JAMAICA TRAVEL DIARIES – My Travel Experience with Sandals Resorts
This photo was taken at Sandals Resorts, at their overwater bungalow property which opened just a few months ago.
JAMAICA TRAVEL DIARIES
When we arrived in Jamaica, Meir (my boyfriend and business partner) and I hopped off the plane and were welcomed with the pleasant feeling of the sun beating down on our faces. Coming from New York City and walking into pure sunshine is always such a great feeling. We really felt our skin just taking in all the vitamin D haha. One of my favorite parts about travel is just walking off the airplane and being greeted by a new country.
A driver from the Sandals Resort property greeted us with a huge smile, and we followed him to the private car that would be taking us to the resort. Since Meir and I are both vegan, they had vegan spring rolls and drinks waiting for us in the car. As we ate and chatted with our driver about Jamaica and its different areas, we drove through tons of hilly roads and passed through the main town, where life was happening. We drove past a Starbucks, some seafood restaurants, clothing shops, and a KFC which the driver said was the most popular food spot in all of Jamaica. “The line for KFC is out the door every weekend,” he told us as we drove by.
It took about 2 hours to travel to the other side of the island, where the resort is located. The resort is more secluded and tucked away from everything else in Jamaica, which I thought was nice–especially for couples who are honeymooning and want a more private place to relax and enjoy their vacation. Despite the hilly roads and twisting turns that our road trip consisted of, it wasn’t too bad of a drive from the airport.
This is where we had a romantic private sunset dinner overlooking our water bungalows and the ocean on the South Coast of Jamaica.
After arriving at the resort, we were offered freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, tropical rum, and shortly after escorted to our overwater bungalow. Our room was a spacious villa featuring a king bed, a giant rainforest style shower, a giant outdoor bathtub, and a diving deck to jump from into the water. We had a butler that assisted us with anything we needed, such as setting up activities and our meals for us daily. One night we took a photoshoot in our outdoor bath tub, and the other we set up this amazing dinner during sunset hours – all of which the butler helped us organize.
My overall HONEST review of the Sandals property – 7/10
We were only able to stay 3 nights at this property, but it was definitely a great weekend getaway! Some things that could have been improved based on my experience as a travel blogger: the butlers were a little too overwhelming in terms of assisting us. I understand some people want a butler to assist them with everything from start to finish, but in my opinion they were a bit too much. There were several moments throughout the trip that we wished for privacy and they were just on top of us. The other feedback I have for improvement would be that the water is very different from the overwater bungalows in a place such as the Maldives. If you are looking for that crystal blue clear water, it is not at these bungalows in Jamaica. Furthermore, everything is so spread out within the resort that you have to take a golf cart from one end to the other if you wish to get around without walking far. It’s a very large property, especially if you are staying at the bungalows.
Once again, we did have an overall great time and experience and I would recommend this property. The staff was more than accommodating, the on-site bar was lots of fun and all of the guests loved it, the food was great, and most importantly, we got some amazing content! 🙂
I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have been to this resort, and if you haven’t been, would you want to go?! Do you have any other great hotel recommendations or things to do in Jamaica? I would love to hear!
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