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"Amazing Experience for our Honeymoon"
I'd like to start this out by saying this was a honeymoon trip for a 30 year old man and his 26 year old wife from Houston, TX to Montego Bay, Jamaica Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort on 9/18/16 to 9/24/16. Our entire experience was amazing! From our nonstop flights out of Hobby Airport on Southwest airlines to our in room service. The Resort: We chose this particular Jamaica Sandals resort as it seemed to be the vest value with the best features we found on the island. It was not far from the airport (5-10 minutes) but far enough that we only heard airplanes 3-5 times a day and they were not bothersome. We also liked the option of the stay at 1 play at 3 that Sandals does where we could venture out to 2 other Sandals resorts while staying to change things up a bit if we wanted. Room: We chose a Club level Windsor Building Walkout Beachfront Room which is located on the "corner" of this resort closest toward the private island. Our room was updated and was very nice with great features. We absolutely loved the walk out onto the beach option and the tranquility tub that was on the porch. The bed was a bit hard but we were told every single mattress at this resort is exactly the same no matter what type of room you get, we did hear from another couple that they requested a 3in thick pad to go on top of their mattress and that made it a bit softer. I would suggest to anyone who is looking at getting the walkout beachfront rooms to highly consider a different building however than the Windsor building that we were in. Yes the room was updated and was in a great spot, however, all of the nightlife and entertainment is located all around this building. There were a night or two where we turned in a bit earlier than normal and could hear the nightly 9-10pm shows going on so loud it was hard to go to sleep or even during the day when you wanted to get a quick nap there were various beach activities going on that could get a little noisy. If you plan on being out every single night past 10-10:30pm then you will probably be ok as most the resort shuts down around this time as far as outdoor planned activities go. The pub and few other eating places stay open later but you don't hear those. My advice: Stay as far east on this property as you can, there are plenty of great rooms on the end of the resort that put you far enough away from the noise but it is not but a 2 minute walk tops to get to the action. Food: (Disclaimer, my wife is a vegetarian and every restaurant had WONDERFUL vegetarian options for her) Everything we ate was excellent, I was a bit weary of the quality of meat here as I am from Texas and know a thing or two about a good steak. Sandals delivered and all 3 different types of steak I had were excellent. There is a breakfast buffet that is open I believe everyday if not, it's closed maybe 1 morning. The french restaurant also does a breakfast in more of an order entree breakfast style. Go there! Best french toast I have ever had!! The buffet though is excellent as well and can accommodate any breakfast style you're looking for. For lunch we ate a lot out by the beach at the bar area where they have your typical beach/bar food, burgers, hotdogs, quesadillas etc. There is also the pizzeria right there as well that had great pizza. Roderick was a bartender at this bar and HE IS AWESOME. He memorizes your name and who you are instantly and always makes you feel like you're a king/queen when you see him. Best bartender I have ever seen anywhere. Dinner our favorite spot was Eleanor's which had the best fish I've ever tasted. It was a coconut crusted snapper that was incredible. All in all, the food was a 10/10 at every restaurant. Hard to go wrong at any of the places. The Resort: Everything is spotless, beautiful views and amazing service. Even down to the towel guy pushing a cart full of dirty towels around, would ask you as you walked by if you needed anything at all and how your day was going with a smile. I have never seen better customer service in my life and the service we received was enough to sell us on always traveling to a Sandals for our all inclusive vacation needs. I cannot say enough about how amazing every single employee was to us from the bus driver from the airport to the resort to the concierge or waiters, entertainers... EVERYONE was absolutely amazing. Montego Bay Resort: We traveled here for a day on the Sandals free shuttle and enjoyed our day here. A bit more of a "party" atmosphere with a seemingly younger crowd and a larger beach area. We still preferred our resort over this one but believe me, there is nothing wrong with this one and we would definitely suggest spending a day at this one for a mix up. Carlysle Resort: Waste of time.... It's a hotel with a pool and an outside bar. Do not waste your time at this place. It is very nice for what it is but it is not a resort by any means, it doesn't even have it's own beach which is what you're traveling to these places for in my opinion. If you want a hotel feel with a great company, go for it... but it's not worth your time when you've got two great options in Royal Caribbean and Montego Bay Resorts. There are tons of off site excursions you can book both before you leave and once you are there. We opted to not do any of these as we were enjoying the resorts so much but we heard the zip line, ATV ride and bobsled coaster excursion was an absolute blast so based upon a friend's advice we made at the resort, give that one a look if you're feeling adventurous. Club MoBay: For $75 a person, this was well worth the money. Upon arriving we had ZERO worries of being caught in some 2 hours line to get through the airport and on leaving we had a nice lounge with free food and drinks to hang out in until our flight. Great option for the money (You're on vacation, spend the $75 a person to take away all worry at the airport) We did spend a day down in the area of the Margaritaville Montego Bay/Shopping. This is a great place to get your souvenirs way cheaper than the resort gift shop. Margaritaville was cool but very expensive. They do have a 3 story water slide that plops you right out into the ocean that was fun and some water toys like a trampoline and stuff, fun for a change of pace but why would I pay $6/beer when it's already paid for at my resort' Sandals won us over with their customer service and beautiful scenery. I cannot say enough about the service these folks give out on a daily basis, it's the best I've ever seen. Wonderful honeymoon and wonderful vacation. Perfect for any couple celebrating any even whether it be a honeymoon, anniversary, birthday or just a get a way. Perfect place and perfect experience, thank you so much Sandals for making our honeymoon something we will never forget!
