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How to Pick the Best Sandals Resort for your Getaway

Updated: Apr 1


How to pick the best Sandals resort in 2024

Which Sandals Resort is the best choice for your honeymoon, anniversary, wedding, or vacation? With 18 all inclusive Sandals resorts in Antigua, Jamaica, Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia, the Bahamas, Curacao, and brand new for 2024, the Grenadines, the decision to pick the right one can be challenging.


At Rivage Travel, we've been specializing in Sandals for more than 15 years and have been recognized as a top US agency and a Sandals Chairman's Royal Club Diamond Elite travel expert. Today, we'll share our expertise on the top 12 categories to help you choose the best Sandals resort.


We hope this information helps you make the best decision for your time away. If you have any questions, our professional travel planning services are complimentary. We look forward to help you plan an amazing getaway!


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Top 12 categories for how to pick the BEST Sandals Resort

 

What is the best Sandals resort for Privacy and Seclusion

Sandals Resorts for Privacy & Seclusion

If you're seeking a peaceful and relaxing vacation, which Sandals Resorts are best for privacy and seclusion? Here are our top 3 picks with detailed reviews for resorts located in the Bahamas, St. Lucia, and Grenada.


  1. Sandals Emerald Bay // Exuma, Bahamas

  2. Sandals Halcyon // Castries, St. Lucia

  3. Sandals Grenada // Pink Gin Beach, Grenada

Sandals Emerald Bay - The Bluest Water in the Caribbean

Best Sandals for Privacy - Sandals Emerald Bay

Sandals Emerald Bay is a sophisticated all Butler and Club Level resort located in Exuma, Bahamas. As our # 5 pick for the best Sandals Resort, you’ll find yourself getting lost in the moment from the second you first lay your eyes on one of the most incredible beaches in the world. In fact, Astronaut Scott Kelly called Exuma “The Most Beautiful Place on earth from Space”.


If you're looking for world-class golf, here you'll find a Greg Norman designed golf course with amazing views on the back nine. Off resort, one experience not to be missed is a visit to Big Major Cay. This is an island whose only inhabitants are a group of friendly, swimming pigs. Rumor has it they were left there by sailors or swam there for safety, from a nearby shipwreck. Wherever they came from, you'll find pigs and piglets living their best life with daily visits from Bahamians and tourists.


Nearby you'll find the amazing Thunderball Grotto where the 1965 James Bond movie was filmed along with several popular Exuma, Bahamas destinations. These include...


  • Staniel Cay: one of the only cays in the Exumas with an operating airfield.

  • Staniel Cay Yacht Club: frequented by celebrity guests.

  • Compass Cay Marina: Exuma tour stop where visitors can swim with nurse sharks

  • Pipe Cay: six miles north of Thunderball Grotto, this is one of the Bahamas most gorgeous sandbars at Pipe Creek.

  • Bitter Guana Cay: Visit with the Norther Bahamian Rock Iguanas at Bitter Guana Cay.


Why is Sandals Emerald Bay our # 1 pick for the Best Sandals Resort for Privacy and Seclusion?

  • The rooms are large and well appointed with many beachfront accommodations overlooking the bright blue Caribbean sea.

  • The restaurants are great and there’s something for everyone here. Travel Tip: Cielo (Italian) and La Parisienne (French) both require reservations. However, these two restaurants are among our top choices in the Sandals collection and are definitely worth checking out.

  • The mile long beach is expansive, private and relaxing. Occasionally, the water may have rough waves, but it's still swimmable.

  • Plenty of beach palapas and pool side lounges are available.

  • All guests have access to various water activities such as kayaking, Hobie cats, windsurfing, snorkeling tours, and scuba diving.

  • The pools are beautiful and the main pool features a swim up bar with chairs.

  • Visiting the Red Lane Spa is a must do activity. If you’re looking for something different, you can have your massage outside on the beach or in a private hut.

  • The resort is expansive, as such there are many private areas to explore and find time alone.

  • The piano bar and the Drunken Duck Pub are where the nightly activities take place.

  • The resort and grounds are impeccable. The resort offers picturesque views of the Caribbean sea from every direction.

Tips for visiting Sandals Emerald Bay:​

  • In winter, the main pool can be chilly because it is not heated.

  • It can be difficult to get reservations at the French and Italian Restaurants, so it's best to book them when you arrive.

  • This is not a party resort. While it is fun and lively this is a great place to visit if you’re seeking more of a relaxed getaway.

  • The resort is secluded on a small Bahamian island with only 20,000 residents. As such, there are limited activities available off resort.

  • Sandals Emerald Bay offers eleven dining options, including the recently added Jerk Shack, Soy, and Bombay Indian cuisine.

  • If you go between January and April, the water will likely be chilly and not as swimmable as the summer months.

  • Sandals Emerald Bay Golf and Spa Resort is a beautiful resort on one of the most spectacular islands in the world. You'll love it here!

  • If you're seeking relaxation and attentive service on a secluded island with a breathtaking shoreline, Sandals Emerald Bay is the perfect destination. Contact us today for more information. Let us put our expertise to work by planning your personalized vacation to paradise!

 

Sandals Halcyon - The Tropical Oasis

Best Sandals for Privacy - Sandals Halcyon Beach

Sandals Halcyon is a quaint tropical oasis located on a pristine beach in St. Lucia. Of the three Sandals Resorts on the island, Sandals Halcyon Beach offers a more personalized and quiet stay.


Nestled among St. Lucia's verdant landscape, there is no building higher than the tallest palm tree and each cottage-styled room features a serene patio overlooking the beautiful grounds. Also, since Sandals Halcyon Beach is included in their resort exchange program, you have the convenience of utilizing their free shuttle service to Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa and Sandals LaToc. This gives you access to a total of 27 restaurants, 10 pools, and 21 bars, broadening your dining and leisure choices.

