Sandals Resorts offers romance with a capital ‘R”. Starting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, with the first property, Sandals now has more than a dozen (and growing) spread out over several other islands, including St Lucia, Antigua, and the Bahamas. The resort company’s all-inclusive, couples only concept continues to score a “ten” with honeymooners for a number of reasons. Accommodations, meals, snacks, bar beverages including name-brand liquors, water sports, tennis, golf, tips, and just about anything else you can think of are all rolled into the package.
The resorts themselves are romantic and special. Guided by its dynamic founder and chairman, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Sandals have a reputation for consistently delivering what it promises: a “no problem” romantic holiday. Sandal’s standards are king-size beds, beautiful décor, a whole range of sports and fitness facilities, every water sport you can think of including scuba diving and staffs that radiate as much good cheer as kids on their first day of summer vacation.
There is huge list of activities available to guests, all complimentary. On hand to keep the mood upbeat and arrange special activities and parties are the energetic Playmakers. And if you tire of resort scenery where you’re staying, you can hop on a shuttle and spend the evening at one of the other Sandals resorts as part of their “Stay at One, Play at Six, Enjoy All” concept.
You’ll find many other young newlyweds to exchange wedding stories with on your honeymoon at Sandals, and since the resorts operate exclusively for couples, you won’t have to share your pool space with any kids. Many couples marry here and go on to make friendship that may last a lifetime.
Resort restaurants in Sandals are wonderful. Dinners feature a la carte menus, and couples can dine alone or with other couples. Breakfast and lunch are buffets, but a nice Sandals touch is the “white glove” service, where a waiter carries your tray to your table. Each resort averages four restaurants, and all offer a distinctly different dining experience, ranging from informal to elegantly casual. Most of resort restaurants are oriented to the sea, and the Bali Hai restaurant at Sandals Royal Jamaican is actually on its own island.
In resort elegant category, Sandals Montego Bay’s Oleander Room, brainchild of Horace Peterkin, the resort’s enterprising general manager, has stenciling on the ceiling and warm décor accented with brass lamps, chandeliers and Palladian windows overlooking the sea. This is your chance to try some tasty Jamaican specialties. If you get starving between meals, each Sandals resort has an “anytime grill” open well into the night, offering nibbles as well as made-to-order meals. Each of the Sandals properties offers the same quality of services and facilities.