2009 Trip #1 Jamaica / Sandals Dunns River & Sandals Royal Caribbean
Sandals Dunns River May 3-7
Another amazing trip to Jamaica and Sandals Resorts.
As usual, we were met by Mr. Lloyd Lewis who took us straight away to Sandals Dunns River. We
made the trip from the airport in about 70 minutes. (This same trip by free transfer bus can take
Our butler met us upon arrival and took us to our oceanfront one bedroom suite, the same room we
occupied in October '07. All guests we talked to were having somewhere between the time
of their life and the best week of their life. The non-stop entertainment was a blast for
both participants and spectators. Just as it has been for years, the service was impeccable,
and food was great. Try as we may to find something to complain about, this stay had no problems
Our butlers, which are included with our suite, provided their usual surprises and extra
special care. We highly recommend butler level for anyone who wants a vacation that is a
cut above the norm. Although it may seem a little pricey, the best rooms and service are
definitely found at the butler level.
During our stay we traveled to Sandals Ocho Rios for their Returning Guests cocktail party
and dinner at Reef Terrace. WOW! Best part is we got to spend a few minutes with the hotel
managers, our friends from way back when.
Sandals Royal Caribbean May 7-10
Our arrival at Sandals Royal Caribbean provided the only glitch during our entire
week. Our butlers at Sandals Royal Caribbean weren't prepared for our arrival due to
a miscommunication from our butlers at Dunns. However, true to the Sandals butler
professionalism, they recovered in just minutes once the knew we were on property.
Because we arrived so early in the day, as we expected, our room was not ready. We
planned this to see how they handle early arrivals. We were taken to the concierge center
to check in, then our butler took us to some pool chairs reserved right outside our room. Our
butler supplied cold bottled water and offered to bring us anything else we needed.
We spent a couple of hour relaxing in the river pool and enjoying some
snacks from the beach grill until we were taken to our Royal Honeymoon Swim-Up 1 Bdr.
River Suite. Our suite offered zero-entry access to the lazy river from a patio large
enough for a love seat and table and chairs. We had an expansive living room complete with
42" plasma TV, separate bedroom with 37" plasma TV, fine mahogany furnishings, tiled floors,
whirlpool bath and walk-in shower.
This suite is a sure cure for those who say they won't spend much
time in their room anyway. We enjoyed room service every morning for fruit, pastries, juice,
and coffee. Our butlers provided afternoon snacks and champagne. Because of our short stay, we
were unable to secure a reservation at the French restaurant (Le Jardinier). No Problem! Our
butler simply brought the restaurant to our room! We enjoyed an unbelievable dinner!