Why is Sandals Halcyon Beach our # 2 pick for the Best Sandals Resort for Privacy and Seclusion?

  • Sandals Halcyon Beach is situated on an unspoiled shoreline and provides its guests a tranquil atmosphere.

  • The staff take real pride in their work and will do everything possible to make sure you have an amazing vacation experience.

  • Sandals Halcyon has 2 pools, each with a swim up bar. The larger pool has music and hosts many of their daily aquatic activities. The second pool is the quiet pool.

  • The beach is clean and well maintained.

  • The rooms are well appointed and for 2024, there are brand new beachfront butler suites.

  • Loungers are available to guests on the beach and near the pools.

  • Fire pits are located throughout the resort. We love having a night-cap here and striking up conversation with new friends.

  • Scuba diving is available and St. Lucia has some of the best diving in the Caribbean.

  • If you're into golf, the Cap Estate Golf & Country Club features 6,744 yards of sprawling green slopes.

  • Stay at 1 play at 3 is a bonus and Sandals Halcyon offers free shuttle service between resorts.

  • While Sandals Halcyon is the smallest of the three resorts we love the intimate, laid back, relaxed feel of this property.

Additional Considerations and Tips for visiting Sandals Halcyon:

  • Sandals Halcyon typically attracts a more mature crowd and is a resort focused on relaxation, privacy and seclusion.

  • If you are in the 700 – 800 block of rooms, it’s possible you’ll hear some street noise.

  • First floor rooms are close to walking paths so there can be a lot of people walking by. For more privacy, we recommend an upper level.

  • While there are beach vendors selling items and tours on the beach. They are respectful and a polite, “no, thank you” is enough to send them on their way.

  • How long does it take to get to Sandals Halcyon? It takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to get from the airport over curvy, windy roads to the resort.

  • Sandals Halcyon is an intimate, quiet and serene resort. It's designed for those who want a relaxing vacation and delivers a genuine Caribbean experience. Contact us today for more information and let us put our expertise to work!

 

Best Sandals for Privacy - Sandals Emerald BaySandals Grenada

Sandals Grenada - Private Beach

This secluded property nestled along Pink Gin Beach is a luxurious all-inclusive resort catering to couples. Sandals Grenada is situated just half a mile away from Maurice Bishop International Airport and 11 miles away from Annandale Waterfalls.


The resort offers a contemporary design and is equipped with in room minibars, complimentary Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. Most rooms also come with balconies or patios that have soaking tubs. Club Level and Butler suites are expansive and give special access to lounging areas. Some of these suites even have second levels with infinity pools that offer stunning ocean views.


At Sandals Grenada there are 10 restaurants and 6 bars with multiple pools, hot tubs, a gym and a Red Lane Spa. Other amenities include yoga, tennis and some of the best scuba diving in the Caribbean.

Why is Sandals Grenada our # 3 pick for the Best Sandals Resort for Privacy and Seclusion?

  • Sandals Grenada is a small intimate and modern resort with many areas to find time alone.

  • The staff is caring and are always looking after your best interests and desires.

  • All rooms have been modernized and are spacious.

  • At Sandals Grenada, butler rooms are worth the investment as the rooms are among the best in the Sandals portfolio. Your butler team will anticipate your needs, make dinner reservations, find you the best location at the pool or beach and surprise you with special gifts throughout your stay.

  • The food is world class with something for everyone including a Sandals first steakhouse “Butch’s Chophouse”.

  • Sandals Grenada features two main pools and several other beautiful pools throughout the resort. The large main pool is where most of the activity takes place and features a sunken fire pit which is a great place to end the night. We love the Play Makers and they’ll keep you involved and entertained.

  • The beach is beautiful and private but not expansive so it’s easily walkable.

  • Diving in Grenada is excellent and is some of the best in the Caribbean.

  • The dive team is fun, professional, safety conscious and efficient. You do have to take a short shuttle to the boat or enter the boat through a shallow beach entry.

  • Sandals resort photographers are on property to capture those memorable moments of your vacation.

  • Nightly entertainment gives an opportunity to mingle with other guests and there is a different party theme each night.

  • The resort is beautiful and everything is within easy walking distance.

  • The water is clear and easy to swim in.

  • Motorized water sports are only available through organized trips.

Additional Considerations for Sandals LaSource Grenada​

  • There can be a lot of mosquitos on the beach at dusk so bring bug spray!

  • If your room is in the Pink Gin building by the beach, please note that there are inclines leading to stairs.

  • Butch's strictly enforces the dress code policy.

  • Sandals Grenada does not have heated private pools.

  • Beach and poolside day beds are limited. o get the best spot, you may need to get up early or be flexible with your location or consider booking a butlers who'll do it for you!

  • If you're looking for an energetic tropical atmosphere, coupled with secluded areas to unwind with great food, then this destination is for you. Contact us today for more information or click the button below for the most up to date promotions and offers!

 

What is the best Sandals resort for a Honeymoon

What Sandals Resort is Best for a Honeymoon?

What is the best Sandals resort for your honeymoon? This is one of the most popular questions we get from our clients and it's a very personal one as each resort offers something unique.


Let's explore our top 3 choices among the 17 Sandals resorts available in the Caribbean. Our focus will be on Sandals resorts that connect you with nature, romance and luxury amenities all designed to give you a memorable honeymoon experience. Looking for our Top 5 Ranking for which Sandals Resort is best or a Honeymoon? Check out our Sandals reviews.


