Sandals Hotels in the Caribbean

by Joanne Thomas

Sandals is a chain of 13 luxury, all-inclusive, adults-only resorts. Sandals resorts sit on some of the Caribbean's most coveted beaches and offer extensive facilities for on-site recreation. In addition to unlimited meals and beverages, Sandals' all-inclusive package covers airport transfers, all gratuities, entertainment and water sports such as sailing, snorkeling, water skiing and diving (if you are certified). Rounds of golf and access to private offshore islands are also included at certain properties.

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Jamaica

Sandals has its greatest number of resorts in Jamaica, with seven properties in total. Three are located in Montego Bay: Sandals Carlyle Inn, a small and intimate resort with two gourmet restaurants; the original Sandals resort, Sandals Montego Bay, which boasts the longest private white-sand beach on the island; and Sandals Royal Caribbean, which offers a private off-shore island with a secluded beach, a pool, swim-up bar and a Thai restaurant. Guests staying at any Sandals Montego Bay resort enjoy access to the facilities of all three. Ocho Rios on the northern coast of Jamaica has two resorts: the intimate Sandals Royal Plantation with only 77 suites; and Sandals Grande Ocho Rios, which sits amid 110 acres of beaches, gardens, rainforests and streams. The other Jamaica resorts are Sandals Negril, an eco-friendly resort on Seven Mile Beach that boasts a Green Globe Award; and the 360-room, European-inspired Sandals Whitehouse, which sits within a 500-acre wilderness preserve.

St. Lucia

Sandals has three resorts on the volcanic Caribbean island of St. Lucia, all of which are on a white sand beach. Sandals Grande St. Lucian, a AAA Five Diamond resort, sits on a peninsula flanked by the Atlantic Ocean on both sides and offers views of mountains in one direction and the neighboring island of Martinique in the other. Its accommodations include circular Rondovals suites with a 20-foot conical roof and a private plunge pool, and swim-up lagoon suites. Among other exceptional facilities, the resort has five fresh water pools, eight restaurants including one with over-the-water dining, and a mile-long beachfront. Sandals Halcyon Beach features classic island-style, low-level architecture, three lagoon pools and lush tropical gardens. The most notable restaurant, out of four in total, is The Pier, which is cantilevered 130 feet out over the water and specializes in Caribbean cuisine. Sandals Regency La Toc is a golf resort and spa on a 210-acre estate. It boasts the largest pool in St. Lucia and nine gourmet restaurants, as well as Sunset Ocean Bluff, an upscale "resort within the resort" offering bluff-top villas with private pools.

Bahamas

Sandals' two resorts in the Bahamas are Sandals Emerald Bay on the island of Great Exuma and Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. Sandals Emerald Bay is a 500-acre, all-suite resort with a mile-long beach and an 18-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman. It is the only Sandals property with its own marina. Every guest is provided with personalized butler service. Sandals Royal Bahamian is an elegant resort with traditional Bahamian architecture that also includes a private offshore island accessible by kayak or sailboat. The most luxurious accommodations are the cottages within The Royal Village, a secluded section of the property.

Antigua

Sandals Grande Antigua -- the only Sandals resort on the island -- sits on the beach of Dickenson Bay. It consists of two resorts in one: the all-suite Mediterranean Village, with furnishings and fixtures are imported from all over Europe; and the Caribbean Grove with hand-made Jamaican furniture and "gingerbread" trimmed exteriors. Resort guests have a choice of 10 restaurants, which include a pizzeria, a sushi bar and an authentic English pub. Accommodation options include 1,400-square-foot villas with walled gardens, private pools and hot tubs and outdoor rock showers. The resort was called the "World's Most Romantic Resort," the "Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort" and "Antigua & Barbuda's Leading Hotel" by the World Travel Awards in 2010.

About the Author

A writer of diverse interests, Joanne Thomas has penned pieces about road trips for Hyundai, children's craft projects for Disney and wine cocktails for Robert Mondavi. She has lived on three continents and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is co-owner and editor of a weekly newspaper. Thomas holds a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol, England.