designed PowerCat while you snorkel, beach comb and experience all the beauty of the Exumas in one tour. Your captain and first mate will entertain you with excellent knowledge and first-class service as you cruise in and out of over 20 magnificent, little known cays with several stops along the way.

Take incredible photos atop an island with 360-degree views of the Exuma cays; visit the endangered Bahamian rock Iguana at an island, which the original natives of the Bahamas once called home. Circle past the million dollar privately owned islands of celebrities, and speed across waters only inches deep as Stingrays race across the bottom.

No journey into the cays is complete without feeding the always hilarious Swimming Pigs, swim through a lively reef with magnificent colors while a nearby virgin sandbar awaits your exploration.

Insider tip: Sandals Emerald Bay repeat guests often recommend to spend at least one (half) day outside of the resort to explore the island. Make sure to book tours and excursions before arrival to ensure availability.

Moriah Sea Park Adventure.

guest posing on the moriah harbor cay beach

Head over to the Exuma’s famous Moriah Harbor Cay National Park and become one with Mother Nature! Spanning across 10-miles of diverse land and sea, this park is home to reef fish, stingrays, turtles, dolphins and more! Bask in the Bahamian sun while keeping your eyes on the water, for you never know which ocean animal will swim by to say hello! Then, come face-to-face with these exotic sea-creatures as you cool off in the aquamarine sea and snorkel to your hearts content!

Exuma ATV Explorer.

guests having fun on atv ride

Explore the Exumas ATV style! Your journey begins in a convoy as you follow an experienced guide to one of the oldest churches on the island – St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, which was built on April 13, 1848. Next, hop back on your ATV and go on a journey back in time to the island’s first prison where Pompey, one of the country’s most infamous slaves was jailed. During your time spent at this stop people enjoy exploring and learning interesting facts while taking in the stunning view of the Exumian coastline.

Then it’s back on your bikes as you head to the caves at Rolleville where you will get to explore and learn about its past use by pirates. Here, you will also get to enjoy a freshly cut coconut along with baked Bahamian treats. Lastly it’s off to Cocoplum Beach where you will be mesmerized by one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean and its pristine waters, all while learning about the nearby beacon formerly used by pirates to sabotage passing ships!

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Three things guests love about… Sandals Negril

Reposted from Sandals Blog

By Kylie Morrow | October 1st 2019


Sandals Negril in a nutshell

Accommodation Type: 5 star all-inclusive resort (adults-only).
Location: Negril (Seven Mile Beach), Jamaica.

Recommended airport: Sangster International Airport (MBJ), Montego Bay.
Transfer time to resort: 1 hour.

Best Sandals resort for:
Sandals Negril is all about the beach. This luxury resort includes plenty of water sports and is located on the famous Seven Mile Beach. Sandals Negril is the perfect romantic getaway, great for snorkeling and a popular resort for beach weddings and honeymoons.

Atmosphere: Active, Laid back.
Restaurants: 7 restaurants + 9 restaurants at Beaches Negril.
Resort close by: Beaches Negril (transfer not included).

Overall review of Sandals Negril

sandals negril front view

Although the opportunity to stay on Seven Mile Beach is enough incentive to book a vacation at a resort in the beach’s vicinity, Sandals Negril takes things to another level with an experience you’re unlikely to find outside the Sandals chain. Out of 6,000 reviews, 88% (!) of the guests vote their stay as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very good’.

Every single room at Sandals Negril is located just steps away from a gorgeous beach, which means guests can take a dip whenever inspiration strikes. At Sandals Negril you can enjoy a culinary experience around the world with restaurants like Cucina Romana (Italian), Kimonos (Oriental), the Beach Bistro, Barefoot by the Sea, and more. You’ll even be able to take things up a few notches on the romance scale with candlelit dinners set up by the staff of the resort.

From the included watersport activities, to gourmet dining and excellent service, you’ll be glad you chose Sandals Negril for your all-inclusive Caribbean vacation.

Here are the top three things guests love about Sandals Negril:

Three things guests love about Sandals Negril

Based on real customer reviews.

1. Guests love the exceptional butler service

couple enjoying butler service at sandals negril beach

For the perfect vacation, the butler service is not to be missed out on at Sandals Negril. Butlers will reserve your favorite cabana at the beach, bring you refreshing cocktails and go the extra mile to make your stay the most romantic vacation you’ve ever been on. The butlers will also book your favorite restaurants, spa appointments and any excursions you want to go on – so you can just sit back, relax and get pampered.