  1. Sandals Grande St. Lucia // Gros Islet, St. Lucia

  2. Sandals Royal Barbados // Oistins, Barbados

  3. Sandals LaToc, St. Lucia // St. Lucia

** Looking for our Top 5 Ranking for which Sandals Resort is best or a Honeymoon? Check out our Sandals reviews.

 

Sandals Grande St. Lucia

Best Sandals resort for a Honeymoon

St. Lucia is our all time favorite destination for a honeymoon and Sandals Grande St Lucian is our # 1 pick for the top Sandals resort.


This island is as unique as it is magical and it will captivate your mind, body and soul. Nestled amidst verdant peaks and lush forests, St. Lucia evokes a profound feeling of serenity. Situated in a sheltered bay with breathtaking views, encompassing sailboats and yachts moored in its calm waters. Sandals Grande St. Lucia is a resort that will give you the ultimate honeymoon vacation experience.


At Sandals Grande St. Lucia you'll find up to 27 restaurants between Sandals LaToc and Sandals Halcyon. In addition to exceptional scuba diving opportunities, Sandals offers complimentary shuttle service between resorts.


Note… Due of its position on the northern end of the island, getting to the resort as the journey takes approximately ninety minutes on windy and bumpy roads. If this a concern, a helicopter transfer to the George F.L Charles Airport is recommended. Even if you’re comfortable with the drive, the helicopter transfer is one that you’ll remember for a lifetime!

Why is Sandals Grande St. Lucia our pick for the # 1 Best Sandals Resort for a honeymoon?

  • Upon arrival you're greeted by truly stunning panoramic mountain and ocean views.

  • The resort is beautiful, but it is the incredible staff at Sandals Grande St Lucian that make it a must-visit destination.

  • Sandals Grande St Lucian features twelve restaurants including one of our favorites “Gordons on the Pier”, which features one of the best pan-seared swordfish steaks.

  • Dietary requirements are not problem. With advanced notice the chef will create a custom meal plan for vegans, vegetarians, or individuals with allergies.

  • Accommodations have a tasteful design and the Caribbean Beachfront suites provide stunning views of Rodney Bay.

  • The Red Lane Spa at Sandals Grande St. Lucia features a rare amenity - a eucalyptus steam room.

  • The main pool with swim-up bar is where all the action takes place. This is the fun resort and the playmakers will keep you entertained however, if you’re looking something more relaxed there are private retreats and quiet pools around the resort.

  • Snorkeling is accessible from the main pier where you can swim with spotted drums, butterfly fish, parrot fish and more.

  • At Sandals Grande St Lucian plenty of lounge chairs are available around the pools and on the beach.

  • Non-motorized watersports are included. If you're into sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boards or scuba diving, it's all here! You can also rent jet skis from beach vendors.

  • Diving in St. Lucia is amongst the best in the Caribbean. From beautiful coral reefs to seeing the majestic Pitons from the water after your surface interval, a trip with the dive team will give you a true sense of appreciation and connection to nature.

  • While Sandals Grande St. Lucia is our top rated Sandals resort on the island of St. Lucia, we enjoy exploring the neighboring resorts. When you stay at the Grande as a guest, you can enjoy the amenities of three different locations. The bonus is that you'll be able to use the free shuttle service to and from Sandals Regency LaToc and Sandals Halcyon.

  • New to Sandals Grande St. Lucian are the overwater bungalows are perfect for a honeymoon celebration. If you’re looking for a unique experience with Butler Elite service, these are for you! Contact us today for more information!

Additional considerations and tips about your honeymoon at Sandals Grande St. Lucia:​
  • The resort transfer is approximately 90 minutes through twisty and sometimes narrow roads. For those prone to motion sickness, we suggest booking the helicopter transfer instead. Not only is it a picturesque journey, but it also cuts down the transfer time to approximately 15 minutes. (plus a brief drive to the Grande).

  • Every beach in St. Lucia is open to the public, and although there are a handful of vendors offering tours, they are polite.. If you are interested, there are some good ones including the Simon Says & Joe Knows tour.

  • Some restaurants require you to make a reservation for dinner. If you are in Club Level, contact the concierge upon arrival to make reservations. If you are in a butler room, your butler will do it for you. For guests staying in the Luxury level rooms, there is a food and dining representative in the main lobby to help with reservations.

  • Guests are able to walk to Pigeon Park. You can climb Pigeon Mountain for $7.00. The spectacular views are well worth it but wear sneakers!

  • Sandals Grande St. Lucian is a great place to relax and enjoy time together. If you are in search of a unique experience for your honeymoon, our travel blog "Planning the Perfect St. Lucia Getaway" showcases our journey from nearby Stonefield Estates to Sandals Grande.

  • Contact us today for more information or click the button below for the most up to date promotions and offers!


 


Best Sandals Resort - Sandals Royal Barbados

Sandals Royal Barbados

Sandals Royal Barbados is one of the newer Sandals resorts in their portfolio and our # 2 pick for the top Sandals Resort for a honeymoon.


Located in the St. Lawrence Gap - this is the dining and nightlife district for Barbados which enhances the experiences available to guests of this resort. Built from the ground up, Sandals Royal Barbados features a bowling alley, an infinity edged roof top swimming pool, two new restaurant concepts and a gourmet donut shop.


Sandals Royal Barbados is an all-suite Club & Butler level resort that features the popular Skypool suites, swim-up suites and Millionaire Suites. As part of your accommodation, you will also enjoy the amenities and services at Sandals Barbados next door. Meaning you can dine at any of the 17 restaurants, swim in any of the 5 pools, and relax at any of the 12 bars available.


There is truly something unique for everyone and we know that your honeymoon at Sandals Royal Barbados will be a trip of a lifetime.


Why is Sandals Royal Barbados our pick for the # 2 Best Sandals Resort for a honeymoon?​

  • The people of Barbados are warm and friendly. They care about your experience and will do everything in their ability to make sure you have an amazing honeymoon.

