Sandals in the Caribbean: So Many to Choose From
If you’re planning a trip to the Caribbean, there are many choices. At least choosing a hotel can be relatively painless; no matter where you go, there will be a Sandals. Sandals owns 15 resorts throughout the Caribbean, and no two are the same. VacationDealsTravel.com has ranked them all, and here are some that made the cut.
Sandals Carlyle Inn
A good way to get the Sandals experience without the big price tag is the Sandals Carlyle Inn, the smallest in the chain with only 52 rooms. Though this is one of the cheapest hotels the Sandals has to offer, guests can also utilize the facilities at other nearby Sandals resorts, providing an ideal vacation for those who can’t afford the all-inclusive getaways.
In Montego Bay, set on Jamaica’s longest private white-sand beach is the original Sandals. Designed by renowned architect Edward Durrell Stone, the creator of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Sandals Montego Bay offers a lively scene where the party doesn’t stop.
Sandals Grande Riviera
Also in Jamaica sits the newly remodeled Sandals Grande Riviera, formerly the Grande Ocho Rios. Spanning the lush foothills of the St. Ann Mountains, down to the most sought-after stretch of coastline in Jamaica, experience two vacations in one, mountainside or beachside.
Located on a secluded half-mile beach and a breathtaking bluff is the Sandals Regency La Toc. Its emerald-green waters and stunning scenery have earned this resort the nickname “Emerald of the Caribbean.”
Catering to a slightly older crowd is the classic Caribbean architecture and tropical gardens of the Sandals Halcyon Beach in St. Lucia. Enjoy the island’s most impressive dining experience at the legendary Pier Restaurant, set directly on the sea. Quiet and peaceful, this resort sits in a great location with excellent island views.
Considered one of the most romantic resorts in the Sandals chain, the Sandals Grande Antigua sits on Dickenson Bay, one of the best beaches in Antigua. With outstanding rooms and general accommodations, a thriving nightlife with great entertainment, and excellent landscaping, you’ll find little cause for complaint.
If you’re heading to St. Lucian, you’ll find a Sandals Grande set on its own spectacular peninsula, providing panoramic views in every direction. The beaches are small but beautiful, and they set into some of the calmest waters in the region.
Only 40 minutes from Miami sits one of the best in the chain, the Sandals Royal Bahamian. Featuring two separate buildings, each with a large pool and swim-up bar, this resort also provides the unique experience of an offshore island. Combined with friendly staff, lots of watersports, and enviable beaches, the Sandals Royal Bahamian is like two resorts in one.
The newest resort in the Sandals portfolio sits secluded within 500 tropical acres, with a stunning mile-long beach. The Sandals Emerald Bay effortlessly combines civilized pleasure with exotic adventure. Play golf on a Greg Norman-designed course, relax in a 29,000 square-foot concept spa, or explore impossibly beautiful waters in this exotic private escape.
Built into a bluff 25 feet up from the sea sits the quiet and romantic Sandals Royal Plantation, an ideal resort for honeymooners. Unlike most other in the Sandals chain, this resort is small and quiet, focusing on a romantic atmosphere and unparalleled service. With ocean views from all rooms, great service from an all-butler staff, two-tier hot tub and popular spa, the Sandals Royal Plantation is a perfect romantic getaway for destination weddings, honeymoons, and anniversaries.
Rebuilt from the ground up, the Sandals LaSourse in Grenada features three “villages”—the Pink Gin, South Seas and Italian Village. Known for its immaculate grounds, crystal clear water and many pool-equipped rooms, this resort may not be the biggest, but it’s certainly one of the best. Enjoy extremely friendly staff, high quality food, excellent diving, and many other activities at this newly remodeled resort.
But the best ranked in the chain sits on the untouched 500-acre reserve in the South Coast of Jamaica. The Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa is considered the very best Sandals has to offer. It’s one of the newer Sandals resorts, featuring an excellent private beach, great selection of pools, and spectacular views.
There are many Caribbean destinations to choose from, and they all have a Sandals Resort. But few make the cut for providing a truly memorable vacation. Whether you’re eyeing the Bahamas, Jamaica, St. Lucian or Antigua, there’s guaranteed to be a Sandals resort to suit your vacation needs.