My fiance and I recently spent a fabulous week at Sandals Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. We were delighted with its private location and understated elegance. Sandals Royal Plantation is intimate all-butler resort of just 74 ocean view suites tucked into a magnificent coral bluff. It is the epitome of luxury and exactly the type of all-inclusive vacation spot we were looking for.
Retie the Knot
Christmas 2014, David Ramsey gave all his employees a travel gift cards as a Christmas present. Randy and Jacqueline decided to use their travel gift card on a Sandals Anniversary vacation. Shortly after Christmas, I worked with them evaluating all 15 Sandals resorts throughout the Caribbean and decided on a Sandals Whitehouse, Jamaica for their 6-night Anniversary vacation. After everything was booked, Randy sent me a text and asked me to call him confidentially. Randy told me he wanted to surprise his wife with a ReTie the Knot ceremony on their anniversary night. The process to set up the surprise ReTie the Knot ceremony was easily completed with the help of the Sandals Whitehouse Wedding team and the Sandals Whitehouse staff. On the morning of October 8, Randy set in motion the romantic surprise. Prior to the 8th, Randy snuck away from Jacqueline and met with the Sandals Whitehouse wedding team. The minister and the wedding staff would be waiting for the couple at a pre-arranged beach location at 4:00 PM. That morning, Randy asked his wife if they could have an early dinner and if they could take a walk on the beach before going to the restaurant. As Randy walked Jacqueline to the pre-arranged location, their favorite wedding song began to play. Randy walked Jacqueline towards the Minister and asked her if she would marry him again. Anyone who knows Jacqueline, knows her response and can visualize how her smile was filled with tears of joy.
Jacqueline and Randy, you are a special couple.Thank you for the honor to be your Sandals Travel Agent
Celebrating our 10th Anniversary at Sandals Antigua
After much consideration as to how we would celebrate our 10th anniversary, my wife and I chose to spend 7 days at the beautiful Sandals Antigua Resort. This was our first time staying at a Sandals resort and wow, did it ever exceed expectations! The dining options, location, beach, staff, excursion options, spa, and overall atmosphere of the resort and island were wonderful. I can't say enough positive things about our experience and our travel agent, Peter Blum. Peter was a tremendous and very knowledgeable resource. Brian Hammond
Wedded Bliss at Sandals MoBay
Sandals Destination weddings are luxurious stress free and everything is included. Stephanie and Nick came to our Premium Resorts of Cook Travel looking for a stress free destination wedding. With the help of Angela, they selected a Sandals Montego Bay Jamaica destination wedding called Wedding Moon. The beauty of a Jamaica wedding is that the residency requirement is very short compared to other Caribbean Islands. Jamaica only requires couples to be in Jamaica for 2 days prior to getting married. Weekends count and the 1st day of arrival counts. Stephanie arrived on December 3rd and their wedding was on December 5th. Peter and Sally were able to attend the wedding ceremony during their visit to Jamaica for a Sandals Foundation meeting and to receive the 2014 Best of the Best Travel Agency award from Sandals CEO Adam Stewart and Chairman Butch Stewart.
Amazing St Lucia Photo Op
Getting a temporary St Lucia Drivers License and renting a car at Sandals was so easy and worth it. Our Friends from "Gypsey Reel" Graham and Camile Parker met Sally and I at Sandals La Toc. We rented a car and went for a ride towards the Pitons along to coastline. It was easy to get a drivers license. We had to prove that we were there for 72 hours in order to get a temporary drivers license The views are amazing along the coastline. We stopped at a fishing village to take photos. A local asked if I would pay him to climb a tree for a photo op! $5.00 later here he was up a tree with the Pitons in the background. You can't make this up. I love St Lucia.
Amazing Butler Service
Peter Blum made our honeymoon a huge success and answered all of our questions and helped coordinate everything. I would recommend him to anybody getting married because organizing a wedding and honeymoon can be very stressful and Peter is such an expert on all the honeymoon spots. He will cater your personality and likes to a specific resort so you will be happy and not have to worry about planning yourself. I have recommended him to many of my friends that are in the process of getting married and already using him for a second time for my parents 40th wedding anniversary. If I had to rate him out of 10 stars, he would get 11 from us. He went above and beyond to make sure we were 100% happy in our trip. Thanks again Peter for all your hard work and dedication to making us happy. We can’t wait to take our next trip soon!
Sandals Halcyon was Breathtaking!