"Memory of a lifetime"
This resort was spectacular. The rooms were so beautiful. The beds were so comfortable. Each morning they served you breakfast on your terrace. We always had a beutiful peacock visit us every morning. Absolute paradise. Great parties and buffets at night on the beach. Couldn't have asked for a better vacation.
This is a beautiful resort unfortunately we were not told until we got there that the island was closed. Thats means the thai resturant was closed also we were compensated eith a bed for a day thats costs them nothing to give us and ontop of that told to tip! The island was the main reason we spent a little more to come to this one. When we got to our room nothing extra was done when we told them it was our honeymoon. We didnt cheap out we got a room rght on the beach. The tub was so old it was chipped all over i coulsnt even shower in it. They also had a wedding outside of our room everyday therefore we really didnt have our own walk out beach room. The music was extremely loud i finally said something and they switched our room to a better one in which all of a sudden we had special treatment for our honeymoom unlike the first room (weird) the first room would not even have passed an inspection. Other than that, the food was great (Regency was our favorite and the buffets) the snorkeling with "Trouble" Marvin aka Jeans and Chris was awesome! The catamarane was a great time as well. Karalee was a great host and Oshyne is awesome at everything!! Sylvan was a great photographer. Rico was an awesome dj /host/camedian.
"Amazing 25th Anniversary Vacation!"
My husband and I spent a wonderful week at Sandals Royal Caribbean for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. We stayed at the Kensington Building with Concierge Service. The staff was amazing from the moment we arrived. Throughout our stay everyone remembered our names, would great us with warm smiles and asked how our activities for the day had gone. Our Concierge consultants Alex, Nicole and Dezreen helped us to plan a few special events like the candlelight dinner in one of their gazebos and it was so romantic! For dessert we requested a special anniversary cake and it was made exactly as ordered. We wanted to do an excursion off from the resort so they helped us choose a day trip which included Mystic Mountain and Dunns River Falls which was very fun. They also helped us schedule a catamaran sunset cruise and topped it all off with a romantic room setting of sparkling wine, chocolate dipped fruits, rose petals on the bed and a bubble bath. The bartenders at the Mariners Bar and Grill were all great, but Rodderick was our favorite. He made us feel like life long friends, he was funny and personable and mixed the best drinks. We did a photo shoot and Alecia the photographer took wonderful pictures of us throughout the resort. The ladies at the Red Lane Spa also wonderful and accommodating. We wish we could remember everyone that made our stay so great. But here is our list of favorites: Alex - Concierge Nicole - Concierge Alecia - Photo studio Rodderick - Mariners Bar & Grill Dezreen - Concierge Alexa - Loyalty Travel Desk Omar - Porter Gift Shop Attendants Red Lane Spa Ladies If you go to Sandals Royal Caribbean you won't be disappointed. We know we'll definitely be going back SRC. Elizabeth and George Thalman.
"Great Resort, Great People"
What a fantastic trip. My girlfriend and I spent a week there in August and it was wonderful. We chose the Royal Caribbean as opposed to Ocho Rios to avoid the 2 hour car ride from the airport. We were on the beach at the resort in about an hour. as opposed to We have been to Sandals Royal Bahamian but the Royal Caribbean surpasses it in almost every regard. The "idea" of the two resorts is different as well as the RB is more modern and "hotel like" where the RC had a more authentic Caribbean feel. The staff at the Royal Caribbean is without question the friendliest and most accommodating have ever had the pleasure to deal with. My friends Roderick at the beach bar and Courtney and Vera at the pool make any assortment of tropical drinks (especially RUM) with a smile every time. Nardo keeps the fun going at night with a drink and a toast or a joke. When we wanted to relax on the beach Monique and Carissa took excellent care of us. We really couldn't have been happier. We were looking to relax but we did take in the snorkeling which was well organized and fun. If you are considering it, try and book the morning as the conditions seem to be calmer earlier in the day. The food at the restaurants is upscale for resorts, with Royal Thai and Le Jardinier as the standouts. The Regency breakfast buffet was outstanding as well. We booked our next trip with Rory in the Travel Office before we left and got a nice discount so I would recommend at least looking into this before you leave. For a 200.00 deposit you can travel up to 18 months later. Nice to have the next vacation to look forward to. We are trying to get back to SRC for at least a weekend this Winter. It is an excellent choice if you are looking for the "all-inclusive: experience.
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