  • The infinity edge roof top bar and pool is modern and sophisticated.

  • The food and dining experiences are world-class. By staying at either of the resorts, you can enjoy Sandals' renowned Global Gourmet Dining experience.

  • For those opting for Butler Service, the highest room categories offer Rolls Royce Phantom or Rolls Royce Ghost transfers.

  • Lovers Lane features a new bar concept with more than 15 beers from around the world.

  • Scuba diving in Barbados is some of the best in the Caribbean and it's all included!

  • While the water can be choppy, the watersports team is more than happy to give lessons for Hobie sailing or paddle boarding.

Additional considerations and tips for visiting Sandals Royal Barbados on your honeymoon:
  • The boat dock for snorkeling and diving excursions is a short 15 minute drive into the capital city of Bridgetown.

  • The beach is not expansive and at times the water can be rough.

  • We love the design of this resort and it's modern room options.

  • Butler service is recommended. The staff is well trained and nothing is ever too much trouble. Also, being that the beach is not that large, getting a good beach chair could be challenging without a butler.

  • Sandals Royal Barbados has beautiful ocean views and allows guests to visit Sandals Barbados. If you are seeking a honeymoon destination that offers innovative design and world-class amenities, this resort may be the ideal choice for you. Contact us today for more information and let us put our expertise to work.

 

Sandals Regency LaToc

#3 best Sandals resort for a Honeymoon

Sandals Regency LaToc is our # 3 pick for the top rated Sandals Resort for a honeymoon.


Situated on more than 200 acres, this tranquil retreat features a crescent-shaped beach spanning half a mile. Featuring magnificent cliffs, it provides awe-inspiring panoramas of the Caribbean Sea and luxurious accommodations. Our favorites are the renowned Millionaire Suites with butler service. These personalized services offer guests an unforgettable honeymoon experience by designing a vacation based on your unique preferences and passions.


We love this resort for many reasons but mainly because of its price point and the island it sits on. If you love playing golf, you'll be able to enjoy the Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club at Cap Estate, which is a challenging 18-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman.


If you’re into scuba diving, you’ll experience some of the BEST diving in the Caribbean. While there is not a dock on site, the transfer to the marina is only a short 5 - 10 minute ride. The greatest part is that when you choose a Sandals all-inclusive honeymoon in St. Lucia, you'll get complete access to both Sandals Grande St. Lucia and Sandals Halcyon Beach. Plus, they provide free transfers between the resorts.


Why is Sandals La Toc our pick for the # 3 Best Sandals Resort for a honeymoon?

  • The staff are warm and friendly at Sandals LaToc. They will treat you like family from the moment you arrive until the second you leave.

  • Sandals LaToc offers multiple dining options. The chefs will ensure that they work with your specific dietary needs.

  • The rooms are well appointed and have great price points throughout the Luxury, Club and Butler level room categories.

  • The pools are fun and the main pool has a swim up bar featuring a beautiful waterfall. You’ll find many activities taking place including, bingo, pool volleyball, trivia and more.

  • If you're seeking seclusion, there are two additional pools to visit.

  • The beach while not expansive is beautiful and well cared for.

  • Activities and entertainment options are available day and night thanks to the Playmakers. For a true local experience, visit the Friday Night Jump up in Gros Islet!

  • The bartenders enjoy their work and will serve up an endless array of creative cocktails.

  • The “Stay at 1, Play at 3”, resort exchange program allows you to enjoy all Sandals Resorts in St Lucia.

  • For a truly romantic honeymoon dining experience, we highly suggest the candlelit dinner on the beach.

Additional considerations and tips for visiting Sandals Regency La Toc on your honeymoon:
  • Similar to both Sandals Grande St. Lucia and Sandals Halcyon, the airport transfer takes approximately 75 - 90 minutes. For those prone to car sickness, the roads can be bumpy in places. We recommend either motion sickness prevention or if you’re adventurous the helicopter transfer is only 10 - 15 minutes and close to the resort.

  • The ocean is not as calm as it is at Sandals Grande St. Lucia. From time to time you may see red flags which makes non-motorized water sports unavailable.

  • Many rooms are constructed on a cliff, so be prepared for a considerable amount of walking. Travel TIP...There are staff members in golf carts that will take you to where you'd like to go - with your cocktail in hand (of course!)

  • The resort provides regular shuttle services with the schedule displayed in the main lobby.

  • The Millionaire Suites with a private plunge pool are highly recommended. The view is absolutely breathtaking as are the butlers services provided.

  • Sandals Regency La Toc is a beautiful oceanfront resort with so much to offer for your honeymoon. Contact us today for more information and let us help plan your personalized vacation to paradise!

 

Best Sandals resort for Plant Based Diets

Which Sandals Resort is Best for Plant Based Diets

While all Sandals resorts accommodate dietary restrictions, Sandals Royal Barbados excels in meeting the needs of its guests who follow a plant-based diet. As a vegan for more than two decades, and after staying at all of the Sandals Resorts, our recent visit to Sandals Royal Barbados offered the widest range of choices. Featuring a pair of eateries dedicated to promoting wellness, you'll discover innovative dishes specifically crafted to deliver an exceptional dining experience.


Between Sandals Barbados & Sandals Royal Barbados you'll find 21 world-class restaurants, each with vegetarian and vegan options. Today we're going to focus on two of our favorites Heart & Sol and The Greenhouse.


For our in depth review of these resorts, please see below. If you have any questions or are ready to book, let us know. We look forward to hearing from you!


