Where do I begin!? We’ve gone to Sandals and Beaches resorts countless times, and our resort tips keep adding up! I’ve compiled a list of what I think are the most important ones! To get more FREE expert advice, click here. We are an award winning company, specializing in Sandals and Beaches resorts! We will pair you with one of our Sandals and Beaches specialists, who will help find that perfect resort for you! It will save you tons of time, and your travel specialist will get you the best deal, I promise!
Have a Question, Don’t be Shy to Ask: There is so much to do at any resort, and you are bound to have questions here and there. Don’t be shy to ask any one of the resort staff any questions you have. Odds are they know the answer or know where to get the answer. (Those of you traveling to Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, don’t forget to ask one of the resort staff for the password to get into the Rabbit Hole Speakeasy!) Ask other guests questions too; you might find out about an awesome excursion they loved, or the most delicious meal they had.
Pack Honeymoon Essentials in Your Carry-On: Just in case your bag doesn’t make your connecting flight, make sure to pack a swim suit and other necessities you would need to hold you over for a little while. We’ve had it happen, where our bags made it a day later and we were so thankful we packed our toothbrushes, swimsuits, cover up, and some flip flops! That’s all we needed to hold us over until our bags made it to the resort. There is also a gift shop on resort where you can purchase some items you may need as well (Some airlines will reimburse you for these items with lost or delayed luggage)
Don’t Forget your Beach Bag, Sunscreen, and Bug Spray: You’ll want your sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, and other odds and ends- this is all so much easier to carry when you have a beach bag! You’re so busy getting those perfect honeymoon outfits ready and worrying about the wedding details, that some often forget a beach bag, sunscreen, advil, tums and other odds and ends. It’s much easier to have little travel size items packed with you and to be prepared. It’s also much cheaper to bring these items with you, than to purchase it on resort! If you are like me and the mosquitos love you, you may want to pack bug spray too and even a little “itch stick” as I like to call it.
Gentlemen’s Dress Code: There is a dress code for the guys at a few of the restaurants. Make sure to pack nicer pants (Khakis, linen pants, etc) Also a collared shirt (polo or button up) and some nicer closed toe shoes or dressier sandals. Ask your agent about which restaurant/s at your resort require this, or you can also find out once you get to the resort.
Tipping: The only persons allowed to take a tip on the resort are the Butlers (if you have butler service with your room) and spa personnel. The other 2 persons would be the gentlemen who carry your bags to the shuttle at the airport and your shuttle drivers as they are not Sandals employees but contracted by Sandals. Otherwise there is a strict no tipping policy allowed on resort. No need to bring your wallet with anywhere on the property!
Dinner Reservations: A few of the restaurants at the resort require dinner reservations. Be sure to make dinner plans ahead of time to ensure it fits into your schedule. (My favorite resort restaurant is Kimonos, and I always book it ahead of time because it fills up fast!) You can’t make dinner reservations until you are on the resort. If you have a butler, he or she can take care of dinner reservations. If you have a club level room, the concierge desk can help, or you can simply call from your room to make reservations.
Make a Plan: Make a tentative plan early on in the trip. Check out the island routes desk (if you haven’t already planned these ahead of time) to see which tours are available on certain days, and check out the menus at the restaurants to see which restaurants are a must do while you are there. Some restaurants are closed 1 day of the week. Now, if you are like me and you get too comfy in your beach chair listening to the waves, your plans might just wash away because you are too entirely relaxed to move 🙂
Make sure to Check out the Daily Bulletin: Each night you will find a bulletin in your room, or you can find one in the lobby of the resort. This has all of the following days activities, restaurant times, snorkeling and glass bottom boat times, etc and is your go to sheet for resort information. It will have all the restaurant times for the day, and all the entertainment and activities going on.
Utilize Sandals Loop: There will be a small sign on your desk for the Sandals Loop when you arrive in your room. It will give you a special link to go to. This web page allows you to do things such as submit a compliment, submit a concern, or make a request. For example you could request more bottle water in your fridge or more towels. (They must think I am a fish, I’m always requesting more water when I’m there. I’m really just re-hydrating from the delicious drinks I had at the swim up bar).
Wifi/Texting/Calling: All Sandals and Beaches resorts have FREE Wifi. To avoid international data charges, keep your phone on Airplane mode the entire time you are on your trip. This only allows data to stream through via wifi. You won’t be able to make or take calls, avoiding high charges. So if you have an iPhone you can iMessage and communicate via wifi with family and friends. There are various apps that you can download so you can make calls and text via wifi as well. Viber and WhatsApp are just a few.
Dining: If you are like my husband and can consume more food than a world record hot dog eating champ (and not gain a pound); you may want to try more than just one appetizer and maybe even more than one entree. The portions are a bit smaller and if you have a hefty appetite, don’t be shy to order more! If there is steak and shrimp on the menu, order both and have yourself surf and turf! If you are intrigued and just want to try something because you never have before, by all means, do so. You are encouraged to dine around at Sandals Resorts! Head to Soy for some sushi appetizers, and then head over to the French restaurant for your main entree! There is no limit, and the food is AMAZING! (I swear I gain 10 lbs when I’m there from all the food and drinks!)
Take Advantage of the Free Photo Shoot: Sandals and Beaches resorts offer a free photoshoot to all couples, with their professionally trained photographers. You will see a SnapShots office near the front desk; head in there or call from your room to set up a photoshoot time. Take advantage of this! The photographers are amazing, and you just pay for what you like!
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