This Sandals is rated as the most elegant of all of the 12 Sandals Resorts. There is good reason for it. From the time you arrive and are greeted with champagne, to a formal room for afternoon teas, to the pampering in the spa, you know you’re in for a very special vacation that will live in your memory forever as one of the very best vacation decisions you’ve ever made.
The hotel itself is a 1940′s property that has been upgraded several times and with several million dollars. It definitely has old world charm seen in the piano bar, billiard room, reception areas and some of the restaurants. The rooms are tastefully furnished and decorated and depending on where located on the property can have spectacular views of the ocean and their offshore island. There are plenty of restaurants with a wide variety of food choices day and night. The entertainment is anything from mellow sax on the beach to island rock and dancing, movies, games and so much more. No need to carry any cash on the property – tips are definitely included except at the spa. And even there, the fees and tip can be added to your room and you pay as you check out.
This is our third Sandals Resort. Each had something different to offer that makes each one unique. See what makes this one so special.
One thing with Sandals is a wide variety of room choices. You need to do your homework to understand the terminology and what comes with that choice for the money you are paying. Not every room has a stellar view. Big rooms/suites may be close to the pool and noisier than others. Our advice is to determine what is most important to you – is it the view – a larger room with butler service – or just being there and on a budget.
Even standard rooms are beautiful. King size beds, new big screen TV’s with cable,
Grounds and Gardens
There are gorgeous gardens woven throughout the resort. Flowers bloom all year long. Even if you are staying at the beach side of the resort don’t miss walking thru the villas towards the front of the property. The gardens are mature so the hedges are high and the bushes full.
All throughout the property you will notice that it is clean and tidy. Staff members are always on the lookout for trash are grooming the beach and picking up empty dishes. Everywhere you go it shows that they are meticulous about keeping the grounds in tip top shape.
Sandals recognized that the beach was nice, but guests were asking for more! While we were there they were building a new beach in front of the Manor House! You read that correctly – building a beach. They were about 2/3 done when we arrived and only 1 barge of clean, near white sand was unloaded during our stay, but it was nice enough for walking on and plenty big enough for wedding pictures! I’d love to see it when done as I think the added space for guests will be an added bonus!
There are ten restaurants at this Sandals Resort; each with its own style and ambience. They range from the very casual to elegant but the service at all of them is special. They serve conch in so many different ways that it becomes a game to figure out what other possible ways there could be. Don’t miss the Baccarat for either breakfast of eggs benedict and caviar to dinner of duck and lamb. There are a wide variety of choices at every meal and remember – it’s all inclusive so don’t be afraid to ask for a little of this and a little of that!
We found the housekeeping staff to be some of the best at any place we have ever been. Very friendly, respectful of the “Do Not Disturb” signs and excellent at all the little things that keep a room very clean. We never ran out of anything and even the tiled patio was swept clean every day.
Now, I’m not a big spa person except for pedicures. This is one thing I do at resorts just so I can feel what real pampering is all about. I read all the literature about the Red Lane Spa and saw a huge variety of massages, skin treatments, hair and nail salon services and products. So, I think you’ll find some spa experience that will suit you. My pedicure was top notch all the way. I went on the wild side with the toe-nail polish – kind of iridescent shades of pink/blue/yellow/green! It was definitely “beach” polish and very fun.
Say hi to Luke the Ops manager. Luke, when you’re there! He has a delightful British accent, has worked at other Sandals resorts and knows how to keep a place running smooth by being very hands on. We ran into him one of our first nights trying to find our way around. He took the time to talk to us, explain the Sandals philosophy and walked us to our destination. Another morning I caught him repairing one of the catamarans, so don’t be surprised if you run into him on one of the dive boats ! Stefan, the restaurant manager, checks in with guest during meals to make sure you have everything you need. More than once he stopped at our table and even refreshed our drinks. We saw Stefan at almost every restaurant while we were there – always smiling and always ensuring guest enjoyment. Michael, the resort manager, walks the property frequently. He, too, is very approachable, kind and you just have to love the European accent.
From the welcoming staff, to the guys at the dive shop, bartenders and grounds keepers; they understand that people pay a little (ok a lot) more for the Sandals experience and do everything they can to make sure that it is memorable.
Sandals Cay Offshore Island
Just a 5 minute boat ride away is the Offshore Island. Don’t miss this. While the whole island is not Sandals property they have all you need for a great time. There is a restaurant, bar, pool, a nice beach, fun music and the spa. Take time to walk thru the gardens and trails to the point of the island to see all the little thatched cabanas. You can make an appointment for your spa treatment and enjoy it right on the island with an amazing ocean view, up close and personal! The boats come and go every hour so you can stay just for lunch, a walk or stay all day and enjoy the seclusion of your own spot on the beach.