2. Guests love the world-class dining

guests dining and enjoying at bayside restaurant

You’ll be able to try something different every night at Sandals Negril with seven restaurants to experience during your stay. Cucina Romana is highly recommended, as is the great service and food at Sandals’ authentic Bayside Restaurant. The Piano Bar is a popular spot to start the night and a great opportunity to meet other couples.

Insider tip: The most popular restaurants at Sandals Negril require a reservation. Make sure to make some dinner reservations on arrival, especially during peak season! For dress-codes and opening times,

3. Guests love the water sports and pool volleyball

young man wakeboarding and jumping wave

Whether or not you intended to have an active holiday which includes plenty of watersports, you’ll find yourself tempted to be part of the fun at Sandals Negril. Most watersports come with professional instructions from the watersports team, so even if it’s your first time trying a particular activity, you’ll be able to hop off the deep end knowing that you’re in good hands. Speaking of hopping (or diving) off the deep end, the famous Rick’s Café is located on a 10-minute drive from Sandals Negril, if you dare to try some cliff jumping.

For a ‘perfect vacation experience’ you may not need to look much further than Sandals Negril. Be sure to ask about the Crystal Lagoon Swim Up Suites where you can take a romantic swim right from the doorstep of your room.

Popular tours and excursion at Sandals Negril

Dolphin Swim.

woman being kissed by dolphin

At the Dolphin Lagoon, learn about these truly unique mammals, touching, dancing, singing and even kissing a beautiful bottlenose dolphin. Feel the thrill of “riding” the dolphin belly-to-belly as the water rushes by you. Watch the dolphins at play, swim with gentle stingrays and go kayaking in a private lagoon.

Insider tip: Sandals Negril repeat guests often recommend to spend at least one (half) day outside of the resort to explore the island. Make sure to book tours and excursions before arrival to ensure availability.

Reggae Sunset Cruise.

guests on board of the island routes catamaran cruise enjoying a sunset ride

Sail off into the sunset on this Island Routes catamaran cruise that features stunning views of the golden sun sinking into the sea and lighting up the horizon with a spectrum of red, pink and orange tints. Munch on appetizers, enjoy cocktails, including our catamaran signature drink, while listening to reggae music and learning the latest island dance moves. Along the way you’ll stop for the opportunity to snorkel and explore the vibrant underwater sea life. Then end the day on a high by watching the sunset from one of the most famous spots in the world, Rick’s Café; voted one of the Caribbean’s top 10 bars. There’s nothing quite like a Caribbean sunset at sea to add to the magic of our exclusive Island Routes evening sail!

Mayfield Falls river walk & Jeep safari.

guests having fun at mayfield falls

Go off the beaten path as you explore the rugged unspoiled Jamaican countryside on a 4×4 jeep safari before visiting one of the island’s hidden gems, Mayfield Falls. First join an expert guide on a journey in a 4×4 jeep to historic local landmarks where you’ll learn interesting facts about Jamaica’s past all while marveling at the islands natural beauty.

Then travel into the heart of Westmoreland to one of Jamaica’s natural wonders Mayfield Falls. Immerse yourself on the longest river walk in Jamaica as you climb rocks, swim through underwater caves and into some of the 44 mineral pools or the 21 natural Jacuzzis, including the biggest and most famous, the `Washing Machine’! Explore nature and discover the lush Jamaican outback on this unique experience.

Recent Sandals Negril Awards

Awards Sandals Negril won in the past 5 years alone, not counting the awards that were won by Sandals Resorts as a chain:

  • American Academy of Hospitality Sciences: Five Star Diamond Award 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
  • World Travel Awards 2016: Jamaica’s Leading Resort.
  • World Travel Awards 2015: Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort.
  • MLT Vacations Quality Assurance Award 2015.
  • Travel Weekly Magellan Awards 2014: Gold Award – Beach Resort.
  • Condé Nast Traveler’s Annual Readers’ Choice 2014: Best Resort in the Caribbean.
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Three things guests love about… Sandals Ochi

Reposted from Sandals Blog

By Kylie Morrow | September 30th 2019


Sandals Ochi in a nutshell

Accommodation Type: 5 star all-inclusive resort (adults-only)
Location: Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Recommended airport: Sangster International Airport (MBJ), Montego Bay.
Transfer time to resort: 1 hour, 45 minutes.

Best Sandals resort for:
Sandals Ochi is one of the most lively resorts. It is a great place so socialize with other couples, but at the same time large enough to find a private spot. Sandals Ochi is a paradise for ‘foodies’ featuring 16 restaurants on-property. This all-inclusive resort is great for destination weddings and honeymoons.