We recently visited Sandals Halcyon in Saint Lucia for our honeymoon getaway. Upon arrival, the first thing we noticed was the beautiful view from our beachfront room. The turquoise blue water and island view that surrounded us was nothing short of breathtaking! As our very first trip to a Sandals resort, we were overwhelmed by how welcoming and personable the staff was! Days after we arrived, the staff would still call us by name and would continuously check to make sure we were well taken care of. Not only did we enjoy the view and the amazing staff, but the food was amazing and endless. Our favorite restaurants to visit were Kelly’s Dockside and The Beach Bistro. Kelly’s Dockside had a delicious seafood sampler that we both loved! However, The Beach Bistro let us enjoy our usual American dining with chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, and a nacho station. All in all, we would not have chosen another resort to stay at. Cook Travel vacations and Sandals Halcyon exceeded our expectations! We cannot wait to visit another Sandals resort in the near future!
Jason and Katie Smith
Sandala La Toc 4x4 Adventure
During our St Lucia Sandals La Toc Honeymoon we took this picture while we were stopped at the "Caribbean's only drive through volcano". It was one of the stops that we took while on our Island Buggy tours to Soufriere and the Pitons. We made several stops along the way from the resort to the other side of the island. The tour guides were fantastic and stopped at different places to show us areas of the island that we likely wouldn't have seen on our own including the banana plantations, a local farmer who shared with us some island fruits, a local man with a boa constrictor- which, by the way, I held around my neck!-, a local restaurant across from the Pitons, a waterfall and the drive through volcano where we bathed in mud baths- literally- painted ourselves with mud from the volcano and washed it off in the hot mud bath. They taught us about different plants/trees- like the tattoo fern which, if placed on something and smacked, will leave a white "tattoo" and the Touch Me Not ferns that curl up and "disappear" when you touch them! We enjoyed that tour a lot- especially my husband who got to drive the buggy on the opposite side of the road!
Thank you, for recommending The Fountain of Youth Catamaran tour. I'm glad we chose to do that as well as we saw flying fish, botanical gardens, the Pitons and we snorkeled in the rain! We also did the segway tour to Rodney Bay and saw some beautiful scenery includingSandals Grande St. Lucian across the bay- so we definitely saw all angles of the island- from land, sea, north and south!!
Dream Honeymoon at Sandals Grande Antigua
Hi Peter! Sandals Grande Antigua is the definition of a dream honeymoon, and then some! After our first meeting with Peter Blum of Premium Resorts, my husband and I were so anxious to get to this beautiful resort. It was both of our first times to do a Sandals resort and an all-inclusive vacation. We were a little hesitant thinking there just had to be something in the fine print where they "got ya". THERE WAS NOT! From the minute we arrived to the resort, until the last hour before leaving people were ready and happily willing to help us in every way possible, and not because they wanted a tip! But because they were happy to have us! One of the things my husband and I kept remarking on was how there was not a single detail skimped on. From the cleanliness of the rooms, to the intricacies in the tile & granite work throughout the resort, to the room service, to the landscaping, to the excellent food; nothing was mediocre, everything was 5 star! We never left the resort because we never got bored. We participated in almost every activity (game shows, pool trivia, couples beach games, cocktail hours, etc.) and also paid for some of the other things like snorkeling, scuba diving, and jet skiing. We have recommended Sandals to every couple we know, whether newlywed or celebrating 50 years of marriage. It is so obvious what a great company they are. As we were leaving, we had a chance to meet the General Manager, Mr. G. We thanked him for a great trip and complimented what a great resort he ran. His response made us smile "Thank you so much, but it's not me, it's the 700 hard-working employees that make this resort what it is!" And we did not come across a single employee that seemed unhappy to be there. Every single Sandals employee was genuinely happy to be at work and to help you. We never passed one without getting a big smile and "good morning!" That is something we truly appreciated. I could keep going but instead I'll just encourage whoever is reading this to see for yourself. It is more than worth it! We can not wait for our next Sandals adventure!
Thanks also for the Sandals Signature Guest info and the referral program you offer. We will absolutely be visiting a Sandals again.
South Coast Beaches are Amazing!
Our travel to and from Jamaica went smooth as silk. On our return we went through ATL in 30 minutes. They have really streamlined the return process through Immigration and Customs. This always makes for good start and finish to any trip. Even though the weather forecast for 80% chance of rain and thunder storms we only saw rain 2 evenings. The weather did not interrupt anything we were doing. Overall the weather was great.
All of our Sandals vacations have been great but Sandals Whitehouse fantastic. The resort did not seem to be full of guests because there was plenty of places on the beach for us to choose from. We felt we always could find our private place on the beach. The food was also amazing plus we had plenty of adult beverages in hand most of the time. Sandals water sports changed the rules for how many people can be on the small catamarans from 4 to 3.