Barbados has the Most Options for Guests with Plant Based Diets

Heart & Sol Juice Bar and Deli at Sandals Royal Barbados

1 - Heart & Sol Juice Bar and Deli

This restaurant goes above and beyond to serve up nourishing and wholesome dishes that promote good health. Sandals sources their ingredients locally and they use them to create light and refreshing soups and salads, as well as sandwiches, smoothies, and Acai bowls. Additionally, they offer a variety of fruit and vegetable smoothies and juices, with the Coco-Dragon and Celery Ginger being our favorites!


Whether you have time to stop and relax a while or need to grab and go, Heart & Sol is the perfect complement to your wellness plan. Check out the menu items below and let's go! 

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The Greenhouse Farm to Table at Sandals Royal Barbados
2 - The Greenhouse Farm to Table

Open for breakfast and dinner, this is one of our all time favorites. With a focus on wellness you'll find clean and nutritious foods here.


As part of Sandals commitment to wellness, The Greenhouse is a rustic farm-to-table eatery offering colorful, elegant cuisine prepared with locally sourced, farm-to-table fruits and vegetables, meats and seafood. As with many Sandals properties, they've formed strong partnerships with local, small-scale local farmers and every dish at The Greenhouse is delivered with quality, delicious flavors and straight-from-the-garden freshness. Included at the Greenhouse you'll find multiple plant-based options designed to give you a world-class dining experience.

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For our full review of Sandals Barbados & Sandals Royal Barbados, please check out our blog where we take a closer look at two of these magnificent resorts!


 

Closest Sandals resort to the United States

Which Sandals Resort is Best for a Quick Vacation?

We don't always have a week or more for a vacation. So when time is of the essence but a vacation is top of mind, let's look at the best Sandals resorts for a quick getaway. Out of the 17 options to choose from, the best options to consider are in the countries of Jamaica, Antigua and the Bahamas.


Sandals Grenada is conveniently located near the airport but has limited air service, which means most travelers from the United States will need to make a connecting flight. Because of this reason, we have excluded it from the list. However, we have 5 amazing recommendations to help you find the perfect Sandals Resort location for a quick vacation.


Please click the links below where you'll find the most comprehensive review of each resort anywhere on the internet. Have questions? Feel free to reach out. We're here to help plan an amazing getaway!


What Sandals Resort is Best for a Quick Getaway?

  1. Sandals Montego Bay // Montego Bay, Jamaica

  2. Sandals Royal Bahamian // Nassau, Bahamas

  3. Sandals Grande Antigua // Dickenson Bay, Antigua

  4. Sandals Emerald Bay // Exuma, Bahamas

  5. Sandals Royal Caribbean // Montego Bay, Jamaica

** All recommended resorts, are located less than 15 min away from the airport and have direct flight options from many airports throughout the United States.



 

Best Sandals resort for long walks on the beach

Best Sandals Resort for Long Walks on the Beach

We all have different reasons for traveling and needing to get away. Some are looking for adventure and others are looking for relaxation. For many of our clients, having a long walkable beach is is a requirement.


After visiting every Sandals resort, our favorites for this activity are as followed. Sandals Negril, Sandals Grande Antigua, Sandals South Coast and Sandals Emerald Bay.


Situated in the nations of Jamaica, Antigua, and the Bahamas, here you'll find these resorts are not only safe but most have private beaches!


Let's take a closer look at these beautiful resorts and help you pick the perfect travel destination. Please click the link below for more information and let us know if you have any questions!


Which Sandals Resorts have the Biggest Beach?

  1. Sandals South Coast // South Coast, Jamaica * 2 mile Private Beach

  2. Sandals Grande Antigua // Dickenson Bay, Antigua * 2.2 miles

  3. Sandals Emerald Bay // Exuma, Bahamas * Private Beach

  4. Sandals Negril // Negril, Jamaica * Famed 7 mile beach

 

Best Sandals resort for Wedding

Picking the Perfect Sandals Resort for a Destination Wedding

The popularity of doing a destination wedding has grown over the recent years and having planned many of these events, I can say with full confidence that Sandals is the best of the best.


With 17 Sandals resorts to choose from there are options at many price points. While there are slightly less expensive resorts in Mexico or other locations, the care and support that is provided by the Sandals Wedding team is above the rest. They genuinely care about your experience and having a competent dedicated wedding team member to help plan every part of your destination wedding is a welcomed addition. Best of all if you stay for three nights or longer - your wedding is free!


Before we get into which Sandals Resort is best for a destination wedding, let's take a closer look at what's included.


Before you Arrive:

  • Personal wedding planning team, Preparation of marriage documents, Wedding Gift Registry, Customizable Wedding Website

After you Arrive:

  • Receive 15% discount on Red Lane® Spa services for the bride and groom.

Wedding Ceremony:

  • Picturesque Ceremony Location.

  • Bouquet and Boutonniere. A bridal bouquet and a groom’s boutonniere fuchsia Dendrobium orchids.

  • White cushioned Chiavari chairs for all guests.

  • Pre-recorded musical accompaniment of your choice.

  • Complimentary 5”x7” wedding photo.

Wedding Reception:

  • Enjoy a two-tiered white fondant wedding cake with with fuchsia Dendrobium orchids.

  • Table setting with white linens, silverware and crystal, white china, sparkling crystal, crisp white linens and shining silverware.

  • White cushioned Chiavari chairs for all guests.

  • Decorative lantern centerpiece for head table.

  • Cocktail reception with sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres.

  • Bride and Groom signature cocktail.

The Honeymoon:

  • Romantic turndown service with flower petals on the first evening of your honeymoon.

  • Breakfast in bed with mimosa on any morning of your choice.

  • Honeymoon dinner served by a personal waiter in a specialty restaurant.