Atmosphere: Social, Active.
Restaurants: 16 restaurants + 7 restaurants at Beaches Ocho Rios.
Resort close by: Beaches Ocho Rios (transfers not included).

Overall review of Sandals Ochi

aerial view of sandalas ochi

Glamourous, expansive, and always trending for the right reasons, Sandals Ochi in Jamaica is the largest Sandals resort in the Caribbean. This is the ideal resort for couples who want to take the Sandals experience to the next level in a space that is as grand as it is all embracing. You’ll find the most dining options here, and an always lively pool that is loved by guests. The Sandals Ochi experience is often described as an amazing one in post vacation reviews by guests, and in that regard, of over 10,000 recent reviews, 84% (!) voted their stay as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very good’.

Three things guests love about Sandals Ochi

Based on real customer reviews.

You’ll enjoy a scenic ride from the airport to Sandals Ochi, where you’ll finally be able to bring that dream Caribbean vacation to life. With nothing to worry about at the resort other than having the time of your life, here are three of the things you should not miss out on during your Sandals Ochi vacation.

1. Guests love the amazing dining options

guests enjoying snd dinig at the kimonos habachi at sandals ochi

Sandals Ochi is ahead of the pack when it comes to ensuring guests have lots of options for dining. The resort features 16 restaurants, which are all loved by guests. You’ll have to plan carefully to ensure you make time to try them all out, but some of the favorites that you can start off with are the Reef Terrace where you’ll find an amazing view to complement the extensive menu options, The Manor House for authentic Caribbean dishes, and Southern Table, which is known for its tasty comfort food and home-grown ingredients.

Insider tip: The most popular restaurants at Sandals Ochi require a reservation. Make sure to make some dinner reservations on arrival, especially during peak season! For dress-codes and opening times, see: restaurants at Sandals Ochi.

2. Guests love to socialize at the Manor Pool

overview of sandals ochi's manor pool

There are 105 swimming pools at Sandals Ochi, and of that hard to believe number, the Manor Pool is a guest favorite. It is split with three different levels, and its design incorporates a firepit, and submerged sun loungers. The Manor Pool is great for a good time hanging out and meeting new people. Be sure to check out the swim up bar.

3. Guests love the entertainment at the Rabbit Hole

the rabbit hole-speakeasy bar

It’ll be hard to get your fill of this resort, but while you’re there be sure to take advantage of the Rabbit Hole. You won’t have to jump down any actual rabbit holes for this one, but you will be blown away by the entertainment, especially Mama, the super talented resident singer at this speakeasy bar.

The Over-the-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel with a glass floor aisle, the Rivera Villas with private pools and the nearby Sandals Golf and Country Club trail not too far behind on the list of things guests love most about Sandals Ochi, and undoubtedly you’ll be able to add your own after your vacation at the resort guests just can’t seem to get enough of!

Popular tours and excursion at Sandals Ochi

Dunn’s River Catamaran Cruise.

Dunn's River Falls Jamaica

All aboard the Red Locks Island Routes Catamaran for drinks, music, dancing and of course our secret-ingredient signature cocktail! As a highlight, experience the majesty of Dunn’s River Falls, one of Jamaica’s most magnificent natural treasures. Led by expert guides, you’ll join hands to form a human chain, as you wind your way up the rocky slopes of this 600-foot waterfall! Pose for snapshots amid the luxuriant foliage that lines the sides of the ascending falls. Cascading down from its untainted source high in the mountains, you’ll delight in the refreshing, pure water as it caresses your skin. Give in to the unbelievable beauty of this wondrous place!

Insider tip: Sandals Ochi repeat guests often recommend to spend at least one (half) day outside of the resort to explore the island. Make sure to book tours and excursions before arrival to ensure availability.

MINI-Routes from Ocho Rios to Portland.

parked convertible mini coopers used in mini-routes tour

Buckle up and take the wheel of your own MINI Cooper during this first-of-its-kind tour that will take you from Ocho Rios to Portland the birthplace of Jamaican tourism, where you’ll get to See, Touch, Taste and Drive your own island experience! Follow behind an experienced guide in your own MINI Cooper for the day and make stops at numerous sites and local hotspots that will take your breath away.

First, cruise through a countryside town to a plantation that is steeped in history and dates back to the 1700’s. Once you arrive, you’ll see and learn about various fruit trees and herbs before sampling fresh juices and fruits straight from the tree to your plate.

Next, discover the beach that inspired the famous James Bond series, James Bond Beach; here you can take a dip in the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea, purchase a fresh coconut and go craft shopping for souvenirs.

