I really always wanted to try out the fabulous all inclusive option. I have no idea why I haven’t done it sooner but there I was. This time last year I started preparing for Charlie’s birthday. He always said he wanted to go to St. Lucia. Now I didn’t want to work with anyone on this trip. There are times a collaborate but then there are ‘’us’’ times. So I got my wallet out and went thought he journey of booking the trip through an agent. I went with destinology because they a good payment plan, and the trip was quite expensive. It was almost £5000. To be honest I didn’t know what to expect but I just thought, its full inclusive so I guess maybe it’s not that bad if you consider that the flights were quite expensive too.
I paid everything in chunks month by month and then November came. I was so excited and Charlie was too. I was proud of myself that I organised everything and that we are finally headed there. When we arrived to St . Lucia It was really hot and humid. Everyone was American. There was maybe one more couple that was from London , and that’s it. The drive from the airport to the hotel was actually quite long. Airport was on one end of the island, and our hotel was on the other.
I chose Sandals because I thought they are very famous it must be awesome. We came there and we were so relieved to be finally there, we checked in to our room. It was nothing spectacular, but I wasn’t expecting anything spectacular because I was going to be sitting in the pool and on the beach.
I mean the weather was nice, it was sunny and warm and we had an open bar. We could drink anything we wanted. There were no receipts or signing. You order and it comes. And it goes for everything, food included. It is definitely less stressful cause we didn’t have to worry about the bills. The resort had plenty of food options on sight, but we were also full inclusive in their other resorts on the island, so we really had things to do and eat. As far as it goes the beach is nice, people are nice, and food is really good.
The only problem I had on this trip was this sense of being in a prison. Basically the cash machines didn’t work for us and hotel had some insane policy of giving you only $100 per person. Meaning they charge my credit card to give me money. They take 10% on transaction, but wont give you more then $100. I thought that was pretty shit if you ask me. I mean they did charge me for It so what’s the difference how much I take. The cigarettes in the duty free shop were pretty much 5 times more expensive then the rest of the island, and we were the only smokers in the resort.
We pretty much could not leave the resort. On the last day we took a tour with Joe Knows tours, and to be honest that was the highlight of the journey. We went on the boat for $100 per person and they took us sightseeing all day and it was actually pretty amazing. If we haven’t done that I think id hate the trip.
I did ask myself. Why did I pay £5000 to go to the end of the planet and sit on the beach? I can do that anywhere in Europe, so if you ask me it was maybe not worth the money to do what we did. For that money you can travel for 2 months non stop. O f course it was a nice experience and I am happy I went there and saw it but I probably would not repeat my sandals experience. Next time id choose Ladera or even Jade Mountain. I guess they are more specific and not so large and full of tourists.
The whole idea of a resort troubles me at the moment. I don’t want this one experience to ruin the resort thing for me, but it wasn’t what I thought it would be. Time passed quickly and I don’t feel like I’ve done anything other than that last tour which was really cool. I remembered when we were at Bali at Seminyak. It was a really good resort experience because there was so much to do so we didn’t feel like we were stuck in the hotel, but sandals, complete opposite. You feel like there is nothing there except the resort which is a shame because st. Lucia is gorgeous and there is lot’s to see.
So would I recommend you going to sandals? Well, yes if all you want is eat and drink and sunbathe, but if you have an adventurous heart then id suggest you go smaller and boutique. Maybe even rent a house.
I would suggest st. Lucia as it is truly gorgeous, but probably maybe not this resort. I don’t know but their service is actually not that great. Our room was not cleaned for three days, at points we got charged for things that were supposed to be included but weren’t. So we had extra charges on our room and the experience became even more expensive.
I hope my next trip to Jamaica is full of adventure and sightseeing. I am very excited!
Have you ever been to a sandals resort or any other and how was you experience?