And... All of this is complimentary with a three night stay - how awesome is that! There is also an added benefit for those staying 7 nights or more. Sandals Premium Perks give you up to an extra $1,500 to cover expenses such as photography, licensing fees, administrative costs, videography, and additional activities like scuba diving, snuba, reserving a cabana, or enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner.


Now that we have a better understanding of what the Sandals Destination Wedding includes. How do you pick the best Sandals resort for a destination wedding? Although this is a matter of personal opinion and can differ depending on your preferences, our main emphasis will be on three aspects: cost, adventure, and the size of the resort.


All Sandals resorts provide the advantage of a free wedding, but there are a few notable differences when it comes to the cost of your Sandals destination wedding. Sandals Ochi is the cheapest Sandals resort in the portfolio. Here you will discover an authentic Caribbean allure and while some may perceive it as being dated, it stands out as one of the last Sandals resorts embracing the original architectural concepts.


Sandals Ochi also offers a unique feature: an over the water chapel. Situated on a platform extending over the Caribbean waters, it's been designed to blend seamlessly with its natural surroundings. With floor-to-ceiling windows that offer panoramic views of the turquoise waters below, the chapel can be decorated with beautiful floral arrangements and tasteful décor, creating a romantic and intimate atmosphere.


After the ceremony, couples and their guests can continue the celebration at Sandals Ochi's various reception venues. Whether you want an intimate gathering on a private beach or a reception in a spacious ballroom such as the High Mountain room with seating up to 84 guests.


When it comes to adventure, Sandals Grande St Lucian tops our list. Located in the heart of Rodney Bay, this resort sits on its own peninsula and has the calmest waters in St. Lucia. With volcanic mountains rising out of the ocean and surrounding the resort, its palatial styled lobby and sweeping views will take your breath away.


If you're into golf you'll find yourself with plenty to do as it hosts its own Greg Norman designed golf course. Off the resort you'll want to take in the sites with a day trip to the Pitons for snorkeling and a mud bath at the volcano.


For your wedding day, you'll be able to pick from a number of spectacular garden locations. If you're looking for something different, you'll also have an over the water chapel to choose from. If you're in search of a stunning resort that offers awe-inspiring views and exciting off-site activities, Sandals Grande St. Lucia is the ultimate choice for planning a destination wedding.


Lastly, let's look at the best Sandals resort for large groups. The ones with the most space are located in the islands of Jamaica, St. Lucia and the Bahamas. These resorts offer spaciousness and ideal settings for both wedding ceremonies and receptions, making them the perfect choice for couples wanting to tie the knot.


Please click the links below for detailed information about these amazing resorts. Let us know if you have any questions!


Which Sandals Resorts are Best for a Destination Wedding?

  1. Sandals Grande St. Lucia // Gros Islet, St. Lucia * Best Sandals Resort overall and for adventure

  2. Sandals South Coast // South Coast, Jamaica * Best Sandals Resort for a large wedding

  3. Sandals Ochi // Ocho Rios, Jamaica * Best Sandals Resort for a large wedding and price

  4. Sandals Emerald Bay // Exuma, Bahamas * Best Sandals Resort for a large wedding

  5. Sandals Negril // Negril, Jamaica * Best Sandals Resort for an intimate wedding

 

Best Sandals Resort to Island Hop

Island Hopping with Sandals Resorts

For adventure seekers or those looking at making something truly unique out of your honeymoon, vacation or destination wedding, how awesome is it that not only are there multiple Sandals resorts in a single country but also Sandals resorts in nearby countries! Split stays are some of our favorite ways to experience different cultures and with the regional airlines like Liat, they make it an easy thing to do.


When clients ask for a suggestion, we suggest the Western Caribbean because it has the most flight choices. The ideal duration for a trip from Antigua to St. Lucia is around 5 to 7 nights in both destinations. If possible, we recommend the use of regional airports.


For St. Lucia, you'll want to fly into SLU as it's closest to Sandals Grande St. Lucia, Sandals Regency LaToc and Sandals Halcyon. When visiting Grenada, it's OK to fly into the international airport is its next door to Sandals Grenada.


Same with Barbados, but here's a travel tip... in Barbados, make sure to get the Fast Track Immigration service. This is a busy airport with many flights coming in from Europe and America. Having this service will help you get on to your resort quickly. Good news is that in Barbados, the airport is just a quick 15 minute transfer to Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados.


Here is our comprehensive list and review of each resort.


Which Sandals Resorts are Best for an Island Hop?

  1. Sandals Grande St. Lucia // Gros Islet, St. Lucia

  2. Sandals LaToc // Castries, St. Lucia

  3. Sandals Halcyon // Castries, St. Lucia

  4. Sandals Grande Antigua // St. Johns, Antigua

  5. Sandals Royal Barbados // St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados

  6. Sandals Barbados // St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados

  7. Sandals Grenada // Pink Gin Beach, Grenada

Now that we've talked about island hopping, let's touch on a split stay between two of our favorite resorts Sandals Grande St. Lucia & Stonefield Estates. Some may ask why this should be a consideration, so great question! Let's answer it...


When traveling into the island of St. Lucia you'll be arriving into UVF on the southwestern side of the island. There are two ways to get to Sandals Grande St. Lucia, Sandals Halcyon and Sandals LaToc. The first option is using the complimentary transfer which takes about 75/90 min through some windy and narrow roads. The second option is the helicopter transfer which comes at an additional cost and takes only about 15 min.


As the majority of visitors usually arrive between midday and 3pm, your initial day will primarily be dedicated to travel. To make the most of your time, we suggest dividing your day by starting at Stonefield Estates. This charming boutique resort consists of 14 villas featuring a private pool and stunning views of the Petite Piton.