Afterwards, drive back in time to a local Maroon village where you’ll experience the life of a Maroon by joining in on some singing and drumming with the locals before being served a delicious lunch. Then jump back in your MINI and prepare to be blown away by one of the most beautiful views of Jamaica’s north coast at Firefly, the former residence of Henry Morgan and later Noel Coward. It’s time to take your island experience into your own hands, but get ready.

Best of Ocho Rios.

Aerial view of Blue Hole's cascade

Photo credit: Photo Spirit/Shutterstock.com

Get ready to enjoy the best adventures that Ocho Rios has to offer during this all in one experience!

Start your day at the world-famous Blue Hole, nestled in the lush Jamaican rainforest. Climb along the many cascades or use the rope swing to jump into the natural, crystalline swimming pools.

Next, gear up to soar through the jungle canopy of the beautiful White River Valley on zip lines that range from 150 to 520 feet in length. Afterwards, you’ll get geared up for a river tubing ride down the pristine White River where you’ll conquer the many rapids and take in the soothing sounds of your surroundings.

Finally, it’s time to take a ride on the wild side in a powerful two-seater Dune Buggy as you discover the untouched hills and plains of Jamaica. After all of this fun and adrenaline, it’s time to relax and satisfy your appetite with an authentic Jamaican Jerk lunch served with a drink from the Caribbean bar. Browse the gift shop for souvenirs and keepsakes before heading back to brag all about it!

Recent Sandals Ochi Awards

Awards Sandals Ochi won in the past 5 years alone, not counting the awards that were won by Sandals Resorts as a chain:

  • Travvy Awards: Best Destination Wedding Resort 2017, 2018.
  • World Travel Awards 2016: Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort.
  • Travel Weekly Magellan Awards 2016: Gold Award – Conference Resort.
  • World Travel Awards 2015: Jamaica’s Leading Resort.
  • MLT Vacations Quality Assurance Awards 2015: Quality Assurance Award.
  • World Travel Awards 2014: Caribbean’s Leading Resort.
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Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island

Reposted from Sandals Blog

By Kylie Morrow | September 30th 2019


Sandals Royal Bahamian in a nutshell

Accommodation Type: 5 star all-inclusive resort (adults-only).
Location: Nassau, the Bahamas.

Recommended airport: Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS), Nassau.
Transfer time to resort: 15 minutes.

Best Sandals resort for:
Sandals Royal Bahamian is one of the best resorts for scuba diving and comes with a private offshore island. Its proximity to the US, makes this beach resort ideal for a tropical getaway.

Atmosphere: Sophisticated.
Restaurants: 10 restaurants.

Overall review of Sandals Royal Bahamian

guests having fun on the royal bahamian

Elegant and exotic, the Sandals Royal Bahamian experience starts off on a good note even before you get to the resort itself. The Bahamas is paradise, and Sandals fits right in with its glamourous offerings for couples vacationing in that part of the world; from a private offshore island, to two sky-sized colonnaded pools and the award-winning Red Lane Spa. Of over 10,000 reviews, 78% (!) rate their stay at Sandals Royal Bahamian as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very good’.

There are lots of things guests love about Sandals Royal Bahamian, and one of those is that it is a top choice for a holiday that includes lots of great scuba diving. It is also at the top of the list for many honeymooners with their sights set on the Caribbean. But there’s more; below you’ll find three things guests love most about Sandals Royal Bahamian.

Three things guests love about Sandals Royal Bahamian

Based on real customer reviews.

1. Guests love the private offshore island

aerial view of sandals royal bahamian private island

There aren’t many resorts in the world that can boast having a private offshore island, and this is part of the lure of Sandals Royal Bahamian. The Bahamas is made up of over 700 islands, and Sandals has their very own named after the resort. On Sandals Cay, there are two secluded beaches, a Beach Club complete with a pool, whirlpool, swim-up bar, and a seafood house (Schooners restaurant). You can also expect to find some of the best snorkeling in the Bahamas, shaded hammocks, a spa, private cabanas, and a Zen garden! There’s even fire pit seating in the Zen garden, and overall the entire experience will blow you away. Boats leave from Sandals Royal Bahamian regularly to get to the private island, or you can get there on your own by kayak or sailboat.

2. Guests love the restaurants

couple enjoying dinner at the crystal room

All Sandals resorts offer world-class dining and five-star service. Crystal Room, a Mediterranean restaurant is a favorite for guests at Sandals Royal Bahamian. There’s stunning vintage Baccarat crystal chandelier that you won’t miss upon entry to this restaurant which is known for its superb seafood and great service. Menu items here are inspired by cuisine from all over the world; and you’ll find dishes like gyros, marinated roast loin of pork and lots of other varied options. The Royal Café is also a great option for lunch, especially if you want to dine somewhere super chill and eat something familiar while sipping on delicious cocktails. When the sun goes down, the Piano Bar and Crickets Pub pull a decent crowd.

