20112011 Trip #4 Jamaica /Sandals Grande Riviera Dec 8-12
2011 Trip #3 Jamaica/ Sandals Grande Riviera Nov 15-18
Sandals Whitehouse Nov 18-22
2011 Trip #2 Exuma, Bahamas / Sandals Emerald Bay July 14-17
Simply Unbelievable! My first visit to Sandals Emerald Bay, but definitely not the last.
2011 Trip #1 Jamaica / Sandals Whitehouse May 6-13 Click here for photos
Wow, another amazing time at Sandals Whitehouse. As usual, we greeted at the airport by Mr. Lloyd Lewis. His new sedan for private transfers is the ultimate in comfort. Using his service should be a required investment for anyone traveling to Sandals Whitehouse, Negril, or Ocho Rios.
We arrived at Sandals late (about 10:30 pm). We were taken directly to our Penthouse Beachfront One Bedroom Suite where our butlers Ainsley and Keen had set out a welcome snack plate and left a bottle of champagne on ice. A welcome treat after a long day of travel! The huge balcony alone makes these rooms awesome. Add in jacuzzi tub, walk in shower, double vanity, and separate living room and bedroom --WOW!
During our stay we ate at every restaurant at least once. The food was awesome at all. The service was great as well, actually a little quick at times for Jamaica (we like the relaxed pace that is typical). Sherree, who handled the counter at Cafe de Paris, learned our preferences by the second day. As there is always line, it was nice to have our coffee and pastry waiting for us when it was finally our turn.
Our butlers performed their magic. Our favorite chairs were always reserved at pool or on beach along with a stocked cooler. Our personal "happy hour" appetizer platter (shrimp, cheese, crackers. etc) along with champagne on ice was always waiting for us when we returned to our room each afternoon. The unpacking was a treat, everything hung and folded much better than we would do. Ainsley even folded and arranged things during our stay! One great advantage the butlers add is dinner reservations. Although our preferred times were not always available, we had no waiting for a table.
We jumped aboard the "Soul Rebel" for the sunset cruise. A catamaran trip is another thing everyone should do while at Sandals. We compared notes with some guests who tool the Pelican Bar cruise. Their description of that party crowd made our group look pretty tame!
Our trips to the spa were too short, as always, but totally relaxing. The weather was perfect, with short, cooling showers a couple of afternoons.
I took one day and had Lloyd Lewis drive me to Montego Bay. His skillful driving got us there in a one hour 15 minutes, Not Bad! While in Mobay I went to Sandals Carlyle, Sandals Montego Bay, and Sandals Royal Caribbean, It was good to see my friends in management and get updated on those resorts.
This Sandals experience was one of our best. Our only complaint is we were only there for seven nights!