The resort is conveniently located just a short 15-minute drive from UVF airport and offers affordable rates. Since most of the things to do in St. Lucia are concentrated on the west side of the island, you have the opportunity to unwind and discover everything that St. Lucia has to offer before heading to the northern region of the island for the rest of your stay at Sandals.


Does this sound interesting? Here is our travel blog titled "Planning the Perfect St. Lucia Getaway" that highlights our most recent trip between Sandals Grande St. Lucia & Stonefield Estates. If this is your itinerary, please reach out to use for more information!


 

Best Sandals Resort for a Young Couple

Which Sandals Resort has the Most to Offer a Young Couple

Sandals masterfully caters to couples of all ages. One of the things we love the most about Sandals is that with 17 resorts to choose from, each property has it's own unique feel to it. As a young couple, you may be looking for the resort that's cost effective or one that has the most adventure with a lively social vibe or maybe it's a combination of all the above?


At Rivage Travel, we've been specializing in Sandals for over 15 years and are Sandals Chairman's Royal Club Diamond Elite travel experts. We've been to every Sandals resort and we know each one personally. Our goal is to help you be informed and use professional experience to plan the perfect vacation.


So which Sandals Resort is best for a young couple?


Listed below are our top 5 recommendations based on...

 

Island Adventure - Sandals Grande St. Lucia

St. Lucia Is the best Caribbean country for island adventure

For those seeking adventure, St. Lucia is our all time favorite destination because of its adventurous spirit. This is the place for adventure and exploration and as we take a closer look at this destination, we'll look at our top 4 reasons for why St. Lucia is our favorite island in the Caribbean.


Hiking in St Lucia

1. Hiking

If you're seeking a close connection to nature, St. Lucia is the perfect destination. With scenic hiking trails through lush rainforests, waterfalls, and dramatic cliffs the views and memories you'll make will last a lifetime.


Our favorite hike is the Tet Paul Nature Trail which take you through the countryside and provides panoramic views of the island. The trail is an easy two-hour hike that's perfect for beginners too.


If you're a more experienced hiker looking for a challenge, our clients enjoy hiking the infamous Gros Piton. This challenging hike's peak is 2,619 feet above sea level and ends with breathtaking views of the island. This hike does require a guide and we're happy to help make all the arrangements!


For a stay at Sandals Grande St Lucian, you can hike next door at Pigeon Island. Its only a small entry fee of 5$ and best of all you never have to get into a car to get there, it's a just a quick walk next door to the resort.


zip lining in St Lucia

2. Zip-lining

Zip-lining in St. Lucia is one of the most popular ways to experience the island's natural beauty. In St. Lucia, you'll glide through the heart of the island's rainforest, past waterfalls, over rivers, and along the coast. It offers an amazing opportunity to experience the island's beauty from a distinct point of view.



Paddle boarding in St Lucia

3. Water Sports

St. Lucia has something for everyone and has endless options for exploring it both above or below the surface. If you have a passion for kayaking or paddle boarding, Sandals Grande St. Lucia has the calmest waters in the country. Wanting to snorkel or scuba dive? This is the place to be as it's all included and in St. Lucia you'll be able to dive and snorkel on some of the healthiest reefs in the world.


St Lucia volcano

4. Sulfur Springs & Mud Baths Tour

St. Lucia is home to the world's only drive-in volcano. Having most recently erupted in the 18th century. It stemmed from a vulnerable point in the Earth's crust within a collapsed volcano.


Today, this mountain is classified as an inactive volcanic peak and now provides travelers with a unique opportunity to take guided tours and hike the crater's edge. After completing your hike, take a dip in a volcanic mud bath where it will detoxify your body and help heal sun burns, eczema, arthritis, sore joints, and more.


Travel Tip: Don't wear a white bathing suit! :)


With St. Lucia being a clear stand out for the best island for adventure, what is the best Sandals resort in St. Lucia? Listed below is our top 3 ranking. Please click on the links below where you'll find the most comprehensive review of these resorts anywhere on the internet. If you have questions, we'd love to chat!


What is Sandals Best Resort in St. Lucia?
 

Which Sandals Resort is easiest to travel to?

Sandals Royal Bahamian is the closest Sandals resort to the United States

Sandals Royal Bahamian located in the Bahamas is the closest Sandals Resort to the United States. Located in Nassau, it's just a short flight from Miami, Florida, making it easily accessible for those traveling from the US.


Sandals Royal Bahamian completed a multi million dollar renovation in 2021 and is an all-inclusive, five-star resort. Sandals Royal Bahamian offers everything from garden view rooms to ocean view suites with butler service. Here you'll find 10 different dining options, each with its unique flair from international cuisine, seaside dining, and Bahamian-inspired menus.


Exclusive to this resort you'll find a private island that is exclusively available to guests staying at the resort. The island offers beautiful beaches, beachside dining, and water sports activities.


Review of Sandals Royal Bahamian - The Closest Sandals Resort to the United States:​

  • The restaurants are great and there is something for everyone. We love the breakfast buffet and dinner at the Italian restaurant is not one to miss.

  • The staff are friendly and will go out of their way to put a smile on your face.

  • Butler service is popular at this resort and we believe it’s worth the extra money.

  • Sandals Royal Bahamian features two large pools. One pool is the active pool with music and lots of activities. The other pool on the Balmoral side is quieter and best for relaxation.

  • The ocean can be quite cool during the winter months so we recommend visiting after the month of April.

  • The beach is not expansive but it is beautiful and swimmable with clear water and white sand.

  • We love the off shore island and the Red Lane Spa that’s attached to it. This island has an abundance of private areas to relax and is not over crowded. The beach is beautiful and you'll find hammocks in the water where you can unwind and maybe even have a turtle visit you.​

  • Nightly entertainment is not lacking at Sandals Royal Bahamian. Here you’ll want to enjoy a nightcap at the Balmoral bar or Cricketers Pub.