Insider tip: The most popular restaurants at Sandals Royal Bahamian require a reservation. Make sure to make some dinner reservations on arrival, especially during peak season! For dress-codes and opening times, see: restaurants at Sandals Royal Bahamian.

3. Guests love the Windsor pool and its swim up bar

overview of windsor pool and swim up bar

A Caribbean resort vacation is hardly complete without amazing swimming pools to set the ambiance and to cool you off on a hot day. The Windsor Pool at Sandals Royal Bahamian is one of those spots where you can do just that. Often referred to as ‘the party pool’, there are activities going on in and out of the pool throughout the day, and there’s also an amazing swim-up bar. The Balmoral Pool is more laid back, quiet, and perfect if you want some time to yourself.

The Bahamas is a great starting point for a Caribbean vacation, and Sandals Royal Bahamian with posh accommodation like the River Pool Swim-Up Suites, the Windsor Honeymoon Hideaway Swim Up Crystal Lagoon Butler Suite and other amazing options, is the perfect complement.

Popular tours and excursion at Sandals Royal Bahamian

Island Buggy Adventure.

group of friends having fun at the island buggy adventure

Get ready for the ultimate island adventure in an off-road buggy! You’ll start your day at Cable Beach, where you will be given a brief orientation before getting on the road with your skilled guide! The first stop will be Fort Charlotte, where you’ll be able to step out and explore the historic castle and grounds. Then it’s a short journey to The Caves, a series of large limestone caverns sculpted centuries ago by the power of the waves. After that it’s lunch time at the popular Aquafire restaurant for a snack and refreshments. It’s another quick commute to your final stop, Clifton Heritage Park, the Bahamas’s largest historic and ecological park. Then it’s back in the buggy for the final ride back to Cable Beach!

Insider tip: Sandals Royal Bahamian repeat guests often recommend to spend at least one (half) day outside of the resort to explore the island. Make sure to book tours and excursions before arrival to ensure availability.

Reggae Catamaran Cruise & Beach Break.

"sol-mate" catamaran cruising through bahamian waters

Cruise along the gorgeous turquoise waters of Nassau’s coastline aboard the state-of-the-art “Sol-Mate” catamaran. Once you depart the dock and receive our safety briefing, your journey begins as we make our way to the Nassau harbor. As we cruise through the harbor you’ll get to see a number of historical landmarks, celebrity homes, large yachts and the Nassau Cruise Port.

Next, we will make our way over to one of Nassau’s best snorkeling spots just off Athol’s Island; take the plunge as you snorkel a reef teeming with exotic marine life. Afterwards the bar opens up for you to indulge in delectable appetizers and unlimited exotic cocktails while enjoying the best panoramic views you’ll ever set your eyes on.

Our final stop will be at an outer island where you can swim or relax on the beach before heading back on board. On our way back the music turns up; experience this ‘club on water’, we will party to the latest international beats from the onboard DJ before returning to dock.

Nassau SUB Adventure.

guest enjoying the sub while swimming with exotic fish around her

Experience a unique and exciting underwater journey like no other. The SUB is comparable to an underwater motorbike with a big bubble filled with a constant flow of air. Your head will be dry and your body will be wet. During your submarine adventure you will come face-to-face with brilliantly hued fish, gorgeous coral reefs and other exotic marine life. A SUB adventure combines the best of snorkeling and scuba diving all in one thrilling and memorable tour.

Expert tip: Still not sure which Sandals resort is right for you? Read ‘Which Sandals resort is best for you? The ultimate guide’ and find out!

Recent Sandals Royal Bahamian Awards

Awards Sandals Royal Bahamian won in the past 5 years alone, not counting the awards that were won by Sandals Resorts as a chain:

  • American Academy of Hospitality Sciences: Five Star Diamond Award 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
  • World Travel Awards: The Bahamas Best Resort Spa 2017.
  • Condé Nast Traveler’s Annual Readers’ Choice 2016: Top Resort in the Atlantic.
  • World Travel Awards: Bahamas’ Leading Spa Resort 2014, 2015, 2016.
  • World Travel Awards: World’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2014, 2015, 2016.
  • World Travel Awards: Caribbean’s Leading Conference Hotel 2014.
  • MLT Vacations Quality Assurance Awards 2014.
  • Travel Weekly Magellan Awards 2014: Silver Award – Conference Resort.

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