Sandals Resorts: 5 Things you Should Know

Sandals Resorts are ubiquitous in the Caribbean. Here are five (5) things you should know about this luxury, 5-star chain.

If you’ve ever considered a vacation in the Caribbean, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the name Sandals – the ubiquitous chain of all-inclusive, luxury resorts.  

The Sandals Difference

Forget what you think you know about all-inclusive resorts.  When it comes to Sandals Resorts, you’re in for a completely different experience.

Dubbing itself as Luxury-Included, Sandals is a 5-star – the very top of the luxury rating system for hotels – an adults-only chain of resorts that provides all the features you’d expect at this level:  Gourmet meals, plush rooms, top-shelf brands for spirits and wine, professional, attentive staff, butlers (if you choose to go that route) and properties that are meticulously well-maintained.  Best of all, these luxuries are included in one flat rate.  You won’t need your wallet when you stay at Sandals.  Tipping staff isn’t even allowed!

Here are five (5) things you should know about this ultra-stylish, all-inclusive Caribbean chain of resorts.

1. Sandals resorts are for Couples…only!

Considering heading to Sandals to chill with your BFFs?  Think again.

Each Sandals resort is created for two (2) people in love. Adult couples are the only guests permitted to stay at a Sandals resort.

To drive home this angle, each room at a Sandals resort is limited to one (1) bed. Double beds are not an option.  Any reservation or inquiry is made with the expectation that your partner will be beside you – whether you’re planning dinner or getting ready for a day of fun in the water.  And this is the way it is with just about every aspect at a Sandals resort!  It’s a vision of hand-holding, canoodling couples…everywhere!

If you’re not spending time with your significant other, Sandals’ family-friendly version, Beaches, is the alternative. It has the same luxury-included standards, but instead of romance and couples, you can enjoy your time away with the kids, other family members, or your BFFs.

2. Sandals resorts are on the very best Caribbean beaches

The adage, “location, location, location,” is a primary factor for each Sandals resort. You’re never far from the beautiful, warm Caribbean Sea; each resort is designed to bring you closer to the water’s edge.  True to its Luxury Included tagline, all water and land sports are included and unlimited during your stay.

3. Sandals plans weddings

The Caribbean offers many picture-perfect backdrops for a destination wedding, and you’ll find a variety of venues at Sandals that are ideal for a wedding ceremony.  Exchange your vows on a white-sand beach amidst a lush landscaped tropical garden, under a romantic oceanfront gazebo, and even inside an over-water wedding chapel!

The Sandals wedding planning team offers lots of styled ideas and ‘looks’, and each property is a one-stop-shop for a great island wedding. Remember that each resort is limited to adults and couples at Sandals. If your wedding guest list includes children and single guests, Beaches – Sandals’ family-friendly brand  –  is your best bet for your “I dos”.

By the way, you can retie the knot at any Sandals or Beaches resort if you’d like to reaffirm your love and renew your wedding vows.

4. Sandals thrives on perfection & details

Sandals sets the bar for excellence when it comes to all-inclusive resorts. Butch Stewart, Sandals founder, is a self-proclaimed perfectionist and you’ll see evidence of this when you visit a Sandals resort. From how you’re greeted when you first arrive to the unique architectural details and designs at each resort.  And, of course, as John Wooden once said, “It’s the little details that are vital.”

Sandals is also quite the trendsetter.  For example, the Montego Bay Sandals was the first resort to launch over-water bungalows in the Caribbean region.

5. Sandals Resorts are in the Caribbean…only!

Sandals was born in Jamaica in the Caribbean, and the Caribbean is currently the only region where you’ll find a Sandals (or Beaches) resort.

Sandals all-inclusive resorts are located in Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, Barbados, The Bahamas, Curacao and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The family-friendly Beaches resorts are in Jamaica and Turks and Caicos.

Debbie at HitchedAway

Debbie is a destination wedding travel advisor and the face (and voice) of HitchedAway. With a focus on breathtaking destinations and venues in the Caribbean, her goal is to demystify the process of planning your special occasion from hundreds or thousands of miles away.

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