  • The Red Lane Spa is worth a visit and we recommend having your experience on the private island.

  • The diving is pretty good here and for an extra expense you can opt in for an exclusive shark diving experience.

  • The fire pits at night are a nice way to spend an evening and make new friends.

  • The view from the gym on the top floor is amazing.

  • Room service is quick and the menu is worth exploring. We particularly like the night time deserts.

Additional considerations and tips for visiting Sandals Royal Bahamian:

  • When at or near capacity the resort can be busy and finding loungers with shade is at a premium.

  • Not all restaurants are open every day so make sure to book dinner reservations upon arrival.

  • If you are looking for a modernized resort, close to the United States. Sandals Royal Bahamian offers world-class dining and service, where you can do as much as you want, or, as little.

  • Contact us today for more information and let us put our expertise to work.

 

Sandals Ochi Beach Resort is the least expensive Sandals Resort

Sandals Ochi is the least expensive Sandals resort

Being mindful of a travel budget is a very important piece of any vacation and the cost of staying at a Sandals Resort can vary depending on the location, time of year, and room category. Typically, the least expensive Sandals Resort is Sandals Ochi Beach Resort located in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. So let's take a closer look at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort to see if it's right for you.


Sandals Ochi is an expansive resort set on 100 acres of tropical gardens, with two distinct resort experiences. The Great House is set on a hilltop, and offers guests stunning views of the Caribbean sea while the Riviera Seaside Village is located on the beach, offering guests a more traditional beach resort experience.


The resort offers a wide range of accommodations, including garden view rooms, ocean view rooms, and suites with private plunge pools. Sandals Ochi is one of the last remaining resorts with the original Caribbean charm. For us, what sets Sandals Ochi Beach Resort apart are the incredible dining options.


The resort features 16 restaurants, each offering a unique culinary experience and there is something to suit everyone. From Italian cuisine to Caribbean-inspired dishes, the quality of the food is world-class.


If you're seeking excitement, Sandals Ochi Beach Resort has options to keep you entertained, such as water, land sports, and evening shows. At this destination, you'll enjoy discovering the resort, engaging in activities like paddle boarding and snorkeling. Additionally, if you're a fan of beach sports, there are plenty of opportunities for volleyball and other beachside activities.


As the sun sets on the Caribbean horizon the night-time activities come alive. From enjoying live music, to joining a seaside celebration or even visiting Sandals' exclusive Speak Easy.


One thing to note, is that the travel time to Sandal Ochi Beach Resort is 75 to 90 min by car. If you're looking to do a shorter tip in Jamaica, we recommend maximizing your time away by visiting Sandals Montego Bay or Sandals Royal Caribbean.


The Jamaican's are friendly people and at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort you'll find the staff are warm and attentive. They'll always go out of their way to ensure your stay is enjoyable! So who's ready to travel? Please click the link below for the most current promotions or chat with us. Our professional travel planning services are complimentary and we'd love to help plan you time away!


 

Which Sandals Resorts have the Best Reviews?

18 Best Sandals Resorts for 2024

What is the BEST Reviewed Sandals Resort for your vacation, honeymoon or destination wedding? Let us help answer that question by providing you with our personal rankings based on over 15 years of Sandals experience.


For those new to the Sandals brand, you'll find 17 resorts located in the beautiful countries of Antigua, Jamaica, Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia, the Bahamas, Curacao, and soon the Grenadines (opening in 2024).


Sandals has set the standard for a luxury all-inclusive experience and at Rivage Travel we are recognized as Sandals Chairman's Royal Club Elite travel experts. We have the expertise to create the perfect travel experience for your vacation, honeymoon or destination wedding.


Sandals Chairmans Royal Club Diamond Elite Travel Expert

For even more information, here are our Sandals resorts rankings with links to the most comprehensive overviews found anywhere on the internet.


Ranking

17 BEST Sandals Resorts Reviewed

Score (1 - 10)

1

Sandals Grande St. Lucia Spa & Resort // Gros Islet, St. Lucia

9.4

2

Sandals Grande Antigua // St. Johns, Antigua

9.1

3

Sandals LaSource Grenada // Georgetown, Grenada

8.9

4

Sandals South Coast // Whitehouse, Jamaica

8.7

5

Sandals Emerald Bay // Exuma, Bahamas

8.5

6

Sandals Royal Barbados // Oistins, Barbados

8.4

7

Sandals Barbados // Oistins, Barbados

8.4

8

Sandals Royal Bahamian // Nassau, Bahamas

8.1

9

Sandals Montego Bay // Montego Bay, Jamaica

7.9

10

7.7

11

Sandals Negril // Negril, Jamaica

7.6

12

Sandals Royal Curaçao // Nieuwpoort, Curaçao

7.6

13

Sandals Royal Caribbean // Montego Bay, Jamaica

7.5

14

Sandals Ochi // Ocho Rios, Jamaica

7.3

15

Sandals Halcyon // St. Lucia

7.2

16

Sandals Royal Plantation // Ocho Rios, Jamaica

7.2


 

About the Authors


Jonathan and Angela - Rivage Travel

Jonathan and Angela Patton


Based out of Atlanta, GA Rivage Travel is a boutique travel consultant group dedicated to providing personalized travel experiences. Owned by husband and wife duo Jonathan and Angela, our love for travel brought us together during a trip to Sydney, Australia. Our work is based on over 15 years of professional experience, hundreds of hours of travel industry certifications and training. We've been honored by Sandals Resorts as a top US travel agent with their highest honor of a Sandals Chairmans's Club Diamond Elite travel expert and look forward to using our experience to earn your business today and in the future.



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