This was my first time at a Sandals property and to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised with the service and quality. I visited Sandals Royal Caribbean for 4 days and spent an afternoon at the Montego Bay property as well. They are neighboring properties with a shuttle service between the two. Extremely different properties that will probably be for another blog, but for now, lets just discuss the differences between Sandals and other all-inclusive options.
The food was one area where I was pleasantly surprised. Each resort has a wide variety of different sit-down restaurants. These ranged from Indian to steakhouse to Sushi. I am not a huge foodie, but Sandals was the best resort food I had in a while. Some Sandals properties have buffet options while others are sit-down only for lunch and dinner. This makes a quick evening snack or late lunch a little more difficult. Sandals believes in a personal touch at every moment. This means that sometimes you can’t sneak up to the buffet just to grab a plate of French fries or desserts. Overall the quality is definitely higher, but sometimes it might not be as convenient.
Everything is Included
Staff and Tipping
What I consider to be the Sandals Difference
The first thing I learned quickly is how obsessed people are with Sandals properties. There are a lot of people devoted to the brand and their resorts. There are even some arguments among Sandals aficionados about which resort is the best as each resort is different (we will save this topic for a later blog). I’m a huge Disney fan and I kind of describe Sandals as if Disney created an all-inclusive resort for adults. They include everything you need and pay attention to each finite detail. The food presentation, the cleanliness of the pools, room design, etc. Every square inch of the property was thought about and well maintained. However, the combination of no tipping, watersports being included, and the friendly staff made the difference for this resort.
The big question for anyone, is the price worth these benefits. We work directly with the resorts and management to find discounts for you, but honestly, it all depends on the traveler and what they are looking for! Give us a call and we can help you see the differences and find the perfect resort for you!